Consumer advocates warn that prepaid funeral services are junk. Paying for a funeral in advance is an especially bad idea when the company taking the money operates as a Ponzi scheme.
The Missouri attorney general's office issued a belated warning on Monday to mortality-minded customers of National Prearranged Services, a St. Louis-area company that operated funeral homes and a cemetery in Independence. Hounded by regulators, the company was put in receivership by the Texas Department of Insurance in 2008. Last year, federal prosecutors in St. Louis charged company officials with running a $600 million fraud.
When I got to visit my brother-in-law in Los Angeles, he has a simple rule for picking a restaurant for dinner.
"Nothing below a B," he says.
A "B" is the letter grade that a restaurant has received from the city's health department based on the number or lack of health code violations. And now when I go to visit my brother in New York City, I wonder if we're going to have the same rules. New York just adopted the letter grade system, rolling out grades for 24,000 restaurants.
1. Put on your grass skirt and glitter boots. The theme of this evening's Night of Fame, the occasional dance/drag/dress-up party at the Conspiracy Room at the Uptown Theater, is David Bowie's Luau.
2. Support those whose livelihoods are awash in oil. Heartland Loves the Gulf, a benefit for victims of the BP disaster, happens at Gail's Harley Davidson tonight.
3. Go green. English Landing Park in Parkville will be crowded with vegetarians, eco-nuts and other conscious life types during Blissfest 2010 on Saturday.
1. Because it's possible that the only reason that Twitter -- the pinnacle of self-expression for self-obsessed people who live in a world they believe is orchestrated like their own personal music video -- was created in the first place was for Kanye West, who may have the largest ego in popular music at the moment. (Besides, ahem, other people who we may have mentioned on here recently.)
John W. Schroeder III didn't last long on the list of Missouri's most wanted sex offenders. Independence police apprehended him yesterday -- with a copy of Kansas City's Most Wanted newspaper in his backseat, which Schroeder just happened to be in. Police labeled Schroeder a "violent felon" -- wanted for first-degree statutory sodomy, enticement of a child and first-degree child molestation. He would have fit right in with the following rogues' gallery of sex offenders who have failed to register (as of Thursday). Flip through to see if your friends and neighbors made the list (and if they did, give the proper authorities a ring at 1-888-767-6747).
The Chiefs kick off training camp in St. Joseph today, and it has Mayor Bill Falkner pumped about the flood of cash the team will bring his city.
Falkner says with the influx of tourists, media members, and team
employees flocking to Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph is
giddily anticipating millions of dollars to begin coursing through the
The Kansas City Police Department's website is a whole lot more informative than a visit to the first floor of headquarters (sometimes known as, "Hocus, Pocus, 12th and Locust").
Don't believe it? Well, would you believe that they've posted biographical information for each of the horses in their mounted patrol? Because that's first on our list.
On my way to City Hall today, I had to pass through a crowd of kids -- a youth group? Some local Jesus Camp? -- praying in front of the main entrance on 12th Street. I had no idea what the prayer/protest was about ... until I heard the word "abortion."
Which is even more confusing, frankly. Few institutions in Kansas City could have less of an impact on Roe vs. Wade than City Hall. The federal courthouse is just down the street, for Christ's sake.
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