Friday, January 3, 2014

Jose Medellin identified as Kansas City, Missouri's first homicide victim of 2014

Posted By on Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 1:30 PM

KCMO's first homicide victim of 2014 has been identified.
  • KCMO's first homicide victim of 2014 has been identified.
The Kansas City Police Department has identified Jose Medellin as the city's first homicide victim of 2014. 

Medellin, 40, was found shot to death inside an apartment building in the 4000 block of Harvard Circle around 8 p.m. on New Year's Day. He was pronounced dead a short time after police arrived on the scene. 

Witnesses told detectives that two suspects were seen fleeing from the scene immediately after the shooting. 

Police are seeking tips. If you have information, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

Kansas City, Missouri, totaled 106 homicides in 2013. After the jump, read the KCPD's daily homicide analysis for January 3.

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The Tank Room is now open at 18th Street and Grand

Posted By on Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Veach (left) and Racen behind the bar at the Tank Room.
  • Veach (left) and Racen behind the bar at the Tank Room.
The storefront at 1813 Grand (just south of the Green Lady Lounge) was previously the Gold Exchange, a shop where people traded in their jewelry for cash. For the past several months, Dustin Racen and Chadwick Veach have been building the space into a bar called the Tank Room, which opened just before Christmas.

"That's what they called the area of steel cases where they kept the gold - the 'tank room'," Veach says. "And they left the steel cases behind, so we had them refinished at an auto-body shop and hung them behind the bar."

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Kid Sister is bringing all the party to the Riot Room this Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 12:21 PM

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Chicago-by-way-of-L.A. MC Melisa Young, better known as Kid Sister, is on the up and up. She has collaborated with some big names in the hip-hop world in recent years, including Kanye West, Danny Brown and Riff Raff. She recently debuted a new music video for her song "Bed Breaker" and a fresh track called "Hoes in this House," which both earn points for their smooth flow and dance-club energy.

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R. Crosby Kemper Jr. dies at age 86

Posted By on Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM

R. Crosby Kemper Jr. receives an honorary degree from UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton in May 2013
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  • R. Crosby Kemper Jr. receives an honorary degree from UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton in May 2013

R. Crosby Kemper Jr., the longtime Kansas City banker who used his money and influence for various local causes, died in California on Thursday.

Kemper was 86.

Kemper led UMB Financial Corporation, historically regarded as one of the better-run banking institutions in the region.

But Kemper's local fame wasn't tied as much to running UMB as to what he did with the wealth that the bank afforded him. He once offered up $3 million to become an investor with New York attorney Miles Prentice's bid to buy the Kansas City Royals in the late 1990s. Kemper didn't care much for baseball, but thought keeping the Royals in town was a good idea.

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American Aquarium brought the church of country music to last night's Knuckleheads crowd

Posted By on Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 9:46 AM

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American Aquarium
Knuckleheads, Kansas City
Thursday, January 2, 2014

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See also: American Aquarium's B.J. Barham loves what he does - even if it sounds depressing


"We're gonna play a bunch of sad songs, then we're gonna play some loud songs about drinking, then we're gonna play some songs that'll make you want to call your ex-girlfriend," said American Aquarium's lead singer B.J. Barham as he took the stage at Knuckleheads last night. "But then we'll play some songs that'll make you forget about your ex-girlfriend... . Until maybe on your way home when you call her."

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January 2014's First Friday Hit List

Posted By on Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 7:24 AM

"Kokopelli in Kimono" by Tom Styrkowicz - COURTESY OF TOM STYRKOWICZ
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  • "Kokopelli in Kimono" by Tom Styrkowicz

Happy New Year to the city The New York Times called a culturally rich metropolis ... four years ago. We're confident that things have only gotten better, especially First Friday.

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