Kansas City Thursday: Desperately Seeking Soul Of Nation Ahead Of Midterms

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Hipsters Investigate Skate Park

Broken Heart of the City: Who controls the future of Columbus Park?

Vacant lot in Columbus Park. // Photo by Zach Bauman Driving through Columbus Park in the summer is like entering Kansas City's version of the secret garden. It's only about two miles off I-70, but it somehow feels like its own world.

Golden Ghetto Burning Sensation This Morning

Overland Park firefighters battling fire at apartment complex

Overland Park Fire Dept. SOURCE: Overland Park Fire Dept. Overland Park firefighters are working on putting out a fire at an apartment complex near 91st Terrace and Robinson Street.In a tweet, firefighters say they believe everyone is safely out of the affected building.This is a breaking news story.

JoCo Inferno Double Take

Overland Park apartment fire displaces 10

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - No one is injured but at least 10 are displaced after a fire at an Overland Park apartment. According to the Overland Park Fire Department, crews were called the the Meadowlark Hills apartments in the 9100 block of Robinson Street and found smoke showing from a two-story building.

Kansas Low-Key Saves Planet

A Hidden Gem of Renewable Energy

For most Kansans, talk of renewable energy quickly turns to the wind. After all, Kansas ranks as the state with the third-highest share of electricity generated by wind in the country. It's hard to drive for long anywhere in the state without seeing a wind turbine.

Autumn Agenda Debuts As Every White Lady Starts Dressing Like Han Solo . . . 

The best September 2022 events to attend in KC

Best known for his outlandish parody songs, Weird Al's The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent Ill-Advised Vanity Tour seems right on brand. However, the extensive North American tour will be a scaled-down version of what he is best known for, with limited production and no costumes, props or video screens in smaller, more intimate theaters, and his setlist will be composed "almost entirely of his original (non-parody) songs."

Broke-Ass Life Lesson Starts Now

Families, teachers stretch budgets for back-to-school spending

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As students return to the classroom at the start of the school year to fill their brains with knowledge, teachers and families are emptying their pockets for school supplies. One woman says the need for school supplies in the Kansas City area is apparent.

Latina Star Captures Spotlight

Sofia Vergara showcases cleavage in orange dress for AGT semi-final

It was another pressure cooker semi-final episode of America's Got Talent on Wednesday, with only two of the 11 acts proceeding on to next month's finale. And while the contestants were feeling the heat of the moment, both before and during the broadcast, judge Sofia Vergara slipped into promo mode on her Instagram page to help build up the elevating drama.

White House Argues For Ethereal

Biden Set to Address 'Battle for the Soul of the Nation'

In a prime-time televised speech Thursday evening in Philadelphia, U.S. President Joe Biden is to speak about what White House officials characterize as "the battle for the soul of the nation." In the address outside Independence Hall, where the country's Declaration of Independence was debated and adopted, and the Constitution was written by the Founding Fathers, the 46th U.S.

Conservative Request To White House On Warpath

Biden needs to clarify anti-Trump comments and define a united vision for all Americans

At his 2019 campaign kickoff in Philadelphia, Joe Biden promised that he would fight to "restore the soul of America." I was there and I remember being struck specifically by those words.  On September 1, the 46th president of the United States will return to the City of Brotherly Love to deliver a primetime address to the nation on the very themes he outlined in his campaign announcement: unity, democracy, and restoring the soul of America.

MAGA Plays Spoiler???

Top Republicans privately fear midterms will become Trump referendum

Top Republicans' biggest private fear - that November's midterms will turn on public opinion about former President Trump, not inflation and crime - is unfolding across the political landscape. Why it matters: Trump is dominating the news, picking Trump-like candidates in primaries - and shaping the views and rhetoric of elected officials, and those hoping to become one.

Celeb Politico Defeated

Sarah Palin loses Alaska race to Democrat Mary Peltola | First Thing

Good morning. The Democrat Mary Peltola has won the special election for Alaska's only US House seat, becoming the first Alaska Native to serve in the House after beating candidates including the Republican Sarah Palin. Peltola, 49, who is Yup'ik, is also the first woman to hold the seat and the first from her party to gain the seat in more than half a century.

Legal Gamesmanship Afters Feds Expose Dox

Trump team makes its 11th hour plea for a special master

"There is no guarantee that the 'limited set' of potentially privileged materials identified by the Privilege Review Team constitutes all privileged materials among the Seized Materials," Trump's attorneys Lindsey Halligan, James Trusty and Evan Corcoran wrote as they pushed U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon to appoint an outsider to conduct a review.

New Neighbors Start Off Trippin'

The first bus carrying migrants from the US-Mexico border in Texas arrives in Chicago, officials say

The state of Texas, which for several months has bussed thousands of newly arrived migrants at the US-Mexico border to New York City and Washington, DC, has set a new metropolitan area as a destination: Chicago.

COVID Killed Public Schools

Reading, math scores fell sharply during pandemic, data show

WASHINGTON (AP) - Math and reading scores for America's 9-year-olds fell dramatically during the first two years of the pandemic, according to a new federal study - offering an early glimpse of the sheer magnitude of the learning setbacks dealt to the nation's children. Reading scores saw their largest decrease in 30 years, while math...

Crypto Didn't Save Salvies

The Verdict Is in for El Salvador's Bitcoin Experiment: It Failed | National Review

El Salvadoran president Nayib Bukele's grandiose plans for Bitcoin in El Salvador have generated buzz -- and a litany of failures. The verdict is in on Bukele's Bitcoin experiment. It was based on false promises from beginning to end. A total failure.

Bombing Cancelled Nuke Tour

Shelling erupts as UN team heads to Ukraine nuclear plant, prompts emergency shutdown of reactor

The International Atomic Energy Agency's mission is set to inspect the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant today, but there are reports of intense shelling around Energodar, where the plant is located. IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said the mission was aware of "increased military activity in the area" but was pressing ahead with its plan to visit the facility and meet personnel there, Reuters reported.

Far East Lockdowns Persist

Chengdu locks down 21.2 million people as Chinese cities battle Covid-19

One of China's biggest cities, Chengdu, announced a lockdown of its 21.2 million residents as it launched four days of citywide Covid-19 testing.

Stitch In Time

The History of Kansas City's Garment Industry: 1922-2022 - In Kansas City

Just one "look." That's all it took for Kansas City fashion designers to strut their stuff down the world's runway. You can see many of these "looks" at the Historic Garment District Museum, open by appointment, at 801 Broadway Boulevard, says Denise Morrison, the director of collections and curatorial affairs.

Baller Tries Mouthfull

The KC Takeaway: Chiefs L'Jarius Sneed gets custom sandwich at Zarda Bar-B-Q

L'Jarius Sneed, a starting cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs, has snagged another takeaway for Kansas City. Instead of an interception, though, Sneed has scored a custom sandwich from Zarda Bar-B-Q. Zarda Bar-B-Q and Hy-Vee will offer the BBQ Sandwich from L'Jarius Sneed, The KC Takeaway, to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters through Sneed's campaign Turn the Corner.

Front Office Overrated?!?

Ranking Brett Veach's every trade as Kansas City Chiefs GM

A sign of a competent, contending football team is high-quality leadership. Luckily, the Kansas City Chiefs have that in general manager Brett Veach. Veach took the role of GM before the 2017-2018 season commenced, and since then, the Chiefs have reached historical heights.

Home Team Trade Redux

Partners in crime-finding a bad contract to swap for Hunter Dozier's bad contract

Back in February of 2021, the Royals signed Hunter Dozier to a four-year, $25 million extension. From the beginning, the deal looked like a head-scratcher, with Dozier coming off the shortened 2020 season with a 99 OPS+.

Katie Shares Forecast For Now

Kansas City continues to be dry and comfortable for your Thursday


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