Wednesday, November 22, 2017

TKC WEDNESDAY NIGHT QUESTION: WOULD YOU LET KANSAS CITY POLICE SHARE ACCESS TO YOUR SECURITY CAMERA???



The Chief explains the latest community-outreach tech info sharing process in COMPREHENSIVE detail in his latest blog post . . .

Link. . .

KCPD: A simple way you can help solve and prevent crime in KC

Deets:

"The new WatchKC program allows residents and businesses to register with us that they have a security camera, and the address where it’s located. We’ll then put those locations on a map with each person’s contact information, and only specific investigative elements at KCPD will have access to that information. They will have no live access to the footage, but they will know where cameras are and whom to contact about possible recordings. Your registration information will be extracted from the submittal form and kept as secure as all other information maintained by KCPD."

And so . . .

WOULD YOU SIGN UP TO SHARE TECH INFO AND SPY CAM ACCESS WITH KCPD???

Why or why not???

The Kansas City News Link Sit Down



Tonight we take a quick moment to consider all things Kansas City along with Britney hotess before the holiday.

Take a look:

Flyover Country Identity

Embracing (or Rejecting) The Midwest

What does it mean to be a Midwesterner? It's a hard question to answer, but there's definitely something unique about this land between coasts. From our hardworking ethic to our passive-aggressive attitude, we discuss the characteristics, attitudes and habits (both good and bad) that define being Midwestern. Guests:


Talking Northland Future Tonight

If we want to replace the Buck O'Neil Bridge, tolls aren't the way

A proposal to collect tolls on Kansas City's Buck O'Neil Bridge should be stopped in its tracks. The idea surfaced recently, as the city searches for ways to pay for its share of replacing the state-owned bridge. It could cost $200 million or more for a new bridge.


Search For Kansas City Justice

Reward increased as police continue search for Kansas City man's killer

Saturday marks one year since a Kansas City man was robbed, shot and killed near 49th and Bellefontaine, and investigators are still looking for a suspect.


Snail Mail Brookside Debacle

Closed Brookside post office problem for customers - KSHB.COM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The front door at the Country Club Station post office in Brookside is temporarily closed. USPS officials blame the results of a safety inspection. Two and a half weeks after an emergency shutdown of the Country Club Station on Nov.


After The Fact Political Bravery

Sebelius: Clinton WH "doubled down" on "abusive behavior"

"Not only did people look the other way, but they went after the women who came forward and accused him," says Kathleen Sebelius, the former secretary of Health and Human Services and Kansas governor. "And so it doubled down on not only bad behavior but abusive behavior.


Tiger Trouble Over Fees

Tuition waivers for Mizzou employees may be in jeopardy

The University of Missouri System tuition waivers for employees could be jeopardized under certain versions of the tax overhaul plan being debated in Congress.


Today's Murder Tribute

Hundreds gather for KCK student's vigil

Breaking News 15 year old December Htoo was a standout student at JC Harmon High School in Kansas city, Kansas. He was found shot to death over November 17, 2017 inside the laundromat where he worked at called Maple Hill Laundry. Today hundreds of people have gathered to remember December with balloon release and a candle light vigil.


And this is the OPEN THREAD for tonight . . .

Cerner And Amazon Collabo Moves Stock . . . And Kansas City Moves Up In Amazon HQ2 Power Rankings After All . . . ???

Some of the smartest Kansas City day traders made a few bucks off this shift today . . . And MAYBE KC does have a chance at landing Amazon HQ2 after all.

Amazon's cloud is about to announce a huge health-care deal with Cerner, sources say

Amazon's cloud business, in its march toward $20 billion in annual revenue, has nabbed top clients in areas ranging from energy and technology to financial services and government. Heading into its annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas next week, Amazon Web Services has found a partner to help the company crack a massive industry that's been slower to adopt the cloud: health care.

Kansas City Fishtank Theatre Conversation

STELLAR interview here with one of the most talented performers in all of Kansas City and a lady who has helped countless careers with her maverick efforts . . . Read more:

Artist-Run KC: Fish Food: Heidi Van's Fishtank Theatre

"We challenge the way theatre meets its audience by installing performances in different I had the opportunity to talk with actress, producer, director, and curator of the Fishtank Theater, Heidi Van, about the performing arts scene in Kansas City. Through this conversation, Van explains her role in the organization and the purpose of artist-run spaces to address injustices in the community.

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! DESPERATE AND DISABLED PANHANDLERS HASSLED AWAY FROM KANSAS CITY PUBLIC STREETS AHEAD OF COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA LIGHTING CEREMONY 2017!!!



As local media hibernates for the holidays and works to broadcast only the safest and lamest sentimental local stories . . . Our TKC blog community is kicking into overdrive despite low cash reserves.

To wit . . .

THIS TKC HOBO READER E-MAIL REPORTS CRUELTY TO CLEAR STREETS FOR THE KANSAS CITY COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA LIGHTING CEREMONY!!!

Here's the word that CONTRADICTS KANSAS CITY FAKE NEWS ABOUT LOCAL THANKSGIVING GENEROSITY . . . Full disclosure: This e-mail is a composite of two separate notes sent in from a panhandler whom I've given a couple of bucks to in the past and who remains an active reader of the blog . . . And has 1st hand knowledge which rejects recent local claims that homelessness for veterans has been eradicated.

Tony, I am writing you from the library to let you know that I have been chased away from the Plaza today because they don't seem to want panhandlers near the place for the lighting ceremony tomorrow. 

There were more people on the Plaza today and more opportunities for me to earn money but I was not allowed to sit or even rest for a moment without getting hollered at.

I am physically disabled and unemployable. You all don't realize that for those, who are physically disabled, panhandling is the ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME that the physically disabled have going for them, so they can financially survive.

I am horrified, and even saddened, that there are so many people out there, who ARE capable of finding and getting work; BUT, who are also, begging out on the street, and do drugs and alcohol. They are in competition against me for the same, dollar bill, which I need MORE than they do. Yet, I am not able to physically work. I do NOT do alcohol, drugs, sex, etc., yet I have to pay my debts and bills, and financially provide for myself.

No one wants to hire me; because, I am physically disabled. Panhandling has been a real hand up for me, and NOT a hand out. So, if you happen to see a one armed woman, begging for money on the street, please DO NOT yell at me to get a job. It is NOT my fault, that employers want to grossly discriminate against me . . .

Being chased away from the Plaza today was another way that the rights over everyone are in jeopardy. If they can close down public streets to the disabled and to panhandlers then more restrictions for others are on the way . . .
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And so we put the question to our reader community . . .

IS IT RIGHT TO HASSLE AND HUSTLE AWAY PANHANDLERS AWAY FROM KANSAS CITY PUBLIC STREETS IN THE COUNTRY CLUB ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT BEFORE THE THANKSGIVING PLAZA LIGHTING CEREMONY 2017?!?!

Like it or not, this story has implications for the future of street privatization under consideration first in Westport and then for the rest of KC.

Either way this might be a futile goal given that two panhandlers replace every one that's pushed out as the local homeless and poverty crisis worsens.

You decide . . .

Kansas City Mayor Sly Signs Scathing Letter Against MO Low Income Tax Credit Cuts

In today's Kansas City correspondence . . . An angry letter signed by Mayor Sly and Mayors from across the Show-Me State . . .

"The letter called the action a unilateral move that “overturned the will of a democratically elected Legislature”. It said discontinuing the tax credits would harm the poor, as well as seniors, homeless veterans and people with special needs."

Read more:

Missouri mayors galvanize opposition to commission's move to dump low income tax credits

A group of Missouri mayors is voicing its opposition to a state commission that's moving to do away with some tax credits. 27 city heads released a strongly worded letter yesterday condemning the commission's decision to scrap tax credits that are used to build low income housing.

Northeast News Reports DEFINITIVE Roundup Of Latest Arson Charges Following Two Kansas City Firefighters Killed In Blaze

Here's a COMPREHENSIVE guide to the ongoing case against a local manicurist. Checkit:

Report: new arson charges filed against Thu Hong Nguyen

By Paul Thompson The Kansas City Star has reported that Thu Hong Nguyen, the woman who stands accused of starting an October 2015 Independence Avenue fire that claimed the lives of KCFD firefighters John Mesh and Larry Leggio, has been hit with new arson charges related to a 2013 Lee's Summit fire at a nail salon she managed.

The Mike Burke Kansas City Convention Hotel MIGHT Be Ready For Next Year!!! Or Not!!!

Here's local financial news trying to be nice and giving the benefit of the doubt to A DOWNTOWN PROJECT THAT HAS FAILED TO PROVIDE ANY SOLID FINANCIAL DETAILS TO THE PUBLIC DESPITE ASKING FOR $35-MILLION UP FRONT FROM TAXPAYERS. Take a peek:

Kansas City convention hotel plan looks like a go, according to financial documents - Kansas City Business Journal

The writing - thousands of pages of it - is on the wall, and it says that the long-proposed downtown convention headquarters hotel is going to become a reality.

Kansas City Tech Scene Hates Prez Trump Administration Crackdown On Net Neutrality



There's chatter about local protest but local geeks are unlikely to leave their keyboard to do much of anything. In the meantime, here's a tech scene rebuke of a move to kill the Internet or at least give it away to even more big companies. Checkit:

FCC head: Repealing net neutrality will boost innovation; startups disagree

The Federal Communications Commission is preparing to eliminate regulatory rules that prohibit internet service providers from interfering with consumers' access to web content. FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that the regulatory body will vote Dec. 14 to repeal 2015 Obama-era regulations.

Kansas City Metro Meth Babies Trending

Tragic trend for 2017 holiday season hard times. Here's the latest, sad metro story of another metro baby ingesting meth. Read more:

Platte County woman charged after 1-year-old tests positive for meth

Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 12:32 PM EST Updated: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 12:33 PM EST PLATTE COUNTY, MO (KCTV) - A Platte County woman faces criminal charges after court records show that her one-year-old daughter tested positive for methamphetamine. Brionna Colvin, 23, has been charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

JJ's Fax Machine Blast Blame Game

More deets on not-so-long-ago deadly disaster with a fax machine to blame . . .

Appeals court upholds ruling in JJ's explosion, forces Time Warner to pay

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - - Time Warner Cable lost its appeal and must now pay JJ's Restaurant roughly $3 million for the cable company's role in the explosion that killed one person and destroyed the restaurant back in February 2013. The three-judge panel in the Missouri Court of Appeals handed down its ruling Tuesday.

The Fake Hate Border War???

Cashill provides an interesting perspective on Missouri vs. Kansas trending pranks . . .

The New Border War: Which State Can Generate the Most Fake Hate Crimes - The Sentinel

Missouri and Kansas seem to have revived the border war, this time over which state can generate the most fake hate crimes. Kansas would seem to have taken the lead in this new border war with the two bogus crimes in October out of Kansas State, but Missouri came roaring back back with a fake church hate crime in Kansas City and now with a fake school hate crime in Chesterfield.

The Kansas City Wednesday Smart Links



Quick peek at the midday with the help of hottie August. Take a look:

Downtown Kansas City Tax Break Workout

$30M YMCA project is a 'game changer' for downtown Kansas City - Kansas City Business Journal

The Missouri Development Finance Board's unanimous approval of a tax credit application for the project means the YMCA will be able to raise up to $8 million from donors who can then claim a 50 percent tax credit for contributing to the project.


Golden Ghetto Booze Suspects

2 men sought in 2 Overland Park liquor store robberies

Overland Park police are hoping to identify two men wanted on suspicion of robbery at two liquor stores. Police said the robberies were reported in the 7000 block of West 83rd Street and in the 10300 block of Mastin Street. Both robberies happened within minutes of each other, police said.


Meth Town Dude Suspect Targets Veterans

Independence PD search for man who stole $800 bronze plaque from veteran's headstone

The employee says a white man on a bike pried the plaque from the headstone and put it in his backpack. (Independence PD) The employee says he later saw the suspect give the backpack to another white man sitting in a Ford Taurus. (Independence PD)


Greater Kansas City Biz Class Party Pix

See who celebrated KC's success at chamber dinner [PHOTOS] - Kansas City Business Journal

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner gathered the area's top business, civic and government leaders to look back at a year of accomplishments, ahead to new leadership and anoint a new Kansas Citian of the Year.


Sound Of Kansas City Legacy

How Got What U Like Records became a cultural beacon in south Kansas City

Photo by Aaron Rhodes Mark Harper was a child when he dug his first crate, rifling his older brother's vinyl collection. His brother, who is 10 years his senior, had moved out, but he often invited Harper over to hang out on the weekends.


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

TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY THANKSGIVING MESSAGE SLAMS MISSOURI REPUBLICANS AND PREZ TRUMP!!!



In a bittersweet message on the topic of family, life and local hype . . . Kansas City's top elected official lashed out at Republicans who dominate the ranks above him.

To wit . . .

CHECK MAYOR SLY RAGING AGAINST THE REPUBLICAN HEGEMONY IN MISSOURI AND PREZ TRUMP FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!!

In his latest missive the Mayor admits TKC FIRST REPORTING about the danger that the demise of Private Activity Bonds pose to #NewKCI . . .

Here's the kicker of a somewhat bitter Thanksgiving message from Mayor Sly James: "We continue to build upon our momentum in spite of dysfunction at the state and federal level . . . Additionally, we’re watching and waiting to see what happens with tax reform at the federal level. Right now, they’re proposing to eliminate Private Activity Bonds and Advanced Refunding Bonds, tools that have been and continue to be essential to critical infrastructure projects in this city and every city in the country. To make matters worse, the Senate tax bill would also repeal the individual mandate, which has been fundamental to the Affordable Care Act’s success in providing health care access to more people."

The outrage seems to negate a great deal his well wishes as the Mayor's image becomes increasingly standoffish insomuch as even his most strident supporters ADMIT THE MAYOR SLY IS NOW MORE SALTY THAN FROSTY.

Translation . . . Those smiling campaign mailers were filled with lies and the jolly fat man at City Hall is just as imaginary as Santa Claus.

You decide . . .

SHAME!!! MIDDLE-CLASS SOCIALITE WHITE LADIES AT THE KANSAS CITY PET PROJECT FIRING ALL OF THE MINORITIES WHO NOW WORK KCMO ANIMAL CONTROL!!!



A transition as a result of the GO bond vote . ..

Ordinance #170917 Directing the City Manager to pursue outsourcing for all animal control and shelter operations.

And here's what everybody is missing . . .

KANSAS CITY ANIMAL CONTROL IS PREDOMINANTLY STAFFED BY AFRICAN-AMERICAN WORKERS AND THE KC PET PROJECT IS AN ENDEAVOR OF VERY NICE AND WELL-MEANING MIDDLE-CLASS WHITE LADIES WHO ARE NOW READY TO FIRE A MOSTLY MINORITY STAFF!!!

More to the point . . .

WATCH THIS KCMO PRIVATIZATION MOVE BECAUSE IT'S A PET TRAINING GROUND FOR BIGGER TRANSFERS OF CITY HALL SERVICES!!!

Read more . . .

KC Council considering replacing city’s animal control division with nonprofit KC Pet Project

Developing . . .

TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY OBAMACARE ADVOCATES TALK TRANS & NON-BINARY BIRTH CONTROL NEEDS!!!

From the world's most accurate encyclopedia and related to the misconception that only ladies need birth control . . .

Genderqueer, also termed non-binary, is a catch-all category for gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine‍—‌identities which are outside the gender binary and cisnormativity. Genderqueer people may express a combination of masculinity and femininity, or neither, in their gender expression.

And here's how this applies to the ongoing debate over local healthcare:

Testimony . . . "This issue affects people of all genders, and we need to make sure that young people who do not look like how we imagine a woman or someone who needs birth control to look like STILL receive access to this service."

Read more . . .

Birth Control Affects Trans and Non-Binary People too

by Kathryn Ammon Until recently, employers and insurance providers were required to cover all forms of birth control as preventive healthcare. But just a few weeks ago, the Trump administration took...

Kansas City Chiefs Fans: Move Forward With Patrick Mahomes Over QB Alex Smith

Big picture perspective from sports talkers and some of the most diehard fanboys. Checkit:

Kansas City Chiefs: Starting Patrick Mahomes Now Makes Sense

Confusing is a word that suits the current Kansas City Chiefs, especially when you compare them to the Chiefs that took the world by storm early in the season. Alex Smith has been replaced by a horrible out-of-work actor trying to make a buck or two. It clearly isn't the same person.

KANSAS CITY FIRE DOUBLE DEATH TODAY!!!

Tragic follow-up as the season of local infernos approaches:

Firefighters pull 2 people out of burning Kansas City home

Ross Ferguson/KMBC SOURCE: Ross Ferguson/KMBC Firefighters pulled two people out of a burning home in east Kansas City early Wednesday morning. Authorities received the call of a fire in the 4100 block of Locust Street just before 5 a.m. Wednesday. There were also downed power lines that were still live when crews arrived on scene.

KU MED OVERBUILDING AND DESTROYING 39TH STREET NEIGHBORHOOD HONORED AS KANSAS CITIAN OF THE YEAR!!!



The Kansas City corporate oligarchy recently offered more promotional hype for their agenda this week by way of a prize for a local med center dude.

Take a look:



Fox4: Roy Jensen, University of Kansas Cancer Center director, named 2017 ‘Kansas Citian of the Year’

That's sweet but this prize isn't about saving lives, it's about the MEDIAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX infringing on every day life with little to no regard for consequences.

I'm sure the doc does lots great work and we don't want to debate the efficacy of chemo . . . Especially given that so many mobile phones used to access the Internets are a greater cancer risk than most people realize . . .

Instead, let's just acknowledge that KU Med also has a great deal of problems from nurse union fights to Obamacare debate.



Either way, we congratulate this doc on his prize that hopefully earns him a free parking space among the nightmare labyrinth created by his employer.

Developing . . .

Holiday Reminder: Girls Scouts Suspect Your Family Is Full Of Nothing But Creepers

#MeToo training advice or an early lesson about consent??? Really want to know the perspective from our blog community . . . Without being gross.

Girl Scouts: Don't make your daughter hug people this holiday

At a time when issues of sexual harassment and consent are in the news, and with the holidays just around the corner, the Girl Scouts have released a recommendation about how parents can help young girls handle affection. A "Reminder" post on the GSUSA website tells parents, "She doesn't owe anyone a hug.

El Bryan Jokes Prez Trump Turkey Day

Subtle and very AWESOME joke from Kansas City's very best comic illustrator. Take a look: retorts illustrated by bryan stalder

Kansas City Midweek Crime Roundup



Quick look at all of the important crime-related local news links for right now . . .

Kansas City Cold Case Legacy

One year after he went missing, Brandon Herring's murder still unsolved

It's been one year since Brandon Herring went missing. His body was found in earlier this year near 67th and Lewis in Kansas City. His murder is still unsolved. On Tuesday, family and friends gathered to remember Herring, trying to focus on the happy times but still struggling Those who love Herring call him "Mac Bear."


Inner-Suburban Power Struggle

New ordinance allows Raytown City Manager to review police personnel decisions

New ordinance allows Raytown City Manager to review police personnel decisions Opponents say this move would allow the City Manager to micromanage the police department The City Manager now has the power to review the police chief's personnel decisions before they go to the board for approval in Raytown.


More Arson Accusations After Deadly Blaze The Killed To Kansas City Firefighters

New charge filed against woman accused of setting 2015 fire that killed two KCMO firefighters

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A new charge has been filed against the woman accused of setting a fire that killed two Kansas City, Missouri, firefighters, prosecutors announced Tuesday. Thu Hong Nguyen was previously charged with one count of arson, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of second-degree murder and one count of causing catastrophe.


Janitor Gunman Fakers Stalk Meth Town

Suspects impersonating maintenance men arrested in Independence after attempted armed burglaries

Two different families say armed men tried to trick them into opening their front doors to rob them. Investigators say the suspects even faked needing help to try to force their way inside. Just before noon, a woman living in an apartment complex off East 5th Street in Independence heard a knock.


Overland Park Car Crime Suspect Duo

Auto burglary in Overland Park

Breaking News The Overland Park Police Department needs your assistance in identifying two suspects in an auto burglary and criminal damage to property which occurred on November 13th 2017 in the 13600 block of Metcalf.


Youngster Crooks Target Working Mom

Teenage thieves with gun rob single mom during night out in KC, then show up at her house

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 37-year-old single mom says she has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving after two crooks robbed her at gunpoint early Monday morning. It happened near 39th and Terrace streets, and after the thieves got away, the woman says things got even scarier.


KCPD Signs Up Your Spy Cam

How to help KCPD Watch KC

By Paul Thompson Northeast News At least once in the recent past, a private security camera has helped the Kansas City, Missouri police department solve a violent crime in the Historic Northeast.


Killing The Future Trending In KCK

KCK school students mourning after death of fourth student this year

The Kansas City, Kansas School District is in mourning. December Htoo, a 15-year-old student at J C Harmon High School in KCK was found shot to death over the weekend inside the laundromat where he worked. Htoo's death is weighing heavily on students. "It's pretty quiet," said friend Diana Bueso.


Developing . . .

Show-Me Dating Danger In Missouri

Locals are most likely to meet a potential killer and/or fattie by way of online hook-up sites in this part of the nation. Local newsie clickbait but still cute and more relevant than the Missouri education slap-fight underway, read more:

Study: Missouri most dangerous state for online dating

Missouri has been named the most dangerous state in America for online dating. Researchers looked at statistics from all 50 states and ranked the Show Me State dead last. The study, conducted by BackgroundChecks.org, looked at violent crime and STD infections and the frequency of identity theft.

Keeping Kansas Police Shootings Quiet

Outrage over a dude shot in the back in Topeka is reaching a boiling point as the public demands to know more about the case and protesters connected with the national Black Lives Matter movement attempt to gain a foothold in the controversy. Checkit:

Shootings by police officers and other Kansas cases cloaked in secrecy

Some Kansas police departments do not identify officers involved in fatal shootings, and body camera footage from the incidents may never become public. Records in unsolved criminal cases can remain closed indefinitely, even to victims' families.

The Kansas City Wednesday First Look



Chanelle back in her hottie glory days inspires this morning and all of these Kansas City MSM links to start the day . . .


Kansas City Fanboy Hope For The Holidays

Andy Reid has experience pulling a team from a slump, and he's going to need it

7:00 AM ET Adam TeicherESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Chiefs for 20 seasons for Kansas City Star Joined ESPN in 2013 KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nineteen seasons as an NFL head coach have given Andy Reid some experience in trying to pull a team out of a slump.


Lesson In School Bus Safety

What happens when KC area school districts get bus driver complaints?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - What happens when someone complains about a school bus driver? We went to eight Kansas City area districts to find out. Whether we received emails or types of concern forms, every district gave us a look at some of the complaints they've received.


Kansas City High Class On The Road

Kansas City Ballet Takes Its 'Nutcracker' To The Kennedy Center In Washington, D.C.

On Wednesday, the Kansas City Ballet opens the first of seven prestigious performances of "The Nutcracker" at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., capping a year and a half of planning and meeting a massive logistical challenge. Moving the entire production required four 52-foot semi trucks.


Vegans Ruin Kansas City Turkey Day

KC vegan restaurant preparing to serve free Thanksgiving meal to hundreds this Thursday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Café Gratitude in Kansas City is offering a free Thanksgiving meal for anybody who wants to come out and enjoy it. The restaurant will be serving a vegan Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. Staff said it's there way of giving back to the community.


Hottie News Exercise

Abby Eden and Karli Ritter to climb 42 flights of stairs for the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Fox 4's Abby Eden and Karli Ritter are training, preparing to climb the stairs of a skyscraper for the American Lung Association's 'Fight for Air Climb', scheduled for Feb. 25. To raise money for those affected by lung disease, Abby and Karli and all the other participating climbers will take on 902 steps on 42 floors.


Newspaper Plays Northland Fear

Could tolls be returning to the Buck O'Neil bridge?

As Kansas City scrambles to replace the aging Buck O'Neil Bridge downtown, city leaders are considering tolls or a new sales tax to pay for a new bridge. The city has looked at different scenarios, but city leaders think a toll or other tax offers the city the best opportunity to raise the money it needs in the time needed.


Pitch Talks Old School Landmark

Antioch Park's iconic Dodge Town meets its demise - or does it?

One morning last month, my wife sent me a two-word, one-emoji text. The words were "Antioch Park." The emoji was one signalling mourning. Uh-oh, I thought. Had the park's Wild West village, a beloved children's play area for something like half a century, been torn down?


P!nk - Beautiful Trauma is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! ACTIVIST ALONZO WASHINGTON SPARKS INVESTIGATION INTO #METOO COMPLAINTS AGAINST KCPD!!!



A national crisis continues to have local implications according to Kansas City's most prolific activist.

To wit . . .

JUST NOW ACTIVIST ALONZO WASHINGTON SENT OUT A PRESSER DETAILING CONTACT WITH KCPD ON THE TOPIC OF #METOO ALLEGATIONS AND THEIR RESPONSE!!!



His note . . .

"The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department Investigates sexual misconduct allegations at Parker Square"

Problems at Parker Square are long standing . . . However, KCPD also note that they haven't yet received any recent complaints on this topic . . .

Still, the info sharing and women who claim otherwise have been put in touch with KCPD and here's an encouraging response sent to the activist:



Credit where it's due to local police . . . Their response is much more politic and encouraging on all sides of this issue and doesn't offend like Prez Trump's #MeToo comment today:

President Trump appears to back Roy Moore: 'We don't need a liberal' in Alabama Senate seat

Meanwhile, in talking with victims and working to bring this story forward . . . Mr. Washington is doing more work than most KC taxpayer funded anti-crime groups during this time of year when they usually just hold really sad vigils.

Developing . . .

COWTOWN CONTENT NOTE: KANSAS CITY PUBLIC TELEVISION STRUGGLES TO REPLACE CHARLIE ROSE AFTER FIRING FOR ALLEGED SEXUAL MISCONDUCT!!!



Allegedly lewd dude and snoozy interviewer Charlie Rose has been fired by CBS & PBS and now the progressive broadcasting disgrace has hurt the programing schedule for local public television.

One of the best and brightest from our blog community points us toward this note that signals a programming change from VIEWERS LIKE YOU who were subsidizing a this guy:

The message from the unimpeachable and still rather gully Welshman Nick Haines . . .

"Cancellation of Charlie Rose Show on @PBS puts @kcpt in a bind. Starting tonight we're airing a series of independent documentaries in his 11 pm timeslot."



I guess Downton Abbey reruns would be inappropriate given that all of the hot moments in that show involve the Brit 1% shagging their Irish slaves or whatever . . . Still, Kansas City's curiosity about Nelly Don has probably been quenched.

You decide . . .

Kansas City Stays Losing Blight Fight And Provides Future Kindling For Cold Hobos

Nowadays City Hall is mostly interested in new toys . . . And so HUNDREDS of local vacant structures will now provide sanctuary for the homeless . . . And in turn we now enter THE SEASON OF DANGEROUS VACANT HOUSE FIRES while local politicos show off drawings of the BILLION DOLLAR new airport. Take a peek:

City works to tackle dangerous building list, demolish hundreds of structures

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A recent roof collapse at a brick building on 33rd and Woodland landed the structure under supervision from Kansas City's dangerous buildings division. The official dangerous buildings list includes hundreds of damaged and dilapidated structures around the city.


Kansas City Gun & Tranz Culture Talk

A round-up of all things that are going to make "drunk uncle" angry this Thanksgiving. Checkit:

Kansas City's Cross-Dressing Past, And How Mental Health Arguments Hinder Solutions To Gun Violence

Drag is big these days in pop culture, but the cross-dressing tradition goes back further than most people realize. Today, we trace its roots on the American frontier.

TKC QUESTION: IS WORNALL THE NEW KANSAS CITY TROOST DIVIDING LINE???



Violence has erupted throughout Kansas City during 2017 but there's always surprise about every ruckus near Wornall around the Waldo neighborhood because it's supposed to be a "safe" area wherein many locals raise their children . . .

Over the past few weeks we've seen . . .

- A semi-automatic bar ruckus drive-by

- A dude stalking the streets with an EPIC rifle

- An scary SMASH & GRAB robbery amid an otherwise bustling array of local biz

And so, given these recent troubles . . .

IS WORNALL RD. THE NEW KANSAS CITY "TROOST" DIVIDING LINE???

While local newsies, politicos and pundits love to debate conspiracy theories regarding Troost racial divisions and Kansas City . . . Crime is always left out of the discussion.

Meanwhile . . .

Like it or not, big money and families keep moving West and some people actually claim that Leawood is a part of KC . . .

You decide . . .

TKC Reader Push Back: Homeless Veterans Still Camp In South Kansas City



Important testimony and citizen media reporting as officials claim to have ended homelessness among veterans . . .

Here's the word . . .

Here is a pic of a homeless camp of vets in Scott Taylor's district.

Out of site, out of mind.

Police tell me these are the same vets The Coalition "helped" that used to be in Sunnyside Park in Waldo. They only assumed they "helped" because the no longer hung around Sunnyside Park. But they just moved into wooded areas along the Trolley Trail.

Trolley Track Trail south of 85th St and about Cherry St. Land Bank property (city/county - they know about it)
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Developing . . .

TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! DICK WILSON OUT AT KCMO 94.9 FM AS STATION STARTS CHRISTMAS MUSIC MARATHON!!!



Our blog community mentioned this in the comments on Friday when we talked about Becka & Knapp getting the axe . . .

Reader quote it up nicely:

"Merry Christmas, you're fired? As Cumulus flipped KCMO-FM to its Christmas music format, it looks like the station has let go longtime morning host Dick Wilson. Wilson has been a fixture in the Kansas City market since the 1970s. Wilson had been at 94.9 since the 1980s, when it was a CHR station "Power 95."

And so, the Cumulus move toward Chapter 11 continues and clearly has consequences for the local market.

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Kansas City Tuesday Crime Round-Up



Quick look at the top crime stories for today as the holidays approach . . .

Justice For KCK Mom

Mother of KCK teen killed while at work pleads for help finding son's killer

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A J.C. Harmon sophomore, December Htoo, was killed on Friday night while working at a KCK laundromat. 41 Action News spoke with the teen's mother, who said she is overcome with grief. Ma Than brought a bowl of food to the make-shift memorial that now sits at the location where her son was killed.


Help Find This Local Lady

KCPD searches for missing 59-year-old Cheryl Grace

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City, Missouri, police are asking for help finding 59-year-old Cheryl Grace. They said she was seen Monday driving away from her home near 72nd and Forest in a black 1998 Acura with Missouri plates HA7-W0Z. She was last spotted driving the car southbound near 75th and Troost around 1 p.m.


Show-Me Death Penalty Delay

Execution date set for Missouri inmate with rare condition

The Missouri Supreme Court has set a March execution date for Russell Bucklew, a convicted killer who narrowly escaped execution three years ago because of a rare medical condition that created the risk of suffering during the execution process. Bucklew is scheduled to die by injection March 20 for killing a man during a violent crime spree in 1996.


Morning Gunfire Aftermath

Shooting early Tuesday leaves man in critical condition

A man is in critical condition after he was shot early Tuesday morning on Kansas City's east side. Kansas City police were called just after 1 a.m. to Winner Road and Wallace Avenue on a reported shooting. Officers found a man suffering from a gunshot wound in the parking lot of a Shell gas station.


Justice After Horrific Double Assault

Kansas City man faces life in prison for repeated sexual assault of two girls

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Jackson County jury convicted a Kansas City man of four counts of statutory sodomy for sexually molesting a young girl. The jury returned the verdict late Monday against Eric Shores, 36, of four counts of 1st degree statutory sodomy. Each conviction carries a potential penalty of up to life in prison.


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Deadly Kansas City Country Club Plaza JJ's Blast Still Costs Time Warner 3-MILLION Bucks

An appeal stays losing as this bit of local history still costs KC's most controversial cable provider. Take a look:

Time Warner Loses Appeal Over Explosion That Destroyed JJ's Restaurant In Kansas City

Time Warner Cable remains on the hook to pay $3 million in damages for the explosion that destroyed JJ's Restaurant after an appeals court on Monday upheld the judgment. The Missouri Court of Appeals rejected the cable company's arguments that the court wrongly instructed the jury and improperly admitted expert testimony.

Kansas City Bus Ride Discrimination?!?

Here's one of many indignities suffered whilst riding the bus cross country. Read more about dead-tree media playing low-rent travel advocate . . .

Iranian man is kicked off Greyhound bus to KC despite producing a ticket, video shows

An Iranian Ph.D. candidate from Texas was kicked off a Greyhound bus last week on the way to Kansas City, cellphone video shows. Mohammad Reza believes his nationality and name are the only two explanations for the treatment, according to NBC DFW, a Dallas- and Fort worth-based NBC affiliate.

The Kansas City Tuesday Midday Break



Hottie Leanne inspires us to take a brief moment of respite as we check some of these top Kansas City MSM top links for today. Dive right in . . .

Golden Ghetto Decides New KCI Design

Kansas residents will get a say on new KCI design - Kansas City Business Journal

Despite its lack of a vote in the plan to design, build and privately finance a new $1 billion single-terminal Kansas City International Airport (Code: MCI), Kansas residents will get their own time to weigh in. That's because the team led by Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate LLC plans to hold at least one public design workshop at Johnson County Community College, KCUR reports.


Kansas City Building Boom???

Number of new single family homes in Greater Kansas City reaches 10-year high

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- Developers are building more homes in the Kansas City metro area than any time since 2007. Statistics collected by the Homebuilders Association of Greater Kansas City show municipalities in the nine-county metro permitted 4,639 single family homes this year through September.


The Great Meth Town Smoke Out

Independence City Council votes to cut number of tobacco-only shops in city in half

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- You are no longer welcome here -- that is the message Independence leaders are sending to one type of business they say is hurting the health of our children. National studies show cigarette usage among teens is falling, but the number of teens using "other" forms of tobacco is on the rise.


Local Po-Po Travel Guide

KCPD Encourages Safe Travel throughout the Holiday Season

The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department wants to remind drivers that the best, and simplest, way to protect themselves from injury or death in a motor vehicle crash is to wear their safety belts and that they should make sure the passengers in their vehicles, especially children, are buckled


New Kansas City Brew Debuts

Tap List | Strange Days Brewing is Ready to Brew

Strange Days Brewing Company (316 Oak St.) continues on pace to open by the end of 2017 in the River Market. The brewery, housed in a 4,500-square-foot building that was once part of Muehlebach Brewery, recently passed its health inspection.


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

SHOW-ME MEASLY 15 CENT RAISE TO MISSOURI MINIMUM WAGE!!!

$7.70 was an insult and wage theft crime against workers . . . A few more pennies isn't going to make a difference as petitioners are still pushing for $15-per-hour via a statewide vote. Checkit:

Missouri's minimum wage set to rise - St. Louis Business Journal

Missouri's minimum wage will increase Jan. 1 15 cents, to $7.85 per hour. The increase comes under a state law that dictates the rate be calculated once a year based on the cost of living as measured by the previous year's Consumer Price Index.

Reality Check: SecState Kris Kobach Stays Winning Kansas Guv Race Right Now

He's in competition with a bunch of teenagers and nobodies . . . Meanwhile, this dreamy Red State dude has connections to Prez Trump and a national alt-right blog on his way to a dead-end job in Kansas. Checkit: Kris Kobach leads Kansas governor race after crisis