A drug deal gone awry led to the death of Tyrone L. Collins Tuesday night, court records say.
Court documents allege that 21-year-old Scott A. Bilquist (also known as "Scuz") shot and killed Collins, who assaulted and attempted to rob him.
Jackson County prosecutors charged Bilquist on Friday with voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.
The probable cause statement gives this story: Bilquist and another man drove to an address near 29th Street to buy drugs. Bilquist met a black man, and they walked into an apartment building as the driver waited in the car. After a few minutes, the driver heard gunshots and a bloody Bilquist ran to the car. Bilquist told the driver that the man had assaulted him and robbed him so Bilquist shot him.
Finding the right road trip snacks can be as difficult as finding somebody you want to sit next to for 12 hours while driving across western Kansas.
Epicurious recently offered up a list of "13 Do's and 7 Don'ts" for road trip snacks. And while the idea was clearly designed to provide people with nutritional options while trapped in a car, the effort is sorely misguided.
On the Do's: The advice to take along beef jerky is probably the real keeper. Otherwise, there are some glaring holes on a list that is probably intended to help travelers avoid spills. But car seats are meant to be dirty! Found candy is why children get in the backseat in the first place.
Rarely at the Wayward HQ are we pulled away from our quest to bring you music news that you can't get by turning on your TV or subjecting yourself to commercial radio promotions, so it is only through a call-in tip that we were made aware of the Great and Noble Sacrifice Kansas City man Marcus Terrell had to make in order to advance to the next round of America's Got Talent.
That sacrifice: ditching his backup singers.
A concerned caller informed us of the development, which he watched unfold dramatically last night on NBC (though it was probably a repeat from last week, so apologies if you've already seen this to death). In a moment reminiscent of Sophie's Choice -- but with even more emotion -- Terrell and his three lovely backing performers face the judicial array of David Hasselhoff, Sharon Osbourne and Token Snarky British Guy. The judges say that Terrell is an excellent singer, but they find his co-performers' abilities lacking. Tears are shed. Pleas are uttered. If I truly have talent, why am I always just auditioning! cries Marcus. Then, the tall brunette offers a proposition...
Just how bad were these girls? Definitive revelation awaits after the jump.
Dave Thompson and Chris Joslen, guitarists for At the Left Hand of God, feel that since they endorse Schecter Guitars, Schecter Guitars should endorse them. Praising the "fast fretboard and pretty colors" of the brand, they're looking for an endorsement deal "or something" with their newest (and most hilarious) YouTube video.
ATLHOG -- pronounced "attle hog" -- plays tonight as part of Jim Kilroy's Monsters of Metal show at the Uptown.
KMBC Channel 9 reports that Vulcan Mayor Mark Funkhouser won his lawsuit challenging the volunteer ordinance. KMBC cites Funk's lawyer, Douglas Carter, as the source, saying a judge ruled that the ordinance "was too vague and clashed with the First Amendment" and also was "specialized legislation," meaning it singled out "Chicken-Shit with an Attitude" Gloria Squitiro.
Carter tells The Pitch that the judge's order opens the door for Squitiro to return to City Hall.
"She would be at liberty to," Carter says. "Now, I don't know what's
going to happen in that regard. But the provision of the legislation
that prevented her -- unconstitutionally as the judge correctly ruled
-- from helping her husband is no more."
Near the end of Judge Justine E. Del Muro's order, the Del Muro
outlines how the City Council could possibly revise the provision.
The City might do well to consider amending this provision
to allow the council to terminate persons regardless of who has
designated them as volunteers, under the at will doctrine, especially
where, as in this case, a volunteer disrupts the day-to-day business of
the city and/or whose conduct has resulted in litigation at the city's
Carter says he hopes "that the controversy is over."
"That ball is in the City Council's court," Carter says. "I do not
believe that the City Council could do what the judge outlined there
but those issues were not before the court. But I do believe that those
issues were looked at with appropriate input that that idea would not
be a good idea legally. It's certainly not a good idea from the
standpoint of public policy."
Carter says Funkhouser is "pleased."
"The judge gave us 100 percent of what we asked for," Carter says. "We
were expecting that the judge would do the right thing, and we're
certainly happy she did."
Welcome back to City Hall, Gloria.
Here's the judge's order.
In the right hands, cheese can go from a humble cube to an astronaut sculpture made of cheddar. Popped Culture argues that those hands belong to sculptor Sarah Kaufmann, who has provided the centerpiece for everything from tailgates to a likeness of Miss Rodeo New Mexico.
Kaufmann is naturally from Wisconsin, where she has turned a commercial art degree and a marketing business into a promotional cheese-carving career.
Her structures are semi-permanent, provided they can be stored at the proper temperature. But a recent Kaufmann exhibit to commemorate the first moon landing met the same fate as fondue: Visitors to the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wakoponeta, Ohio, "were audibly and visibly disappointed" when they encountered the base -- all that remained after the air conditioning unit shut off automatically overnight.
In addition to cooling concerns, Kaufmann also has competition from fellow carver Troy Landwehr, who seems to relish building oversized sculptures including a 700-pound Mt. Rushmore and a 1,200-pound Statue of Liberty. Why can't guys just stick to a sensible, table-top centerpiece?
If this is the first time you've heard of anything besides butter sculptures, you're missing out on a whole world of food-based art. There are artists who work in biscuits, potato chips, melons and chocolate. Should you need something more permanent, there are always wire sculptures made to look like cheese.
"Uncle" Ed Muscare isn't getting any sympathy from Midtown Miscreant.
In his latest post, double M rips the former children's show host and registered sex offender, who has returned to YouTube after at least a month-long hiatus. Seems the authorities in South Carolina didn't care for "Uncle" Ed's bizarre videos and confiscated his computer. This is from the LiveJournal of a guy who claims to be Muscare's biographer.
Here are a few snippets supposedly from "Uncle" Ed on his original offense and his most recent run-in with the law:
Back in 1986, when I was attending a birthday party in Orlando, Florida, I had fondled a 14 year-old family member. I was caught and arrested. I was sentenced to 18 months in prison and 10 years probation. ...
Now, here, in Orangeburg, South Carolina, 23 years later, 5 law enforment (sic) officers are in my house going thru my computer.
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has named Barbara O'Brien its new curator. She will start in mid-September.
According to the Kemper's press release, O'Brien (pictured), who holds undergraduate degrees in journalism and women's and gender studies from the University of Kansas, comes to Kansas City by way of Simmons College in Boston, where she was most recently an assistant professor of art and the director of the Trustman Art Gallery. Since 1990, the Kemper says, O'Brien has curated nearly 50 exhibitions of contemporary art. (More of her CV is on her Simmons bio page.)
The Kemper's previous curator, Chris Cook, left the museum this past spring to direct the Salina Art Center.
Finally, no more red-light cameras after the two that go live today. The latest cameras are set up at the intersections of Interstate 435 and Wornall Road ...
and Interstate 435 and 23rd Street.
This makes 30 intersections you scofflaws might want to stop running.
There's our world and then there's the world of Michael Jackson's personal chef.
Kai Chase recently told the Associated Press about her experiences cooking for the Jackson family and about his last few days. She also just so happens to have a draft of an unpublished cookbook, Fit For a King. You make the connection.
In breaking down his breakfast, lunch and dinner choices, Chase paints the picture of somebody on a restricted diet who also has the means to hire a personal chef. Granola for breakfast, a spinach salad for lunch and seared ahi tuna for dinner.
In an effort to spice up the family's diet, she offered to make Saturdays about comfort food -- barbecue chicken, corn on the cob or soul food. But as Jackson's planned summer concert tour got closer, it was back to a healthy diet. "He wanted food that would not make him cramp up while dancing," she says.
Chase is clearly immersed in the celebrity world. Her godfather is comedian Red Foxx. She's been a private chef for Macy Gray, Jamie Foxx and Cedric The Entertainer. It also appears as though the publicity photo for her Web site was taken by Shaft actor Richard Roundtree, unless there's another photographer by that same name (Fat City couldn't locate one in Los Angeles).
And now Chase seems to have developed a desire for celebrity herself. Her cookbook will focus on the recipes she made for Jackson and talk about their time together. The dishes better be sweet because something needs to cover up the bitter taste.
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