Sunday, June 26, 2016

Kansas City Missie B's And LGBT Community Raise Big Bucks For Orlando Victims

Kansas City community comes out for a good cause and hopefully the bridesmaids and chubby lady 3rd wheels who only feel comfortable and gay bars also chipped in a buck or two. Checkit: KC bar holds large benefit for Orlando shooting victims

Kansas City Sunday Teaching Moment: Gender Pay Gap Complaints Power Young Lady To Internets Celebrity Status!!!

The most important thing to take away from this story is that photogenic youngsters can use the culture war for Summer fun and profit. Checkit: Teens fired from Pizza Studio gain national attention; CEO reaches out

Celebrate Golden Ghetto Animal Blessing



Possibly a good cause or maybe proof that God exists but lives in a suburban gated community . . .

Take a look at the Golden Ghetto good life for just a few lucky pets . . .

Annual Blessing of the Animals

"Our annual Blessing of the Animals will be held June 25 & 26. We will have two services for blessing and anointing of animals, on Saturday and Sunday evenings, starting at 6:45 pm. This will follow the two evening services, allowing people to worship and go home and come back with their animals. Please do NOT keep animals in vehicles during the services! We will be accepting donations to Rose Brooks Center for Domestic Violence, which accepts four-legged family members."

You decide . . .

More Deets On Kansas City Globally Celebrated Hobo Handout Restaurant Service

Sure, this is an "inspiring" service and renowned as an alternative model for feeding the poor but somehow white ladies don't find appealing as a first date option. #picky Checkit: This Kansas City Community Kitchen Inspires With Its Menu and Service - NBC News

Celebrate #‎WestportRising‬ Sunday

The festivities started yesterday but the service and building dedication is today. Checkit: Westport Rising Open House - Westport Presbyterian Church

Kansas City Weekly White Guy Talk!!!



No offense here . . . You're one of the good ones and that's why we like you!!!

Anyhoo, because the world doesn't get enough of the middle-class sharing their opinions . . .

"Nick Haines leads a discussion of the week's top stories, Kansas school funding, MU enrollment decline and UMKC's Arts Campus, along with new commerical development. Intrducing "Common Grounds", coffee shop conversations on politics."

More in a bit . . .

Saturday, June 25, 2016

TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! CELEBRATE PUSH BACK AGAINST KCP&L SUMMERTIME POWER SHUT-OFF CRUELTY!!!



Quick playlist tonight that hopes to recognize that Kansas City has more than a few kind people that weren't willing to let some old man die in the heat . . .

Here's follow-up for KCTV5 regarding a story that makes a local corporate power player seem horrible and highlights the growing struggle to keep the lights on among the fading American middle-class . . .

Power restored at Overland Park home after donations pour in
While there was some tough talk about this guy's circumstances, the fact is people didn't want to watch someone suffer and their generosity probably saved this guy's life.

And so we dedicate our playlist to a Kansas City act of kindness that seems to question the tragic collaboration betwixt government and private utilities that FAILS to protect the less fortunate during extreme weather.



As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.

Dead Tree Media: The Kansas City Star Stopped Counting Homicides In 2016



Quick update on Kansas City media amid another violent weekend.

The best and brightest among our KICK-ASS TKC BLOG COMMUNITY want to remind folks about the struggling newspaper that isn't just losing reader resources but also a great deal of their reporting power . . .

For instance . . .

THE KANSAS CITY STAR CLAIMS NOBODY HAS BEEN KILLED THIS YEAR INSIDE CITY LIMITS!!!

At least according to their website: homicide.kansascity.com

A screenshot taken just moments ago . . .



Sadly, the reality is that Kansas City now stands at a 5 year murder high for this calendar date.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE #49: WOMAN STABBED TO DEATH DURING ANOTHER SPATE OF WEEKEND VIOLENCE!!!



The latest Kansas City murder report follows a deadly stabbing at the 5500 block of Paloma Avenue.

Here's the MSM aftermath of more local violence that continues to disprove anti-gun activists wrong

Woman fatally stabbed inside east KC home
Police find woman dead inside home on report of a cutting
OVERNIGHT: 1 person fatally stabbed in KCMO
Now . . .

What's more important is this . . .

KANSAS CITY'S LATEST MURDER AMID ANOTHER VIOLENCE WEEKEND PUSHES THIS TOWN HALFWAY TOWARD THE HOMICIDE HALF-CENTURY MARK EARLY IN THE BLOODY SUMMER SEASON!!!

A breakdown of the important numbers . . .

- This is the 49th murder so far in 2016 compared to 36 at this time last year

- The spate of violence is part of a 37% homicide uptick.

- The homicide clearance/homicide solved rate has fallen to 42%

Translation . . .

MORE HOMICIDE REPORTS IN KANSAS CITY IMPROVE THE ODDS OF LOCAL KILLERS GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER!!!

Remember that last weekend recorded at least 15 violence incidents in KC Proper and the current spate of violent seems to follow that trend.

Developing . . .

FEAR KANSAS CITY CASINO HEIST!!!

Long ago, the gaming industry promised Kansas City that riverboat gambling would bring more education cash and tourists to the area. While the results are debatable, what is clear is that gambling has inspired more human misery, increased bankruptcies and even more crime associated with the industry. Checkit: Three charged after ring of thefts reported at metro casinos

Police Show Pix Of Golden Ghetto Jerk

A reminder that JoCo can be just as nasty as any other place this Summer: Police release new images after lewd act inside Nordstrom Rack

South Kansas City Drive-By Bullets Fly

Another violent afternoon in Kansas City as gunfire hits a local dude in his car, take a look: One injured after shooting in south KC

Sara And Kansas City Saturday



Sara Malakul Lane inspires this quick Kansas City Saturday glimpse at some of the important links for right now. Take a look:

Today's Kansas City Geek Fest
Maker Faire KC
Golden Ghetto Destruction
Car fire sets Overland Park home ablaze
Show-Me Changing Times
New Miss Missouri Erin O'Flaherty Is Proud to Be Gay
Cowtown Chicken Of The Sea
A self-sustaining fish farm in a KC food desert
Kansas City Comeback
Alex Gordon returns to Royals' lineup
And this is OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY COUNCIL OVERWHELMING SUPPORTS CROSSROADS NEIGHBORHOOD PETITION AGAINST LIQUOR CODE CHANGE!!!



So, just like we noted yesterday morning . . . A group representing Crossroads neighbors turns in an EPIC petition today in order to keep their neighborhood from becoming yet an entertainment district and changing liquor codes across KCMO.

Here's a fun fact to remember and probably the most important deet that should be highlighted . . .

The Protect of Neighborhoods' Committee has already raised around $50,000 for a campaign.

Meanwhile, let's face it, the other side is hoping for bar and service industry support but so many of those folks are comprised of cheapskate owners who are notorious for keeping their money to themselves and servers who struggle with mild to severe addictions unable to cope with social issues.

And so . . .

We give the 1st round of this KCMO liquor code debate to Crossroads neighbors with the realization that voters tend to side with tough regulations on the bar biz.

You decide . . .

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! GUNFIRE VIOLENCE ERUPTS IN DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY AS DEVELOPMENT DOESN'T HELP PUBLIC SAFETY INSIDE THE LOOP!!!



Right now it seems that the latest Summer spate of violence has finally hit downtown according to reports from our blog community and Kansas City's top anti-crime activist.

To wit . . .

RIGHT NOW WE'VE GOT 1ST WORD OF A DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY SHOOTING SCENE THE MORNING AFTER THE SOUND OF GUNFIRE RANG THROUGHOUT THE LOOP!!!

Like it or not, the city's focus on development at the expense of infrastructure and public safety has seemingly encountered a real world fact check that shows economic incentives to corporations aren't always effective in building safe communities.

Here's the word . . .

"I live around Downtown ########## & Grand, Last night about 2:30 heard three gunshots. Look out at Scarritt building across Grand. Hundreds of mostly black people running out of the Scarritt building. One down, several police cars and fire truck respond. Blood on side walk this morning. No mention anywhere on news"

Alonzo Washington offers more deets from his sources . . .



UPDATE AFTER TKC FIRST POSTING . . . KMBC:

Woman shot in downtown KC early Saturday

Developing . . .

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN AGAINST RISING WATER RATES STARTS COMMUNITY OUTREACH & TESTIMONY!!!



This wordy presser addresses a serious and rising concern in Kansas City . . .

FIRST ON TKC . . . READ THE DEETS OF A NEW KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY ACTIVIST CAMPAIGN TO STOP RISING WATER RATES!!!

The reality here is not only that the KCMO WATER DEPT. IS LONG OVERDUE FOR AN INDEPENDENT MISSOURI AUDIT but also that the tide of water rate increases threaten to ruin the so-called "low cost of living" that makes local life so attractive to millennials, tourists and Downtown denizens.
 
Here's the word . . .

New Residential Water Rates Discriminate Against The Poor, New Watchdog Group Charges

(Kansas City, MO) -- The recent increase in the water rates charged to residential customers in Kansas City, Mo., amounts to utility rate discrimination by the local government against poor and low income people, a newly formed watchdog group charges.

The group, the Right2Water Coalition-KCMO, has started a “Stop Water Rate Hike in KCMO” campaign on Facebook. The coalition accuses city officials and KC Water Services of imposing an austerity tax on local poor, unemployed, and low income people, many of whom never recovered from the so-called Great Recession. They say the water service is no longer affordable, and that some people’s water bills have tripled due to the rate increase

All residential water customers are being charged higher rates. However, everyone cannot afford to pay the higher rates, the coalition says. The coalition says many currently middle class people will be made poor when they cannot pay their water bills, and there will be hundreds, or thousands, of people whose water will be shut off completely.

The city’s water ”payment” plan or deferred payment structure will not be enough, neither will grants or charity, according to the Right2 Water Coalition. Meanwhile, wholesale partners and industrial/commercial customers seem to have been given a pass to pay the lion’s share of sewage and water pipe infrastructure replacement and upkeep. This amounts to utility rate discrimination, which is forbidden by federal and state law.

According to the coalition, decades of poor management of the water infrastructure by city officials has caused today’s crisis, and the rise in residential water rates in Kansas City, Mo. is not the answer. It is city government mismanagement and failure to voluntarily take care of sewage and environmental controls which caused the federal government to sue the city government for releasing raw sewage into the Missouri River.

City officials were asleep at the wheel, the coalition charges, and as a result, the federal government forced the city government to enter into a federal consent decree requiring the city government to abide by federal environmental regulations. The EPA fined Kansas City $600,000 and made the city spend another $1.6 million for supplemental environmental controls that would prevent further sewage leaks. Now, city officials want to punish the people of the city to pay for the officials’ mismanagement and mistakes by enacting massive water rate hikes, the coalition says.

The coalition maintains that city officials have engaged in a deceptive public relations campaign and false accounting to justify the residential water rate increases. The coalition says KC Water Services claims and other declarations by city officials, which dictate that they must spend billions at the direction of the EPA, is a false claim. City officials created the $2.5 billion plan. Federal authorities just approved it. The coalition says that local officials have never publicly released the entire plan they submitted to the EPA to the local press or the public at-large.

In addition, the coalition says, city officials have not made any progress report or any financial report giving line item accounting of what they were purchasing to complete the plan, such as what type of pipes are being used. Therefore, it is impossible for the public to be sure that there is not fraud, waste, or abuse of resources in the project.

The expenditures could be fabricated, the plan filled with cost overruns, waste, and other improper expenditures., says JoNina Ervin, coalition spokesperson. “What the water company spends on this project also determines the amount of revenue to be recovered. Overall, it might be substantially less than $2.5 billion to complete this job, and the plan reflects the amount that customers are to be charged.

“We need to hear and see estimates and competitive bidding proposals and contracts for all expenditures. We also believe that people might be willing to pay a one-cent sales tax for 25 years, rather than $100 or more extra per month on their water bills for that same 25 years,” Ervin said.

The coalition believes that charging customers 50 to 70 per cent increases on their water bills is not the best way, and is in fact price gouging for water services. Ervin said that the coalition will seek to overturn the latest rate increase through a complaint to the State Public Counsel, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection unit, and/or court litigation by filing a class action lawsuit by private attorneys. The water rate hike is unjust enrichment, price fixing, and creative accounting, which cannot be trusted. Thus, the coalition says the answer is to create a citizens’ movement to keep the city-owned water company accountable.

Ervin said, “We are just getting started, but we are seeking to build a mass movement of ratepayers to KC Water Services.”

To educate the public on the issues, the coalition is holding the first of several community speak-outs on Saturday, July 9, at the Quilombo Community Center, 3504 Woodland Ave., Kansas City, Mo., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The speak-outs will also act as planning sessions for further building the movement and let ratepayers comment about the impact of the water rate hike on their families and households.

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FEAR THE NEXT EPIC NEW MADRID EARTHQUAKE COMING SOON?!?!

Recent rumblings and a lot of fracking earthquakes give rise to more fear over a fault line that could rip this region apart. Checkit: Is Middle America Due For a Huge Earthquake?

More Deets On Kansas Education Crisis And School Funding Plan Bill For Now . . .

An important recap here that provides a comprehensive overview of politicos and judges playing a game of chicken over a proposed Kansas School shutdown: Kansas Legislators Pass Education Funding Plan

Kansas City Drunk Crackdown This Morning

Newspaper transcribes the latest roundup of dwi suspects and hundreds of other innocent people randomly stopped along with them. Checkit: Kansas City police sobriety checkpoint nets 11 DUI arrests

SHOCK!!! MULTIPLE INJURIES REPORTED AFTER LATE NIGHT KANSAS CITY, KANSAS URBAN CORE MASS SHOOTING!!!



A hail of bullets hit Kansas City, Kansas last night and MSM is struggling to figure out the details.

Here's the roundup that differs on injury count as gunshot victims are showing up at different hospitals . . .

Two victims were found at the scene near North 3rd and Walker.

Read more . . .

6 people shot at KCK apartment complex
Seven people shot outside KCK apartments, two in serious condition
4 people shot in KCK

No details were immediately released about the person or people who fired shots. Anyone who has information that will assist investigating officers is urged to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.
Developing . . .

TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! MORE VIOLENT MIDTOWN KANSAS CITY CRIME THREATENS PEDESTRIANS!!!

We started the week talking about the dangers of walking around Midtown KC and this report reminds us that this crime spree isn't just part of the newscycle but an ongoing challenge to Kansas City students, denizens and visitors of this embattled corridor . . .Rockhurst officers scare off attackers attempting to rob UMKC student

Show-Me KCMO Broadway Buck O'Neil Bridge

Big Red and his pet RINO are taking credit for this nice gesture . . . So thank, Missouri state senators Jason Holsman and Ryan Silvey for symbol of unity along the route to escape the urban core . . . A dream come true: Broadway Bridge renamed for Monarchs legend Buck O'Neil

Celebrate Another Kansas City Tech Party!!!



Stellar footage of Downtown, lots of excitement, some great chatter about the local tech scene using all the right verbiage but sadly no jobs.

More in a bit . . .

TKC MUST SEE!!! NERDIST CELEBRATES SPORTING KANSAS CITY FAN MAGIC!!!

Effusive praise celebrates the dedication the cauldron. Checkit: Sporting Kansas City Wants You To Enjoy Them | Nerdist
h/t The Typing Primate

Pizza Revenge Served Cold: Hillary Clinton Commends KCK Teen Pay Gap Teen Whilst Broke-Ass Manager Gets Canned!!!

Culture war politics partakes in a Kansas City pizza story that ends up costing some dude his crappy job in order to fuel the news cycle and Presidential politics . . .

Like it or not, the lady who could be the First Female leader of the Free World probably made things worse . . .

Hillary Clinton on Twitter
The local aftermath is far less triumphant and involves some dude losing his job over politics . . .
Manager who fired teens for discussing pay let go at Legends pizza shop
You decide . . .

Kelly Brook And Kansas City Early Saturday



Kelly Brook Brit rising star hotness starts our look at early morning Saturday links as the weekend doesn't offer much respite from the otherwise turbulent Summertime . . .

Brexit Breaks Kansas City Bank
Katie Bean on Twitter
Midtown Kansas City Revival
Following catastrophic fire, Westport Presbyterian Church reopens as a mix of old and new
Cowtown Health Tech Talk
Ice Bucket Challenge fundraiser money being used for research in Kansas City
KCMO Gentrification Fight Continues
Judge issues orders in dispute over housing cooperative near 18th and Vine
Blowout: Kansas City Stays Losing
Royals fall to Houston, 13-4
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Kansas City Weekly Power Rankings!!!



Whilst the Brexit brings upheaval, we're focused on locals who STAY WINNING amid a turbulent and violent Summertime discourse.

To wit . . .

CHECK THE KANSAS CITY WEEKLY POWER RANKINGS TONIGHT!!!

As always, this is the master list of who is moving up and/or staying on top of the local debate . . .

Kansas City Westside Activists Win Round One Against Developers And TIF


An outpouring of opposition and support from none other than 4th District At-Large Katheryn Shields pushed back a plan that would move residents out. 

Kansas City Biz Community Wants Clay Chastain To Quit His Light Rail Plan But The Activist Persists & Pushes Forward


In no uncertain terms, the biz community calls on Clay Chastain to abandon his light rail dreams. But years of persuasion, threats and opposition don't stop this petition kingpin.

Kander Champions Military Service Record Over Blunt Talk Against Radical Islam


There's still a lot of fight to confront here but this week some mean tweets movied Missouri SecState Kander ahead of Sen. Roy Blunt in the early battle for Internets hearts and minds.

Activist Alonzo Washington Advocates Stronger Kansas City Action Against Crime


In no uncertain terms, Kansas City's foremost activist Alonzo Washington urged the community to move beyond vigils as a response to a tragic killing of a youngster . . . Instead, he seems to encourage a more effective strategy of holding police and politicos accountable while helping to identify suspects.

Tax Fighters Against 18th & Vine Subsidy Continue To Make Their Case Against Costly City Hall Double Down


The arguments against more entertainment district cash support are growing stronger and even coming from within this East Side Community. Advocates against more cash made an effective pitch this week. 

As always, this list has been compiled according to scientific TKC polling and market research data and it's a weekly comprehensive guide to local powerful people.

Kansas School Funding Plan Moves Forward

Last minute legislative moves to keep public schools in the Sunflower State open. Gov. Brownback seyz he'll sign. Checkit: Kansas House approves education funding plan

Suspected Vet Sex Abuser Jailed

Regional rage over this suspected creeper . . . And possibly more questions about care for Vets. Check additional charges and a new warrant against a suspect accused of horrific misdeeds: Man accused of sexually abusing veterans at Leavenworth VA goes to jail, hit with new charge

TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER CHAMPIONS HOUSE FLOOR SIT-IN AS 'TERROR CONTROL' AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE!!!



Agree or not, this is a heartfelt plea for Congressional action on Gun Control from Kansas City's top-ranking elected official.

Take a look:

Congressman Cleaver: We Can No Longer Be Silent

This week, my Democratic House colleagues and I held a sit-in on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for nearly twenty-six hours, to demand action and a vote on preventing mass gun violence. Every time our nation witnesses one of these tragic mass shootings, moments of silence are held on the Floor. On Tuesday we came to the conclusion that we can no longer be silent. Moses, when taking the children of Israel to freedom, was told by God when he starts to pray at the Red Sea, this is not the time to pray. “This is the time,” God said to Moses, “to move forward.”

My uncle Emanuel Cleaver died two years ago, and as I was trying to clean up his house, I found seven guns. It would be hypocritical for me to say people need to have all their guns removed. That’s not what this sit-in was about. This is not gun control; this is terror control. We ought to be bold enough to say that if you are on the terror watch list, you cannot buy a gun. It’s that simple. We need to do everything we can to limit the opportunities for a potential terrorist to buy guns. But here in Congress, we are saying nothing. We are doing nothing!

Ninety percent of Americans are with us on this issue, believing that we ought to ensure that terrorists cannot buy guns. Everybody is for this, and we could not even get the microphones turned on or the cameras turned on in the House Chamber. I would expect the mics to be turned off in Moscow.

Let me just say that I don’t want anybody to give up. I don’t want the American public to give up. Don’t give up, give out, or give in, because we are going to make it happen. Hope is hope only if things look hopeless. Otherwise it’s just a nice little word. And things that look dim and dark as they do right now for the American people are where hope shines best. This is hope.

A man walks by a baseball game and asks a little boy who is sitting in a dugout, “What’s the score?” The little boy says, “18 to nothing.” The man says, “Boy, I sure hope you don’t get discouraged.” The boy responds, “Why should I be discouraged? This is the first inning; we haven’t come to bat yet.” The American public needs to know we are coming to bat. I don’t care how bad it looks now, we are coming to bat.

Warmest regards,

Emanuel Cleaver, II
Member of Congress
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SHAME!!! KANSAS CITY STAR DESPERATELY SEEKING CUT RATE NEWSPAPER DELIVERY SERVICE AFTER MASSIVE LAYOFFS!!!



TKC hasn't touched a filthy daily newspaper in years so this one would've totally missed me.

However . . .

THANKS TO OUR KICK-ASS BLOG COMMUNITY FOR SENDING THIS SAD LITTLE ADVERT FROM THE STAR HOPING TO FIND A REPLACEMENT FOR DELIVERY SERVICE THAT WAS RECENTLY GUTTED!!!

The backstory here is that the senior citizens in JoCo have been raging over a myriad of delays and delivery problems after mass layoffs left KC's daily newspaper short handed.

There's a bright side here amid this otherwise urgent message . . . Decreasing subscriptions should help The Star keep up with demand and nobody notices the paper delivered to the corner of convenience stores across the metro and subsequently ignored.

You decide . . .

MARY SANCHEZ SEYZ LGBT COMMUNITY COULD BRING GUN CRACKDOWN!!!

Here's another hypothetical from Kansas City's least favorite columnist imagining that the rest of the world is eager to give up Constitutionally protected freedoms. Also, let's not forget that the gay community is remarkably diverse and pro-gun rights LGBT groups have emerged in the aftermath of Orlando. Here's the DNC talking points repackaged locally: Gay and lesbian activists take on the gun lobby

Should The Dude Who Abandoned Doggie In Car @ The K Spend Time In Jail?!?!

A question of Kansas City doggie rights and criminal justice. Check this story for more deets on a case of animal lover revenge: 19-year-old man from Oklahoma faces city charge for leaving puppy in hot car at Kauffman Stadium

Kansas City Hates New Bus Routes

New KCATA bus routes announced today have earned quite a bit of griping and threaten the livelihood of this local dude: Threat of bus stop relocating pushes legally blind man to speak out

WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE MEAN TWEETS FOR THE KANSAS CITY NEW AIRPORT?!?!



Here's an important look at so much Kansas City discourse on social media that's CLEARLY designed by the consultant class and quickly fades away once their plans go down in flames.

Check this Kansas City Airport rhetoric fact check, retort and then double fact check . . .



Developing . . . But hopefully not . . .

Kansas City Summer Primary Forum Report

Democratic Party contenders take their campaigns to local neighborhoods this Summer. Here's and important look at one of the chat sessions: Highlights from the June 23 Candidate Forum at SVN

Former Kansas Governors Pen Angry Screed Against Gov. Brownback Agenda

Letter from across party lines takes aim at tax breaks and hopes to push otherwise uninspiring Democratic Party contenders. Take a look: Sharp Letter From Sebelius, Graves, Others Takes Aim At Brownback's Fiscal Policies

Old And Busted Streets Cost Kansas City Half Mil After Tragic Northland Skateboarder Death

KCMO's lack of attention to basic infrastructure will cost big time. Here's the latest payout that proves even across the bridge City Hall has its priorities screwed up: KC proposes to settle lawsuit over fatal skateboard accident

Lucy And The Kansas City Link Pool



Lucy Pinder remains the most important thing about Great Britain as far was we're concerned and closer to home, here are some of the most important MSM news stories . . .

Kansas City Hit & Run Aftermath
Police searching for driver who fled traffic stop, collided with vehicle then ran from scene
Building Up KCK Po-Po
New KCK South Patrol Division To Be Built In Argentine
Meth Town Mean Message Stays Losing
Independence man accused of sending threatening text to judge
Suspected Creeper Floats To Surface
Man accused of exposing himself to child at Oceans of Fun
Lesson In Sunflower State Fail
Kansas legislators struggle with passing school funding plan
Show-Me Road Tech
Missouri is installing solar power grabbing pavement on Route 66
Kansas City Outdoor Sofas For Hobos
Matthew Elsom and Garth Britzman: Superfurniture
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY CROSSROADS NEIGHBORS WILL SUBMIT FINAL PETITIONS AGAINST LIQUOR CODE CHANGE SATURDAY!!!



Our blog community has been following a groundbreaking Kansas City bar biz vs. neighborhood dispute over liquor codes since day one and right now we've got FIRST NEWS of the latest development and an important recap of the sitch.

To wit . . .

FIRST ON TKC!!! CHECK THE LATEST MOVE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FIGHT TO SAVE THE CROSSROADS AND AVOID LIQUOR CODE CHANGES THROUGHOUT KANSAS CITY!!!

Again, we believe that in general Kansas City voters tend to agree with strict enforcement of liquor codes and most people don't want to turn the Crossroads into another entertainment district.

Here's the word . . .



The community and neighborhood organizers who have been conducting a referendum to repeal the proposed new liquor license ordinance will turn in their final petitions Saturday afternoon.

Observers say they will submit more than the 3,417 needed to force the KC City Council to either repeal the ordinance or submit it to the voters either on a November or April ballot.

Opponents' message is simple----this proposed ordinance, rammed through the council by Jolie Justus and few Crossroads bar owners, makes it much harder for homeowners to keep bars and nightclubs out of their neighborhood. Property owners half a mile away from a proposed bar or nightclub could overrule the homeowners closest to the location of a proposed liquor establishment that could bring crime, overbearing noise, and late night car traffic to their immediate neighborhood.

The hope of opponents is that the council will repeal the ordinance and conduct a full review of the entire liquor code, much of which is outdated.

If the council decides to allow the ordinance to go to a vote they will encounter a well financed opposition. The Protect of Neighborhoods' Committee has already raised around $50,000 for a campaign according to sources.

This all started when the owners of Tom Town's bar in the Crossroads went to their friend, councilwoman Justus, wanting to break loose from a few restrictions to their liquor license to which they originally consented. Their idea for the wonderful Crossroads ARTS District is to turn into another Westport bar area or a Bourbon Street. To hell with the mixed use atmosphere that has made the Crossroads so popular.

The ordinance was rammed through in 48 hours from committee hearing and council passage on April 28. Only the bar owners testified.

But in their haste to ram it through they didn't worry about the neighborhoods across the city that would be negatively impacted. And now those neighborhoods are fighting back with the petition drive.

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You decide .  . . 

TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! TRAGIC KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE COUNT SKYROCKETS AMID BLOODY SUMMER 2016!!!



Here's a confirmation of the numbers we've been following in real time . . .

Sadly, the politicos interviewed in this report don't seem to have many answers and the Summer is just getting started.

Checkit:

KCTV5: Homicides up 37 percent in Kansas City so far in 2016

Deets:

From this time last year, the homicide rate in Kansas City has increased by 37 percent.

Four-year-old Mahsaan Kelly-Wilson was one of the latest homicide victims in 2016.

So far in 2016, 48 people have been murdered in Kansas City, with 44 of those lives taken by the pull of a trigger.

Developing . . .