Kansas City Friday News Look: Prez Talks Assault Rifle Ban & Twitter Trouble Persists

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Underground Wizards Abound

Kansas City's pinball scene is coming out of the dark and into the... basement

Keri Wing stands over Laser Cue, an old-school pinball game, in the darkened basement of Solid State Pinball Supply. She's in her element, deftly navigating a silver ball around the inter-galactic playing field. "It's very satisfying," she says. "And it has a fun rules set and a funky layout."

Meet New Book Dude

Mid-Continent Public Library names Aaron Mason as new CEO, director

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) named Aaron B. Mason as its new library director and CEO during a board of trustees meeting on Nov. 15. Mason will replace Steve Potter, who announced his retirement in February after 34 years with the MCPL and 11 years as director.

EPIC KC Spotlight

Review | Christmas whirls into town with Kansas City Ballet's 'The Nutcracker'

Poor Thanksgiving, overshadowed by Christmas before the turkey's even in the oven. It's become a new tradition. At least at the Kennedy Center, where "The Nutcracker"- performed this year by the Kansas City Ballet - opened Wednesday night with a lively snowstorm of satin and tulle, along with smart-stepping Marzipan, a towering Mother Ginger and all the trimmings.

Season Of Holiday Snacking Arrives

Rum cakes and Crock-Pots

A sweet smell is filling the air in Old Town Lenexa as Jude's Rum Cakes begins baking thousands of tasty treats for the holiday season. Plus: You can thank a group of scrappy Kansas City women for the invention of the Crock-Pot as we know it today.

Day-trip Drinking Described

One Tank Trips: Sinkers Lounge in downtown Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Sinkers Lounge brings nine holes of traditional mini golf and nine holes of tabletop golf to downtown Kansas City, Missouri. At Sinkers, you can play, eat and drink! When you first walk into Sinkers Lounge , you are immediately immersed in cool vibes.

Hottie Strengthens Career

Siri Dahl: Powerlifter, Performer and Brand Ambassador

Do you even lift, bro? Siri Dahl does. She deadlifts. Deadass she even once decided to swap out "my H-cup tits for an epic powerlifter ass" and now she crushes all comers with maximum gluteus maximus. Having my inspiration as a performer rooted directly in the sex-positive, queer porn movement has always informed my approach to performing, and my career in general.

White House Demands Gun Crackdown

Video Biden reiterates call for assault weapons ban

"I’m going to try to get rid of assault weapons," the president said Thursday.

MAGA Comeback Paused

Why Donald Trump isn't returning to Twitter (for now)

Donald Trump loves Twitter. In 2017, he said he wouldn't have become President without it. "Twitter is a wonderful thing for me, because I get the word out... I might not be here talking to you right now as president if I didn't have an honest way of getting the word out," he said.

Mass Shooting Blame Game Endures

Witness: Walmart shooter seemed to target certain people

CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- The Walmart supervisor who shot and killed six co-workers in Virginia seemed to target people and fired at some victims after they were already hit and appeared to be dead, said a witness who was present when the shooting started.

For Womb The Bells Toll

What we know (and don't know) about how abortion affected the midterms

subscribe to The NPR Politics Podcast podcast Ahead of the midterms, pollsters and strategists and - yes, journalists - were obsessed with voters' top issues. In poll after poll, including polling at NPR, voters reported inflation to be the most important issue.

Surrender To Pro-Choice

France's National Assembly Votes to Enshrine Right to Abortion in Constitution

France took the first step toward enshrining abortion rights in the nation's constitution on Thursday with an overwhelming vote in the National Assembly. The 337 to 32 vote in the legislature's lower chamber, similar to the US House of Representatives, kicks off a lengthy legislative process that comes in response to the rollback of abortion rights in the United States, according to .

Ukraine On The Brink

Ukraine capital in survival mode following latest Russian missile barrage: Residents without water, power

The Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv is in survival mode after a brutal series of Russian aerial attacks left most citizens without power, drinkable water, or both. About 70% of the city was left without power on Thursday morning after Russia's latest missile barrage, officials said.

Hellscape Crowding Cont'd

Elon Musk says he will begin restoring previously banned Twitter accounts next week | CNN Business

Elon Musk said Thursday that he will begin restoring most previously banned accounts on Twitter starting next week, in his most wide-reaching move yet to undo the social media platform's policy of permanently suspending users who repeatedly violated its rules.

Shopping Season Starts

Shop Small: 5 gifts for the KC sports fans on your 'nice' list (KC Gift Guide)

Editor's note: This feature is the fourth in Startland News' five-part holiday gift guide showcasing Kansas City makers and their products. Check out the featured maker below, then keep reading for five gift ideas to get started. Adam Worrel's favorite Christmas gift as a child actually foreshadowed his life to come.

Weather Or Not . . .

FORECAST: Clear & 50s Friday, with rain this weekend

High pressure barely holds on for Friday afternoon, but will create clear skies for us throughout the day. Daytime highs will soar to between 5 and 10 degrees above average. We'll keep winds light out of the north between 5 and 10 mph at most.

Imagine Dragons x J.I.D - Enemy is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now.