Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Austin Bombing Fear Echos In Kansas City

Local post offices and authorities on alert . . . Read more:

Kansas City area bomb squads on notice after recent Texas bombings

Area bomb squads are watching developments out of Austin, Texas very closely. "It's a concern for everyone," said Officer John Lacy with Overland Park police. "Even in Overland Park. A person like this, he's very dangerous." The bombings in Texas are causing widespread reverberations.

Celebrate New Northeast KCMO HUD Digs

Another look at local politicos building more affordable housing that's desperately needed but not always welcomed. Read more: Weather brings Paseo Gateway groundbreaking indoors


More than a half a dozen fire trucks & ambulances are on the scene at the Locarno Apartments this evening . . . We'll have more on the situation later.

For now, we'll share a few other news links worth a look:

Kansas City Runaround Today

Rush hour police chase crosses state line

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A rush hour police chase across state lines has ended in Kansas City, Kansas with a suspect's arrest. Kansas City, Missouri police first spotted the suspect, who was believed to be in involved in a possible robbery, near 31st and Benton.

Northland Retail Death High Price

Zona Rosa in default on mortgage; Platte County residents may be on the hook

In another troubling sign for bricks-and-mortar retail, Zona Rosa, the outdoor shopping district that was dubbed as the Country Club Plaza of the Northland when it opened in 2004, has defaulted on its mortgage. And due to a financial subsidy deal structured in 2007, Platte County taxpayers may be on the hook to cover debt shortfalls later this year.

Kansas Tea Party Dude On The Rise

President Trump officially nominates Mike Pompeo as secretary of state

The announcement was sent out by the White House Tuesday.

Show-Me Death Row Mercy

Stay of execution granted to Mo. inmate with rare medical condition

This undated photo provided by Jeremy Weis Photography, shows Russell Bucklew, who is scheduled to die by injection Tuesday, March 20, 2018, for killing a former girlfriend's new boyfriend in 1996 in eastern Missouri. (AP Images)

Golden Ghetto Inferno Anniversary

Tuesday marks one year since the 8-alarm City Place fire in Overland Park

One year later, those buildings are back under construction.

Meth Town Good Guy Kept Gun Away From Crook

Independence teacher helps apprehend shoplifting suspect

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - An Independence math teacher is being called a real-life hero for helping detain a shoplifting suspect and preventing him from getting ahold of a gun. Seconds after T.J. Barnet walked into the Price Chopper off of Noland Road Sunday, he immediately knew something was wrong.

Fanboy Hope For The Future

Patrick Mahomes and the NFL's new era at quarterback

The new era at quarterback: Carson Wentz, Marcus Mariota, Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes. These are just a few of the young quarterbacks who have come in and taken the league by storm, forcing an out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new mentality in NFL quarterback rooms. While the likes of Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers still dominate the win columns and are the faces of the entire league, the end could be near for the long-time heroes of the NFL.

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


This afternoon there is bi-partisan celebration on the good side of the THE WALL as white middle-class ladies achieve an important victory over ICE.

Connection to KC Proper . . . Many prominent politicos stood up for this struggle including Kansas City's top ranking D.C. Representative.

Take a look:

Congressman Cleaver Releases Statement on the Release of Syed Jamal

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II released the following statement regarding the release of Syed Jamal from the Platte County, Missouri Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center.

“I am pleased to hear that Mr. Syed Jamal will be able to spend some much needed time with his wife and children but this is far from over. A federal judge released Mr. Jamal from a Missouri County detention center today but he still faces deportation. The current immigration system is broken and affects families who have responsibilities and deep ties to their communities. We must fix these laws that criminalize hard-working, contributing members of society like Mr. Syed Jamal and that’s what I plan to push for in Congress.”

Congressman Cleaver became involved after his Kansas City, Missouri district office was contacted by Mr. Jamal’s attorneys, his family and friends. After public outcry and political engagement, ICE officials granted a temporary stay for Syed Jamal. Congressman Cleaver visited Mr. Jamal with his attorneys while Jamal was detained in an El Paso, Texas facility. Congressman Cleaver wrote to President Trump regarding Syed Jamal. The letter can be read here.

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. 

A Kansas Quote . . .

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat from Missouri whose office was flooded with calls about the case, took up Jamal’s cause. And Rep. Lynn Jenkins, a Republican whose eastern Kansas district includes Lawrence, backed Jamal’s efforts to have his immigration case reopened, and filed legislation to allow Jamal and his wife to stay in the U.S.

“With limited resources and violent, criminal illegal immigrants still in our country, the fact that our government would prioritize resources to attempt to deport Syed is offensive to our common sense and a fiscally reckless use of taxpayer dollars,” Jenkins said in a statement issued after Tuesday’s hearing.

Read more:

Fox4: Syed Jamal reunited with family after release from jail

KCUR: Syed Jamal Ordered Released From Jail; Still Doesn't Know Whether He'll Be Deported

KSHB: Federal judge orders release of chemistry instructor Syed Jamal amid immigration case

CJ Online: The government argued unsuccessfully Tuesday that the federal court had no jurisdiction over Jamal’s detention.

NBC: Dozens of Jamal's supporters inside the Charles Evans Whittaker Courthouse in downtown Kansas City applauded as the ruling was announced

Developing . . .


Making Change At Walmart Director Randy Parraz is on the ground today in Raytown and ready to talk with the City Council at tonight's meeting.

Organizers tell us . . .

"Right now we are trying to get to the bottom of why the city is refusing to hold Walmart accountable for its excessive taxpayer drain."

Background on the group . . .

Making Change at Walmart (MCAW) is a campaign run by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) to change Walmart into a more responsible employer and to improve the lives of Walmart workers. Walmart is owned by one of the richest families in the country but its workers still struggle with poverty wages, erratic schedules, understaffed and under-stocked stores, and mistreatment from management. We believe Walmart can afford to do better and that change at Walmart would mean change for retail employees everywhere.

Remember we reported about this one previously and here'st the sitch . . .

"A lot of Walmart and Raytown's history stems from a bad TIF deal in 2008 that continues to cost Raytown about $1.5 million in sales taxes every year and has created a 10 years of financial crises and in-fighting between aldermen, mayors, the police chief/department, fire department district, and of course, Walmart."

The store is described as a "public nuisance" by authorities and the inner-suburban controversy is now reaching the boiling point.

Developing . . .

Shame: City Hall Targets Old School KCMO Lady In Misguided Effort To Save The Planet

Take a look at a tragic local sacrifice in the globalist agenda that hopes to convert all of humanity into trash picking hobos. Read more:

Kansas City woman, 80, says city is threatening her with fine over recycling bin storage location

An elderly Kansas City woman says the city is threatening her with a fine and up to jail time for where she stores her recycling bin. Mary Bryne, 80, has lived on the corner of 41st Street and Genesse most of her life.


Special note here as local authorities are seeking a conversation with these women after a tragic killing of a FATHER OF 11. Read more:

Kansas City, KS police seek 2 suspects in deadly bar shooting

Authorities are seeking help locating two suspects in a homicide investigation after a man was shot and killed at the Firelight Lounge early Saturday morning.

The Kansas City Tuesday Crime Run Down

Quick glimpse at the top crime links for today as Winter turns to Spring and more violence & death hit this town.

Take a look:

Northeast Lady Corpse Discovered

Body found in Sheffield Park

Northeast News Police have established a crime scene this afternoon in Sheffield Park after a body was discovered near a wooded area. The Coroner was just left the scene with the body, reported to be an adult, white female. We'll have more details as they become available.

KCMO Domestic Drama Aftermath

KC man charged after allegedly assaulting girlfriend, fleeing police with child in vehicle

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City man is now facing charges after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and fled from police with his son in the vehicle, court documents say. Damien G. Patterson, 25, has been charged with two counts of domestic assault, one count of child endangerment, one count of resisting arrest and one count of armed criminal action in Jackson County.

Urban Core Gunfire Today

KC police investigate after man found shot in SUV at 39th, Prospect

Mark Lea/KMBC SOURCE: Mark Lea/KMBC Kansas City police are investigating after a man was found suffering from gunshot wounds in an SUV near 39th Street and Prospect Avenue Tuesday afternoon. Police were called to the area at 12:52 p.m. The victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

And so . . .

We encourage our blog community to stay safe and/or call this TIPS hotline if you think you can help solve any of these crime.

Developing . . .


KCPD need help with catching this stylish NEXTGEN burglar in search of pilfered athletic booty.

Description . . .

"Police are trying to identify the man in this video who burglarized a sports memorabilia business in the 9700 block of N. Cedar about 5:39 a.m. March 19 (the time stamp in the video is off by an hour). He walked to the business from the neighborhood to the north and returned the same direction. He is a white male who wore bright red shoes, black clothes and carried red and green pry bars in a black backpack. Call 816-474-TIPS (8477) with information."

Take a look:

Developing . . .

The Kansas City Tuesday Hard News Look

Before we go local, here's a glimpse at the big picture . . .

Daily Beast: After taking a few years off to pursue fantasy sports, Lisa Ann is back in the adult game. And the 45-year-old says she’s out to revolutionize the industry for the next generation.

And this news tidbit informs us that there is no degradation worse than dealing with fanboys.

Closer to home we're checking these local newslinks:

Kansas City Urban Core Life Redux

Seg. 1: A Unique Response To Kansas City Food Deserts. Seg. 2: Where You Live Affects Longevity.

Food deserts are a big problem for many communities in the metro, but the remedy isn't always to build big grocery stores. Today, we talked with the founder of Kanbe's Markets to learn about his unique approach to connecting communities with fresh, healthy food.

Eastside Burns Today

KC firefighters battle building fire on city's east side

Robin Davis/KMBC SOURCE: Robin Davis/KMBC Kansas City firefighters battled a two-alarm building fire on the city's east side Tuesday morning. Fire crews were called at 8:40 a.m. to the 2800 block of Raytown Road. No injuries have been reported so far. Smoke from the fire poured across lanes of I-70, slowing drivers.

Tragic Kansas City Crash

Four injured when driver slams into MoDOT truck

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Three Missouri Department of Transportation workers were hospitalized Tuesday after a motorist struck the back of their work truck. A MoDOT spokesman said the workers were picking up trash near Interstate 435 and Truman Road when an SUV hit the workers.

Golden Ghetto Repeat Offender Charge

For the 4th time, Overland Park man charged with exposing himself

An Overland Park man was charged Tuesday with exposing himself to a victim who is younger than 16. It is the fourth time since 2002 that Joseph Cooke Bycraft has been charged with lewd and lascivious behavior for alleged indecent exposure.

Meet The New Courthouse Power Player

Greitens appoints Cory Atkins as Jackson County associate judge - Kansas City Business Journal

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens appointed Cory Atkins of Independence as an associate judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit, which covers Jackson County. Atkins succeeds Associate Judge Jalilah Otto of Kansas City, who was appointed by Greitens as a circuit court judge in October. She replaced Judge Robert Schieber, who retired after 17 years on the bench.

Show-Me 'Revenge Pr0n' Defense

Greitens attorneys: No evidence photo was transmitted

Attorneys for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens say in a court filing that a grand jury has not been presented with evidence indicating that Greitens transmitted a compromising cellphone photo of a woman with whom he had an affair - a key element in determining if he committed a felony. The St.

Midwest Middle-ground Discovered???

Might Kansas Be Neither Republican Nor Democrat, But Something In The Center?

For an increasing number of voters, choosing between red and blue feels like no choice. Elections in Kansas this year could serve as a proving ground for a fed-up electorate made up of folks who might be disgusted enough to form a new political party.

Kansas City Rail Transit Redux

Could Trolley Track Trail once again serve as KC Streetcar route? - Kansas City Business Journal

The ongoing vote to extend the Kansas City streetcar south has piqued the interest of homeowners and businesses south of the Country Club Plaza. The current proposed route to the Plaza - which will go up for a final vote next month - would extend the streetcar 3.75 miles down Main Street to the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Volker Campus at 51st Street and Brookside Blvd.

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

HORRIFIC Smithville Old School Rape Charge

A few of our readers have sent this link that's possibly one of the nastiest allegations we've seen this year. Read more:

Man charged with rape of 89-year-old Smithville woman

A 57-year-old felon has been changed in the sexual assault of an elderly Smithville woman. Michael E. Whitford, who is currently incarcerated, is charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and four counts of armed criminal action. He is being held at the Fulton Reception & Diagnostic Center.


Here's more insight and a scathing critique of the courtroom conduct from the leading right-wing contender for Sunflower State Guv . . .

Federal judge doesn't hold back on Kris Kobach's deceit of Kansas voters

A Kansas federal judge had sharp words for Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach during a contempt hearing Tuesday, accusing him of misleading the court and failing to inform voters whose registrations were previously suspended that they are eligible to vote.

Show-Me Mudslinging MO Senate Slapfight

Great analysis of guilt by association dominating the local discourse amid Midterm 2018 silly season . . .

Missouri U.S. Senate ad blasts intensify, with Greitens, Hillary Clinton latest targets

WASHINGTON * Missouri's U.S. Senate attack ads are intensifying, with surrogate targets Hillary Clinton and Gov. Eric Greitens in the spotlight of the latest negative blasts.


Kansas Scientist Syed Jamal, 55, has been in federal custody since he was arrested by immigration agents in Jan. 24 at his Lawrence home.

And now . . .

KMBC: Federal judge orders Lawrence man facing deportation released from jail

Developing . . .


Right now iconic hottie JPenny speaks to our true feelings about gun control underneath this bloggy cloak of objectivity . . . Inasmuch as we believe that if guns were breasteses they deserve to be respected, treated with care, caution, safety and, yes, freedom . . . And only tastefully unsheathed.

But I digress . . .


So far our TKC blog community is the FIRST and only real local blog to report on the topic with something more important than promotional cut & paste.


Two groups have combined forces as tech dude Mohammad Azeem of the Kansas Democratic Party has built an impressive local coalition to march in KC Proper.

A few fun facts . . .

- More than 5K people on FB promise to attend with more than 10K interested . . . Which means they're at least getting 2 dozen real life old school white ladies!!!

- Explanation of the collabo - Due to the overwhelming turnout interest (and a conflicting event scheduled at Mill Creek/JC Nichols Park), the event will be held across from the Nelson-Atkins, in Theis Park! Please update your calendar events accordingly. :)

Here's a reference list of local groups (mostly Democratic Party affiliated & Progressive activists) who have signed onto the anti-gun gathering:

March with the students in Kansas City hosted by:

Moms Demand Action - MO
Moms Demand Action - KS
Heartland Coalition Against Gun Violence
Grandparents Against Gun Violence
Kansas City Veterans For Peace
Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus
JoCo MoveOn
Voter Registration Project
March Forward KC
Our Revolution KC
Indivisible KC
MainStream Coalition
Stand Up KC
League of Women Voters Johnson County
Urban Ranger Corps
SURJ KC - Showing Up for Racial Justice, Kansas City
The Open Table
Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council
League of Women Voters of Kansas City, Jackson, Platte & Clay Counties
Heartland Alliance for Progress

Finally, the mission statement:

A march to say "Enough!" We must protect Americans, American lives. Weapons are not more important than people.

We are gathering at Theis Park in Kansas City on Saturday, March 24 from noon to 4 pm as part of the nationwide effort to advocate for weapons reform. It is past time elected officials put the lives of Americans above the donations from the NRA and above profits for weapons manufacturers..

Let's join together to make a change for our future!

You decide . . .

Free Syed Struggle Continues Today

Middle-class white-lady advocacy persists for this professor as our blog community maintains that he'd be in Guadalajara (and maybe already on his way back) by now if he was Mexican . . . Read more:

Family, friends to rally around Syed Jamal during Tuesday court hearing

A Kansas City area professor has spent nearly two months behind bars. On Tuesday, Syed Jamal and his family could get answers on when he could become free. Since being detained in January, Jamal's wife and kids have only been able to visit him by looking through a pane of glass and talking on a telephone for a limited time.


At a recent Kansas City concert, Lorde claimed that "Royals is our song" . . . It was supposed to be a sweet moment as this cowtown desperately attempts to cling to even a modicum of notoriety. However, now it seems that Kansas City is affiliated with an unwitting proponent of the Anti-Israel BDS movement who hasted the end of her 15-minutes of fame.

Read more:

Lorde's Decision to Boycott Israel Seems to Have Really Hurt....Lorde

Roger Friedman is a well-known American film critic and entertainment news journalist. As such, he probably knows what he is talking about when it comes to the entertainment industry. In a recent scathing column, he reports how NZ pop star Lorde's US tour is a bust - and he thinks he knows why.



And now . . .


Admittedly, no baby died over this one but it's still a sign that OUR TKC BLOG COMMUNITY STAYS WINNING AS A JOURNALISTIC WATCHDOG powered by local newshounds who simply want a bit of campaign honesty . . .

Take a look:

Kansascity.com: "Columnist John Beaudoin performed paid public relations work for a political action committee and subsequently wrote about the April 3 election, which is a conflict of interest based on our Code of Ethics."


"Unfortunately, we failed to uphold this standard in a column published March 9. We’re sorry, and I’m writing today to explain what happened and what we’re doing about it . . . We recently learned that John Beaudoin, former Journal editor and publisher with a commendable passion for Lee’s Summit and an earnest desire to see the community thrive, is being paid by a local political action committee that was formed for the upcoming municipal election."

You decide . . .

Meth Town Murder Or Suicide?!?!

Independence Police CONSTANTLY brag about their 100% rate in solving homicide cases this local family contradicts that claim. Read more:

Independence family says police botched their daughter's death investigation

An Independence family says police botched their daughter's death investigation. Detectives say it's suicide, but her family calls it a murder. They contacted KCTV5 News Investigations when they felt like they were getting nowhere fast with the people who were supposed to get to the truth.

Copycat Bomber Closer To Kansas City???

A serial bomber is on the loose in Austin here's local news playing up local low-rent drama that's not quite as sophisticated but still worth a mention given the growing national sensation:

St. Joseph woman finds a bomb on front porch

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - The St. Joseph Police Department is investigating after a woman found a bomb on her front porch. Alexis Washington was up late with her newborn daughter and young son when she heard a loud pop and saw a flash of red light.

Kansas City Tuesday News Double Down

Right now we start Tuesday with hottie Hailey and her fashion promo goodness along with some of the top news worth sharing right now.

Take a peek:

Kansas City Doctor Destinations

Match day: Where more than 400 new KC docs will start practicing - Kansas City Business Journal

Match day brought a breath of relief for Kansas City's MD and DO graduates who now know where they will be headed next. It also will bring the next wave of medical talent into the metro. Here's where they're heading.

Have You Seen This Local Suspect???

FBI looking for man who robbed KCMO bank

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The FBI is looking for the suspect in a robbery at a Kansas City, Missouri bank. According to a release, the robbery occurred at about 2:23 p.m. Monday at the Citizens Bank and Trust at 8405 N. Oak Trafficway.

City Hall Housing Celebration: KCMO Project Just Another Word For Experiment

Home | Paseo Gateway

In January of 2016, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) executed a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant for the Paseo Gateway project. The Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri (HAKC), and the City of Kansas City, Missouri, are co-grantees.

College Hoops Payout Big Bucks

Kansas, Missouri College Coaches Pocket Big NCAA Tournament Bonuses

Coming out of the weekend, lots of fans in Lawrence and Manhattan were thrilled as their basketball teams advanced in the NCAA tournament. But that also means some coaches are putting extra money in their pockets. Most big time college coaches have lucrative bonuses in their contracts.

Pitch Reports More Local Drama

Theater review: Informed Consent at the Unicorn

cynthia levin What matters more: the stories we tell about ourselves or the stories coded into our DNA? That's the question at the heart of the Unicorn Theatre's production of Informed Consent, a modern morality play for an ambiguous age. Playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer was inspired by real events.

Newspaper Notes Hipster Low-Rent Trend

Ax throwing sports bar concept coming to Leawood

Less than five months after opening in the West Bottoms, Blade & Timber is already drawing customers from across the metro. So owners Matt Baysinger and Ryan Henrich have signed a lease for a second location and are looking for a third. Blade & Timber is scheduled to open May 1 in Town Center Plaza, 5203 W.

Your Kansas City Freebie Today

Dairy Queen is giving away free ice cream on Tuesday

Free ice cream!

Migos - Walk It Talk It ft. Drake is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .


Troubling stat that hopefully offers a more appropriate talking point for TKC commenters who are otherwise obsessed with scatological humor or lack thereof . . . Read more:

Researchers find Kansas has disproportionate number of fatalities involving older drivers

A national transportation research group released a report that shows Kansas is among states with the greatest share of fatal accidents involving older drivers. "From 2012 to 2016 the number of licensed drivers who are 65 or older increased by 16 percent," said Carolyn Kelly, associate director of TRIP.

Show-Me Missouri Politicos Partying With Controversial American Renewal Project

Progressive outrage targets this Conservative faith community gathering that will host power player elected leaders rallying their base for Midterm 2018 elections. Take a look:

Missouri State Officials Headline Christian Nationalist Event | Right Wing Watch

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley and Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft are among the "special guests" whose participation is being used to promote an event this week organized by the Missouri arm of Christian nationalist David Lane's American Renewal Project. Also listed on the invitation as a "special guest" is

ACLU Argues Against Kris Kobach

The ACLU claims that they've "EXPOSED" the Kansas politico . . . Which is a bit of a clickbait tease but still worth a peek:

"At trial, Kobach was only able to identify 18 noncitizens — out of 1.8 million voters —who have successfully registered to vote over a nearly 20-year period. Only five of them actually cast a ballot. Kobach was not able to show that these 18 instances constituted intentional cases of fraud, rather than mistakes stemming from clerical errors."

Read more:

Kobach Exposed at Trial

The federal trial over a law that disenfranchised tens of thousands of voters in Kansas is expected to end tomorrow. For the past two weeks, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has attempted to defend not just his signature legislation, which requires people to show documentary proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate or passport when registering to vote, but to support his claim of rampant voter fraud.He failed spectacularly on both scores.

Kansas City Bacchus Ball Booty Shake Clip

Kansas City socialite season is about to start with a favorite event for young, local movers & shakers.

Here's a bit of background . . .

"Formed in 1955, The Bacchus Foundation is the oldest philanthropic, young professional’s organization in Kansas City. Our core mission is to connect young professionals, while raising funds for worthy Kansas City charities. Managed by an all volunteer board, the Foundation selects a different charity as its beneficiary and raises money through a series of parties and events throughout the year. The Bacchus Foundation has raised over $2 million during the past 60+ years for local charities. Our current beneficiary this year is The Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City."

Here's the dancing booty promo for the Bacchus Ball 2018 . . .

You decide . . .

Shanley Shares Growing OP Good Life

Suburban foodies now don't have to venture far from home given the burgeoning restaurant, bar and social scene in Johnson County that's beginning to rival so many hipster offerings in Kansas City proper . . . The Queen Of local lifestyle bloggers shares her new fave:

A Food Guide to Third Friday in Downtown OP | Out to Eat

Explore Downtown Overland Park's growing food and drink scene during the city's Local Life Third Friday events, happening now through December. More than 10 bars and restaurants will offer specials, samples, giveaways and live music each month from 5-9 p.m. Be sure to check out these Third Friday food stops when you visit.

Kansas City Blogger: In Praise Of Mr. Rogers

Kansas City's foremost faith writer worships at the cult of the nice guy . . . Here's a worthwhile justification and just a bit of important broadcast history:

Why we still need Mister Rogers: 3-20-18

My bride and I have a four-year-old granddaughter who has fallen in love with Mister Rogers. She watches taped old shows of his and specifically asks for "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" when given a choice of something to see on TV....

Monday, March 19, 2018


Critics claim that the current American discourse is exceptionally divisive . . . But we asked our blog community to reflect on an even more tumultuous time.

Take a look at tonight's local PC talk and some of our blog community discourse that's even more reflective of current hostilities . . .

Strife in the Streets: Kansas City Remembers 1968


Frustrated with the slow pace of civil rights reforms and outraged at the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., protesters in Kansas City took to the streets on April 9, 1968. The four subsequent days of civil unrest shocked many in a city known for its lack of racial violence despite deep, underlying tensions. Six people – all African-Americans – died, some 20 more were hospitalized, and arrests totaled nearly 300. A three-block area of Prospect Avenue was bombed out and burned down.

The Library, in collaboration with KCPT-Kansas City PBS and KSHB-41 Action News, examines the indelible episode and its aftermath in a two-pronged event marking its 50th anniversary. First is the premiere screening of the new documentary short '68: The Kansas City Race Riots, Then and Now, co-produced by KSHB and KCPT. Then, a panel discussion featuring Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II and former city council member and longtime community activist Alvin Brooks addresses the lessons learned from the violent chapter of history, from the role of policing to the value of protest.

Joining Cleaver and Brooks on the panel: Clarence Gibson, the last Kansas City police officer at the time of the unrest who remains on the force; Linda Spence, a Central High School student in 1968; and Southeast Missouri State University historian Joel Rhodes, who has extensively researched the episode. KCPT’s Nick Haines moderates.

We talked about this event recently and here are two comments worth highlight . . .

Super Dave: "As a teenager I remember 1968 very well. As an adult what I see is those who were doing the rioting over MLK have completely turned their backs on what he was about and what he stood for. Hard to sell your cause when you resort to violence about every little whim you disagree with and for sure makes your cause moot when the issue that is used to destroy property and kill one another about turns out to be a lie created by those behind the cause . . . If a man is to be remembered and used as a figurehead of that which is suppose to be good then wouldn't following his ideas and preached examples of life be the road most traveled and the roads to violence the least traveled ones?"

Local Remembrance: "I remember this very ugly time, when National Guardsmen with rifles were stationed on the rooftops of the buildings on the Plaza, where I worked. Police blocked traffic from Missouri into my Kansas suburb out of fear. Whole blocks around the Prospect Corridor were in flames. I hope I never see anything like it again."

You decide . . 


Tragic story of a tragic gunfire death and a victim ID revealing a flock of youngsters now rendered fatherless. Read more:

Father of 11 gunned down outside KCK club, suspect still not in custody

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Michael Williams Jr. went out with his friends Friday night just hours after he spent the day with his mother, Rebecca Hall. "When he left I told him, 'I love you be careful' and he said 'I love you too' and that's the last time we talked," Hall said.

Kansas City Old School Black Panther Credits

A call for even more historical context regarding the ongoing local culture war. Take a look:

A Photo Archive Shows The Faces Of Kansas City's 1968 Riots - But Needs Names, Too

The photographs tell a story in themselves: images that feel familiar because we recognize our city in the background, and all too familiar because we still see agitated people, most of them black, fleeing through clouds of tear gas or standing alone in front of police lines.

Kansas City Miranda Monday News Links

Because we take politics seriously around here . . .

Cynthia Nixon Is Running for Governor of New York

Posted because every elected official should have to do full frontal. And here's the news links we're checking closer to home . . .

Where The Money's At In Kansas City

FBI investigating after man robs Kansas City bank

The FBI is investigating a bank robbery in Kansas City, MO. The robbery happened Monday at Citizens Bank and Trust, located at 8405 N. Oak Trafficway. The suspect is described as a white male aged approximately 35 years old. He's about 6'4" and has a medium build.

Downtown Po'Folk Bargaining

Cordish considers Midland office building for affordable housing

Kansas City officials and Power & Light District developer Cordish are in discussions about a plan to convert the historic Midland office building into 100 units of affordable housing. Cordish has been under pressure from some City Council members to include low and moderately priced apartments in its development of the downtown entertainment district.

Wanted: Rock Chalk Rugrat Tracker

Kansas' Child Welfare Agency Wants to Hire Another Investigator to Find Missing Kids

Kansas' child welfare agency wants to hire a second full-time investigator to track down kids missing from the state's foster system. The move comes in the wake of reports last October, when the Department for Children and Families was run by Phyllis Gilmore, that the agency had lost track of three sisters who'd run away from a Tonganoxie foster home.

Fear Fiber Bandit Suspect

Police: Man claiming to be Google Fiber worker tried to break into Overland Park homes

Overland Park police say an accused burglar tried to talk his way into homes by claiming to be with Google Fiber. Brandon Swa, 26, has been charged in Johnson County for the crimes. Police say it happened early Sunday morning on Quincy Court.

Thankless Job Recruitment Continues

KC still struggling to recruit police officers while violent crime issues persist

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City continues to fight a violent crime problem, and at the same time, is struggling to find enough police officers to patrol the streets. The job requirement sounds simple enough. "We're looking for good, honest, respectable people," said KCPD Deputy Chief Karl Oakman.

Southland Youngster Renaissance???

Wonderscope Museum breaks ground at new south KC site

Kansas City, Mo - Wonderscope, the popular hands-on children's museum, is moving to South Kansas City from Shawnee, Kansas. Despite the Monday morning rain, a ceremonial groundbreaking took place at the new site. Wonderscope celebrates its groundbreaking. Coming to Red Bridge in spring of 2019.

Off-Season Fanboy Accounting

Chiefs free agency winners and losers

The free agency period is now a week old. Let's take a look at the early winners and losers regarding the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency. QB Patrick Mahomes They're both winners because this free agency period showed me the Chiefs believe in Mahomes.


As we finish the 1st quarter of this year, here's an inconvenient fact that most Kansas City leaders don't want to acknowledge . . .


Right now there are 26 homicides so far in 2018 compared to 24 at this date last year.

Check the numbers and the trend is impossible to deny . . .

Confirmation of this fact via police stats . . .

Accordingly, public radio bravely talks about it and we want to know what our blog community thinks about their comments . . .

KCUR: What Is Kansas City Doing About Its Rising Homicide Rate?

Perspective . . .

KCUR takes us out to 45th and Cleveland after a shooting, tag along with police knocking on doors in the Northeast, talk with Wyandotte County's District Attorney, and we gather a group of some of our city's violence prevention leaders, in one room, for the first time.

The players:

- Kamisha Stanton, violence program coordinator, City of Kansas City, Missouri
- Vince Ortega, deputy director, Jackson County COMBAT
- Rashid Junaid, violence prevention manager, Aim4Peace
- Major Tye Grant, violent crimes division, Kansas City Police Department

You decide . . .


Here's a look at a cartoon from local authorities who are desperately seeking help in a horrific local homicide. Read more:

Police release sketch of man wanted in murder

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Police have released a sketch of a man they believe killed a mother of two in what appears to be a random shooting earlier this year. On Jan. 22, police were called out to 39th and Jackson on a reported shooting at a traffic light.


Arson investigation needs the public's help as another local inner-suburb goes up in flames. Read more:

Three suspicious fires set Sunday in Grandview

The Grandview Fire Department is asking the public's assistance for information on three suspicious fires that were set Sunday. Grandview Fire said fires were set in a dumpster and behind a maintenance building at 15th Street and Jones Avenue, and the other fire was a mattress on fire at 15th and Thomas Avenue.

Kansas City Biz Leaders Hope Prez Trump Can Make Harley-Davidson Great Again

A desperate effort to save local jobs that seeks assistance from the White House might be asking too much . . . Not sure if a guy who sold mail-order steaks can turn around the horrific branding and lackluster biz strategy of this old school company. You decide:

Union turns to Trump for help saving Harley-Davidson's KC plant - Kansas City Business Journal

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) continues exerting pressure on Harley-Davidson Inc. (NYSE: HOG) in an effort to try and save the Kansas City Assembly Plant, but the company remains firm in its plans to shut it down. The latest effort is a direct appeal from IAM asking President Donald Trump to intervene.

Kansas City News Link Pool Monday Splash

Right now we celebrate the multiculturalism of hottie Denise and check some of these top Kansas City MSM news links for right now . . .

Local Journalism Clickbait!!!

What's the Oldest House in the Kansas City Area?

Retired teacher Del Candler can trace her ancestors' arrival in Jackson County to the 1840s, and wondered what structures remain from that period and Kansas City's origins. She asked curiousKC, "What is the oldest house still standing in the Kansas City area?"

Kansas City Is A Dump

Kansas City Water Dept. workers clean illegal dumping site

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - City officials say a business is the likely culprit of an illegal dumping site at a city park. Last week, workers with the Kansas City, Mo. Water Department were called to a local park after receiving a tip that more than 24 5-gallon buckets of paint were dumped at the park.

Haters Don't Know World Geography
ACLU Files Suit On Behalf Of Wichita Man Falsely Accused Of Holding Terrorist Gathering
Still KCMO Tech Scene Cash Out There

LaunchKC begins countdown for 2018 grants competition

LaunchKC, the fourth annual grants competition for tech entrepreneurs, will begin its call for applications on Monday, April 2, as the 100-day online window opens to innovators around the country. LaunchKC ignited its 2018 promotional campaign on Saturday at SxSW Interactive in Austin, Texas.

Dead-Tree Newsflash: It Rained!!!

More than 3 months after our last downpour, KC gets soaked

It's been a while - about 150 days - since Kansas City has seen the type of soaking it received Monday when rain showers passed over the metro area. "We saw a pretty good to occasionally heavy rainfall at times as the storms moved south to north from eastern Kansas to western Missouri," said Scott Blair, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo.

Kansas City Money Talk

Kansas City's five strongest small banks in 2017 - Kansas City Business Journal

The first banking relationship entrepreneurs typically have is with a small community bank that can relate to their struggles and provide highly personalized service and assistance. But which of those small banks in Kansas City are the strongest?

Pitch Is Now Mostly Promo

The Pitch's Taco Week begins today, and much more: KC's food and drink events for March 19-25

The Pitch 's Taco Week kicks off today. Specialty tacos can be snacked upon all over town for 50 percent off their price. (We suggest eating twice as many tacos as you normally would, as opposed to just pocketing the savings.)

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


Roundup of growing sickness in Johnson County and low-rent locations where the disease has spread. Read more:

10 cases of measles now identified in Johnson, Linn and Miami counties in Kansas

Ten cases of measles have now been identified in Johnson, Linn and Miami counties in Kansas. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said those identified include eight Johnson County residents, one Linn County resident associated with the daycare and one Miami County resident not associated with the daycare.

Report: More Allegations Against Kansas Molester Who Targeted Veterans

Reality check on a growing questions about the overall quality of VA-care . . . Read more:

Ex-VA worker who sexually abused veterans the subject of around 100 lawsuits, lawyer says

It's been five months since Mark E. Wisner learned he'll spend more than 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting veterans during medical exams. And while the criminal case is over, civil actions filed against the former physician's assistant and the U.S. government continue to pile up.