Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Killa City: KCK homicide No. 20, 15-year-old Edgar Carmona fatally shot

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Kansas City, Kansas, police are investigating a homicide in the 400 block of North 10th Street.

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Police report that at around 6:38 p.m. Monday, KCK officers responded to North 10th Street on a shooting call. Upon arrival, they found a Hispanic male juvenile victim - today identified as Edgar Carmona - suffering from a gunshot wound. Carmona was taken to an unidentified hospital, where he arrive in critical condition. Police announced today that Carmona had died from his injuries.

If you have any information, contact 913-573-6020 or the TIPS hotline at 816-474-8477.

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Need a job? Restaurants hiring summer help

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 11:00 AM


Earlier today, Fat City mentioned that Hardee's is hiring an attractive female for its ads. Assuming that position is out of reach, there are still more than 380,000 more jobs to be had this summer in the food industry, according to the National Restaurant Association.

Nationally, eating and drinking places are projected to add 381,800

jobs during the 2009 summer season, a 4.1 percent increase over their

March 2009 employment level. The positive growth in summer employment

is one indicator of the likely beginning of economic recovery for the

restaurant industry. America's nearly one million restaurants remain

one of the largest employers in the nation with its 13 million

employees -- a number projected to grow by 2 million positions in the next


Summer has always been a hiring time for the industry, with most of the jobs in vacation-destination states where restaurants want to make sure they have enough staff for tourist season. But this year, the NRA predicts new jobs will outgrow summer travel, mainly because restaurants are starting to feel more optimistic.

Missouri is expected to add 8,500 restaurant jobs, and Kansas 2,500.

Here's the full article and numbers by state.


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Worst Possible 33 1/3 Book Covers

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Flickr user toddius has created a set of the worst possible 33 1/3 book covers, which piggybacks off an idea originally done by this user, jima.


My personal favorites include Prince's Purple Rain, by Tipper Gore. Her book, Raising PG Kids In An X-Rated Society, spoke of Purple Rain thusly: "I couldn't believe my ears! The vulgar lyrics embarrassed both of us. At first, I was stunned--then I got mad!"" Ah, classic. There's also The Beatles (aka The White Album) by Charles Manson, and the Shins' Oh, Inverted World by Zach Braff.

I'll be honest--some of those titles require some serious trivial knowledge to be funny, like Slash's real name or the whole brouhaha betwixt Tipper's PMRC and, well, every bit of music that was interesting in the '80s, and the rest of the fakeries come a little too close to being reality. A couple of the books in the 33 1/3 series get a little overly zealous in their documentation and / or fandom. If you want a book series that will take you deep, deep, deep into the albums you love, it's definitely something you'd want to look into.

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats wrote a book for the series about Black Sabbath's Master of Reality that is one of the greatest books I own. He describes Master of Reality in the voice of a fifteen-year-old boy being held in an adolescent psychiatric center in southern California in 1985. It sounds simple, but it's not. It is brilliantly voiced and weird and compelling and you probably won't learn much about the album itself, but then again, you do.

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Concert Review: Jonathan Richman

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Last night, Jonathan Richman came to Kansas City, wide-eyed and inscrutably eccentric, and the good-sized, mostly older crowd that gathered at the Record Bar seemed to return his guileless stare and revel in his eccentricity.


I've seen performers take over a space and "make it their own," but never quite like Richman did last night. The lights were down. The air-conditioner was way, way off. Richman and his drumming accompanist Tommy Larkins set up side by side at the front of the stage and ran their sound through their own PA, which was quieter than the house's by several decibels. As Richman, holding his classical guitar in a tight grip (he uses no strap), launched into his 20-song set with "Take Me to the Plaza," "Let Her Go Into the Darkness" and "He Gave Us the Wine to Taste It," people gave up stadium-worthy cheers.

And Richman was on -- his eyes darting this way and that constantly, his fingers plucking deft arpeggios and fluttering over the nylon strings like a flamenco guitarist, eyebrows arched and lips curled back from his teeth in a half-incredulous-half-mischievous (but probably just natural) expression. And in the beginning, people seemed to react to it with a kind of joyful gratitude, as if to say, Wow, the real Jonathan Richman is even more Jonathan Richman than I expected!


But by the third or fourth song, the people crowded down front were finding out that they would have to adjust to the heat. That they would, in fact, have to sweat and be uncomfortable through this show, or else retreat to the bar where it was a bit cooler but where the experience of the show would not nearly be as satisfying.

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Domino's bread bowls in the flesh

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 10:30 AM

As a food blogger, I get to eat and drink a lot of really great things. But then there are days that involve Domino's and a three-cheese mac-n-cheese that looks like this:


KC Beer Blog and Fat City recently conducted a semi-tasting of new Domino's products. "Semi" in the sense we didn't try all of Domino's six new "American Legends" pizzas, just the Memphis barbecue chicken. (There's also the buffalo chicken, Philly cheese steak, Honolulu Hawaiian, Cali chicken bacon ranch and Pacific veggie.) The pizza had decent barbecue sauce but the chicken had the same texture of silicon. It was also nearly $14 for a medium, more than similar pies from local chains such as Minsky's.

But it was the bread bowl that drew everyone's attention.

Fat City wrote a post about the bread bowl earlier this month and included a picture of it from the Web site ThisIsWhyYoureFat.com. This provoked some argument in the comments about whether the accompanying picture was an accurate description of the bread bowl's disgustingness.

The answer is no picture can correctly capture the awful smells and tastes of the mac-n-cheese bread bowl.

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Are you a hot chick? Do you like eating burgers? We may just have the right job for you

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Hardee's, a.k.a. Carl's Jr., has gotten into some hot water over a series of commercials called "Hot Chicks Eating Burgers" that depict hot chicks ... eating burgers.

After featuring celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Padma Lakshmi, it's now looking to the masses for its next burger-loving yet tight-stomached bombshell to appear in television ads. It's asking women to submit a video.

Shoot an original video of yourself (a chick), eating a burger. Be sure

to introduce yourself, tell us where you (or the girl) is from, and

state your favorite Hardee's burger before eating. In

order to qualify you need to simply say Hot Chicks Eating Burgers,

either in the video, the title, or within the description.

What will billion-dollar, multi-national, fourth-largest quick-service chain give you in return?

Not $900 cash. Not $950 or even $975. No, we're talking $1,000 cold hard cash, plus a trip to Vegas with some friends. And the chance to star in your own commercial like the mildly NSFW below:

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Video: Coalesce Interview from Hellfest

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Terrorizer Magazine talks with Coalesce frontman Sean Ingram at Hellfest Open Air (in France, not to be confused with the New York state festival that ran from 1998-2005) regarding the band's return to the world, their new album OX, and assorted other things.

Seriously, though--go buy OX. It is immense, which is like being monster, but bigger. "In My Wake, For My Own" is one of those songs that reminds you of what the band used to be known for; i.e., explosive breakdowns and gutteral yowlps, and mixes it with a cleaner guitar sound and more experimental time shifts. To top it all off, it's actually somewhat catchy, as well. You're not going to find yourself humming it anytime soon, but it's more melodic than what you're expecting. The whole album is just stellar.

Album Stream: Coalesce, OX

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Plaza restaurants suffer fire, health-inspection trouble

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 9:30 AM


Tomfooleries on the Plaza was shut down yesterday by the Kansas City Health Department for a multitude of infractions, many of them critical.

After a routine inspection last week, the Plaza mainstay had 25 citations, 17 of them for critical actions such as employees eating, drinking or smoking around food, employees not washing hands, raw chicken stored next to heads of cabbage and, most dangerous, food in steamers in the dangerous temperature zone of 40 degrees to 140 degrees. Bacteria thrives at these temperatures, often causing food poisoning.

Perhaps the most troublesome charge levied by the health department was, "the person in charge could not demonstrate knowledge of foodborne disease prevention."

The complete list of violations from June 22 is on KMBCs Web site. (PDF)

On the follow-up visit yesterday, the inspector noticed that several of the violations hadn't been corrected, including the cross-contamination and employees eating, drinking or chewing tobacco around food. So the city shut down the restaurant.

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Your babies are not pooping to spite you

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Hey, last minute reminder that June is Potty Training Awareness Month in Missouri, so heads 

up out there. Do you scoff at the need for potty training awareness? Normally it'd be tough to disagree with you, but some parents are just assholes who assume that toddlers are equally vicious little thugs, pissing on them for fun. According to the press release, "More child abuse occurs during toilet training than any other developmental stage. Frustrated parents often mistake accidents for willful disobedience." Please, please guys, don't get mad at junior if he hasn't learned to master his stream just yet. It's not about you. 

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