Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sugar Rush happens tonight

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 12:10 PM

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The Pitch's Sugar Rush event, knocked off the calendar by last week's snowstorm, keeps its rescheduled date tonight. Give yourself a reward for all that shoveling (while benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters) from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Guild (1621 Locust). If you have a ticket, it's good tonight. See you there.

Chiefs get 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, ESPN reports

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Alex Smith is coming to Arrowhead.
  • Alex Smith is coming to Arrowhead.

It appears that all the speculation from last weekend about where San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith was going has panned out. ESPN has confirmed that Smith, who was the No. 1 draft pick in 2005, will be traded to the Chiefs when the trade window opens on March 12.

The Chiefs, who have the first overall pick in this year's draft, are sending San Francisco a second-round pick (No. 34 overall) and a later conditional pick. Smith, 28, is due $8.5 million in guaranteed money for the upcoming season. The quarterback was having a strong season in 2012, including a memorable October Monday Night Football performance in which he completed 26 of 28 passes, before being sidelined with concussion problems.

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Homicide victim discovered on sidewalk at 37th and Broadway

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 10:11 AM

The scene of the homicide on Broadway Tuesday night.
  • The scene of the homicide on Broadway Tuesday night.

The Kansas City Police Department says the body of a male homicide victim was found late Tuesday night at Broadway and 37th Street. Police blocked traffic and closed down part of Broadway while they investigated. The KCPD statistics list this as the 18th homicide of 2013.

Police haven't identified the victim from Tuesday night, and they ask anybody with information to call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-8477. The body was found near Chubby's On Broadway, which was the site of a double shooting in July 2011 that left one person dead.

Update: Police have arrested a suspect and identified the victim; more after the jump.

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Grumpy Cat meme becomes snow art, mocks Kansas City's latest snowstorm (photo)

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 9:09 AM

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Of all the snow creations made from the latest round of snowpocalygeddon, Dustin Schirer's won our icy hearts. Probably because Schirer's Grumpy Cat, based on the meme, speaks to how we feel about losing power, digging out, and trudging through this mess of snow and ice. Not that Grumpy Cat would be sympathetic. Or maybe our hearts warmed because Schirer looks so damn happy.

Schirer, a creative producer at Barkley, took a second this morning to tell us how his Grumpy Cat came together.

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Urban Harvest KC wants to whet your appetite for aquaponic farming

Urban Harvest KC takes city farming inside.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 7:00 AM


Eric Person moves between garden beds, his left hand holding a spray wand attached to a container of liquid compost. He is trying to prevent mites from attacking a small field of microgreens, the cash crop funding the expansion of his new farm, Urban Harvest KC. The temperature is near freezing outside, but Person appears comfortable in a T-shirt and a Kansas City Royals cap. He checks his watch, glances up and winces as he looks directly into a 400-watt bulb above the garden bed.

A pair of grow lights - the only illumination in what was most recently the back room of a Mexican bakery - shine down on Person, 38, and his business partner, Jason Irish, 33, as they tend to their crops: wheatgrass, hops, strawberries, peppers and tomatoes. Surrounded by walls, never touched by daylight, these and other plants are part of Person's aquaponic farm, an indoor ecosystem of plant and marine life. (See sidebar.)

The beds are arranged in plastic bins suspended a couple of feet off the floor by wooden frames, suggesting a row of bunks. White PVC piping delivers water from an opaque white cube in the corner of the room - a 375-gallon fish tank, home to 24 goldfish, which hums to the rhythmic heartbeat of its pump.

Person knows that the lights and the black shade over the street-level window might lead people to wonder just what Urban Harvest is growing. He remembers the first time he tried to tell the beat policemen in his neighborhood what he was planning for 2100 Summit.

"The officer told me, 'I'll keep an eye on you,' " Person says. "We laughed, and then he said, 'No, seriously, I'm going to be keeping an eye on you.' "

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The Pitch's Questionnaire with KC Fashion Week executive director Teisha Barber

The executive director of KC Fashion Week talks about her love for KC.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 6:00 AM

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Name: Teisha Barber

Occupation: Executive director, Kansas City Fashion Week

Hometown: Blue Springs, Missouri

Current neighborhood: the Crossroads District

Who or what is your sidekick? My dogs, Bailey and Baxter

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Veterinarian

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Zócalo on the Plaza

Where do you drink? Coffee at Starbucks, a great bottle of wine at home or margaritas at El Patrón

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  • The executive director of KC Fashion Week talks about her love for KC.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

JJ's Restaurant: Company excavating outside the restaurant didn't have a permit

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 2:07 PM

More details are coming to light in the investigation of last weeks explosion at JJs Restaurant.
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  • More details are coming to light in the investigation of last week's explosion at JJ's Restaurant.

KSHB Channel 41 is reporting this afternoon that the company laying cable outside JJ's Restaurant last week, Heartland Midwest LLC, did not have a city permit to conduct such an excavation. A gas line that was struck last Tuesday led to an explosion, which destroyed the 28-year-old restaurant and took the life of popular JJ's waitress Megan Cramer.

KSHB, citing an open-records request, reported: "Heartland Midwest LLC...did not have an approved Kansas City permit for excavation."

The Kansas City restaurant community has rallied behind JJ's workers by creating several fundraising events to aid the staff who survived the tragedy.

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Pig & Finch claims to have 'The Best Fried Chicken EVER!' It isn't.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM

The Sunday night fried chicken special at Pig & Finch isnt so special.
  • The Sunday night fried chicken special at Pig & Finch isn't so special.

Although fried chicken has always taken a back seat to steaks and barbecue as one of Kansas City's signature dishes, the dish has had its moments of past glory (The Wishbone, Mrs. Peters Fried Chicken). And the pan-fried bird at Stroud's is still firmly perched on its iconic status. There's even a new venue in town, Rye, serving excellent deep-fried chicken - and not just any ol' fried fowl, but free-range Amish, hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken. The Rye fry isn't inexpensive - $12 for a half-breast, leg and thigh, no sides included - but it's a succulent, moist and gorgeously crispy take on the Midwestern classic.

Another new restaurant, Pig & Finch in Leawood, also has fried chicken on its menu, but only as a Sunday night special. It sounds like a terrific deal: three pieces of deep-fried bird sided with a hefty mound of Yukon Gold mashers and gravy, old-fashioned green bean casserole, a buttermilk biscuit and raspberry jam for $13.

So what's the problem?

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Alex Smith is totally the Chiefs next quarterback maybe

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Will the Chiefs welcome Alex Smith in a couple weeks?
  • Will the Chiefs welcome Alex Smith in a couple weeks?

The Chiefs' off-season rebirth is possibly going to have another major component in a couple of weeks. After hiring Andy Reid as the team's new head coach and John Dorsey as the new general manager, the team still needs a new quarterback. And reports indicate that the San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith is coming to town in a trade.

CBS Sports reporter Jason La Canfora tweeted yesterday that the 49ers had a deal in place that was "effectively complete." The trade can't be completed until March 12 when the NFL's new year begins. NFL.com similarly reports that the Chiefs are the club showing the most interest in Smith

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Morrissey has rescheduled his Liberty Hall date

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 11:37 AM

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There were so many sad feelings when Morrissey canceled his Lawrence show at the beginning of the month on account of his bleeding ulcer. But Moz is getting better, and according to Liberty Hall's website, the show has been rescheduled for Monday, March 18. All original tickets will be honored. If you can't make it and want a refund, get it at the point of purchase.

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