Saturday, August 24, 2019

TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! NEW KCI AIRPORT CONSTRUCTION PROTEST COMING SOON!!!



The biggest challenge in building the new airport has been keeping everyone happy and in this respect KCMO has one again come up short . . .

A schedule of listening sessions seems nice but the PR hasn't impressed some local labor leaders and even more businesses who feel they've been shut out of the process.

Here's the list of upcoming gripe sessions amid an ongoing series of meetings that are growing more contentious:



There are a myriad of complaints but the most relevant seem to be those coming from vendors in a confused line for bids on concessions.

Remember, one of the main points for building the new airport was to offer more shopping and dining opportunities for travelers passing through Kansas City . . . Now it seems the prospect of a de facto airport shopping mall has become confused and developers are torn between the higher yields of big name brands vs. locking low-rent locals out of the market. Even worse, the new airport will be smaller and space is at a premium.

Add this to the absence of a real community benefit agreement, a growing list of broken promises and construction falling behind schedule and was can see this project already on a collision course.

Sadly, local newsies are hesitant to talk about rising debate as they mistakenly believe the new mayor is flying high rather than caught in a tailspin and about to crash & burn.

And so, all of this current and impending airport drama inspires our playlist tonight . . .



As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.

Patrick Mahomes Perfection



The best but maybe not the last hyperbolic review for Kansas City's king of ketchup.

Checkit:

Arrowhead Pride: Patrick Mahomes was nearly perfect in final preseason tune-up

Developing . . .

WILL THE KANSAS CITY FED SABOTAGE THE PREZ TRUMP BULL MARKET?!?!?



Talk of trade deficits and yield curves is boring and doesn't really get to the heart of a deeper truth inherent in the recent kerfuffle over the global economy. Strangely, Kansas City plays a big part in the fundamental difference of world views that has US markets teetering on the brink of recession.

The basics: The Kansas City Fed leads dissent in taking direction from the White House. The resistance sparks outrage from Prez Trump which has, in turn, inspired a moment of pause and a serious market hit.

TKC won't pretend to understand macroeconomics but much smarter people who read this blog have helped to give us a fundamental view.

And so, the question before the most loyal readers among our blog community on this early Saturday evening:

IS THE KANSAS CITY FED TOO OLD FASHIONED AND STINGY TO KEEP UP WITH THE PREZ TRUMP BULL MARKET?!?!

There are good points on "many sides" of this issue but what's most interesting is that the mere mention of this debate has the potential to cost investors MILLIONS and demonstrates that the stock market isn't immune to the culture war or the "transformative" impact of Prez Trump's brash style. By that same token, the growing likelihood of recession and the Fed's power to tighten the money supply and slow down the economy presents a serious threat to the reputation of the Prez given how much he has touted his bull market run.

Check the links:

CNBC: The Fed didn’t need to cut rates in July, Kansas City Fed president says

Yahoo: Kansas City Fed President on economic uncertainty, Fed's next move

F/XBiz: US economy ‘doing well’ but these headwinds may undo it: Kansas City Fed President

Forbes: Trump’s Tweets Cost Investors Over $500 Billion

CNN: Trump asks if Federal Reserve bigger enemy than China

Fox News: Trump says 'I wouldn't stop him' if Fed chair Powell resigned

NBC: Trump increases tariffs on Chinese goods hours after slamming Fed chief

Developing . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! INSIDER: FORMER KCFD HONCHO COMING SOON TO CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE?!?!?!



As always, let's not forget that the KCFD can get worse than a sewing circle and their leadership isn't accountable to newsies, elected officials or police.

However, here's a bit of hot talk we heard last night, checked out and heard again a few moments ago . . .

LOOK FOR THE FORMER KCFD HONCHO TO PUT IN JUST A BIT OF WORK ALONGSIDE SOME OF HIS STRONGEST SUPPORTERS IN THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE!!!

As the fate of his job hangs in the balance, it seems that City Manger Troy needs as many friends as he can get and FD factions who remain loyal to the departing Chief can rest assured that they still have a voice at 12th & Oak whilst the bitter union feud to pick the next honcho persists . . .

Developing . . .

TKC CAPTION CONTEST!!! KANSAS CITY MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS WEARS SHORT SHORTS IN SOCCER MATCH!!!



The new Kansas City boss shows some leg this afternoon along with indulging in a bit of nostalgia . . .

Mayor Quinton seyz:

Although I’ll be resting now for a few days, it was a great alumni soccer game against the varsity team today at The Barstow School est 1884. It’s amazing how much slower I am now (or how much faster kids are these days)... #KCMO #MoKanSports #Barstow135 #SouthKC ‬

I think our blog community might be able to come up with a caption more captivating . . . Meanwhile, we must give credit where it's due to the politico who is far more athletic than his predecessor and looks to be hustling to make up for his gap in charisma and meaningful local connections.

You decide . . .

Kansas City 'Good Neighbor Law' Solution To Blighted Urban Core Housing Crisis?!?!

A legislative fix that hopes to shift local burdens but, once again, promises to clean up local dumping grounds that need constant care amid neglect from property owners. Take a look:

Neighborhood leaders say new law to help clean up properties

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A new law dubbed the Good Neighbor Law was created to help give neighborhood associations a new tool to clean up abandoned properties. Under the law, neighborhood associations would be able to go onto the private property of abandoned houses and clean up trash, mow grass and board up windows if need be.

Show-Me Gun Rights In Platte County, MO

Posted simply as a juxtaposition of one local government vs. KCMO . . . Moreover:

Many, but not all, anti-violence advocates blame the proliferation of guns for rising Kansas City crime. HOWEVER, the widespread availability of firearms just a few miles away and even in government buildings disproves the implausible theory that 2nd Amendment freedom is to blame for rising urban core violence.

Read more:

Platte County employees can now carry guns while at work

Platte County employees can now carry guns while they are at work. The County Commission unanimously approved an ordinance to expand concealed carry.Whether mowing the lawn or assessing taxes, any county employee with a permit can now take a firearm inside the administration building and out to a job site.Public Works employees requested the change.

DIANA KANDER STANDS UP FOR AMERICAN DREAM AND IMMIGRANTS!!!



Shared by the best and brightest among this blog community . . . This town's top motivational speaker and one half of the strongest political power couple offers inspiration and her take on the current immigration conversation.

Checkit:

Diana Kander: An American Dream

Description

Diana Kander is a New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur, innovation specialist, and Jewish refugee from the Former Soviet Union.

Come hear Diana and her mother, Marina Kagan, share their family's journey from persecution, to safety and prosperity in Kansas City.

This event is part of Welcoming Week, a nationwide movement to bring together immigrants and native-born residents in a spirit of unity to build strong connections across their communities and affirm the benefits of welcoming everyone.

Light Reception Following, Vaad Certified

This free event is sponsored by Jewish Vocational Service, JCRB and the Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City.

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Sun, September 15, 2019
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CDT
Jewish Community Center

Kansas City Chiefs Home Game Traffic Warning: Dangerous Hot Mess Awaits

A peek at ongoing traffic trouble that has been frustrating, inconvenient and deadly . . . Read more:

MoDOT warning of delays and detours on Chiefs game day

The Missouri Department of Transportation is issuing a warning to anyone planning to head to Arrowhead for game day this weekend -- plan ahead.Ongoing construction work, plus new ramp and road closures, will likely delay drivers heading toward the I-70 and I-435 interchange near Arrowhead Stadium.Part of the delays spring from ongoing work on the interchange, however, new ramp closures are expected before game time.

Celebration Over David Koch's Death

Actually, was surprised to see the creepy sentiment repeated a few times via social media feed. Here's the most objective roundup of the radical sentiment regarding the death of the Kansas billionaire influencer and it's impact:

Bill Maher says he's 'glad' David Koch is dead

HBO host Bill Maher William (Bill) Maher Bill Maher says he's 'glad' David Koch is dead The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts Delaney: 'It feels like some Democrats are cheering on a recession' MORE said Friday that he is "glad" billionaire conservative activist David Koch is dead, adding, that he hopes "the end was painful."

Kansas City Chiefs Trading Tyreek Hill?!?

This would basically destroy team's chances this season but that, rightfully, doesn't stop local fans from worrying. Read more:

It would take a lot for the Chiefs to trade Tyreek Hill

Chiefs fans are abuzz with rumors of interest in teams acquiring Tyreek Hill. There are many reasons that would be difficult, including the tumultuous offseason Hill just experienced, should an organization elect to make that kind of move. From a football standpoint, it would be a significant challenge for the team trying to acquire Hill to meet the compensation required.

As The World Burns: Kansas City Biz At Fault For Amazon Forest Fire Apocalypse?!?!



Mainstream media tells us that "the Amazon is often referred to as the planet's lungs, producing 20% of the oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere." Nevertheless, it's hard to make the topic local.

Luckily, KC Citizen media sent a relevant note our way in order to at least mention the International devistation from a local perspective . . . Here's the word:

"Agribusiness is one of the biggest political players in Kansas City . . . We must look at the role of these International companies in causing one of the worst environmental disasters in global history. A disaster that many believe could speed up planetary extinction."

TKC further reading:

Democracy Now: How Jair Bolsonaro Emboldened Brazilian Agribusiness to Torch the Amazon & Attack Indigenous People

Fox: Amazon wildfires get some help from US firefighting plane

NBC News: How the Amazon's fires, deforestation affect the U.S. Midwest

Atlantic: The Amazon Cannot Be Recovered Once It’s Gone

CNN: The Amazon is burning because the world eats so much meat

Science News: Brazil’s Amazon has burned this badly before. This year’s fires are still bad

TKC Fave Headline: While We Debated Chicken Sandwiches And Football, The Largest Rainforest in The World Burned

Developing . . .

TKC MUST READ!!! SOBERING KANSAS CITY HOT TAKE ON CHINA TRADE WAR!!!



A really thoughtful, entertaining and informative note from a TKC blog comment fave on trade talk and the road ahead . . .

Chuck: The Epic American Hangover And A Chance To Heal

In my "Salad Days" I rode Harley's though the wind and cocaine and booze through my wallet. Many was the morning, I woke up and tried to remember where I was, where I had been and what had happened to all that money.

America, is HUNG OVER!

The U.S. is 21 Trillion Dollars in debt. There is a straight line reference from that debt to the parasitic relationship we have endured for the last 19 years in hopes of Chinese "Normalization". Many if not most of the 70,000 factories and 7,000,000 jobs were lost by way of the U.S.-China Trade Relations Act Of 2000. Presidents, since that time, have accepted the constant dissimulations and flat out lies from the Chinese in hopes that Democracy would find roots and flourish in a post Mao "Middle Kingdom". Every President from Bush II, through Obama and now Trump has promised to fix the dramatic 800 Billion Dollar A Year Imbalance Of Trade, yet, until today, it remained a velleity.

Hope sprang eternal, yet, we should have known, especially after Tiananmen Square, it was a pipe dream full of Fentanyl. A fissiparous relationship in the best of years, our pain, our money and our decline was fungible and translated into the rise of an enemy who thinks in terms of "The Art Of War", while we parroted the worst efforts of Neville Chamberlain.

Kansas City Star Loves Rep. Sharice Even When She Ignores Their Questions

Credit where it's due, this note is important if only because it offers more insight into local media than any politico.

Whilst politics has always been a popularity contest, this report shows us that newsies are more concerned about making friends and rubbing elbows with power players than getting hung up on policy . . . Take a peek and don't pretend that both sides aren't guilty of these chummy tactics . . .

Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids is hard not to like - and hard to pin down on policy questions

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids talks about how she approaches representing Kansas' 3rd District in the House of Representatives. She spoke with The Kansas City Star editorial board on the morning of Aug. 22. U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids' reputation as genteel, earnest and studious is, from all appearances, legit.

Diverse Mizzou Comeback?!?!

Mizzou admission is on the rise with a more diverse student body in the aftermath of 2015 protests that took over campus but also inspired backlash from Conservatives across the nation.

Here's a note about new faculty progress that SHOULD have a more stabilizing effect on students swept away by protest culture even if those demonstrations were responsible for the advancement:

Black faculty numbers increase at University of Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Four years after student protesters denouncing a racist campus culture and demanding a more diverse faculty disrupted the University of Missouri, school data indicates minority hires have edged up but still lag the national average.

Kansas City Saturday News Run



Speeding thru Saturday pop culture war news . . .

Saw1st: Daniella Karagach Arriving at Good Morning America in NY

NYPost: Why outrage over Sean Spicer’s casting on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ is a double standard

Daily Beast: Why Sean Spicer’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Casting Really Is That Pathetic

Closer to home, here are some of the news links we're watching this morning . . .

Kansas City Ruins Roads

Closure on Gillham Road by Children's Mercy isn't for construction but pedestrian safety

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- You might have noticed a change to the roads over by Children's Mercy Hospital, but it's not more construction. The city is hoping the closure will keep pedestrians safer. Driving down Gillham Road can be confusing.


Power Play Branding

Westar, KCP&L launch campaign to introduce their new brand name

Two Kansas utility companies that have recently merged have started a public education campaign to introduce the name of their new company. Westar Energy and Kansas City Power and Light merged in June, 2018 to form a new company that will be called Evergy. The name change becomes effective in October.


Local Artsy Troop Tribute

New DAV art gallery inspired by local veteran

A few months ago, Pat Deeter, a longtime member of the Independence Art Association, sat in the restaurant at the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 2 in Independence and looked at the blank walls surrounding her."We eat lunch and dinner here quite often, and I kept looking at those white walls and thought, 'Boring!'


Suburban Hot Mess

Overnight fire damages a Lee's Summit daycare facility

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo -- A midnight check on a fire alarm led to Lee's Summit firefighters working to save the International Children's Academy at 905 SE Douglas. Fire crews were called to the business to investigate the automatic fire alarm.


Local Storage Ablaze

KC firefighters battle warehouse fire late Friday

Kansas City firefighters spent Friday night battling a large fire in a warehouse on Troost Avenue near Brush Creek Boulevard.Crews were called about 11:15 p.m. to the area. By the time firefighters arrived to the scene, the fire was fully involved.


Rock Chalk Scribe Review

This Best-Selling Lawrence Author's Novel Is About A Knight In Shining Armor With Autism

A knight in shining armor with autism is the hero of Lawrence novelist Bryn Greenwood's new book, " The Reckless Oath We Made." A voice tells him to "champion" a waitress he meets in a Wichita physical therapy session, and the two careen off on a dangerous mission.


Katie Talks The Weekend

Brief rain showers possible, high near 78 Saturday

There could be a few light rain showers Saturday. It will be breezy. Look for a high near 78 degrees.


Missy Elliott - Throw It Back is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Newsflash: Kansas City Corporate Welfare Stays Losing Most Of The Time!!! GASP!!!

Check the newspaper catching up to tax figher testimony over the past 8 years . . . AND THEN offering a glimmer of hope for the new administration despite a litany of upcoming East Side tax incentives that are equally doomed.

No hateration, it's beautifully written, the punctuation is perfect but in terms of revealing new info this dead-tree reporting is mostly just repackaging city hall talking points and targeted toward those poor souls who want to feel good about themselves for reading the paper and pretending that they're informed.

Checkit:

KC invested $175 million in development subsidies in 2018. The return is a mixed bag

Kansas City has historically been generous in awarding property tax breaks to big developers. Will the next mayor take a different approach? Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas has adopted a new measuring stick to evaluate whether tax breaks for real estate development projects are working.

Johnson County Man Loses His Marbles

Human interest and rising crime testimony that's worthwhile and offers one more reason why weekend Kansas City metro "journalism" takes just a little bit more effort. Read more:

Shawnee instructor loses cherished marbles in car theft

SHAWNEE, Kan. - A thief stole much more than a pickup truck in a crime reported on Friday morning. The theft was reported along Oak Ridge Drive when Rich Maxwell noticed his truck was missing from the driveway.

Kansas City Sweet Life Reconsidered


Better than just foodie hype, here's a peek at one of the top gourmet creators in Kansas City offering a bit of insight into his life and career journey . . .

"For chocolates that would make Willy Wonka’s mouth water, look up Christopher Elbow artisanal chocolates in the crossroads district. Elbow’s culinary resumé is hefty, working anywhere from a line cook in Lincoln County, to the Vegas strip. Cocoa butter is used to paint their galvanizing bon-bons. Elbow keeps it simple and natural, using real fruit to bring that fresh from the garden taste to the consumer."

Take a look:



You decide . . .

Kansas City Saturday Sausage Fest

Local tubed meat that should be of interest to our blog community . . . Take a peek at the benefits of a more savory & enjoyable product of the KC grind:

Food Critics: The Best Hot Dogs And Sausages In Kansas City In 2019

It's still summer, which means it's hot dog season. But for all the democratic appeal they can rightly claim, hot dogs - also known as weiners - don't get much respect. "They're cheap. They have notoriously been cheap. They're just a filling, inexpensive way to get something in your tummy," says Jenny Vergara of Feast Magazine.

Kansas City West Bottoms Eat Out

Quick tour of this up & coming hipster enclave that continues to push for a "Renaissance" in the midst of train tracks, random hobos and taxpayer subsidized development. Checkit:

Our favorite restaurants in the West Bottoms of Kansas City

Voltaire Voltaire was making the West Bottoms a hip destination before it was declared such by Kansas City's cool kids crowd (thanks to recent additions like The Campground and the updated Golden Ox). In 2013, owner Jill Myers and chef Wes Gartner opened with the intention of offering diners something a little unexpected.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Kansas City Weekly Power Rankings



For our beloved late night readers we share a peek at where our community stands tonight along with the movers & shakers who got us here . . . Check the STRONGEST in KCMO right now:

Wickham James Strategies & Solutions


Actually, the response has been pretty horrible . . . Still, it's a strong indication that politicos aren't as popular after they run out of favors to grant but instead need contracts to stay relevant.

Military Aircraft Over Kansas City Skies


History has taught us to fear the military industrial complex. This week, locals realized that amid their concerns and/or questions . . . Silence is always the most powerful answer.

Kansas City Toxic Driving Culture


The headline phrase is powerful if only because it signals an acceptable stereotype, the illusion of a social stuggle and an overly educated amateur urban planner class who didn't make it bigger, better cities. And so the talking point is nothing but a very strong use of language intended to scare locals into giving away $400-MILLION worth of taxpayer cash to a network of small vicious circle of friends in a pathetic social media clique.

And so . . .


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.

TKC QUESTION: IS KANSAS CITY LOSING FIGHT AGAINST DEADLY RISING CRIME?!?!



If this round-up of news items seem familiar, rest assured that all of these items were shared during this evening's news cycle but also represent a constant refrain as the homicide count moves closer to the century mark this August 2019.

Checkt:

Kansas City Killing NextGen

Kansas City's gun violence claiming young lives

Hide Transcript Show Transcript EIGHT-MONTH-OLD WAS KILLED IN HIS ROOM WHEN HIS HOME A SHOT UP. AND A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD GIRL WAS SHOT SEVERAL TIMES IN THE FRONT YARD OF HER HOME. HER 17-YEAR-OLD BROTHER THE LATEST IN THE A NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE KILLED IN KANSAS CITY.


Stop KC Revenge Killings

Community leaders discuss preventing retaliatory crimes

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Violence in Kansas City has taken its toll on dozens of families this summer. The KCPD has reported more than 90 homicides already this summer. Five of those deaths were children under 16 years old. Now, some are worried that number will continue to rise if nothing is done.


Group Effort Against Crime

The foundation working behind the scenes with KCPD to reduce violent crime in the metro

KANSAS CITY, Mo -- With violent crime on the rise in Kansas City, Missouri, police who fight it need as many tools as they can get to track down the bad guys and put them away. The expected budget for KCPD this year is $219 million.


Targeting Illegal Guns

Stolen weapons play role in KC's escalating violence

The ATF recently released surveillance pictures of a man who broke into Patriot Pawn in Blue Springs in March by cutting a hole through one of the front windows. Law enforcement isn't searching only the suspect. They'd like to recover the dozen handguns he stole.


New Tech Hope Against Crime, Again

KCPD uses new strategy for predicting, fighting crime

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- The KCPD is one several departments across the country that is adopting an emerging strategy for fighting crime: policing by the numbers. One officer is using science and data to stay a step ahead of the crooks. The idea is to predict where crime will happen and put a stop to it.


Kansas City Health Warning

KC Health Department concerned with city's gun violence

Hide Transcript Show Transcript BIANCA: TO CURE A DISEASE, TREATMENT NEEDS TO BE APPLIED TO THE ROOT PROBLEM. INSIDE THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT'S OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION, AIM 4 PEACE IS TAKING THE SAME APPROACH TO GUN VIOLENCE. WE'RE LOOKING AT WHY ARE PEOPLE DOING IT, WE ARE LOOKING AT THE BEHAVIOR.



And so . . .


Suggestions are welcome given that some of the most dedicated people are working to help curb the local crime rate but have yet to find a solution . . .

You decide . . .

Classic Kansas City Endangered

One of this town's most iconic buildings could soon be history. Here's a look at local preservation efforts and/or the developer kill list:

Katz Drug Store, nuisance properties make 'Endangered List'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Historic Kansas City recently released its New to the list this year is the old Katz Drug Store building near Westport Road and Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri. Historic KC works to revitalize structures that have played an important role in the city's history.

Classic Kansas City Crime Hotness

Tragic reminder about growing property crime despite a forecast break in the heat but not the level of local lawlessness. Read more:

Thieves stealing air conditioning units from Plaza, Midtown neighborhoods

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City police say they're dealing with a jump in calls about missing air conditioners. In recent weeks, the crooks have been targeting the Plaza and Midtown neighborhoods. One homeowner captured the bold theft on surveillance camera. See the footage in the video player above.

Show-Me Hesitation On Armed Guards At Missouri Schools Amid Mass Shooting Fear

Sadly, a question of finance, access, safety and logistic stall this effort as the public grows increasingly concerned about gunfire targeting the NEXTGEN. Read more:

Gov. Parson wants to wait on arming school resource officers

Hide Transcript Show Transcript MICHAEL: ABOUT 60% OF MISSOURI SCHOOLS HAVE RESOURCE OFFICERS OFTEN PAID FOR BY THE LOCAL DISTRICTS, IN CONNECTION WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. A NEW REPORT SAYS, IF IT'S ECONOMICALLY DOABLE AND HAS LOCAL SUPPORT, SCHOOLS SHOULD HAVE THE BENEFIT OF AN ARMED SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER IN EVERY SCHOOL.

Kansas City Friday Night News Link Pool: Stay Gold And The Great Demi Debate!!!



You guys are just too damn picky. Demi is an international hottie with millions of fans and endorsement deals from hundreds of brands. She shares her social media love with the world in order to make our day a little brighter but some meanie commenters have a problem with her EPIC bikini model curves.

That's a shame but a sign of the times and current pop culture life as this quick link update reveals:

Wired: There’s a Thriving Market for Human Body Parts on Instagram

Body & Soul: So it looks like millennials are breaking up with Instagram for their mental health

Psych Today: Warnings That Images Are Digitally Altered? Don’t Bother

Closer to home, here are the somewhat nicer news links worth a look right now . . .

Kansas City Urban Core Summer Growing Pains

Gas pipeline project in Historic Northeast leaves sidewalks a mess and neighbors irked

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A natural gas pipeline replacement project in Kansas City's Historic Northeast is causing problems for some neighbors. In order to install new pipes, workers had to tear up the sidewalks on Quincy Avenue. Luz Cacho has a routine.


Meth Town Cold Call

Independence enforcing new cellphone policy for students

Hide Transcript Show Transcript MEANS. JASON GRUBB TEACHES GOVERNMENT AT WILLIAM CHRISMAN HIGH SCHOOL IN INDEPENDENCE AND EXPECTS A LOT OF CLASSROOM PARTICIPATION. IF YOU HAVE HEARD ABOUT THAT AND YOU HAVE VOTED FOR IT, RAISE YOUR HAND? KELLY: BUT HE GREW FRUSTRATED WITH ALL THE INTERRUPTIONS LINKED TO STUDENT CELL PHONES.


Local Career Ladies Dictate Kansas City Markets

KCBJ celebrates 2019 Women Who Mean Business at luncheon - Kansas City Business Journal

Nearly 700 people gathered at the Overland Park Convention Center to honor this year's class of Women Who Mean Business. Check out our photo gallery to see the newest group of 25 powerful female professionals honored for making an impact in Kansas City and beyond.


New KCK Attraction

'The Lawn,' new community space in KCK hopes to keep customers coming

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- As more people shop online, retailers are getting creative in developing attractions to convince consumers to come out to their physical stores. That's the idea behind a new outdoor gathering space in Wyandotte County. With a giant 40-foot LED screen, the space reminds some of the amenities at the Power and Light District.


Fanboy Question Reconsidered

Is this the year? Super Bowl or bust for Chiefs

Chiefs Preview Capsule KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (13-5) New faces: Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, DE Alex Okafor, DE Frank Clark, DE Emmanuel Ogbah, DT Khalen Saunders, LB Damien Wilson, LB Darron Lee, LB Jeremiah Attaochu, CB Bashaud Breeland, CB D'Montre Wade, SS Tyrann Mathieu, RB Carlos Hyde, RB Darwin Thompson, WR Mecole Hardman, OG Nick Allegretti, TE Blake Bell.


Tasty Weekend Ahead

J. Rieger & Co.'s Brunch Launch and other Weekend Possibilities

There are about 48 hours between leaving work on Friday and the time you start thinking about work once again on Sunday night. Weekend Possibilities is your roadmap for food, drinks and fun for the perfect Kansas City weekend. 4 - 8:00 p.m.


The End Game Revealed

Demi Rose Mawby Gold Booty Bikini Photoshoot

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Check Weekend Weather Now

Increasing clouds, highs in upper 70s Saturday

WILL HAVE A SEEING SOME SHOWERS. GREAT MORNING FOR A WALK OR JOG EARLY. FOR THE REST OF YOUR SATURDAY, WE WILL BE WATCHING FOR A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS. OUR SOUTH. 67 AT 8:00. 75 AT LUNCHTIME. THE CHIEFS ARE IN ACTION TAKING ON THE 49ERS. I WILL HAVE YOUR CHIEFS FORECAST COMING UP.


And this is the OPEN THREAD for tonight . . . STAY GOLD PONY BOY!!!

Jackson County Property Tax Assessment Crisis WILL Spike Kansas City Rents

Worthwhile fact check that deserves another look . . . Here's good info on how the courthouse debate extends far beyond the political realm. Read more:

Tenants fear more rent hikes coming in wake of high Jackson County property tax assessments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There's just more than a week left for Jackson County property owners to file property tax assessment appeals. The deadline for appeals has already been extended twice, and to date, more than 30,000 appeals have been filed.

Fight To Keep Ali Kemp Killer In Jail

Even in the era of "restorative justice" there are some crimes that can't be forgiven . . . Here's testimony from a young woman's father proving as much:

Ali Kemp's dad prepares to fight back as her killer argues for reduced prison sentence

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The man who got a Hard 50 prison sentence for killing Ali Kemp at a Leawood pool now wants his prison sentence reduced. Ali's father, Roger Kemp, said he's disgusted by Benjamin Appleby's motion for a new sentence, that enough is enough.

Serious North Kansas City Firetruck Crash Joked By Stupid Social Media

More than a few people hurt this afternoon as the dweebs on Reddit and Twitter rushed to call "oops" first from the comfort of their mobile phone keyboard . . . Here's more deets on the incident:

4 people taken to hospitals after crash with firetruck, NKC police say

Four people were taken to hospitals after a crash Friday afternoon involving a firetruck, North Kansas City police said.The wreck happened at 2:45 p.m. at Missouri 210 Highway and Vernon Street.Police said those injured in the crash suffered non-life-threatening injuries.The Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck.

KANSAS CITY MILITARY HELICOPTER FLYBY FRIDAY CONSPIRACY THEORY EXPOSED!!!



First and foremost, special thanks to our blog community for a nice TKC Reader submitted photo of continued military training exercises over Downtown Kansas City that we've heard all of Friday afternoon.

"This pair JUST flew past city hall and then around the federal courthouse," said a trusty TKC reader who was quick with the cam phone and unrelated to more skeptical readers.

And so, whilst we realize that the current heli & drone flights over Kansas City have been explained to locals repeatedly by way of low-key messages that seem to hope residents will politely stop asking . . .

Here's an "interesting" perspective sent our way . . .

TODAY'S TKC READER CONSPIRACY THEORY BELIEVES MILITARY AIRCRAFT OVER KANSAS CITY "FLEX" GOVERNMENT CONTROL ON AN INCREASINGLY VIOLENT AND UNRULY POPULACE!!!

To be fair, some might call it an assurance.

Here's the word along with suggested links . . .

"Think about it TKC. We're now ranked as the 7th deadliest city in the nation according to a national broadcaster murder map. The sounds of gunfire are commonplace at night. There's also rampant corruption among our elected leaders. Is this military training? Sure, but for who? We all know late August is usually the most deadly month for KC so military helicopters overhead are sending a very clear message about who is REALLY in control and the resources they have at their disposal. Some might say this is a strong-arm tactic but let's not deny that communication is implicit in every government action . . ."

After that there's a few more good insights about bitcoin and drinking water that we'll save for later . . . And again, it's important to note that very many people, if not the majority, feel more secure during military exercises in KCMO that earned mostly minor reporting but have, nevertheless, captured the imagination of Kansas City residents online.

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Show-Me Pitch Pushing Lawsuit Against Missouri SecState Jay Ashcroft

Pushing as in filing a mostly one-sided report only from the perspective of social media activists . . . Here's a rundown of their arguments that's hopefully more concerned with turning out women to vote in 2020 than actually aborting more youngsters from the urban core by way of one of the most barbaric and outdated "medical practices" known to humankind . . . Checkit:

Jay Ashcroft faces (another) lawsuit after running out the clock on Missouri abortion rights referendum

Blue Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is being sued for the second time this month. The lawsuit comes after Ashcroft waited until last week to release the wording for a potential 2020 ballot referendum that would allow Missourians to vote on HB 126, the controversial abortion ban passed in the state legislature earlier this year.

Ammo Scandal Backfires On Kris Kobach

Opinion from the newspaper is tantamount to agony aunt complaining:

Kansas City Star: Kris Kobach’s latest mess: Missing ammo and the FBI. Why did Kansas ever elect this guy?

Without the paywall, this report offers more info and less blather:

Kobach had law enforcement officer investigate voter fraud

A law enforcement officer said that former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach asked him to investigate possible double voting and non-citizen voting, and that missing ammunition that had been purchased by Kobach's office was to keep his certification current.




Arrest After Liberty Teen Terror Threat



Another NextGen capture, this time a little closer to the metro and the latest sign that the online discourse, in fact, has increasing consequences . . . Checkit more deets on the mugshot of the moment:

KCTV5: Liberty 19-year-old arrested for online threats

Deets:

Law enforcement officials said Friday that a 19-year-old from Liberty has been arrested after making threats online. Prosecutors in Clay County have charged the suspect with making a terrorist threat, a first-degree felony.

He's now being held in the Clay County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

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Rising Suburban Socialism Or HUD Help?!?!

Public info for those who might need a hand-up improving property . . . Check local payback and a sign of more housing resources available for our increasingly diverse suburban friends. Checkit:

Lee's Summit wants to help residents pay for home repairs

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Time is running out to apply for the city of Lee's Summit, Missouri, to pay for portions of your home repair. The city distributes money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to qualified applicants. The money comes as a grant, not a loan, so recipients do not have to pay it back.

Kansas City Keto Crust Success???

Late lunch link and one of many signs that every sacred American institution is now being destroyed . . . Or maybe it's time for a snack. Check the latest diet fad and how it's killing Kansas City pizza:

Fattyhead feeds demand for keto-friendly pizza crust; What's the founder's secret?

Fattyhead began as a labor of love: a path toward a more healthful diet that transformed into a booming business for Kansas City native Laura Manivong. "I started feeling better, I started having energy and my body stopped hurting as much," said Manivong, creator of her own low-carb, ketogenic pizza crust.

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY WEED REFORM!!! COUNCIL CONSIDERS MORE MARIJUANA WITHOUT PENALTY!!!



A new ordinance updates the Kansas City muni-code to not only acknowledge the advancement of medical marijuana in Missouri but also eliminate the hotly debated $25 fine for small timer weed users.

To wit . . .

NEW KANSAS CITY MARIJUANA LEGISLATION WOULD BASICALLY ALLOW LEGAL POSSESSION OF UP TO 99 GRAMS!!! THAT'S NEARLY A QUARTER POUND OF POT!!!

Ordinance #190702 sponsored by 3rd District At-Large Councilman Brandon Ellington makes relevant changes to the local rules which previously set the threshold for marijuana fines at 35 grams wherein suspects would confront a $25 fine and a mark against their legal record if they admitted guilt.

This change eliminates the newish rule that was met with skepticism by many marijuana advocates and instead focuses on offenders carrying a lot of weed weight with a penalty that starts at $500 along with other legal consequences. Let's also consider that the Jackson County prosecutor has noted her office isn't going to bring any strictly weed cases against small-timers over the objections of police.

And so, apropos for Friday, slowly but surely KCMO continues its journey toward weed decriminalization for personal use . . . Very much like the rest of the nation.

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