Saturday, February 29, 2020

BREAKING!!! KANSAS CITY QUADRUPLE GUNFIRE IN WESTPORT!!! ONE DEAD AFTER LATEST LOCAL MASS SHOOTING!!!



Tonight the level of violence in Kansas City continues to rise as this town records its 2nd mass shooting so far this year.

Remember that MLK Day early morning mass shooting gunfire at a local club following a Chiefs playoff win claimed a life and injured multiple people last month.

And this morning . . .

KANSAS CITY 2020 HOMICIDE #25: KCPD RESPOND TO FOUR PEOPLE SHOT & ONE DEAD AMID WESTPORT CHAOS!!!

Moreover . . .

It looks the to so-called Westport "street vacation" has FAILED to live up to promises that restricting pedestrian access would curb local violence in this embattled party district.

Here's the word:

Kansas City Police are investigating a deadly shooting in Westport. Police say four people were shot around 1:30 a.m. Saturday near Westport and Mill. One person was killed.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY WHITE BREAD MODERATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY DENIZENS CELEBRATE MAYO PETE BUTTIGIEG COMING SOON!!!



Here's a local update as the ANYBODY BUT BERNIE movement starts to take hold in working-class Democratic Party towns across the nation.

Democratic Party presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg will be in Kansas City on March 8. Buttigieg and his campaign will be hosting a town hall event at around 12:15 p.m.

The campaign isn't giving deets on where the event will take place yet . . . But don't count on a location anywhere near the urban core.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Leap Day Budget Meetup



Here's a look at today's round of Kansas City budget conversation as the public fights for priorities and debates money . . . The only topic that really matters.

You decide . . .

Kansas City Pothole Push Back Starts Now

Here's the current administration and council working to answer AN EPIC ONSLAUGHT OF COMPLAINTS about the condition of this town's streets. Checkit:

KCMO approves overtime for Public Works crews to fill potholes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Drivers could soon get some much-needed relief from the sport of pothole dodging. The acting city manager of Kansas City, Missouri, on Friday gave the Public Works Department approval to pay workers overtime to fill potholes.

More Deets On Kansas City Homeless Crisis

The hobo population is rising whilst KCMO has less sympathy or accommodation for some of the most vulnerable denizens on local streets. Read more:

Kansas City homeless program to close overnight shelter

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - The metro's largest homeless shelter is being forced to cut back a major program, and staff said it's due to a lack of funding. The organization reStart says it is phasing out its emergency overnight shelter, one of 17 programs they offer to help people reach stability in their life.

Kansas City Newsies Talk Over This Week



Here's the mainstream media conversation according to "public" TV and some of this town's top ranking newsies . . .

"Nick Haines, Shannon O'Brien, Eric Wesson, Colleen Nelson and Dave Helling discuss Democrat POTUS candidates and the Show Me Showdown before the Missouri primary, a MO petition to put recreational marijuana on the ballot, the proposed KCMO budget, the impact adding police officers has on solving crime, the coronavirus response, Mike Beehler entering KS 3rd District race, the earnings tax & more."

Take a look:



You decide . . .

Celebrate Kansas City Keto Options

Sent our way by the BEST & BRIGHTEST TKC READERS. Just a really nice write-up of a local bakery worth a click for those who haven't seen it already . . . Checkit:

Kat's (Keto) Kakery becomes a sensation among low-carb dieters

Cover Photo: Kat Jewsome, long known for her custom cakes, is fast developing a citywide reputation for delicious keto desserts. Owner Kat Jewsome says her sales have increased 400 percent since she started offering keto desserts and soups. By D'Ann Dreiling So you want something special for your Valentine this year, but he/she is on the low-carb diet?

Enjoy Fancy Kansas City Gluten Free Sweets

Adorable good life coverage and a glimpse at this town's sweet tooth slightly adjusted . . . Take a look:

The Littlest Bake Shop is Kansas City's First Completely Gluten-Free and Vegan Bakery

When Iris Green moved to Kansas City from Los Angeles to be closer to family, she was already an accomplished baker, cookbook author and entrepreneur. Interested in opening a small shop where she could sell her from-scratch, small-batch baked goods, she met Zaid Consuegra Sauza and Lydia Palma, now owners of Pirate's Bone Burgers in the Crossroads Arts District, who offered Green the space that once housed Pirate's Bone Coffee in Brookside.

Kansas City Sugar Free Life Explored

An EXCELLENT PODCAST FOR EARLY MORNING LISTENING . . . We talked about this sugar free journey recently but for those who really want to learn more, check this NO-HOLD-BARRED INTERVIEW BETWIXT MSM PALS that offers some great insight and conversation with this town's very best entertainment writer.

Checkit:

Dying To Ask

Listen to Dying To Ask episodes free, on demand. Have you ever wondered, "How did they do that?" Well, I have too! I'm Deirdre Fitzpatrick and Dying To Ask is the podcast that gets me off a TV news set and into candid conversations with authors, entrepreneurs and influencers I've been dying to talk to.

Kansas City Saturday Morning News Workout





DON'T FLIP THIS OVER STUD!!!

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Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein "Deal With It" Campaign

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Lady Gaga - Stupid Love is the Saturday song of the day and this is our OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Friday, February 28, 2020

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! CORONAVIRUS FEAR IMPACTS KANSAS CITY RESTAURANT BIZ!!!



Friday night errands a quick peek into normally bustling Kansas City establishments reveals a great any empty establishments.

To wit . . .

KANSAS CITY WEEKEND BIZ STAYS LOSING AS LOCALS CLEARLY STAYED HOME AMID GROWING CORONAVIRUS FEAR!!!

Here's our TKC FIRSTHAND reporting, observation and what we've seen via social media: A quick stroll through Crossroads, Westport, 39th Street & The Plaza revealed quite a places with a dismal showing for such a nice night of 50 degree weather.

An example from the scene and juxtaposition: Last week the temperatures were about 15 degrees colder but all of these same places were BUSTLING WITH PEOPLE. Obviously, this isn't just an isolated trend as this week's EPIC stock market drop indicates the threat of a global economic slowdown.

Here are links for further reading and edification:

Kansas City Doc Talk

KC infectious disease specialist talks about coronavirus threat

There are no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in our metro, but many in the medical community say it's a question of when, not if it arrives here.The University of Kansas Health System prepares for all kinds of infectious disease outbreaks, including coronavirus.It has dozens of airborne isolation rooms and can quickly add more."We feel a pandemic is probably inevitable.


Sickness Bursts Bubble

After stock market plummets, coronavirus fears could also impact housing market

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Fear of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, sent the stock market to its worst week in 12 years, and that could affect the housing market in Kansas City. 41 Action News spoke to Park University Economics Professor Pete Soule to get his thoughts on the impact of the plummeting market.


Kansas City Middle-Class Depends On China Biz

Man with metro ties, living in China, could lose job and family due to coronavirus outbreak

MISSION, Kan. -- The Coronavirus isn't only affecting the financial markets here in the U.S., but also stalling economies across the globe. China, where the Coronavirus originated, is especially affected, and Americans working in China might be worried about an uncertain future.


Hottie Suffers As World Endures Bat Soup Fear & Loathing

Coronavirus leaves local bride scrambling to find bridesmaid dresses

A bride-to-be is scrambling to get new bridesmaids dresses after the coronavirus shut down production in China. Sydney Patterson never expected to be shopping for bridesmaid dresses two weeks before her wedding. She just found out the dresses her bridesmaids ordered months ago would not be ready in time.


Newsies Talk Money

Four Reasons Why The Coronavirus Is Such a Terrifying Economic Menace

The Bible That Oozed Oil The Drunk Men I Drive Around Every Night Why the Silent Spread of Coronavirus Might Actually Be a Good Sign Elizabeth Warren's Deft Approach to Male Bluster, as Seen in a Disastrous Live Chris Matthews Interview The financial markets plunged into a state of abject panic this week, thanks to the novel coronavirus.


Prez Trump Team Assurance

Trump's top economic adviser confident coronavirus won't sink economy

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow Lawrence (Larry) Alan Kudlow MORE on Friday downplayed the impact of the coronavirus, arguing it would not lead to an economic downturn. "The virus is not going to sink the American economy.


Outlook Uncertain For Now . . .

Will coronavirus cause a global recession? We still don't know.

On Friday morning, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped a whopping 900 points, or over 3 percent, over growing fears about the economic impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak. It capped off the stock index's worst week since the 2008 financial crisis, according to ABC News.


Developing . . .

Tony's Kansas City Power Move Of The Week: Joe's BBQ Flexes On Lapsed Catholics

A Lenten Fish Fry is an opportunity to build community and share fellowship with members of many local Catholic parishes.

OR . . . This local BBQ joint who swagger jacked their name from TKC sells some very expensive fishy offerings to lazy and bad Catholics who still haven't managed to unlearn everything the nuns literally beat them over the head with . . . Enjoy:

Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que makes sure you can still get your BBQ fix during Lent

Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que wants to make sure you can still enjoy barbecue during Lent.Every Friday until Easter, Joe's is offering a meatless version of their popular Z-Man and a soft-shell crab po'boy.The Z-Man features the plant-based Impossible Burger on a toasted Kaiser bun, Joe's BBQ sauce, provolone cheese and two onion rings.Joe's po'boy is a hoagie bun filled with deep-fried soft-shell crab meat.And if you're hungry for meat, don't worry, there's plenty of that still on the menu!

Will This FINALLY Be Bubba's Year???

Our blog community is home to REAL KANSAS CITY ROYALS FANS who follow the team through tough times and detest the bandwagon virtue signaling. Accordingly, here's a sing of hope for a hometown hero . . . Read more:

KC Royals: Bubba Starling off to hot start in spring training

Bubba Starling is coming out hot for the KC Royals in 2020 spring training. Through his first 4 games, he has two homeruns and a double. His On-Base Percentage is over .500. He looks like a young man who knows he is on one of his last chances and intends to make the most of it.

KANSAS CITY MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS RESTORES FUNDING FILM OFFICE AND CHIDREN'S MERCY!!! TROLLING WORKS!!!



Actually a wise decision from the newbie Mayor that has earned him a great deal of community support from increasingly active metro communities.

Checkit:

After Public Outcry, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas Is Restoring Funding For Arts Programs

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas is rethinking some of his proposed budget cuts. The budget Lucas announced earlier this month included major cuts to arts, tourism and entrepreneurship programs. But in a letter to the city council late Friday afternoon, Lucas said he will restore funding to the Kansas City Film Commission and Children's Mercy Hospital.


And since we're on the topic of trolling and/or civic activism . . . Given that Martin City effectively bullied the Mayor online for St. Paddy's Day. Here's a glimpse at another Kansas City Internets denizen trying to get the Mayor's attention, posted for Friday night:



Developing . . .

Tracy Takes On Shawnee 'Affordable' Housing

One of our favorite pundits offers a hot take on suburban subsidy and small government decisions in Johnson County. Checkit:

Is Shawnee as clueless as KCMO re affordable housing? Unwilling to halt developer scams? TIFs for "fake luxury" carport apartments? Tied to dying Siamese twin retail projects?

Now dubbed Westbrooke Green. Such a historically failed mall. Tethered to 32 years of real estate vacancies and unleaseable, non-visible space you couldn't read any tenant signs. Behind a two duck pond. Reuse of this name dooms it before the first shovel of dirt.

Will Salvy Stay Winning?!?!

A hopeful bit of news on the heart of the team and one of Kansas City's favorite baseball stars. Checkit:

Royals' Pérez catches for 1st time since Tommy John surgery

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Salvador Pérez was back behind the plate for the first time since Tommy John surgery. The six-time All-Star caught the first four innings of the Kansas City Royals' 3-1 loss to a San Francisco split squad on Friday. "I was super-excited to be back behind the home plate," Pérez said.

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! ZIPCAR SHUTS DOWN IN KANSAS CITY!!!



Another transit tech innovation bites the dust amid car culture dominated Kansas City.

For those who aren't familiar: Zipcar is an American car-sharing company and a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group. Zipcar provides automobile reservations to its members, billable by the minute, hour or day; members may have to pay a monthly or annual membership fee in addition to car reservations charges.

Zipcar was geared toward tech savvy local denizens and it enjoyed expansion and support from Kansas City Mayor Sly James back in 2016.

Now, an e-mail to customer and a quick check phone call to confirm REVEALS THE OPERATION SHUT DOWN IN THIS COWTOWN.

Here's the word with special thanks to KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS who are much smarter and far more wired into tech than TKC:

You're receiving this email because you are part of Kansas City's Zipcar community. Unfortunately, we're leaving Kansas City.

We're stopping operations this Saturday, February 29 and cancelling all reservations from that day on in Kansas City.

We're leaving town, but your membership still gives you access to thousands of Zipcars in other cities when you're traveling. If you have any questions, please reach out at 1-866-4ZIPCAR. 

We're sorry for the inconvenience, and we're so grateful for your membership.

Sincerely,

The Team at Zipcar
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KANSAS CITY WOMAN SHOOTS DUDE DEAD OUTSIDE KCPD CENTRAL PATROL!!!



The weekend has arrived and here's a very scary testament to the war of the sexes in the urban core . . .

Update: This is homicide #24 so far in KCMO.

Man dies after woman shot him in a car outside KCPD station with 3 kids present, police say

Checkit:

BABE WITH BULLETS!!!

Police: Woman shoots man in front of kids at KCPD patrol station

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A woman shot a man Friday afternoon in the parking lot of the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department's Central Patrol Division, according to police. The victim was found near an SUV in the parking lot entrance of the police station at 1200 Linwood Blvd.


Life Threatening Gunfire

Victim suffers life-threatening injuries near Linwood, Troost

KANSAS CITY, MO. (KCTV) - Police are investigating a life-threatening shooting near the Kansas City Police Central Patrol Division at 1200 Linwood Blvd. The shooting left one victim with life-threatening injuries. It happened just before 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Police believe they know who the suspect is, but the suspect is not in custody at this time.


Dramatic Domestic Daylight Dispute And Police Activity

Man shot in SUV outside KCPD's Central Patrol station

Kansas City police are investigating after a man was shot inside an SUV outside the police department's Central Patrol Division.The shooting was reported about 3:45 p.m. in the 1200 block of Linwood Boulevard.Authorities said a woman shot the man and left in an unknown direction.The man was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.Two young children in the SUV were not hurt.


And so . . .



The weekend has arrived and rising local gun violence erupts at the doorstep of police and community.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY ABANDONED GROCERY STORE BLIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD AMID $3.6-MILLION LAWSUIT VS. CITY HALL!!!

Here's why subscription sites and paywalls don't really work . . . The KC Biz Journal broke this story earlier this week. Here's KSHB offering follow-up that's more accessible and provides a better look at this nasty situation. Checkit:

Rodents, looters, squatters plague abandoned grocery store

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Rodents, looters, squatters and fire are some of the problems outlined in a federal lawsuit involving a now abandoned grocery store in south Kansas City. The Save A Lot grocery store used to be located at the southeast corner of East 85th Street and Holmes Road.

Kansas City Coronavirus Survey Underway

Nope, it's not a health check . . . Just MSM asking viewers to share their darkest fears. Read more:

TAKE OUR POLL: What concerns you most about the coronavirus?

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - Concerns over the novel coronavirus are impacting financial markets and disrupting communities around the world. With the multiple impacts being felt in the United States and abroad, KCTV5 News wants to know what is your biggest fear about this virus and the damage it could cause?

Kansas City Priorities: Taxpayers Will Fund Martini Corner Good Times

The party never stops with the help of City Hall. Here's an IMPORTANT bit of journalism regarding local subsidy of a struggling booze game. Read more:

KCMO approves plan to use sales tax dollars to redevelop part of Martini Corner

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Your tax dollars will now help foot the bill to help redevelop an abandoned building on Martini Corner in Kansas City, Missouri. Thursday, the city council agreed to set up a community improvement district (CID) around a building at 31st and Oak streets.

Kansas City Friday Afternoon News Stand



For our fellow clock watchers we share this quickie collection of pop culture, community news and just a bit of info from across the nation and around the world.

Celebrate Old School Justice

After getting robbed 4 years ago, police reimburse 93-year-old Kansas City woman $5,700

by: FOX 4 Newsroom Posted: / Updated: KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's not every day that a police officer comes knocking, only to give you $5,700. Yet, that's what happened to Jimmie Charlene Herbst on February 27. In 2016, Officer Erik Winters found Herbst living alone in a home that he described as uninhabitable, according to a statement from KCPD.


Teaching KC Coping Skills

Anti-gun violence program focuses on conflict resolution

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Conflict resolution will be the theme for a program focused on ending gun violence. Friday, Feb. 28, is U-ROC Against Gun Violence Conflict Resolution Day. U-ROC stands for "Uniting and Reclaiming Our Community." The intent of the conflict resolution event is to rebuild relationships with family and friends and get people talking in their communities.


Tech Collab Considered

Is Ring reducing crime? Outcomes of police partnerships difficult to measure

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - More than 800 law enforcement agencies across the country have inked agreements with Ring, the video doorbell company now owned by Amazon. That includes more than a dozen departments around the metro, who were drawn to Ring's mission to "Make Neighborhoods Safer."


Weekend Cleanup

City, property management company working to remove pile of tenant's belongings

After tenants at 100 Cypress were evicted, a mountain of the tenants' property was piled up on the curb, completely covering the sidewalk. Travis Silvers, Illegal Dumping Inspector in the Northeast community, gave the property owner and property management company a 24-hour notice on Thursday, Feb.


End Of The Week Witnessed

Kara Del Toro Ass and Braless Underboobs for Photoshoot

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LISTEN TO HILLARY!?!

Yes, Hillary Clinton will soon have a podcast, too

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is ready to get her voice to the masses again, and in the most 2020 way of doing so, she's looking to podcasts. Her still-untitled show will be co-produced by iHeartMedia, a radio station conglomerate that has leaned heavily into podcasts, and it will be released this spring.


La Migra Setback

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' Policy | National Review

A federal appeals court has blocked the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy that requires asylum seekers who attempt to cross the U.S.-Mexico border to wait in Mexico while their cases are processed in the U.S. The unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S.


Coronavirus Trash Talk

House Dem threatens Trump Jr. with 'serious altercation' for calling out left on coronavirus

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., appeared to threaten Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, on Friday, warning that they better not be in close quarters or they could have a "serious altercation." He made those comments on MSNBC while discussing the coronavirus.


Legacy Of Service Continues

Family of fallen crossing guard creates scholarship fund for Christ the King Parish School students

The family of a fallen crossing guard has established a new way to honor him - by helping others.Bob Nill, 88, was killed while trying to save two children at the intersection of 54th Street and Leavenworth Road near Christ the King Parish School in Kansas City, Kansas.His family is now creating a scholarship fund to help kids attend Christ The King and to support educational materials at the school.If you would like to help, a GoFundMe page to support the scholarship fund has been set up.


Local Dead-Tree Decline

St. Joseph News-Press to print newspaper four days a week

ST. JOSEPH, MO (AP) -- The St. Joseph News-Press plans to reduce the number of days it prints and distributes a newspaper from seven days to four. Newspaper executives told employees Friday it will continue to publish an online newspaper seven days a week. The days the paper will be printed have not been determined.


Almost Kansas City Springtime

Temps reach 50s Friday, 60s Saturday and Sunday

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

Redux: Downtown Kansas City Stadium Might Spark 'Momentum' Seyz Developer

A CONSTANT KANSAS CITY REFRAIN offered at the alter of taxpayer subsidy . . . Here's a link to more deets for subscribers and a tease of the talking points for the new swindle inside the loop. Read more:

Royals stadium in Downtown would spur office momentum, developer says - Kansas City Business Journal

Kansas City's real estate community continues to root for downtown baseball. The long-simmering conversation about moving the Kansas City Royals from Truman Sports Complex has continued to bubble to the surface since the Royals got a new ownership group led by Kansas City businessman John Sherman.

More Deets On Downtown Kansas City reStart Homeless Shelter Shut Down

Added insight and reporting over this Downtown development power play. Here's TV news picking up coverage that most people read yesterday on TKC. Checkit:

Restart Inc. forced to close emergency shelter for homeless adults

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Metro may soon lose one of its biggest resources for single adults suffering from homelessness. Restart Inc. CEO Stephanie Boyer said Friday the organization's emergency 90-bed shelter will likely close in the coming months due to lack of funding. "It breaks my heart," Boyer said.

TKC FIRST: JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF FORTÉ PROMOTES 1ST FEMALE CAPTAIN!!!



The County has a "complicated" history concerning women in the workplace.

A tawdry sex scandal brought down the previous Jackson County Sheriff.

Last year a debate over bras confronted the current Sheriff.

Today, here's a glimpse at progress . . .

Jackson County Sheriff promotes first female captain

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – Jackson County Sheriff Darryl Forté is pleased today to announce the promotion of Sergeant Ronda Montgomery to the rank of Captain, making her the first woman to serve as a captain of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office since it was established in 1827.

“Equal advancement opportunities within the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is more than just a slogan. It’s a priority and a practice that I am committed to carrying out,” said Jackson County Sheriff Darryl Forté. “For decades, women have played an important role in the male-dominated field of law enforcement and it’s our job as leaders to ensure that those women have a chance to serve at a high-level of command. I am confident that Captain Montgomery will excel in her new role, helping us as an agency continue to deliver the highest level of professional services to our diverse community. We are so proud of her and she has our full support. Today is an exciting day for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.”

KANSAS CITY HOODIE BANK ROBBER HIT BLUE RIDGE BLVD!!!

The disguise is clever in this age of surveillance wherein police are forced to share images that don't reveal much but a bit pinkish hue of the suspected crook. Checkit:

FBI searching for suspect in KCMO bank robbery

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The search is on for a suspect wanted in a bank robbery Friday morning. An FBI spokesperson said agents are investigating after the suspect robbed the U.S. Bank branch at 8701 Blue Ridge Blvd. in Kansas City, Missouri. The lone suspect entered the bank around 9 a.m.

Leawood Dude Confronts Rape Charge

Up-close & personal mugshot offers a reminder that nasty crime can also threaten the denizens of the most posh subub in town. Take a look:

Leawood man accused of rape

LEAWOOD, KS (KCTV) -- A Leawood man is accused of rape. Zachary Rinehart, 36, has been charged with rape for an incident that court documents say happened on Feb. 9. He was taken in custody by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office on Feb. 27. Rinehart's bond has been set for $250,000.

Kansas City October Killing Charged

Followup on a tragic scene wherein court dox claim that a verbal confrontation led to a shooting and the victim drove himself to the hospital only to die later of his injuries. Read more:

Charges have been filed in an October 2019 fatal shooting

by: Sam Atwell Posted: / Updated: KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Eric Conaway, of Kansas City, Missouri, has been charged in the shooting death of Rayford E. Reed in the area of 29 th and Askew, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Friday morning.

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY INSIDERS WARN OF 12TH & OAK UPHEAVAL AFTER ENGINEER WES MINDER RESIGNS!!!



Mostly behind the scenes, Wes Minder worked diligently as the Chief Innovation Engineer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with a Master’s in Business Administration and over the course of his career he has earned a sterling reputation as one of the top 12th & Oak problem solvers.

Yesterday he turned in his resignation and fired off this public tweet:

"Well it's official now. After 16 years of slashing red tape, my last day with KCMO will be 3/13. It's been a fun ride. Words cannot express how I've enjoyed working with and meeting a lot of you."

Social media offered about a hundred likes and a couple of dozen comments but absolutely no context.

Here's what we know right now . . . The Heavies are worried and they've been on the phone with Council and the Mayor trying to figure out the problem and, more importantly, how it will impact their business.

Reality Check: An employee crisis is underway at City Hall. There is more turmoil amid lawsuits and resignations now than in the past 8 years. Remember that our blog community was FIRST to report a discrimination lawsuit against the Office Of Culture & Creative services. Today, the newspaper follows-up our reporting with a few more deets. Overall morale is fading quickly and infighting among workers seems to be spiking with a tragic undercurrent of racial animosity slowly building. No matter who gets the job, the new City Manager must mend fences across departments and throughout the entire workforce.

But better than our deep background . . .

FIRST ON TKC!!! HERE'S INSIDER WORD & DETAILS ON WES MINDER'S RESIGNATION AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR KANSAS CITY!!!

Here's the insight and preview of the future . . .

City Hall Community Stunned



The Brain Drain is beginning at City Hall with one of the brightest lights extinguishing this week.

Chief Innovation Engineer Wes Minder is leaving 12th & Oak after a decade plus of making things happen.

He was known as someone who plowed through the layers of BS at City Hall, and got projects done on time and under budget. When the rubber met the road and Council needed something done, the smart ones called Minder because they knew he didn’t care about credit… he just wanted results. While some thought Minder a jackass, there was no denying he got the results.

The construction community and business leaders, as well as many at City Hall who appreciated Minder’s work ethic and creative solutions, are now left wondering how many more good people are going to stay around in this hot economy and who's going to pull the strings behind the scenes.

Unlike other City Hall lifers like Bob Langenkamp and Randy Landes who went out the revolving doors to "do nothing" agencies and won't be missed, the capital improvement program will suffer as one of the best people in the metro at bringing outside money to City Hall will now be consulting for other governments.

It's the canary in the coal mine. If someone like Minder who has stayed through bad budget times when he could have jumped ship earlier has now jumped, how many more good people are getting fed up with 2% raises and will bail, leaving us with only the unemployable?

Unless the mayor and council get a city manager who will clean house and jettison a bunch of helpless and ineffective directors, this is just the beginning.
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SHOCK!!! KANSAS CITY CORONAVIRUS MASKS SELL OUT!!!

The punchline here is that most of these masks DON'T WORK, they're overpriced to begin with and they're mostly for protecting other people from the germs on an infected person, not the other way around.

Here's the first glimpse of panic and customers quickly handing over their cash . . . Checkit:

Kansas City-area pharmacies, grocery stores sell out of medical face masks

If you're trying to buy medical face masks with the hope of protecting yourself and your family from the coronavirus, experts say there are two things you need to know. First, the supply is low and, second, it may not help anyway.

Bike/Walk KC Demands Improvements For Pedestrians and Cyclists In The Dotte

A quick effort to rally voters during budget talks in this working-class enclave who might or might not hold this hipster issue dear to their hearts. Read more:

Share your input for the 2020 Wyandotte County Budget

It's budget season in Wyandotte County! BikeWalkKC has worked hard to improve the built environment for cyclists and pedestrians in KCK over the past year through our education efforts with Safe Routes to School and through our advocacy efforts with Healthy Communities Wyandotte. Something that i

Kansas City Experience In February



For most of the plebs, this Winter was mostly about dodging both celebratory and intentional gunfire . . . Here's a glimpse at a clip show focused on more creative and community base activities . . .

"This edition of Kansas City Experience features stories about gentrification in the Crossroads, climate change activists in Kansas City, Oddly Correct's efforts to reduce waste, Lidia Bastianich and her experience as a refugee and the facts and myths about Tom Pendergast. Plus, we share performances by spoken word poet Lucky Garcia and British musician Yola."

Take a look:



You decide . . .

Beware Of Golden Ghetto Baller Scam

Old fashioned door-to-door trickery confronts the denizens of Johnson County who often submit to the authority of anybody with a clipboard. Read more:

Teen scammer, claiming to be local basketball player, hitting Johnson County neighborhoods up for money

LENEXA, Kan. - A teen scammer is scouring neighborhoods in Johnson County looking to get money out of generous people. Police say the teen suspect is ringing doorbells in Lenexa claiming to be on the Olathe Northwest basketball team. Melody Cole bought the Papa Murphy's coupons the kid was selling for $20.

Middle-Class Busybodies Engage In The Great Kansas City Mansion Demolition Debate

Within walking distance of Loose Park, here's an effort that might be even more pointless than counting other people's money . . . Read more:

Opinions differ when it comes to demolishing historic home

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- There's a plea circling on social media to save a historic home in Kansas City now that the home's new owner wants to tear it down. At 236 W. 54th Street in Kansas City sits a large piece of history.

MISSOURI REPUBLICANS DENOUNCE ANTISEMITIC KANSAS CITY TALKER & REPEAT HOUSE CANDIDATE!!!



Credit to the Show-Me State GOP for not only getting ahead of this story given that they were embarrassed by this guy last time around but also, more importantly, demonstrating to all of Missouri that hatred is not a Conservative value.

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Missouri Times: Missouri GOP leadership condemns Kansas City House candidate known for ‘vile’ statements

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"Missouri House leadership immediately condemned a controversial Kansas City-area Republican who entered a state House race this week.

"Steve West, the Republican nominee for HD 15 in 2018, made national headlines for anti-Semitic comments he made on his radio show over the years. With the current representative terming out, West is once again seeking the seat."

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Voter Life Lesson: Missouri Republicans Champion Minimum Wage Exemptions

This GOP power move against the will of voters will ensure that private schools will soon be exempt from paying employees more cash . . . The reasoning is to avoid tuition increases and possibly flex on voters demanding more cash.

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Missouri House Republicans approve minimum wage exemptions

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - In Jefferson City, the Republican-controlled Missouri House of Representatives voted to exempt private and religious school workers from the state's minimum wage law. The vote was 94 in favor and 53 opposed. Supporters said the future increases would lead to those schools being forced to raise tuition rates and other expenses.

Kansas Po-Po Trolls Meth Junkies Amid Coronavirus Pandemic Fear

The drug war continues even in the time of plague . . . Read more:

Kansas sheriff's office will test your meth for coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS IS OUR. LARA: THE CDC SAYS THE CORONAVIRUS IS NOT CONSIDERED A PANDEMIC YET, BUT WILL LIKELY BECOME ONE. IT IS HAVING IMPACT LOCALLY ON A MARRIAGE AND SEE PREPAREDNESS STORES. THE SURPLUS IN NORTH KANSAS CITY SET A CLIENT RECENTLY PURCHASED ALL OF THEIR 3M REASONING -- BREATHING MASKS TO CENTER A FAMILY MEMBER.