Friday, July 30, 2010

Spencer J. Crosthwait: Parkville's first homicide victim of 2010 killed over a girl (updated)

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Justin Dougan is charged with killing Crosthwait during a drive-by shooting.
  • Justin Dougan is charged with killing Crosthwait during a drive-by shooting.

Update (3:41 p.m. July 30): Platte County prosecutor Eric Zahnd announced charges today against two people in Spencer Crosthwait's death. Stephen L. Ellis and Justin L. Dougan, both 19 and from Kansas City, have been charged with second-degree murder. Zahnd alleges that Ellis was the driver and Dougan was the gunman. They face life in prison if convicted. A third person in the car hasn't been charged but is in custody. Dougan also faces a charge of armed criminal action, and Ellis was also charged with unlawful use of a weapon. Both are in Platte County jail on $250,000 bond.

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Bear in Heaven, Heartless Bastards, Season to Risk, Arkells: Best Bets, Weekend Edition

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Company, tonight at Davey's, Sunday at the Replay. Photo by Mat 'Slimm' Adkins.
  • Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Company, tonight at Davey's, Sunday at the Replay. Photo by Mat 'Slimm' Adkins.

FRIDAY

Thee Water Moccasins at RecordBar.
Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Company, with Lydia Loveless 45th Street Porch Band, and the Blue Boot Heelers, at Davey's. 

Saturday and Sunday after the jump.

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Kansas City finally makes top 10 that doesn't rank obesity, STDs, or likelihood of death by murder

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Kiplinger was right about the high crime rate, but wrong about the sweet public transit
  • Kiplinger was right about the high crime rate, but wrong about the sweet public transit

It's been a rough couple years for Kansas City and arbitrary rankings. If we go mostly by Men's Health surveys - and we have no reason to question those -- we're just a clan of fat sacks so lonely we have nothing to do besides stab one another and give strangers chlamydia. Thank god San Antonio's around to make us look good.

Finally there's a top 10 ray of light. Kiplinger has put Kansas City on a list of 10 Great Cities for Young Adults. We owe it all to our ruinous downtown investments and the brand new light rail.

Wait, what?

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Caliente Grill just wasn't hot enough

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 2:30 PM

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Caliente Grill is closed
You can add a second failed restaurant to the location at 900 West 39th Street: One year after we reviewed Mexican restaurant the Caliente Grill in the pages of The Pitch, the family-run operation is closed.

Before Marijo Goetz and her daughter Patrice Seegar turned the venue into the Caliente Grill, it was the more sophisticated Pangea Cafe & Market, operated by Martin and Wendy Rudderforth.

Fans of both closed restaurants like to point out that this location -- hard to see from 39th Street -- isn't so terrific. Then again, the uninspiring Chinese buffet across the parking lot always seems to be busy.

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Kanye West, frugal spender

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 2:28 PM

"Generic margarine is just as tasty as Country Crock, and HALF the price!!!"
  • "Generic margarine is just as tasty as Country Crock, and HALF the price!!!"

Kanye's been doing a lot of tweeting about his glam lifestyle, and today, in response to that, a knockoff Kanye West Twitter account has surfaced. It's called Budget Kanye West, and it's funny. Check it out here. Sample tweet: "Kitchen shears are a total ripoff people!!! Just cut lettuce in half with my regular scissors, no PROBLEM." 

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The Old 97's laid down alt-country bliss at the Crossroads

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Rhett Miller of the Old 97s.
  • Rhett Miller of the Old 97s.

The Old 97's are a band I've been a fan of for years; yet, it seems that every attempt to see them has been thwarted by finances or previous engagements.

Last night, at the Crossroads, I was finally able to see the poppy alt-country act in person for the first time. Thankfully, it was completely worth the wait. The weather was gorgeous, and I've never seen a band fronted by a man so enthusiastic.

Lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Rhett Miller is the epitome of unmitigated joy when he's on stage. It seemed that the pleasure which Miller derived from performing was just pure happiness that he spread to the crowd. Throughout the band's entire set, Miller was bouncing, bopping, and dancing at the microphone.

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Lamar Hunt statue unveiled at Arrowhead's new Founder's Plaza

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM

In statue form, Lamar Hunt stands outside the stadium he loved.
  • In statue form, Lamar Hunt stands outside the stadium he loved.

The Kansas City Chiefs today pulled the blanket off of a nine-foot Lamar Hunt statue. Bronze Lamar is looking north, much as he did 47 years ago, when he moved the Dallas Texans to KC.

Hunt's family and linebackerish NFL commissioner Roger Goodell were on hand for the unveiling. Politicians, former players and Red Coaters cheered and aahed in recognition as they gazed upon the statue, which presents Hunt wearing his late-period nerd glasses and a shirt with rolled-up sleeves.

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Foursquare is for stalkers ... Kansas City blogger finds out (updated)

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 1:28 PM

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Update (1:28 p.m. July 30): Kansas City blogger Shea Sylvia is taking some lumps for her blog/Guardian article about being stalked on Foursquare. More than lumps, really. Yesterday, she blogged that she'd received "a graphic, detailed account of how this

person would like to brutally rape and then kill me." Scary stuff. She wrote that she filed a police report.

Not that anyone here needs a reminder, but the Internet is cruel and vile place.

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Your poopified beaches of the weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Everybody poops.
  • Everybody poops.

Public beaches at the Lake of the Ozarks and Wakonda State Park are closed this weekend because of elevated E. coli levels. If Mark Twain State Park were open (it's closed due to high water), its beaches would also be closed for high concentrations of poo-borne bacteria.

Coincidentally -- except it's not -- Attorney General Chris Koster announced this week that he'll hold a two-day symposium on the Lake of the Ozarks' water-quality issues on August 17 and 18 at Tan-Tar-A Resort. It's open to the public. Let's talk about poop!

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Plan your night at the Pitch Music Showcase 2010

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 12:08 PM

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​In case you've been living under some sort of social-media-free rock, the Pitch is putting on a local music showcase of mammoth proportions on August 5 called the Pitch Music Showcase, and you best be there. We've got 35-plus bands and DJs descending upon Westport, and you can catch as many as physically possible for the low price of six bucks. 

Check the lineup -- if you haven't already -- so you can map out what killer local bands you want to spend your Thursday night boozing with.

We've got the lineup after the jump.

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