Wednesday, March 01, 2017

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY INSIDERS SKEPTICAL OF DOWNTOWN CONVENTION HOTEL SPRINGTIME GROUNDBREAKING AND CONSIDER 'BETTER DEAL' ALTERNATIVES!!!



Proponents of a Downtown Hotel Convention hotel promised a Springtime groundbreaking but behind the scenes Kansas City insiders still doubt the ability of the project to garner investment.

"They just haven't had any luck making this thing work," said one KCMO Insider familiar with the deal. "They'll come back to us for more money, or more time but we need to start thinking about other opportunities out there and maybe getting a better deal for taxpayers."

To wit . . .

LOOK FOR NEW ALTERNATIVES TO THE DOWNTOWN CONVENTION HOTEL COMING SOON AS THE ECONOMIC CLIMATE CHANGES AND DEVELOPERS STRUGGLE TO START CONSTRUCTION FOR THE PROJECT INSIDE THE LOOP DESPITE HEAVY TAXPAYER SUBSIDY!!!

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KANSAS CITY AGREES: LIKE IT OR NOT, LAST NIGHT'S PREZ TRUMP SPEECH BEST YET!!!



Even his fiercest critics were forced to acknowledge that last night Prez Trump seemed "Presidential" for the first time and did a lot win back hearts and minds despite a turbulent start to his tenure.

The reference to an Olathe deadly triple shooting was a big deal and silenced critics across the nation . . . And a more reasoned and professional tone helped to assure skeptics from both left and right about the policy aims of the Trump Administration - Even amid ongoing disagreements.

Check the round-up . . .

NPR: In Emotional Moment Of Speech, Trump Addresses Navy SEAL's Widow

Politico: How Trump's disciplined speech came together

USA: Trump to Congress: 'The time for trivial fights is behind us'

Fox News: Trump, in speech to Congress, calls to 'restart the engine' of US economy

BBC: Trump speech to Congress promises 'renewal of American spirit'

CNN: 7 in 10 Speech-Watchers Say Trump Boosted Optimism

TIME: Donald Trump Finally Sounded Like a President

You decide . . .

Kansas City Homicide #20: Man Found Dead In Home Near Flora After Disturbance Call



Here's the deets on the latest Kansas City homicide investigation:

This is the 20th Kansas City murder scene so far this year compared to 18 at this time lady year.

More info . . .

Fox4: Police say they responded to a disturbance at 36th and Flora at 7:30 p.m., and found a man in his 30s dead inside a house.

KMBC: Police investigating homicide after man found dead in home off of Flora

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Kansas City Tech Startup Testimony

EXCEPTIONAL insight here from an Internets entrepreneur who talks about real life and challenges confronting anyone who hopes to do business on the Silicon Prairie. Take a peek: Here's Why It's So Hard to Build a Startup Outside the Big Tech Hubs

El Bryan Clowns Kansas City Fortunes

Important reax here regarding financial news that our blog community HIGHLIGHTED better than anyone else . . . retorts illustrated bryan stalder

Meth Town Water Stays Winning!!!



Possibly the best thing we've heard about the worst town to the East of KCMO in years.

Drink it in . . .

The Examiner: "Independence's tap water again rates among the world's best. The city took fifth place among municipal waters Saturday at the 27th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting contest in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The contest featured more than 100 entries from 19 states, five Canadian provinces and 12 foreign countries, competing in categories of best municipal, bottled, sparkling and purified waters."

It's a nice prize but still doesn't tell us much about all of the nastiness in that part of the down despite recent messaging.

You decide . . .

Kansas City University Urban Fortress 'Master Plan' Threatens Local Historic Structures



Northeast News offers the DEFINITIVE perspective on a neighborhood controversy threatening to destroy a historic structure despite the concerns of neighbors.

"The Council basically kicked sand in the face of the Historic Northeast preservationists and set a very dangerous development precedent that could spell trouble for historic neighborhoods across the city that are fighting the same battle . . ."

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Kansas City Ass Wednesday Morning



Claudia Romani hotness at a recent tattoo shop photo shoot inspires this return to the Kansas City mainstream media links as we restart the local culture war following a Presidential shout-out to our part of the nation last night. Take a look:

Celebrate Cowtown Promo Graffiti
VIDEO: Street art that shows Kansas City pride
KCK Tax Cut Time???
Mayor says property taxes will be reduced
New Yorker Covers Kansas
The Kansas Shootings and Trump's America
Tragic Local Traffic Crash???
Raytown man dies in crash on I-35 in Lenexa
Border War Bragging Rights
National publication ranks Kansas higher than Missouri
Golden Ghetto Groundbreaking
Shawnee paves way for Amazon distribution center
Kansas City Season Of Time Underway
Royals Report: Peter O'Brien Show Continues In 6-3 Win
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

New York Times Talks Indian Funeral Pyre Aftermath Of Kansas Alleged Hate Crime

More up-close and personal coverage of an international scandal coming to a conclusion . . . At a Funeral Pyre in India, Anger Over a Shooting in Kansas

Show-Me Workplace Rights Reconsidered

As union members continue their push-back against right-to-work . . . Here's a quick look at worker protections under fire . . . OR, fewer rules & regs for employers. You decide: Missouri NAACP leader again speaks out against workplace discrimination bills

Tribute To Kansas City's Best Soccer Blog



This Kansas City blogger has spent a decade chronicling the adventures of Sporting KC . . .

Here's his take on that time and the future . . .

An Announcement About Down the Byline

In that time, this blogger produced the only authentic coverage of the team that really resonated with hardcore fans and casual observers. This blogger helped to put pro-soccer on the map in Kansas City and provided some of the best takes on championship glory.

Like it or not, without his coverage . . . Sporting wouldn't be the same kind of team and his contribution to the local fĂștbol discourse should be remembered.

Kansas City Crooner Casi Joy: America's New Reality Show Singing Superstar



Casi Joy is a Kansas City singing sensation and a recent audition on The Voice might be her big break.

Deets:

In E! News' exclusive sneak peek at one of tonight's blind auditions, all four coaches end up fighting over Casi Joy, who dazzles them with her rendition of "Blue," complete with yodeling. While Gwen is the first to turn, basically within the first five seconds of Casi's performance, Alicia soon follows, with the guys eventually turning as well, leading to a four coach face-off.

Take a look at a sneak peak clip from the show before mainstream promo hype kills her career. . .



You decide . . .

Kansas City On Line For The Dropkick Murphys



Quick look at the Midtown crowd from Kansas City citizen media . . . Their take on the show:

"Stopped by to check out the mood of the crowd in line at the SOLDOUT Dropkick Murphy Show Tonight. If there's anything that can help Kansas City heal is bands like Blood & Whiskey and Dropkick Murphys. "

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

PREZ TRUMP CONDEMNS DEADLY OLATHE SHOOTING AND ALLEGED HATE CRIME!!!



Important final note for tonight . . . Prez Trump disavows a great many haters and gives into international pressure to speak against a local tragedy.

Take a look:

Washington Post: President Trump opens joint session of Congress ... by condemning threats against Jewish centers, shooting in Kansas.

New York Post: White House condemns bar shooting as 'racially motivated hatred'

AP: Trump opens his first address to Congress by condemning 'evil and hate'

Like it or not, this statement had to happen despite the protestations and defenses of Kansas City area haters who have now been proven wrong.

Already the speech is seen as one of the best Prez Trump has delivered so far.

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KANSAS CITY CRIME FIGHTER ALONZO WASHINGTON SHARES TIPS THAT HELP CAPTURE BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT!!!



A couple of wins tonight for Kansas City's most prolific crime fighting activist . . .

- Sources confirm that Alonzo Washington and TIPS he gave to police led to the capture of a bank robbery suspect.

- Also, Mr. Washington is blowing up on FB LIVE with half a dozen videos that have hit 1000 views or more . . .

This blog follows new media trends and currently, Alonzo Washington is one of the leaders in taking his message directly to the community beyond the MSM filter.

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Kansas Congressman Yoder Seyz Prez Trump Should Condemn Olathe Alleged Hate Crime



One of the most Conservative denizens of the Golden Ghetto joins the chorus of locals begging the Prez to talk about an International crisis . . .

CJOnline: Kevin Yoder and Olathe shooting victim urge Trump to condemn racial attack

WDDaily: Yoder asks Trump to condemn Olathe shooting during tonight's speech

KCUR: Survivor Calls On Trump To Denounce Racial Shooting At Olathe Bar

Question tonight . . .

IS THE JOCO REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN CORRECT IN JOINING PREZ TRUMP CRITICS???

Politics makes for strange bedfellows and the bigger surprise tonight is talk of the Trump Amnesty . . . And very little progress on that wall.

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Kansas City Mardi Gras News Links Tonight



We won't let the rain ruin our good time as we check some of the top Kansas City news for tonight that includes just a couple of weather links. Take a look:

Tornado Watch Until Late Tonight
GALLERY: Severe weather moves through Kansas City
River Runs Through Blue Springs
Severe storm drops hail, flooding rain on east side of KC
Another Look At Urban Core Demolition
What does KCU's 'Master Plan' designation mean for Northeast Kansas City?
Guide For Rug Rats
Find the best elementary schools in the Kansas City area
Lament Another Kansas City Vacant
Future of old KCMO Brandsmart building is stagnant
Help Find This Golden Ghetto Lady
Overland Park police search for missing woman
Kansas City Fake News From The Past
Propaganda In The Digital Age
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE #19: URBAN CORE KILLING NEAR 71 HIGHWAY!!!

Tuesday near 39th Street and Bruce R. Watkins Drive in Kansas City . . . The victim of this bit of local gunfire died of injuries. Take a look: Life-threatening injuries reported in shooting where victim was found on 71 Highway exit ramp

Trashy Kansas City Stays Losing In Court

Credit where it's due . . . Here's another sign about the FAIL of the city's management: Court ruling says KC must pay $10 million for trash rebates

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! MIDTOWN KANSAS CITY OUTRAGE AGAINST MAINCOR AMID THRIFTWAY DEMISE!!!



The recent shut down of a Midtown Kansas City grocery store inspires more frustration among small biz owners regarding the sordid subject of Community Improvement District (CID) management.

To wit . . .

KANSAS CITY INSIDERS RAGE AGAINST MAINCOR AMID THE DEMISE OF THE LONGSTANDING MAIN STREET THRIFTWAY!!!

A bit more background . . .

"The Main Street Corridor Development Corporation (MainCor) is "the champion and leading community partner of Kansas City's Main Street Corridor working to support commercial, mixed use and residential progress and effective community, economic and aesthetic development that create and encourage the renewal and vitality of Midtown."

However . . . The demise "The Westport Thriftway" has called their mission statement into question . . .



Here's the word . . .

"Westport Thriftway forced out after decades of service to the neighborhood. Forced out by one of the three trustees charged with insuring the well-being and success of the 39 Main Business Center which is failing under their leadership. This group has the responsibility to protect the hundreds of thousands of dollars of tax money and private funding invested in the 39th and Main Business District. All of this wile MainCor looks after its employees pay and not only allows this to happen but also helps to facilitate it under the disengaged oversight of its Board of Directors."

Quick look at the scene this morning was desolate and even the Thriftway sign was stripped away . . .



And once again, taxing districts in Kansas City are creating controversy and FAIL to live up to so many expectations and promises given to neighbors and small biz.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Historic Northeast Photo Essay

Great look inside one of the many vacant structures in the urban core . . . Checkit: A photo tour of the former Hardesty Federal Complex

Show-Me Embattled Sen. Claire McCaskill Missouri Town Hall Coming Soon???

She's talking immigration, fighting the GOP on the Supreme Court and scared about her next challenger . . . And now she could face local crowds: Claire McCaskill promises to hold town hall meetings

Fear The Leawood Crime Spree!!!

Luxury living community police are looking for this masked dude . . . Take a peek: Leawood police search for man suspected of multiple crimes

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! FBI ANNOUNCES HATE CRIME INVESTIGATION OF OLATHE DEADLY TRIPLE SHOOTING!!!



Here's the aftermath of suburban violence last week and a government statement on the future of the case . . .

"The FBI continues to work jointly with the Olathe Police Department investigating the triple shooting and homicide that occurred on February 22, 2017, at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, KS. Based upon the initial investigative activity, the FBI, in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, is investigating this incident as a hate crime. The FBI will continue to work jointly with Olathe Police Department and our state and local partners regarding this ongoing investigation. As this is an ongoing investigation, we are not able to comment further at this time."

Read more:

Fox4: Man who tried to stop gunman at Olathe bar and grill: “Stop the fighting, love one another”

WaPo: FBI investigating shooting of two Indian men in Kansas as a hate crime

The Hill: FBI investigating shooting of Indian immigrants as hate crime

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SHOW-ME JASON KANDER WINNING BATTLE OF TWEETS WITH SPORTS TALKER!!!

Another day in the culture war of words finds a native Kansas City area politico getting the best of his Internets opposition . . . And still, not a single mainstream media outlet and only our TKC blog community has asked about why he broke his promise to run for MO SecState reelection . . . Curt Schilling Gets Smacked Down on Twitter After Questioning Veteran's Military Service

SHOW-ME KANSAS CITY 'FIGHT FOR $15' MISSOURI SUPREME COURT SNEAK PEEK: STL MINIMUM WAGE HIKE UPHELD!!!



Here's a bit of foreshadowing of the upcoming fair wage fight headed for the August ballot . . . It seems that State Law is on the side of pay increase advocates.

Take a look:

STL: Missouri Supreme Court upholds St. Louis minimum wage hike

Deets:

Attorneys for the business organizations argued that without a state standard, there could be thousands of minimum wages throughout the state, leading to confusion rather than consistency.

Lawyers for the city contended the cost of living in St. Louis is substantially higher than other areas in the state, hence the need for a change.

The court found that the St. Louis increase didn't conflict with the wage set by state law.

"Its purpose of protecting employees is served by setting a floor for minimum wages; nothing in the law suggests the state also wanted to protect employers by setting a maximum minimum wage."

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TKC MUST SEE!!! INDIA FUNERAL PYRE FOR VICTIM OF OLATHE HATE CRIME SHOOTING!!!

Witness international news and a glimpse of a death ritual across the globe. Take a look at something just a bit more meaningful than the culture war slapfighting media storm in the States: Kansas shooting: Hundreds attend funeral in India - BBC News

KANSAS CITY OLD LADY EVICTED!!!

This story and most of the ensuing social media comment should reveal the increasing cruelty in Kansas City as gentrification takes hold. Checkit: Elderly woman evicted from Kansas City home she has rented since 1969

TKC MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY PUBLIC EDUCATION TIMELINE OF FAIL!!!



New clip from Kansas City Public Television offers a peek at the history of local schools.

It's mostly depressing and reveals a great deal of economic disparity cleverly disguised by racial clashes. On the bright side, test scores are improving for the KCPS because Missouri education officials are desperately afraid of ongoing drama.

Check the description . . .

"It has taken us more than a century to get here. That's the first thing we come to realize as we explore the current state of K-12 education systems across the Kansas City metro. A host of interesting characters, challenging times, and complex issues created both the successes and failures we're currently experiencing in districts from Blue Valley to Hickman Mills to Kansas City, Kansas. Come with us as we examine the past and seek to learn from our collective experiences."

Take a look:



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Kansas City Startup Tech Scene Recovers From Deadly Olathe Hate Crime

The local Internets bis community depends on H1-B workers and outsourcing from across the globe. Here's an essential bit of biz advice for confronting the current anti-globalization epoch. Checkit: Melissa Roberts: How an Olathe hate crime affects your tech business

Kansas City Chiefs Dump Jamaal Charles

Kansas City sports news fanboys rage while most football fans realize that running back is no longer a marquee position in the NFL concussion-game. Meanwhile a good comeback story is worth about $78 MILLION for Eric Berry. Take a look: REPORT: Chiefs release running back Jamaal Charles

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION ADVOCATES DEBUT NEW 'YESON5KC.COM' CAMPAIGN WEBSITE FIRST ON TKC!!!



The upcoming Kansas City April 4th election offers a unique opportunity to not only reform the prison industrial complex at the local level but also keep municipal rules & regs up to date with marijuana reforms across the nation.

To wit . . .

FIRST ON TKC!!! CHECK KANSAS CITY WEED ADVOCATES SHARING A FIRST LOOK AT THE QUESTION 5 CAMPAIGN WEBSITE!!!

YES ON 5 KC was established as a campaign committee by the Kansas City Board of Elections on February 24th, 2017. The campaign’s single goal is the approval of QUESTION 5 during the upcoming School and Special Election on April 4th.

The campaign website debuts on TKC right now . . .



YesOn5KC.com

Now, check the statement from the group . . .

New Campaign Committee to Decriminalize Marijuana in Kansas City

YES on 5 KC campaign committee filed with the local election authority to support Question 5. The campaign is the first to file in favor of Question 5. The April 4th ballot will include municipal bond issues as well as Question 5, which could reduce marijuana penalties if the new ordinance is approved by voters.

“This campaign is taking marijuana reform seriously. It’s time to end harsh penalties for good people,” said Ryan Flowers, the treasurer of YES ON 5 KC. “QUESTION 5 is really about compassion. Should families suffer under unfair laws?” Nearly 1,000 people were arrested last year in Kansas City for possession of marijuana.

If QUESTION 5 is approved, possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana will be classified as a civil infraction with a maximum fine of $25 with no possibility of arrest or jail. This would go further than the statewide decriminalization policies already in effect.

On the first day of 2017, Missouri became the 19th state to decriminalize marijuana. Under the new law, first time offenders caught with less than 10 grams of marijuana are charged with a misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $500, but do not face incarceration. (Prison time, larger fines, and felony charges can still be given to second time offenders, or people in possession of more than 10 grams.)

Yes on 5 KC says the law doesn’t go far enough. To qualify for the April ballot, a local citizen’s initiative formed and collected over 4,000 signatures to reduce marijuana possession penalties.

In late January, the Kansas City Council voted 12 to 1 to put QUESTION 5 on the ballot, Mayor Sly James casting the dissenting vote. Kansas City voters will be asked QUESTION 5 during the School and Special Election on April 4th. The question on the ballot will read:

Shall the City of Kansas City limit the authorized punishment that can be imposed in the Municipal Court for the possession or control of 35 grams or less of marijuana to a maximum $25 fine, eliminate jail as a potential punishment for the possession or control of marijuana, and remove marijuana from the prohibition against drug paraphernalia?

The YES ON 5 KC campaign has a limited timeframe with the April 4th vote less than six weeks. Online and social media campaign focused on raising awareness for the upcoming vote and the benefits of marijuana law reform. (YesOn5KC.com ). “QUESTION 5 gives Kansas City an opportunity to catch-up with states already benefiting from more progressive marijuana policies.”
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You decide . . .

KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE #18: VICTIM DISCOVERED SHOT DEAD AFTER NIGHT OF GUNFIRE CHAOS ON LOCAL STREETS!!!



Thankfully, the local level of killing isn't keeping up with so many reports of gunfire on social media . . . Which is actually a better public resource for shooting reports than any news outlet.

A recap . . .

- A spate of weekend gunfire near Martini Corner still sparks fear online.

- Last night a gunfire, the police chopper and quite a few sirens echoed through Midtown.

- This isn't a good sign of improvement around the Cerner campus: One person shot in leg near 82nd and Bannister

And of course, the latest addition to the rising Kansas City murder count that keeps us up to date with the spike in killing from last year.

Read more:

Fox4: Man found dead in street near 99th and Walnut

KMBC: Man in his 50s dies after being found unresponsive in street, police say

KCTV5: It happened about 10:50 p.m. in the 9900 block of Walnut Drive inside the Willow Creek Apartment Complex.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY ALLEGED SERIAL CROOK TARGETS VETERAN WITH LOST DOGGIE TRICK & THEN GUNPOINT HOME INVASION!!!



For those who haven't seen it yet . . . A local TV station reports a tragic story that should warn of rising crime around Kansas City.

Even worse, they note that the suspect should have already been behind bars . . .

Take a look:

Fox4: Ruse about lost dog precedes violent armed attack of Vietnam veteran, wife in their KC home

Deets:

"Investigators believe the war vet’s military pride might have put a target on his back – when two burglars noticed his Marine Corps hat and an American flag hanging from his porch. The small signs made the crooks believe Mark McCunniff and his wife, Cheryl, had guns in their house they could steal . . . The Suspect another young man approached the couple's driveway on Winchester Avenue and pretended to be looking for a lost dog. The duo even showed her a photo of a puppy, so she offered to write down their phone number in case she saw it. The strangers used the ruse to get inside the house, where they whipped out guns."

Read more . . .

METH TOWN MALL CHAOS CONTINUES!!!



Let's not forget the fading fortunes of another embattled local shopping spot that continues to confront crowd control problems . . . Here's more detail behind a recent near riot and a slew of disorderly conduct charges in order to win back control of this location . . .

The Examiner: "A large disturbance Saturday afternoon at the food court in the Independence Center mall resulted in several misdemeanor charges but no serious injuries. According to police, extra-duty officers at the mall responded at 6:22 p.m. to the food court, where about eight or nine subjects were fighting and a large crowd had gathered around them."

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Missouri And Kansas Congressional Republicans Protect Prez Trump Tax Returns

Important recap of a recent vote to examine the finances of the Prez that every other leader of the free world has performed . . . On the bright side, that so-called "rift" in the GOP isn't as bad as some have suspected. Take a peek: Every single House Republican in Missouri and Kansas voted to block disclosure of Trump's tax returns

Survey Seyz Missouri Stays Losing

In this recent report, the Show-Me State falls hard in a review of services but still does well in affordability . . . Take a look: We're No. 37 - Missouri ranks in bottom third of nation in new report

Alleged Olathe, Kansas Hate Crime Shooter Confused Indians With Iranians

A fact most Kansas City denizens understood the day after the tragedy but still an important note national media picks up on in order to identify racism and ignorance in this case . . . Suspect in Kansas bar shooting of Indians apparently thought they were Iranians

Kansas City Sneaker Vlogging



Like it or not, in news that's not related to hate crime or politics . . . This shoe vlog quest is the most popular thing on Youtube concerning Kansas City for the moment. For those interested in a look at the future of consumer culture, click ahead to about 6:30 for a tour of local sneaker shopping.

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