On that day, a federal judge denied without explanation Hawkins' attempt to get another lawyer on his case.
Hawkins, who is accused of trumping up a purported $284 billion oil and natural resource company, for which he was president and CEO, as a vehicle for an affinity scam in Kansas City and elsewhere, has a public defender for his federal court case.
He claims that his lawyer isn't experienced in white collar or securities law cases; hasn't prepared witnesses; and hasn't hired an accounting firm to review the finances of his Kansas City company, which would have been second to Exxon in the United States in revenues at the time. He also insists that the lawyer is overworked, can't handle the case and won't subpoena a geologist.
Former Mayor Charles Wheeler will get to stay in his foreclosed house. For a little while longer, anyway. Earlier this week, The Kansas City Star's Steve Kraske reported that the beloved Wheeler was being forced out of the house on West 53rd Street because he owed $40,000 in back taxes and insurance payments.
James B. Nutter was going to auction the home, which Wheeler has lived in for 40 years, on the Jackson County Courthouse steps today. But, in a press release, the company says it will give Wheeler until July 1 to move. "The best thing for Charles to do is find a place to live that is smaller, more manageable and more affordable," the statement said.
There's a kind of a Mrs. Robinson vibe to the story. Berlin is 23, and Nikita is 6. Despite her advanced age, Berlin has never had a cub, and Nikita has never "paired," to use the zookeeper parlance. Berlin moved to the Kansas City Zoo from the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth, Minnesota, in December.
TIF is the commonly used development tool that sometimes results in good projects and sometimes results in bad projects. But its method of redirecting new property and economic activity taxes away from public bodies, like cities, counties and school districts, to developers often has a way of limiting their revenues at a time when budgets are strapped.
Markley's school district has watched TIF redirect millions in potential revenues to development projects at a time when the district is grappling with declining state aid and lower property assessments.
Saline County Commissioner Jim Gile might have some free time on his hands soon. Gile, in his first term, became Internet famous today after it was reported that he used a racial slur during a commission work session.
The county Board of Commissioners was debating whether it should hire an architect to draw up changes to a county building. During the discussion, Gile said hiring someone was preferable to "n - - - rigging it." Not surprisingly, he has spent the last couple of days apologizing and explaining that he's not a racist.
In the beginning, Artopia's fashion show gave designers all the love. The past few years, it showcased boutiques. Saturday, though, Kansas City designers reclaim the runway - a resurgence that intensifies the local spotlight.
"For me, this year it's about making sure the local designers are supported again," says Courtney Perry, who's directing Artopia's fashion show for the second year. "After all, Artopia is all about focusing on supporting the artist."
Perry has been an Artopia staple since its inception and is no stranger to embracing the individuals fueling the city's creative scene. She's the jewelry and accessory designer behind House of Cochon, and she directs other shows, including Fashion on the Fringe. With her husband, Alex Perry, she turned an abandoned church into the Arts Asylum, a visual- and performing-arts center.
For this show, she has sought variety from several strong designers. The resulting lineup: Wendy McMillian of WM Couture, a veteran designer known for her fun party dresses; Michelle Kleineweber of Little Shell Designs, who transforms sheer fabrics into youthful, feminine looks; and Emma Lammers, a student making a name for herself with her London-circa-1960 flair.
What's your occupation?
Conkright: Shopper strategist
Cloud: Stay-at-home mom ... and the "drinking" part of "Boutiquing and Drinking." Most moms will agree this makes sense.
What's your hometown?
What's your current neighborhood?
Cloud: Lenexa ... that's not a typo.
Who or what is your sidekick?
Conkright: My best friend, Rachel, and my sister
Cloud: My husband, son or sister - I rarely leave home without them.
What career would you choose in an alternate reality?
Conkright: I would travel the world making coffee-table books about unique spaces and places.
Cloud: I would like to be Anthony Bourdain ... to just eat and sip my way around the world! And apparently he gets paid? I would have done it for free. He is a much better negotiator, I guess.
But now the plucky home improvement store concept has soured on expanding in Kansas City and elsewhere.
The reason? It depends on what day you catch Menard Inc. spokesman Jeff Abbott.
Metcalf, 58, now faces 32 new municipal charges for keeping too many animals in her home (Kansas Citians can have four cats or dogs), abuse and living in an unsafe structure.
Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos brought the pain in her Invicta Fighting Championships debut. After serving a yearlong steroid suspension, Santos mauled her bloodied opponent, Fiona Muxlow, who, to her credit, never gave up. Referee "Big" John McCarthy stopped Cyborg's relentless onslaught and awarded her a first-round TKO victory in 3:46.
The talk is still of the seemingly inevitable major matchup between Santos and UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. But next for Santos is Marloes Coenen for the featherweight championship at Invicta FC 6 in either June or July. "I feel terrified," Coenen joked at the post-fight press conference.
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