Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween from the Wayward Blog and Shane MacO'Lantern!

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This week's "Best of Fat City"

Posted By on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 10:33 AM

The Great Cannibal Pumpkin
​Haunts, horrors and things that go bump in the night were only a few of the topics that we covered in Fat City this week, including Jonathan Bender's recollection of serving an abnormal pizza and Charles Ferruzza's many memories of horrific Halloweens in the past, perhaps all caused by his refusal to wear a Halloween costume. With tonight's big haunted holiday on the horizon, Jonathan Bender went into sugar shock researching candy strategies and comparing new flavors of that seasonal classic: candy corn.

And on the subject of candy, what about the closing -- today's the final day, folks -- of the popular Russell Stover Candy Kitchen on 51st Street? That post led to conversation about the original Russell Stover flagship store on Linwood Boulevard and the building's current Frankenstein-like makeover, which also makes us think of this.

There wasn't much reaction in Fat City over the closing of the Coyote Grill -- did anyone really care? -- but Jonathan's post about the Definition of a Dive Bar encouraged comments. On a happier note, the new Ingredient opened downtown -- ready to scrap it up with another new restaurant with a similar concept: Marie Scaglia's new The Mixx in the Power & Light District.

And finally, how about the Top Ten Pumpkin Dishes in town?

(Photo via Flickr: nonemoreblack1966)


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Friday, October 30, 2009

Breaking: Another abortion-related murder in Kansas?

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Schroeder had provided security for Dr. George Tiller
  • Schroeder had provided security for Dr. George Tiller

The Wichita Eagle reports that authorities in Newton, Kansas, are investigating the "very suspicious" death of Richard Schroeder, a retired former U.S. marshal.

Schroeder's wife discovered him lying in their driveway with head injuries this morning; he was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

According to the Eagle:

During his career as a U.S. marshal, Schroeder provided court-ordered protection for abortion provider George Tiller during 1991's "Summer of Mercy" anti-abortion protests.

For a significant part of Schroeder's career -- first as a marshal and later as a private detective -- he helped provide security for Tiller, a nationally known later-term abortion provider and perennial focus of anti-abortion protests and threats. Tiller was fatally shot at his Wichita church this summer.

Schroeder, who lived in Newton, also has operated a private investigation business in the Wichita area.
The full story is here.

Update (5:55 p.m.): Thanks to commenter The DLC for pointing out that the Eagle is now reporting that authorities say Schroeder died of natural causes. The link above now takes readers to the Eagle's updated story.

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Killa City: KCK homicide No. 33, LeDion D. Brown

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 4:28 PM

LeDion D. Brown,  19, was the man found shot to death in the 1300 block of North 4th Street in KCK just after midnight, KCK police say.

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KCK police found Brown shot to death inside a vehicle around 12:14 a.m.

If you have any info about this man's death, call the Major Case Unit at 913-573-6020 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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Killa City: KCMO homicide No. 95, man fatally shot near 31st and Prospect

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Kansas City police are investigating a homicide at 31st and Prospect.

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Police say officers were called on a shooting and found a man shot in the parking lot near Cash America Pawn. The man was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Police say another shooting victim was found at another hospital. Detectives are trying to determine if the shootings are related.

A witness told police that the victim was chasing after and shooting at two other men in the parking lot. The two men were exchanging gunfire with the victim.

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This week's Pitch and 9 things we learned this week

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM


Yeah, yeah. We know Pellom McDaniels is a former Kansas City Chief. But there's more to the man than his time on the gridiron, as Casey Lyons shows us in this week's feature story, where the ghosts of Kansas City's past come to life.

Also in this week's issue, Martin looks at the latest tiff involving the TIF Commission -- and a $2.2 million surplus.

Harper remembers former Recycled Sounds owner Anne Winter, who committed suicide last week.

Ferruzza pulls double duty with reviews of Frank's Italian Restaurant and Mezzaluna European Cuisine.

And Pitch managing editor Scott Wilson goes over Union Station's Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life & Legends.

On the Plog, we learned that:

Birthers were wrong.

Ron Megee knows a lot about zombies.

Breastfeeding cats tickles.

Making a George Brett in his crappy pants costume is easy.

John Hodgman makes shit up.

Some guy who runs a football is suspended for two weeks.

eBay frowns upon bomb-making recipe auctions.

The Power & Light District's worth fluctuates at Cordish's convenience.

"Uncle" Ed is facing charges.

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Prostitution stings net 110 arrests (and counting)

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 2:35 PM


For the last four days, a multi-jurisdictional police dragnet has resulted in 110 arrests relating to prostitution, according to Sgt. Brad Dumit of KCPD's Vice Squad.

"It's everything," he tells us. "We're going after johns, girls, guys, in-calls, out-calls, we're going to them, they're coming to us, in streets, apartments on the Kansas side and Missouri side."

Dumit says local and state law enforcement agencies have been working together and sharing information about human trafficking. In addition to arresting prostitutes and their patrons, police have taken "four or five" pimps into custody after longer term investigations.

Check back for more details on Monday.

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Alice Cooper, "Keepin' Halloween Alive"

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 2:24 PM

If ever there were a man who could claim to "keep Halloween alive, honey, 365," it'd be Alice Cooper. I'd no idea the man had anything new out, much less a perfectly suited song such as this. It's available for download on iTunes.

If you download the song off iTunes, you get a "Cooperoke" version. Record a video of yourself singing the song and post it to YouTube, and you could win $1,000. Nice, eh? Entries due by 10pm Central Standard Time tomorrow. You can find all the info at the above link, and download the "Cooperoke" version here.

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Now you have plans for the weekend

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 2:00 PM


You need plans. Fat City has a recycle bin full of listings. In this post, all our problems are solved.

Dust off your costume. With Halloween falling on a Saturday night, this weekend has the potential for greatness. Quaff Bar & Grill has a Night of Mayhem, with drink specials and a costume contest from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Facebook Friends get in free, everybody else it's $5.

Californos' annual Halloween Bash starts at 8 p.m., with the costume contest three hours later.

The Power & Light District's free Halloween concert kicks off at 8 p.m., with the costume contest judging at 10:30 p.m. First place gets $1,000 -- which should cover your drinks for the night.

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Comment of the Week: Larry Johnson and the 'edge of insanity'

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Larry Johnson
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Larry Johnson week is officially over.

We think.

We'll keep checking the Larry Johnson Outrage-o-Meter, but unless something big happens to King Pink -- like say, he gets traded or released or breastfeeds a cat -- then we're probably not touching it.

But we gotta give "Comment of the Week" to a reader of this post: "Chiefs' Larry Johnson says fan has 'fag' picture." When all the controversy started with LJ using homophobic slurs and criticizing his coach, one reader, Mia, offered some perspective:

I think we have all missed the point. The fact that an NFL player is more comfortable tweeting than having a conversation with his coach is telling. We as a society are more obsessed with technology than our own best interest. Quit tweeting and start talking. We are on the edge of insanity and have already crossed the line into the absurd.

Thanks, Mia.

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