Thursday, November 14, 2019

TKC EXCLUSIVE BENCHMARK!!! STRATA FUNDING SERVES AS KANSAS CITY EPIC TAXPAYER BETRAYAL FROM MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS AND COUNCIL!!!



Fun day ahead . . . Kansas City could soon discover if the mayor & council are completely full of it regarding their promises to champion affordable housing and subsidy reform.

The quick and dirty summary of the deal . . .

A scaled-back incentives request for the proposed $133 million downtown Strata tower received a crucial approval from a City Council committee. Strata's developer - a partnership among H&R Block Inc. (NYSE: HRB), Kansas City-based developer Copaken Brooks and Ron Jury & Associates - put together the reworked deal after facing resistance from the newly elected City Council and Mayor Quinton Lucas.

Money line:

"The updated deal cuts out a $27 million investment in city money that would have given the city a 28% revenue stake in the project. However, the city still would be a financial backstop for a $36 million parking garage, but it wouldn’t put any upfront money into the deal."

Here's what changed, stolen quoted from a promo blog . . .

In clearing the Finance Committee, the office building proposed for the southwest corner of 13th and Main picked up critical support from a key Council member who earlier had opposed the deal.

“I think this is a great project,” said Finance Committee Chairwoman Kathryn Shields.



And so we find out who is the REAL mayor of Kansas City today.

Clarification on that headline . . . Council lady Shields was smart enough to keep from making any promises about social justice or the lodging of po'folk.

Don't worry, we can have fun either way.

To wit . . .

WILL MAYOR Q AND COUNCIL MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO TODAY OR FINALLY PUSH BACK AGAINST CORPORATE WELFARE?!?!

You decide . . .

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS STAY LOSING E-SPORTS AMID SEX CRIME DRAMA!!!

Very much like putting together a solid offensive line . . . Or depth at any position . . . The front office didn't seem very interested in the millennial future of sports. And so they were spanked by this local news station . . . Take a look at the postscript:

Chiefs rep in $700,000 Madden tournament banned after sex crime past comes to light

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- The gamer representing the Chiefs in the ongoing $700,000 Madden NFL esports tournament was banned from the event this week, after details about his sex crime past came to light.

MOVING FORWARD: WILL KANSAS CITY MAKE MLK PARK GREAT AGAIN?!?!

It's funny to see how quickly "Save The Paseo" Activists disappeared from the discussion after crying crocodile tears about being called racist . . . They'll be missed in the ongoing conversation about tribute delayed yet again.

Here's more hopeful folks looking for publicity by way of news report and quote without bringing any cash to the table . . . Checkit:

Kansas City group shares dream for MLK Park

One group is taking action as the discussion continues over how to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Kansas City, Missouri. KMBC 9 learned about their plans for the park already named for the civil rights leader.Some Kansas Citians are surprised to find out the city has a park named for MLK.

TKC MUST SEE!!! WATCH KANSAS CITY MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS RALLY FOR RENTER BILL OF RIGHTS!!!



SPECIAL THANKS TO CITIZEN MEDIA . . .

Here's an extensive clip of the fiery conversation at City Hall regarding KC Tenants and their demands for better accommodations at lower cost.

Checkit:



You decide . . .

NEWSFLASH: RECESSION ALREADY UNDERWAY IN KANSAS CITY!!!

In the very near future "the Fed will need help stimulating the economy when the next downturn hits."

Meanwhile, stagnant wages and worsening economic disparity power the current downturn in Kansas City whilst middle-class cling to politically powered economic drivel from market makers who boldly tell them to keep buying whilst heading for the door.

Here's a hint of bad news and more hype from a local media biz that recently cleaned house and now operates with a skeleton crew. Checkit:

KC's economy is growing, just not as fast as many other American cities

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A new report shows that Kansas City's economy is growing at a slower pace than 30 similarly-sized metropolitan areas in the United States, such as Nashville, Portland and Columbus. Before the Great Recession, Kansas City's growth outpaced those cities, but since the recession came to an end, it has lagged behind.

Show-Me Hawley Debate Among Republicans

Fact is . . . He's too rich, pretty and elite for the alt-right AND he's too close to Prez Trump for the establishment. Here's a consideration of the Missouri politico and his local legacy. Checkit:

Josh Hawley: Hero or Hawk? - The American Conservative

Senator Josh Hawley, at 39 the youngest member of Congress' upper chamber, will one day run for president. If former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford can run, certainly so can Hawley. How does the Missouri Republican hope to do it?

Will Po-Po Tie Up Suspects Like Wonder Woman OR Just Shoot Them As Usual?!?

Comic book solution that will only work with malnourished hobos who probably need a sammich more than the serving as human chattel for the prison industrial complex . . . Checkit:

Kansas, Missouri police test new 'Batman' device as alternative to Taser

INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -- Police departments are considering a new tool that might be less harmful than a stun gun. The BolaWrap looks like something you'd find on Batman's utility belt. It launches an 8-foot Kevlar rope that wraps around a suspect's legs or torso.

TKC MUST SEE!!! KC TENANTS 'BILL OF RIGHTS' SPARKS CALL TO ACTION AMID KANSAS CITY HOUSING CRISIS!!!



More important than any of this . . . Behind the scenes and nearly out of sight of the mainstream media, Kansas City Mayor & Council are ready to give away $27-MILLION BUCKS TO DOWNTOWN OFFICE SPACE DEVELOPERS and basically betray all of their campaign promises.

However, a press conference protest, lots of chanting, bright colors, theatricality and deception are powerful agents to the uninitiated. But here at TKC we are initiated.

Check local news who took the bait . . .

KSHB: Mayor encourages more discussion on proposed tenants bill of rights

KMBC: People who rent in KC fired up after hearing for tenant bill of rights delayed

Fox4: Kansas City Council puts ‘Tenant Bill of Rights’ discussion on hold until December

To be fair, there are a lot of very earnest and good people advocating fair housing in Kansas City. For the most part they aren't privy to the backroom deals and cynical political posturing.



And so, here's the punchline . . .

KC TENANTS AREN'T GOING TO DENOUNCE POLITICOS OR DEMAND MUCH BECAUSE THEY'RE SUPPORTIVE OF THE MAYOR & COUNCIL AND SIMPLY SERVE TO HIGHLIGHT THEY'RE ISSUE WITH A LOT OF BLUSTER!!!

Translation . . . Organizers have great intentions but they were a big part of the effort to get Mayor Quinton elected and they're unlikely to turn against him now, even as their legislation may be gutted behind the scenes.

A statement from an insider supportive of Landlords/home providers offers perspective:

"These people are out of touch with reality. They think that all landlords just have cash flowing out their as* and have unlimited resources. Someone needs to bring these people back to reality and show them that a lot of landlord's are just everyday people trying to make a living. But overall, I'm not too concerned with this new bill. After getting clarification from the mayor about what it means. Property owners, come to the meeting Monday December 2nd!"

To be fair . . . Organizers seem earnest in public and crazier things have passed through City Hall. Credit where it's due . . . This group has held strong so far. A recent tweet from their leader:

"When the biggest public school district in the city, unions representing the city’s workers, community, faith, and student organizations ALL agree that the #KCTenantsRights package is good policy... it’s time to vote yes and make it law."

Accordingly . . .



THE KANSAS CITY TENANT'S BILL OF RIGHTS CONVERSATION CONTINUES WHILST COUNCIL IS BUSY DELIVERING BIG BUCKS TO CORPORATE LOBBYISTS YET AGAIN!!!

They call it "Strata" but it really should be status quo.



Developing . . .

WILL FREEBIE BUS RIDES HELP BANKRUPT KANSAS CITY?!?!

After City Hall discussion yesterday it turns out that not everybody is excited about this move and despite the long, local march toward socialism . . . Basic economics make it unsustainable from the outset. Take a look:

Free Kansas City public transit proposal advances, despite projected budget shortfall

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Free public transit throughout all of Kansas City moved a step closer to becoming reality after a city council committee endorsed the idea on Wednesday. At least one council member is warning that city taxpayers may not be able to afford zero-fare bus service.

Kansas City Bread & Butter Busted

A leftover news link from the BEST AND BRIGHTEST of our blog community inspires a quick taboo thought about the inappropriate lustrous legacy of an old school cinema classic which contradicts the current #MeToo ethos.

I.E. Your butter joke is better . . . And here's the sad news of another local company taking their financial licks the hard way:

Bread & Butter Concepts files for bankruptcy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City, Missouri-based Bread & Butter Concepts has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Founder/CEO Alan Gaylin filed Nov. 9 at U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Kansas. The petition also notes the following pending bankruptcy cases related to Bread & Butter Concepts: Texaz Crossroads, Texaz Plaza Restaurant, Texaz South Plaza and Texaz Table Restaurant of Kansas.


Safe Bet: Odds Are Kansas City Chiefs Won't Get Murdered In Mexico

The horrific slaughter of a Mormon family in Mexico has sparked fear throughout the U.S., meanwhile, anybody familiar with the drug problems South of the Border realizes the hypocrisy of Americans ignoring ALL THE OTHER INNOCENT MEXICAN FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN BUTCHERED THROUGHOUT THE YEARS.

Meanwhile, of course . . . Americans are more concerned about football as the opposition faces a do-or-die game whilst bookies seem to have more confidence after the comeback of Patrick Mahomes. Read more:

Chiefs open as favorites over Chargers for Monday night game in Mexico City

The Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) will play the Los Angeles Chargers (4-6) at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on Monday night in Week 11. The Chiefs are reeling after miscues and misfortune, which cost them a winnable game against the Tennessee Titans in Week 10.

KANSAS CITY BBQ MUKBANG!?!?!



Mukbang is an online audiovisual broadcast in which a host eats large amounts of foods while interacting with their audience.

Not sure if this KANSAS CITY BBQ PROMO qualifies as such but it's still gross . . .

The nasty clip of full mouths chewing is nearly as unsavory as all of the INSIDER DEALS put together by VisitKC.

You decide . . .

KANSAS CITY SEASON OF PORCH PIRATES STARTS WITH PIZZA DUDE DISGUISE!!!

Here's a peek at a "clever" suspect in front porch robbery who begins the local season of shaming . . . Checkit:

As porch pirates evolve, police offer tips to prevent theft

As the holiday season approaches, more and more packages will be showing up on more and more doorsteps, but that also means more and more porch pirates will be out. Here are some tips from local police to prevent theft.

Show-Me Legacy Of Missouri Duck Boat FAIL

Backstory on a horrific tragedy and what led up to the disaster . . . Read more:

NTSB Says Coast Guard Ignored Duck Boat Safety Recommendations

The National Transportation Safety Board, in a blistering report, says the U.S. Coast Guard's failure to adopt its safety recommendations, dating back 20 years, likely led to a Missouri boating accident that killed 17 people in July 2018.

Kansas Farmers Adapt And Endure Continued Prez Trump Trade War

Important Heartland news link regarding continued harsh times amid economic debate . . .

As wheat prices slip, farmers shift acres to other crops

Read more:

Farmers finding news avenues for Kansas wheat overseas

In late October, the CEO of Kansas Wheat traveled to Brazil and Columbia, hoping to ramp up imports of Kansas wheat in South America. Kansas is the largest exporter of hard red winter wheat, but with trade negotiations continuing and new wheat producers ramping up, the U.S.

Kansas City Morning News Review



Reba, Carrie's hot legs and Dolly inspire this early morning glimpse at community news and pop culture right now.

Take a peek:

Give Everybody A Brake

'Move over:' Agencies ask for respect on the roads

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When Hector Ortiz goes to work, he wonders about the what-ifs. What if he had gotten out of his car a minute earlier the day a driver slammed into the exact spot where he was going to grab cones?


KCMO Pays For Busted Sidewalks And Broken GO BOND Promises On 12th & Oak

Six-figure slip and fall: Damaged sidewalk costs Kansas City $100,000

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Kansas City leaders Wednesday morning are set to approve a $100,000 settlement with a woman who suffered significant injuries after falling on a dilapidated part of city sidewalk property.


Meth Town Vote Coming Soon

Independence council races taking shape

Barring any withdrawals, there will primary elections in February for at least two of the four Independence City Council races. With a week left before the Nov. 20 filing deadline, four citizens have filed in District 3 (generally the southeast portion of the city) and three have filed in District 4 (southwest) for the April 2020 council elections.


New East Side Jobs???

Industrial growth in Little Blue Valley remains unclear

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Some officials in Independence, Missouri, including its mayor, believe there should be industrial growth in the area known as Little Blue Valley. "Eighteen thousand people who live in this city go to work someplace else," Mayor Eileen Weir said.


Help Find This Lady

KCPD seek assistance locating missing woman

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City, Missouri, police seek assistance in locating a missing 81-year-old woman. Eula Fasone was last seen Nov. 13 near West 101st Street and Wornall Road. She is 5'1" and weighs 130 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes.


Deep Dive Into History

Navy submarine with local sailors discovered after disappearing 75 years ago

There are finally answers for families desperately searching for missing sailors.The USS Grayback disappeared 75 years ago. The men on board the World War II submarine were presumed dead.Darlene Franks has binders and books filled with memories of her father's and uncle's service in World War II."I just kept everything," she said.


Country 1st Lady Legacy

Video: Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton and Reba go behind the scenes at the CMAs

Plus, Maddie and Tae, the only female duo nominated for the CMA vocal duo of the year, talk about the award show honoring the legacy of women in country music.


For TV Watchers Without Any...

"Friends" reunion special with original cast reportedly in the works at HBO Max

After years of begging for reunions, "Friends" fans may finally be getting their way. HBO Max and Warner Bros. Television are in talks to bring the original cast back together for an unscripted reunion special, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


Alternative Hot Take

Drag queen slays at impeachment hearings, causing congressional splash

Forget quid pro quo, when there's a drag queen in town you'll get quip pro quo. And there was no doubt in Washington on Wednesday - there was a drag queen in town.Performer Pissi Myles, of New Jersey, sashayed into the congressional building where the first public impeachment hearing in the Trump-Ukraine scandal were taking place.


Classic Duet Nice News

Watch Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson Sing "Rainbow Connection" at the 2019 CMA Awards

Willie Nelson and Kacey Musgraves teamed up for a duet at the 2019 CMA Awards tonight in Nashville. They took to the stage at Bridgestone Arena for a rendition of the iconic Muppet Movie song "Rainbow Connection." Watch it happen below.


Bitch Is Back In KC 2020

Elton John brings farewell tour back to Kansas City in 2020

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Elton John's three-year "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour will come back to Kansas City next year. He will bring the tour to the Sprint Center on July 8, 2020. John recently announced 24 new concert dates to his sold out worldwide tour, completing the second year of the North American leg, counting 43 dates in 2020.


KC Autumn Endures

Warmer days and a mostly dry stretch this week

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Share in our weather experience on the weather blog. Click on the blog at the top of the page for more information.


The Rolling Stones - Mixed Emotions is the #TBT song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for the morning.

Catholics Against Gun Rights?!?!

Kansas City's foremost writer on faith & morals considers one of many assaults on personal liberty by organized religion . . . Take a look:

A Catholic push against gun violence

There are renewed efforts coming from Catholic bishops to work for common-sense laws that can address the epidemic of gun violence in the U.S. Good. As the Religion News Service story to which I linked you above reports, "leaders of...

SHAWNEE RAY CUKCOO OVER JUNKET!!!

A screed regarding chump change offers us a glimpse at suburban politics and a somewhat worthwhile bit of criticism from a blogger who can't take any . . . Checkit:

Meyer and Sandifer Give Shawnee the Bird

Background: The National League of Cities (NLC) holds two conferences a year. One in March which is in Washington, DC and one in November, in a different city each year. This year's November conference will be 11/20-11/23 in San Antonio, Texas. Four individuals from Shawnee will be going (3 elected and 1 staff).

Kangaroos Teach Writing To Community

Really fun project from UMKC that's worth a glimpse for all creative authors in Kansas city. Checkit:

Writers for Readers 2019: UMKC grad students teach creative writing to community with help of Kansas City Public Library

For the past five years, Writers for Readers has been a program put on by UMKC's MFA Program in Creative Writing, in collaboration with Literacy KC. The program gives grad students real world experience teaching writing to teens and adults. This year, the program has a new collaborator: the Kansas City Public Library.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

SHOCK!!! KANSAS CITY STAR PARENT COMPANY McCLATCHY GOING DOWN!!!



In much the same way that following hottie Lais via social media keeps us abreast of the fashion world . . . We rely on our KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS to help track the important daily deets of journalism.

To wit . . .

TONIGHT THE TKC BLOG COMMUNITY NOTICES NEWSPAPER COMPANY McCLATCHY SINKING LIKE THE TITANIC!!!



Reader warning . . .

"SINKHOLE EXTENDING FROM CALIFORNIA TO KC / WICHITA AREA REVEALED -- KC Star and Wichita Eagle parent The McClatchy Company is now confessing that they're heading to bankruptcy within the next 12-18 months."

One more shot across the bow . . .

"Kansas City Star Should Have The Sinking Feeling. I wonder what church will buy their printing building? I'm sure printing religious tracts would be more profitable than last week's news and the latest marching order from the DNC."

A kinder insight . . .

"News of McClatchy tossing in the towel on its pension. I feel very sorry for all of its current employees, and retirees. (I am one of them)."

Accordingly . . .



Here's a link lineup featuring more insight into the quickly sinking fortunes of the Kansas City news biz, now circling the toilet bowl of history . . .

Poynter: McClatchy’s financial distress has the company exploring options — including a sale

Wall Street Journal: McClatchy Seeks to Have U.S. Take Over Pension Fund

MarketWatch: Newspaper publisher McClatchy warns of ‘liquidity challenge’

And so . . .

Tonight we invite our blog community to take a cold, hard look at the newspaper biz and Kansas City's faltering print media fortunes. Is the dead-tree media decline good or bad for this town or simply a fact of life???

You decide . . .

KANSAS CITY NAVY MAN SEYZ SORRY TO CONTROVERSIAL QB COLIN KAEPERNICK!!!

In service of greater understanding, continued controversy and/or insight to shifting political tides . . . You decide:

KC Navy veteran tweets apology to Colin Kaepernick, draws large response

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A tweet to Colin Kaepernick is getting a lot of buzz Wednesday and the man who sent it is from Kansas City. When Colin Kaepernick took a knee in September of 2016, it hit 23-year-old Graham Naudet the same way it hit so many other men and women serving in our military.

CHECKOUT MORE LOCAL GUNFIRE: MAN SHOT DEAD AT NKC AMERICAN INN!!!

Not just a housekeeping news link but a glimpse at more local violence across the metro and in this continually sketchy location . . . Take a look:

Man found dead from shooting at North Kansas City American Inn

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police are investigating after a man was found shot to death inside a hotel room in North Kansas City. Officers responded to a report of shots fired at the American Inn located off Armour Road just before 5 p.m. Wednesday. Responding officers found a male victim dead in a room.

Crime Scene Kansas City: Midweek News Look



Our most loyal readers always make a habit out of checking this second of the blog dedicated to court cases, alleged misdeeds, police action and all matter of local suspected crime news . . .

DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY STRATA OFFICE BUILDING STAYS WINNING DESPITE EMPTY PROMISES OF INCENTIVE REFORM!!!

This isn't a compromise . . . It's a betrayal and reminder that the status quo in Kansas City continues . . .

The updated deal cuts out a $27 million investment in city money that would have given the city a 28% revenue stake in the project. However, the city still would be a financial backstop for a $36 million parking garage, but it wouldn’t put any upfront money into the deal.

More deets for subscribers:

Strata tower's scaled-back incentives win key Kansas City Council support - Kansas City Business Journal

A scaled-back incentives request for the proposed $133 million downtown Strata tower received a crucial approval from a City Council committee. Strata's developer - a partnership among H&R Block Inc. (NYSE: HRB), Kansas City-based developer Copaken Brooks and Ron Jury & Associates - put together the reworked deal after facing resistance from the newly elected City Council and Mayor Quinton Lucas.

NEWSFLASH: VISIT KC PROVES MORE SUCCESSFUL AT AWARDING INSIDER DEALS THAN INCREASING TOURISM!!!

Credit where it's due, some poor newsie had to sit through a committee meeting to get this not-so-fun-fact . . .

"According to the audit, which was presented to the City Council’s Finance and Governance Committee on Wednesday, Visit KC issued a request for proposals for a six-month, $160,000 contract, only to expand the scope of that contract to a years-long multimillion deal that made MMGY the organization’s advertising agency of record. MMGY’s CEO was sitting on the Visit KC board when the firm won that contract."

The rest is mostly pointless and behind the paywall . . .

Audit: Visit KC board member's firm got big contract in possible conflict of interest

Visit KC, the former Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association, is a nonprofit economic development organization that promotes the area's tourism and convention business. Visit KC, a nonprofit that attracts conventions and tourism to Kansas City, awarded millions of dollars in contracts to a local advertising firm whose president was sitting on Visit KC's board, according to an audit of the organization released Wednesday.

Kansas City Midweek Evening News Look



Tonight hottie Lexi inspires our glimpse at Kansas City community news and pop culture.

Checkit:

Downtown Season Of Giving

Free concert aims to dazzle Downtown at Rock the Red Kettle

Downtown Kansas City will ring in the holidays on Friday evening with the help of three nationally known bands at Rock the Red Kettle in the Power & Light District. The concert serves as the ceremonial kick off to the The Salvation Army's Christmas fundraising season, as well as for Downtown Dazzle , the annual celebration of the holiday season in Downtown.


KC Designs Diversity

By Design's Saturday Market aims to inspire creatives of color in Kansas City

Photo courtesy of By Design On the outside, Kansas City has a dynamic creative community. But for photographer Muenfua Lewis, there was something missing. "I've gone to a couple meet-ups here and there for creatives, and though I found a community on the black side, there was unfortunately a lot of exclusion in other areas," Lewis says.


Alternative Outside The Loop

Blue KC to explore options, alternatives to downtown office

One of Kansas City's largest employers is considering several options for and may possibly move its downtown headquarters. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City announced Wednesday that it "is exploring options for its headquarters at 2301 Main (St.)."


Kangaroo Earns Hand Up

Community steps up to help UMKC student whose wheelchair-accessible truck was stolen, destroyed

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One day after a UMKC student reported his custom-made wheelchair accessible truck stolen, and later destroyed, members in the community are stepping up to help. Ryan Kempker, says the upgrades to his 2008 4-door GMC Duramax Diesel truck are worth thousands of dollars to equip his wheelchair and allow him to drive.


Hotness In Repose

Alexis Ren Rocks A Revealing Red Dress While Posing On A Sofa

Alexis Ren shared a new set of Instagram photos with her fans today, and it was all about her red dress. The eye-catching ensemble featured a revealing top portion with thin halter-style straps, while the top was made up of just two pieces of fabric that covered her chest but allowed her to flash some cleavage.


Dude Bro Commentary

Noah Centineo's 'confusing' People's Choice Awards speech is now a meme

Noah Centineo is me attempting trying to fill up my word count with something that sounds inspirational. It's been a big couple of years for Noah Centineo, hasn't it? After becoming the internet's boyfriend following the release of To All the Boys I've Loved Before , and then following that up with The Perfect Date and Sierra Burgess Is A Loser , Noah has well and truly secured that Netflix bag.


King Of The Gram?!?!

Prince Charles, 70, posts personal note to Instagram, reportedly his first one ever

Eagle-eyed royal family fans may have noticed something a little different about Prince Charles' Instagram. Clarence House's Instagram account, which documents the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, saw another post on Tuesday. But this time, rather than including a caption describing the royals' activities in the third person, it was signed by the 70-year-old prince himself.


Beefy Local Good Deeds

Kansas City Chiefs donate more than 30,000 pounds of food

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One in eight people in the Kansas City region are food insecure. And the Kansas City Chiefs want to fight that. The team partnered with Ambassadors of Compassion to donate more than 30,000 pounds of protein to local food pantries and church ministries.


KC Breaking Free

Getting Out, Staying Out

Back in 2017, the state of Missouri began taking a hard look at its prison crisis. With nearly 33,000 inmates, the state had the eighth-highest incarceration rate in the country. Moreover, the prison population was projected to remain above capacity into the next decade, unless the state spent $500 million building and operating two new prisons.


Always Bet Against Fanboys

Arrowheadlines: Vegas won big on the Chiefs loss

Sportsbooks were real winners of this wild NFL weekend | New York Post Caesars sportsbook director Jeff Davis, recounting the massive losses the betting public took on the Chiefs and Saints, did not hesitate on the No. 1 ranking. "It was the best Sunday of the entire year," Davis said.


Chiefs Chop Preseason

Chiefs owner Hunt touts reduced preseason, 17-game schedule

KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -- The chairman of the Kansas City Chiefs believes the NFL must "seriously consider" reducing the preseason and expanding the regular season to 17 games, giving the league additional inventory that would allow for more games internationally.


Kansas City Fluctuates

Temps tumble on Thursday

WILL BE COOLER BEFORE THINGS HEAT UP FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND ITSELF. YOUR HOUR-BY-HOUR FORECAST AS THE CLOUDS THINNING OUT AND THEN THICKENING UP AGAIN. 36 DEGREES BY 9:00 P.M. THE LOW WILL GET DOWN T 26 DEGREES, LOW 20'S ACROSS NORTHERN MISSOURI.


And this is the OPEN THREAD for tonight . . .

Will Clay County Comply With Audit?!?!?

Tragically, it seems like social media bullying is far more satisfying than any viable policy reform . . . Here's hint that politically charged Northland drama might not add up to any real world change . . . Checkit:

2 Clay County Commissioners question judge's order on citizen-mandated audit

TONIGHT, TWO CLAY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ARE QUESTIONING A JUDGE'S ORDER TO COMPLY WITH A STATE AUDIT.

Show-Me Forgotten Plan To Save The Planet

Digging through the Missouri archives . . . Newsies discover ideas that MIGHT have worked to thwart environmental damage that persists. Checkit:

Missouri Came Up with A Plan To Slow Climate Change 30 Years Ago, Then Did Little About It

In the spring of 1989, Missouri lawmakers were motivated to figure out how climate change would affect the state's economy, political future and social capital. A year after California started looking into climate change, the Missouri General Assembly created a commission of 14 experts and politicians to study the issue and come up with solutions.

Kansas Healthcare Clouded By Abortion Fight

Check religious leaders making life and politics in the Sunflower State even more complicated . . . Checkit:

Kansas Catholics tie Medicaid expansion support to abortion policy

The largest Catholic dioceses in Kansas conditioned political support Wednesday for legislation expanding Medicaid health insurance to 130,000 low-income adults and children on passage of a constitutional amendment and new state law curtailing abortion services.

KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE #128: MIDTOWN MURDER AMID POLITICAL RUCKUS!!!



Culture war and social justice discussion dominated the discourse today . . . Meanwhile, the Kansas City murder count continues along a record pace.

Compare today's number to only 118 homicides last year.

Check the roundup:

KSHB: Man shot, killed in Midtown Kansas City while trying to stop theft suspect

KMBC: KCPD investigating homicide after shooting near Linwood and Charlotte

KCTV5: The deceased man has been identified as 51-year-old Ricardo Ortiz, a father of six who came to America for a better life.

Developing . . .

New KCI Builds Impressive Presser Rep

More assurance from the Northland as vendor & construction complaints mount . . . Take a look:

Edgemoor: KCI redevelopment is on budget, ahead of schedule - Kansas City Business Journal

The $1.5 billion single-terminal project at Kansas City International Airport is on budget and ahead of schedule, according to its developer. Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate LLC moved up the timeline to the first two weeks of March 2023, at the request of the city, which asked to have it completed ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft, which will be held that April near Union Station in Kansas City.

Kansas City Freebie Bus Rolling Forward

Here's the plan to keep pushing KC transit forward . . . Along with the low-key effort to put the streetcar off the books and away from KC taxpayer questions. Take a look:

Kansas City buses could soon be free to ride

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A proposal to eliminate public bus fares in Kansas City moved one step closer to reality. On Wednesday, a city council committee voted unanimously to approval a plan to do away with the fares. The concept is branded as "Zero Fare Transit."

Kansas City Chiefs Mahomes Hype FOREVER

Here's a glimpse at a plan for the immediate future . . . Off-season celebration followed by injury-plagued regular season and promises to get'em next season. Keep buying those season tickets . . . Read more:

Chiefs owner hopes to sign Mahomes to deal that keeps him in Kansas City his entire career

The chairman of the Kansas City Chiefs believes the NFL must "seriously consider" reducing the preseason and expanding the regular season to 17 games, giving the league additional windows that would allow for more games internationally.Clark Hunt, the most visible face of the Chiefs ownership family, also said such ideas have been batted around since the last round of collective bargaining in 2011.

PREZ TRUMP IMPEACHMENT AS SEEN FROM KANSAS CITY: OPEN THREAD!!!



Some topics supersede local issues and there's no denying that today's historic events dominate the mind of every Kansas City voter as the fate of the Commander-In-Chief hangs in the balance.

And so, right now we share news links from "many sides" of this EPIC struggle for power and a preview of 2020 campaign season already out of control.

Checkit:

Witch Hunt Sneak Peek?!?!

What to expect from the impeachment hearings

The Democratic point of view, per conversations with House Democratic aides working on the impeachment inquiry: Their goal is to have Ambassador Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, and State Department official George Kent - both apolitical career officials - lay out what they see as Trump's abuse of presidential powers to force a foreign government to interfere in U.S.


Today Is History

Trump impeachment hearings will echo through the ages

The gravity and drama of the first televised impeachment hearings into Donald Trump's presidency on Wednesday will imprint themselves on history and reverberate far from Washington.


Impeachment Sympathies

Steve Bannon says Pelosi's impeachment strategy is "actually quite brilliant"

Washington - Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon praised House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, saying her handling of the impeachment inquiry is "actually quite brilliant." "I disagree with her ideologically, but I think Nancy Pelosi is a master at political warfare.


New Charges Confront Prez???

Breaking: Chairman Schiff says Dems can impeach Trump for bribery

On the eve of the historic impeachment hearing, the top impeachment investigator, Rep. Adam Schiff tells NPR there is enough evidence to impeach Trump for bribery, for abusing "official" powers of the presidency and because Trump was "offering official acts for some personal or political reason."


The Word From Rudy

Giuliani defends 'innocent' phone call between Trump and Ukrainian president in WSJ op-ed

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday defending the president against allegations of wrongdoing in a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that led to an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives.


How To Watch

How to watch the Trump impeachment hearing: Schedule, witnesses and more

The first public presidential impeachment hearing in over 20 years is set to be held before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, with witnesses Democrats believe will bring to life allegations that President Donald Trump has abused the power of the presidency.


Discounting Partisan Price-tag

OPINION | What Impeachment Will Cost the GOP

President Donald Trump and this generation of Republicans plainly are looking to the politics of the Clinton impeachment as a source of comfort. They are deluding themselves in a profound way.


Expect Prez Trump To Fight

'Anonymous' author warns that Trump 'will not exit quietly,' even if defeated or impeached

The anonymous official who has written a scathing account of the presidency of Donald Trump suggests the president might refuse to leave office even if convicted in impeachment hearings or defeated narrowly in the 2020 election - and says Trump is preparing his followers to see either outcome as a "coup" that could warrant resistance.


And so . . .


We'll be watching and waiting for this EPIC display of Democracy in action or lack thereof ... Depending on the vantage of the reader.

You decide . . .

RESOLVED: SAVE THE PASEO ACTIVISTS TARNISHED VICTORY WITH PROTEST INSIDE OF KANSAS CITY CHURCH!!!



For a brief shining moment, the "Save The Paseo" movement was a shining example of Kansas City grassroots voter activism.

Volunteers valiantly opposed KCMO political power players and mainstream opinion.

The group assembled a diverse coalition in order to create a consensuses across demographic lines.

Their victory achieved a stunning endorsement of the citizen initiative process and the power of voters against corrupt, insider deals at City Hall.

However . . .

SAVE THE PASEO ACTIVISTS DISGRACED THEMSELVES AND THEIR CAUSE WHEN THEY PROTESTED INSIDE THE CHURCH OF THE OPPOSITION!!!

There is no reasonable argument from any legitimate source defending this action.

Northeast News helped Save The Paseo immensely and even their recent op/ed attempts to quickly ignore and obfuscate the offensive action and refocus on the otherwise notable achievement.

"While the Save The Paseo group’s choice to stand in the aisles may not have been the best choice, peacefully demonstrating at a rally is a time-honored form of protest for social justice and public policy issues."

WRONG!!! THE BLACK COMMUNITY SANCTUARY DESERVES RESPECT AND MILITANT SAVE THE PASEO ORGANIZERS PLACED THEIR PETTY POLITICS OVER COMMON DECENCY AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY!!!

It's a testament to the ongoing decline of Western Civilization and the current climate of American hyper-partisan divisiveness that we must remind people to remain respectful of other faiths even amid fervent political disagreement.

Put simply and for future reference that is far more important than this ongoing street fight grudge match . . .

EVEN IF THE SANCTUARY SHARES DISAGREEABLE IDEAS: POLITICAL ACTIVISTS SHOULD STAY OUT OF CHURCH IF THEY CAN'T BEHAVE RESPECTFULLY!!!

During this tumultuous year churches, mosques and synagogues have been targeted across the globe by terrorists. The current climate of fear should evoke more respect from Kansas City voters on a topic where the real world street sign stakes are so low.

Sadly, we've seen that the "winning" side has given in to the same chest-thumping and obstinate tactics of the power players they claim to oppose.

As always, the new boss is just as bad as the old boss in the world of politics.

Congressman Cleaver's bold sour grapes "Save The Paseo" Klan comparison evoked ire across Kansas City that was always accompanied by touting the righteous election aims of the Save The Paseo group whilst ignoring their DISGUSTING SACRILEGE IN A HOUSE OF WORSHIP.

Regardless of politics or demographic lines, we pray that blasphemous Save The Paseo activists who desecrated the urban core church will atone for their sins and seek reconciliation.

Meanwhile, the noble aims of petitioners and their commendable work to encourage good government has been corrupted by their shameful tactics and stubborn defense of an attack on the sacred 1st Amendment freedom of religion.

UNLIKELY CONSERVATIVE DAVID JUNGERMAN CAN GET FAIR TRIAL IN PROGRESSIVE KANSAS CITY?!?!

The Jackson County prosecutor is also leader of the Missouri Democratic Party . . . Every American has the right to be tried by a jury of their peers. Here's a power move that has a good chance to succeed and make an argument worthy of consideration. Checkit:

Man accused of killing Brookside lawyer, wants trial moved out of Jackson County

JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -- David Jungerman's attorneys say he can't get a fair trial in a Jackson County courtroom due to media coverage of the case, and the fact that his alleged motive to kill began after he lost a civil case in the same courthouse.

Kansas City Weed Job Fair Winning

Horrible puns and high times with only new KCMO cash crop on the horizon . . . Checkit:

More than 100 show up at job fair for Missouri's new 'budding growth industry'

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Medical marijuana is on its way to Missouri, and that means so are new jobs. On Tuesday, between 100 and 200 job seekers turned out for a first-of-its-kind job fair in the Kansas City area. Between 3,500 and 4,000 people are expected to be directly employed in the cannabis industry in 2020 in Missouri.

Kansas City Season Of Water Infrastructure FAIL Arrives Yet Again

A sign of the times and reminder that GO BOND cash has mostly been spent . . . Take a look at busted morning streets and this town's rotten pipes. Checkit:

Water main break in south Kansas City

79th Street is blocked at Holmes Road in Kansas City due to a water main break. Employee on scene said a 16-inch main broke and the road partially collapsed as a result. More water company employees are on the way to make repairs. As of now, no customers are impacted.