Thursday, January 21, 2021

Kansas City Artsy Show Goes On Overnight

For our beloved late night readers we share just a bit of high-class Kansas City content that will either cure insomnia OR offer an upscale distraction that's far more refined than most low-rent social media chatter.

Check the description of this performance compilation amid continued COVID crackdown . . .

"Kansas City PBS is proud to present a new arts series created by award-winning producer Brad Austin, in collaboration with the Kansas City performing arts community. KC Performs brings together a variety of groups and disciplines to perform in some of the most iconic landmarks in Kansas City. This episode features Musical Theater Heritage, Kansas City Ballet, Park ICM and Quixotic."

Take a look . . .

Hopefully, more for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!

Kansas City Solider Smoked With Saddam

Apropos for #TBT . . . The memory of a local solider was sparked by recent global events as he shares a fascinating story from his life journey. Even better, the narrative reminds us that a brutal dictator was formerly a U.S. ally. 

This is important given that American news wants to keep us all dumb about the NEXT potential conflict on the horizon: 

ExpressUK: Iran on brink of war with US as Tehran vows to 'crush aggressors' in stark Biden warning

Meanwhile, there are anywhere from 5,000 - 3,000 troops still occupying Iraq after a war that was started over one of the egregious misrepresentations in modern world history.

Still, this cowtown report is a great read for our fellow night owls . . .

A dictator's final friend: KC military officer describes smoking cigars with Saddam Hussein

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - It's been nearly 15 years since Saddam Hussein was executed for crimes against humanity. While most of the world remembers him as a tyrant, one Kansas City military police officer was one of the deposed dictator's final friends. Kelly Hillyer spoke to veterans who gathered at American Legion Post 370 in Overland Park [...]

Kansas City Late Night Drive-By Shooting

Rampant Kansas City gunfire continues into 2021 and the quotient of local violence doesn't show any sign of slowing down.

Check the latest report of urban core shooting . . . Read more:

1 hurt after shots fired into KC home

One person was hurt after shots were fired into a home Thursday night in the 11200 block of Donnelly Avenue.Kansas City, Missouri police say the victim suffered minor injuries. One person was hurt after shots were fired into a home Thursday night in the 11200 block of Donnelly Avenue.

KANSAS CITY STAR PROMOTES 'RACIAL RECKONING' CONVERSATION!!!

Across the nation newspapers have endured dramatic declines in readership, circulation, advertisers and subscriptions. 

Last year a hedge fund purchased the struggling paper and since then they've been forced to move out of their headquarters, cut more jobs and shift printing out of town.

Nevertheless . . .

THE KANSAS CITY STAR ADVANCES AN INCREASINGLY PROGRESSIVE AND RACIALLY CHARGED AGENDA!!!

In fact, they've earned the national media spotlight by way of navel-gazing on the topic of their history and whilst their recent apologies have been mostly rejected . . . Objectively, even supporters of print journalism have noticed a decidedly "progressive" turn in the content offered by the institution.

Accordingly, here's their latest event in partnership with another struggling local institution . . . 

KC Public Library: Racial Reckoning at The Star: ‘The Truth in Black and White’

Deets:

Days before Christmas, on its website and across more 10 pages of its Sunday print edition, The Kansas City Star laid out a remarkable examination of its coverage of race and the city’s Black community over its 140-year history. And in an accompanying letter from President and Editor Mike Fannin, headlined “The truth in Black and white,” it apologized. 

The newspaper – both The Star and its now-defunct sister publication, The Times – had “disenfranchised, ignored and scorned generations of Black Kansas Citians,” it said. Making special note of its fawning treatment of discriminatory developer J.C. Nichols, it said it had reinforced Jim Crow laws and redlining and, over the decades, “robbed an entire community of opportunity, dignity, justice and recognition.” 

The Star has since stripped its masthead and website of all references to its founder and first publisher, William Rockhill Nelson, who supported Nichols and his segregationist policies. 

A month after that self-investigation and censure, Fannin and other members of The Star’s staff join community and industry observers in discussing the newspaper’s actions, their impact, and how they should guide The Star into the future. As a reader recently admonished in a letter to the editor, “Apologies are a good first step. However, truth and atonement will not be judged by words, but actions.” 

Fannin has been with The Star since 1997 and served as its top editor since 2008. 

With him on the panel are: 

- Education reporter Mará Rose Williams, whose concerns initiated the project. She contributed to the series’ research and writing. 

- Michele Watley, the founder of Shirley’s Kitchen Cabinet, a political advocacy nonprofit focusing on issues of importance to Black women and families in Kansas City. 

- Nicole Sussner Rodgers, the founder and executive director of Family Story, a New York City-based think tank working to broaden perspective on family arrangements and models. 

Moderating the discussion is Toriano Porter, a member of The Star’s editorial board who writes about writes race and racism. The event is co-presented by The Kansas City Star. Watch it live online at YouTube.com/kclibrary.

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TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY MONARCHS MINOR LEAGUE REBIRTH ALREADY CONFRONTS SKEPTICISM!!!

Today local media did nothing but regurgitate presser copy and talking points regarding a Kansas City, Kansas minor league team transition. 

However, digging a bit deeper into social media reaction we notice a bevy of pertinent questions about the branding deal.

Shared by one of the smartest people in the Kansas City arts & social media scene, this question has garnered traction and captures the crux of the issue PERFECTLY . . .

"I can see where the museum stands to gain from the merchandising, but I think it comes at a high cost. Why dilute the legacy of a storied franchise with a poorly-run minor league team on the other side of the state line?"

Again, its worth noting that the team was evicted from the CommunityAmerica Ballpark near the Legends in 2019.

Moreover, it's unclear if the name game will draw more fans for a team that has enjoyed success on the field but endured consistent management problems. 

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Hip-Hop Superstar Helps Kansas City 'Revenge Killing' Suspect

Very often social media shares & likes don't count as endorsements. However, one of the most successful rappers in the world recently helped the cause of a lady confronting serious charges amid grief from family members and community. 

Check-it . . .

KC woman, charged in alleged revenge killing, gets attention from famous rappers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City woman charged in a homicide is getting attention from rappers known worldwide. They're posting about trying to help her meet her bond to get out of jail. But the victim's family says it's time to let the law work its process and for peace.

Shawnee Mission School District Desperately Seeking More Money

Tonight we consider a aign of the times and a glimpse at the growing threat of inflation for our suburban friends.

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$264 million SMSD bond issue promises upgrades, more teachers

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Shawnee Mission School District said, if passed, a $264 million bond will help them improve education for students. The district will use the money from the bond to rebuild five elementary schools, implement security and restrooms upgrades, improve learning spaces, and renovate the early childhood center and the career and tech center.

Kansas City News Night Leg Up

At the conclusion of #TBT we share this peek at enduring 55-year-old hottie Liz along with a peek at pop culture, community news and top headlines.

Check-it . . .

Locals Hope To Get Poked

How to get a COVID-19 vaccine in each county in the Kansas City metro

KANSAS CITY METRO - As pharmaceutical companies race to pump out COVID-19 vaccinations, municipalities across the metro are trying to figure out how to distribute their limited supplies of the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines. Some have created surveys to help the rollout process, while others must decide internally how to distribute inoculations.


The Pitch Phones It In With Presser From The Zoo

The Chiefs are headed to AFC victory, sea turtle authorities report

In between eating veggies and playing, SEA Life Aquarium resident turtles Shawny and Lou made time to predict a Chiefs win for the AFC Championship. // Image courtesy of SEA LIFE Kansas City's Turtle Rescue Center The sea turtles have spoken. We have a Chiefs win in our future.


Kansas City Leap Of Faith

Women say they had to jump to escape Waldo Heights fire

Two women talk about the night they had to jump from a third-floor balcony to escape the fire at the Waldo Heights apartments last month.Miranda Davidson and roommate, Maria Gonzales, are healing from a night they said they will never forget."I saw the flames coming down the hall and that's


Liz Shares Good Life

Elizabeth Hurley's luscious lockdown from bikinis to bubble baths

Day in, day out, we endure the Covid briefings as Boris and Co grimly tell us to stay home and stay safe. Just 120 miles away, in her £6million country estate in Herefordshire, actress Elizabeth Hurley, 55, has spent the past ten months proving a pandemic is no reason not to stay perky and positive.


Prez Trump Blame Game Starts

Experts praise Biden's Covid-19 plan, but warn that undoing Trump-era mistakes will take time

President Joe Biden's battle plan to beat Covid-19 is "spot on," but restoring Americans' trust in "science-based leadership" won't be easy after four years of Donald Trump, public health experts said Thursday.


Impeachment 2.0 Begins

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she'll send Trump impeachment to Senate 'soon,' but Republicans seek delay to February

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she would send the Senate an article of impeachment charging former President Donald Trump with inciting an insurrection "soon," but Republicans are suggesting a delay until February. "I'm not going to be telling you when it is going," Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters Thursday, while negotiations continued over a trial.


Civil Unrest Persists

Progressive group riots resume in major cities despite Biden inauguration

President Biden was officially sworn in on Wednesday, but riots of the kind that had been blamed on Trump erupted anyway, damaging property and federal buildings. Police departments in Portland and Seattle reported damage as a result of gatherings near federal buildings, while anti-fascist protesters burned American flags in Denver.


Top Doc Talks Freedom

Fauci talks 'liberating feeling' serving under Biden versus Trump

When Dr. Anthony Fauci returned to the White House briefing room on Thursday, he did so without the sour reality of a hostile president watching him from feet away in the Oval Office.


FORMER PREZ TRUMP EARNS HIP-HOP SHOUT OUT!!!

Lil Wayne and Kodak Black thank Donald Trump for pardoning them before he left office

Lil Wayne and Kodak Black have publicly thanked Donald Trump after he granted them a full presidential pardon. The rappers were among 140 people who were either granted pardons or had their sentences commuted by the former President before he left office yesterday (January 20).


Kansas City Top Artist Stays Winning

Body of artwork: Birdies' Peregrine Honig sketches business artistry from Crossroads lingerie shop

A global pandemic has far from caged artist-turned-entrepreneur Peregrine Honig. Her creativity helped perch the Crossroads lingerie shop she founded within a market the ongoing economic downturn couldn't cover. "Liquor and lingerie do great when people are freaked out," said Honig, who co-owns Birdies with Alexis Burggrabe.


Local Playoff Party

Chiefs Kingdom ready to cheer on KC, even while balancing playoff thrills during pandemic

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - As the Kansas City Chiefs prepare for the AFC Championship, so does Chiefs Kingdom. Faced with pandemic challenges, everyone is getting into playoff mode. Still, people are ready to raise "cheers" to the Chiefs. It may not be Arrowhead Stadium, but general manager Scott Wenta said Maloney's Sports Bar and Grill is [...]


Cowtown Warmup Concludes

Much cooler for your Friday

Hide Transcript Show Transcript PRETTY THIN STUFF THAT'S OUT THERE. SO FOR THIS EVENING WILL CONTINUE TO COOL DOWN NOT TERRIBLY RAPID, BUT STILL ABOUT A TWO DEGREE DROP ABOUT EVERY HOUR OR SO. SO THAT'S WHY YOU NEED THE JACK OF A NOT A WINDBREAKER NECESSARILY BECAUSE THOSE WINDS ARE SO LIGHT BY NINE O'CLOCK ON KCWE WILL BE TALKING AT 38 DEGREES TIM P.M.

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

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes Inks Another Pricey Sneaker Deal

The QB earns more merch money on top of his EPIC salary. Here's a glimpse the latest re-up for this footballer who has been adding sponsors at a pace nearly as impressive as his passing yards . . . Read more:

Patrick Mahomes, adidas Announce Another New Ultra Boost

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Adidas have announced yet another sneaker for the star quarterback. The Patrick Mahomes x adidas Ultra Boost DNA is set to release on Friday, January 22 on adidas.com for $180 just before NFL's Championship Weekend. Nice Kicks' Freddy Fang described the look and inspiration behind the newest Mahomes sneakers.

Amy Anderson Switches To KMBZ

Kansas City newsie steps behind the mic after a low-key departure from a local TV station.

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Amy Anderson joins KMBZ Radio to co-host Kansas City's Morning News

Amy is a familiar face and is well-known in her hometown of Kansas City, spending nearly 18 years working as a television news anchor and reporter for KCTV-5.

Nelson-Atkins Museum Plays To Progressive Patrons And Memes Bernie

On the cusp of a name change and rebuke of old, dead white dude founders. Today the local museum of art jumped aboard an Internets bandwagon.

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The Nelson tagged Bernie and offered this promotional witicism: "When you get to the middle of the Glass Labyrinth and just need a minute before you find your way out."

Related reading . . .

AdAge: The 18 craftiest brand memes featuring Bernie Sanders and his inauguration mittens

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Show-Me Senator Hawley Ethics Under Attack

Life under the new majority will be tough for the MAGA rising star. Accordingly, today progressives celebrated payback against the Missouri politico who now takes center-stage for Democratic Party ire. 

Here's the best round-up of the rebuke . . .

Senate Democrats file ethics complaint against Hawley, Cruz over election challenge

Seven Senate Democrats filed an ethics complaint against GOP Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz over their Jan. 6 efforts to object to the 2020 presidential election results.

Kansas GOP Rebellion Against Guv Kelly

Local news is being way too nice about what's happening in Topeka right now. Reality check: Kansas Republicans don't agree about much except their disdain for the Democratic guv. They're not only pushing back on COVID regulations but also setting up a few culture war smack down for this session.

Check local progressive radio dancing around this face-off . . .

Kansas Officials Start With Talk Of Unity, But Fights Over Taxes And Abortion Loom

TOPEKA, Kansas - Fights between Republican lawmakers and the Democratic governor - over new taxes and her power to shut down businesses in a pandemic - threaten calls on both sides for political unity. Meanwhile, conservatives in the Legislature push ahead quickly to amend the Kansas Constitution to declare it contains no right to abortion.

Show-Me Suspected Killer In Kansas City

Even amid the pandemic, this town continues to attract tourists. Here's a notice from the po-po that warns of stranger danger . . . Read more:

Springfield, MO murder suspect believed to be in Kansas City

SPRINGFIELD, MO (KCTV) - Springfield Police Department is looking for a man in Kansas City involved in a September shooting. 21-year-old Lencorya Tiko Montrel Grady Jr. also known as "Man Mna", has been charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Kenneth Wright.

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY EXPECTS MASSIVE IMMIGRATION INFLUX AHEAD OF PREZ BIDEN 'NONCITIZEN' AMNESTY!!!

Thanks to the policy of the new administration, locals will soon confront many opportunities to make new friends.

To wit and because TKC is a "pocho" Latino who is somewhat proficient in the language of the oppressor . . .

KANSAS CITY PREPS FOR AN EPIC WAVE OF IMMIGRANTS HOPING TO BENEFIT FROM THE UPCOMING BIDEN AMNESTY!!!

For perspective, let's not forget that former Prez Ronald Reagan was the first modern-era icon to grant an immigration amnesty and longtime residents still remember the local impact. 

Here's the word from a friend of the blog . . .

"In Kansas City, the Reagan amnesty quadrupled the number of Latinos in Kansas City in less than 10 years. There's still an effect from the legislation and that's why the Latino community has been the largest growing ethnic minority in the metro for at least 30 years. Leading up to Reagan's plan, KC was packed with migrant workers, tourists and family friends who hoped to qualify. From the Westside to Northeast there were literally people sleeping on the street just because they wanted the amnesty so desperately. In fact, there was a great deal of intercultural conflict between community leaders and the new arrivals; part of that history is what ultimately led to the Westside CAN Center and police working with 'illegals' instead of  reporting them to immigration authorities." 

And that leads us to a very quick change in language that's also on the horizon . . .

Fox News: Biden immigration bill changes 'alien' to 'noncitizen' as part of overhaul

For what it's worth, this was always a sticking point with activist, Prez Trump supporter and toy gun enthusiast Kris Kobach . . .

Despite vehement objections, Mr. Kobach was legally correct when he referenced "illegal aliens" and balked at terms like "dreamers" given that he was citing U.S. law . . . But laws change. 

Now the term "alien" isn't just out of favor but soon might not be part of the American vernacular from a legal standpoint.

But I digress . . . Back to the topic of new friends & guests . . .

Right now social service agencies and local leaders active in Kansas City's Latino community are prepping their requests for both non-profit and government funding given the influx in population that they will likely meet in the very near future.

On a more ominous note . . .

Kansas City is no stranger to South of the border guests given that some of the most brutal Mexican drug lords have regularly visited this cowtown and law enforcement recently confirmed that drug cartels have set up shop throughout the metro. 

Nevertheless . . . 

With a Democratic Party controlled White House, Senate and Congress it's unlikely that the Biden Amnesty plan will meet with anything but ritual ranting given that we're a long way from midterm elections and this is just the FIRST part of an agenda that will shape the future of the nation and Kansas City.

Check the links . . .

AP: Biden bets big on immigration changes in opening move

Progressive Pulse: Biden immigration overhaul would open a door to citizenship for 11 million people

Vox: Biden will pause deportations for 100 days

VOA: Undocumented Immigrants Cheering Possible Citizenship Path Under Biden

12 News: Ted Cruz says Biden immigration plans put illegal immigrants ahead of American workers

The Verge: Tech rallies behind Biden’s immigration plans

New York Post: Migrant caravan stopped near Guatemala border on their way to the US

Politico: Biden's plan to outdo Obama, undo Trump's immigration legacy has begun

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Kansas City Hate Group Profiler Explains White Nationalism Legacy After Prez Trump

A longtime local activist and internationally acclaimed author shares his perspective on recent threats to the Capitol and the Republic.

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Expert talks about rise of white nationalism in America

On Inauguration Day, the rise of white nationalism in American is one more problem facing the new Biden administration. One of the nation's leading experts on this movement talks about what is next.Leonard Zeskind, based in Kansas City, has been tracking far-right radical groups for decades now.

Show-Me COVID Lockdown Pushback

Political debate persists nearly one year into the pandemic. 

Accordingly, here's follow-up on legislation that would limit the power of medical officials and local authorities in public health emergencies . . . Read more:

Missouri Republicans move to limit health officials' power

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican senators in Missouri on Wednesday debated ways to check health officials' power in response to their handling of the coronavirus pandemic. One proposal would ensure there are no government-imposed occupancy limits on churches and other places of worship during public health emergencies.

Fracking Kansas Quakes Examined

An open question and that a hint at the answer everyone is paid to ignore . . . Check-it:

State Regulators Expand Investigation Into What's Causing Wichita Earthquakes

WICHITA- State regulators have expanded their investigation into what's causing a recent string of earthquakes in eastern Wichita. Regulators say the earthquakes are most likely naturally occurring, but want to make sure oil and gas operations aren't contributing. The earthquakes began around Thanksgiving, with three happening in the span of four days.

KANSAS CITY MONARCHS REBORN?!?

Not really. 

The reality . . . A Kansas City museum is entering the risky world for minor league baseball that often ends in financial ruin for owners.

Remember that not so long ago this team was EVICTED and booted out of a deal with the UG in The Dotte . . . Sadly, they didn't even get KC Tenants to vouch for them. 

And so . . .

WILL HISTORIC KANSAS CITY SOCIAL JUSTICE CONNECTION DRAW CROWDS TO WATCH LOW-RENT BASEBALL?!?!

To be fair, it's possible that a successful merch campaign alone could float the team. 

Accordingly, here's presser coverage stolen quoted from newspaper hacks . . .

New owners of the Kansas City T-Bones baseball club in Kansas City, Kansas, announced Thursday morning that the team will adopt the name of Kansas City’s storied Negro Leagues team beginning this season.

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, which owns rights to the Monarchs name, has entered into a long-term licensing agreement with the T-Bones. Beginning Thursday, the minor league team will be known as the Kansas City Monarchs Baseball Club. Officials hope the rebranding will bring more attention to both to the museum and to the beleaguered ball club in western Wyandotte County.

Here's more hype coverage gleaned from a press kit that doesn't bother to ask any tough questions or note the teams' sketchy financial fortunes thus far . . . Read more:

KCTV5: T-Bones to be known as Kansas City Monarchs following Negro Leagues partnership

Fox4: Kansas City Monarchs are back!

INKCMag: Get Ready! Negro Leagues’ Monarchs Will Soon Return

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Jackson County Proclaims Construction Progress On EPIC Rock Island Trail Bridge

The Kansas City metro loves building projects more than any other political achievement. Accordingly, whilst the Rock Island Trail has endured more than its share of hardship, this note on improvement in the stix is still important. 

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Jackson County installs 300-foot bridge on Rock Island Trail



Wildwood Bridge is longest trail bridge in Jackson County

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. is excited to announce that the Rock Island Trail is now home to the longest trail bridge in the County. Today, construction crews installed the last 200-foot span of the Wildwood Bridge, making it a total of 300-feet long.

The new Wildwood Bridge is part of the work currently underway on the second phase of the Rock Island Trail, which stretches from Brickyard Road in Kansas City to the Truman Sports Complex. The bridge is not yet complete, and at this time, no one should walk on or cross the bridge. Each end is being blocked off to ensure compliance and safety.

“This is an exciting project because it adds another dimension to what we do best in the County—and that is trails,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “We know there is great demand, support and enthusiasm across the region to see the trail completed. I appreciate our Parks + Rec leadership, Rock Island team, contractor and partners who have worked diligently and collaboratively to get us to this moment of accomplishment today.”

The new bridge connects wooded areas and neighborhoods along the trail to the downtown Raytown area. It has two spans with a pier in the center that sits in 5-feet of limestone 22-feet below ground level.



Additional bridge details include:

- Each span is prefabricated, delivered in multiple segments and assembled on site using two large cranes.
- The 200-foot span installed today weighed 140,000 pounds.
- The bridge is constructed of Corten weathering steel. The steel weathers to cover itself with a protective rust colored patina. The bridge deck will be concrete.
- 12-feet wide with 20,000-pound loading criteria to carry emergency vehicles if necessary.


“These features are among just two of the many reasons this trail will continue to be one of the most popular in Jackson County,” said Jackson County Parks + Rec Director Michele Newman. “Jackson County Parks + Rec is so thrilled to be bringing this very important project to our community.”



Phase two of the Rock Island Trail is 7.1 miles long and will have three access areas: Lot L at the Truman Sports Complex, the Downtown Raytown area and off Woodson Road in Raytown. Construction is expected to be complete in April 2021, weather permitting.

“The Wildwood Bridge will be an impressive sight and will no doubt be a point of interest on this project, only rivaled by the Vale Tunnel,” said Rock Island Project Manager Matt Davis.

The first phase of the Rock Island Trail was completed in June 2019 and included 6.5 miles of trail between Jefferson Street in Lee’s Summit to Brickyard Road in Kansas City. The historic Vale Tunnel, a former railroad tunnel, is a key feature of this first segment of trail to open to the public. This section of the Rock Island can be accessed from two trailheads – one at 98th Street and Bannister Road and the other at Hartman Park in Lee’s Summit.

The Rock Island Trail is a part of the Rock Island Corridor Project, a collaborative effort between Jackson County and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. Jackson County has taken the lead on the development and management of the trail, while the KCATA is focused on planning for future transit and economic development opportunities along the 17.7 mile corridor.

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Kansas City Fight For $15 Persists

After years of fundraising and not much success, the Beacon seems to be struggling and might be in need of more cash . . . HOWEVER, this news outlet still valiantly offers their very special brand of progressive local reporting with a repeated tribute to a longstanding fast food movement.

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Kansas City fast-food workers demand $15 minimum wage and union

A steady line of about 70 cars, filled with fast-food workers from Kansas City, their family members and supporters, packed the parking lot and streets in front of the McDonald's on Van Brunt Boulevard, honking and waving signs in support of a $15 minimum wage and a fast-food workers union.

Congressman Cleaver Stays Winning Amid Prez Biden Democratic Party Renaissance

Without question, the former Kansas City mayor & current Congressman is gaining a great deal of power thanks to the D.C. turnabout.

And so, local newsies take a moment to offer their high praise and perspective that most of them gleaned from Anderson Cooper.

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4Star Politics: Rep. Cleaver looks ahead to new administration on Inauguration Day

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the first time in more than a century, a president did not attend the inauguration of his successor. People attending President Joe Biden's Inauguration Ceremony say as soon as he was sworn into office Wednesday morning he shared a message of unity.

Kansas City Mugshot Of The Moment: KCTV5 Shares Sex Offender Notice

There's a debate over the use of mugshots in Kansas City. Mayor Q claims their exploitative and has "resolved" to stand against the 1st Amendment and the rights of a free press.

Meanwhile, most working journalists seems to agree that they're part of the local discourse and often help to benefit public safety and provide valuable information to the community.

Accordingly, here's the latest share from channel 5 . . .

Wanted: Stephan Hinson

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Stephan Hinson is wanted on a Jackson County warrant for sex offender registration violation. The original offense happened in 2001 in Shawnee, Kansas and involved the attempted sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl. His last known address was near 75th Street and Oldham Road in Kansas City, Missouri, but his current location is unknown.

KC Perks Up For Biden COVID Vaxx Push

Right now classic Denise in a nurse's costume arouses our interest in continued COVID vaxx news as the new Prez promises to speed up injections.

Check the links . . .

41 Action News: How Biden's COVID-19 plan could impact the KC Metro

KCTV5: Johnson County, Kansas prepares to vaccinate more people in Phase 2

KSHB: Kansas City to receive 'targeted vaccination team,' Parson says

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Johnson County Weed Renaissance Starts

Check another glimpse at good times ahead as suburbanites push back against draconian laws to support a battle in the drug war that has already been lost.

Reality check: Weed use is RAMPANT in JoCo and upholding this law when there's a defacto weed green zone in KCMO doesn't make much sense.

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Prairie Village To Look Into Decriminalizing Marijuana

Prairie Village may join the growing list of communities that have decriminalized marijuana. At Monday's meeting, councilmembers Inga Selders and Ian Graves outlined several reasons why decriminalization should be considered - including the disproportionate enforcement on low-income individuals and people of color, as well as Prairie Village's proximity to Kansas City, where decriminalization is already in place.

Gun Rights Empower Kansas City Women

Worthwhile coverage offers a glimpse at the progressive party line about mandatory dismemberment doesn't really have much support in the urban core or anywhere else among Americans who value their constitutional rights.

Credit where it's due . . . Pro-gun reporting is rare and this bit of local journalism is worth a read and provides an ALTERNATIVE from partisan party line chatter:

New metro gun club focused on women, aiming to instill confidence

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There's a new group empowering women to learn to shoot guns. Pretty Pistols Posse want women across the KC metro to feel confident enough to protect themselves and exercise their 2nd Amendment right. Cofounder Latasha Jacobs said it all started as a few friends just hanging out.

Kansas City Star Hates The Northland

To be fair, the feeling is mutual as the so-called KC "paper-of-record" plays taxpayer watchdog with this community resource despite support for tax and spend policy throughout their history.

Op/ed safely hidden behind the paywall . . .

Now is not the time to spend $36 million on Sporting KC soccer park in the Northland

The Kansas City Council is nearing a vote on a final agreement to build and operate a scaled-down youth soccer complex in the Northland. Unfortunately, this is precisely the wrong time to spend millions in taxpayer funds for a soccer park. https://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article248645075.html

Kansas City Morning After News Links

We start this #TBT news day with tribute to classic hottie Pamela who was unsuccessful in her bid to help Julian Assange earn pardon from Prez Trump yet still remains one our favorite celeb political activists. And all of THAT inspires this peek at pop culture, community news and top headlines.

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Legoland Crash Aftermath

1 critically injured after driving into concrete wall outside Legoland

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- One person was critically injured overnight driving into a concrete wall outside Legoland. Police were called about 12:30 a.m. Thursday to 24th Street and Grand Avenue on a single-vehicle crash. Officers say a black Ford Focus was traveling south on Grand Avenue at a very high rate of speed.


Building Kansas City

A look at Kansas City metro development projects worth watching in 2021

Even as the past year wrought a series of changes to Kansas City's construction landscape, local development has been anything but anemic. In 2020, developers unveiled transformative plans for visible buildings and properties not just in downtown Kansas City but throughout the area, ranging from distinctive apartment proposals to sprawling multimillion-dollar office and mixed-use developments.


Local Cash Crunch

Kansas City payday lender pleads guilty to bankruptcy fraud

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The co-owner of a one-time Kansas City payday lending company has pleaded guilty to a bankruptcy fraud count related to his 2015 personal bankruptcy, in which prosecutors say he hid more than $1 million in assets.


Iconic Hottie Outlook

Pamela Anderson Smokes Cigarette While Topless In Bed: 'Long Night'

Pamela Anderson got risqué on Instagram this week when she shared a sultry NSFW upload with her 1.2 million followers. The former Baywatch star and ex- Playboy model posted the sizzling photo of herself on January 19, which showed her in bed while smoking a cigarette.


MAGA Disappointed

Trump Didn't Pardon Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange And His Supporters Aren't Happy

Trump's decision to leave out Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from his final list of presidential pardons has not gone down well with his supporters on mainstream and fringe social media platforms, with several Assange supporters accusing the outgoing president of folding to pressure from his advisers and Senate Republicans.


Presidential Shout Out

Former Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton honor Biden as America's new leader in joint video

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton honored President Joe Biden Wednesday evening as America's new leader in a joint message that emphasized the new President's call for national unity.


Shutting Down Debate

Democrats poised to rebuff McConnell's filibuster demands

"Chuck Schumer is the majority leader and he should be treated like majority leader. We can get shit done around here and we ought to be focused on getting stuff done," said Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.). "If we don't, the inmates are going to be running this ship."


BIDEN AMNESTY STARTS!!!

Biden Suspends Deportations, Stops 'Remain In Mexico' Policy

The newly inaugurated Biden administration wasted no time in taking two major steps to dismantle much criticized Trump-era immigration policies in their first day in office. The Department of Homeland Security announced that starting Thursday, it would pause deportations for certain non-citizens in the U.S.


GOP Rebuilding

'Just move on': Republicans grapple with post-Trump future

For the first time in more than a decade, Republicans are waking up to a Washington where Democrats control the White House and Congress, adjusting to an era of diminished power, deep uncertainty and internal feuding. The shift to minority status is always difficult, prompting debates over who is to blame for losing the last election.


Throwback Deal Emerges

Wade Davis returns to Royals, gets minor league contract

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Reliever Wade Davis is returning to the Kansas City Royals, the team he helped pitch to the 2015 World Series title. Davis and the Royals agreed Wednesday to a minor league contract, and the 35-year-old right-hander will go to spring training trying to earn a spot on the major league roster.


Doggie Style During Big Game

Great Plains SPCA to hold 'Puppy Pooper Bowl' fundraiser on Super Bowl Sunday

Puppy Pooper Bowl logo.// Courtesy of Great Plains SPCA The Great Plains SPCA in Mirriam, Kan. is hosting a new kind of Super Bowl celebration Feb. 7. At 11 a.m., the shelter will be hosting their "Puppy Pooper Bowl" fundraiser to raise money for the no-kill shelter and set the mood for the Super Bowl later in the day.


Weather Deadline Today

A great day ahead before a big change

Another great January day is ahead with highs approaching 60 degrees Colder air surges in on Friday and the weekend A series of storm systems will arrive this weekend. First storm could bring light rain for part of the day on AFC Championship Sunday KANSAS CITY'S MOST ACCURATE FORECAST Thursday: Sunny skies, not as windy & even warmer.

Billboard #1 in January 1991, Janet Jackson - Love Will Never Do is the #TBT song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now. Read more local links after the jump . . .

Kansas City NextGen COVID Vaxx Test Starts

Important news for parents and a hint that the pandemic vaxx will likely be added to the list of many mandated public health requirements for schools.

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Children's Mercy Hospital launches registry for COVID-19 vaccine trial for children

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Parents interested in having their children participate in a COVID-19 vaccine trial can now register with Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Registering on the hospitals website does not enroll a child in the vaccine trial. It simply tells the hospital you're interested in enrolling should the hospital begin a clinical research trial.

Rock Chalk Prayer Rock Return

This one is just an interesting faith community news item from Kansas that offers a glimpse evolving traditions and restorative justice.

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Lawrence agrees to return sacred prayer rock to Kaw Nation

LAWRENCE, KS (AP) - The Lawrence City Council has unanimously approved a measure to return a Native American tribe's prayer rock that was transformed more than 90 years ago into a monument honoring Kansas settlers. The council voted 5-0 Tuesday to return the rock to the Kaw Nation, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

Show-Me Racial Justice Hope For Prez Biden

A roundup of statements from Missouri leaders after the Inauguration offers a view of so many expectations that the new administration will NEVER fulfill.

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Missouri advocates respond to President Biden addressing racial justice

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - President Joe Biden began fulfilling his promise to address racial justice on the first day of his term. "A cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making moves us," Biden said during his inauguration speech. "The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer."

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Kansas City Weekly Report For Locked Down COVID Captive Audience

As always, we attempt to keep up with this somewhat regularly scheduled video update from KCMO in order to offer a glimpse at how 12th & Oak sees itself.

Accordingly, he's the message that reinforces lock down rules and current public health restrictions . . . Check-it . . .

This week's host, Colleen Doctorian from the City Communications Department talks about the Mayor's emergency order extension, new City of Champions banners, a million dollar grant to Municipal Court and new City department directors.

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Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas Begs For COVID Cash From Prez Biden

Quick presser note from the city hall honcho thankfully refocuses 12th & Oak attention to Kansas City's 50-MILLION budget shortfall.

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Mayor Lucas, Mayoral Colleagues Call On New Congress To Swiftly Approve Direct Aid For Cities

Money line . . .

Kansas City fell under the required population threshold for direct CARES Act funding last spring, losing out on millions of dollars for the Kansas City Health Department for testing and contact tracing, the Kansas City Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services, the Kansas City Police Department, and facilities sanitation as Kansas City worked to slow the spread of COVID-19. Direct aid to cities is vital for Kansas City as the City works to inoculate our community.

President-Elect Joe Biden has proposed a comprehensive package of relief measures that includes $350 billion in direct aid to state and local governments and a national vaccination program. The bipartisan group of 284 mayors today wrote to Congressional leaders, urging them to take swift action.

“With few exceptions, cities have been largely left without direct federal assistance,” the mayors wrote. “The lack of adequate support has resulted in budget cuts, service reductions, and job losses. Sadly, nearly one million local government jobs have already been lost during the pandemic. Our essential workers deserve federal relief like any other sector. The $350 billion in direct relief to state and local governments included in President-elect Biden’s American Rescue Plan would allow cities to preserve critical public sector jobs and help drive our economic recovery. Providing direct, flexible aid to cities is the most efficient and immediate way to help families and their communities who have been suffering for far too long.”

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Legal Weed Coming Soon To Shawnee?!?

Progress and/or smoke blowing across the state line.

Found by KICK-ASS TKC READERS on this otherwise boring neighborhood blog . . .

Prairie Village to look into decriminalizing marijuana

Deets:

"Councilmember Inga Selders said Prairie Village is in a “unique and necessary position" to address marijuana decriminalization, with medical marijuana legal in Missouri. Photo credit Elsa Olofsson."

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Aftermath: No Arson At KCK Fed Courthouse

Our readers called it early in this morning despite the fear propagated by social media denizens and now MSM shares the aftermath of smoke that emanated from between floors at this structrue with no signs of forced entry into the building.

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Fire at KCK federal courthouse ruled accidental and electrical, ATF says

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Investigators have determined that a fire Tuesday night at the federal courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas, was accidental. The fire seemed a little suspicious to some who work in the courthouse, coming on the eve of the presidential inauguration. But the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which is leading [...]

COVID Vaxx Coming Soon To Truman Med

Another Kansas City plague cure distribution site announced. Check-it:

Truman Medical Center Opens COVID-19 Vaccine To People 65 And Older

People 65 years old and older can now get their dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Truman Medical Center. Missouri entered the second tier of its vaccination plan Monday in anticipation of receiving more doses from the federal government.

Kansas City Approves Disney On Ice

Check the first public event at the downtown arena in more than 10 months that most parents would still rather skip . . . Read more:

Disney on Ice receives OK from KCMO Health Department

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Disney on Ice now has the OK to run at the T-Mobile Center later this month and in February after an initial announcement was made prior to health department approval.

Kansas City News Link Inauguration Night

Whilst our progressive friends celebrate a political victory as they're still locked down under plague orders, we offer tribute to the panty promo hotness of angel Josie and share community news, pop culture and top headlines.