Friday, May 28, 2010

U.S. House votes to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' How'd the locals vote?

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Ike Skelton likes his military straight.
  • Ike Skelton likes his military straight.

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is closer to going bye-bye. The U.S. House voted 234-194 last night to do away with the policy that keeps gays and lesbians out of the military. So who among our local lawmakers who voted for the appeal and who voted against it?

Well, if you have a "D" behind your name, you probably voted to let gays and lesbians serve their country. If you have an "R," then you weren't so hot on the appeal (and you probably claimed that you wanted to see the results of the Defense Department's study). But there were exceptions.

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Cary Brothers at the Bottleneck

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Singer-songwriter Cary Brothers is headlining with Greg Laswell at the Bottleneck on August 2. If you're like me, you first heard Brothers' songs on a series of Zach Braff films, like "Blue Eyes" off of 2004's Garden State soundtrack, or perhaps "Ride" from 2006's The Last Kiss. (Admittedly, two cringe-worthy movies; two excellent songs). From there, he's released Who You Are in 2007, and a new album, Under Control, about a month and a half ago. It may not have made the biggest blip on the radar, but his guitar-driven pop -- squarely planted between Brothers' folksy roots and shimmering Brit-pop aspirations -- are hard to say no to. Here's first single, "Ghost Town."

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Matthew T. Hendrix charged with 'society killing' of Michael Tutera

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM

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Matthew Hendrix told

police that he met up with a group of armed men to rob Tutera.

​Well, that was fast.

The Kansas City Police Department and the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office have announced that Matthew T. Hendrix, 18, has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Michael J. Tutera, Kansas City's 41st homicide of the year.

According to the probable cause statement provided by the prosecutor's office, KCPD officers found Tutera lying on the floor of his garage at 5300 Sunset yesterday, dead of a gunshot wound.

Tutera had called 911 late Wednesday night to report that he'd caught Hendrix entering his house, but he'd made Hendrix leave. He told the dispatcher that Hendrix was "casing the properties" and asked officers to check out the area.

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Power & Light District changes dress code -- gets less fashion police-y

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 12:15 PM

The fashion police won't be as strict in the Power & Light District.
  • The fashion police won't be as strict in the Power & Light District.

Getting into the Power & Light District is going to be easier. The Kansas City Star reports the P&L will no longer lock out people wearing "baggy clothing, undershirts, sweatshirts or athletic attire."

But there's still sort of a dress code. You can't have naughty words on your clothes. Sweatpants and full sweatsuits are no-nos. And guys, you can't wear sleeveless shirts. This isn't a gun show.

It's all at a time when several major African-American conventions -- most notably the NAACP National Convention in July and the National Baptist Convention USA in September -- are headed to KC. Cha-ching!.

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See Hayley Williams' Boobies

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Squeaky-clean pop-punk siren Hayley Williams of Paramore accidentally flashed the internet. Whoops.

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Apparently, someone hacked her Twitter account last night, and sent everybody non-censored pictures of her boobies before Williams figured it out, and stripped the photo from her TwitPic account. The only comment that Williams or has made thus far: 
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Tweet of the Week

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 12:00 PM

The Architects (@TheArchitectsKC) are a touring warhorse, and the fact that they've been here in Kansas City since the end of the Flogging Molly tour is nothing short of baffling. It's not that we don't love having them around -- it's just that their tour stories are so fascinating, we want to hear more.

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Opening Soon: Chai Shai

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 11:27 AM

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Chai Shai: a new tea and samosa shop near Brookside
The residents of the Rockhill Ridge neighborhood that surrounds the strip of shops at 59th and Holmes have been wondering for months what the new business in the eastern storefront was going to be. The sign said the upcoming business, Chai Shai, would offer Pakistani fare. But was it going to be a full-service restaurant? A tea house? A shop selling imported retail products?

"We get people coming in and asking us those questions every day," says Kashif Tufial, who will be running Chai Shai -- a combination retail shop, tea house and cafe -- with his brother Abdul. Both young men, who were raised in Kansas City, are full-time students. Kashif is a senior at UMKC studying environmental science; Abdul is a pharmacy and business major. Getting Chai Shai open is their summer project. Once the business is up and running, they'll have other family members working on day-to-day operations. Their mother, Aasma, will be running the kitchen.

 

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Gay Pride parade canceled

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Draq queens don't get to twirl down the street this year.
  • Draq queens don't get to twirl down the street this year.

Demonstrating gay pride is tough in Kansas City this year. Having already suffered a change in venue from Penn Valley Park to Berkley Riverfront Park, Kansas City Gay Pride announced today that there will be no parade.

"The logistics of moving it, along with unexpected increase of cost -- specifically police -- made it impossible for us to do," said Pride president Rick Bumgardner said.

The parade was supposed to happen next Sunday, June 6. The rest of the celebration, including all festivities at Berkley Riverfront Park are scheduled to go on as planned. Although audibly bummed by the difficulties that his event has faced this year, Bumgardner seemed hopeful. "I think it will be fine," he said.

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Screaming Females at the Replay Lounge

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Screaming Females
  • Screaming Females

​I can only image the amount of shit that has been hoisted on New Brunswick, NJ power trio Screaming Females for its name. In the canon of awful band names, it isn't an offender on the level of Natalie Portman's Shaved Hear or Crane Your Swan Neck, but the fact that only one member is actually female might disappoint those hoping to see an awesome riot girrrrl act, or a punk gender-bending trio of cross-dressers.

The female is Marissa Paternoster, a beguiling petite young woman who is seemingly shy until she grips her guitar, unleashing a world of fury. Big things come in small packages (like, say, dynamite), and the diminutive Paternoster is the equivalent of a stick TNT shoved up a muffler. At the band's set at the Replay on Thursday night, Paternoster lead her fellow yelling women through a routine of heavy rockers that cribbed the best elements from punk, surf and prog creating a sonic palette ripe with monster riffage.

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Bodies of two men found in a shopping cart at 45th and Askew (updated)

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Update (10:24 a.m. May 28): Police are now calling the deaths of two men found in a shopping cart behind a home at 4501 Askew a double homicide.


The men's names have not been released, although police anticipate releasing their names this afternoon. Their cause of death is unknown.

A search warrant has been served in the 4500 block of Monroe as the investigation continues.

If you know anything about these men's deaths, call the TIPS Hotline at

816-474-8477.

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