Right now we check a line-up of headlines unrelated to football hype along with pop culture, community news and other items from across the nation and around the world . . .
Kansas City Wipes Up Yet Another Homeless Dump
Missouri Department of Transportation crews along with Kansas City Missouri Police officers and Social Workers responded to the I-435 and 24 highway interchange Friday morning to clean up the mountains of trash generated by transients camping under the bridge.
Gamesmanship: Kansas City Downtown Developers Share Yet Another Costly Pitch
Kansas City was "lucky" 15 years ago not to build a downtown ballpark when the Royals lease was last up, according to Paul Goldberger, author of the new book "Ballpark: Baseball in the American City." But that's all changed now.
Faux Latina Scribe & Dark Tourism Lit Cancelled In KC
The cancellation of Jeanine Cummins' "American Dirt" book tour is a depressing commentary on our national conversation. jeaninecummins.com; Macmillan Publishers You may have heard that Jeanine Cummins, the author of the controversial and best-selling new novel "American Dirt," will not be speaking at Rainy Day Books after all.
First Responder Crash Report
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department vehicle was involved in a crash on Friday afternoon, according to police and the fire department. The crash, which involved the KCFD vehicle and one other car, occurred near East 39th Street and Euclid Avenue over U.S. 71. https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/kcfd-vehicle-involved-in-two-car-crash-no-injuries
Kansas Has Gas
TOPEKA, KS (KCTV) - A Kansas City, Kansas, company has pleaded guilty to violating the federal Clean Air Act in connection with a toxic chlorine gas cloud that formed over Atchison in 2016. According to the plea agreement, Harcros Chemicals, Inc. is expected to pay a $1 million fine.
Promo Hotness In The Wildnernss
She's no stranger to showing off her phenomenal figure. And Rita Ora teased at her sensational physique in a stunning cover shoot for LOVE magazine's upcoming edition. The Hot Right Now hitmaker, 29, looked phenomenal in the snap as she posed broodingly on the beach.
Stock Markets Sickens
The outbreak in China has shaken global markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 603 points, about 2%, on Friday, as the novel coronavirus outbreak has stoked uncertainty for investors. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq also tumbled, by 1.8% and 1.6% respectively, after authorities in China said coronavirus cases there now top 9,600.
Monica Lewinsky on Trump impeachment witnesses: 'gee ... I had to give that videoed witness testimony...'
By After Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander released a statement on Thursday night saying that he will not vote to hear witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, claiming that the commander-in-chief's actions have been "inappropriate" but not "impeachable," former impeachment trial witness Monica Lewinsky had this to say: That struck a chord with Twitter users furious over the fact that Alexander and other Republican senators are likely to block a vote to call witnesses on Friday, meaning the president could be acquitted as early as Friday night.
Travel Crackdown The White House Always Wanted
The Trump administration announced Friday that coronavirus has been declared a public health emergency in the U.S. "Today President Trump took decisive action to minimize the risk of novel coronavirus in the United States," said Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar at the White House today.
Show-Me Left-Wing Faves
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - A new poll of likely voters in Missouri shows former Vice President Joe Biden soundly leading the Democratic field with former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg coming in third behind "undecided."
Pitch Shares Artsy Hype
Each year, Cirque du Soleil manages to impress. You'd think after 35 years (the company was founded in 1984) we'd come to see the show's contortions, acrobatics, and aerial tricks as "normal," but with each show, they manage to impress again and again. This season's production Axel is Cirque's second on ice.
Weekend Weather Outlo9ok
Our skies will stay gloomy and gray again this evening but you don't have to wait long for the clouds to break up. In fact by morning our skies will offer a generous mix of sun with only a few scattered clouds as the morning begins with temperatures in the upper 20s.
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .