Kansas City police were called to the scene of a shooting at 205 West 78th Street around 2:49 p.m. When officers arrived, they found Dean, 58, wounded in the driveway of the residence. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police arrested Allen around 3:07 p.m. Court records say he had a .38 special in his right front pocket. Allen refused to speak with detectives. Court records say an argument preceded the shooting.
In writer-director Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, a troupe of spoiled California teens tries to wriggle into Paris Hilton's world by breaking into her house (along with a bunch of other celebrity homes) and stealing armloads of swag. It sounds like a broad comedy (and it's an effective laugh generator), but Coppola is telling a true story - one based on Nancy Jo Sales' 2010 Vanity Fair article "The Suspect Wore Louboutins."
An alumna of Yale and Columbia who has profiled Russell Simmons and Angelina Jolie in magazines such as Harper's Bazaar and New York, Sales has just published The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World. In the book, she updates readers on the fate of those hapless adolescents and examines their crimes in the chilly context of our media-saturated world.
Sales answered our questions in an e-mail exchange.
The Pitch: You point out in the book that founding father Alexander Hamilton was 19 when his first anti-colonial essays were published - making him a founding juvenile delinquent. How do we go from someone like Hamilton to the participants in The Bling Ring?
Sales: Some of the founding fathers were barely more than teenagers themselves, as were members of the Boston Tea Party and the Sons of Liberty, a revolutionary group at the time of the American Revolution. The rebelliousness of teenagers played a big part in the many protest movements that occurred over the centuries in America. Now, in a strange twist of history, we have teenagers who are not so rebellious - at least not politically, generally speaking. We have teenagers who are interested in making money and maintaining the status quo, teenagers who are interested in becoming a part of the "lifestyle" lived by rich people and celebrities.
You can't really blame the teenagers for this, the values of wealth and fame have been pushed by their culture and pop culture for the better part of 30 years, since the so-called Reagan revolution, which actually the opposite of a revolution. Teenagers today grew up watching shows like Gossip Girl and Entourage and 90210 and The Hills, all which promote a luxe lifestyle. A lot of teenagers these days want money and things, not change - certainly the teenagers in The Bling Ring did. They wanted to live like celebrities and have the things that celebrities have, even if they had to steal it.
Rachel Lee, the alleged Ringleader ("Rebecca" in the movie), has never granted an interview. How tough was it for you to get all the stories straight?
Rizzo won the primary by a single vote over Will Royster, 664 to 663. Royster cried foul immediately after the primary, initially questioning Rizzo's support from Somali-Americans. An appeals court denied Royster a new election. Rizzo was re-elected last year and remains in office. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said in a statement announcing the pleas, "Justice was done. These two will never vote again."
There are coffeehouses - quiet places to sip a latte, read a magazine, eat a pastry - in almost every neighborhood in the Kansas City metro. In the city's Historic Northeast, not so much. There are plenty of saloons in this area, which boasts the town's first upscale suburb, Pendleton Heights, but even the neighborhood's current gentrification hasn't lured in a bevy of new coffeehouses and art galleries...yet.
But 18 months ago, a clean-cut former Olathe resident, Dan Smith, moved his wife, Wendy, and four children to the area and renovated a two-story building at 3401 East Independence Avenue (it was formerly a second-hand store) to become Eleos Coffee House, where he roasts coffee, serves coffee and conducts Bible study groups every morning at 10 a.m.
"They're not in your face about the religion thing," says actor Ron Megee, who lives a few blocks away. "And the coffee is great."
There have been rumors swirling around the restaurant community for weeks about The Beacon: A Kansas City Tavern at 5301 Main. The 14-month-old restaurant had reportedly seen business partners depart (including Whitten Pell, who was the managing partner, proprietor and the public face of the venue when it first opened, and who left last year) and employees quit since the spring. What was the story? Was it going to close? Why did the hours keep changing?
There was an answer, sort of, this week. A handwritten sign, dated June 26, 2012, is taped to the front door: "Temporarily Closed."
That was news, apparently, to members of the Georgetown Club, who arrived at the restaurant tonight without knowing it was closed. Two name labels are now also pasted to the door, dated June 27. One has a note: "This is news to us!" followed by a second missive advising other members of the club to meet the rest of the party up the street...at Minsky's Pizza.
One of the most beloved soul-food buffets in Kansas City, Papa Lew's Soul Delicious - a culinary icon at 2128 East 12th Street for more than three decades - will close July 7. The owners of the restaurant, Dorriss Lyman (the widow of the restaurant's founder, Lewis Lyman Sr.) and her son, Marvin Lyman, announced the closing on the restaurant's Facebook page yesterday stating that the Lymans are "ready to give up fifteen hour days and little time off."
The bright-orange trailer will debut in the Coffee Girl's Cafe parking lot from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Drinks are 20 percent off for its maiden nonvoyage. The Thirsty Girl will also be at RiverFest, from 4 to 11 p.m. Thursday, July 4, and at the West Bottoms Warehouse Weekend, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The area's first Twin Peaks opened at 14805 West 119th Street in Olathe this April. You can expect more sports bars on the way as KC Lodge Ventures LLC, which includes Paul Khoury, co-founder of the PB&J restaurants among its partners, has a development agreement with the Texas-based chain for three restaurants with an option for a fourth in the Kansas City area.
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