Kansas City Dark Sky News Gathering

Right now we take a moment to share more than a few items that have piqued our interest. For night owl denizens of the discourse we consider pop culture, community news and top headlines.

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Pandemic Scarcity Hits NextGen

Children's Mercy facing 'critical' shortage of COVID-19 test kits, changing testing procedures

Amid a surge in coronavirus cases attributed to the omicron variant, leaders at Children's Mercy say the hospital system is facing a critical shortage of COVID-19 tests.Leaders said the system did not receive its expected shipment of testing kits Monday and has been put on allocation by the company supplying those kits.As a result, starting Wednesday, Jan.

COVID Climax Hits?!?

Some in US seeing peak as Kansas, Missouri COVID cases rise

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - From school closures to hospital shortages, the omicron variant is wreaking havoc on the Kansas City metro. On the other side of the country, in places like Boston and New York, cases are decreasing. That's not the story, however, for Kansas and Missouri.

Local Docs: Level Up Face Coverings

Doctors recommend upgrading your mask to N95, KN95

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Through a majority of the pandemic, wearing a face mask has been required or recommended by health officials. As cases of the highly transmissible omicron variant of COVID-19 continue to surge around the country, doctors are encouraging people to upgrade their masks to ones that offer higher levels of protection.

KCMO Murder Aftermath

Man found shot to death in crashed car

12th st. and topping homicide SOURCE: KMBC Kansas City, Missouri, police are investigating a homicide on 12th Street near Topping Avenue.Officers say they were checking out reports of an injury crash in the area at about 1:45 a.m. Monday.


Fire crews rescue several cats from house fire in Overland Park

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Fire crews responded to a house fire in Overland Park and saved three cats and reunited them with their owners early Monday morning. The Overland Park and Leawood Fire Departments responded to a house fire call just after 2:30 a.m. Monday morning in the 9900 block of Horton Street.

Tramp-y Merch Stays Winning

Rihanna shares more racy visuals from her Valentine's Day collection

Rihanna is sharing more racy visuals for her latest Savage X Fenty release. The 33-year-old singer and businesswoman unveiled a new commercial for her Valentine's Day collection, asking fans in the caption: 'Write me a love letter baby #XXSAVAGEX.' Sharing the clip with her 117m followers on Instagram, the Barbadian pop goddess looked stunning as she struck a series of poses.

Mailing In Protest Politics

MLK's memory is honored by demonstrators calling for the passage of voting rights bill

As events honoring the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. kicked off across the country, descendants of the slain civil rights leader demanded politicians take up the push for federal voting rights reform. In demonstrations Monday, members of the King family said there could be "no celebration without legislation."

Rules Of The Game Debated

Democrats play with filibuster fire

Senators Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, and their party fellows in the senate are facing a dilemma. Should they blow up the legislative filibuster to pass their inaptly named Voting Rights Bill, or preserve it to defend against Republicans doing the same when they have a majority?

MAGA Rallies

Trump claims he couldn't have lost the 2020 presidential election because his Arizona rally boasted thousands of attendees and had 'cars that stretch out for 25 miles'

Former President Donald Trump on Saturday continued efforts to raise doubt over his election loss. During an Arizona rally, Trump pointed to the crowd size and heavy traffic to justify his opinion. It remains unclear whether Trump plans to run again for president in 2024.

Zombie Ticket Coming Soon?!?

Trump superfans dream of a run again, and of JFK Jr. on the ticket

If Kallatsa was worried about sounding too conspiratorial, he shouldn't have been. He was not alone among the crowd in believing that JFK Jr. is not only still alive but is also a secret Trump supporter embedded far in the "deep state."

Scribe Opts Out

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter says Trump 'is done'

Coulter's comments came in an article published in the Times on Sunday about the mounting tensions between Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) amid speculation of a potential showdown for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Vaxx Tested Amid Global Surge

Preliminary Israeli study shows fourth vaccine not enough to stop omicron

A preliminary study in Israel, believed to be the world's first, found that a fourth COVID-19 vaccine is not enough to prevent omicron infections. Gili Regev-Yochay, director of Sheba Medical Center's Infectious Diseases Unit, said the trial studied the effect of the Pfizer booster after two weeks and the Moderna booster after one week, according to .

Tech Trouble Awaits

Airline CEOs warn 5G could leave thousands of travelers stranded and cause other havoc

Airline CEOs are asking to keep 5g away from airports. Chief executives from multiple airlines are warning that implementing 5g could cause serious disruptions to their service and potentially result in thousands of travelers becoming stranded. This is due to a recent finding by the FAA that 5g could cause interference with certain airplane instruments.

Rich Get Richer Redux

Wealth of world's 10 richest men doubled in pandemic, Oxfam says

The pandemic has made the world's wealthiest far richer but has led to more people living in poverty, according to the charity Oxfam. Lower incomes for the world's poorest contributed to the death of 21,000 people each day, its report claims. But the world's 10 richest men have more than doubled their collective fortunes since March 2020, Oxfam said.

Dog Gone Inaccurate 

Hugh Hefner Accused Of Heinous Act Involving German Shepherd

Exclusive Details Jan. 17 2022, Published 6:59 p.m. ET By the sounds of a forthcoming documentary titled Secrets of Playboy, Hugh Hefner was a vile human being. Scores of ex-girlfriends and former employees of the late Playboy founder were interviewed for the 10-part series, many citing feeling comfortable enough to speak their truth now that he's unable to allegedly threaten or silence them.

Celeb Party Time Exposed

Caitlyn & 'girlfriend' Sophia make rare appearance at birthday party

CAITLYN Jenner and her "girlfriend" Sophia Hutchins made a rare appearance at Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian's extravagant birthday party for Chicago and Stormi. Caitlyn, 72, and Sophia, 25, took a snapshot together at the grandchildren's birthday bash. Inthe deleted Instagram Story, the famous grandparent wore white jeans with a brown blouse and matching blazer.

Northland Dive Celebrated

Parkville bar takes center stage for Chiefs-Bills game Sunday

PARKVILLE, Mo. - The wings are the thing to order if you go to Al's Bar and Grill on Highway 45. "In Buffalo, we don't eat a chicken wing. When you're eating it on one end and then it's poking you in the ear on the other side, that's not a chicken wing," owner Al Burns said Monday.

Cowtown FĂștbol Kickoff

Sporting KC announces preseason schedule, roster

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Sporting Kansas City has announced its schedule and roster for the 2022 preseason. If you are unable to view the tables below, click here.

Local Movie Snobs Share Horrible Suggestions Not As Good As Spiderman

Kansas City Film Critics Circle names Loutzenhiser award-winners for 2022

A cinematic year in highlights. // Courtesy KCFCC The Kansas City Film Critics Circle announced its winners for the 56th Annual James Loutzenhiser Awards. The KCFCC, the second oldest professional film critic organization in the United States, was founded in 1966 by the late Dr. James Loutzenhiser (1931-2001), who served as the group's president for over 30 years.

Coach Doubles Down

Chiefs satisfied? Not according to Andy Reid

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Chiefs are coming of a 21-point victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers to advance to the divisional round of the playoffs. As they prepare for the challenge of hosting the Buffalo Bills, head coach Andy Reid said his team is not satisfied with their past performance and remain hungry for more.

Balmy Tuesday Predicted

Sunny Tuesday with comfortable highs


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