Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Dreaming Of Date Night In Kansas City



In addition to pretending that this town has 25-MILLION visitors every year, Visit KC is also hyping the deplorable and widely lamented Kansas City dating scene.

For our late night, early morning shift worker pals, we offers a glimpse of tourist fantasy and suggestions for date night in Kansas City . . .



THAT'S RIGHT!!! THE DATING SCENE IN KANSAS CITY IS SO AWFUL THAT IT REQUIRES CITY HALL INTERVENTION!!!

Further reading just for fun:

IndyUK: ‘Coming out as conservative harder than coming out as gay’, says Miss Michigan sacked over ‘racist’ tweets

Vox: Political polarization is making dating worse

Atlantic: Why Online Dating Can Feel Like Such an Existential Nightmare

GQ: Signaling Your Politics on Tinder Is a Messy Business

Because this is the Internets, we realize that many of our readers haven't been on a proper date in years if not decades. At least those of us unlucky enough to realize in retrospect that a box store supply run and takeout is the sign of true love . . .

But fear not, turns out that relationships, commitment and marriage is mostly a thing of the past as companionship is mostly app-based and tantamount to a form of legal prostitution for those with disposable income . . . More importantly, hope NOBODY IS TAKING DATING OR LOVE ADVICE FROM THE INTERNETS.

And for late night readers who are lonely enough to have made it this far: STOP CRYING and we hope to see you for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!

Kansas City Tuesday Night Push Up



A late night news line-up with a nod toward hottie Sophie and what the public really likes . . .

Verge: Instagram quantified our popularity, and now it wants to fix it

CNBC: As Instagram tests its ‘like’ ban, influencers will have to shift tactics to make money

Closer to home, here's a mix of serious and silly news for our late night denizens . . .

Check Out Kansas City Standoff We Hope Ends Peacefully

KC hotel evacuated after man barricades himself inside, police say

A Kansas City hotel was evacuated after a man barricaded himself inside one of the rooms, police said.Kansas City police said officers were called at 6 p.m. Tuesday to the Executive Inn and Suites in the 15000 Block of E U.S. 40 on a trespassing call.


Kansas Lady Contender???

Susan Wagle, GOP leader of Kansas Senate, launches bid to replace Pat Roberts in 2020

The Wichita Republican joined with other GOP candidates for the Kansas Legislature to share a vision for the future of Kansas. (October 2016) After nearly three decades in Topeka, Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle wants to give Washington a try. The Wichita Republican will officially launch her campaign for U.S.


Trading KC Cash For Justice

KC family hopes increased reward will help solve cold case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An increase in reward money for information about Kansas City area homicides has given one local family hope that their son's murder will be solved nearly 30 years later. Corlis Davis says not a day goes by where she doesn't think about her son, Mark.


Golden Ghetto Critter Freedom
KCK officer pulls raccoon's head out of metal can during patrol
Co-working Hype Redux

Project Commons teen accelerator pilot aims for 'innovation, collaboration, impact'

Innovation is growing on the third floor of Goodwill's East Crossroads center, enabling Kansas City's next generation to take ownership of their city. "We really wanted to sort of address their needs, hear more about their voice and engage with them," William Dowdell, program director at Hire KC, said of the 21 students who make up the first class of Project Commons - a pilot program of the KC Social Innovation Center-backed organization, formally launched July 8.


KCMO Lame Duck Good Talk

Chiefs superstar Tyrann Mathieu meets with mayor on how to help KC

The Chiefs' Tyrann Mathieu called up Kansas City Mayor Sly James to see how he could best serve the community."Obviously, I love being involved in the community," Chiefs player Tyrann Mathieu said.Mathieu, known as "Honey Badger," called up James and asked him how he could best help in Kansas City."Coming from New Orleans, Louisiana, especially in the inner city, I think a lot of resources are very restricted.


For Discount Fanboys

Q&A with Sporting Kansas City President & CEO Jake Reid

As Sporting Kansas City prepares for a pivotal stretch run of summertime matches, Sporting President & CEO Jake Reid has conducted a Q&A that spans a variety of important topics both on and off the field, ranging From Peter Vermes and the playoff chase to ticket prices, fan-friendly initiatives and


And this is the OPEN THREAD for the late night . . .

TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! CONTROVERSIAL LEE'S SUMMIT SUPERINTENDENT STEPS DOWN WITH SWEET $750K DEAL!!!



With help from our suburbanite friends, our blog community previewed this inevitability at the top of the week so the "news" isn't quite so shocking from our vantage . . .

Fox4: Lee’s Summit superintendent Dennis Carpenter resigns; district names interim leader

KMBC: Lee's Summit superintendent resigns after reaching deal with school board

KCUR: Amid Racial Tension, Lee's Summit Will Pay Its First Black Superintendent $750,000 To Resign

You decide . . .

Kansas City Chiefs Talk Tyreek Hill Tuesday



All is forgive in what will likely be the last Super Bowl run of the decade for these over-hyped footballers . . .

Arrowhead Pride: Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes discussed Tyreek Hill

Further reading:

NBC: Authorities in Kansas refused to give NFL documents regarding Tyreek Hill case

Bleacher Report: NFL's Clearing of Tyreek Hill Opens Road to Potentially Historic Chiefs Season

CBS Sports: Chiefs coach Andy Reid addresses Tyreek Hill's return: 'We have the trust in Tyreek'

You decide . . .

Kansas City Reconciliation: Would You Forgive Dude Who Shot & Paralyzed You?!?

This "uplifting moment" is trending via social media and either displays a remarkable act of resolve to move forward OR demonstrates the lengths that people will go to for an expensive makeover. Take a look:

Kansas City native meets man who shot him on 'Queer Eye'

RAYTOWN, Mo. - Wesley Hamilton said he is truly living his best life, in part thanks to the men of Netflix's "Queer Eye." The Kansas City native was shot multiple times and left paralyzed more than seven years ago.

KCPD Endure 'End ICE' Criticism

We talked about the activist push back to start the day and now it's confirmed as news fact. Here's the best roundup with equal time for "many sides" of the issue:

KCPD criticized for role in ICE arrest

Kansas City police are being criticized for its officers' role in the arrest of an illegal immigrant by ICE agents. Several immigrant rights groups say Kansas C...

SNAP CUTS SPARK KANSAS CITY FEAR!!!

Here's a more informative link on the proposed change . . .

CNBC: Trump administration pursues a rule that would end food stamps for 3.1 million people

Now check the local 1st & 15th panic:

KC resident reacts to possible loss of SNAP eligibility

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Three million people could lose their access to food stamps if a new rule is adopted. The agriculture secretary said the department is closing a loophole. Food assistance programs are used widely across the nation. About 36 million people received help in April of this year.

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! MAYOR-ELECT QUINTON LUCAS 'INAUGURAL TOAST' NOW BEER BASH BEGGING FOR DONATIONS!!!



Kansas City's mayor-elect is already confronting inauguration challenges and a kick-off party that's turning into a political embarrassment.

To wit . . .

MAYOR-ELECT QUINTON'S TEAM IS BEGGING FOR DONATIONS AND HOPING CITY HALL TAXPAYER CASH WILL COVER THEIR INAUGURAL CHAMPAGNE TOAST!!!

We noted a hint of the drama to start the week but behind the scenes it's getting worse.

Here's another look at the invite . . .



Now . . .

THE PARTY PLANNING FOR THE INAUGURAL TOAST HAS HIT A SNAG BEHIND THE SCENES AS QUINTON'S HELPERS INCLUDE A SASSY WEDDING PLANNER WHO DOESN'T KNOW WHAT SHE'S DOING!!!

At least that's what insiders are saying behind the scenes.

In fairness to Mayor-Elect Lucas . . . He has delegated this responsibility because he's more interested in policy issues. It's his team that is showing their inexperience in this task that should be a cake walk.

First mistake . . .

They're begging for donations and have forsaken fundraising for the event. Local power players are literally throwing their checkbooks at the new mayor but his team has been too naive to set up the proper organizational structure in order to throw a decent party that would accommodate the many supporters of the mayor. Instead, they're begging local companies for donations.

This move has sparked the ire of insiders:

"Local businesses need to be paid, the campaign is over and the new mayor's team should realize that it's time to stop leaning on their supporters. The way they're going about this is all wrong."

It gets worse . . .

The new council will be inaugurated and party the new mayor, City Hall is picking up some of the tab but control of the resources has started a fight behind the scenes with Team Quinton unable to realize that using taxpayer cash for this bash is going to be a big mistake for which they'll get spanked. Again, more experience and a proper fundraising structure would have solve solved this infighting.

And so . . .

Boulevard Brewery has donated quite a generous amount of booze to this event and the champagne toast is now a beer party which is okay with most locals but seems like a lot less than what was promised and probably foreshadows the future of this fledgling administration.

Developing . . .

UMKC Kangaroo Kill Country Club Sports

Changing times at the city college and a sign that training for the classic good life is no longer a top concern for Kansas City college students. Take a look:

UMKC to eliminate men's tennis, women's golf programs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Following a review of athletic programs, the University of Missouri - Kansas City announced Tuesday plans to eliminate its men's tennis and women's golf programs. The move would reduce the total number of teams at the school from 16 to 14 starting in the 2020-2021 school year.

OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS STAYS WINNING AS BEST U.S. PLACE TO RAISE FAMILY!!!

Here's a glimpse at local good life and yet another top ranking for this suburban enclave . . . When TKC constantly asks, "Where the white women at . . ." This is the answer:

For 3rd year in a row, this JoCo city is ranked nation's best place to raise a family

Activist Clay Chastain Disputes Court Dismissing His Case Against Kansas City Star



Other than the part where he calls himself a hero, check the response from Clay Chastain after his case against The Star was thrown out. We've highlighted what looks like his main point and a warning to Kansas City.

Read more:

Clay Chastain: Local courts blow it again in favor of the powerful over the powerless - KC's unsung hero.

U.S. District Court Judge Greg Kays stayed consistent with the Kansas City courts' tradition of allowing the powerful to walk all over the powerless. In my (Clay Chastain) defamation case against the KC Star, I sued them over their false statements that I threatened Mayor Sly James and had suffered from depression. Judge Kays ruled I offered no proof those two statements were false. Right judge. As to the lie about threatening James I cited no.... police report, witnesses, emails, press releases, phone calls, City Hall security questioning me, and I even cited the fact Mayor Sly James himself admitted he had never heard I threatened his personal safety over the THREE year period I was wrongly placed on the City's "Watch List" for citizens considered dangerous!!!! As to the Star's other lie that I "had suffered depression," I cited... I had never been clinically depressed, taken any medication for depression nor had I ever seen a doctor for any mental illness. What did this federal judge want...a notarized statement from God???

And the existing law says the court is to "liberally construe" my complaint!

Here is your take away: KC courts will not defend We the People from smear attacks from the KC Star and City Hall; and nor will they defend We the People's valid petitions from being ignored and severely interfered with by City Hall.

Fighting the Star and City Hall is a thankless job, but the only way to fight back is to do what I've done for the past 25-years...step back, regroup and come at em again. See ya in the next court- bully boys.

KC community activist, Clay Chastain

P.S. The most Honorable Judge Kevin D. Harrell is a shining exception. Recently, he twice ruled in my favor when the City tried to get my defamation case against it thrown out. He was later overruled by the establishment-loving Western District Court of Appeals.
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Developing . . .

TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY CONSTRUCTION DUDE KEN BLOCK TOUTS DOWNTOWN BUILDING BOOM MOMENTUM!!!



An argument for ongoing prosperity from a local power player who has done nicely during the so-called Downtown Kansas City Renaissance tops the civic agenda as we transition from one administration to the next.

Here's the word . . .

REJ: Ken Block: The cranes not leaving Kansas City anytime soon

Money line:

"Kansas City is about as strong as it has been in a long time, economically and in how our citizens are doing. Our gross regional product is running very close to 3 percent, which is stronger than it has been. Our unemployment rate was down to 3.3 percent, which is lower than the national unemployment rate.

"There are lot of job openings in the right sectors today. This includes education and health services, professional business services and government jobs. There are opportunities, too, in manufacturing and utilities. When I started out in this business, our economy was not nearly as expansive as it is today. We were strong in agriculture, manufacturing and the automobile industry. But we did not have the level of medical, professional, tech, business or any of the kind of jobs we have today. We are mirroring almost exactly the U.S. economy. We have a very strong economy spread out over every single job opportunity."
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In many ways, this seems like the very antithesis of the bigger, better national debate on the topic of prosperity . . .

Vice: The Next Recession Could Arrive Before the End of Trump’s Term, Says Elizabeth Warren



And so we ask . . .

IS SEN. WARREN RIGHT ABOUT PREPARING FOR ECONOMIC COLLAPSE OR WILL THE DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY BUILDING BOOM CONTINUE TO BENEFIT FROM THE PREZ TRUMP BULL MARKET?!?!

Even better . . .

This juxtaposition is delightful given that so many Conservatives decry the KCMO building boom on borrowed money but support Prez Trump's economic progress. By that same token, progressives adore local progress in redeveloping inside the loop but rarely give credit to the Prez Trump economy which helps to finance the good times.

We look forward to any rhetorical tap dancing on the topic whilst we keep all of our wooden nickles earned from blogging in a coffee can under a mattress.

Developing . . .

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KCPD CONFRONT INSIDER PUSHBACK AFTER ASSISTING CONTROVERSIAL ICE ARREST!!!



Fallout from a controversial ICE arrest now targets KCPD for their participation.

To wit . . .

INSIDERS AND ACTIVISTS TALK FUNDING PRIORITIES FOR KCPD IN ASSISTING ICE WITH CONTROVERSIAL CAPTURE!!!

Two sides of this issue . . .

- KCPD involvement in this issue is why a great many activist advocate for local control to mandate officers stand down in this kind of situation . . .

- On the other hand, KCPD is often a stabilizing force in local police actions by federal authorities. Greater law enforcement diversity, training and community connections MOST LIKELY DEESCALATED this situation which could have been much worse . . . In the future, KCPD body cameras might be the only documentation of these kind of federal arrests given that agents aren't required to operate under the same rules of transparency.

Nevertheless, here's a word from a couple of connected City Hall insiders combined into one quote that offers an accurate look at how the KCMO civic elite see this one . . .

"Why is KCPD wasting taxpayer resources helping ICE enforce immigration orders while there have been 78 homicide this year and clearance rates are in the toilet, because of a lack of resources according to KCPD?! This is definitely going to come up at the next police board meeting and there will likely be a lot more questions about these tactics or even participating in this kind of arrest from the Quinton Lucas Administration."

To be fair, and because it came up in the comments, KCPD clearance rates are up to 56% which is better than half and pretty standard for this time of year. More info on the topic as share a double take this morning . . .

KMBC: ICE says it arrested immigration fugitive during car stop in Kansas City

Congressman Cleaver tweeted on the topic: "This video is very concerning as to the traumatization of children and the reasonable use of force. I have already reached out to all parties to better understand what is going on."

KCUR: Kansas City police are also on the scene, having arrived after the agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement boxed in the car containing the man, the woman who shot the video and two children in the back seat.

Fox4 Update: Questions raised over arrest of Mexican national in Kansas City


You decide . . .

Another Jackson County Property Tax Assessment Appeal Deadline Awaits

Monday, July 29th is the deadline to get the appeals filed. Here's more info about sessions to get help near downtown . . .

Volunteers offer last-minute help in appeal of Jackson County property tax assessment

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- There is less than a week left before appeals of Jackson County property tax assessments are due. This comes after some home valuations have spiked as much as 400%. KCTV5 News has reported on the assessment mess for more than a month.

Newspaper Advice To Beat Kansas GOP?!?

One of our last remaining favorite columnists offers his hot take guide to victory but seems to forget that neither voters nor the Internets have a memory of groundbreaking politicos. Take a look:

If Kathleen Sebelius won't run for U.S. Senate in 2020, Kansas Democrats can't win

CITIZEN MEDIA EXCLUSIVE!!! TWO INDEPENDENCE, MO COUNCIL MEMBERS APOLOGIZE AFTER 'MIDDLE EASTERNS' COMMENT SPARKS MORE PROTEST!!!



In a recent Independence, MO council session, Councilman Curt Dougherty made a horrifically insensitive and bigoted remark about "Middle Easterns" who owned shops and were willing to "sell anything out the back door."

The comment elicited outry across the metro and calls for his resignation.

The councilman still hasn't said very much on the record and hasn't appeared on camera to talk about his remarks.

This week, activists offered statements to the council expressing their disdain for the remarks.

Surprisingly, two Council members offered an apology.

Here's how citizen media viewed the situation . . .

"Racism is a serious problem in Kansas City. Last week an Independence City Council Member was open about is Anti Muslim bigotry with no objection from the City Council while it occurred. The three minute video shows the watered down apology from two City Council Members after an SEIU complaint was read out loud during the meeting."

Take a look . . .

KANSAS CITY TROLLEY TRACK TRAIL DARK AS CROOKS SPARK SAFETY WARNING!!!

This stretch of land has endured more than its share of creepers over the years but now thieves lay claim to this path that the public is NOW WARNED TO AVOID . . . Read more:

Trolley Trail goers left in dark after light poles stripped of wiring

Google Coming Soon To Kansas City?!?

2nd District Council Dude Dan Fowler is bragging this one online with all the zeal of a social media influencer . . . Here's another report that's just a bit more subdued:

Tech giant Google considering data center in Northland

Kansas City USDA Move 'Brain Drain' Crisis

Fed workers are doubling their efforts to fight relocation and, in turn, are taking a great deal of trash about this town and the fate of their agency amid the upcoming move . . . Read more:

USDA's plan to relocate research agencies to the Midwest unleashes a brain drain

Two critical federal research agencies are being gutted after workers were asked to relocate from Washington to the Midwest. Starting Monday, new and relocating employees can begin reporting to temporary offices in the Kansas City region, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

Kansas City Tuesday Early Double Take



A peek at two of our favorite supermodel hotties and a glimpse at the reality of the lingerie game online . . .

Marketwatch: Victoria's Secret is losing Instagram 'likes' to competitors

Closer to home, here are the somewhat nicer news links we're checking right now . . .

Historic KC Home Auction

Frank Lloyd Wright's Sondern-Adler House Will Be Sold Aug. 12 by Heritage Auctions

DALLAS, July 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A home once described by Frank Lloyd Wright as "a little gem" in Kansas City will soon be sold by Heritage Auctions. The...


Spy Tech Captures Local Crook

Police track down clumsy bank robber

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- According to court documents, thanks to a tip, Twitter, fingerprints, license plate readers and surveillance cameras, the FBI caught a bank robber who investigators believe targeted at least four local banks.


Footballer Primae Noctis?!?!

Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce attends wedding of deserving fans

Rumor has it that if you send a wedding invite to Oprah, Mickey and Minnie Mouse or Queen Elizabeth, you'll receive a returned RSVP that may even include a small gift or a personalized note. Of course, the odds of your favorite celebrity actually attending your nuptials are slim - unless you're Kansas City Chiefs fans Matt and Taylor Hubbard.


Local Take On Hairy Sitch

California becomes the first state to ban discrimination based on natural hairstyles

MISSION, KS (KCTV) -- California lawmakers are leading a fight to make a controversial practice at businesses and schools illegal for the first time: discrimination against black hairstyles. California's governor has signed a bill into law protecting black students and employees with styles like dreadlocks or cornrows.


Cowtown Rising Star Review

Khalid made his Kansas City debut Sunday night at Sprint Center (photos, setlist)

Khalidwith DJ Cuddy, aka Cuddy MontanaSprint CenterSunday, July 21The 21-year-old contemporary R&B artist Khalid - not to be confused with DJ Khaled, the g...


Home Team End Game Goals

It's okay if the Royals play themselves out of a top three pick

With the Kansas City Royals on track for the second overall pick in the MLB draft for the second year in a row, all it took was one week after the All-Star break to put that into jeopardy. As the teams around them kept losing, the Royals kept winning.


Kansas City Cool Down

Perfect Tuesday on the way

Hide Transcript Show Transcript KNOW FIRST. STEVEN: WHAT A DAY TO BE OUT AND ABOUT. BRYAN: WE ARE ALL NODDING. YEP, YEP. [LAUGHTER] THIS PAST WEEKEND FEELING LIKE 110. NOWHERE NEAR LET -- THAT TODAY. FOR THOSE WHO SUFFER FROM ALLERGIES, STILL MODERATE. MOLD LOWL -- LOW. THE AIR QUALITY IS IMPROVING.


Alan x Walkers - Unity is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Shawnee Mission Celebrates Diversity

Whilst it might kill us to link this happy suburban news blog . . . Here's an important peek at changing times and a life lesson for Golden Ghetto schools stepping into the future.

Read more:

Shawnee Mission brings on first-ever coordinator of diversity, equity and inclusion

For the past several years, a group of Shawnee Mission parents have been urging the administration to improve diversity and inclusion efforts across the school district. On July 1, a new staff member joined the district with the task of addressing just that.

Clay County Outcry Over High-Priced Dox

Good government doesn't come cheep and these reformers are running into costly roadblocks on their mission to reform an embattled government body . . . Read more:

Taxpayer cries foul over fee for copy of Clay County commission meeting

Tribute After Lake Jacomo Tragedy

Worthwhile glimpse at friends and family remembering a hero who died trying to save two youngsters.

Take a look:

Friends remember KC man who drowned in Lake Jacomo

Kansas City Tuesday News Link Chain



The start of an experiment today, we're sharing some important news links that are worth a look but maybe not right for debate. And so, we're putting them in this convenient section. Take a look . . .

Monday, July 22, 2019

NEWSFLASH!!! KANSAS CITY ICE ARREST LIVESTREAM ON FACEBOOK SHOCKS MIDDLE-CLASS LOCALS!!!



We've been talking about deportation crackdown for quite some time and now the local news scene is getting a look at the often messy process . . .

To wit . . .

TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! KANSAS CITY ICE DEPORTATIONS ARE CONSTANT AND TODAY'S SOCIAL MEDIA LIVESTREAM DRAMA OFFERS MIDDLE-CLASS NEWS WATCHERS A PEEK AT HOW IT HAPPENS!!!

The raw cut for those who havne't seen it yet . . .



News followup . . .

KCUR: Shared Live On Facebook, Immigration Agents In Kansas City Smash Car Window To Arrest Man

KCTV5: Family ripped apart as ICE agents arrested man that lives in KCMO

And so we ask . . .

WAS THIS ICE ARREST TOO MUCH OR AN ACCURATE GLIMPSE OF THE PROCESS???



Whatever the answer, the reality is that the crackdowns have been pretty much the same under the  Administration of both Prez Obama & Prez Trump . . .

Also, just to get this out of the way . . .

Police don't have to show a warrant to arrest or detain a person. Authorities are allowed to hold a suspect for up to 48 hours and sometimes longer without any charge . . . Again, this kind of broad authority even scares most lawmakers but it's worth mentioning when activists & advocates keep asking for warrants like they're in the movies. Fact is, there are few checks and balances for either citizens or illegal aliens when it comes to the arrest process . . . Most of the discretion is up to law enforcement.

You decide . . .

TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY CONDO DISASTER AS HIPSTERS FLEE PARK RESERVE AMID BROKEN PROMISES!!!

Residents complaints have plagued this location since the Spring AND NOW this think piece offers the postscript and a very fun pop culture juxtaposition . . .

'So much worse' than Fyre Festival: Residents abandon trendy KC condo amid flooding, broken elevators and blight

An unfinished section of the Park Reserve condo development, which will now remain vacant/Photo by Jeremey Theron Kirby When Ian and Danielle Young first toured their Park Reserve condominium in 2017, there wasn't much to see. In realtor terms, it was a "white box" of studs and sheetrock.

Jackson County Property Tax Battle Persists As Legislature Confronts Exec Frank White

The debate over State Law continues and here's a look at the argument over how the process will continue . . . Checkit:

Legislators want physical inspections of some Jackson County properties

Jackson County legislators want to put a restriction on some of the big property tax estimates. They want to make sure some properties were physically inspected...

Westside Confronts Mural Taggers

Most neighbors suspect this is the handiwork of nearby housing projects which account for most of the crime in the neighborhood. Here's the community effort and fundraising hope for a cleanup battle. Read more:

Westside community works on plan to restore vandalized murals

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- It's been more than a week since someone spray painted over the mural of Cesar Chavez and Our Lady of Guadalupe. That art has been in the Westside neighborhood since the 90s. But as KCTV5 News found out, those marks won't last.

Kansas City News Links & Beaches



Right now hottie Elsa inspires this look at Summer 2019 beach life . . .

WallSt 24/7: America’s Richest Beach Towns

Fr24: For Cubans, a day at the beach is no easy task

Smithsonian: The Most Irish Town in America Was Built on Seaweed

Meanwhile, we won't let these somewhat nicer local links go to waste as they wash up on our desk tonight . . .

Dealing Almost Done

T-Mobile, Sprint Merger: DOJ Nod Likely Soon As Divestiture Plan Gets Ready

In the latest Sprint T-Mobile merger news, the proposed $26 billion merger deal is closer to the green light by the Department of Justice (DOJ) as merging companies have reportedly made ready the asset divestiture plan to create a fourth wireless player.


Kansas City Search History Will NEVER Be Cleared

Google considers $600M data center in Northland - Kansas City Business Journal

Google has not finalized plans to build the center in Kansas City, but a vote by Port KC is doing its part to help lure the tech behemoth.


JoCo Fair Trade

Swapping legal fees for school supplies in Shawnee

SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) -- For the first time, a town municipal court in Kansas is trying to collect their legal fees, through school supplies. Melissa Civil has been working as a teacher for one year at Longfellow Elementary School.


Midtown Bar Life Addition

Black Sheep + Market on West 39th Street has the makings of a neighborhood favorite

Zach Bauman It's a great relief to eat a simple, well-prepared meal that isn't trying to impress the neighbors. I've grown tired of restaurants "elevating" classic dishes, an inane descriptor that seems to be industry shorthand for "putting a short rib on it." I'm ready to bring them back down to earth.


Fanboy Fight Cont'd

Kansas City Chiefs: Top ten training camp battles to watch

Kansas City Chiefs fans rejoice! Training camp kicks off this week and the long NFL dead zone from the NFL draft until training camp is finally coming to an end. No longer do we have to fill our free time speculating how things will play out or dealing with offseason drama around a certain wide receiver and how the media is covering it.


Locals Don't Spill Tea
Tea-Biotics bottles $1.2M in quick funding round; taps into thirsty new markets for kombucha
Kanas City Winter Is Coming

Hallmark's Mahomes Keepsake ornament available in a few months

SOURCE: Hallmark Hallmark will be releasing a Patrick Mahomes Keepsake ornament in October.The ornament, called "Making the Play," will retail for $20.99.Hallmark's website it will be available Oct. 5. Hallmark will be releasing a Patrick Mahomes Keepsake ornament in October. The ornament, called "Making the Play," will retail for $20.99.


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

Missouri Medical Marijuana Users Must Sacrifice Constitutional Gun Rights?!?!?

The State found a way to crackdown on stoners by way of a legislative maneuver to help stop the spread of a drug that's now more widely available than bubble gum . . . Here's a legal conflict confronting both drug users looking for a loophole and people seeking treatment for chronic pain by the book . . . You decide . . .

Medical marijuana or guns: Missourians may have to choose

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Voters in Missouri made medical marijuana legal, but many people in the state soon will have to decide between a medical marijuana card or their guns. That's because federal law doesn't permit legal gun ownership for medical marijuana users.

Kansas Confronts LGBT NextGen Crisis

Local authorities aren't ready to confront the increasing number of youngsters who identify as LGBT denizens . . . Here's a look at a preview of the future debate:

In Kansas child welfare system, concerns churn over sexuality, gender

For Pam Cornwell, it is difficult not to listen to children who struggle with sexual and gender identity.They need support, she says, and the risk is troubling. LGBTQ children are much more likely to become depressed, and the number of youth suicides in Kansas is growing.As a family therapist with St.

KCPD CHIEF ARGUES FOR $25K HOMICIDE TIP INCREASE EFFECTIVENESS DESPITE ANOTHER BLOODY KCMO WEEKEND!!!



Kansas City is once again on a record pace for 2019 homicides, gunfire and two murders dominated headlines over the weekend and property crime is growing worse in many neighborhoods. Nevertheless, here's the new Chief highlighting local efforts and offering numbers to support his claim . . .

KCPD CHIEF'S BLOG: $25,000 reward greatly increases homicide tips

Money line from The Chief . . .

I am grateful to announce that two Kansas City, Missouri, homicides have been solved in the last month thanks to anonymous tips that carry a reward of $25,000 each. Both of those tips came in after the June 21 press conference announcing the $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in homicides that occurred in Kansas City, Missouri.

For many, $25,000 is life-changing money. We also hope it will change the lives of families who are grieving with no sense of justice over who killed their loved ones. The trend is certainly looking good. According to numbers from Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers, since the press conference announcing the reward increase, there have been 58 tips submitted on Kansas City, Missouri, homicides. Compare that to the month prior (May 20 – June 20, 2019), when there were only 23 KCMO homicide tips. That’s an increase of more than 150% month over month . . .

Read the post in its entirety . . .

You decide . . .

KCPD SHOOT SUSPECT DURING DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY DRUG BUST!!!

This sketchy hangout was the scene of a hot mess today inside the loop which contradicts all of the hype about development and a bunch of coffee shops sparking a new economy. Here's the aftermath and update on a longstanding local drug problem:

KCPD: Officer shoots armed suspect during drug investigation

Kansas City, Missouri, police are at the scene of an officer-involved shooting near 6th Street and McGee Street, which is just south of Interstate 35 between Grand Boulevard and the Heart of America Bridge inside the north end of the Downtown Loop.

Report: Northland Dude Brings Knife To KCPD Gunfight

Here's the narrative following a scary confrontation on the nice side of the bridge . . . There's some much more popular snuff footage of the shooting floating around the Internets that showing a dramatic foot chase and then gunfire by the Domino's pizza . . . But here's the police side of the story:

Prosecutors charge man accused of approaching officer with knife in Northland

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 35-year-old man who police say refused to drop a weapon following an aggravated assault and attempted to attack an officer Friday in the Northland faces a series of charges. Clay County prosecutors charged Robert Luckinbill over the weekend with two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action.

Outcry After Deadly JoCo Domestic Assault

Family shares grief and dismay after a young woman in Shawnee was killed by her boyfriend . . . Here's their story and a warning to victims of domestic abuse:

Family of murdered domestic violence victim speaks out

OLATHE, Kan. - A 30-year-old Kansas City woman died of injuries sustained when her ex-boyfriend violently assaulted her. Now, family is seeking justice for Lucia Frayre's untimely death. "She didn't deserve this. She didn't deserve any of this," Brooke Day said, talking about her sister-in-law. Frayre's family said she was their light.

Activist Clay Chastain Stays Losing Against City Hall And Kansas City Star



Double bad news today for this town's most prolific petitioner in his constant battl with two KCMO institutions . . .  . . .

A lawsuit against the newspaper was thrown out and the dead-tree outlet is highlighting their victory with a front and center headline which has earned a freebie behind the paywall:

"A federal judge on Monday dismissed a defamation lawsuit against the Kansas City Star filed by transit activist and serial municipal candidate Clay Chastain . . . The column mentioned Chastain’s one-time inclusion on a City Hall watch list for perceived threats against Mayor Sly James, a history of depression and financial struggle and the numerous lawsuits he has filed against Kansas City . . . U.S. District Court Judge Greg Kays ruled Chastain had failed to establish any of the statements as false and noted Chastain acknowledged some of the statements in the very court filing where he claimed they weren’t true."

And then . . .

Mr. Chastain admit that his latest City Hall effort has hit a roadblock:

Clay Chastain The Great Petition Robbery

While the Star distracts the people with crime and sport stories, a Great Petition Robbery is taking place at City Hall. The James' gang, including Scott Wagner and Jolie Justus, have stolen a transit petition from We the People and are not letting the people vote on it. For 3-months Wagner's Finance committee has held the "Green Transit" petition in committee (signed in behalf of by 2,500 KC voters) refusing to tell We the People why! On July 17th that committee voted to hold We the People's valid petition in committee for another 6-months without explanation, while our watch dog sleeps.

Rigged elections and insider deals have been the hallmark of Kansas City's government the last 8 years. The people have largely been treated like mushrooms - kept in the dark and fed manure. Does the new mayor and council really want to follow in the last council's footsteps and continue these actions of bad faith against We the People? Message to the new City Council...listen to your constituents - We the People - and Let us Vote.

Leading Committee of Petitioner, Clay Chastain
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Kansas City Home Explosion That Killed Midtown 'Buddies' Bar Owner Ruled Homicide

With a community of friends still in mourning the iconic Main Street Corridor dive bar, here's the latest update on what is now a murder case . . .

KCPD names Buddies bar owner as victim in April house explosion, death ruled homicide

Raytown School Honcho Credit Card Charge

Fox4 has the most complete update on the school fund beef . . . But KCTV5 actually offers a look at the suspect . . . Check the most widely circulated report for tonight . . .

Ex-president of Raytown school board charged with stealing