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Kansas City Headline Scribes Smirk On Saturday

World Champion meat smokers gather at Arrowhead for BBQ Festival

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The inaugural Kansas City BBQ Festival is taking place this weekend at Arrowhead Stadium, allowing guests to try meat from world champion smokers. The festival is featuring highly decorated BBQ Champions from around the country, giving them the chance to show off their specialties.

Local Leak Postscript

Wastewater treatment plant back online after power loss causes untreated water to spill into Blue River

KC Water's said its Blue River Wastewater Treatment Plant is back online after power was restored around 4:30 p.m.

Stimmy For Party Time!!!

KC Area Entertainment Venues Get More Than $40 Million in Economic Relief

Live entertainment venues, among the hardest hit businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, are finally getting some long-sought economic relief from the federal government. In late December, a glimmer of hope for the struggling industry came in the form of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program when the Economic Aid Act was signed into law.

Classic Pr0n Review

Pamela Anderson, Tommy Lee's Sex Tape Reexamined in New 'Tabloid' Podcast

Season Two of the podcast Tabloid starts by challenging our assumptions about sex tapes. Specifically, that whoever made them must have released them on purpose. Particularly at a time when people share every facet of their life for attention on social media, it's hard to imagine recording anything - let alone something as tantalizing as sex - just for yourself.

MAGA After All?!?

Analysis: Biden put America first in exiting Afghanistan. He just didn't say that.

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden can't speak the obvious truths about his decision to rapidly withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan: There was no good way to leave, America lost more than it gained in a 20-year war and the Taliban is almost certain to take over now.

Fall Of Kabul???

Taliban make rapid gains in Afghanistan, raise fears of humanitarian crisis

The Taliban continue to gain territory in Afghanistan and stir international fears of a humanitarian crisis in the wake of the ongoing withdrawal by US and allied forces. The Muslim extremist group claims to now control 85 percent of the country.

GOP Tonight

Fringe Extremist Groups Collide for One Big 'Radical, Lunatic Insurgency' at CPAC

DALLAS - Fringe right-wing political groups converged on the Hilton Anatole in Dallas this weekend for the Conservative Political Action Conference, where some attendees openly boasted of participating in events that led to the Jan. 6 riot and speakers gleefully peddled anti-semitic conspiracy theories.

Coup Aftermath

Assassinated Haitian president's wife breaks her silence for first time since deadly attack

The widow of slain Haitian President Jovenel Moise spoke out for the first time Saturday after her husband was gunned down by a team of assassins Wednesday morning in the beleaguered Caribbean nation. "I'm alive, thanks to God," Martine Moïse said in Creole in a 2-minute recording that was posted on Twitter and played on radio stations throughout Haiti.

Old School Rules

Andie MacDowell's "Badass" Natural Gray Hair Makes Red Carpet Debut at Cannes Film Festival

of By Karenna Meredith PopSugar | Life amid a pandemic changed many people's beauty routines, including Andie MacDowell's. The actress (known for her iconic curls) used the past few months to experiment with her naturally gray roots. This past week, MacDowell brought her salt-and-pepper style to the red carpet for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival.

Upscale Foodie Celebration

The greatness of Town Company is the excuse you need to get back to fine dining

I started feeling it one bite into the semifreddo. As the toasty miso-butterscotch mousse slid down my throat, I noticed pressure building behind my eyes. My nose started to run. I put down my spoon and locked eyes with my dining partner, whose face had also frozen.

Local Merch Backstory

They met in Ecuador, relocated to KC; now one couple is wrapping the culture gap with native blankets

Editor's note: The following story - a spotlight on a member of the Plexpod community - is sponsored by Plexpod, a progressive coworking platform offering next generation workspace for entrepreneurs, startups, and growth-stage companies of all sizes. A Kansas City company's mission to connect U.S.

Kansas City Stormy Weather

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for the Kansas City metro area

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) --- A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the Kansas City metro area until 10 p.m. The storms are capable of producing damage winds, gusts and large hail. KCTV5.com is now with you on the go!

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