Kansas City Cinco De Mayo Fiesta Of News

As always . . . We remind our Kansas City friends that nobody cares about the Battle of Puebla. Besting the French might have been a big deal back in 1862 but it doesn't mean much nowaways.


Cinco De Mayo is a celebration intended to foster Mexican-American pride, unity, faith & family ties and it was championed by in the early 70s by Chicano student activists. 

The grassroots politically charged celebration has largely disappeared and now a drinking festival akin to St. Paddy's Day has replaced it. However . . . Because Mexican culture is notoriously pragmatic . . . No sane person is opposed to a good time, loud music and tacos. 

And with all that . . . We check in one last time today and take a peek at pop culture, community news and top headlines.

Check TKC news gathering . . .

Cowtown Rule Change Preview

KC's fast-moving charter review considers drastic changes to elections

Without much fanfare, Kansas City's nine-member Charter Review Commission has been discussing changes that could make it harder to recall officials, challenge City Council votes and propose citizen initiatives.

TV Talks Trash

Getting Results: KMBC 9 Investigates digs into Kansas City's trash problem and what you can do about it

It's been hard not to miss trash piling up along Kansas City-area highways over the past few years. Tires, takeout containers, plastic bags, and discarded furniture have all served as a rotten reminder of a pandemic that stalled litter cleanup efforts along a bustling city's major interstates.

Decorations Repurposed

Some KCI Airport floor medallions moving to city buildings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Dozens of medallions from the old Kansas City International Airport terminal will soon be installed at city buildings. The Kansas City Aviation Department said crews will remove 40 of the over 100 medallions from the floors at Terminals B and C.

Rolling With Car Culture

From West Coast to Westside, Kansas City's lowrider culture has spread beyond its Latino roots

Lowrider culture in Kansas City began in the 1950s as a strictly Mexican American thing. But founders still on the scene say the subculture has grown more diverse over the decades. "When we first started doing this, it was mostly a minority thing with Mexicans and small group of Black people," says Tim Lona.

The Dotte Chows Down

KCK Taco Trail beefing up challenge, expanding list of spots

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Friday is Cinco de Mayo. To celebrate, Visit Kansas City, Kansas, is officially launching a second round of the KCK Taco Trail. "I would come into Kansas City and go to between three and five places and have between two and four tacos at each place," said Scott Reed, taco enthusiast.

Hotness Around The Globe

Stunning Mexican weather woman with OnlyFans page stripped down for the World Cup

Mexican weather girl and OnlyFans star Yanet Garcia threw her support behind her nation during the World Cup - by stripping down to her lingerie. The 32-year-old shot to fame in the 2010s thanks to her reports while wearing a variety of figure-hugging dresses.

Prez Troubled By Taco Schedule

Biden grabs Cinco de Mayo lunch after confusing 'major press conference' with MSNBC interview

WASHINGTON - President Biden avoided questions from reporters Friday by falsely announcing a "major press conference" - before ducking out to grab lunch at a local taqueria ahead of a one-on-one interview with MSNBC. The 80-year-old president raised eyebrows two days after congressional Republicans disclosed a bombshell bribery claim against him when he cut off questions by saying he'd answer them later.

MAGA Sinks Into More Trouble

DOJ investigating President Trump's ties to LIV Golf: report

Amid the Department of Justice's investigation into former President Donald Trump and classified documents, it is also looking into his ties to the LIV Golf tour. The DOJ has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for records regarding the relationship between the two parties.

Hunter Reporting Squashed?!?

The hypocritical major-media plot in advance to suppress The Post's Hunter Biden reporting

Remember when journalists were supposed to speak truth to power, no matter the cost? Those were the days, huh? In 1971, The New York Times printed an internal study the United States conducted about our failures in the Vietnam War. These Pentagon Papers were leaked by a RAND analyst who had access to the classified documents, Daniel Ellsberg.

Colleague Decries Front Runner

Barr: Trump will deliver 'chaos' and 'horror show'

Former Attorney General Bill Barr said Friday that former President Trump will deliver "chaos" and a "horror show" if he returned to the White House in 2024. "If you believe in his policies, what he's advertising as his policies, he's the last person who could actually execute them and achieve them," Barr said of Trump...

Hot Mic Legal Moves

Fox demands Media Matters stop publishing leaked Tucker Carlson videos | CNN Business

Fox sent a cease-and-desist letter on Friday to Media Matters, the progressive watchdog, and its president, demanding that it take down embarrassing behind-the-scenes videos of Tucker Carlson attacking Fox News' streaming service and making crude remarks while joking with staff.

Collab On Our Mind

At least 8 fake electors have been granted immunity in the Georgia Trump investigation | CNN Politics

At least eight of the Republican "fake electors" in Georgia have accepted immunity deals in an ongoing criminal investigation into efforts by Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election there, according to a new court filing.

Supreme Defense Starts

Kellyanne Conway defends reported concealed Ginni Thomas payments

Former President Trump aide Kellyanne Conway on Friday defended payments she reportedly made to Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, at the behest of a conservative judicial activist. The Washington Post reported Thursday that legal activist Leonard Leo instructed Conway, then a GOP pollster, to "give" Ginni Thomas "another $25K"...

Vlad's Captains Demand More

Russian mercenary chief says his troops will withdraw from Bakhmut

The head of the mercenary group that is leading Russia's struggling offensive in eastern Ukraine said Friday that his forces will withdraw from the high-profile battle for Bakhmut next week due to a lack of military support. Yevgeny Prigozhin's sudden announcement marked the latest dramatic escalation in his feud with Moscow's military leadership.

Pandemic All Clear?!?

Covid-19 is no longer a global health emergency, says WHO

Covid-19 no longer represents a global health emergency, the World Health Organization has said. The move marks a major step towards the end of the pandemic that has killed more than 6.9 million people, disrupted the global economy and ravaged communities. More details soon ...

Volcán de Fuego Ignites

Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts, spewing ash into the air and forcing over 1,000 to evacuate

Guatemalan authorities evacuated more than 1,000 people and closed a road as Central America's most active volcano erupted Thursday, spewing thick clouds of ash over farms and towns not far from the capital city. Civil protection official Oscar Cossio said 1,054 people had been evacuated from five communities near the foot of the volcano and moved to a sports hall for shelter.

More Trouble Down South

Congress is absent on immigration as Biden attempts to wrangle border crisis

The Biden administration is about to shift how migration is handled at the U.S. borders because - once again - Americans have no meaningful immigration legislation from Congress. Next week the administration will stop using Title 42, the health law imposed during the coronavirus pandemic to control migration at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Cinema For Tonight

7 Movies to Watch for Cinco de Mayo in 2023

Most people probably aren't aware that Cinco de Mayo is the holiday celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. (Contrary to what some people think, it has nothing to do with Mexican Independence Day, which celebrates the country's independence from Spain and is held September 16.)

Purpose For Party

Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexican American culture, not independence

PHOENIX (AP) - American bars and restaurants gear up every year for Cinco de Mayo, offering special deals on Mexican food and alcoholic drinks for the May 5 holiday that is barely celebrated south of the border. In the United States, the date is largely seen as a celebration of Mexican American culture stretching back to the 1800s in California.

Good Deeds Keep Memories Strong

Widower keeps free senior citizen's pantry up and running in honor of his late wife

TIFFANY SPRINGS, Mo. (KCTV) - Kelsie Sams is homeless. She depends on the Little Food Pantry near 49t h and Waukomis in Northmoor for several meals a week. "Without it, I'd probably be dead," Sams said. "I mean unless I just go out and rob somebody."

Community Fights For Health

Kansas City organization has raised $20 million for AIDS

On Friday, Belinda Manos unfurled 165 white flags. Each flag was attached to a PVC pipe, then hooked onto another PVD pipe. Some of those pipes sat in umbrella stands. Others waited to be carried on Saturday.Each of those 165 flags has a name embroidered on it - the name of a person who died of HIV/AIDS.

Lowrider Creativity Debuts

Isaac Meek talks lowriders, art and his perfect day in KC

Isaac Meek works with almost any artistic medium you can think of now, but when recalling the beginning of his artistic journey, Meek gives credit to lowrider bicycles. Building the hyper-stylized bikes with his brother and friends gave Meek his initial insight into creating something entirely his own.

Baller Fiesta Awaits

Royals release more details for Lorenzo Cain's retirement celebration

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals are rolling out all the stops for Lorenzo Cain's celebration. On Saturday, the Royals will celebrate the former outfielder as he retires with the team that he brought a World Series to in 2015.

Cloudy Today, Hot Tamale

Near-record high temperatures possible this weekend


And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now. Have a fun and safe night, we hope to see you again. HOPEFULLY, some time before noon.