Kansas City News Highlights: Capacity Crowd, End Of Era & Karaoke

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Epic Cowtown Night

2023 NFL Draft hits attendance capacity on draft's first night in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Thousands of NFL fans converged Thursday night to Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, for the opening round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

Meet New Baller

Kansas City Chiefs select K-State's Felix Anudike-Uzomah in 2023 NFL Draft

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Chiefs have selected defensive end Felix Anudike-Uzomah with the 31st pick in the 2023 NFL Draft on Thursday. The Kansas State standout earned third-team AP All-American and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors with team highs of 11 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 14 starts.

Local Legend Leaves Us

Carl DiCapo, legendary Kansas City restauranteur and civic icon, died Thursday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Carl DiCapo, who helped run one of Kansas City's legendary Italian restaurants and was a tireless promoter for the city's downtown, died Thursday. The announcement of his death came from the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission. DiCapo served on the anti-crime organization's board for 30 years.

Checking The Data

Tenth District Manufacturing Activity Declined Moderately in April

Download Article Tenth District manufacturing activity declined moderately in April, while expectations for future activity remained positive (Chart 1, Tables 1 & 2). Price indexes increased versus last month but decreased from the previous year and are not expected to change significantly over the next six months.

South Side Money Moves

Massive East Leawood Village at 135th & State Line moves forward

For the pas t 40 years the acreage at 135th and State Line Road in Leawood has been farmed for a variety of crops. But over time, urban sprawl has taken over, encircling the island of dust. Formerly a small airport, the property was purchased by developer Victor Regnier in the 1980s as part of a 600-acre investment opportunity for future development.

Kansas City Glitz

Photo Gallery: NFL Draft Picks Walkin' the Walk on Red Carpet in Kansas City

The 2023 NFL Draft red carpet was hot with the NFL's top prospects dressed to the nines as they gathered to see how the first-round chips would fall this evening. Who wore their outfit the best? Check out our photo gallery.

Candidates Won't Talk It Out

Will there be any presidential debates in 2024?

Neither President Joe Biden nor former President Donald Trump, the leading presidential candidates for their respective parties, seems to have any plans to participate in primary debates in 2024. The Democratic National Committee isn't organizing any debates, which has drawn condemnation from Biden's two Democratic challengers - anti-vaxxer Robert F.

Not Exactly Well Wishes

Nikki Haley: Biden will likely die within five years

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley said Wednesday that President Joe Biden, 80, will likely die within five years and that his supporters would have to count on Vice President Kamala Harris if he were to win re-election next year.

MAGA Campaign Switcheroo 

Trump retires 'Crooked Hillary' nickname, unveils 'Crooked Joe Biden'

Former President Trump said "Crooked Joe Biden" poses a "threat to democracy," vowing to "crush" him at the ballot box in November 2024 and to "settle our unfinished business" and "rescue America" from another four years of "disastrous" Democratic policies.

Tragic Collision Tonight

Two US Army Apache helicopters crash in Alaska

Two U.S. Army helicopters returning from a training flight crashed in Alaska on Thursday, marking the second accident involving military helicopters in the state. The Associated Press reported that each AH-64 Apache helicopter involved in the crash was carrying two people, according to John Pennell, a spokesperson for the U.S.

Old School Liar Departs

Emmett Till accuser Carolyn Brant dies at 88

The black teenager's lynching in 1955 at the hands of her husband spurred the US civil rights movement.

Unclassified Backstory

Denied a Gun License Over School Threat, Accused Leaker Jack Teixeira Later Got Top-Secret Clearance

As a high-school student, the Air National Guardsman charged with leaking classified intelligence documents admitted he made violent threats that prevented him from getting a firearms license. Two years later, however, he secured a top-secret security clearance. Copyright ©2023 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 87990cbe856818d5eddac44c7b1cdeb8

South Of Border Power Play

Biden admin to set up migrant processing centers in Latin America to reduce border strain

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Administration officials on Thursday will detail a multi-pronged response, according to two people with direct knowledge of officials' discussions. The White House is trying to strike a balance of deterrence with creating additional legal pathways.

Singalong Diplomacy

State dinner surprise: South Korean president sings 'American Pie'

Washington was still buzzing Thursday about how, during Wednesday's White House State Dinner featuring performances by a trio Broadway stars, the guest of honor -- South Korea's President Yoon Suk Yeol -- instead stole the show with his rendition of Don McClean's "American Pie."

Talk Show Legend Signs Off

Jerry Springer, former Cincinnati mayor and talk show host, dead at 79 | CNN

Jerry Springer, the former Cincinnati mayor and longtime TV host whose tabloid talk show was known for outrageous arguments, thrown chairs and physical confrontations between sparring couples and homewreckers, has died, Bradley Singer, his manager, said Thursday. Springer was 79.

Sexy Career Sacrilege

The Enlightened Path: God Apparently Told a Catholic School Teacher To Quit Her Job And Become a P*rn Star...So She Did!

They say God works in mysterious ways but for former Catholic school teacher Courtney Tillia, it went further: She claims the Almighty "told her" to become a porn star. "Before I left teaching, I felt super disconnected from myself and also God.

Streaming Hype Hits Home

'The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning' stars talk about filming in Kansas City

Hear about their experience filming in KC and what they love about our city best.

A Few More Local Laughs

Kansas City, Kansas City, Here They Come! Comedians Rob Riggle, Brian Baumgartner guest star in ESPN's NFL Draft Open

The Walt Disney Company's multi-platform coverage of the 2023 NFL Draft officially kicks off Thursday at 8 p.m. ET with an amusing Open on ESPN's coverage that will feature familiar faces.

Kansas City Documents Rap Music

Shawn Edwards and Don Juan host live panel on 50th anniversary of KC hip-hop

Don Juan and Shawn Edwards. // Courtesy photos Summer 2023 marks a half-century of hip-hop music as an integral part of Kansas City's DNA. Music producer Don Juan and culture writer Shawn Edwards are running a free event at the 2000 Vine Building as the first in a series of retrospectives the community will host in celebration.

Home Team Stays Losing

Royals blasted by Twins in series opener 7-1

Despite most of the city turning its attention to what was occurring at Union Station for the NFL Draft, the Royals still played a baseball game up north against the Minnesota Twins. Fortunately for those worried about switching back and forth on their television, Kansas City's fate was decided in the early-going.

Temperature Drop Ahead

FORECAST: Cold front to arrive Friday afternoon

It will be partly to mostly cloudy and mild this evening, as temperatures return to the 50s after dark. We'll see morning lows near 50 degrees to start before temperatures quickly rebound into the upper 60s by the afternoon. Shortly after we get close to 70 degrees, a cold front will swing through late in the day.

Fall Out Boy - Sugar, We're Goin Down was the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now.