Kansas City World Cup Tease & Brinkmanship

As world leaders play games of chicken with all of our lives . . . We share this quick volley of community news, pop culture and top headlines worth considering for our late night & early bird denizens . . .

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Cowtown Baller Politics In Play

'Major' 2026 World Cup announcement in Kansas City on Thursday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City is in preparation mode for the 2026 World Cup. On Thursday city, state and local sports leaders will come together to make a "major" announcement concerning the World Cup at Arrowhead Stadium.

18th & Vine District Leader Earns White House Visit

Kansas City businessman represents city during roundtable on minority entrepreneurship at White House

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A local entrepreneur represented Kansas City on the national stage. Just weeks out from opening Vine Street Brewing Co. with his two friends, Kemet Coleman was chosen by Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas to speak in the Young Men of Color Roundtable on Entrepreneurship at the White House on Tuesday afternoon.

Bridge To Nowhere Begins

Developers hold groundbreaking ceremony on Rock Island Bridge project

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Local leaders and developers held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday on a multimillion-dollar project that will benefit both Kansas and Missouri. The old Rock Island railroad bridge is set to reopen in spring 2024 after it's transformed into a new entertainment destination. Crews built the Rock Island Bridge in 1905.

Show-Me Teachable Moment

Missouri teacher no longer employed by school district after using the n-word in class | CNN

A teacher who was initially placed on administrative leave after a video circulating on social media showed them using the n-word at least twice in class "is no longer employed," the Springfield Public Schools Missouri school district said in a statement to CNN Tuesday.

Kansas Disaster ALMOST Explained

Consultants: Design issues, operations lapses led to big Kansas oil spill

TOPEKA, Kan. - Pipeline design issues, lapses by its operators and problems caused during its construction led to a massive oil spill on the Keystone pipeline system in northeastern Kansas, according to a report for U.S. government regulators.

More Deets On Mobile Crackdown

Missouri could become 49th state to prohibit texting while driving, bill awaits governor's signature

Missouri is one signature away from becoming the 49thstate to prohibit texting while driving. State lawmakers passed a bill that's waiting Gov. Mike Parson's signature. The law's passage comes as 800 people have died and 190,000 accidents have been reported in the last decade in Missouri.

Newsies Clean Up Cowtown

Waste hauler making changes to trailer tarp system following KMBC investigation

Raptor Recycle and Transfer is making changes to a tarping system on 16 of its semi-trailers after a KMBC 9 News investigation.The company is working with its tarp manufacturer to engineer a solution to keep trash and debris from flying onto Kansas City area highways.Raptor operates a waste transfer facility

Lady Ballers Debut

Kansas City has a new professional basketball team. What to know about the KCrossover

A new professional women's basketball team is coming to Kansas City. This summer, the KCrossover, pronounced "KC Crossover," will play its first season in the Global Women's Basketball Association, a small professional league in the Midwest. The organization aims to provide more opportunities and teams beyond the WNBA for talented women to play professionally, according to league owner Sonya Nichols.

Global Soccer Threads Reconsidered

Model Wears Revealing Outfit To World Cup Game Despite Qatar Dress Code

A stunning soccer fan decided to rock a sexy 'fit as she cheered on her team at the World Cup over the weekend ... despite Qatar's strict dress code. Model Ivana Knoll -- who's known as the "World Cup's Hottest Fan" -- posed for pics in a revealing red and white dress while in attendance for the Croatia vs.

Cash Standoff Cont'd

Biden, McCarthy to meet as US debt-ceiling talks come down to wire

WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) - Democratic President Joe Biden and top congressional Republican Kevin McCarthy will sit down on Tuesday to try to make progress on a deal to raise the U.S. government's $31.4 trillion debt ceiling and avert an economically catastrophic default. They have little time to reach a deal.

War Hawk Pundit Derides MAGA

Trump's a 'laughing fool' to world leaders, Bolton says

Former President Donald Trump has long touted what he says are strong relationships with high profile leaders on the world stage, but they actually think he's a 'laughing fool, according to John Bolton, Trump's former national security adviser.

GOP Works Wedge Issue

DeSantis snaps back at Trump over Florida's six-week abortion ban

The former president's comments come after a CNN town hall meeting last week, where Trump took credit for appointing the conservative Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade. But when pressed, Trump would not say if he would support a federal abortion law and what type of restrictions he would be willing to sign into law.

Legal Opinion On Nothingburger

Barr: Durham probe shows 'Russiagate' a 'grave injustice' to Trump

Former Attorney General William Barr said the Durham report has vindicated former President Donald Trump against years of allegations of Russian collusion but stopped short of supporting another term for him in the White House. "I think [ the Durham report] helps him in the short term.

Heartbreak In Congress

Lauren Boebert's Husband Furious as He's Served Divorce Papers

Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has filed to divorce her husband of two decades, according to court records obtained Tuesday by The Daily Beast. The April 25 filing seeks to dissolve her marriage to Jayson Boebert, with whom she shares four sons.

Rudy Seyz He Didn't Do It

Rudy Giuliani denies sexual assault allegations made by former employee in $10 million lawsuit

Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and attorney for former President Donald Trump, is being sued in a lawsuit seeking $10 million in damages by a former employee accusing him of "sexual assault and harassment, wage theft, and other misconduct."

Po-Po Caught In Sting

Cop collapses on live TV after being attacked by 'cloud of hundreds of bees'

Video shot by a news helicopter captured the heart-pounding moment a civilian police volunteer collapsed to the ground after being repeatedly stung by a swarm of angry bees terrorizing a Los Angeles neighborhood. Fox 11's SkyFox was over the Encino neighborhood late Monday afternoon when it captured the dramatic bee attack.

African Attack Targets U.S.

Four people killed in attack on US diplomatic convoy in Nigeria

Gunmen have attacked a US diplomatic convoy in south-east Nigeria's Anambra state, killing four people and abducting three others. No US citizens were in the convoy, according to US and Nigerian officials. The gunmen "murdered two of the police mobile force operatives and two staff of the consulate", before setting their vehicle on fire in the attack on Tuesday, said police spokesperson Ikenga Tochukwu.

Tech Check After Counterstrike

US assessing potential damage of Patriot missile defense system following Russian attack near Kyiv | CNN Politics

A US-made Patriot air defense system was likely damaged, but not destroyed, as the result of a Russian missile barrage in and around Kyiv early Tuesday morning local time, a US official tells CNN.

Europe Against Vlad

How the Russia-Ukraine War Has Changed Power Dynamics Within Europe

Germany's announcement on Saturday that it will send Ukraine another $2.9 billion worth of weapons -as much as it has previously sent in the 15 months since Russia's invasion-is being hailed as the clearest sign yet of Berlin's all-in support for Kyiv's war effort.

Snuff Clip Claims Veteran 86'd

Wagner mercenary boss posts grisly video that claims ex-Army Green Beret killed fighting for Ukraine

Wagner Group boss Yevgeny Prigozhin in a video showed the body of a US citizen who he claimed died fighting in Bakhmut, and who has been identified by a family member as 45-year-old Nick Maimer, a retired Special Forces soldier from Idaho.

Career Oppotutnies: Politics After Smut 

Adult movie star Big Brother contestant is elected onto local council

Annina Ucatis-Semmelhaack is a member of the liberal Free Democratic Party A former German porn star and Big Brother contestant has been elected onto a local council in the country following news she was having an affair with a prominent married MP.

Kansas City Hipster Meditation

Four Inane Questions with Temple Buddhist Center's Victor Dougherty

Courtesy photo If the trials and tribulations of life have you down, Victor Dougherty has your back, spiritually speaking. He's been the Zen-tastic director of the Temple Buddhist Center at Unity Temple on the Plaza since 2018. "I've been practicing for over 18 years leading retreats, classes, workshops on Buddhism, meditation, and mindfulness to groups all around the area," he...

Discount 2nd Chance Offered To Kansas City Women

KC nonprofit expands programs for formerly incarcerated women with thrift store

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A local nonprofit helping women who are getting out of prison is expanding its efforts Saturday. Grace Restores Overcoming Women (GROW) gives women a place to live and plenty of support, classes, and skills to start their lives after incarceration.

Office Life Double Up

These two Small Biz of the Year finalists are among the half-dozen KC firms honored as Inc.'s 'Best Workplaces'

A workplace in the era of talent shortages and a hyper-competitive jobs market is only as good as its ability to meet employees' nuanced needs, said Melea McRae, a top founder whose marketing company was among six KC firms - and two "Mr. K" Award finalists - selected for Inc.

Kansas City Tribute Delayed

17 months later, family still awaits headstone for former school bus driver, grandma

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Seventeen months after a local woman's death from COVID-19, her daughter says she's having to grieve twice as her mom's headstone has still not been placed. Jessica Taylor of Grandview says her family hadn't gotten anywhere with this until FOX4 started asking questions Tuesday morning.

Charity Doggie Style

Kansas City animal advocate raising money to provide dog beds for shelter animals

Comfortable beds for rescue animals and shelters have long been an issue. One Kansas City animal advocate is doing all he can to ensure rescue dogs and cats have comfortable places to sleep in shelters. Scott Poore is on a mission to bring 10,000 dog beds to shelters.

Spring Forward Again . . . 

FORECAST: Cool Tuesday night makes way for plenty of sunshine and warm temps for Wednesday

Clouds, mist and drizzle will eventually clear out tonight making for a cooler start to Wednesday. Temperatures will bottom out in the low to mid 50s to start before warming into the upper 70s close to 80 degrees by the afternoon.

And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now.