Kansas City Highlights: Stadiums, Air Fare & Rumors Of War

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Front Office Promises To Play Ball

In Independence, Kansas City Royals make final pitch for a new downtown baseball district

The Kansas City Royals hosted on Wednesday the final stop in their community listening tour over their proposal to leave Kauffman Stadium and build a downtown ballpark and surrounding entertainment district. Royals majority owner John Sherman, team executives and an architectural consultant told an audience at the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Missouri, how the benefits of a downtown stadium would economically affect the entire metropolitan area.

Airport Fare Celebrated

New KCI terminal concessions aim for 'extraordinary experience'

A massive shift is underway with the on-site workforce at Kansas City International Airport's new terminal, as a yearslong bustle of construction activity gives way to operations readying to open. With this transition, leaders with the airport and its concessions manager are pushing to get hundreds of new employees hired, background-checked and trained in a matter of weeks.

South Side Talks Groceries

Lane4 discusses future of Sun Fresh building before a packed crowd

By Don Bradley The owner of Red Bridge Shopping Center did his best Tuesday night to assure a crowded room that every effort would be made to find a new grocery tenant for the recently-closed Sun Fresh store. Then came the "But if...", and that brought the boos. "No!" No!"

Life Lessons For Urban Core

North-East Branch Library adjusts to meet needs of changing community

Abby HooverManaging Editor The North-East Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 6000 Wilson Ave., is a gathering place, a resource hub and a cornerstone of community in historic Northeast. The Northeast Branch opened in 1914 in Northeast High School with 6,000 books.

Good Deeds Despite Controversy

The Kansas City Defender Launches Free Clothing Program

In our inaugural episode, we interview local organizer, leader and revolutionary, Jenay Manley of KC Tenants. Ryan and Jenay delve deep into the violent policies... BACK THE BLACK Armed march taking place in Kansas City on July 3rd at 63rd & Troost. This demonstration is being organized by the Kansas...

Help On The Back End

KMBC Cares Bowling for Operation Breakthrough Toilet Paper

People in Kansas City spent their evenings having fun for a good cause. An evening of bowling for charity.It was part of a tournament fundraiser Operation Breakthrough, which provides a safe, educational environment for children in poverty.People could bowl individually or as a team at ward parkway lanes.Volunteers also collected toilet paper for families that operation breakthrough serves."You cannot buy toilet paper with food stamps.

Giving Prez Biden Credit

Biden to take aim at junk fees in Competition Council meeting Wednesday | CNN Business

President Joe Biden is slated to announce new progress on his administration's "competition agenda" during the fourth meeting of the Presidential Competition Council on Wednesday, taking steps to slash junk fees while calling on Congress to pass legislation targeting hidden and exorbitant fees across the travel, entertainment, utility and hospitality industries.

Maybe Not MAGA

Prominent Republicans hold off on backing Trump

GOP leaders are keeping their powder dry when it comes to former President Trump's 2024 campaign, declining to publicly back him despite his lead in most primary polls. Prominent Republicans in early-voting states like Iowa and South Carolina have held off on endorsing him, as have some longtime allies in Washington, such as Sen.

First Son Power Move?!?

Read: Hunter Biden's lawyers request criminal investigation

Hunter Biden's attorneys wrote to state and federal agencies on Wednesday requesting they open criminal investigations into former President Trump's allies for accessing and spreading his personal data. The lawyers for President Biden's son also threatened Fox News host Tucker Carlson with a defamation lawsuit.

Goodbye Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil announces end of daytime talk show after 21 seasons: 'I have been blessed'

Dr. Phil McGraw is calling it quits on his eponymous daytime talk show after more than two decades on the air. McGraw, who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, said in a statement that while the show "has been an incredible chapter of my life and career," he wants to pursue other projects after the show's 21st season.

Today's Mourning

Tyre Nichols' funeral service is held in Memphis, with Vice President Harris and Rev. Al Sharpton delivering remarks

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke at the funeral of the 29-year-old who died after being beaten by police. "We mourn with you," she told his family.

Next Gunfire Crisis

California police face scrutiny after killing double amputee

The police killing of a wheelchair user who allegedly refused to drop a butcher's knife is under investigation by authorities in California. Double-amputee Anthony Lowe, 36, who was black, was fatally shot on 26 January in the Los Angeles area. Police say he threatened them after stabbing someone.

Americans Fight Over Resources

States file duelling Colorado River plans as water resources rapidly dwindle

California filed a competing conservation plan for the Colorado River on Tuesday,just one day after opting out of a proposal put forward by six other western states,signaling a breakdown in negotiations over how to drastically cut water use from the imperiled waterway.

Rumors Of War Persist

Inmate Humiliates Russia's Shadow Army by Casually Taking Cab Home

Prisoners recruited by Russia's Wagner Group to fight in Ukraine seem to be increasingly realizing they've been duped, and that no one ever counted on bringing them back alive. One inmate recruited by the group back in November has absconded from his team in Ukraine's Luhansk region and fled to Russia by bus and ride-sharing app, where he says he is now hiding out in fear of revenge.

Rocketman Ramps Up

North Korea says U.S. drills have pushed situation to 'extreme red-line' -KCNA

North Korea's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that joint drills by the United States and its allies have pushed the situation to an "extreme red-line" and threaten to turn the peninsula into a "huge war arsenal and a more critical war zone."

Trust The Science?!?

Could a popular COVID-19 antiviral supercharge the pandemic?

A widely used COVID-19 drug may be driving the appearance of new SARS-CoV-2 variants, sparking concerns it could prolong and even reinvigorate the pandemic. The drug, molnupiravir, produced by Merck & Co., is designed to kill the virus by inducing mutations in the viral genome.

In Defense Of Hollywood

Alec Baldwin's defense team will 'attack' producer argument given by prosecution: Legal experts weigh in

Prosecutors laid out their case against Alec Baldwin in specific detail in the probable cause documents released Tuesday. Baldwin will appear virtually for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 24. It will be the first court appearance for the actor regarding this case.

Solving Primate Probs

Dallas Zoo's missing tamarin monkeys have been found in a closet of an abandoned home. Here's what we know | CNN

After a tip led authorities to two emperor tamarin monkeys that had gone missing from the Dallas Zoo, questions remain about their brief disappearance as police zero in on a man who may be connected to the case. The monkeys were found Tuesday inside a closet in an abandoned home about 15 miles away, police said.

Smut Game Ends With Sadness

World famous adult star unrecognisable living as 'mole person' in Vegas tunnels

Once one of the most famous porn stars in the world, Jenni Lee is barely recognisable now while living underneath the Las Vegas strip in 'haunted' tunnels with no heat, light or running water Jenni Lee was once one of the most famous porn stars in the world - but now she lives as a 'mole person' in the tunnels under Las Vegas.

Cowtown Wayback Wednesday: Local Hipsters Go Old School

A hip KC dive is hosting a bar shuffleboard league

Jim's Alley Bar is modeled on a classic a big city dive, with cheap domestic beer by the bottle and great eats. Now, they're putting their bar shuffleboard table to good use with a five-week league. Jim's Alley Bar in the Crossroads is kicking off their winter league on Monday, February 6.

Kansas City Medical Miracle Celebrated

Kansas City woman celebrates milestone 25th birthday after surviving cardiac arrest, 10 heart surgeries

KANSAS CITY, MO - Mary "Micky" Foos celebrated her 25th birthday Monday, which is a testimony to medical skill and Micky's unbending will to live. "I had four open heart surgeries when I was born,"Foos said. "I was born with Tetraology of Fallot, which is a very rare heart disease where you have four or more complications with your heart present at birth."

Renovating Place For Puppers

Historic multifamily conversion goes to the dogs under new ownership - Kansas City Business Journal

A pair of multifamily investors have brought the Pickwick Plaza Apartments close to 100% occupancy since buying the 260-unit community for $39 million in May 2021. Now, New York-based Alchemy Ventures and Rockcrest Holdings have thrown residents' four-legged friends a bone with a new amenity designed to keep up that demand while returning a vacant component of the historic mixed-use property at 933 McGee St.

For The Love Of Foodies

Chef Dai'Quon Watts of Strang Chef Collective hosts five-course cinematic-themed Valentine's Day dinner

Strang Chef Collective's newest chef, Dai'Quon Watts, has conceptualized a five-course Valentine's Day dinner themed around iconic couples from film and television. The event will take place Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 6-9 p.m. at Strang Chef Collective's new location, Strang Reserve, a luxury event space located at 8020 Marty Street, Overland Park, KS.

Still Waiting On Winter Warmup

Sunny and warmer conditions arrive Thursday


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