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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Nick Wright calls his dad, Louie, 'a fireman,' omitting the union boss part

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Nick Wright: My dad fights fires!
  • Nick Wright: My dad fights fires!

Jim Rome knock-off Nick Wright wants to be able to sit in his box at the coliseum and wave a perfumed hankie as football players, the gladiators of modern times, ferociously hurl themselves at each other.

Wright, a host at 610-AM, made callous comments after a violent weekend in the NFL. Wright talked about the most recent spate of brain-rattling hits as an occupational hazard. "My dad's a fireman," Wright said, which made him a greater risk for lung cancer.

But calling Wright's dad "a fireman" is little like referring to Barack Obama as a "prominent Hawaiian."

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

KU ticket scandal offers a glimpse into functionary hell

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Phog tickets corrupted bureaucrats at KU.
  • Phog tickets corrupted bureaucrats at KU.

Last week, two guys who used to work at the University of Kansas Athletic Department pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the ticket skimming scandal.

Their names are Brandon Simmons and Jason Jeffries, and their titles are unimportant. All you need to know is that they were functionaries, organization men lucky or skilled enough to insert themselves into the ecosystem of big-time college athletics. Their talents were immaterial to the success of KU sports -- most literate people could handle the duties necessary to work in a ticket office at a major university. But they had access to something a thousand times more rare than themselves: seats at Allen Fieldhouse. Corruption took hold.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Power & Light District to cost taxpayers until Howl at the Moon opens on Mars

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Making downtown a gathering place will not come cheaply.
  • Making downtown a gathering place will not come cheaply.

Sensible people at City Hall have looked at the numbers and determined that the decision to build a funporium in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, will ding taxpayers for years to come.

The news/non-news in today's Kansas City Star is that the Power & Light District will require an ongoing $10 million to $15 million annual subsidy. The city issued $295 million in bonds for the project in 2006 in the hope that visitors would buy enough burgers and vodka tonics to pay off the creditors. But faulty assumptions and the economic downtown have trashed that theory.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

White flight may get its own museum in Johnson County

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Merriam Village ran into trouble.
  • Merriam Village ran into trouble.

A recent Associated Press story makes Johnson County sound like Portland with better schools.

The story outlined the vision for the National Museum of Suburban History, an idea that's being promoted by the officials at the Johnson County Museum and the Arts Council of Johnson County. The AP story began by declaring Johnson County an "economic powerhouse that has eclipsed its big-city neighbor in political influence."

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010

Mark Funkhouser asks city to focus on technical portion of his program

Posted By on Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Funk: I'm better at this than it looks.
  • Funk: I'm better at this than it looks.

Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser made a populist, combative, defiant, fireworks-lacking and allusive State of the City speech on Thursday.

The Kansas City Star'
s coverage emphasized the position the mayor took against the "well-connected few" and the manner in which he challenged his rep for being a doofus. KMBC's account played up Funkhouser's poor relationship with the City Council. A writer at the Kansas City Business Journal highlighted the mayor's criticism of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

What we took from the speech was Funkhouser's suggestion that running a city is like ice skating.

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Cognitive dissonance heads Newsweek's list of top public schools

Posted By on Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 10:00 AM

By one measure, Kansas' best public high school is in the Dotte.
  • By one measure, Kansas' best public high school is in the Dotte.

Newsweek has come up with a list of America's best public high schools.

The results run contrary to a half-century of migratory patterns. The area's two highest ranking buildings are located in Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Apartment finders use animation to ridicule state agency

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 10:30 AM

The State of Missouri says an online apartment guide needs a license.
  • The State of Missouri says an online apartment guide needs a license.

Tiffany Lewis helps renters and landlords find each other. Later this month, a jury in Platte County will consider the question of whether she needs a license to do the job.

Lewis is president of Kansas City Premier Apartments. Her company maintains a Web site that offers information about rental units. The apartment owners in the database pay a commission for referrals. "We don't charge the renter, ever," Lewis says.

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