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Holiday Junk Heartbreak

Kansas City-area toy stores riding out latest inflation rollercoaster

KANSAS CITY, Mo - Family-owned toy stores in Kansas and Missouri say inflation is a factor for them this year and it's leading them to make changes. Brookside Toy and Science says manufacturers are routinely changing prices and that's being reflected on prices they charge customers.

Hipster Tribute To The Dotte

Strawberry Hill forever

An iconic bakery in Kansas City, Kansas, is still selling same sweet bread that the owners' great, great grandmother brought from Croatia at the turn of the last century. Plus: The Easy Inn on Strawberry Hill looks like your average neighborhood dive bar, but to its regular patrons, it's a refuge.

Newspaper Decries GOP. Again.

Hawley and Marshall dishonored Missouri and Kansas by snubbing Zelenskyy's speech

OPINION AND COMMENTARY I watched Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. I saw the bipartisan support there in the House chamber and was uplifted by the unity displayed. But then I saw interviews with Sens. Roger Marshall of Kansas and Josh Hawley of Missouri, neither of whom attended.

Brew Biz Update

Boulevard Brewing Co. stabilizes leadership, sees growth in 2022 - Kansas City Business Journal

After more than a year of change in its leadership team, Boulevard Brewing Co. has settled into a nice groove, focused on grassroots innovation and seeing growth in historically strong brands. For decades, Boulevard was blessed with stable leadership, but that changed a bit starting in 2021.

French Twist Swallowed

Westport's French cafe goes Tiki-adjacent with a new cocktail, the Yellow Datsun

The Yellow Datsun combines classic punchy summertime flavors with grounding winter tastes like Weathers' from-scratch turmeric falernum.

Beebs Better Half Sparks Holiday Hotness

Hailey Bieber stuns for a new Victoria's Secret holiday collection

Hailey Bieber is a sexy holiday dream in multiple new posts from Victoria's Secret. The 26-year-old model showed off lots of skin while wearing matching sets from the newly launched Dream Angels Collection. In the first post, she wore a fiery red one-piece with cuts down the front tied with bows, which exposed parts of her tan stomach.

Vlad Talks Peace?!?

Putin says Russia wants end to war, all conflicts end with diplomacy

Dec 22 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia wants an end to the war in Ukraine, and all armed conflicts end with diplomatic negotiations. "Our goal is not to spin the flywheel of military conflict, but, on the contrary, to end this war," Putin said.

White House Angered At Border

Biden fumed, dropped f-bombs as border crisis intensified, new book claims

President Biden was furious and cursed repeatedly about the border crisis as illegal immigrants kept flocking to the overwhelmed southern border, according to an upcoming book detailing the first years of Biden's presidency.

MAGA Report Redux

Jan. 6 committee unveils final report, capping 18-month probe

WASHINGTON - The House Jan. 6 committee on Thursday unveiled its formal report, the final product of its historic 18-month investigation into the deadly attack on the Capitol and former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Faux Wall Stays Losing

Arizona agrees to dismantle shipping container border wall

Outgoing Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has agreed to dismantle a makeshift border wall that triggered a lawsuit by the federal government and rankled environmentalists. In an agreement reached Wednesday with the Biden administration, Ducey said he would stop installing shipping containers on federal land along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to court documents filed in U.S.

First Reports Claim French Gunman Targeted Foreigners

Violence erupts in Paris hours after three killed and several injured

Hundreds of Kurdish locals have flooded the streets around a cultural centre in Paris where three people were killed and three wounded in what the Government said appeared to be a racially motivated attack. The group of protesters were reportedly throwing rocks and fighting with police, who responded by using teargas.

Social Stays Losing Big Bucks

Meta settles Cambridge Analytica scandal case for $725m

The class size is "in the range of 250-280 million" people, according to the ruling document, representing all Facebook users in the US during the "class period" which runs from 24 May, 2007 to 22 December, 2022.

Brit Family Drama Exposed

'Stepmum says I'm an embarrassment as I'm a porn star - but her son's a crook'

My sniffy stepmother doesn't approve of my job. I work in the adult entertainment industry and she believes I'm an embarrassment. But that won't stop her from coming to our house on Sunday, eating my food and enjoying my drink.

Probably Not The Same Pooch

From Kansas to California, missing dog has come home for holidays

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) - Santa is bringing one California woman a Christmas present a few days early, not from the North Pole, but from Kansas. Her lost dog somehow ended up there, and some kind-hearted people helped make sure he got home for the holidays. "I'm so excited to see him.

Katie's Forecast For Now . . . 

Wind chills remain well below zero Friday

The winter storm has come and gone, now we're left with a very cold reception.Friday, the bitter cold temperatures and high winds show no sign of dying down anytime soon. Intense wind gusts have the Kansas City area feeling colder than -20 degrees.

Burl Ives - A Holly Jolly Christmas is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now.