Kansas City Sunday Night: Vicente Fernández Curtain Call & News Links

Tonight it occurred to me that Latinos/Hispanics have been Kansas City's largest growing minority group for nearly 30 years and yet most local news outlets don't have anybody on staff who knows why the passing Vicente Fernández is a big deal. 

Sadly, Bianca Beltrán moved to Boston and I guess somebody forgot to nudge Mary Sanchez and "encourage" her to provide her progressive friends some street cred with a few manufactured memories. 

Fact is . . . 

If you haven't heard a drunk, chubby relative, grandfather, friend or vagrant mangle one of Vicente's songs then you're coming to the party late. 

Moreover . . . 

Even Prez Biden is marking the passing. 

Juxtaposition . . . 

Pop culture context for the general public . . . This is akin to Elvis, Frank Sinatra and Justin Bieber passing on the same day. 

And so, to offer our readers a sense of "place" in the Americas and to provide just a peek at where this blog is coming from . . . We'll share a few links about about the Mexican icon along with pop culture, community news and more top headlines . . .

Final note . . . 

Vicente Fernández, Mexico's national treasure, has died

Mexico's musical legend, Vicente Fernández has died. The king of ranchera music died in a hospital in Guadalajara, in his native state of Jalisco. He was 81 years old. "Rest in Peace Mr. Vicente Fernández. We regret to inform you of his death on Sunday, December 12 at 6:15 a.m," was the message on his Instagram account.

Stars Shine For Vicente

Ricky Martin, Maluma, Gloria Estefan and More Pay Tribute to Late Mariachi Legend Vicente Fernández

"My heart is broken," Ricky Martin wrote, paying tribute to mariachi legend Vicente Fernández, who died Sunday, four months after suffering a fall that put him on a ventilator in the ICU "My heart is broken. Don Chente was an angel to me his entire life. He loved me and I loved him.

Local Youngsters Confront COVID

Kansas City-area pediatric offices busy with sick children

Between COVID-19, the flu, and RSV, pediatricians' offices are slammed right now. On Nov. 22, Children's Mercy Hospital reported 153 positive COVID-19 cases. On Dec. 6, that number jumped to 426. Dr. Allison Hettinger referred two of those cases from her Preferred Pediatrics office in Olathe, Kansas.

Meth Town Tragedy Aftermath

15-year-old boy shot to death Saturday night at Independence house

KANSAS CTY, Mo. - A 15-year-old boy was shot to death Saturday night inside an Independence house. Officers were sent to check on a shooting around 7 p.m. in the 600 block of North Westwood Drive, according to a news release from the Independence Police Department.

Gracious Golden Ghetto Stands Up For Youngster In Need

Johnson County Community Rallies To Support Local Boy With Life Threatening Disease

JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -- A Kansas community is using the hardwood to help a young member of the community who is battling a life-threatening disease. The game of basketball, from the players to coaches, is all about team.

New Tech Against Plague

Kansas City doctor talks about COVID-19 pill, how it would be used to treat people

Doctors say the COVID-19 pill is the next big thing in the fight against disease.

Kansas City Sewer & Toilet Surveillance Exposed

Kansas City area health officials explain how variants of COVID-19 are detected

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - As positive COVID-19 cases continue to spike in many Kansas City area communities, people may be left wondering if they take a COVID-19 test, will they be able to detect all versions of the virus, including the new omicron variant.

Top Doc Offers No Alternatives

Fauci: 'If it becomes necessary to get yet another boost, then we'll just have to deal with it'

White House medical adviser on Sunday said health officials will "have to deal with it" if it is determined that another COVID-19 booster shot is necessary to protect against the virus, but said he is hoping that additional jabs will not be needed due to protection from initial booster shots.

Last Word For Author Who Also Struggled With Her Faith & Penned "Christ The Lord" As Well As A Slew Of Scary Books

Interview with the Vampire Author Anne Rice Dies at 80 Due to Complications from Stroke

Anne Rice will be buried in a family mausoleum at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans in a private ceremony following her death on Saturday Anne Rice, the beloved author behind the 1976 novel Interview with the Vampire, has died. She was 80.

School Daze Amid Repay

Buttigieg's husband mocks Biden admin restarting student loan payments next month: 'No thank you'

The husband of U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg appears less than enthusiastic about having to repay his student loans. Chasten Buttigieg, who recently became a father to newborn twins with the transportation secretary, posted a screenshot on Instagram Saturday of a notification that his student loan relief from the COVID-19 pandemic will expire on January 31, 2022.

Local Culture Endures

Lilly's Cantina serves up Mexican comfort food and Margaritas in Midtown Kansas City

The warmth of Midtown Kansas City's newest Mexican restaurant, Lilly's Cantina, is apparent as soon as you walk in - if not from a gracious welcome by owner Teresa Grado, then from a beaming mural of Lilly herself on the wall. "I take care of everyone," Grado says.

Fanboys Hype Victory

11 winners and NO losers in the Chiefs' blowout of the Raiders

In a game that felt comfortably in hand from Sunday afternoon's first snap against the Las Vegas Raiders, the Kansas City Chiefs got contributions from across the offense and defense; even some of those we've all but written off got on the board against a hapless division rival in a 48-9 blowout.

Forecast For This Week

Warming up again through Wednesday

December temperatures are back next weekend.

Final shout out . . .

Close readers will remember that we've shared this funny clip a few times but we put it on blast again, one more time for Sunday night . . . 

As always, thanks for reading and we hope to have more for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!