Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year, we'll see you in 2011

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM

It's so hard to say goodbye to 2010.
  • It's so hard to say goodbye to 2010.

New Year's Eve is tomorrow,so live it up. And in case you're considering it, here's how to open a champagne bottle with a saber. We're off to prepare cheese balls and mix cocktails, but we'll be back on Monday. A happy and healthy new year to you all. 

Happy New Year! We're taking a three-day weekend

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM

It's a rockin' New Year's Eve!
  • It's a rockin' New Year's Eve!

Happy New Year!

Yeah, we know we're two days early, but we're taking Friday off. So no new Plog until 2011.

There's a bit of good news, bad news on the safety front this New Year's Eve. Yellow Cab is no longer doing free cab rides. However, the Kansas City Strip trolley is offering free rides on Friday with stops in all of the party spots -- the Power & Light District, Martini Corner, Westport, 18th & Vine, the Plaza, Brookside and Waldo. So, while you won't be delivered to your doorstep, you can get a lift back to your 'hood for free if you need to get home from one of these entertainment districts.

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Working papers come out of a cereal box? Don't blame the employer

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 4:00 PM

A state contractor in Missouri hired a worker who presented a novelty Social Security card.
  • A state contractor in Missouri hired a worker who presented a novelty Social Security card.

A janitorial company with contracts to clean Missouri state office buildings cannot be held liable for workers who presented novelty Social Security cards during background checks.

In 2007, 25 employees of Sam's Janitorial Service were arrested or detained on suspicion of having falsified documentation. The sweep made headlines because the undocumented workers were scraping the gum off the floors of state office buildings. Upon the arrests, then Gov. Matt Blunt terminated the contracts and barred Sam's Janitorial from working for the state.

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The best food cures for a throbbing hangover

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 3:46 PM

A little menudo on New Year's Day might be the answer.
  • A little menudo on New Year's Day might be the answer.


The old standby "cures" for a particularly intense hangover range from a really greasy breakfast (with lots of bacon and buttered toast) to the Mexican tripe soup menudo, which hangover survivors have long maintained is the ultimate relief for a throbbing headache and queasy tummy.

There will be places to find menudo in the metro on New Year's Day, including all of the local Taqueria Mexico restaurants. But for diners who prefer to eat something less exotic than tripe, there are other options. Here are a few to think about before you start drinking.  

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The most embarrassing restaurant stories of 2010

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Bob Dylan didn't really order 178 pizza pies. Really.
  • Bob Dylan didn't really order 178 pizza pies. Really.

So which person or event would win the honor of the Most Embarrassing Restaurant Story of 2010?

Would it be the anonymous "Pizza Bandit" in Boston who pulled a really nasty prank? Or maybe the angry restaurant owner who insisted that the restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times, and her friends, get out of his dining room?

Here are five classic examples of embarrassing restaurant moments from this year. You decide which tale stands out as the worst.

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Markus Whitelaw charged with murder; Oladimeji Oladipo allegedly killed over a laptop computer

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM

The local Nigerian community mourns Oladimeji Oladipo.
  • The local Nigerian community mourns Oladimeji Oladipo.

Early in the morning of July 13, the body of Nigerian-born Oladimeji Oladipo was discovered in his vehicle parked in the lot of a McDonald's restaurant at 6406 Troost. Oladipo, a student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City who was employed as a corrections officer, had been shot to death. His laptop computer was missing. No one had been charged with his slaying, the 59th of 2010, until Thursday.

Markus E. Whitelaw, known as "Twin," admitted providing the gun used in the robbery turned murder of Oladipo. Jackson County prosecutors have now charged Whitelaw with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

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Chiefs-Raiders game won't be blacked out

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Yes, it's still a rivalry.
  • Yes, it's still a rivalry.

Sports-bar owners and couch potatoes rejoice. Sunday's Chiefs-Raiders rivalry game won't be blacked out, according to a tweet from Chiefs beat reporter Kent Babb.

The only tickets left for the game apparently are a few club seats, so if you want to go, you still can get a ticket to see the Chiefs try to pay back week nine's 23-20 loss at Oakland.

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Flo says Flo's Cabaret isn't shutting down yet

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 1:05 PM

So, what's the real story on Flo's Cabaret?
  • So, what's the real story on Flo's Cabaret?

Several Fat City readers have called to report that they've heard rumors about Flo's Cabaret, the 20-month-old restaurant and show bar at 1911 Main, closing after the New Year's Eve festivities tomorrow night.

"That is not true," says Flo -- the drag de plume of entertainer John Koop. "I have no idea where that rumor started."

Well, I have an idea...

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Lou Engle asks God 'Let me show the love of Christ to the homosexual' at IHOP conference

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Lou Engle's books and CDs are now on sale in the bookstore!
  • Lou Engle's books and CDs are now on sale in the bookstore!

Downtowners, if you're wondering why there are teens everywhere, it's time for the annual onething conference put on by IHOP -- the prayer group, not the pancake maker. They're all here to pray and cry and listen to shitty Christian pop music. And Wednesday night, they got an earful of Lou ("sexual insanity will be unleashed upon the

earth") Engle.

Engle's 60-minute rant Wednesday night was as crazy as you'd expect, with Engle sharing his "crazy dream" (it was a shared one with children) about two tornadoes with "H.A." written on them, sent to destroy America. Of course, the letters stood for "homosexual agenda" and "abortion." At one point, he called out to God, "Let me show the love of Christ to

the homosexual." (Clarification: As pointed out in the comments of this post, I got

twisted working my way through the onething website. This is apparently

an archived rant by Engle. Check out the comments for a link to Engle's speech

from Wednesday night.)

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Missouri Mental Health workers clock enough overtime to drive themselves crazy

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 12:30 PM

A Missouri Department of Mental Health worker takes a short break before returning to her 16-hour shift.
  • A Missouri Department of Mental Health worker takes a short break before returning to her 16-hour shift.

The Missouri Department of Mental Health has likely wasted millions of dollars and jeopardized patient care by allowing workers to clock thousands of hours of overtime in recent years, according to a report released this morning by the Missouri State Auditor's office.

The practice has been especially lucrative for certain employees, who in some cases have made more in overtime than their regular salary by working as much as 60 hours of overtime per week.

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