Friday, September 22, 2017

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! WESTPORT BIZ RAGES AGAINST KANSAS CITY COUNCIL LADY JOLIE JUSTUS 'BETRAYAL' IN CONTROVERSIAL FIGHT FOR STREET PRIVATIZATION!!!



So much recent Kansas City debate over diversity, crime and culture in Westport attempts to obscure questions of policy and public safety which confront City Hall.

To wit . . .

THE LATEST ATTACKS AGAINST WESTPORT ARE NOTHING MORE THAN AN EFFORT TO STOP STREET PRIVATIZATION AFTER SMALL BIZ SEYZ COUNCIL LADY JOLIE JUSTUS BETRAYED HER PROMISE TO HELP SECURE THE PARTY DISTRICT!!!

While the move has its opponents who have little or not financial stake in the area . . . Street Privatization is overwhelmingly supported by more than 50 Westport businesses and all of the top ranking economic leaders in the area.

Even better . . .

KICK-ASS WESTPORT INSIDERS SHARE EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES DEETS WITH TKC REGARDING THE BETRAYAL OF COUNCIL LADY JOLIE JUSTUS ON THIS HOT BUTTON ISSUE!!!

Here's just a bit of insight . . .

"Council member Jolie Justus told us over a year ago that she would be a "champion" for street privatization. We spent over $100,000 getting all the documents and surveys completed in coordination with the city. 

"And then she just changed her mind."

"She was going to intentionally make sure that would couldn't move on privatizing the streets until next year. Forcing us to lose all of the documents that we paid for . . . She tried to push that through over three days but failed. We now have a couple of months to work with the current documents."

It seems that the main beef is with metal detectors and the mistaken concern about racial profiling.

A Westport insider responds:

"I can't walk in City Hall without going through a metal detector. The same thing with Royals games, Chiefs games and concerts or any large gathering of people. We just want to try and make Westport secure on the weekends. Street privatization and more security go a long way toward that . . . But the issue has been blown way out of proportion an it's a shame that supporters of Council member Justus want to turn this into a racial issue when all we're trying to do is keep EVERYONE safe."

What have we learned here . . .

MSM COVERAGE OF 'UNWELCOME' MINORITIES IS FAKE NEWS AIMED AT THWARTING KANSAS CITY SMALL BIZ FROM PUSHING FORWARD WIDELY SUPPORTED SECURITY MEASURES AND PRIVATIZING WESTPORT STREETS!!!

There's still room for debate on all of these topics but what we've learned from our KICK-ASS TKC INVESTIGATION is that so-called "progressive" white people and political players are more than willing to throw round allegations of racism that unwittingly work to make PARTY DISTRICT PATRONS OF ALL DEMOGRAPHIC BACKGROUNDS more susceptible to violence.

You decide . . .

TKC FUN FACT: EVERYBODY AGAINST KANSAS CITY NEW EDGEMOOR AIRPORT!!!



And so, a busted bidding process that turned into a media circus has been finalized by City Council and now heads to the ballot in November.

Meanwhile, we wanted to share one of the best quotes on this deal from our blog community: "Still no agreement, no details, no pictures. So far it's Nancy Pelosi International - you have to build it to see what's in it. No thanks."

A few things to consider:

- No, this isn't Mayor Sly playing 3D Chess . . . Burns & Mac supports him with real money, he lamented the choice at the outset of the vote on Thursday and seems distant from a process where he was defeated after the rigged "hometown team" scheme fell apart.

- Burns & Mac might still have a case about this process . . . The smarter thing to do is wait but they might not want to risk losing ONE BILLION DOLLARS.

- November is coming quickly, Edgemoor and City Hall don't have much time to convince skeptical voters.

Finally, the voted public has been LARGELY EXCLUDED FROM THIS SECRETIVE AND CONVOLUTED PROCESS . . . If the opposition can mount any kind of campaign at all, the support for this unseen idea seems limited.

You decide . . .

After Arrest in Case of Cop Killed In Westport, Social Media Friends Plead Case Of Suspect

Another side of the controversial killing in a beleaguered party district. Take a look:

Ex of Californo's shooting suspect hopes he will get a second chance

Social media posts led police to her - and in turn to Sean Steward.

Cowtown Can't Drive: Cars Killing Kansas City

A reminder of another danger on local streets that has more to do with increasing distractions confronting motorists. Take another look:

KCMO traffic fatalities spike in 2017, outpacing previous year

Breaking News Kansas City, MO - A sharp increase in the number of fatal vehicle crashes on Kansas City roads has police urging caution among the driving public. According to numbers released by the Kansas City Police Department, there have been 74 fatalities from crashes in Kansas City so far in 2017, with more than three months left in the year.

FEAR KANSAS CITY EARTHQUAKE RISK!!!

Reader suggestion offers a peek at local government warning about the very real possibility and plan for an earthquake after THE U.S. HAS ENDURED AN UPTICK IN NATURAL DISASTERS SINCE THE ECLIPSE . . . Take a look: Earthquake Threat

TKC MUST SEE: KANSAS CITY MIDTOWN DRONE SEPTEMBER GOOD MORNING CLIP!!!



Despite increasing protests, crime, streetcar toy train slap-fighting and a rapid influx of aggressive hobos . . . We still love Midtown and this morning clip from above the heart & soul of Kansas City is part of the reason why.

Take a look . . .



More in a bit . . .

Celebrate Kansas City Oktoberfest Booze Season And Local Craft Beer Glut

It's the best time of year for functional alcoholics with expensive tastes who love to drink outdoors in sweaters . . . However, the biz of pushing liquid depressants on the masses might be taking a tumble given the critical mass of rinky-dink breweries:

Is Kansas City's craft beer market comign to a head? - Kansas City Business Journal

With more than two dozen area breweries - and more on the way - the local market is filling but not yet tapped out. And for existing and new companies, the bar is rising.

Blogging Long-shot Kansas City Amazon HQ2 Urban Planning Wish List

This Internets denizen advocates for Kansas City and 50k jobs that could bankrupt and ruin this town. Checkit:

Amazon HQ2: The Case for Kansas City

Amazon set the economic development community abuzz recently by announcing its search for a new, second headquarters. This massive development would bring 50,000 good paying jobs ($100,000 annual wages on average) and $5 billion worth of development to the metro that Amazon chooses. These are game changing numbers.

Kansas City Music Scene Review

Check the sounds and end of Summer concerts in Kansas City chronicled in this list for all of the aging cowtown hipsters:

Album Review: Pistol Pete- The 3Pete

The rims on the minivan in the hilarious video for "Konichiwa" sold me on the Kansas City rapper Pistol Pete. He's as funny as Mac Lethal and as funky as Rich the Factor on his new album The 3Pete . Pistol Pete insists that "I ain't a rapper, I'm more a storyteller" on "2bad2good."

STEPPING UP TO KANSAS CITY FRIDAY!!!



It's Friday morning and that means we celebrate divorced middle-aged white lady pop stars and all of the Kansas City MSM links right now.

Take a peek:

Kansas City Pumpkin Spice Season

A guide to fall treats in Kansas City

Before you rush to Starbucks to kick off the season with a Pumpkin Spice Latte, try these local treats first!


Family Rescued On Roof: Kansas City Urban Core Early Morning Burning Sensation

Firefighters battle flames at home near Smart, Bales

Emergency crews in Kansas City responded to a two-alarm fire at a home early Friday morning. The fire started at about 12:28 a.m. at a home in the 3500 block of Smart Avenue.


Local Stealing From Soldiers

Car meant for a veteran stolen hours before the surprise

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: A car meant for a veteran - stolen just hours before the big surprise. "So - I guess this was about 4:00 this morning." When Red Line Tow mechanic Brian Christensen got to work this morning - he saw something wrong. "I noticed the car was missing."


KCK Flooded With Complaints

Unified Government reviewing some flooding cases after repeated problems in Argentine neighborhood

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- People who live in the Argentine neighborhood in Kansas City, Kansas, say they are thankful the Unified Government is reviewing their flooding cases. Leaders are investigating the possibility that the damage from the floods may not have been just an act of God.


Kansas City Lesson In Heroism

Bus driver called a hero for quick thinking after Hickman Mills bus catches fire

A bus driver is being called a hero for quick thinking when an Apple Bus Company School Bus caught fire Thursday afternoon. Hickman Mills Schools officials say the children were on their way home from Warford Elementary School, when the bus caught fire at the intersection of Grandview Road and Cypress Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri.


Kansas City Wildcard Hope Persists

Vargas and 4 relievers toss 2-hitter, Royals beat Jays 1-0

TORONTO (AP) - Jason Vargas and four relievers combined on a two-hitter, Melky Cabrera had three hits and the game's only RBI, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 on Thursday night. Vargas (17-10) struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings to win his third straight start.


The McTavish Weekend List

6 Artistic Things To Do In Kansas City This Weekend

There's always the textbook definition: The manifestation or presentation of creative talent and imagination. But here's another, looser, far more time-sensitive answer: This weekend. Because art may be where you find it, but it never hurts to set a deadline. Art! Music! Food! You!


Fergie - Like It Ain't Nuttin' is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Vlogging Sporting Kansas City Victory



Nice local feature from a former Kansas City Soccer star chronicles their recent U.S. Open Cup winning night . . . Forgive the camera mugging and bad jokes because the behind the scenes footage and crowd shots are a nice look at local life for upstart fans.

Hopefully, more for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!

Selling The BILLION DOLLAR #NewKCI Airport Dream To Skeptical Kansas City Voters

Newspaper starts the pitch. Checkit:

Council makes the right KCI decision by picking Edgemoor. Is a better airport finally in sight?

Kansas Citians who want a better airport - and a brighter regional future - can take a deep breath. That future is finally in sight. Voting 10 to 2 Thursday, the Kansas City Council endorsed Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate as the developer of the $1 billion project.

Kansas City Club Scene Renaissance???

Insight into a major Crossroads nightlife addition and what that means for cowtown nightlife . . .

Sympathetic Vibrations | The Truman's Show

For a city that remained culturally stagnant for so many years, change is undoubtedly good. But rapid change, like the one the Kansas City has experienced in its Downtown, Crossroads, and Westport districts over the last decade, can sometimes come at the cost of a city's identity.

KANSAS CITY #TBT!!! WHERE ARE THEY NOW??? FORMER KANSAS CITY CONSERVATIVE TALKER CHRIS STIGALL COPES WITH DUI ARREST HOT MESS!!!



Tonight we think back to the beginning of an American Conservative uprising which begat the rise of Prez Trump and one of the Kansas City architects of the movement.

Remember Chris Stigall???

He was a fiery, local talk show host back before people tuned out and just decided to troll the Internets all day long.

In fact, he was the key-note speaker to a crowd of thousands in Kansas City which was probably the highlight of his life. The old-school tea party activists cheered enthusiastically for this rising media star. Upon that momentum he earned a job in Philly and seemed to be on his way to becoming the next Rush Limbaugh.

And now . . .

Philly Mag: Chris Stigall Apologizes for DUI Arrest

Deets:

"According to court records, Stigall’s blood-alcohol level at the time of his arrest was between 0.10 and 0.16, while a police blotter report originally pegged the number at .167. The legal BAC limit in Pennsylvania is .08. Stigall, who was charged with traveling at 85mph in a 55mph zone, pleaded guilty to driving at 75mph. As part of the plea deal, Stigall’s drivers license was suspended. He also agreed to perform community service. Court records indicate that he has paid more than $1,500 in fines and court costs."

His statement:

Chris Stigall: “There’s been talk online about my receiving a DUI last year and I’d like to take the opportunity to confirm that it did in fact happen. I made the terrible and far too common mistake of driving when I shouldn’t have been and am incredibly thankful and fortunate no one was hurt in the process. I am near completion of a diversion program for first-time offenders. During this time, I have sincerely internalized the severity of impaired driving and how it affects lives in the most tragic of ways. I apologize to anyone in the community I have disappointed. As always, I continue to commend local law enforcement who do the hard work to keep our streets safe. To my listeners, my colleagues, my friends, and our valued partners – you have my sincere guarantee you can confidently expect better from me in the future and I will demand better of myself.”

And so, we learn that even b-last media celebrity isn't easy and the trajectory of Kansas City Stars is often fraught with peril.

Nevertheless, we wish the best to this one time Kansas City power player as he confronts that aftermath of a hot mess that kinda contradicts so much of his reactionary rhetoric about personal responsibility and adherence to the law.

You decide . . .

Show-Me Sen. Bernie Against Alt-Right And Prez Trump In EPIC Missouri Speech

The best round-up of his comments today . . .

Bernie Sanders warns of rise in "right wing extremism" in speech blasting neo-Nazis and Trump

Senator Bernie Sanders sharpened his foreign policy message into a warning about the potential outcomes of Trump-era leadership, delivering a speech Thursday tying authoritarianism abroad to the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville last month and blasting America's ongoing war on terror as a "disaster."

KCK Conviction In Killing Of Weed Dealer

Thug Life report that reaches across the Kansas City metro. Take a look:

Kansas man, a slaying accomplice, convicted of first-degree murder

PLATTE CITY, Mo. - Jurors have convicted a Kansas City, Kan., man of first-degree murder for being an accomplice in a 2014 shooting death in Missouri's Platte County near Kansas City.

TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY LAW ENFORCEMENT AND LATINOS FUME OVER JACKSON COUNTY EXEC FRANK WHITE COMBAT SELECTION!!!



Once again Jackson County Exec Frank White finds himself embroiled in a controversy he could have easily avoided.

The sitch . . .

This week TKC was first to appoint a new COMBAT director pick by the Exec.



Now . . .

There's resistance to this move among both law enforcement and the local Latino community . . .

Turns out, there was a groundswell of support for longtime law enforcement leader Vince Ortega who was a more obvious choice.



A look at his qualifications from the COMBAT website:

During his 30-year career with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, Ortega rose through the ranks to become Deputy Chief of Police. He served on the department's Executive Committee with executive authority to command and coordinate the operations of the bureaus to which he was assigned. At one point, he supervised the KCPD Drug Enforcement Unit.

From 2007 through to his joining the COMBAT staff in early 2009, Ortega worked as a National Security Specialist for GE Homeland Protection, Inc., a division of General Electric.

COMBAT is an anti-drug program funded to the tune of tens of millions of dollars every year and the selection of a relatively unknown to this post has many community leaders flummoxed.

Moreover, the fact that yet another "community" anti-crime organization has excluded someone with connections to law enforcement is earning even more serious push back.



The selection was a surprise to many but it's no shock that the reaction to the news has been overwhelmingly negative.

Real talk: This was an easy win for Exec Frank White and he could have earned favor with both the Latino Community AND law enforcement BUT his pick of a relative newbie with few political connections has evoked a controversy behind the scenes. 

More background, insiders are pointing the finger at the JaxCo Chief of Staff for this important mistake that continues to undermine Exec's office.



And so, THANKS TO OUR BLOG COMMUNITY FOR PUTTING THIS ITEM ON OUR RADAR. After TKC FIRST REPORTING look for more news on this topic as locals and law enforcement leaders ponder the future of this program.

Developing . . .

THE KANSAS CITY EVENING UPDATE!!!



Classic Jordan and a bevy of news items worth a peek for this afternoon link pool . . .

TKC Told You So: New Airport Anti-Climax

Kansas City Council Approves Edgemoor For KCI Terminal Project

In a milestone for the future of Kansas City International Airport, the Kansas City Council on Thursday approved a team led by Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate to design, build and finance a new terminal.


KCPD Now Hiring

911 Call Center staffing is a very high priority

9-1-1 is the public's literal life-line, and I take our responsibility to respond to and manage that life-line very seriously. The call-takers and dispatchers of the KCPD take calls and dispatch not just for police, but also for EMS, the Fire Department and Animal Health and Safety.


Creeper Advisory In The Stix

Park Hill School District warning parents after multiple reports of a man approaching children

The Park Hill School District is issuing a warning on its facebook page to parents after several reported incidents of a man approaching children. The Kansas City Police Department notified the school district that they are investigating multiple reports of a man inappropriately approaching children.


The World According To The Professor

Steve Kraske gets it wrong about Bono, U2 and politics

"They are performers, and it is enough for them to do what people pay them to do, whether it be play music or football." - Carl LaSala, Leawood


MUST SEE: KICK-ASS KC COMIC MAP!!!

Mario Zucca " Kansas City Map

mariozucca.com


And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! RUSKIN HIGH SCHOOL 'PLEASED WITH SECURITY MEASURES' AFTER REPORTED DADDY & DAUGHTER BEAT DOWN LEAVES STUDENT CRITICAL!!!



Amid a tough week for South Kansas City, parents concerned about the safety of their students are directing their ire toward a beleaguered public school.

Accordingly . . .

CHECK THIS TRAGIC NOTE FROM RUSKIN HIGH SCHOOL OFFERING A DEFENSE OF SECURITY DESPITE REPORTED ASSAULT AGAINST A STUDENT BY DADDY & DAUGHTER!!!



The attempt to downplay the HORRIFIC REPORTED BEATING is standard but obviously confronts push back from parents . . .

Activist Alonzo Washington has insider info on this tragedy and EXCLUSIVE video. We're posting this NOTE FROM KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS just to add more documentation in the aftermath of the drama that impacts student safety and will hopefully elicit further consideration.

Check the highlights from note . . .

The incident involved two students and a parent. As soon as a physical conflict between the three individuals occurred, RHS was placed on a soft lockdown.

All protocols were followed regarding the parent’s admission into the school, as well as administration’s management of the incident.

Additional counselors were at RHS today to provide support for students along with additional police presence. Principal Allen and his staff are conducting an investigation at the school level, as well as assisting with an investigation by the Kansas City Police Department.

Sgt. Russell Dystra, HMC-1 director of security, said he is pleased with the security measures utilized and the police response. He noted that once the on-site officer was notified of the incident, it took only few seconds for him to respond and arrive at the scene.

Additional facts regarding the incident you should be made aware of:

1. There was no weapon involved.

2. The parent WAS NOT on campus to meet with the counselor about a domestic violence
issue.

3. The parent was on campus to sign his daughter into school due to a late arrival (11:50 am),
and assist her with obtaining her schedule.

All parental communication procedures for an incident of this nature were met and followed.

Students were given a letter to notify parents about the incident, and a robocall was sent to parents at approximately 4:00 pm. Emergency calls were not sent to parents at the time of the incident because no additional students other than those directly involved were in danger.
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Read the whole thing . . .

You decide . . .

KANSAS CITY ANTI-CLIMAX: BUSTED NEW AIRPORT BIDDING CIRCUS ALMOST COMPLETE!!! BURNS & MAC POLITICAL THUGGERY STILL THREATENS VOTERS!!!



UPDATE: COUNCIL APPROVED EDGEMOOR 10-2!!!

In a few minutes we're coming toward the end of the beginning of a new airport debacle.

City Hall machinations . . .

KC Biz Journal: Committee sticks with KCI recommendation; next up: full city council

Just a few things to remember . . .

- Burns & Mac isn't giving up. They have lawsuits ready and they're prepared to fight for ONE BILLION DOLLARS and the opportunity to steal local revenue.

- Voters have a chance to PUSH BACK in NOVEMBER as a public vote is still on the agenda.

- Sadly, there's a plan to take this one out of the realm of Democratic control and continue "private" building of a public resource . . . Mayor Sly was shamed amid his AIRPORT FAIL this time around but still must put in work for his corporate bosses.

Still, don't expect a lot of surprises or anything but disappointment in Kansas City's civic and political leaders.

Developing . . .

Elite Kansas City Catholic Girls School Embroiled In Beer Pong Swastika Controversy

More reason to rage over alleged social media hate crime whilst the fading middle-class laments the diminishing returns of 10K a year tuition for mean girls . . .

St. Teresa's Alumnae Outraged After Students Pose With Swastika While Drinking

Alumnae of St. Teresa's Academy are upset by the school's lax response to social media posts that show current students posing with a swastika. According to multiple alumnae who reached out to KCUR, seven students arranged plastic cups in the shape of a swastika while playing beer pong at a weekend party.

NEWSFLASH: CONSERVATIVES STILL HATE THE KANSAS CITY STAR!!!

I've always thought their bias skewed toward ELITISM over any political ideology and during the last election they backed a bunch of GOP candidates . . . Still, here's a really good column from Kansas right-wingers. Checkit:

Star Editorial Board Just as Clown Car Lefty as Always - The Sentinel

Remember those few heady moments when people with common sense thought the Kansas City Star's editorial board might move ever-so-slightly right? The paper canned some of its most viscous leftists and moved the editorial writers disguised as reporters to the opinion page. Then the Star hired a new editorial board vice president, Colleen McCain Nelson.

KANSAS CITY YOUNGSTER SHOT!!!

Midday tragedy and reminder about local escalating violence for all those denizens of our blog community denying this KCMO fact of life:

Child hurt in shooting, Kansas City police say

Stay with KMBC.com for updates

The Kansas City Afternoon Link Pool



Right now we feature classic Denise to inspires just a few #TBT smiles and some of the top Kansas City MSM links. Dive right in . . .

Kansas City Afternoon Boom

Suspicious package taped to SUV parked in KC driveway detonated, now being inspected as evidence

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Both the fire department and the police department responded Thursday morning to a call from residents at N.E. 109th Street and N. Ditzler, who said there was something suspicious under their black Cadillac SUV parked in their driveway. The suspicious package was somehow taped underneath or onto the SUV.


Po-Po: KC Can't Drive

KC police warn impairment is leading cause of deadly crashes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Deadly crashes are on the rise in Kansas City. Police want you to know so you can make better decisions before getting behind the wheel. It's only September, and already 74 people have been killed in car wrecks in Kansas City. In all of 2016, there were 68 people killed.


KCK Gunfire Escape Plan

How survivors escaped ambush by gunfire

John Calata, his two brothers and a friend in two cars were ambushed by gunfire near a stop sign at 41st Street on Adams Street in Kansas City, Kan. Here's how it unfolded.


Disturbance

Police arrest man they believe assaulted a woman and also kidnapped their child

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police tell Fox 4 a man is in custody Thursday after allegedly assaulting a woman and kidnapping their child. The alleged incident occurred just after 4 a.m. near 81st and Campbell, police say. Kari Thompson with the Kansas City Police Department says the mom and child are together and doing "okay."


STL Rioters Vs. Police Update

Listen: A 3 minute update on continuing reaction to the Stockley verdict

On Thursday's St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh was joined by St. Louis Public Radio editor Erica Hunzinger to discuss protests and response to the not-guilty verdict of Jason Stockley in the St. Louis region. Some of the latest stories our newsroom has produced are: We're still looking for your voices and perspectives.


Advice For KC Parks Other Than Silly Name Change Protestations

Archery range, horse paddock could be coming to KC's Little Blue Valley Park

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Parks and Recreation leaders have revealed a new conceptual plan for Little Blue Valley Park. Ideas include adding an archery range, a horse paddock, a fishing pond and more. At a public meeting Monday, the city hopes to prioritize the ideas on the list.


Kansas City Foodie Frustration

Chef Joe West leaves Stock Hill to Pursue Kusshi

The sizzle of a modern steakhouse concept drew executive chef Joe West into helping to open Stock Hill (4800 Main St.) on the Country Club Plaza last December; but nine months in, West has left the kitchen. "We couldn't do 20-ingredient dishes [at Stock Hill].


And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

KANSAS CITY NEWSIE TESTIMONY: KSHB 41 ANCHOR CHRISTA DUBILL REVEALS UPSKIRTING DEETS AFTER CREEPER CONVICTION!!!



Last year a top ranking anchor lady shared her story of an altercation with a dude who she claimed invaded her privacy and took inappropriate images of her without her consent at a grocery store.

And today

KANSAS CITY NEWS ANCHOR CHRISTA DUBILL OFFERS TESTIMONY AS A VICTIM OF UPSKIRTING FOLLOWING A RECENT CONVICTION!!!

She offers another photo and of the dude who was convicted along with her insight into the year-long court battle.

Money line . . .

This has all been so horribly awkward for me. Especially with everything else going on in my life and in the world. Thank you to all of you for being so supportive.

I hope by sharing this, we can all be more aware of our surroundings.

Important note:

I still believe there are so many more good guys than creeps.

To all the good guys out there, thanks for being awesome! And I'm sorry creeps like this guy can make things tougher for you since they cause the rest of us to be a little more suspicious.
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You decide  . . .

Kansas City Country Club Plaza Crime Pushes Into Nearby Neighborhoods Amid Art Fair



This year's Plaza art fair starts tomorrow in the midst of a KCMO homicide spike and a crime spree that's spreading . . .

To wit . . .

PLAZA ART FAIR DENIZENS SHOULD NOW THAT CRIME IN THE AREA, LIKE ALL OF KCMO, IS GETTING WORSE!!!

Check the deets:

Fox4: West Plaza neighbors on edge, curious is string of break-ins are connected

Deets:

A rash of home and car break-ins in the West Plaza neighborhood has some people on edge, and wondering if they're all connected.

One recent victim says he slept with a baseball bat after his home was broken into.

“This is the first time my house has been broken into, I`ve actually had my car broken into twice before that,” said A RECENT CRIME VICTIM, who has lived in the West Plaza neighborhood for almost four years . . . 

KCPD says there is an uptick in car and home break-ins in the West Plaza neighborhood.
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Developing . . .

Brookside Domestic Drama Revealed Amid Kansas City Homicide Trending Upward

Behind the scenes murder coverage earns a special look because of a middle-class locale and the disturbing trend of family drama increasingly ending in death among locals. Read more:

Domestic Abuse, An Argument And A Gun Lead To Murder In Kansas City's Brookside Neighborhood

Alice Snodgrass was worried about her friend Nicki Alexopoulos. Worried about a threat from within her family. "When she went silent, when she wasn't on Facebook, that was an indication that something was wrong," Snodgrass says. So, she drove 200 miles to check on Nicki.

Dead-Tree Media Against KCPD

Notice the trend . . . As public support for the newspaper fades, watch the organization take more swipes at the police as well-funded special interests flex their muscle and offer the only path for newspaper profitability. Still, here's a tragic story that deserves attention:

KCPD refused family's report of missing loved one who later turned up dead

Carrie Mae Blewett seldom let a day to pass without picking up her cellphone to call her mother, her children or another relative. After three days of silence, her family began to worry and went to the police. But the police officer declined to take a missing persons' report.

Shooting Amid Shawnee Craigslist Deal

Golden Ghetto gets rougher as the online world continues to be scammy. Checkit:

Man shot outside Shawnee apartment early Thursday

A man was shot outside a Shawnee apartment early Thursday. Police said the victim had contacted someone to sell an item before he was shot.

The TKC Missouri & Kansas Run-Down



Lots of Missouri & Kansas news out there that SORT OF impacts Kansas City but not really. As always, we still wanted to share and offer this quick lost of stories to watch.

Checkit:

Fear Cowtown 'Fatberg' Brewing: Kansas City Confronts Flushable Wipe Crisis

Local coverage of a problem that's plaguing all of humankind. And creating underground monsters that are nearly as scary as the C.H.U.D. which already lurks below:

Those flushable wipes? They're not actually flushable

It's something we all have to do every day...but usually what happens after we flush is out of sight, and out of mind. But we got to see it up close this week. "So everything up north is coming through this wastewater plant," said KCMO Water Plant Engineer Shaun O'Kelley.

Kansas City Streetcar Tech Revisited

Great coverage of local history as urban planners and tax fighters battle over the future of this old school transit . . . Take a look:

Kansas City's First Streetcars

Kansas City's street railway began humbly in 1869 with the advent of small, animal-drawn cars along rails laid in existing city streets. They were usually drawn by mules, which were more readily available, and the idea was to ferry people between the cities of Kansas City and West Port.

Kansas City Soccer Championship Party

Pro-Top . . . Soccer fans gathering for their impressive wins that don't really generate much local buzz are STILL A GOOD TIME. Wear something light blue and, when pressed, just make an inspirational short-dude joke about Latif Blessing and ask for their take. Here are the deets:

U.S. Open Cup Championship Party set for Friday in the KC Live! Block

All Sporting Kansas City fans are invited to attend the U.S. Open Cup Championship Party and Medal Ceremony on Friday at the Kansas City Live! Block in the Power & Light District.

Kansas City #TBT Late Start



Playing a bit of catch-up this morning and that's okay given that most of the news is fake or just corporate PR. In the meantime, to start #TBT we're saddened not only that Siri is out of the pr0n game but also that she's also working on quitting Twitter as well.

Still we attempt to soldier on and take a look at these Kansas City local links for the midmorning . . .

Starting Kansas City New Airport Circus

AECOM says it considered adding Burns & McDonnell to team

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As council members prepare to vote on a KCI proposal from Edgemoor, AECOM announced it considered teaming up with Burns & McDonnell to win the contentious airport contract.


Kansas City Broken Commute

Crash snarls traffic Thursday on EB I-70 near I-670

A two-vehicle collision Thursday morning on eastbound I-70 has snarled traffic near I-670.


Tensions High In KCK

UPDATE: Man in custody, officials removed kids after standoff in KCK

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Police have a man in custody and removed three children from a home in Kansas City, Kansas. Around 2 p.m., a Department for Children and Families worker and KCKPD officers went to a home near 10th Street and Custer Avenue to remove three children, ages 5, 3, and 9 months.


Celebrate Local Milking Station

Donor milk needed at metro breast milk bank

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's one of the simplest and most natural ways to help babies in the most critical stages of their early lives, and it's something nursing moms can do. FOX 4 toured the Heart of America Mother's Milk Bank to learn more about the need for donor breast milk.


Golden Ghetto Traffic Talk

Lenexa wants public feedback on Quivira Road study, future

The city of Lenexa wants feedback from the public on the future of Quivera Road. The city is just beginning a Quivira Road Corridor Study, looking at the future of the heavily traveled portion between 79th and 99th Streets. The first of three public workshops is Thursday, September 21 from 6:00 p.m.


Kansas City Good Neighbors

Mexican Consulate in Kansas City working to aid earthquake victims in Mexico City

The Consulate is urging anyone who can to donate to the Mexican Red Cross.


Tragic Record Breaking Home Team Season

Mike Moustakas Breaks Kansas City Royals Season Home Run Record

It took longer than anyone expected, but Mike Moustakas now has the record for most home runs in a single season in Kansas City Royals history. The powerful third baseman launched his 37th homer of the campaign in a resounding 15-5 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.


Soul II Soul - Back To Life is the #TBT song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

TKC MUST SEE: KANSAS CITY O.G. CLIP!!!



As Wayback Wednesday transitions into Throwback Thursday . . . For our late night and swing-shift denizens, here's a really great clip of a somewhat old school event that was recently released . . .

"This exhibition of Daniel Bartle's "Kansas City Original Gangsters" series took place at Kultured Chameleon Gallery, in Kansas City MO, April of 2013."

Take a look:



Hopefully, more for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS DOUBLE HOMICIDE AT KENSIGNTON PARK TONIGHT!!!

Roundup report of a slaughter across The State Line. Here's the most in-depth coverage so far:

2 dead, 1 injured in shooting incident near Kensington Park

The Kansas City Police Department and Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office are investigating a shooting incident in the parking lot of Kensington Park. That incident happened just before 8 p.m. near 29th and State. When officers arrived on the scene - 2 people were found dead. Authorities aren't saying how they died.

Sporting KC Stays Wining US Open Cup

Soccer victory for this low-rent championship team that truly doesn't get the credit it deserves despite so many diehard and younger fans. Take a look:

Sporting KC beats Red Bulls 2-1 to win 4th US Open Cup title

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - (AP) -- Latif Blessing scored midway through the first half, Daniel Salloi added a breakaway goal in the second and Sporting Kansas City held on to beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 on Wednesday night for its fourth U.S. Open Cup title.

CRAIG GLAZER: IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE TO THE 2015 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION KANSAS CITY ROYALS!!!



Impressive stat analysis and insight into the future of the franchise from our pal Craig. Checkit:

Craig Glazer: Will Fans Still Come Out To See Royals And Say Good-Bye?

The attendance is down quite a bit from even last season when the Royals finished .500. Last year the Royals drew over 2.5 million, clearly on the heat of winning the world series in 2015. This year fans began to realize the Royals were toast about a month ago, drawing just over 2 million this season thus far. Yes there are a few games left, like ten and the Royals can get about another 200-250,000 added still far short of last year, but not bad with a sub .500 team, right.

The question is: Are the Fans going to come out just to say good-bye to what is left of the world series core team? Remember other than Eric Hosmer, the rest will be somewhat affordable to bring back next year. The two remaining big names are 'Moose' and Lorenzo Cain, right?

Moose is not likely to hit 40 home runs this season, he was hot the first half of the year and since the all star break has struggled to hit 10 homers. Buyers don't see him as a big time power hitter, he is a solid third baesman, hits around .260-.270 with decent power. They look at his entire career, in his case this year may be a one off season with the high 30's in home runs, plus he is oft injured. Had Moose hit plus 40, batted closer to .290 and driven in over 100 runs, perhaps the 100 million dollars would be there for him somewhere, as it is for Hosmer. Moose looks like a 50-70 million dollar man for say 4-5 year deal, kinda like Alex Gordon. He likely will stay if Royals match or maybe get close on other offers. Moose is not Hosmer, doesn't long for the national spot light as much,not a playboy wanting to date stars not tv news girls and so on. Eric will get around 150 million for a long term deal, likely will go with Yanks. As for Lorenzo Cain, he is already getting over 10 million a year now. Lorenzo is entering his mid 30's a good hitter .280 plus with some power, maybe 15-20 homers and decent RBI count. His big strength is he is an outstanding outfielder to go with a solid bat. I think he'd like to move on, a matter of money, how long a deal and what team wants him. Again Royals could keep him if they want too. Sal Perez already has a long deal here and stays to lead the team in the years to come with 'Two Hit Whitt.' Keeping these players didn't work so my guess is the expensive ones will be gone. Royals might try and keep 'Moose' for fans sake like Alex. My guess is now due to wanting the money for younger guys down the line. We have no real pitchers of value anymore. Thus Jason Vargas could be gone. He finished the season on a down note.

So will the fans come out the last two weeks to say GOOD-BYE and thank say thank you. Do we return to games of 10,000 and less during the week, I'd say yes. The Brett Royals ended in 1985 with a world series win. George and others stayed for several more years, we contended but no playoffs anymore and then fell to the bottom for decades. This might be the case now. We have no Eric Hosmers coming up soon, not sure about finding young pitching...that's on a wing and a prayer.

Hey these guys gave us 2014 and 2015. It was a nice break from years of losing and not mattering, so they deserve our thanks. So post the Hosmer years in your memory books and soon it will be.."Eric Hosmer again voted to the American League All Star team...hey remember he started with Kansas City." Small markets are tough, boy does Kansas City have great fans though.
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