Sunday, January 20, 2019
As a holiday approaches, this bit of community news seems relevant for a community still debating a civil rights legacy.
In their latest issue, the Northeast News argues against the proposed MLK rename in this editorial: No Means No
And so, here's their strongest point as it relates to voters and elected officials . .
"Here’s a heads up for the backers of this pandering piece of municipal legislation, as has been noted so many times before, the voters, those are the people who elected you by the way, are overwhelmingly opposed to this measure. Our own Northeast News poll last week showed a 93% opposition and a scant 7% approval for the measure.
"Similar numbers were brought forward by the Mayor and Councilwomen Hall and Canaday, as you might recall, who recorded 80-85% opposition in constituent conversations they had been involved with. The mayoral candidates pushing this against the public’s will might want to remember that there’s an election in a little over 90 days. Might not be the smartest thing to foist this on an un-wanting public given the backlash potential."
And so we ask . . .
DO YOU AGREE WITH NORTHEAST NEWS?!?!? NOW, AT LONG LAST AND AMID HIS NATIONAL HOLIDAY, SHOULD KCMO RENAME THE PASEO IN HONOR OF MLK?!?!
You decide . . .
Credit to this coverage which does mention controversy surrounding the event and notes the effort to recruit a more diverse crowd amid what seems like an exceptionally angry Abercrombie & Fitch advert.
Take a look:
Despite bitterly cold temperatures, hundreds of people took to the streets of the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City Saturday afternoon for the third annual Women's March, a celebration of and rally for inclusiveness and women's empowerment. Joining similar rallies across the country, marchers wearing woven pink hats carried signs in support of causes ranging from LGBTQ rights to expansion of Medicare.
Overland Park police investigate shooting outside Lakewood Middle School where two teens were injured
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) - Overland Park police are investigating a shooting that was outside of Lakewood Middle School where two teens were injured. Saturday night just after 9:00, neighbors called police after hearing shots fired at the 6600 block of Edgewater Drive.
Hottie Kimmie shares Sunday inspiration of the pop culture news scene . . .
The Blast: The Kardashians Legal War Over Beauty Line Finally Comes to an End
Daily Mail: Kim Kardashian throws magical Alice in Wonderland-themed party for daughter Chicago's first birthday
InStyle: Proof Kim Kardashian Is Over Her Feud with Taylor Swift
Closer to home, there are more than a few news links worth checking . . .
Kansas City Annual 25 Million Visitors Earns Footballer Boost
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- One thing about Chief's fans is that they are passionate, but not all of them are from Kansas City. KCTV5 caught up with a pair of brothers who flew into KCI Saturday morning for the game they've been waiting for.
Tech Scene Predictions
They aren't in it for the headlines. Join Startland and H&R Block in celebrating Kansas City's Startups to Watch in 2019 with a special event 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Copaken Stage (Kansas City Repertory Theatre).
Newspaper History Report
In 2007, KCPD officer James Payton wounded David Logsdon at the Express Mart on Bannister Road before Logsdon drove on to the Ward Parkway Center where he killed two people in the parking lot and injured others inside. Police then killed Logsdon.
Becky says we're a "throwaway society," and she worries this trend in replacing broken things instead of fixing them is only getting worse. Learn more about our neighbors, like Becky, in Flatland's "I'm Your Neighbor" series, publishing Tuesdays and Thursdays through spring of 2019.
Golden Ghetto Doggie Trouble
A woman who checked into an Overland Park hotel with her two small dogs when her power went out is charged hundreds of dollars for scratches on the hotel room's door.
Weekend Jr. College Worries
Johnson County Community College is apologizing after sending out erroneous text messages Saturday morning warning of shots fired on campus. The text message said, "Stay clear of OCB. Shots fired. Police have arrived on scene standby for more information." Another text message followed with, "TEST TEST TEST FALSE ALARM."
Kansas City Corporate Party
Redemption Song is the tune of the day for right now and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .
You see I kinda knew things ran a little loose over there because of interactions I had with some of the staff over the past 2 years, but nothing really prepared me for what has occurred in the past 2 months.
On the occasion of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the Rev. Vernon P. Howard Jr. writes a letter to the legendary civil rights activist.
by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann Editor's note: Below appears Archbishop Joseph Naumann's homily for the Vigil Mass of the March for Life at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., Jan. 17, 2019. Tonight, we gather to commemorate the 46 th anniversary of the tragic twin Supreme Court decisions ( Roe v.
Saturday, January 19, 2019
THE TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! KANSAS CITY RESTAURANT WEEK 2019 FAILED BECAUSE THEY FORGOT WINTER AND SHUT DOWN GUV WORKERS!!!
Once again the traditional foodie fest in the cold of Kansas City January has been a magnificent flop.
The same complaints continue to confront KCMO Restaurant week:
- The service is bad because the servers aren't fairly compensate for the rush.
- The options are horrible and include a lot of aftermarket cast off fare.
- It's overpriced for the luxury of being judged by a handful of local hipsters.
This is all important for taxpayers because the event is backed by taxpayer subsidized Visit KC and "neighborhood" tourism cash.
Of course, two arctic cold fronts pretty much killed attendance for the event.
But here's the worst thing . . .
THE KANSAS CITY HIPSTER PARTY FORGOT ABOUT FED WORKERS WHO COULD'VE USED A WINTER TREAT!!!
Example, inside the beltway, a celebrated chef is using his star power to make a bold statement and garnering a lot of love:
José Andrés feeds nearly 12,000 furloughed federal workers
Yeah, yeah, the KC foodie event has a few foodie beneficiaries but the help is minimal and this event has always been about maintaining a KCMO culinary "scene" in a town that just wants BBQ and fries. \
And so we blame organizers who play marketing genius for KCMO but have once again presided over yet another disaster partially paid for by residents who weren't invited.
And all of this inspires our playlist tonight . . .
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.
For those blessed news junkies sharing their Saturday night with us . . . Let's start with how TKC sees today's shut down announcement . . . .
Today, President Trump blinked. Fact is, his most strident supporters want neither compromise with the Democratic Party nor a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens brought to this country by their parents as children. That's the inherent problem with with a rabid fan base of political noobs - They don't understand that politics is all lies and big talk followed by inevitable, reasonable, anti-climactic compromise. What's worse is that the President has backed himself into a corner. He took responsibility for the shut down, proudly. And as this impasse goes on the economic damage worsens and there's no way for Prez Trump to move forward without losing just a bit of his MAGA street cred.
And we we're left with a life lesson: The friends and supporters of Prez Trump have proven to be his undoing, not his adversaries on the other side of the aisle.
Links for further reading and reference:
CNBC: Trump offers limited ‘Dreamer’ protections in exchange for border wall — and Democrats quickly say no
Vox: Here’s Trump’s latest offer to end the shutdown — and why Democrats aren’t interested
InsiderFx: Poll: Trump Gains Approval From Latino Voters Since Gov't Shutdown
Reason: Trump's Dreamer-for-Wall Proposal Isn't a Good Faith Deal
Fox News: Romney backs Trump on partial shutdown, says ‘I don’t understand’ Pelosi’s position
Finally, we put it to our blog community given that the government employs more local residents than anybody else . . .
SHOULD KANSAS CITY SUPPORT THE PREZ TRUMP DREAMER COMPROMISE?!?!?
You decide . . .
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Oscar Meyer Weinermobile and an other vehicle were involved in a minor fender bender early Saturday morning at Emanuel Cleaver II and Oak Street.
DISGRACE!!! KANSAS CITY STAR PROMOTES WOMEN'S MARCH 2019 WITHOUT ANY MENTION OF ANTISEMITISM CONTROVERSY!!!
Tomorrow, they'll charge rubes 4 bucks for this . . .
Hundreds brave bitter temperatures Saturday to take part in Women's March Kansas City | The Kansas City Star
With a stiff north wind and temperatures in the mid-teens, about 600 women, men and children braved Saturday's bitter conditions to take part in Women's March Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A 20 inch water main broke shortly after 7:00 Saturday morning and flooded a section of east 75th street.
TKC MUST READ!!!! INSIDER EXPLAINS NEW KCI AIRPORT BAGGAGE CLAIM SYSTEM HOT MESS!!! KANSAS CITY SHOULD'VE EXPECTED FIGHT AMONG AIRLINES!!!
So far the MSM hasn't been very forthright about the behind the scenes struggles of the new airport. What has turned into a blood feud was initially reported as nothing more than a minor delay . . . That has now resulted in a wait of months not weeks.
To wit . . .
CHECK THIS KICK-ASS INSIDER EXPOSÉ OF THE BAGGAGE CLAIM FIGHT AT NEW KCI AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO THE AIRLINES!!!
Of course, this is just one aspect of the hold up but so far local media is only sharing City Hall press releases and not any analysis or critical reporting of the STALLED project.
Airport woes explained
Let’s drill down on why airlines are MIA on the new airport deal. In a word: Competition. Airlines were deregulated by the feds in 1978. The objective was more competition, producing better prices and services for travelers. Good for customers but like a knife fight in a broom closet for air carriers. Competition between airlines is intense, with profit margins well below where they were 30 years ago.
Airlines fight for every customer and every dollar of operating cost. KCI is pushing a residual cost agreement, which means the airline signers are collectively responsible for covering all airport expenses. All expenses. Including an estimated 117 million dollars per year bond interest payment, on top of other operating costs. Pay attention to these words: collectively responsible. What happens if some members of this collective pay less? Answer: The others pay more. It’s like going to dinner with tightwad uncle Phil, who always “forgets” his wallet. This is a game of financial chicken, the losers of which pay for their competitors’ dinner. Two of the eight airlines that fly KCI have already said, Nope, we’re not signing. This is like uncle Phil warning you in advance he’s not bringing his wallet. Any surprise that various airlines are in no hurry to sign this deal?
Which brings us to the mysterious conflict over a 20-million-dollar-per-year baggage handling system. That’s nothing in a project expected to top out over 4 billion, right? Not exactly. No airline can operate without access to this system, making it a major choke point in the whole setup. The issue hinges on “equitable use” by competing airlines, not the relatively trivial cost of the equipment. Translation: Each airline will try to get priority use because that will choke how many customers competitors can move through the airport. Which creates a bigger problem. Airline honchos are likely asking: Why should we pay 117 million per year, when we can’t move our customers’ bags? Back to the knife fight metaphor. It’s a question of who gets to carry the knife into the broom closet. That’s a question that might also interest the FAA.
The feds say airports can’t give preferential access to vital equipment and services, if that unfairly limits competition between airlines.
Maybe you thought these predictable complications were thought out by the city and airport management before the new airport went to voters. Not so much.
Developing . . .
John Coughlin, a two-time U.S. pairs champion who was suspended Thursday evening by the U.S. Center for SafeSport and U.S. Figure Skating, died Friday, according to a Facebook post from his sister. "My wonderful, strong, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life earlier today," Angela Laune wrote.
Kansas City's Chain of Hope is urging pet owners to bring their animals inside when the weather gets this cold.
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! WALDO OUTCRY AGAINST KANSAS CITY ENGINEERING COMPANY IGNORED BY CITY HALL AS LOCAL STREETS ARE DESTROYED!!!
A few inches of snow sends KCMO streets into disarray as weather warnings have been removed but travel is still tough going . . . And so one street hot mess leads us to the next . . .
WALDO CRITICISM RESONATES THROUGHOUT KANSAS CITY AS NEIGHBORS ARGUE AGAINST HAPHAZARD STREET & PROPERTY DESTRUCTION NEGLECTED BY 12TH & OAK!!!
Right now we feature testimony sent our way that matches up with a great deal of social media complaints.
And what we want to focus on isn't calling out the many construction companies working in Waldo but rather the COMPLETE LACK OF COMMUNICATION WITH NEIGHBORS BY CITY HALL which has sparked this outcry.
Here's the word . . .
"I have complained multiple times on 311, and multiple times with Blue Nile directly. I am appalled at the workmanship and the lack of concern for Waldo residents.
They have destroyed our yard, our driveway, several trees, and our ability to enjoy the Trolley Trail. Everything has been covered in mud and/or washed away from erosion. Jobs were started and never finished. The rain collecting drains that they installed on our street do not even make sense with the natural flow of rain water. They have said that was the plan...nothing they can do to mediate things unless the city pays for it.
During their digging on our street alone, they broke the gas main THREE times and the water main once. Our property was flooded during that break. Our property continues to flood when it rains. What is happening with this company!? I am ready to move away from my home and my neighborhood...yes, it has affected all of us greatly. And for what?? On our street, the work they’ve done has been a detriment rather than an improvement. THIS DOES NOT SEEM RIGHT. Help."
Developing . . .
Yesterday, we asked our blog community about impeachment talk and the shut down challenges confronting the Prez and the consensus was clear.
OVERALL KANSAS CITY VOTERS REJECT IMPEACHMENT TALK AGAINST PREZ TRUMP EVEN IF THEY'RE FRUSTRATED WITH THE SHUT DOWN!!!
Today Prez Trump plans an announcement and possibly a new deal.
Meanwhile, the Administration has worked to skillfully spin an Internets debate over journalism into an impressive talking point against all of the media.
And, to be fair both Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Cleaver have spoken out AGAINST impeachment despite more exuberance over the move from left wing progressives.
Nevertheless, it's important to point out that generally KC loves to clown the Prez but probably isn't "done" with him by a long shot.
Check the links:
BBC: Trump hits back at Buzzfeed report he 'instructed lawyer to lie'
Huff Post: CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin: Mueller Pushback On BuzzFeed Report Is ‘Bad Day’ For News Media
The Root: I Don’t Care What Y’all Say, If Buzzfeed Brings Down President Trump, I’m Inviting Them To The Cookout
Fox News: Mueller team disputes BuzzFeed report claiming Trump told Cohen to lie
DC: CNN And MSNBC Repeatedly Floated Impeachment Over Disputed BuzzFeed Report
Fox News: Trump calls release of BuzzFeed report 'a sad day for journalism'; Giuliani urges DOJ pursuit of leakers
THe Hill: BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing'
Developing . . .
CONGRESSWOMAN SHARICE DAVIDS HEADLINES KANSAS CITY WOMEN'S MARCH 2019 DESPITE SPONSOR DROPOUTS CITING CONCERNS OF ANTISEMITISM!!!
Today's local lady protest was moved indoors because of arctic weather conditions and has yet to answer controversy about the national affiliation.
In fairness, check the link to their event page and here's what they hope to accomplish in their own words . . .
"On January 19th, 2019 THE WOMEN'S MARCH (AND THE MEN AND CHILDREN WHO STAND WITH THEM) OF KANSAS CITY will raise their voices in solidarity with those all over the country to demand equality for ALL humans at the 2019 Women’s March Kansas City. Bring Your Hearts, Bring Your Signs, Bring Your Passion, Bring Your Voices, And Bring Your Marching Shoes. We encourage groups to come and walk for their causes. Are You Ready?
"Over the past year, basic rights for women, immigrants, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, the religious and nonreligious, people of color and even Mother Earth have struggled to survive under the weight of the current administration. America’s First Amendment has been challenged, and healthcare for millions has been threatened. We must stand together to demand and defend our rights. Let your voice echo throughout Kansas City and show the world that red, white and blue are colors of tolerance."
So far no local media outlet has bothered to present a clear picture of the march that is slated to host Congress lady Sharice Davids along with Mayor Sly and Council ladies Jolie Justice and Alisia Canady.
Remember that the Democratic Party has dropped their sponsorship.
The Southern Poverty Law Center quietly abandoned their sponsorship as well.
And progressive group "Emily's List" is out, too.
For those who have missed the controversy regarding the march, it's mostly focused on national leaders connected to Minister Louis Farrakhan.
Related reading . . .
Harper's: Should You Attend the Women's March?
The Hill: Women's March official says group is 'unequivocal about denouncing anti-Semitism'
UST: Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Why I refuse to walk with the Washington Women’s March
Time: Women First Marched to Challenge Trump. Now They Are Challenging Each Other
Mashable: Why local organizers support the Women's March despite controversy
And so we ask . . .
SHOULD REP. SHARICE DAVIDS, MAYOR SLY AND COUNCIL LADIES ATTEND OR AT LEAST ANSWER CRITICISMS ABOUT THIS MARCH AMID THE DISPUTE OVER ANTISEMITISM?!?!?
Thanks to our AWESOME BLOG COMMUNITY we're the only newish source to pose the question whilst the rest of the local media cover the snow and the Chiefs game as they attempt to keep Kansas City stupid.
You decide . . .
Read more . . .
JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) - A snow plow driver has died after a rollover crash Saturday morning. The wreck happened about 5:50 a.m. near 207th Street and U.S. Highway 69. Emergency crews arrived on the scene in an attempted to rescue the trapped driver but was found unresponsive.
Susan Wagle may be best positioned to succeed Pat Roberts in the U.S. Senate when he retires in 2020. Wagle, the Kansas Senate president, is a conservative woman from Wichita, and that all bodes well for her.
A lesbian couple in Missouri was denied an apartment because their marriage was not "understood in the Bible"
A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Missouri Friendship Village, a retirement community that rejected a lesbian couple due to religious beliefs. Here are the details.
As always, the billion dollar panty and beauty game inspires contemplation of culture war news from around the world . . .
Fr24: Lingerie looks for new bottom line after #MeToo
Kotaku: As Spreadsheet Of Accused Abusers Spreads, Anime Conventions Get Their MeToo Movement
WEF: What does real leadership look like in the #MeToo era?
Closer to home, here's a glimpse at the local links worth a peek right now . . .
Kansas City Freeze Out Saturday
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -- Drifting snow and falling temperatures in the teens could lead to ice- and snow-packed roads to begin your weekend. A Winter Weather Advisory that was in effect through the overnight hours expired about 5 a.m. Saturday.
Several events celebrating civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. are scheduled in the Kansas City metropolitan area in 2019.
Optimistic Weekend Plans
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - While the game day forecast has improved for Sunday's AFC Championship matchup at Arrowhead Stadium, it will still be frigid. Stay up-to-date on the latest forecast here. We gathered these tips from the Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department to help you stay warm (so you can stay loud) as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the New England Patriots.
Kansas City Football Tradition
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Every Sunday, the Kosorog family follows a routine. They put on their red Kansas City Chiefs jerseys and start making their way to Arrowhead. At first, they would bring meatball sandwiches. Now, they bring more food to tailgate. The Chiefs are more than a football team for the Kosorogs.
Sign From Above?!?!
Is this a good omen for the Chiefs? There's total lunar eclipse Sunday that will turn the moon red.
Former Glory Report
KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) - The even-keeled executive with the crisp suit and winning smile stood inside the mostly empty Kansas City Chiefs locker room, his team having just won a home playoff game for the first time in 25 years. He talked about how much it meant to their long-suffering fans.
Boozing The Kansas City Weekend
April Fleming We find we require something a little stronger to get us through these long, dark winter months. Boulevard's new limited release, Plaid Habit, understands. It has a hearty 13.9% ABV (and you can taste it - very boozy!), but this Imperial Brown Ale is also smooth and sweet, having aged gracefully for 18 months in just-emptied, 10-year Canadian rye whisky barrels.
Parquet Courts - Wide Awake is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Songwriter and Kansas City native Tech N9ne released a new song titled "Red Kingdom" ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship Game. The artist announced his new release via Twitter on Friday night. Tech made it clear in his tweet that the new single was a nod to the Chiefs, "From ME & STRANGE MUSIC, to THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS!
Just a captivating as any discussion of our local political discourse, KCPT talker Nick Haines shares a peek at his new hairdo in honor of Patrick Mahomes.
And then, the description of his latest show . . .
Nick Haines, Cat Reid, Dave Helling, Steven Dial and Brian Ellison discuss the reaction and response to the recent storm damage and power outages, Governors Laura Kelly and Mike Parson delivering their first State of the State addresses, problems in the Hickman Mills and Blue Valley School Districts, marijuana business applications, new roles for Claire McCaskill and Kevin Yoder and Chiefs fever.
Take a look:
You decide . . .
Impossible to not take photos in the fog... opportunity doesn't arrive that often. These shots were taken in Kessler Park and on the Concourse and in the Colonnade. All shots taken with the Nikon D850 and Nikkor 28-300mm lens. ASA 500.
Open Spaces is still on our minds in Kansas City. The festival showcased work that embraced the city's creative growth giving a preview of future potential. Strong installations made the festival hard to write off entirely, and many of the works were opportunities for greater programmatic efforts.
Winter inferno starts the Saturday news cycle . . . KCFD shared some scary pix. Here's the first report:
KCTV5: Kansas City firefighters battle house fire near 45th, Benton
Overnight newsies say these pix were shared by the KCFD Chief on the scene . . .
"The two-alarm fire broke out about 3:45 a.m. in the 4500 block of South Benton Boulevard. The fire chief says they’re still searching to see if there was anyone inside. The roof collapse is making it difficult to search."
Developing . . .
Friday, January 18, 2019
Hope is running high for Kansas City at this late hour. Without question KCP&L really holds all the power in this town. This week the company overcame public criticism with a great deal of effort and manpower in order to restore electricity to 100K homes hit by the winter storm. Tonight, locals are simply praying their lights stay on . . .
And so, we turn to the local political game in order to check on the fight for slightly less meaningful power . . .
Councilman Scott Taylor
What we learned this week: The 6th District leader has the support of Democratic Party infrastructure more than any other contender and that might be his secret weapon to surpass other challengers in an exceptionally crowded Mayoral contest.
Activist Clay Chastain
This time, mostly thanks to our blog community, the light rail activist has earned a bit more attention than usual as he wages war against the newspaper rather than his competition on the ballot.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes
Right now the "King Of Ketchup" is the so-called savior of Kansas City and could assume the throne of all time hometown king if he brings back a Super Bowl win. The amount of faith locals have put in this rookie QB is unprecedented as this cowtown seems desperate for shared glory.
As always . . .
This list has been compiled according to scientific TKC polling and market research data and it's a weekly comprehensive guide to local powerful people, trends and our times.
Overall perspective on our pop culture news and why the panty game is an essential part of our KICK-ASS TKC discourse . . .
Vox: Cultural criticism is journalism. And in an era when fewer outlets support it, we need more of it, not less
Closer to home, for news junkies, these local items are worth a glimpse this evening . . .
Science Forecast Tonight
A winter weather advisory is out for most of the region and a winter storm warning is posted for northwest Missouri and northern Kansas, including the St. Joseph. Up to 8 inches of snow is possible near St. Joseph, while Kansas City could see anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of snow.
Fanboy Fashion News Dominates
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) - With all the excitement, many Chiefs fans want to look the part. One Overland Park store is giving fans more dapper option than just a t-shirt. Danny Assal has owned Dan's Clothier and Tailor for more than 30 years.
Naming The Kansas City Dead
Victim identified in Northeast Kansas City shooting
Newspaper Cookie JOURNALISM
Cookie fans and food bloggers are freaking out over the limited-edition More Stuf Oreo, an Oreo with the "most creme ever." They remind people of the Oreo Big Stuff from back in the '80s, but with much more filling.
Show-Me Lock Down Shut Down
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) -- Gov. Mike Parson says there will be no layoffs and no additional prisoner releases as part of a northwest Missouri prison consolidation. Parson plans to close Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron, although on Friday he said he wants to keep it available in case it's later needed.
Rep. Davids Declaration
Newly elected Democratic Kansas Congresswoman Sharice Davids says her top priority is reopening the government. In a speech Friday at a Kansas City, Kansas, Chamber of Commerce forum, Davids called the partial government shutdown "completely unacceptable." She said she would push for back wages for furloughed government workers and low-wage contractors.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Amtrak is modifying service in the Northeast and Midwest because of winter storms moving through the region. The Capitol Limited, from Chicago to Washington, and the Lake Shoe Limited, from Chicago to New York, are canceled on Saturday. On Sunday, five Acela trains and six Northeast Regional trains will not operate between New York and Boston.
Gary Warns Against Slip & Slide
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.
Working Class Celebrate Overtime
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The additional rain and snow expected this weekend once again means long hours and plenty of work for tree and snow removal companies around the metro. Last week, Tree Trimming Plus owner Terry Heath and his team worked around the clock to clear streets and parking lots after a storm moved through the area.
KC Coach Is A Survivor
January 18 at 6:51 AM They stepped out of the cold and into the warmth and uncertainty of a private airport in Philadelphia. Failure was not an option. In early January 2013, five members of the Kansas City Chiefs organization had traveled east, and when the big man with the familiar mustache walked in to join them, he could smell soft pretzels and - considering the crowd - feel the day's importance.
And this is the OPEN THREAD for tonight . . .
SHAME!!! GOLDEN GHETTO HOTTIE CONVICTED OF BEATING BABY UNTIL YOUNGSTER WAS BRAIN DAMAGED AND BLIND AT ILLEGAL DAYCARE!!!
A horrific glimpse at real life in JoCo and the sordid deets of a horrific case somewhat resolved today.
"A Johnson County jury convicted a woman Friday of aggravated battery for beating a child at an unlawful daycare . . . Four-months-old at the time, suffered severe brain injuries that left him blind, according to court testimony . . . Prosecutors are asking for an enhanced sentence because Hatfield was a child careprovider, that's being debated on Friday night. Sentencing will be determined at a later date."
KSHB provides court info: Woman convicted of battering a child at illegal daycare in Johnson County
WDAF shares testimony from parents: Johnson County daycare provider found guilty in severe beating of infant
Developing . . .
Great comment from our blog community this evening offers a some EXCEPTIONAL insight and perspective on a financial debate that should should familiar to local news readers. This take riffs off pension concern but offers a far better angle for comparison with local finances.
TKC Reader: Kelly Wants To SPEND!
Kelly's plan, essentially to make smaller minimum monthly payments on the state's credit card balance so that she can spend more money now, is exactly the type of move that the Star lambasted former Governor Brownback for during the extent of his term.
It also reminds me of the way in which KCMO City Manager Troy Schulte extended the repayment schedule for the failed Power and Light District perpetual financial shortfalls. In 2013-2014, KCMO taxpayers got stuck for about $14 million because the Cordish Company of Baltimore Maryland continues to swindle KCMO every year on the deal. Never mind that Mayor James and Council continue to reward Cordish with tax breaks, parking garages, and other perks for their luxury high-rise towers. Kicking the can down the road, when current officeholders will be long gone and taxpayers are wearing millstones around their necks."
The refinancing calls for adding seven years to the entertainment district’s debt payments, from 2033 to 2040. It lowers the payments from 2015 through 2019 and frees up cash to help pay for pension reform, especially in the 2014-15 budget. But it bumps up the debt payments between 2020 and 2040, a net increase in overall debt of $36 million."
"Treasurer Tammy Queen conceded it’s not usually prudent fiscal management to add to debt service payments..."
Developing . . .
click to enlarge COURTESY MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS Meth dealers hunting a drug thief in St. Louis are responsible for a pair of murders, including the grisly killing of man whose toothless, charred corpse was found last summer in a burning Dodge Challenger, according to federal authorities.
The AP offers that latest news on the conservative contender out of class . . .
Kobach tells judge he’s finished legal education she ordered
Now a glimpse at his future grand plans:
Kobach says he's seriously considering US Senate bid in 2020
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! CONGRESSMAN EMANUEL CLEAVER II AND REP. SHARICE DAVIDS UNITE TO HELP WORKERS DURING GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN!!!
FIRST ON TKC - Local team up from two of the top ranking leaders in the Kansas City metro . . .
Congressman Cleaver and Congresswoman Davids to Hold Press Conference To Announce Local Support for Federal Workers
Members will highlight local efforts to assist federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown
(Kansas City, MO) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) and Congresswoman Sharice Davids, (D-KS) will hold a joint press conference Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at the KCATA Kansas City headquarters to recognize public and private entities that are willing to work with federal employees and federal contract workers impacted by the partial government shutdown.
Congressman Cleaver’s and Congresswoman Davids’ offices have been contacting banks, credit unions, local utility companies, and municipal and county agencies to inquire about relief for those who have been furloughed or those not receiving their regular pay due to the shutdown.
Joining Congressman Cleaver and Congresswoman Davids at the press conference will be various utility agencies and banking institutions, from Kansas and Missouri, who are providing assistance to workers by setting up repayment plans for certain utilities or providing low interest loans to federal employees impacted by the shutdown.
“When Congresswoman Sharice Davids approached me on the House floor about the federal workers in her area, I knew we were both feeling the same concerns and we both wanted to do something to help them. I am delighted to be standing with her today to offer some sort of relief as we continue working to end the shutdown,” said Congressman Cleaver.
“Kansas City area federal workers and contractors aren’t at fault for the shutdown mess and they shouldn’t be forced to deal with the consequences of Washington’s dysfunction. We need to get the government back up and running but as this situation goes on, I’m glad to be working with Congressman Cleaver to try to help people in our area who are furloughed or working without pay. We have asked local utility companies to consider payment plans and to not shut off services due to unpaid bills for local people being impacted by the shutdown,” said Congresswoman Davids.
When: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Who: Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO), Congresswoman Sharice Davids (D-KS), Representatives from various agencies
Where: Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) 1200 E. 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
Developing . . .
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- There was panic after shots were fired at a Kansas City school bus just after classes let out Thursday. A First Student bus driver said she was minding her business on her bus route around 3:30 p.m. when shots were fired.