Hollywood hotness inspires this quick insight into the elite industry news . . .
Daily Mail: Olivia Munn takes the plunge in shimmering green mini dress as she leads the stars at Los Angeles gala
WaPo: China uses science fiction to sell Beijing's vision of future
Vox: Green Book’s frustrating Best Picture win, explained
Closer to home, we put the spotlight on these local news links for our evening reader community . . .
Midtown Kansas City Foodie Festa
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After a series of misfortunes, a local restaurant owner is now celebrating a new beginning. Wednesday marks the first dinner service for Ragazza Food and Wine at its new location in Midtown Kansas City. "When people think about Ragazza, they think about our meatballs and lasagna," Ragazza owner Laura Norris said.
JoCo Lady Inspires
By words and photography Anne Marie Hunter Last September, Nicole Cummings, 21, started a new semester at the University of Missouri. Her college schedule was filled with plans and projects. A career fair, homecoming and a trip to New York with fellow business majors were on the calendar.
More Deets On Meth Town Special Needs
Independence, MO - The Independence Police Department is introducing Josie, a two-year-old golden retriever/border collie mix, as their first ever certified therapy dog. The dog, donated by the nonprofit K9s For Freedom & Independence of Texas, is aimed at improving the psychological well-being of the employees at the police department, as well as the public.
Show-Me Safety Declaration
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is creating a statewide task force on school safety.
Kansas Life Lessons
DODGE CITY - Check out Dodge City. A new $12 million waterpark. A shiny new craft brewery - not far from the new whiskey distillery. And, yes, that trendy new downtown cafe. A nearly $6 million addition to Boot Hill Museum just kicked off last fall.
Rock Chalk Life Saver
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City woman living with metastatic lung cancer is grateful after an immunotherapy drug gave her a second chance at life. Marilyn Aylward was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009 and became a patient at the University of Kansas Cancer Center in Westwood, Kansas.
Farewell Messages For Eric Berry
Just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the Chiefs a nnounced that they had released safety Eric Berry after nine seasons in Kansas City. Although the decision didn't come as much of a surprise - given Berry's constant battle with injury over the last two seasons specifically - fans, media, teammates and NFL players alike shared their reactions to the news.
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .