Kansas City Spark: Warming Centers, Doubting Pope & Peace Formula

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Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce Leave Chiefs Game Holding Hands After Playoffs Win

Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce left the Arrowhead Stadium in Missouri holding hands on Saturday night after the Kansas City Chiefs' win against the Miami Dolphins in the NFL Playoffs. A video of the sweet moment was posted on X on Saturday night.

Reassurance After HISTORIC Homicide Count

Q&A: Lucas says KC 'can walk and chew gum' in balancing development priorities - Kansas City Business Journal

In part two of a recent interview, Mayor Quinton Lucas discusses the city's work to advance "tough" projects in neighborhoods that historically have not seen sustained focus, such as the West Bottoms and Parade Park.

Traveling In High Style

How an 18th & Vine barber shop is turning heads inside KC's airport

Armon Lasker's barber shop inside security at the new Kansas City airport terminal flies a cut above the rest, said the former information technology professional-turned-entrepreneur. His spot - Director's Cut: Take Two - allows travelers to conveniently get a haircut and other services before or after their flights.

South Side Kindness

Warming Centers have opened in south Kansas City

While Community Centers will offer a location for individuals to be out of the cold, they do not offer food, beds, or services. Those services are available through Access Sites.

Freezing For Profits

NFL explains why Chiefs-Dolphins wasn't postponed due to weather

Inclement weather across the United States has had a major effect on multiple Wild Card games across in the NFL.

Camp Or Archetype?!?

Pop-Culture Angels Are More Than Just Embarrassing Kitsch

Cloying sentimentality, saccharine pablum, ridiculous camp and embarrassing kitsch-in the contemporary moment the word "angel" hasn't fared well among those who describe themselves as sophisticates or intellectuals. To many, angels don't simply conjure superstitious beliefs, but embarrassing superst

White House Pressures Holy Land

Biden "running out" of patience with Bibi as Gaza war hits 100 days

"The situation sucks and we are stuck," one U.S. official said.

Survey Seyz MAGA Still Winning

Trump tops his opponents while Biden hits a new low in approval ahead of Iowa caucus: POLL

A new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds Trump topping his GOP opponents while Biden hits a new low in approval.

Fortunate Son Acts Independently

Hunter Biden's trip to Congress shows split between his team, White House

Hunter Biden's trip to Capitol Hill this week is shining a bright light on how Hunter Biden's approach to the GOP investigations into his business dealings is independent of the White House. President Biden's son has made two surprise visits to Capitol Hill in the last month, showing that he wants to defend himself - in...

Middle-East Border Wars Cont'd

Israel kills 4 militants crossing northern border as threat of Hezbollah war rises

The Israeli military killed four militants crossing the border into Israel from Lebanon on Sunday following weeks of rising tensions with Hezbollah.

Eastern European 'Peace Formula' Concocted?!?

Russia's Ally China Needed to End Ukraine War -Swiss Diplomat

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Far East Democracy For Now

Taiwan's election was a vote for continuity, but adds uncertainty in ties with China

Taiwan's vice president and candidate of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, Lai Ching-te, will be the island's next leader. Tensions with Beijing seem poised to rise.

Monarchy Moves Endure

Denmark's Queen Margrethe abdicates from the throne, son Frederik X becomes king

Denmark's Queen Margrethe II abdicated from the throne at age 83, citing health issues. Her son Frederik X is now king.

Link For Local Literary Souls

A Close Reading of a Great American Poem: Robert Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays."

The first sentence is one long nostalgic exhalation, its faint rhythms hidden in the line-breaks that lead us from cold and darkness to light and heat.

El Papa Confronts Backlash

New poll finds Pope's unfavorable rating among Americans at all-time high

A new survey conducted this past December has found that while most American adults still have a favorable view of Pope Francis, the percentage that hold an unfavorable opinion of the pontiff has risen to a new ten-year high.

Celebrating One Of Our Faves

Thirty years after moving to Kansas City, swinging jazz pianist Bram Wijnands is constantly evolving.

Thirty years after moving from Europe to Kansas City so that he could better understand jazz, pianist Bram Wijnands is still evolving.

Katie's Arctic Forecast . . .

It may look nice outside, but it is still very, very cold

Sunday will have high temperatures around -4 degrees; the wind chill makes temperatures drop as low as -40 degrees.

Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now.