Kansas City Look: Tina Turner Rolls Out, West Bottoms Spruces Up & GOP 2nd Place Assured

Of course, Tina Turner achieved so much in her life and leaves behind a catalog of EPIC work.

However . . . Her role in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome has a special place in the heart of TKC because the film debuted at a fun time in my life and re-runs of the flick always provided worthwhile entertainment. Auntie Entity was a complex character that required a great deal of nuance and sophistication along with physical prowess . . . More importantly, the movie was a campy thrill ride with a tolerable social message that made the world's inevitable nuclear apocalypse seem just a bit more interesting. 

And all of THAT inspires our latest peek at pop culture, community news and top headlines.

Check TKC news gathering . . .

Cowtown Condos In Play

Kansas City's Historic West Bottoms Association ready to unveil new 215-foot mural

A massive new mural celebrating the history of Kansas City's West Bottoms neighborhood is ready to be revealed. The Historic West Bottoms Association says it has completed a 215-foot mural created as part of the expansion of its 9th Street Garden. The mural showcases the West Bottoms neighborhood's rich history and cultural significance.

Life Is A Roller Coaster Ride

Worlds of Fun to delay opening of new Zambezi Zinger roller coaster

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Worlds of Fun said Wednesday it's holding off on opening the return of the Zambezi Zinger roller coaster. The coaster was set to start offering rides as part of "First Rider Expedition" on Friday, May 25, with the general public able to start riding the Zinger on Saturday, May 26.

Today's Inferno In The Dotte

KCK crews battle fire at historic Franklin school building

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Kansas City, Kansas, crews battled a fire Wednesday at a historic former elementary school. The KCK Fire Department said the fire happened at the former Franklin Elementary building near S. 14th Street and Metropolitan Avenue. About two hours after crews were dispatched, the fire was extinguished.

Local Destruction Coming Soon

Crews to demolish Blue Ridge Boulevard bridge over I-70 from June 3-5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Transportation will begin demolishing the Blue Ridge Boulevard bridge over Interstate 70 at 2 a.m. on June 3, requiring the total closure of portions of I-70 until 5 a.m. on June 5. The bridge will be closed starting at 9 a.m.

Coffee Friends To The Rescue

Kinship Cafe owner parks developer's plan to demolish his coffee shop (with a little help from his community)

In April, TJ Roberts was at risk of losing his coffee shop to a parking lot. Now, Roberts is standing his ground, with the help of his community, to purchase the building that houses Kinship Cafe. "It was a very dark couple of weeks, but now there's light at the end of the tunnel.


Tina Turner, Queen of Rock & Roll, Dead at 83

Tina Turner, the raspy-voiced fireball who overcame domestic abuse and industry ambivalence to emerge as one of rock and soul's brassiest, most rousing and most inspirational performers, died Wednesdayat age of 83. "Tina Turner, the 'Queen of Rock'n Roll' has died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in K├╝snacht near Zurich, Switzerland," her family said in a statement Wednesday.

Prez Feels Pressure

House Democratic angst grows as Biden's debt limit negotiations with GOP drag on

WASHINGTON - House Democratic anxieties are flaring over President Joe Biden's negotiations with Republicans to avert default. Some Democrats fear his limited public statements on the debt ceiling amount to ceding the messaging war to Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and his deputies, who have been ubiquitous in recent days in casting blame on the White House.

MAGA Cheerleader Pays Premium

Guess who just bid $100K for McCarthy's used chapstick

"I'm honored to be able to donate $100,000 to the [National Republican Congressional Committee] to help Republicans increase our majority in 2024 and defeat the Democrats. My constituents will be honored to host a visit with Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who we all think is doing a great job," Greene said in a statement.

Florida Guv Fired Up To Finish 2nd

Ron DeSantis officially files paperwork for 2024 run

After months of buildup and speculation Florida Gov. Ron DeSeantis has filed paperwork to run for President of the United States. His first national TV interview following the announcement will be with Fox News' Trey Gowdy Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on "Fox News Tonight."

Former 1st Lady Shares Latest Opinion

Hillary Clinton: Feinstein should not resign from Senate

Hillary Clinton said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D. Calif.) should not resign from her seat in the Senate, despite the 89-year-old's recent health problems and growing calls from some Democratic lawmakers for her to step down. Clinton, a former New York senator, stressed the political reality that if Feinstein resigned, Republicans likely not allow a Democratic...

Regime Change Coming Soon???

Putin's 'butcher' warns of simmering revolution as Russia's war in Ukraine grinds on

Chief of Russia's notorious Wagner mercenary force and self-proclaimed "butcher" for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Yevgeny Prigozhin, has once again come out swinging at Moscow's defense ministry, this time warning there will be a revolution like the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution if Russian elites do not get serious about the war in Ukraine.

Booze News Battle

Kansas City Chiefs suing their 'official tequila' provider for $4 million. Here's why

The Kansas City Chiefs have filed a lawsuit against its recent "official tequila" provider for nearly $4 million, alleging the spirits company missed payments before the football team terminated its contract. California-based Don Neron Spirits agreed to become the official tequila of the team for the 2022 to 2028 seasons for a price tag of $4,075,614.

Savor KC Middle-Class Life

It's Ice Cream Season-Stop by Brookside's Newest Treat Shop!

Did you make a career change due to the COVID 19 pandemic? Jessica and Alex Wood did-and Brookside is better off for it! Their new ice cream shop is called French Custard. Alex and Jessica Wood, owners of French Custard Pre pandemic, the Woods were living in Manhattan NYC; the couple had their own e-...

Old School Lessons Learned

Lessons from a 109-year-old Kansas City man inspire 'The Book Of Charlie'

Washington Post deputy opinion editor David Von Drehle, who lives in the Kansas City area, has written books about Abraham Lincoln, capital punishment and a deadly factory fire. Now he's published a book about something closer to home: "The Book of Charlie," about his neighbor who lived to the age of 109.

And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now.