Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Kansas City Early Morning Cold News Links



As we keep on multi-tasking we celebrate hottie Josie and her body of work not only because of modeling success but also given her design acumen that remembers movie classics. And all of this inspires our early morning look at local links.

Checkit:

Midwest Innocence Project Conversation

Amanda Knox, exchange student cleared of murder, to speak in Kansas City

Amanda Knox, an American exchange student who was initially convicted of murder in Italy but eventually cleared, will be speaking this spring in Kansas City. She will be the keynote speaker at the Midwest Innocence Project's Faces of Innocence Gala. The gala will be held Thursday, April 26 at the Marriott Muehlebach, located at 1213 Wyandotte in Kansas City.


Kansas City Injury Gunfire & Arrest

Person of interest in custody after Tuesday night shooting

The Kansas City Police Department says a person of interest is in custody after a shooting Tuesday night. That incident happened around 9:45 p.m. in the 2800 block of East 7th Street. One person suffered serious injuries in that shooting. Officers took a person of interest in custody on the scene.


Dead-Tree Snuff Footage Shared

Dashcam footage of the officer-involved shooting of 17-year-old John Albers

Overland Park Police Department dashcam footage of the fatal officer-involved shooting of 17-year-old John Albers. WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT.


Unwanted Local Guest Exposed

'The invisible killer': Thousands of Kansas City metro homes at risk for high radon levels

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Counties on both sides of the state line are among the worst in the country for something that could be harming your family right now, according to the EPA. "I really had no idea why I had gotten cancer," said Daryn Cashmark, a lung cancer survivor.


Heartland Life Talk Tonight

Headlights on the Prairie

Wed, February 21, 2018 - Dodge City, Kansas, native Robert Rebein revisits his hometown and Kansas' high plains often in a discussion of his third book, Headlights on the Prairie: Essays on Home, an extensive collection of acclaimed narrative essays.


Kansas City Foodie Tell-All

Black Dirt Sous Chef Brandon West on Dried Chiles, Octopus and Supporting Young Chefs

Brandon West realized he wanted to cook for a living when he started making food for his then-girlfriend's kids. "One thing I learned is that cooking is fun, and making people happy with cooking is fun," he says. That led him to enroll in culinary school and snag a job with chef Jonathan Justus at the acclaimed Justus Drugstore in Smithville, Missouri.


Trading Kansas City Money Ball Favors

The Royals could help Mike Moustakas land a $50 million contract

Mike Moustakas is still a free agent, coming off a season in which he posted a career-best and Royals franchise record 38 home runs. Given that Kauffman Stadium is not the most home run friendly park, and that Moose had various knee issues near the end of the season, you'd think he'd have something of a market.


Rich Brian - Cold is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY JAMES ENCOURAGES STUDENT ADVOCACY AGAINST GUNS AFTER FLORIDA TRAGEDY!!!



This afternoon Mayor Sly released a scathing statement on gun control and recent MSM talking points.

The highlights:

"This carnage is spreading like a raging infection left untreated. The difference between an infection and school shootings, however, is that at least a doctor diagnoses, treats and tries to cure the infection. Politicians and other adults who should act like doctors — caring for a nation infected by gun violence — make absolutely no effort to diagnose and treat this disease."

The thesis of his message:

"You may in fact be the glue that finally helps unite and focus all the adult groups that have been struggling to pass common sense gun safety measures."

There is plenty to debate about this statement but first and foremost we wanted to hear what our blog community has to say.

Check the statement in its entirety and tell us what you think . . .

A Letter from Mayor Sly James to Students

Dear students,

I’ve been listening and watching the news for several days since the violence in Parkland, Fla., and wondering how did we, once again, allow more of you to be mowed down by an apparently disturbed, young man wielding a high-powered, military-style assault weapon with a large capacity magazine. This is especially sad and ridiculous, even infuriating, considering the situation was both predictable and preventable.

Seventeen more of you dead in Florida. Valentine’s Day. 2018.

If this were the only such incident, or at least an infrequent one, it would be immensely sad and tragic. The reality that such massacres are now relatively commonplace, however, is more than that. It is unbelievably incredible. Undeniably horrendous. It’s totally incomprehensible that these mass murders have turned America’s students into the most endangered group of people in any industrialized country in the world.

NEWSFLASH!!! KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR FAILS IN ICE AGAIN WHILST BUSES PICK UP SLACK!!!



The Streetcar was down ALL OF TUESDAY because of ice while buses kept running . . .

Toy train confirmation . . .

#kcstreetcar service currently suspended due to ice storm. Service is running w/ 2 @ridekc buses on the route w/ arrivals every 15 mins. Thank you for your patience. Will post updates.

Sadly, that was a morning message and the toy train never got back online today white it's Twitter presence kept sharing hype with fanboys.

And so . . .

THIS IS THE SECOND ALL-DAY STREETCAR ICE FAIL THIS WINTER!!! THE TOY TRAIN SIMPLY ISN'T RELIABLE IN THE TYPICAL KANSAS CITY COLD WEATHER!!!

As streetcar advocates tout expansion, the ice problems have yet to be addressed and present a major weakness in this mode of transit.

Developing . . .

LEGENDARY KANSAS CITY COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA III STEAKHOUSE CLOSING!!!

The end of an era and the last days of old school entertainment district class . . . Checkit:

Longtime Plaza restaurant to close

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A longtime plaza restaurant will soon close. Plaza III will close it's location at 4749 Pennsylvania on March 10, a representative for the restaurant told 41 Action News Tuesday night. The restaurant opened in 1963. 41 Action News has reached out to a spokesperson for the Plaza, but have not heard back.

Kansas City Nuke Facility Revealed

Cold weather documentary news and a glimpse of the local military industrial complex in action . . .

EXCLUSIVE: Take an inside look at a Kansas City workplace servicing United States nuclear weapons

The threat of nuclear war is back in the headlines in part because of the icy relationship between the United States and new nuclear power North Korea. We're pulling back the curtain and getting an inside look at one group responsible for keeping us safe and ready.

Kansas City Chiefs Confront Increasing Marcus Peters Trade Talk



While NFL experts attempt to downplay this viable option for the team . . . Here's an eloquent and well developed analysis of a potential trade that many pro-football critics would welcome.

Arrowhead Pride: Why the Chiefs could feasibly trade Marcus Peters (they shouldn’t)

Money line . . .

The first, indisputable argument is that Marcus Peters loses his cool way too often on the football field. Officially, Peters has four career unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, in addition to one taunting call. If you watch the Chiefs every week either at Arrowhead Stadium or on television, we all know it could be much worse than that.

We’ve seen Peters scream obscenities at fans in the stands, referees and opponents alike.

This season, we saw the worst of Peters’ actions as a professional when he threw a referee’s flag into the stands after a defensive holding call he did not agree with. The referees only gave Peters an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but he jogged off the field, only to return (now infamously) without his socks.

It was later reported that Peters got into an argument with a Chiefs coach on the way to the airport, and after that, head coach Andy Reid had seen enough.

The NFL only fined Peters for the in-game incident, but Reid gave him a one-game suspension.

Then, there is the elephant in the room: the protest Peters takes part in during the national anthem . . .
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Kansas City T-Shirt Company Battle Explained

Conflict and hateration among fashionista hipsters has been brewing for months and this tech scene missive attempts to explain some of the hard feelings and rivalries in this small market dispute. Take a look:

MADE's Heartbreak Kids splits silence on tension with Charlie Hustle

Streetwear is about making a statement, Vu Radley said, and the Heartbreak Kids collection says more than words alone could express. For the Heartbreak Kids capsule, which dropped Feb. 10 at MADE's flagship store downtown, that translates to a collection of designs featuring gritty "counter-culture" imagery that takes a swipe at a leading Kansas City apparel competitor, Charlie Hustle .

KANSAS CITY POLICE SEARCH FOR NORTHLAND McDONALD'S SHOOTER!!!

Cold weather crime report and realization that local violence to escalate on the nice side of the bridge despite cold weather. Take a look:

Police looking for man who fired gunshot inside Kansas City McDonald's location

Kansas City police are looking for man who fired at least one gunshot at a McDonald's restaurant Tuesday night. It happened shortly after 7:30 p.m. at the McDonald's located on Northeast Chouteau Trafficway just north of North Cleveland Avenue in the city's northland. No one was injured from the gunfire.

KCKFD RACIAL BACKLASH UNDERWAY!!!

Across the State Line, an embattled institution struggles with a legal struggle that may force policy and leadership changes. Take a look:

Fire fighter takes on KCK Fire Department, union and UG for racial discrimination

A black fire fighter in Kansas City, Kan., who has been suspended without pay since 2016 is suing the city's fire department, the Unified Government and the fire fighters' union for retaliation and racial discrimination.

The Kansas City Cold News Links



Right now we review some of the top Kansas City MSM news inspired by Aria and her iconic cold weather hotness.

Take a look:

Kansas City Caddy Winning Confirmed

Fairfax Assembly Plant will produce Cadillac XT4 crossover SUV - Kansas City Business Journal

General Motors is spending $265 million to prepare the Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kan., to build the all-new Cadillac XT4 crossover sports utility vehicle, The Kansas City Star reports. On Monday, a GM spokeswoman finally confirmed the long-rumored plan that will result in the retention of about 500 jobs.


Show-Me Death Drug Crisis

BuzzFeed investigation finds Missouri execution drug supplier has troubled safety history

Updated Feb. 20th at 9:05 a.m. with comment from the ACLU - A BuzzFeed News investigation has found that a St. Louis-area compounding pharmacy with a troubled safety history has provided execution drugs to the state of Missouri for the last four years.


Kansas Crime Life Advertising???

Can Registries Cover Too Many Crimes? Kansas Legislation Suggests A Rollback

Junkie logic brought an addict to the doorsteps of a Topeka woman once convicted of selling cocaine. The addict was looking to buy, and Kansas' online database of criminal offenders has a handy geographic search tool that lets users pull up the names, crimes and addresses of people who live within a few miles of their homes.


Suspicious Kansas City Blaze Today

One person injured in KC house fire; officers injured taking suspect into custody, police say

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City police officers were injured Tuesday while trying to take a suspect in a house fire into custody, officials say. KCPD spokesman Darin Snapp said a person tried to take their own life by setting a home on Grave Street on fire.


The Grid FAILS Southland

1,500 KCP&L customers without power in Ruskin area of Kansas City

As of 6:50 p.m. Tuesday there are about 1,600 customers KCP&L customers without power in the metro area. The hardest hit area are 1,500 customers in the Ruskin area of Kansas City. The boundary area of the outage is 108th Street to the north, Longview Road to the south, Stark Avenue to the east, and Hillcrest Road to the west.


Kansas City Booze Solution???

As losses mount, are taverns the answer in the 18th & Vine District?

The 18th & Vine District is at a crossroads - literally, yes, but metaphorically too. The struggles of the district are well documented and decades old. The museum complex, built by taxpayers, had required public subsidies for years. By one accounting, the city has spent more than $100 million on the district since 1990.


Local Wild Life Advice

As coyotes enter breeding season, expect to see them in urban areas

OLATHE, Kan. - The middle of winter marks the beginning of mating season for coyotes. Which, in turn, means you may be seeing the canines on the move through your neighborhood. But there are ways to make your yard and neighborhood less desirable for coyotes.


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

KANSAS CITY WINTER SMACKDOWN!!!



Update on weather conditions right now that are still pretty horrible, dangerous and pretty . . . Take a look:

Instagram coverage: PHOTOS: KC metro battles weird wintry mix

Something Weather This Way Comes: Light snow arrives Wednesday evening

Kangaroo Complaints After Late Call: UMKC closes campus early due to deteriorating weather conditions

One More Forecast: FOX4 Forecast: Icy conditions continue into the evening

Developing . . .

Overland Park Golden Ghetto Suicidal Teen Shot Dead By Police: Justified

Ruling on a controversial officer-involved shooting wherein a distraught youngster allegedly aimed a car at police . . . Here's the aftermath:

Fatal Overland Park police shooting of 17-year-old John Albers justified, authorities say

Authorities say a fatal police shooting in Overland Park was justified. Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe and Overland Park Police Chief Frank Donchez announced Tuesday that no charges will be filed against officers involved in the Jan. 20 shooting of 17-year-old John Albers. Albers was fatally shot by Overland Park police on Jan.

Kansas City Gas Station Killing Conversation

More deets on the latest local homicide as the investigation continues. Checkit:

UPDATE: Kansas City police identify person of interest in gas station homicide

UPDATE (5:44 p.m.) - Kansas City police say they have identified the man in a photo released by the department on Monday. The person was identified as a "subject of interest" in Monday's homicide that happened outside a gas station at 27th and Indiana. He is speaking with police.

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! TALIB KWELI RIOT ROOM SHOW CANCELED AMID KANSAS CITY ANTIFA PROTEST TARGETING NAZI METAL!!! HIP-HOP FEAR PERSISTS IN WESTPORT!!!



Groundbreaking, beloved and controversial hip-hop entertainer Talib Kweli recently canceled his upcoming show in Westport amid intense political culture war debate.

To wit . . .

THE WESTPORT RIOT ROOM RAP ARTIST TALIB KWELI SHOW IS KAPUT!!!

The controversy started with a musical beef . . . Norwegian black metal vets TAAKE recently announced a North American tour that also included the Riot Room. Antifa forces across the nation and in Kansas City quickly challenged venues and performers to cancel any shows even remotely connected with the metal group that has consistently denied racism yet still performs songs with lyrics that many describe as vehemently anti-Muslim.

The allegations of Nazism primarily arise from the band’s one continuous member, Hoest, performing with a swastika painted on his chest in 2007.



Via social media, the Riot Room was hounded on the topic of the TAAKE show and thanks to TKC TIPSTERS here's a money quote that seems to typify the objections to the group.

"If you don't draw the line right at Nazis, you are what is commonly known as a f*cking apologist piece of shit. Be like Talib. Tell the Riot Room in kc "do not allow Taake to play there!" The last thing Midtown needs is for the Riot Room to be drawing Nazis into the area to attack women, lgbt, and black and brown people..."

Note: The Kansas City ANTIFA protest against the Riot Room is just ramping up with an upcoming phone bank campaign and increased pressure on upcoming acts.

Amid disappointment from fans upon news of the rap concert cancellation, Talib Kweli attempted to put the KC controversy in perspective via Twitter . . .



But the story doesn't end here . . .

The bigger picture is that crowd control in Westport has been a divisive topic as City Hall recently moved to help bar owners privatize streets.

Moreover . . .

This weekend an underground hip-hop show in Kansas City, Kansas was the scene of 8 people shot and one homicide.

For the past few years . . .

Westport biz community leadership has openly argued against hip-hop/rap while connecting the music and its fans with increasing entertainment district violence.

There's no word yet if the TAAKE Riot Room show will continue but the loss of a far more important and popular act like Talib Kweli has already disappointed music fans across the metro and once again offers a view of Westport as Kansas City's oldest party place that still struggles to safely entertain diverse crowds.

Developing . . .

Northeast Kansas City MO State Rep. Burnett Talks Gun Control After Florida Tragedy



Here's the latest middling statement from a lady in a politico in a part of town where voters skew just a tad more Conservative than most urban core denizens.

We can't figure out exactly what she's trying to say in her latest statement that offers a glimpse why Missouri Democratic Party leaders remain a Missouri Super-Minority.

Take a look . . .

Turner Report: From Rep. Ingrid Burnett, D-Kansas City

Money line . . .

"I realize school shootings are not an everyday occurrence - even though there are those who would like you to believe that. We have schools all across the nation that may never experience this tragedy. But the threat we all live under now is that it could, and until we do something that will curb the ability of whatever evil force it is that compels a person to devise such a scheme, we will continue to have active shooter trainings and ads that try to convince us that body armour is appropriate school attire.

"Some of my colleagues are sponsoring gun control legislation, and I have co-sponsored a number of those bills."

You decide . . .

SHAME!!! KANSAS CITY YOUNGSTERS WITNESS MORE MURDER!!!

Another effect of rising homicide counts that's often overlook . . . The culture of violence leaves a lasting impression on the NEXTGEN that sees a lower value put on human life.

Read more:

Number of children witnessing murders on the rise in Kansas City

It's a very sad reality but something experts say goes right along with the rising murder rates. The good news is there is help out there for children who see what no one should see.

Youngsters Targeted For Death In JoCo???

Domestic drama aftermath and reports of a scary family crisis that almost proved fatal in an otherwise quiet part of town . . . Read more as a woman is now in custody:

Olathe police investigating attempted homicide of 3 children

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Olathe police are investigating the attempted homicide of three children. Police were called to the 1700 block of North Lennox Street just after 7 p.m. Monday. The children's mother told police they ingested something meant to harm them.

Kansas City Obsessed With 'Bling' Tech???

A really important word of advice from on priorities beyond civic ponzi schemes that are currently touted as local progress but offer little in the way of public benefit beyond campaign commercials. Take a look:

Want a globally competitive KC? Look beyond smart city 'bling,' Digi.City founder says

The U.S. has a lot of catching up to do, Chelsea Collier said. It's not quite doomsday, but Collier, founder of , wanted to express a sense of urgency, she said Friday during a Smart Metro Summit at Plexpod Westport Commons.

KANSAS CITY ICE STORM WARNING TUESDAY AS LOCAL STREETS UNTREATED!!!



Here's a word of caution today for commuters and anybody who must trek through treacherous conditions today with no help from City Hall.

To wit . . .

KCMO STREETS ARE EXCEPTIONALLY SLICK THIS MORNING WITHOUT MUCH HELP TO DE-ICE OVERNIGHT!!!

Check the damage and take it slow . . .

KMBZ: The National Weather Service issued an Ice Storm Warning for a large portion of the Kansas City area until 6 p.m. Tuesday. The forecast calls for freezing rain and a slight chance for thunderstorms, with a low of about 30 degrees.

KCTV5: Ice Storm Warning issued for Kansas City, surrounding counties

A lot of districts have already cancelled classes.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Hipsters Booze With Youngsters

Day drinking with rugrats in tow is a Kansas City tradition for the middle-class teaching the NextGen all about local beer life . . . Here's a worthwhile explanation of this phenomena: Tap List | The Kids Are All Right

Kansas City Faith Blogger Explains Horrific Allegations Against Oxfam

An international story with local impact as aid organizations struggle to rebuild trust. Take a look:

What the Oxfam sex scandal means: 2-20-18

When charitable organizations go bad, it hurts not just those people they're supposed to be helping. It also can hurt other charities that get tarred by association even though they had nothing to do with the bad apple. It will...

Greg Orman Against Kansas Red State Politics

The Sunflower State has been dominated by the GOP for generations . . . Here's an "outsider" effort to focus locals on the national scene rather than a record of voting mostly for hardline Conservatives. Take a look:

The same old political way just isn't working

About a month ago, I formally launched my campaign for governor of the great state of Kansas. Since then, I've traveled the state and met with voters. I have been incredibly gratified by the response our campaign has received. Hundreds of Kansans have told me they're ready for something different and know our system of government isn't serving them.

The Kansas City Tuesday Morning Look



Victoria's Secret adverts are under attack and some claim the uprising is hurting their bottom line . . .

Biz Insider: These photos reveal why women are abandoning Victoria's Secret for American Eagle's Aerie underwear brand

Whilst selling panties by way of "empowerment" is also a sketchy proposition, there's no denying that public pushback against hotness is for realz and inspires our morning blast right now as we check these Tuesday morning news links.

Take a look:

Kansas City Helping Hand Payback

KC man with multiple sclerosis looking for neighbor who helped him after a fall

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jamal Horton has been living with multiple sclerosis since 2001, but in the last two years, his symptoms have gotten worse. "Most of my functionality is now being impacted; any day-to-day functionality," Horton said. "I'm getting scared because I feel pretty vulnerable."


Kansas City Collabo Workspace

New Collaborative Space Coming to Downtown Kansas City

The Cordish Cos. is planning a two-level collaborative workspace in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Called Spark KC, the coworking space will encompass 15,000 square feet and is scheduled to open by late 2018. It will be part of the first live-work environment coming to the Power & Light District.


Truman Tribute For Congressman

Good Neighbor Award going to Rep. Cleaver

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II is the 2018 recipient of the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award.Cleaver speaks highly of Truman, and when he was given the Truman Public Service Award four years ago he said it "touches my very soul."The Good Neighbor Award has roots in the annual birthday luncheon that Harry Truman's Kansas City friends held starting when he left office in 1953.


Show-Me No Prez Trump Cash

Missouri could struggle to draw federal funds with new infrastructure plan

President Donald Trump's proposed budget for 2019 could bring big infrastructure changes to Missouri, but local engineering and commerce experts say it could be hard for the state to compete for federal dollars.


Fear More Fracking Earthquakes

Kansas Earthquakes Linked To Oil & Gas Industry Wastewater Disposal, Study Claims

Days after Kansas legislators rejected a bill that would have restricted the underground disposal of wastewater from the production of oil and gas, a new study by researchers from the Seismological Society of America (SSA) said there was a link between that method of wastewater disposal and the increase in number of earthquakes in the state, particularly in its southern parts.


Local Biz History By The Numbers

Photo Tour: H&R Block's world headquarters - Kansas City Business Journal

The tax preparation business that Richard and Henry Bloch founded in 1955 has grown into a global tax preparation provider with 12,000 locations in all 50 states, Canada, Australia and India, as well as U.S. territories and military bases around the world.


Kansas City Trade Tribute

Report: Hosmer to honor Yordano Ventura with new jersey number

Former Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will honor the late Yordano Ventura. San Diego Padres MLB.com beat reporter AJ Casavell reports Hosmer will wear #30 as his new jersey in San Diego. Hosmer wore #35 in Kansas City, but that jersey has been retired by the club.


MURS "Same Way" (Feat. Tech N9ne) is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Kansas City Overnight Movies



Just a few things to look at for our shift worker pals and fellow insomniacs as we celebrate Jordan and her body of work along with a few short local movies worth a look. Checkit:

Kansas City Police Chase Carjacker Tonight

Follow-up on those sirens that we all heard from Midtown to Downtown this evening. Take a look:

Carjacking suspect in SUV collides with car after 45 minute chase​

Kansas City police have a carjacking suspect in custody after a chase that covered miles and lasted 45 minutes. Officers tried to stop a reportedly stolen red Nissan Xterra near the intersection of E 18th Street and Benton Boulevard. When the driver failed to stop officers chased the vehicle.

Kansas City Gangland Shooting Calling

Phone follow-up of a horrific weekend hip-hop shooting. More on this later but for now this story with worth a look:

Voicemail captures chaos following deadly gang-related shooting in Kansas City, KS

Police suspect that a weekend shooting in Kansas City, KS that left one dead and seven injured was gang-related. The shooting happened Saturday night at a packed venue for a local musician. Police say one of the victims died at a hospital and that seven others sustained injuries that weren't life-threatening.

KANSAS CITY RETAIL POSTSCRIPT: OR DID YOU GO TO A PRESIDENT'S SALE TODAY???



The decline of retail has been well documented by our local media in bits and pieces . . .

Nordstrom is abandoning Oak Park Mall in favor of the Plaza which might or might not be just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

Kansas City's signature corporation Hallmark is still struggling to stay relevant and continues to send the very best pink slips.

And again, Independence Center wants to "reinvigorate" after a foreclosure fire sale and millions worth of debt sold off.

But what's past is prologue and simply brings us to our practical question tonight . . .

THE DEARTH OF KANSAS CITY'S PRESIDENT'S DAY SALES REVEALS FUNDAMENTAL WEAKNESS IN LOCAL RETAIL!!! OR DID YOU GO BUY SOMETHING AT THE MALL TODAY???



Believe it or not, President's Day used to be a big deal for local merchants . . . Whereas most people simply spent this "holiday" on their phone or at their computer as usual.

You decide . . .

Country Club Plaza JJ'S Inferno Aftermath: Bad Gas Still Plagues Kansas City???

Let's not forget that this deadly drama was blamed on an OLD SCHOOL FAX MACHINE and very few safety protocols have been changed following an EPIC blow-up. Take a look:

The JJ's Fire: 5 years later

It was just about five years ago that a massive fireball engulfed part of the Country Club Plaza after an explosion at JJ's Restaurant. Emily Sinovic takes a look at what's changed in the five year...

Kansas City Star Seyz La Migra Schadenfreude Worked Against 'Free Syed' Family Visit

Our pal Tracy called out jail visiting rules on Sunday and now the newspaper strikes back with a personal insult directed at lock-up rules everybody else has to follow. Take a look:

Platte County took perverse pleasure in keeping Kansas chemist Syed Jamal from seeing his family

People around the world have been worrying about what's to become of Syed Ahmed Jamal, the Bangladesh-born chemistry instructor arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in front of his distraught family in Lawrence last month. But now officials in Platte County want to get in their own gratuitous kicks by needlessly keeping him from seeing his crying children.

AWESOME TKC READER: APPLEBEE'S STRUGGLES IN KANSAS CITY METRO AMID RECENT RACIAL PROFILING HOT MESS!!!



No matter how locals might feel about a 7-minute-crying-jag for social media vs. mediocre fare . . . Here's a look at the sitch overall for this local chain struggling in the metro . . .

SPECIAL THANKS TO THIS AWESOME TKC READER FOR OUTLINING FAST CASUAL FOODIE DECLINE IN KANSAS CITY!!!

Check the deets:

Applebyebye's???

In late 2016, Applebee's locations in Watts Mill (103rd-StateLine) and the Mall of the Great Plains (Olathe) shuttered.

In May 2017, 3 locations were closed in the area: 8350 N. Church Road near Liberty, 13201 State Line Road in south Kansas City, and 701 S.E. Melody Lane in Lee’s Summit.

The company used the recent controversy at their Independence Center mall location to quickly close that one as well, after the mall went into foreclosure.

This leaves them with about 15 locations across the metro, as they struggle with other fast casual restaurants to retain market share.

Applebee's.......because America can't enough hamburgers!
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MORE GUN CONTROL KANSAS CITY PROTEST AGAINST PREZ TRUMP!!!



Here's another somewhat local call for action in the aftermath of a horrific shooting that seemingly hopes to support students ranting against the Prez after tragedy.

Take a look:

"We are gathering at Mill Creek Park in Kansas City on Saturday, March 24 at 1 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.

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

Via No Comment MO Rage . . .

And then, there's this protest as well . . .

Kansas City March For Our Lives organized by PeaceWorksKC and co-hosted by Heartland Coalition Against Gun Violence a program of Grandparents Against Gun Violence, Kansas City Veterans For Peace. We will meet every Saturday from Noon to 1:00 PM at JC Nichols Memorial Fountain in Miller Park at Plaza leading up to the March 24th March.

Developing . . .

RAPE CASE TARGETS KCPS!!!

More deets on a longstanding problem with student safety at Kansas City Public Schools that is far more important than movie field trips touted by the newspaper. Take a look:

Lawsuit: Kansas City school left violent felon take girl

A lawsuit filed last week alleges a Kansas City school allowed a violent felon to pick up a 14-year-old student, who was taken to a motel and raped. The now 21-year-old plaintiff is suing Kansas City Public Schools, a former Lincoln College Preparatory Academy principal and a school attendance secretary.

Fear The Golden Ghetto Johnson County Housing Crisis, Too!!!

Newsflash . . . A nice home in the suburbs is out of reach for most wage slaves as well. Take a look:

Housing market boom in Johnson County raises taxes, creates obstacles for first-time buyers

JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. - The housing market in the northeast part of Johnson County is booming, so much so that houses rarely stay on the market for long. Real estate agents say right now is a good time to buy a house - if you can find one.

Kansas City 2018 Homicide #14: Man Gunned Down At Gas Station Monday Afternoon



After a cold winter, the quotient of local killing is catching up with last year's historic pace.

Here's the latest:

KMBC: Monday afternoon shooting near Kansas City gas station ruled homicide

A shooting around 3:15 p.m. Monday at 2711 Indiana Ave., has been ruled a homicide. The victim was found at a gas station in the area, and KCPD is on the scene.

Last year the murder count was 16 at this time last year.

Developing . . .

The Kansas City Monday Link Look



AND WE'RE BACK WITH EVEN MORE LOCAL NEWS LINKS!!!

Lots of stuff to consider tonight but mostly hottie Kelly getting rejected for marriage along with news closer to home. Take a look:

Gimme Shelter In Kansas City

Zack Brown on Twitter

19th/main stop isn't gonna let 16th/main have all the fun


More Meth Town Mall Promises

Pacific Retail Capital Partners promises makeover for Independence Center - Kansas City Business Journal

A national retail center turnaround company promises improvements at Independence Center after the mall was sold Friday in a foreclosure sale. California-based Pacific Retail Capital Partners said it had taken over operation of the regional mall.


Caddy Double Down For Autoworkers

General Motors to invest $265 million in KCK plant

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - General Motors plans to invest $265 million in its Kansas City, Kansas plant to build the first-ever Cadillac XT4 crossover SUV. The Fairfax Assembly & Stamping Plant employs nearly 2,235 people and already manufactures the Chevrolet Malibu.


Traffic Tragedy Aftermath

Kansas City man charged with second-degree murder after November wrong-way collision

WEBVTT FUTURESCAN.KELEIGH?KELEIGH: ALL RIGHT.NEW OVERNIGHT A DOUBLEFATAL ACCIDENT IN KANSASCITY, MISSOURI.THIS HAPPENED JUSTBEFORE 2:30 LAST NIGHTON 435 AND 71 HIGHWAYSOUTH OF BANISTER ROAD.TWO CARS WERE INVOLVED.TWO PEOPLE WERE KILLED.A THIRD IS IN THEHOSPITAL IN CRITICALCONDITION.POLICE TELL US THEY GOTA CALL OF A DRIVER GOINGSOUTHBOUND IN THENORTHBOUND LANE. Prosecutors have charged Preston E.


Kansas City Foodie Calendar

A Rare Hare dinner at the Rieger, plus beer-iversaries at Free State, Border Brewing Company, and Hopcat: KC food and drink events for February 19-25

Courtesy of the Rieger Monday, February 19 Teabiotics (11415 Strange Line Road) opens its brand-new kombucha taproom today at 9 a.m., with 24 unique taps and flavors available for customers to sample or fill up their bottles to take home. Teabiotics specializes in fermented vegetables and drinks, including kombucha made with organic teas.


Local Old School Teaching Moment

Searching For Her Dad's Technical High School

Like so many men of his generation, Jack Harrigan was a small-town kid born early in the 20th century, weathered the Great Depression, fought in World War II, then returned home to raise a family while working a blue-collar job until passing away in 1990 at the age of 75.


Something Weather This Way Comes

4 storm systems could bring 4 types of precipitation this week

We are in an active weather pattern, and there is a chance for all precipitation types: rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow. Meteorologist Jeff Penner shares five things you should know for this week. 1. Will the roads be icy for the rush hour Tuesday morning?


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

Crowded Kansas Guv Contest Favors Kobach

The right-wing politico might earn a top dead-end job by way of a teen prank. Take a look:

Republicans In Crowded Republican Field For Kansas Governor Strain To Stand Out

A crowded race for the Republican nomination for governor in Kansas has candidates looking for ways to stand out. At a forum held over the weekend in Wichita, the hopefuls signaled how they hope to separate themselves from the field. Secretary of State Kris Kobach wants primary voters to see him as the true conservative in the contest.

Show-Me Low-Income Housing Missouri Crisis

A Missouri tax cut crackdown targeting a "scam" and/or po'folk . . . Here's a comprehensive look at the impact of this measure:

Low-income housing tax credit freeze casts shadow over legislative session

A question and answer panel with four Republican statewide officials was meant to showcase the party's unprecedented consolidation of power within Missouri's government. Instead, the Lincoln Days event pointed to a major policy division among the GOP. That's because Gov. Eric Greitens touted how he engineered a halt to state low-income housing tax credit s in late December.

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY PARKING CRACKDOWN THREATENS MASSIVE INCREASE IN FINES & LEGAL TROUBLE!!!



Thanks to KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS, our blog community was FIRST to break news of City Hall contracting with private companies to increase parking enforcement in and around the Downtown Kansas City loop.

And then, we offered a glimpse of the legislation already approved and underway.

Now . . .

TOP ECHELON KANSAS CITY INSIDERS WARN OF A KANSAS CITY PARKING CRISIS THAT WILL COST DOWNTOWN VISITORS BIG BUCKS AND PRESENT VERY REAL LEGAL CHALLENGES FOR THOSE WHO IGNORE FINES!!!

First and foremost . . .

Metro drivers must be on notice: Tickets from private companies are REAL and carry the same kind of fines as those issued by police i.e. you'll go to jail if you don't pay them.

Expect legal challenges on this topic but City Hall has already cleared cash for legal defense of this issue as City Hall depends on collecting greater fees amid toughening economic times.



Here's the kicker . . .

THE PRICE OF KANSAS CITY PARKING TICKETS IS SOON TO SKYROCKET THANKS TO THE PRIVATE COMPANY CRACKDOWN!!!

As always, it's safer just to read the fine print and make sure a parking spot is legal . . . But people are often in a rush when the park downtown. And so, higher fees and companies that offer even worse customer service than City Hall will be carte blanche when it comes to this crackdown. Like it or not: There is very little chance of appeal or reprieve from a private company crackdown when they make their determination on an alleged infraction.

And so . . . This crackdown slated for Spring/Summer is just another factor driving up the Downtown KCMO cost of living which continues to spiral out of control.



Developing . . .

VINDICATION!!! BLACK PANTHER SHATTERS BOX OFFICE RECORDS!!! CORPORATE MEDIA MULTICULTURALISM STAYS WINNING OVER AMERICA FIRST POLITICS?!?!



It was a historic week for American cinema as Kansas City youngsters were part of a massive effort to bring people to theaters in order to celebrate racial "progress" in the media industry and a nebulous political message that mostly just served to bolster a corporate bottom line.

Let's make it local . . . Here is the funniest take on Black Panther from a social media denizen with more friends & followers than most local pundits:



More to the point:

Amid all the hype around the superhero extravaganza, there aren't many reviews which actually claims it's a good movie.

TKC cynical takeaway . . .

Social justice warriors can't or won't see beyond the screen and don't realize that racial politics were really just exploited over the weekend so that one of the world's biggest media corporations earned a tidy profit for a movie without much of a plot, staring C-list actors and featuring run-of-the-mill special effects.

Spoiler alert . . . Brighter minds than those ranting among our TKC blog community have actually taken the film apart from a progressive perspective.

Nevertheless, the Monday victory for this movie is actually garnered by Disney shareholders who value green more than any color celebrated by race-obsessed American audiences.



Check the links . . .

Rolling stone: The 'Black Panther' Revolution

The Hill: Twitter users are posting false assault claims linked to ‘Black Panther’

NY Times: ‘Black Panther’ Smashes Box Office Records and Hollywood Myths

Pop Sugar: This Scene in Black Panther Is the Ultimate Clapback to Donald Trump

Weekly Standard: Why 'Black Panther' Shocked Hollywood

You decide . . .