Kansas City Thursday News Link Pool: CDC Tosses Masks, Crypto Sinks & Weather Washout Ahead

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Kansas City Foodies Beef After Snub

America's top 20 cities for BBQ: Kansas City not one of them, analysis finds

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A new list of the best barbecue cities in the states is bound to trigger some people in Kansas City. Chef's Pencil ranked the top 20 cities for barbecue. New Orleans (first) and Oklahoma City (second) were ranked as the best cities for barbeque in America.

Local NextGen Vaxx Starts

Local pharmacies and clinics now offering Pfizer COVID vaccine to kids as young as 12

FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -- Pharmacies across the metro, and at least one local health department, will begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine to children as young as 12 starting Thursday. Hy-Vee, CVS and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment made the announcement Wednesday. More pharmacies will likely follow suit.

Puppers Confront Peril

KC Pet Project studying service call "hot spots"

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- It's been less than a year since KC Pet Project took over Animal Control Services in the city. The organization is now keeping meticulous records as part of a pilot program with Best Friends Animal Society.

Drawing Inspiration Amid Blight

Artist uses native flower paintings to highlight KC neighborhood issues

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City, Missouri, artist is using her talents to draw attention to the economic and ecological blight in the Marlborough neighborhood. Julie Farstad, a painting professor at the Kansas City Art Institute, was awarded the Rosser Biennial Faculty Fellowship Endowment last year.

Old Flame Reignites

Ben Affleck Started Reaching Out to Jennifer Lopez Back in February

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez didn't just rekindle their romance within the last 2 weeks, instead, it's been building since February ... when he started flooding her with emails while she was filming in the Dominican Republic. Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ ...


CDC to announce that fully vaccinated people can drop masks pretty much everywhere except healthcare settings

CDC director Rochelle Walensky will announce much looser mask rules for fully vaccinated Americans on Thursday. Previously, even vaccinated Americans were advised to wear masks in certain settings, particularly indoors. Masks are still advised for people who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Charges Against Troops

Marine Corps officer becomes first active-duty service member charged in Jan. 6 attack, DOJ says

WASHINGTON - A Marine Corps officer was arrested Thursday and charged with assaulting police officers at the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, making him the first service member on active duty charged for his role in the deadly riot, the Justice Department said. Maj.

Haxxorz Paid Handsomely

Colonial Pipeline Paid Hackers Nearly $5 Million in Ransom

(Bloomberg) -- Colonial Pipeline Co. paid nearly $5 million to Eastern European hackers on Friday, contradicting reports earlier this week that the company had no intention of paying an extortion fee to help restore the country's largest fuel pipeline, according to two people familiar with the transaction.The company paid the hefty ransom in untraceable cryptocurrency within hours after the attack, underscoring the immense pressure faced by the Georgia-based operator to get gasoline and jet fuel flowing again to major cities along the Eastern Seaboard, those people said.

Former Prez Confronts Courts

Palm Beach Reportedly Discussing Trump Extradition

Law enforcement officials in Palm Beach County, FL are reportedly developing a contingency plan in case Donald Trump is indicted by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance while the former president lives at Mar-a-Lago. As the former president continues to wage war with his various political foes, Trump and his businesses are still under a grand jury investigation for multiple allegations of banking and tax fraud.

Crypto Crash

As much as $365 billion wiped off cryptocurrency market after Tesla stops car purchases with bitcoin

GUANGZHOU, China - Hundreds of billions of dollars were wiped off the entire cryptocurrency market after Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the electric vehicle maker would suspend car purchases using bitcoin. At around 6:06 a.m. Singapore time on Thursday when Musk made the announcement, the value of the whole cryptocurrency market stood at around $2.43 trillion, according to data from Coinmarketcap.com.

Prez Biden Backs Israel

Biden: I don't believe Israel has significantly overreacted to Gaza rocket fire

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday said that he has not seen a "significant overreaction" from Israel in response to rocket fire from Gaza amid the latest regional flare-up. "The question is how we get to a point where they get to a point where there is a significant reduction in the attacks, particularly the rocket attacks that are indiscriminately fired into population centers," Biden told reporters.

Friends Again

'Friends' Reunion Special at HBO Max to Premiere in May, Drops First Teaser

The long-delayed " Friends" reunion special at HBO Max will finally be there for you, with the streamer announcing the official premiere date. "Friends: The Reunion" will debut on HBO Max on May 27. In addition, HBO Max debuted the first teaser trailer for the special, which can be viewed above.

Rebuilding Kansas City

KC-area home buyers look toward fixer uppers in competitive market

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As the housing market remains competitive for buyers, so-called "fixer upper" homes are becoming a more attractive option, especially in the Kansas City area. A Clever Real Estate survey found that 71% of millennials would be willing to purchase a fixer upper, meaning a home that needs some upgrades or renovations.

Show-Me Boozy Disrespect

Missouri bar responds to outrage after bartender crumples up military ID, calls it fake

Six members of the U.S. military walked into a bar at the Lake of the Ozarks in early May expecting service, but the bartender crumpled up one of their IDs and told them to "get the f--- out," a viral video shows.

Old School Hip-Hop Endures Real Estate FAIL

Nelly's dilapidated Missouri mansion to soon have new owner

by: Nexstar Media Wire Posted: / Updated: WILDWOOD, Mo. - Musician Nelly's abandoned Wildwood, Missouri mansion should have a new owner soon. The nearly 11,000-square-foot home on Hidden Valley Drive is now listed as pending on realtor.com. Keller Williams Realty STL says the closing date is expected to come in the next few weeks.

Kansas Objects To MAGA?!?

Republican House representative from Kansas critical of Trump's comments regarding Cheney

TOPEKA, KS (KCTV) --- A Republican Kansas House Representative offered support for U.S. House Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) after she lost her leadership position in the House of Representatives. Kansas House Rep. Steven Howe, who represents Salina, issued a statement Wednesday, saying he was "appalled" by comments former President Donald Trump made about Cheney.

Rock Chalk Vaxx Fact Check

KU doctor debunks COVID-19 vaccine myths

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A doctor at The University of Kansas Health System is debunking some myths circulating online about the COVID-19 vaccines. Dr. Dana Hawkinson, an infectious disease specialist, sets the record straight when it comes to fact vs. fiction. Myth 1: The vaccine causes infertility issues in women.

Success Stitched Together

The Sewing Labs' fundraiser to highlight success of women entrepreneurs

A Kansas City nonprofit that teaches sewing as a job skill is holding a unique fundraiser. The event highlights success stories and encourages women to become entrepreneurs.Lindsey Ryan, 29, of Kansas City loves to sew. But it was just a hobby until she discovered The Sewing Labs.

Empty South Side Carbs Debut

Taco Bell opens on Bannister Rd.

A new Taco Bell restaurant off Bannister and I-435 celebrated its Grand Opening today. The fast food restaurant is on the north side of Bannister Rd. at 5630 E. Bannister Rd. southwest of the Cerner Innovations Campus and north of the Ball's Price Chopper being constructed on the southwest corner of Bannister & Hillcrest Rds.

Fanbois Predict Good Times

Fans predict pent-up demand for Chiefs tickets as full capacity seats go on sale Thursday

by: John Pepitone Posted: / Updated: KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Chiefs will play the Cleveland Browns at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium to open the 2021 NFL season and Chiefs fans are more excited this year than last year.

Baseball Revival

'Their legacy will continue': KC Monarchs look to past for inspiration ahead of new season

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Jackie Robinson, Ernie Banks and Jose Mendez are just a few of the legendary baseball players who suited up for the Kansas City Monarchs more than half a century ago. Now a new team will get to put on those iconic Kansas City jerseys next week.

Mahomes Unprotected?!?!

Andy Reid admits Chiefs 'just hadn't done a whole lot' with offensive line

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid appeared on NFL Network's "Schedule Release '21" show on Wednesday night, speaking with his old friend Steve Mariucci, with whom he served when both were assistant coaches with the Green Bay Packers from 1992 through 1995.

Implosion Unpacked

Royals Review Roundtable: What the heck happened to the Royals?

The Royals were flying high in April with a 16-9 record that was tops in all of baseball. And quicker than you can say "run differential" the Royals' first place status vanished in a nine-game losing streak that now has them under .500.

Soggy Weekend Despite Sunshine Today

Kansas City weather: A week of rain followed by a chance of more rain

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The second half of May is looking more and more like a wash. The Kansas City metro is in for a fair amount of rain over the course of the next seven days, starting on May 14.

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