Quick look at pop culture, community news and more items we're watching this morning . . .
Shoppers Celebrate Kansas City Small Biz Saturday
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Waldo neighborhood will host a Small Business Saturday crawl on Saturday. Shops in the area will hold special deals for the event. Patrons can earn $10 in Waldo bucks to spend later if they visit 15 or more participating businesses.
Jazz District Gunfire
Kansas City police were investigating early Friday after a person was shot in the head as they were leaving a bar in the area of 18th and Vine. According to a statement provided by police, officers responded to a gas station at about 12:35 a.m.
Santa Hates Shrinkage
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Many shoppers made their lists, checked them twice and braved the cold and the crowds on Black Friday. But for small businesses, the most important shopping day of the year may not be Black Friday but Small Business Saturday. Unfortunately, with more shoppers comes more theft.
British model Iskra Lawrence debuted her baby bump this week with a video of herself nude and a series of photos she posted to Instagram. The 29-year-old unveiled her growing belly to celebrate the 5-month mark of her pregnancy. "4 months has flown by!
Culture War Comedy
Disgraced comic Louis C.K. made a Holocaust joke - to an Israeli audience in Tel Aviv. "I'd rather be in Auschwitz than New York City," he said during a Thanksgiving night performance, eliciting startled laughter and applause. "I mean now, not when it was open," added the 52-year-old, whose paternal grandfather was Jewish.
Cinema Classic Tribute
Jane Fonda visited The Washington Post the other day. At breakfast, just before going onstage with Diane Lane to talk about oceans in crisis, she responded to a question about the intersection of environmental politics and feminism. The veteran actress and advocate observed that women have always gravitated toward working together in the collective interest.
Nasty Tax Exchange
Some human beings have already swapped people for sex robots, a top manufacturer has claimed. Silicone Lovers told Daily Star Online there is "no turning back" because of rapidly evolving technology. It is set to produce "hyper-realistic" dolls in China, adding to its vast range of AI girlfriends on offer.
Westport Sammich Shut Down
KANSAS CITY, MO - A Westport staple is closing after more than five decades. Shelia's Grinder Shop, previously known as Mario's, will close its doors Saturday for the final time. The owner, Shelia Shields, said a dispute with the landlord is to blame, but she can no longer continue to operate at the location at 204 Westport Rd.
BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. -- A woman in Bonner Springs woman's car was set on fire, and she wants to know who's responsible. It happened around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in a small neighborhood off N. Nettleton Avenue in Bonner Springs where Morgan Simpson, her young son, her mother and grandmother live.
Floods Are Coming
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - After a year that has seen some of the worst flooding ever in parts of the Midwest, concern is already rising that the spring of 2020 may bring more high water to places that still haven't fully recovered.
Kansas Native Herd
HUTCHINSON, Kan. - One of the promising industries for agriculture harkens back to the days when bison roamed the Kansas prairie. The Hutchinson News reports that when Moundridge rancher Dick Gehring started his bison ranch more than 30 years ago, he did it for the money. The animals quickly became his passion.
Soggy KC Saturday
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