Kansas City Highlights: EPIC Draft Ratings, Flashback & Mötley Crüe

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Tuning Into Cowtown

NFL draft first-round ratings higher than in 2022

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Viewership of the first round of the NFL draft was up 11% over last year, the league announced Friday. According to the league, an average of 11.4 million viewers watched the draft on TV and digital platforms. The average was 10.3 million in 2022.

Front Office Levels Up

Chiefs address wide receiver, offensive line with aggressive moves on Day 2

After focusing on defense with their first round pick, the Kansas City Chiefs were aggressive in looking to improve their offense in rounds two and three. They traded up twice, exchanging picks with the Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals. Both picks focused on offense, as they drafted wide receiver Rashee Rice and offensive lineman Wanya Morris.

Other Home Team Stays Losing

Royals suffer painful loss as comeback falls short after Quatraro tossed.

Bobby Witt started the game by banging a double off of the right field wall and scoring on a Salvador Perez sac fly. The good feelings then lasted all the way until Jordan Lyles threw his first pitch of the game and Max Kepler took it deep.

Football Tribute To Sacrifice

Kansas City Vietnam Veteran selected to announce NFL draft pick in honor of all Vietnam Veterans

The 2023 NFL draft in Kansas City is bringing a special honor for a local Vietnam veteran. Retired Army Col. Lynn Rolf Jr. served 31 years in uniform. Now, he's serving in the memory of all Vietnam veterans on the world's stage.

Kansas City's Best Kegger

Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce brings the swag to 'Kelce Jam'

BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. - More than 15,000 people fought for their right to party at " Kelce Jam " Friday night. The Azura Ampitheater hosted musical artists like Tech N9ne, Rick Ross, Loud Luxury, and Machine Gun Kelly. Kansas City Chiefs Tight End Travis Kelce is the brains behind it all.

Old School Hotness Endures

Pamela Anderson, 55, flaunts figure in a skimpy white bikini

Pamela Anderson shocked fans on Thursday when she slipped back into a red one piece swimsuit that looked a lot like her Baywatch one piece. Turns out it was from her new Pamela X Frankies Bikinis collaboration. And the next day the 55-year-old icon posed in another suit: a skimpy white string bikini, also from PXF.

White House Love Fades

Biden's approval rating sinks to an all-time low: poll

President Biden's approval rating has sunk to an all-time low as he embarks on his 2024 re-election effort, a new poll shows. The survey, released by Gallup on Thursday, found that just 37% of US adults approved of the 80-year-old president's job performance, the lowest the polling outfit has measured since the start of his presidency.

MAGA Quiet Amid Trouble Brewing

Trump, who was notably silent on recent Bud Light boycott, owns up to $5 million in Anheuser-Busch stock, records show

After Bud Light partnered with transgender TikToker Dylan Mulvaney, right-wingers launched a boycott. But former President Donald Trump has been missing from the conversation. It turns out that he's an investor in Anheuser Busch InBev - the company that produces Bud Light.

Mouse Fight Loser Already

DeSantis' tough words may come back to haunt him in Disney lawsuit, experts say

Now that the year-long war of words between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Walt Disney Co has landed in the courts, the Republican leader might find his verbal barbs directed at the entertainment giant coming back to bite, legal experts said.

Dating Drama Exposed

Texas man accused of leaving date, killing parking lot scammer, then returning to restaurant for dinner

A Texas man dining with a woman left the restaurant and killed a fake parking attendant who swindled him out of $40 before returning to the eatery to finish the date, according to police. Erick Aguirre, 29, was out on probation for an aggravated assault when he allegedly shot dead 46-year-old Elliot Nix in Houston on April 11 over the phony parking scheme.

Trouble Forgetting Tucker

'Not a chance': Fox viewers reject Tucker Carlson's replacement

There were a lot of questions floating around after Fox News unceremoniously dumped right-wing firebrand Tucker Carlson on Monday morning. Among them: can the conservative news channel effectively replace its most-popular host, a grievance-filled firebrand who drew in more than three million viewers every night? The answer, on this week's evidence, is no.

Far East Calls On Ukraine

Can China broker peace in Ukraine? Don't rule it out | Rajan Menon and Daniel R DePetris

Xi Jinping's phone call with Volodymyr Zelenskiy was a long time coming, but it should not have come as a surprise. Beijing is on everyone's shortlist when it comes to prospective peacemakers in Ukraine. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, is no exception.

Brit Traditions Endure

Scotland's "Stone of Destiny'' has an ancient role in King Charles' coronation. Learn its centuries-old story.

London - The "Stone of Destiny," an ancient symbol of Scotland's monarchy, was on its way from Edinburgh Castle to London on Friday to play its role in the coronation of King Charles III on May 6.

Teasing Memories For Fans

Mia Khalifa teases fans by flaunting curves in 'best boobs on Instagram' shirt

MIA Khalifa teased her fans by flaunting her curves in a "best boobs on Instagram" T-shirt. The former porn star set pulses racing as she ventured out in Miami in a tight-fitting white top. She dropped a string of pictures for her 27.6million followers, with the caption: "Big ttee healer energy."

Hard Rock Echos Throughout Kansas City Metro

Mötley Crüe let out their 'Wild Side' rocking NFL Draft stage in Kansas City

My first-ever concert was nine years ago at the now T-Mobile Center. Who was performing? Mötley Crüe with Alice Cooper as the opening act. I've come full circle. Home Sweet Home, if you will. On Friday night, I was watching Mötley Crüe perform once again, this time for The Star.

Sour Grapes Earns Mention

Look: Jason McCourty Ruthlessly Trolls Chiefs Fans at NFL Draft in Kansas City

Have you ever watched an entertainment awards show-the Academy Awards for instance-and heard the orchestra attempt to play a long-winded winner off the stage? As it turns out, it can happen in sports, too. Former , , and defensive back Jason McCourty took aim at the from multiple angles in a comically long-winded draft pick announcement Friday night.

Toast To Good Time Ending

Westport's whiskey library Julep closes for good on Derby Day

Derby Day opening for Julep in 2014. After nearly a decade in operation, Westport's own craft cocktail hub and whiskey library Julep is set to shutter. Derby Day, May 6, will be the last time you can swing through the doors at 4141 Pennsylvania Ave.

More Boozing Ahead

Treat yourself at J. Rieger & Co.'s Electric Park Garden Bar this summer

Caffe Colada and Gardenia. // Photo by Sarah Sipple Electric Park Garden Bar at J. Rieger & Co. Distillery is a destination for nostalgic treats in a well-maintained setting. The outdoor bar space in East Bottoms is now open for the season, offering cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages, and food truck classics.

Make Room For Lady Ballers

NFL female leaders take center stage at NFL Draft in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Three female leaders of the NFL offered insight and advice Friday morning at the Champion Breakfast hosted by Kansas City non-profit United WE.

Firing Off Comeback Idea

The case for Frank Clark's return to the Kansas City Chiefs

Two-time champion defensive end Frank Clark was released by the Kansas City Chiefs just weeks following their 38-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII. Unfortunately for the eight-year veteran, he and the team were unable to come to terms on a revamped contract.

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