Thursday, August 16, 2018

R.I.P. CRAIG GLAZER: KANSAS CITY'S FAVORITE MEDIA IMPRESARIO IGNORED AND REVELED IN MEAN COMMENTS!!!



Today Kansas City mourns the passing of not only African-American signer icon Aretha Franklin but also a legend in local media: Craig Glazer.

Craig Glazer was a contributing writer to Tony's Kansas City for years and wrote some of the most controversial and inspiring posts ever published on this blog.

Craig was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year and passed last night after his last remaining brother died only weeks ago.

We mourn his passing but also remember a quick lesson he taught this blog community . . .

Craig didn't often pay much attention to comment haters but we he did, he usually found them funny and took joy in calling them out, busting them on constant misstatements and reminding haters that they were obsessed with him, not the other way around.

Craig Glazer pioneered sharing far too much about his personal life before the selfie social media era. He was more than just a comedy club owner, he used his talent for captivating audiences as a pundit, social critic, low-key activist for Westport and mentor to a lot of performers hoping to break into the entertainment industry.

More than that, he was Kansas City's original comeback story. Neither a stint in jail nor repeated business reboots seemed to impact his efforts to keep trying and trying again . . .

Important to today's conversation . . . In an era when there's a constant effort to "deplatform" political opponents, Craig Glazer reveled in a vibrant discourse and enjoyed debating all manner of haters, critics and trolls rather than seeking to limit their access.

In the comments that will follow, there will be some nasty things written about Craig Glazer and that's to be expected. Most people who would seek to tarnish his legacy never knew him, but some did. What's important is that no one can dispute Mr. Glazer's self-awareness, keen insight and commitment to championing his ideals.

Kansas City Congressman Cleaver Pushes Back Against Banks Playing La Migra



After citizens were impacted by account freezes and asking for proof of citizenship . . . Here's the local reaction:

KCTV4: Cleaver requests congressional hearing following reports of banks asking customers about citizenship status

Read more . . .

“I recently became aware of this after hearing reports of people in the area whose bank accounts had been frozen because they did not respond to an inquiry from the bank on their citizenship status. They are interfering with the livelihood of citizens,” Cleaver said in a statement.

He said he's requesting a hearing with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and other institutions.

Developing . . .

SHOCK!!! STALLED KANSAS CITY NEW AIRPORT REVEALS SKETCHES DEPICTING BETTER TOILETS BUT FEWER AMENITIES AS $1.3 BILLION COST CLIMBS!!!



The new airport designs actually don't show much but a STALLED construction process and very little progress one year after voters approved tearing down the old facility.



Kansas Citians had been waiting patiently to see what the new $1.3 billion terminal will look like . . . And for the most part they still don't know.



Sadly, what we do see from the inside is that plans for a huge fountain in the main atrium have changed and overall everything looks a lot smaller.



Even more worrisome are scant details about alleged "better check-ins" - The main selling point of the new facility . . . New drawings of updated and allegedly more efficient gates didn't make the cut for public review. Even the hotly debated shopping/retail competent is unseen.

The constant refrain from politicos is that none of this is costing KCMO taxpayers anything and that's absolutely false . . . Over the past year, construction and prep for these improvements have been siphoned out of the general fund along with a fortune in consulting fees equaling millions of dollars. Frequent travelers might also notice higher ticket prices.

The answer to these criticisms: TKC is blocked on the KCI wifi despite the pr0n they sell at the newsstands.

This was reported as news today but it's more like PROPAGANDA attempting to spin a giant disappointment and confirmation that warnings about construction delays and empty promises were correct.



Check the links:

KMBC: Concept drawings for single-terminal KCI Airport show bigger restrooms

KCUR: New KCI Details Promise More Checkpoints, Better Bathrooms For Kansas City Travelers

Fox4KC: Aviation committee releases new photos of plan for new KC airport

And so we ask . . . Is this better or worse than a far less expensive and quicker remodel??? 


You decide . . .

City Hall Publishes 'Economic Incentives Study' Love Letter To Kansas City Developers



Today City Hall congratulates itself on economic policy with this bit of PROPAGANDA actually is actually the result of a $350,000 contract from Kansas City to study the city’s use of tax incentives for private projects has financial ties to the development industry . . .

Economic Incentives Study - A comprehensive study of economic incentives reveals that from 2006-2015 the City of Kansas City received a positive return on investments made by incentives programs, with each incentive dollar generating $3.83 in additional tax revenue.A comprehensive study of economic incentives reveals that from 2006-2015 the City of Kansas City received a positive return on investments made by incentives programs, with each incentive dollar generating $3.83 in additional tax revenue.

Meanwhile, a real life look on local streets should reveal a stunning disparity between taxpayer funded luxury living space and every other neglected neighborhood in KCMO.

You decide . . .

SHAME!!! KANSAS CITY BETRAYED PROMISE TO PUT MORE POLICE ON THE STREET AFTER 1968 MLK RIOTS!!!

After historic unrest during the Civil Rights era, Kansas City sought solutions to keep the peace but never lived up to promises and goals that seemed realistic at the time.

Money line:

The city never achieved the 1,500 mark recommended by the commission’s report. Nor has the city successfully adopted the commission’s recommendation to rely more heavily on foot patrolmen—but that may be a function of not having enough officers.

You'd think that population increases alone would have necessitated a need for more cops on local streets, you'd be wrong. Read more:

Kansas City Fails to Meet Goals Set by 1968 Report

Immediately following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and riots in Kansas City, Mayor Ilus "Ike" Davis appointed the Mayor's Commission on Civil Disorder to examine events and suggest changes. Reading the commission's report 50 years to the week after it was issued is an unpleasant reminder of how little progress has been made.

KCMO Election Season Ritual: Empty Promises On Old School Building Rehab

Here's the latest update on a farce this town endures every 3 & 1/2 years in between Kansas City politicos spending most of their waking hours devoted to taxpayer subsidy of luxury living space and tourist attractions . . . Read more public relations:

Kansas City Developers Plan 'Urban Acupuncture' For 150-Year-Old Buildings

Right now, two of the city's oldest buildings near the 18th and Vine Jazz District look the part: limestone ruins straight out of Medieval Europe. But Jason Parson, Tim Duggan and Shomari Benton have big plans for redeveloping the former City Water and Street Department buildings at 2000 Vine.

Kansas City 816 Day Aftermath



Aftermath of a "celebration" undertaken by NOBODY and mostly serving to distract locals from real issues . . .

The postscript . . .

- KCMO counts anywhere from 80-82 murders.

- There are still no less than half a dozen empty storefronts along the $120-million streetcar line.

- Conditions in neighborhoods outside of downtown are worsening as City Hall struggles to provide services amid a crushing debt load.

To be fair, there are a lot more artisan doughnut and coffee shops. 

You decide . . .

Kansas City #TBT News Link Wave



Quick glimpse at one of our favorite all-time hotties staying active . . .

Daily Mail: Elizabeth Hurley, 53, flaunts her svelte figure and pert posterior in sizzling navy swimsuit as she whizzes through the water on a sea scooter

IOL: Getting a Leg Up With Bone Density Testing

HL: Elizabeth Hurley, 53, Nearly Loses Her Bathing Suit While Riding A Sea Scooter

Closer to home, these news links are also worth skimming . . .

Investigation Continues As Kansas City Home Invasion Tactic Trends

KCPD sees spike in Northland burglaries where homeowners leave garage doors open

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Police say people living in the Northland are basically inviting criminals to steal their cars, and criminals are taking advantage. Detective Ryan Alden said Monday he's investigating a series of burglaries where suspects enter homes through garage doors homeowners have left open.


Police Chase Traffic Jam Update

I-635 SB closed past State Avenue after police chase - motorists advised to use an alternate route

Motorists needing to take I-635 southbound near State Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas are advised to use an alternate route after a police chase ended in the area. Kansas City, Kansas police officers received a tip Thursday afternoon about an armed disturbance suspect in the area. Police said that chase started around 3:35 p.m.


Northeast KC Crumbles
Neighborhood and Housing Services on the state of the porch collapse on Bellefontaine
KCPD Need More Help

KC police ask for help solving recent slew of shootings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Police Department is asking for the public's help after a string of recent shootings. Between July 22 and Aug. 7, 36 people were shot in Kansas City. Fifteen of those shootings were fatal.


SpyCam Captures Meth Town Country Song

Independence police working to ID suspects who stole from liquor store

The Independence Police Department is trying to identify the suspects who burglarized a liquor store.


Afternoon Rain Warning

Severe thunderstorm watch issued as storms start to build Thursday afternoon

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the majority of the KMBC 9 News viewing area as severe weather is expected Thursday evening. The National Weather Service issued that watch for Atchison, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami, and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas, and Bates, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Henry, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Platte, Ray, and Saline Counties in Missouri until 11 p.m.


KCMO Diversity Party!!!

Ethnic Enrichment Fest & Other Weekend Possibilities

See the world without leaving Swope Park (4600 E. 63rd St.). The Ethnic Enrichment Festival is from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. There are traditional dance performances, crafts for purchase, and cuisine from across the globe - think crepes to ceviche.


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

Kansas SecState Kris Kobach: Extremist???

Progressive argument against the right wing leader an impressive compendium of his controversial recent public moves.

Read more:

Kobach Primary Victory Shows GOP Taken Over By Trumpian Extremism | Right Wing Watch

Kansas Republican voters delivered Kris Kobach a squeaker of a victory in the state's gubernatorial primary, boosting the political career of a man who has spent years turning the GOP into the anti-immigrant, voter-suppressing party that President Trump rode to victory in 2016.

Show-Me Broke Missouri Auditor Challenge

Update on financial talking points: Missouri auditor candidate says her financial woes won't stop her from running

Read more:

Missouri auditor candidate faces questions over eligibility

A Missouri candidate who recently won a surprise victory in the Republican primary for state auditor is now facing questions about whether she's eligible to run. The Kansas City Star reports that Saundra McDowell will face Democratic incumbent Nicole Galloway in the Nov. 6 general election.

KANSAS CITY FAMILY AND ACTIVISTS DECRY COURTHOUSE WRIST SLAP AFTER BICYCLIST MANSLAUGHTER!!!



Community reaction to one of many light sentences following a deadly crash crash . . .

Checkit:

Fox4KC: Family doesn’t understand ‘soft sentence’ for driver who killed Kansas City cyclist

Prosecutor: Sentenced pursuant to Missouri statute 559.115 that allows for release if he successfully completes 120 days in prison. He will then be on probation for 5 years. If he fails probation, he faces completion of the 7-year sentence.

KSHB: Bike Walk KC Policy Coordinator Michael Kelley said the decision was "woefully inadequate,” saying more needs to be done to protect those like Saluto.

You decide . . .

Dead Bodies Discovered At Longview Lake ID'd As Missing Grandview Dudes

Follow-up on this scary scene at a Kansas City park that now mostly serves as a dumping ground. Here's the latest . . .

Family members say bodies found Wednesday at Longview Lake have been identified as Grandview men

Hide Transcript Show Transcript WEBVTT FEARING THE WORST. LARA: KMBC 9'S BRIAN JOHNSON IS LIVE AT THE MARINA WHERE THE MISSING MEN WERE LAST SEEN. REPORTER: MICHAEL BREWER AND HIS FRIEND KEITH WASMER. WERE IN THIS AREA ON AUGUST 6. THE TWO WERE MEETING SOMEONE. THEN DISAPPEARED.

KCPD Interested In Conversation With Hoodie Pair After Homicide On 35th & Prospect

Latest look at local denizens of the urban core captures via spy cam after alleged misdeeds.

Read more:

KCPD wants to identify pair seen in video still, suspected in KCMO homicide

Kansas City, MO - Police officers are looking for two people connected to a homicide at 35th and Prospect on Tuesday, August 14th. They've released images of two people crossing a street. The two are considered possible "subjects of interest".

TKC EXCLUSIVE QUESTION!!! DESPITE 'QUEER EYE' LOVE: IS KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY JAMES NOW A LAME DUCK?!?!



Yesterday KCMO Mayor Sly put on a big smile for the cast of a top ranking reality TV makeover show . . .

Meanwhile, our blog community was FIRST to break news of widespread urban core resistance to his high tax Pre-K plan.

And now . . .

AMID PRESSURE FROM CONSTITUENTS: COUNCIL THREATENS TO DELAY THE VOTE ON THE PRE-K SALES TAX WHICH WOULD PRETTY MUCH KILL IT!!!

More on the topic here . . .

Kansas City council considers pushing back pre-K tax vote

KCPS asks mayor, city to delay vote on proposed sales tax for pre-K education

The threat is real and would do a lot to keep Mayor Sly from meddling in upcoming elections. Moreover, KCMO is becoming tax weary whilst inner-city objections to the regressive levy should give pause to proponents.

Still . . .

The takeaway from this latest City Hall slap fight is that Mayor Sly now has much more influence via social media celebrity rather than nearly universally unpopular policy.

Developing . . .

NEWSFLASH!!! KANSAS CITY DUDE BRUTALLY SMACKED DOWN ON BUS ADVOCATES FOR BETTER SECURITY!!!

Here's the latest urban core public transit reality check that offers a glimpse of commuting REAL LIFE rather than toy train and scooter hype.

Checkit:

Man attacked on KCATA bus says system needs better security

Hide Transcript Show Transcript WEBVTT IT'S THE CITY'S 79TH HOMICIDE OF THE YEAR. LARA: A BRUTAL ATTACK ON AN ATA BUS IS CAUGHT ON VIDEO. NOW THE 61-YEAR-OLD MAN BEING PUNCHED ON CAMERA IS SPEAKIN OUT. AS KMBC 9'S KELEIGH GIBBS REPORTS HE WANTS HIS ATTACKER BEHIND BARS.

Say Hello To Shawnee Stabber Suspect

Today's mugshot that cuts to the core amid a murder mystery slowly unraveling after latest charges against this dude . . . Read more:

Paola man charged in connection to fatal stabbing in Shawnee

A Paola, KS man has been charged in connection to the fatal stabbing of a 57-year-old Shawnee man.

Kansas City Council Dude Scott Taylor's 'Revive The East Side' Dead On Arrival?!?

Silly season economic incentive slate that basically uses taxpayer cash to campaign . . . Check the legit push back:

Initiative To 'Revive The East Side' Gets Mixed Reviews At First Public Hearing

A sweeping proposal to revive the eastern side of Kansas City, Missouri, received support and skepticism from neighbors Wednesday at a public hearing. The "Revive the East Side" initiative, sponsored by 6th district councilman and 2019 mayoral candidate Scott Taylor, would, among other things, establish a $10 million home improvement fund, create tax credits to encourage hiring workers who live in high unemployment areas, improve trash collection and "protect long-time residents against gentrification."

Burns & Mac Stays Winning $2-MILLION No Bid Kansas City Elevated Water Storage Tank Project & More Low Key News Links



Behind the scenes and without any reporting other than this post . . . KCMO is ready to write Burns & Mac a $2-MILLION check without really looking for any other bids or talking about an ambitious & mostly clandestine elevated water storage tank project . . . Is it sexy? Nope. But it's the kind of big deal endeavor that's quick & dirty whilst local underground pipes continue to burst & remain a hot mess.

Similarly . . .

Here's a quick collection of news links and hot take commentary that's mostly the radar but important nevertheless . . .

Local Consequences: Man to be sentenced after Kansas City cyclist hit, killed in 2016

MO Big Guv Tracking: Missouri is again asking for more time to issue federally-approved REAL IDs

Show-Me The Money: State of Missouri flush with cash — for now

Fuel Tax Is For Real: Judge says Missouri gas tax question can stay on ballot

Special Delivery Lawsuit: Kansas Nurses Sue to Overturn Midwife Law

Sunflower State Spy Tech Endures: Kansas State Polytech and KDOT join with the feds to launch an initiative to shape the future of drones.

The Kansas City Smokeout Starts Today: Smoking ban in all public housing goes fully into effect throughout metro

You decide . . .

McCaskill Confronts SCOTUS Pick Crisis

OR . . . Show-Me The "No-win Supreme" decision awaiting the embattled Missouri Senator.

Read more:

McCaskill under pressure from both sides of the aisle as she considers Supreme Court vote

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says she has a growing list of questions as she preps for her meeting next week with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. And most of them won't deal with his position on abortion rights, a top concern of progressive groups.

Kansas Guv Contest Crowded With Opposition Against Kris Kobach

Quick but worthwhile breakdown of the Kansas Governor's race and a realization that, like all four-way activities . . . This one is complicated:

Kansas gubernatorial candidates talk about state of race

Wednesday afternoon, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach stepped toward a microphone at the south steps of the state Capitol building. "The race is on," he said. Kobach, who narrowly defeated incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer in the GOP primary race for Kansas governor after Colyer's concession Tuesday evening, stood with his family and a few dozen supporters looking ahead to the November general election.

The Kansas City #TBT First News Look



This morning we offer tribute to Angelina and a simpler time back when fanboy video game hotness was not subject to feminist #MeToo critique. Accordingly, here's a bit of an update on the former hottie's heartache . . .

Peeps: Inside Brad and Angelina’s Divorce - How Much Does Their Kids' Lifestyle Cost?

US: Why Angelina Jolie’s Waging War Over Custody With Brad Pitt - ‘She Sees the Writing on the Wall’

Page 6: Angelina Jolie must give Brad Pitt more visitation with kids - judge

More relevant than that is news closer to KCMO this morning . . .

Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Summer freedom ends for thousands of students across KC Metro

Parents all around the Kansas City area are dealing with milestones, from a child's first day of kindergarten to their first day of college. The exclusive KMBZ Cover Story for Wednesday is Back to School 101. -- A school district's effort to make busing as safe as possible -- It takes more than just great bus drivers to keep kids safe.


Newspaper Old School Pix

Kansas City then and now. My how we've changed | The Kansas City Star

Time lapse video helps capture how decades of change have reshaped Kansas City


She's Your Queen

KC will host 50th anniversary Miss Black America Pageant

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The 50th anniversary Miss Black America Pageant will take place Saturday in Kansas City. The event, which has been described as an important "get" for the city, will happen at the Gem Theater near 18th and Vine.


Kansas City Old School Lesson

Norman School: A proud testament to Historic Preservation

Norman School in the 3500 block of Jefferson was built in 1898 by John Perry, Principal of the Keith & Perry Coal Company. Architect for the project was Charles A. Smith who lived at 810 Benton Boulevard and designed a number of schools and prominent buildings in the Midwest including Northeast High School, Paseo High School and the Firestone building in the Crossroads District.


KC Tech Scene Competition

LaunchKC nets 32 percent gain in tech startups vying for $500K in prizes

LaunchKC is off to the races toward its fourth annual, national grants competition for tech entrepreneurs. The program attracts hundreds of tech entrepreneurs each year - including a 32 percent increase and a near-record 586 applicants this year - to compete for up to $500,000 in grants and an opportunity to build and grow their new businesses in Kansas City.


Local Nuke Scare Redux

Artist Returns To Scene Of Lawrence-Filmed Nuclear Disaster Movie That Scared America

The Berlin Wall was six years from falling when " The Day After " premiered on television in 1983. The film, shot in Lawrence, follows three Kansans as they fight to survive the immediate aftermath of a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union.


Kansas City Stays Losing 2018 Amid Worst Royals Season On Record

Pillar homers in 8th to lift Blue Jays over Royals 6-5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - With Kevin Pillar down in the count 0-2 with two outs in the eighth inning, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez went out to talk to reliever Blaine Boyer. Whatever they discussed did not work.


Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady 1972 is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Kansas City Royals Stay Losing Next Season

Bubba was a bust and this might be the worst season evar. Sadly, there's not much hope for the future given front office discount strategy . . .

If this is a rebuild, why aren't there more young players?

This was it. This was supposed to be the beginning of a new era of Kansas City Royals baseball, an era of rebuilding that would shape the foundation of the organization for not only the next few years but years beyond.

NORTH KANSAS CITY BACK TO SCHOOL TEACHABLE MOMENT: DEUCES WILD!!!

Reader suggested headline and possibly the most important follow-up news story of the day . . . Take a whiff of more deets on this topic:

North Kansas City schools phasing in individualized gender neutral restrooms

Hide Transcript Show Transcript WEBVTT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WERE MOVED TO AN AUXILIARY WING OF THE GYM. FIREFIGHTERS SAID IT WOULD TAKE TIME FOR THE SMOKE TO CLEAR SO STUDENTS WERE DISMISSED FOR THE DAY. SOME STUDENTS HEADING TO SCHOOL IN THE NORTH KANSAS CITY DISTRICT WILL SEE A DIFFERENT KIND OF RESTROOM.

Kansas City Conservative Blogging Talk

Really great personal story about beginning broadcasting and people behind the scenes from one of our favorite local writers . . . Read more:

My Morning with Barry Birr

As I mentioned in a previous post, I attended the MBA Radio Talent Institute recently. I want to do talk radio, so it only makes sense to meet the experts in the field. -- Barry Birr has been doing talk radio for 30+ years in St. Joseph at 680 AM KFEQ.

Kansas City Sneak Peek: Our Daily Nada



For our late night shift worker pals, check this really fun local biz debut clip which offers a happy glimpse at middle-class life wherein locals live like Instagram supermodels and actually have friends, social lives and enough leisure time to read the printed word . . .

Our Daily Nada (304 Delaware St.) in the River Market is set to open with cocktails and favorite books.

Shared not because we'll ever get a spare moment to enjoy such an indulgence but simply because it offers a nice KCMO respite during a lunch, smoke and/or toilet break . . . Take a look:



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

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! CONSULATE OF MEXICO IN KANSAS CITY AND HISPANIC CHAMBER LAUNCH WORKSHOP TO COPE WITH MORE LOCAL IMMIGRATION RAIDS!!!



Perspective on Kansas City life for immigrants, refugees, visitors and ethnic minorities . . . Here's a notice about an upcoming seminar aimed at coping with an uptick in La Migra crackdowns and greater scrutiny overall from authorities . . .

The Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City invite you to participate in the workshop . . .

"Know your rights and protect your employees. What to do if immigration authorities come to my place of work?"

The activity is organized within the framework of the Labor Rights Week.

A local attorney will provide information and will answer your questions.

Personnel from the Mexican Consulate will explain their services and requirements for civil registry and powers of attorney, among others.


Contact the Chamber for more info on date, time & location that's subject to change.

Developing . . .

Family Insurance Stiffed Overland Park

The Golden Ghetto artsy debate continues . . . Here's the latest insult after injury:

Kansas family's insurance didn't pay for that $132K broken sculpture

An Overland Park, Kansas, official admits he was mistaken about who paid for a $132,000 sculpture at the city's community center that was damaged by a young boy. City spokesman Sean Reilly said in July that the insurance company for the family of a 5-year-old boy who damaged the sculpture paid for the damages.

Kansas Guv Colyer Is A Quitter???

Election aftermath debate amid right-wing hope that their guy won't chase voters away from the ballot . . .

Did Colyer give up race too soon against Kobach? Expert speaks

Kansas City Rainbows And Crime Links



There are a great many rainbow shots dominating social media after today's storms but we we like this one from our blog community overall because it serves as a nice segue for a quick round-up of today's top crime stories . . .

Kansas City Spy Cam Safety???

KCMO neighborhoods receive grant to purchase surveillance cameras

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Thanks to a new grant, surveillance cameras will be going up in 10 neighborhoods in Kansas City. Surveillance footage is an important tool for law enforcement when investigating and deterring crime. "It takes a whole bunch of tools in the toolbox to turn it around," Marlon Hammons, president of the Washington Wheatley neighborhood association, said.


Double Down KCMO Conviction

Two men sentenced to life for KC kidnapping and killing | The Kansas City Star

Two men who kidnapped and killed a Kansas City man in 2016 were sentenced Wednesday to multiple life terms in federal prison without parole. Raynal King, 27, and Howard Ross III, 23, were sentenced in U.S.


Deadly KCK Afternoon

One person killed in shooting near KCK gas station at 55th and Leavenworth

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Police are investigating a deadly shooting Wednesday in KCK. Police said the shooting happened near a Quick Stop gas station at 55th Street and Leavenworth Road. One person died from their injuries. Police have not yet released the name of the victim.


Tragic KCK Custody Fight

Affidavit: Mom drove into the Kansas River to kill self and kids 'so no one else could have them'

Court documents released Wednesday in the case of the mother charged after driving a vehicle into the Kansas River with her children inside show she told police she did it intentionally. Scharron DIngledine has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of her 5-year-old daughter, and attempted first-degree murder for injuries suffered by her 1-year-old son.


Fear Crosstown Gun Crime

KCK man charged for stealing 64 firearms from Independence gun store

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A KCK man is facing federal charges after allegedly stealing dozens of firearms from an Independence gun store. Keyon Johnson, has been charged with one count of stealing firearms from a federal licensee and one count of transporting stolen firearms across state lines.


Inner Suburban Scare

Grandview family worried after 2 men disappear

GRANDVIEW, Mo. - "I'm definitely scared something is wrong with them," said Charlsea Brewer. Two important men in Brewer's life are missing. "They were doing everything together for the last week, week and a half before their disappearances," Brewer said. Brewer's brother, Michael Brewer, and the father of her son, Keith Wasmer, have been missing since August 6.


Local Journalism Criticism Amid Drug Epidemic

What the media gets wrong about opioids

After Jillian Bauer-Reese created an online collection of opioid recovery stories, she began to get calls for help from reporters. But she was dismayed by the narrowness of the requests, which sought only one type of interviewee. "They were looking for people who had started on a prescription from a doctor or a dentist," says [...]


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

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY URBAN LEAGUE AND SCHOOL BOARD REJECT MAYOR SLY PRE-K SALES TAX!!!



Today, lame duck Mayor Sly suffered a wave of opposition against his latest tax effort that might thwart the campaign before it starts.

To wit . . .

URBAN CORE LEADERS THROUGHOUT KANSAS CITY REJECTED MAYOR SLY'S SALES TAX TODAY!!!

First and strongest among this is important opposition is the Urban League of Greater Kansas City.

Insiders from this group offer pointed criticism in this introductory statement . . .

"The Urban League just came out against Sly James’ proposed early childhood education tax. The attached letter makes some great points. Early Childhood Education is very important. We should have it. This is the wrong way to pay for it. 

"Under Sly's plan the inner city gets taxed, but is kept out of managing its own resources. Instead a red flag: the City Manager is involved. Given Troy Schulte’s track record, we don't need to feed his hearty appetite for slush funds. 

"It is also important to say that TIF and all the other tax abatement gimmicks easily cost the struggling KCPS district $35 million annually. Sly's proposed tax will generate about that same amount! There is a pattern here: strangling public services to subsidize luxury apartments and hotels – in a saturated market – comes at a real cost: This time it's a new tax! But this one worse. It is regressive, and not surprisingly, it gives plenty of financial favors to City Hall insiders."

Even more embarrassingly fore the Mayor . . . He claimed to have the support of the KCPS but today that alleged approval was reversed. . . The school board announced it does not want the proposal on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Superintendent Mark Bedell said today: "We support early childhood expansion, we do not support this plan as it is . . ."

The opposition of both of these groups represents a major setback for the pre-K campaign and demonstrates that urban core denizens oppose a scheme that would mostly impose regressive taxes on inner-city neighborhoods.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Incentive Report Rigged: City Hall Analysis Excludes Critical Deets According To Local Tax Fighters

A debate over municipal freebies inspires this debate and a quick look into everything 12th & Oak isn't showing taxpayers.

Take a look:

More Reason to be Skeptical of Economic Development Incentives

If you're hoping that a new report on Kansas City's economic development incentives accurately assesses their value, I've got some bad news. Based on the draft copies of the always coming, never arriving report sent to me in response to an open records request, the report has one glaring and fatal flaw: It fails to address the much-maligned "but-for" analysis.

Kansas City Star Disputes Prez Trump And Supporters 'Enemy Of The People' Tag

Today's journalism joke . . . Corporate media talks freedom of the press that they own. Meanwhile, most people are simply enjoying social media gossip on their favorite mobile device.

Read more:

President Trump, stop calling us 'enemies of the people' | The Kansas City Star

President Donald Trump has veered into perilous territory with his assault on the free press and the First Amendment. His references to journalists as the "enemy of the American people" are no less dangerous because they happen to be strategic.

TKC MUST SEE!! LOCAL MAYORS ENDORSE KANSAS CONGRESSMAN YODER!!!



There's a lot of hype about the so-called BLUE WAVE that threatens to shape the midterms but in nearby neighborhoods we're seeing a groundswell of support for the incumbent.

Take a look at this list that we rearranged just a bit to put the metro mayors first and then other Kansas supporters after the jump . . . Checkit:


Local Mayors Announce Support for Yoder's Re-Election

Thirteen local mayors announced their support for Kevin Yoder for re-election to represent Kansas' Third District in Congress. The list spans across all three counties in the district, and quotes from each are provided below.

Carl Gerlach - Mayor of Overland Park

"I'm proud to endorse Kevin because he is such a champion for families in Kansas. From supporting billions of dollars of increased education funding to fighting for our veterans, Kevin has always had our backs in Overland Park."

Jim Randall - Mayor Pro Tem of Olathe

"Kevin knows Olathe and the Third District. He's been there for our city, our residents, our businesses, and our local charities. Smaller states like Kansas need leaders like Kevin who have strong voices in DC."

Michelle Distler - Mayor of Shawnee

"Kevin has been very approachable, responsive, and attentive to our community's needs and has reliably helped us cut through D.C. bureaucracy to resolve issues for our residents. We are fortunate to have him working for us in Washington."

Michael Boehm - Mayor of Lenexa

"Kevin Yoder is a great representative for our community in Congress. He is responsive to the needs of our community and works hard to find solutions. Kevin Yoder is a problem solver, a friend, and advocate for Lenexa. I am proud to support him in his re-election."

Peggy Dunn - Mayor of Leawood

"I am proud to support Representative Kevin Yoder because I greatly value his excellent leadership. He is engaged with our community and is a terrific communicator, always listening to his constituents and striving to represent our priorities on matters about which we feel strongly."

Ken Sissom - Mayor of Merriam

"It is my pleasure to lend my support to Congressman Kevin Yoder's reelection campaign. He is a presence in our community and works hard to be a positive voice for all of us in Congress."

David Dickey - Mayor of Mission Hills

"I am happy to support Kevin's reelection efforts. He is a friend and advocate of our community who I have known since he ran for the Kansas House. We are fortunate to have him represent us in Washington and he is the right person for the job."

Southeast Kansas City Homicide Scene: Double Dead Bodies Discovered By Police

As BLOODY AUGUST IN KANSAS CITY CONTINUES . . . Here's a look at more local carnage in KCMO reported to police this afternoon.

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2 bodies found in woods off Raytown Road

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two bodies were found in woods off Raytown Road Wednesday. According to the Kansas City Police Department, officers were sent to the 12500 block of Raytown Road. Someone told police there were two bodies in the woods and led officers there. Homicide detectives and crime scene technicians are on the scene.

Old School Platte County Dude Allegedly Lacrosse'd The Line With Teen

Despite the relative safety from gunfire, it's no secret that creepers abound in the suburbs and this local dude confronts nasty charges claiming that he targeted a youngster . . . Take a look:

Former lacrosse team board member convicted after attempting to solicit sex from teen player in Platte County

A former club lacrosse team board member in Platte County, MO, has been convicted of a sex crime for attempting to solicit sex from a 17-year-old team member. James L. McEnerney, 61, of Overland Park, KS, pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct in Platte County Associate Circuit Court on July 24.

TKC MUST READ!!! LET AMERICA VOTE DECLARES KANSAS GOP GUV NOMINEE KRIS KOBACH 'JASON KANDER'S EVIL TWIN' IN FUNDRAISING E-MAIL BLAST!!!



Jason Kander is running for Kansas City Mayor but he also continues to lead the effort to champion election access across the nation by way of his group Let America Vote.

Accordingly . . .

AFTER THE KOBACH KANSAS GUV GOP PRIMARY WIN, KANDER'S GROUP DENOUNCES THE SUNFLOWER STATE SECSTATE AND HIS RECORD!!!

Take a look and this campaign talking point signed by Kander's right-hand campaign dude Abe Rakov and extolling the virtues of his boss . . .

Checkit:

"If there’s one person who embodies modern voter suppression, it’s Kris Kobach. And after such a narrow election win, he is one step closer to becoming the next governor of Kansas.

"Politicians like Kris Kobach have gotten away with suppressing the right to vote for years. Send a message by supporting our boots-on-the-ground team that’s combatting vote suppression.

"Kris Kobach pushed a racist voter-suppression law that created an enormous and unnecessary barrier to registering in Kansas AND he was vice-chair on the failed Election "Integrity" Commission that pushed Trump's lies about our elections.

"Kobach profited from writing racist, anti-immigrant city ordinances that were thrown out in court, costing cities and towns across the country millions.

"Some people have called Kris Kobach “Jason Kander’s evil twin” since Jason served as secretary of state in Missouri at the same time Kobach was the secretary of state across the state border in Kansas.

"It’s a funny reference, but as Kris Kobach moves one step closer to being elected the governor of Kansas, no one is laughing."

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Prez Real Donald Trump Via Twitter: "My friend and very early supporter Kris Kobach won the Republican Nomination for Governor of Kansas last night in a tough race against a very fine opponent. Kris will win in November and be a great Governor. He has my complete and total Endorsement!"

Wichita Eagle: GOP primary is an eye-opener. Time to get election officials under county control

Hot Air: Kobach takes close Kansas GOP gov race, credits Trump

KCTV5: "Brownback on steroids" | Dem. Kelly responds to Kobach victory

You decide . . .

Kansas City Stays Winning Or Losing Against The Competition?!?!?



Public TV civic juxtaposition . . . Take a look:

"How does Kansas City compare to other peer cities when it comes to jobs, our economy and growth? We're here to find out."

Take a look:



You decide . . .

New Chapter In Kansas City Taxes: Should Locals Pay More For The Library???

Quick look at the argument for more resources desperately needed by an institution that provides so many valuable services to the community up to and including offering hobos a place to hangout during extreme weather.

Here's the pitch:

Kansas City Public Library Will Ask Voters For An 8-Cent Levy Increase

The Kansas City Public Library will ask voters in November to increase the property tax that helps fund its operations. Library officials announced Wednesday morning that they would seek an 8 cent increase to the 47 cents the library system now receives for every $100 of assessed valuation.

Kansas City 2018 Homicide #80: Body Found In Backyard Ruled Murder

The local homicide count continues to climb higher as a death last week is now identified as one of the latest KCMO killings . . . And kinda makes the recent gunfire & killing spate even worse in retrospect.

Death of man found at 17th and White is ruled a homicide | The Kansas City Star

Kansas City police have ruled the death of Justin Graham a homicide. Graham's body was found Aug. 7 at 17th Street and White Avenue.