Tuesday, September 18, 2018
For the late night let's take a quick look at KCMO urban core reality and life before the streetcar extension makes its big move up the street.
To wit . . .
EVENING TEMPERS FLARE IN MIDTOWN KANSAS CITY AND RESULT IN A DOUBLE STABBING NEAR ST. LUKE'S HOSPITAL!!!
Take a look:
KMBC: Kansas City police are investigating a double stabbing that happened Tuesday evening. Police were called to the 4400 block of Broadway Boulevard around 7:45 p.m.
Like it or not, this slice of life provides a bit of context regarding talk of gun violence and should remind us that danger lurks throughout Kansas City and even close to where locals look for life-saving care.
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JOURNALISM!!! TKC IS THE FIRST AND AWESOME KANSAS CITY NEWS-ISH SOURCE TO ALLOW COMMENTS ON STORMY'S PREZ TRUMP PENIS REPORT!!!
Really surprised that local media attempts to keep their readers stupid and ignores what might be the defining moment in the political discourse.
DO YOU THINK THE KANSAS CITY PUNDITS WILL TALK ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL PENIS ON ALL OF THE WEEKLY ROUND-UP SHOWS?!?! WOULD REALLY LIKE TO KNOW WHAT MARY O'HALLORAN THINKS ABOUT THIS ONE!!!
Anyhoo . . . The point here might be that Prez Trump is proven correct in this instance when he talks about the "FAKE NEWS" and the decline of American journalism.
The reality is that news has always been a nasty game and this latest episode drags the entire nation in the mud with a pr0n star . . .
Check the links . . .
Jezebel: Report - President Has Mushroom Dick
Daily Beast: Trump’s Penis Looks Like Toad From Mario Kart, Says Stormy Daniels
Peeps: Stormy Daniels' New Tell-All Details Alleged Tryst with Trump: 'Least Impressive Sex I Ever Had'
CNN: Stormy Daniels shares XXX-rated details of her alleged affair with Trump in new book
New York Mag: Why We Love Thinking About How the President’s Penis Looks Like Toad From Mario
You decide . . .
An important recenT fashion statement Via Instagram from Kansas City's former Mayor & current Congressman on stage at a recent Congressional Black Caucus Foundation gala:
RepCleaver: I'm with @kaepernick7 and @nike
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A shooting Tuesday evening has left one person with critical injuries. Police responded to the shooting just after 6 p.m. at 38th and S. Benton, just east of Prospect Ave, on reports of multiple gunshots being heard.
The Jackson County Prosecutor's Office has announced charges against a man in the September 8 murder of Gary Starr in the 18th and Vine District. Brandon D. Jones, 23, faces charges of murder first degree and armed criminal action. Jones is not currently in custody.
Kansas City man charged with murder in August shooting
New Items On Arrowhead Menu So Football Fanboys Can Gorge Away Sadness Amid Annual Kansas City Chiefs Implosion
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- On Sunday, Arrowhead Stadium guests can find a new play book in the form of tasty menu items you can order this season. And, there is something for everyone, including vegan options. "A couple of the featured items that I'm really excited about, number one is our street corn nachos.
JEFFERSON CITY * A state appeals court has put an ethics reform package back on the November ballot. The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals ruled that the so-called "Clean Missouri" initiative can stay on the ballot pending future court decisions.
The parade of names began last month with the news that state Sen. Barbara Bollier, a moderate Republican from Mission Hills, was endorsing Democrat Laura Kelly for governor. Then on Sept. 4 came the announcement that former two-term Kansas Gov. Bill Graves, a Republican, was backing Kelly.
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY GIRLS PREP ACADEMY APPROVED BY MISSOURI AND EXPECTED TO SERVE MOSTLY BLACK & LATINA STUDENTS!!!
Important education news for Kansas City urban core breaking FIRST here on TKC . . .
THE MISSOURI BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES THE KANSAS CITY GIRLS PREP ACADEMY AND A NEW HOPE FOR EDUCATION IN THE URBAN CORE!!!
Reactionaries might hate on this one but it's really one of the best developments we've seen in years in order to better serve young lady students and their parents and offer them a better chances at success.
Here's the official word . . .
MISSOURI BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES NEW KANSAS CITY CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
JEFFERSON CITY— Kansas City’s first all-girls charter school won unanimous approval today from the Missouri Board of Education, its final regulatory hurdle. “Today’s State Board decision gives families in Kansas City a new educational option for their daughters,” said Roger Dorson, interim commissioner of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. “Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy has an exciting opportunity to help Missouri ensure that all students graduate ready to succeed.”
KCGPA will open in an as yet-to-be-announced location in northeast Kansas City in August, 2019. To start, it will enroll 100 fifth grade girls, add one new grade per year, eventually growing to a 5th - 8th grade middle school, and a 9th - 12th grade high school. They expect that nearly three-quarters of their students will be African American or Hispanic. “We are appreciative of the confidence shown in our model and our leadership,” said Tom Krebs, the chief executive officer of the new school. “It is our goal to provide all of our young women access to a broad range of high-quality educational opportunities from early learning into post-high school engagement.”
Charter schools cannot open in Missouri without a state-authorized sponsor and approval from the Missouri Board of Education. KCGPA is being sponsored by the Missouri Charter Public School Commission, which was established in 2012 by the Missouri General Assembly. It is an independent commission appointed by the governor with the authority to sponsor high quality charter public schools, and hold them accountable. “The commission will play two roles in the new school. We will provide oversight to ensure parents that their girls are getting a quality education, and we will provide technical assistance to the governing board and leadership of the school to help them achieve that goal,” said Robbyn Wahby, executive director of the MCPSC.
The leadership of the new school will also get and has already gotten expert assistance from the Missouri Charter Public School Association, which was created for just that purpose. “It is our mission to help improve student achievement in Missouri through the charter school model,” said Dr. Doug Thaman, executive director of the Association.”We were delighted to guide and support KCGPA and are confident they will provide students with an excellent education.”
Read the presser in its entirety.
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Push back against the fast food giant hit local streets hard today . . .
The story resonates across the pond as well . . .
BBC: McDonald's workers strike over sexual harassment policy
The local report . . .
KCTV5: Kansas City area McDonald’s workers are taking a stand Tuesday and walking out to confront the fast food giant’s failure to respond to sexual harassment claims.
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You decide . . .
Breaking News Kansas City, MO - The Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA) announced it logged its five-millionth ride this past weekend. The KC Streetcar has been in operation for two and a half years, and according to the KCSA, the streetcars have travelled 305,128 miles on its route, with a daily ridership average of 5,806.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- You have a chance to hear about the progress on a new terminal at KCI straight from the project leaders. Beginning Tuesday, the Edgemoor team will host seven open houses this month. Organizers want to use the open houses to update the public about the project, answer questions and receive feedback.
We note this important hottie on the rise with just a bit of health news for the afternoon . . .
HT: Rachel Cook Is Amazing
KMBC: Police - Man rubbed produce on bare behind, then put it back on store shelf
MetroUK: Fruitarian couple say their diet of nothing but fruit means they don’t have to brush their teeth
Closer to home, we're checking these news links right now . . .
Kansas City Foodie Pix Debut
The food hall concept is gaining popularity in Kansas City, and one of the first to open is Parlor KC inside Kansas City's East Crossroads. With a grand opening Friday at 1707 Locust St., Parlor KC will feature seven concepts, ranging from Korean cuisine to comfort food.
Downtown KCMO Tax Break Rinse And Repeat Game Continues
History is full of examples of lousy timing. There's the Titanic and that iceberg. There's the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand that sparked World War I. And now there's a proposal from two developers to build a $63.5 million luxury hotel with the help of $20 million in tax subsidies.
This Old Kansas City Country Club Redux
The Nelson-Atkins Museum has a contract pending to sell the clubhouse building of the old Rockhill Tennis Club on the condition it become a single-family residence. The museum plans to turn the rest of the property into a sculpture park.
Slice Of Life Resurrectionc
Doctors revived a man who had been stabbed Monday night in the 2200 block of Birch Drive. No arrests have been announced.
Kansas City Middle-Class Pastime
Segment 1: Is housing really as affordable for Kansas Citians as we say it is? A new study finds housing in Kansas City isn't as affordable for low-income residents as we would like. We discuss the study, the recommendations for improvement presented to the city council and what is to come.
Show-Me Dip Suggestion
Alexis Webb Bechtold The nearly full moon is rusty orange, its brightness fading, and the only thing I can see looking out toward the Missouri River is a lap of waves and the occasional bounce of a flashlight or headlamp. It's 6 a.m.
Ramblin Man Roundup
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- After a career that has spanned more than 50 years, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band will hit the road for one last time on their final tour. Kasnas City is the second stop of the Travelin' Man tour on Nov. 24 at the Sprint Center.
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .
The American Civil Liberties Union in Kansas has filed a lawsuit against Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker, asking to see lists of provisional and advance mail ballots that were rejected. "We aren't asking to see who they voted for or any private information," said Lauren Bonds, the ACLU of Kansas' legal director.
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -- Police are investigating a homicide after one person was found dead and another was hospitalized following a shooting early Tuesday morning. Officers were called about 4 a.m. to a residential complex in the 1100 block of Quail Creek Drive.
For Zach Lampley, a waiter at Nick and Jake's near the Country Club Plaza, getting an employee liquor permit was one of those time-sucking but unavoidable tasks, like getting a driver's license.
Right now we want to share the latest complaint from Kansas City's most prolific transit activist.
While he has neither turned in his signatures to qualify for office nor filed a campaign finance report or committee organization form with the Missouri Ethics Commission . . . The light rail crusader shares his opinion on the status quo in KCMO and provides some pertinent information about his battles with 12th & Oak. Checkit:
Press Release:Star & the elite are trying to shut Clay Chastain out of mayor's race
Kansas City's elite-oriented establishment and the Kansas City Star are afraid of what mayoral candidate Clay Chastain might say in a debate and what Clay might do if elected mayor.
They fear a Clay Chastain mayoral administration will be a radical departure from previous administrations because:
* Clay is a little guy, will be for the little guy and will not bend to the will of the agenda-oriented Star or the powerful in Kansas City.
* Clay will move to abolish TIF (an idea that has been abused for decades with one taxpayer hand out after the next for wealthy developers building elite playhouses in non-blighted areas of the city), and the unnecessary unaccountable Economic Development Corporation (EDC) that siphons off millions of taxpayer dollars every year.
* Clay will move to stop the streetcar expansion (which does not improve transit and is a con job being foisted upon the community without a citywide vote) in its obsolete tracks.
* Clay will move to end the secrecy at City Hall and the government's abuse of valid petitions from the people.
To counteract Clay's candidacy, the news side of the "paper for the people" has refused to even acknowledge Clay is running for mayor. And the elite, in the form of former councilman Ed Ford, did its part by refusing to invite Clay to the first mayoral debate in the northland.
Star editorial member Dave Helling, wrote this about Clay's mayoral candidacy on July 24, "(Don't get me started on Clay Chastain. He may not be eligible, and he can't win.)" Impressive Mr. "Know-it-all"... A Star editorial denounces the very candidate its news side refuses to even acknowledge is a candidate. The Star has also refused to inform citizens about Clay's August 17th, 2018 court victory (case # 1816-CV05605) against City Hall's desperate attempt to get Clay's defamation suit against the city (for falsely placing Clay on a "Watch List'" for dangerous people in retaliation for Clay's petition challenges) thrown out of court. The Star continues to cover for City Hall's abuses of power against Clay.
Former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum (R-Kan.) is endorsing Democratic nominee Laura Kelly over Republican Kris Kobach in this November's gubernatorial election. "I'm a Republican, but that doesn't mean you walk lock step always with the party," Kassebaum, who represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate from 1978 to 1997, told The Kansas City Star on Tuesday.
Related . . . "In the latest poll results released Sept. 12 from surveys conducted in August, the president’s approval rating in Kansas remains positive at 52 percent, while in Missouri it is at 51 percent. However, both are drops from his January 2017 numbers of 56 percent in Kansas and 53 percent in Missouri, according to the Morning Consult."
Take a peek:
Plenty of checks are expected when President Donald Trump holds a re-election rally Friday in Springfield, though the balance of the audience is likely to be in his favor. Trump's 2020 re-election campaign is holding a rally Friday night at JQH Arena.
TKC QUESTION AFTER KANSAS CITY RHYTHM & BOOZE TRIPLE SHOOTING: IS CROSSROADS GOING THE WAY OF WESTPORT VIA MORE GUN VIOLENCE?!?!
A recent spate of gunfire at a nightclub in one of Kansas City's most vibrant neighborhoods threatens the progress of a burgeoning community.
Check the round-up reports as a refresher . . .
Fox4: 3 taken to hospital after shooting in Kansas City’s Crossroads district
KMBC: Triple shooting at Rhythm & Booze bar in Kansas City injures two men and a woman
Now . . .
A KANSAS CITY TOP ECHELON INSIDER FEARS THE TRAGIC SHOOTING ENDANGERS THE DOWNTOWN RENAISSANCE AND URBAN CORE HIPSTER GOOD TIMES!!!
Here's the word . . .
"The Crossroads has always been susceptible to violence because the area is more wide open than most local entertainment districts, there is little concern about security and the 'alternative' arts community isn't exactly welcoming of a heavy police presence. Sadly, these factors provide the perfect storm to invite more criminals to the area seeking a multitude of soft targets. It's unfortunate . . . Hundreds of millions have been invested nearby along the streetcar line and very little of that money has been directed toward security around the neighborhood where increased traffic might incur more crime. As we move forward, it's obvious that more violence will threaten this Kansas City community if things don't change . . ."
Midday robberies, a string of organized burglaries and a spate of property crime have confronted the neighborhood in 2018.
And so we ask . . .
IS THE CROSSROADS CONFRONTING A KANSAS CITY CRIME WAVE?!?!
Civic cheerleaders are quick to downplay the question and the current crop of politicos have turned a blind eye to violence around the KCMO overall. Nevertheless, the latest spate of club gunfire endangers the hipster party on which so much of Kansas City 'momentum' is hinged.
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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Local accusers and the lawyer who represents the majority of the victims in the Kansas City metro area question new plans to investigate Catholic priests. They say recent history sheds light on how the church protects itself at all costs.
Take a look:
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- An Independence city council member was asked to resign during Monday night's city council meeting. In Independence, residents are not allowed to make personal attacks against any member of the city council. Beverly Harvey broke that rule when she requested the resignation of Tom Van Camp, who serves in District 4, where she lives.
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Our blog community debated this news FIRST over the weekend and now the MSM catches up with a worthwhile report . . .
KCTV5: Kansas City McDonald's workers to join nationwide strike against sexual harassment
"Tuesday’s strike will be the first-ever nationwide walkout to protest sexual harassment. Workers in Kansas City are joining workers from nine other states with the hope to hold McDonald’s accountable."
The walkout is at noon but here are more deets about the public demonstration:
#MeToo McDonalds March and Rally
Tuesday, September 18 at 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
6300 Paseo Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64131
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A group looking for missing children needs your help next month. "The Big Search KC" is a three-day concentrated effort to find missing children around the Kansas City metro area, systematically distributing booklets and baseball cards with information about missing kids. A coalition of law enforcement, businesses, and nonprofits will come together Oct.
Kansas City medical student Mianna Armstrong was on the front lines of the fight against sexually transmitted diseases. With chlamydia and gonorrhea on the rise locally and nationally, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that as soon as doctors and nurses diagnose someone with an STD, they write prescriptions not only for the patient but also for that person's sexual partners, sight unseen if necessary.
TKC MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY ARTISTS PHOEBE RAIN AND PERGRINE HONIG STRIKE PROVOCATIVE SOCIAL MEDIA POSE FOR LOCAL GAY FRIENDLY SOAP!!!
Bear Soap Company is a homegrown Kansas City operation that specializing in organic bath & body products targeting the LGBT community.
As part of a recent marketing campaign and recently shared again for added emphasis . . . Artists Phoebe Rain and Peregrine Honig do their part to promote the inclusive brand.
The advert is sweet for many reasons but mostly because our iconic nemesis Peregrine is lending a hand to help the NEXTGEN of Kansas City arts community and HOLDS UP NICELY with this denizen of the creative class despite about a 20 year age differential.
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. - Senator Claire McCaskill had rolled through miles of cotton and soybean fields, heading deep into enemy territory - Missouri's Bootheel, Trump Country. As her S.U.V. pulled up amid a scrum of pickups, the man Republican Party leaders handpicked to unseat her - Josh Hawley - was already inside shaking hands, a Stanford- and Yale-educated constitutional law scholar nevertheless looking very much at home in jeans and cowboy boots.
Seg. 1: Orman Pitches Third-Party Option In Kansas. Seg. 2: Remembering Native Contributions To WWI.
Segment 1: The Independent candidate discusses his race for Kansas governor. The fierce gubernatorial race between Republican Kris Kobach, Democrat Laura Kelly and Independent Greg Orman is heating up. Orman joined us in-studio to talk about his proposals for education, the economy and gun control.
Quick look at top news for this double down day . . .
SunUK: BOSOM BUDDIES Five women reveal why we love our breasts no matter what they look like and how they learned to embrace their chests
Chicago Trib: Bills mount for breast cancer survivors
Cosmo: 9 people on what it's really like to have breast orgasms
Closer to home, these news links top our look at all things local right now . . .
Kansas City Transit Biz Report
Courtesy of BNSF Railway KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After a few days of crisscrossing this quintessential Midwestern city, you get a good sense of what the current U.S. economic boom feels like.
Tragic Abuse Juxtaposition
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A new look at the numbers doesn't cast Missouri or Kansas City in a positive light in assessing each's ability to respond to domestic violence. According to a report released by the Missouri State Auditor on Monday, Missouri turned away more than 23 percent of people seeking help for domestic violence in 2016.
KCPD Take Back Redux
In an unexpected move on Monday, the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners rescinded an award it had given to a pair of officers involved in the killing of Ryan Stokes as he was leaving the Power & Light District five years ago.
KCMO Murder Spike Solution???
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A metro group says it knows how to stop the cycle of violent crime in Kansas City; it starts with loving those left behind and teaching them how to break the cycle. When the police lights fade and the sirens stop, when the cameras quit rolling, time still marches on.
Season Of FAIL Faves
The Royals are bad, very bad, at least if you look at their record. But their play lately has been, well, pretty good. They have won 14 of their last 21 and are near .500 since the All-Star break at 25-29.
Trout For The Troops
Hide Transcript Show Transcript WEBVTT A LOCAL CHARITY IS GIVING VETERANS FREEDOM. AFTER THEY SACRIFICED FOR OURS. FISHING FOR FREEDOM TAKES THEM ON THE WATER FOR A SPECIAL WEEKEND. ROB HUGHES EXPLAINS WHY THIS ESCAPE MEANS SO MUCH. -- WE DEAL WITH A LOT OF ISSUES, EVERY WARRIOR.
Kansas City QB Celebration Cont'd
CLOSE If you've watched any of Patrick Mahomes' NFL-record 10 touchdown passes through the first two weeks of the season -- the side-arm bullet to Tyreek Hill, one of the sideline dimes to an array of pass-catchers, the no-look flip to De'Anthony Thomas, or one of the thread-the-needle throws through tight coverage and in to Travis Kelce, any of them - and thought, "This kid's just not normal," then you're absolutely right.
Jason Mraz - More Than Friends (feat. Meghan Trainor) is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .
With Brent working for himself now, he and I have been trying to take one day a month to go see a movie, do a project around the house - just something together. A few months ago, we had an open Thursday and Brent said, "I've got an idea for us.
On a beautiful August night Under the Big Oak Tree released their latest album, The Ark into the world. Kimmy sat down with the band moments before the show started, we sat on the back patio of Mike Kelly's Westsider. We talked about the band and the new album to the soundtrack of summer night insects.
Monday, September 17, 2018
NEWSPAPER DEATH WATCH: KANSAS CITY STAR PARENT COMPANY McCLATCHY SUFFERS STOCK SETBACKS DESPITE DIGITAL HOPE FOR THE FUTURE!!!
For tonight, a quick look at the headlines impacting the print media fate of a company that no longer dictates the local discourse.
A denizen of our reader community observes:
"McClatchy is at the mercy of Chatham Asset Management. When Chatham doesn't step in to buy shares, MNI falls."
Nevertheless, there remains the desperate hope for a turnaround via a new acquisition and a focus on Internets robot reporting.
Read more . . .
Poynter: As Wall Street sours on McClatchy, a longtime lender is now also buying up its stock
Neiman Lab: Newsonomics: Could a McClatchy-Tronc merger help local newspapers transition to digital?
PRd: PR pros outnumber journalists by a 6-to-1 ratio
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Kansas City, KS police are investigating after a man's body was found in a field near North 79th street and State Avenue Monday night. A homeowner told police he was trimming trees when he found the man's boy. Police said there were no signs of foul play. They're investigating the death as suspicious.
Republican lawmakers file amicus brief in support of Clean Missouri
"Kansas politics have become more conservative. There’s no argument over that. But there’s plenty of disagreement about how, and why. In this inaugural episode of My Fellow Kansans, host Jim McLean sets up a look at the history of the state and the forces that have shaped Kansas politics."
Take a listen to more content paid for by donors and taxpayers alike . . .
Thirty years after its hard turn to the right - driven largely by abortion politics and the anti-abortion Summer of Mercy protests - Kansas is on the cusp of what could be another course-changing event: the 2018 race for governor.