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Monday, April 8, 2013

Lili Justine High's suspected kidnapper, Tami Kelley, found; 5-year-old still missing (UPDATE)

Posted By on Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Lili High has been missing since about 9:30 Sunday night.
  • Lili High has been missing since about 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Update:Authorities say that Lili has been found safe. Police said she was found in Liberty with a relative between 1:30 and 2 Monday afternoon, The Star reports.. The Amber Alert has ended.

Lili Justine High, the Gladstone 5-year-old, is still missing after a suspected kidnapping on Sunday night. Police announced Monday morning that they had taken 38-year-old suspect Tami J. Kelley into custody.

The Kansas City Police Department issued an Amber Alert Monday morning for the missing child. Police say Kelley took High from her father's home last night.

High's father, Bruce High, told police that he didn't know why Kelley took his daughter. He also said he believed Kelley was working with High's mother, Christina R. Willbanks. Kelley reportedly told police her location this morning. When police took Kelley into custody, High was not with her. The Amber Report lists Willbanks as being homeless.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Mondo's Army of Darkness poster unveiled

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 9:15 PM

This is what your friends got tonight while you stayed home.
  • Randy Ortiz
  • This is what your friends got tonight while you stayed home.
It's been a little more than eight months since Alamo Drafthouse brought one of its Mondo poster parties to town, and the wait was killing people. Tickets for tonight's Army of Darkness screening - at which the latest Randy Ortiz movie-poster design was just revealed, following the film - went faster than a chainsaw through human flesh. (Last July's Goonies event left no empty seats, either.)

That's it up there. Pretty cool, huh? If you know one of the people who got to spend the evening at Mondo, maybe that person will let you look at the poster up close someday. Or you can follow @MondoNews on Twitter to find out when a batch of $45 copies rolls out for purchase.

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Kansas Legislature clears way for booze at Statehouse

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Its time for a thirst party in the Kansas Statehouse.
  • It's time for a thirst party in the Kansas Statehouse.

Kansas legislators may no longer have to fear the worst - they're on their way to being able to drink in the Statehouse when they celebrate the completion of $332 million in renovations to the nicest building in Topeka this side of the David Wittig mansion.

The Kansas Senate managed to send a collection of liquor laws, all at the same time, to the House on Friday that lets party-minded legislators drink bubbly at certain Statehouse functions, the Associated Press reports.

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Kansas City, Kansas YMCA spared from closure

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

The Y is staying in KCK.
  • The Y is staying in KCK.
The YMCA is going to stay in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. The YMCA of Greater Kansas City said on Friday that it reached an agreement with Wyandotte County to keep its Eighth Street branch open, despite announcing in March that the location would be shuttered.

The plan to close the KCK location (along with the Raytown and Independence outposts) was part of the Y's plan to build a large new facility in downtown KCMO at 10th Street and Grand.

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Ottavia Bourdain is in KC Friday to see Cris Cyborg fight

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Ottavia Bourdain with UFC boss Dana White (middle).
  • Ottavia Bourdain's Twitter
  • Ottavia Bourdain with UFC boss Dana White (middle).

Ottavia Bourdain loves a good fight. And she doesn't care whether men or women are in the cage.

Bourdain, the MMA-junkie wife of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, will be cageside Friday for Invicta Fighting Championships 5, the biggest all-women's MMA event in history and the subject of this week's Pitch feature story. The event is being held at the Ameristar Casino and Hotel in Kansas City.

The Pitch interviewed Bourdain, who still hopes to scratch a personal MMA fight off her bucket list, by e-mail and discussed Invicta, Cyborg and why we like to fight.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

American Heartland Theatre closes in August

The American Heartland Theatre closes in August.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 5:14 PM

After 26 years, the curtain comes down forever on the American Heartland Theatre.
  • Crown Center
  • After 26 years, the curtain comes down forever on the American Heartland Theatre.

Crown Center's American Heartland Theatre, which opened April 1, 1987 - and just celebrated its 26th anniversary on Monday - plans to shut off the stagelights for good in August, according to a statement released Thursday afternoon.

For now, the shows go on. The theater, founded by Jim Assad, will finish its 26th season - everything that's booked and planned - and will close August 25 after the last performance of The Bikinis - A New Musical Beach Party. Its current production, Life Could Be a Dream, continues through April 21.

According to the theater publicist, Morgan Perry, an announcement was made to the staff today by Rick Brown, Crown Center's manager of marketing programs; Lilli Zarda, American Heartland's executive producer; and Crown Center.

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  • The American Heartland Theatre closes in August.

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Did Linda Mau lose her Roeland Park mayoral bid because of an anonymous flier?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 1:46 PM

What RP residents got in the mail.
  • What RP residents got in the mail.
Linda Mau woke up pissed off Wednesday, one of several aspirants for elected office throughout the metro who lost in Tuesday's general election.

She had also joined the historical ranks of politicians who may have been thwarted by negative campaigning. The Roeland Park mayoral candidate found herself on the business end of tactics not regularly seen in cities that size.

Roeland Park residents last week opened their mailboxes to find a one-page anonymous mailer that took Mau, a city councilwoman from 2003 to 2007, to task for codes violations, questioned her education credentials, and charged that she'd skipped out on bills and written rubber checks.

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Gov. Jay Nixon: We're not sending your personal info to 'magical database'

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Jay Nixon is sick of hearing about mythical databases.
  • Jay Nixon is sick of hearing about mythical databases.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is sick of hearing about the super-scary Missouri program that sends citizens' personal information to another super-scary federal database. He's so sick of it, in fact, that he cracked just a little bit on Wednesday during a press conference.

The bogus claims about the Department of Revenue scanning documents and shipping them off to the federal government started with a guy in Stoddard County, who's trying to get a conceal carry license, and have built to a statewide fear-mongering advertising campaign.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Firefly's Adam Baldwin is coming to Planet Comicon; we talked with him about Joss Whedon, guns and making the funny

We talk with Adam Baldwin, who heads to Planet Comicon this weekend.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

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Joss Whedon, the well-regarded writer and director of last year's overlooked mumble-core indie The Avengers, is represented at this year's Planet Comicon (April 6 - 7 at Bartle Hall) by the sheer quantity of his fin de siècle work. Other celebrity guests include Buffy the Vampire Slayer actors Nicholas Brendon and Clare Kramer, and the crowd-pleasing Adam Baldwin, who portrayed Jayne Cobb, the amoral space-gun-for-space-hire on Whedon's beloved and lamentably short-lived 2003 Fox series, Firefly.

Whedon wrote Firefly, a science-fiction Western, mostly, as a moody character study often punctuated with action and humor, and infused it with enough soul and humanity to devastate the small audience that had found the show before Fox strapped it into its little child-safety car seat and then backed the car into a lake. Its resurrection as the excellent film Serenity, in 2005, gave Whedon and his cast the opportunity to revisit their characters and finish the story.

Baldwin's acting career began in 1980, when he was selected to play Chris Makepeace's teen protector, Ricky Linderman, in My Bodyguard. His credits include Full Metal Jacket and an IMDB list of TV guest roles as long as, well, something really long and impressive - let's say The Silmarillion, in deference to elf enthusiasts attending this weekend's events downtown.

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  • We talk with Adam Baldwin, who heads to Planet Comicon this weekend.

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Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Peter Vermes is in the hall of fame. He probably wont relax any time soon, though.
  • Peter Vermes is in the hall of fame. He probably won't relax anytime soon, though.

Sporting Kansas City has a hall of famer at the helm. Head coach Peter Vermes was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Vermes scored 11 goals in 67 career games for the men's national team from 1989 to 1997.

His international career included playing in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and the 1990 World Cup - which was the United States' first appearance in the tournament in 40 years. Additionally, Vermes played in the top Hungarian and Dutch leagues before playing in Major League Soccer 1996-2002.

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