Kansas City Big Picture News: Local Links & Across The Universe

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New Airport Bottleneck Arrives

Glass passenger boarding bridges for KCI's new terminal arrive Friday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The glass passenger boarding bridges for the Kansas City International Airport's new terminal arrived Friday. Build KCI shared images and videos to social media as crews worked to unload and prepare the JBT Aero Tech bridges for installment.

Panicked Blaze Postscript

Audio paints hectic picture at Kansas City apartment fire

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An investigation is underway after a fire at an apartment complex sent 15 people, including six children, to hospitals Friday morning. Dispatch audio made available through Broadcastify describes the large rescue operation that took place while the majority of the metro slept.

Kangaroos Play War Games

UMKC political science professors discuss Russia-Ukraine conflict | UMKC Roo News

UMKC political science professors Greg Vonnahme and Rebecca Best recently weighed in on the violent events unfolding between Russia and Ukraine. Vonnahme said that the significant and devastating effects on the Russian economy from western sanctions have people questioning the sustainabili ...

Courthouse Offers Forgiveness

Jackson County prosecutors dismiss murder charges against Keith Carnes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Jackson County, Missouri Prosecutor's Office has dismissed charges for a man who was serving a life sentence behind bars for a murder he didn't commit. This comes after the Missouri Supreme Court decided to overturn the murder conviction of Keith Carnes who has spent 19 years in jail.

Rock Chalk Party Planning

Lawrence ready to celebrate KU championship with huge parade Sunday

LAWRENCE, Kan. - National championships don't come along every year. That's why the city of Lawrence is planning a huge parade on Sunday afternoon, a massive gathering to thank the Kansas Jayhawk men's basketball team, which won it all on Monday Night.

Good Life Hotness Considered

Rita Ora Rocks Out During Utah Trip

Rita Ora Rocks Out During Utah Trip

Risky Job Acknowledged

White House acknowledges Biden could get COVID, stresses he's vaccinated

The White House on Friday acknowledged President Biden could get COVID-19 amid an uptick in positive cases surrounding the president but stressed he has taken steps to protect himself. "We take every precaution to ensure that we keep him safe, we keep the vice president safe, the first lady, the second gentleman, our staff here.

MAGA Comz Scrutinized

Donald Trump Jr. Detailed In Text How To Seize White House After 2020 Vote: Report

Donald Trump Jr. seemed unconcerned about the will of American voters as he urged then-chief of staff Mark Meadows to nail down "operational control" of the White House after President Donald Trump lost reelection. (Photo: Douglas P. DeFelice via Getty Images) Donald Trump Jr.

Innocent Trash Talk?!?

Jury acquits two men in Michigan governor kidnapping case, deadlocks on charge for two others

April 8 (Reuters) - A federal jury on Friday acquitted two men of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 and was deadlocked on the same charges for two other men. The men were charged in a plot prosecutors say had been inspired by their fierce opposition to pandemic-related restrictions that her office imposed.

Vlad's Conflict Cont'd

Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 45 of the invasion

Russian troops 'forcibly deport' more than 600,000 Ukrainians, says Kyiv; pledge to fast-track EU membership bid; investigators exhume Bucha mass gravesRussia-Ukraine war: latest updates


BLM's $6M mansion purchase prompts call for DOJ investigation: 'Disturbing information'

FIRST ON FOX: Black Lives Matter's reported purchase of a $6 million California mansion with charitable donations should spark a Department of Justice investigation into the politically powerful nonprofit, California Rep. Darrell Issa told Fox News Digital.

Top Doc Offers Another Warning

What Fauci sees coming with the BA.2 coronavirus subvariant in the U.S.

The U.S. could follow the trend of the United Kingdom and see a surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the BA.2 subvariant of the coronavirus, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci. The chief medical adviser to President Biden said that though cases are still trending down across the U.S., some states are seeing a rise.

Un-caged Star Sings Again

Jussie Smollett Drops New Song After Jail Release, Addresses Court Case

Jussie Smollett might've gone straight from his jail cell to the studio ... because he just dropped a new song where he directly addresses his court case. The former "Empire" star released a single Friday dubbed, "Thank You God," and some of the lyrics are very interesting, considering his recent circumstances.

Hollywood Star Restricted

Actor Will Smith banned from attending Oscars for 10 years

Will Smith will not be allowed to attend the Academy Awards for the next 10 years, as a result of his slapping comedian Chris Rock on stage during this year's Oscar ceremony, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced in a statement obtained by CNN.

Fashion Tribute Revealed

Kim Kardashian flashes flesh in cutout gown channeling Carmen Electra

Kim Kardashian flashed the flesh on Instagram this week in a shimmering cutout strapless white dress that barely contained her assets. The frock was a dead ringer for the Stephen Sprouse look that Carmen Electra famously wore in 1998 on the red carpet for the MTV Movie Awards.

Interview With Ace

Zack Greinke shares thoughts on Opening Day performance

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One of the best pitchers to throw on the royal blue and gold is back in the head saddle. After leaving his first team in Major League Baseball 12 years ago, Zach Greinke returned to the mound in Kauffman Stadium for the Kansas City Royals and pitched a solid Opening Day outing.

Community News Remembers The Past

Private mailing cards a true work of art

By Michael Bushnell As a public communication medium, postcards made their debut at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Ill., in 1893. Illustrations of the exhibits were printed on government issued postal cards and privately issued souvenir cards and sold at the exposition.

Enjoy Early Season Traditions

Lesky's Notes: The Royals are undefeated

The old adage in baseball is that every team is going to win 54 games and every team is going to lose 54 games and it's what they do with the games in the middle 54 that determine how good they are. You may have heard some slightly different numbers, but the general point remains the same.

Another Worthwhile Conversation With KC Hipsters

Streetwise podcast chills hard with songstress Dia Jane, celebrates fashion's boundaries

This week on the Streetwise podcast we talk about keeping Michael at Bay, enjoy a reading of Tyler Schneider's piece on KC's fashion world, bop to The Creature Comforts' track "Skyline," and interview Dia Jane about her musical work in Baby and the Brain and elsewhere. Happy Two Year Anniversary To Nick's Music Corner!

Cold Weekend Wake-up Ahead

Hard freeze expected Saturday morning



Scientists Detect Huge Object, Farther Away Than Anything Else Detected in Universe

Scientists may have glimpsed some of the oldest material in the universe. According to a new, yet-to-be-peer-reviewed study, researchers found an unidentified object nearly 13.5 billion light years away. That's almost the age of the universe itself, Live Science points out, meaning the object, dubbed HD1 and which is likely a particularly distant galaxy, represents some of the most ancient stuff out there.

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