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Time: 'A Doll For Everyone' -- Meet Mattel's Gender-Neutral Doll
Peep: Mattel Just Launched Gender-Neutral Dolls Allowing 'All Kids to Express Themselves Freely'
Guardian: Toy stories: can a woke makeover win Barbie and Monopoly new fans?
Closer to home and after the jump, we're sharing slightly less controversial news links that didn't fit anywhere else . . .
Kansas City Nice Talk
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Without referring to President Donald Trump by name, Cindy McCain, wife of the late Sen. John McCain, made a passionate speech for a return to civility in American discourse and politics.
Low Rent Dump Forever
RESIDENT SAYS CONDITIONS HAVEN'T IMPROVED MUCH. ROACHES IN THE APARTMENT IN JULY. WE DIDN'T DO THAT. THAT'S FROM ROACHES. SHE SAYS THEY ARE STILL HERE IN SEPTEMBER. HER AIR CONDITIONER, ONE SHE HAD TO PROVIDE HERSELF ALL SUMMER LONG. THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT OUR LIVES OR HEALTH.
Golden Ghetto Crash Postscript
LENEXA, Kan. -- The Lenexa Police Department has identified a woman who died in a crash at the entrance to Shawnee Mission Park. Rachel Bender, 27, of Lenexa was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash early Saturday morning. Police were called to the 7900 block of Renner Road around 1 a.m.
Local Teachable Moment
NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Students at Nashua Elementary are focusing on kindness and inclusion all week long as part of the The nationwide campaign works to empower students and create a more inclusive school environment. All week long, students are doing activities and lesson plans included in the Start With Hello program.
Retail Is Dead Everywhere
In Johnson County, officials have decided they're right about how much their big-box stores actually owe in taxes. Those same stores are working to pay less in property tax, and are using some unique approaches to reduce their tax burdens. The dark store fight has been popping up across the country, most recently in Arkansas.
Show-Me Victory In His Grasp
(From Show Me Victories) Show Me Victories, LLC conducted a statewide survey in Missouri after the most recent Democratic presidential debate. SMV surveyed 400 voters likely to participate in Missouri's March 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary.
Fishy School Church Chat???
The national watchdog group Freedom From Religion Foundation has logged a complaint against Oak Grove public school district accusing it of subjecting students and teachers to Christian prayer. Oak Grove public school teachers and administrators gathered for a potluck barbecue on school property this past spring.
KCK Search For Justice Cont'd
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Nikita Union first spoke with FOX4 on August 9, the day after her 21-year-old daughter Queena Andrews was found dead in her apartment that she shared with her boyfriend. "The police told me she was playing with the gun and accidentally shot herself," Union said.
Troubling JoCo Po-Po Traffic Stop Price Check
Each year, the Kansas City Police Department publishes a report that includes the year's crime statistics. Here are some key figures from the 2018 report. A former Overland Park police officer lost his law enforcement certification last month after he was caught writing false seat belt tickets.
Rolling With More KC Bike Talk
Northeast Newscast Episode 106: BikeWalkKC - Advocating for safer streets in Kansas City w/ Liz Harris
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with Liz Harris, marketing and events coordinator with BikeWalkKC.
Bubba Earns Little League Homer In Worthless Royal Win
In the top of the first inning, some mild baseball stuff happened, but also Rex Hudler shared that he just learned the word "contrarian" after hearing someone describe manager Ned Yost that way. Whit Merrifield led things off with a 13th-pitch battle that ended in a double.
Remember Our Weed Reporting FIRST As This KCMO Pot Ordinance Now Ready To Pass
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Kansas City could get more weed-friendly. A proposed city ordinance would decriminalize possession of up to 100 grams of marijuana. It was originally 35 grams. The Public Safety Committee is scheduled to vote on the proposed ordinance on Wednesday.
And this is another OPEN THREAD for right now . . .