Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ken Cannon, fringe candidate for Kansas governor, acquitted of impersonating a cop

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Ken Cannon, Kansas' most criminally charged gubernatorial candidate, has beat his first charge in court! The slippery would-be governor was found not guilty by a Salina judge of falsely impersonating a police officer during a telephone conversation ... with a real police officer.

The Reform Party candidate was accused of calling up Salina investigator Sean Furbeck on February 15 and identifying himself as "Officer Schoen" of the Manhattan Police Department. Furbeck then allegedly told Cannon who he was, and Cannon ended the call.



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Your guide to the 2010 American Royal

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Let the 'cuing begin.
  • Let the 'cuing begin.

Forget Opening Day. The time to take off work is tomorrow -- the first public day of the 2010 American Royal Barbecue. More than 500 barbecue teams are arriving as you read this, to set up their smokers and gear in the hopes of walking away with an oversized $10,000 check and the title of Grand Champion.

But for those of us who aren't strapping on the aprons this weekend, there's still a lot of barbecue to enjoy. Fat City checked in with the Kansas City Barbecue Society's Ardie Davis -- he'll be the guy in the bowler hat swearing in the judges -- to guide you through the massive event that more than 70,000 people attended last year.

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Matt Fritzie injures neck in frathouse pool dive (updated)

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Not everyone can be a golden god.
  • Not everyone can be a golden god.

Update V (10:36 a.m. September 30): Matt Fritzie, the 18-year-old University of Kansas freshman injured while diving into a temporary pool KU's Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) frat house, was moved to a rehabilitation center on Monday, according to the Lawrence Journal-World. While his condition wasn't released, another fraternity pledge told the LJW "that Fritzie initially was paralyzed from the chest down." Read more after the jump ...

Update IV (11:16 a.m. September 27):
The University Daily Kansan pieces together what happened before and after 18-year-old Matt Fritzie suffered a neck injury while diving into a temporary pool at KU's Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) frat house, and it sounds like the party went on after the freshman was airlifted away. Read more after the jump ...

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Attention, geeks: There's a huge vinyl garage sale happening this weekend!

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 10:24 AM

You could use a few more.
  • You could use a few more.
ardcore area record collectors might already be keyed in to this, but for the rest of you: This Sunday, there's a massive vinyl sale going down in Waldo. 

Three "long-time local collectors" have raided their shelves and will be offering up thousands of LPs and 45s. You can't wait to run your grubby, greedy fingers through those records, can you? I don't blame you. I am one of you, after all. 

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Kai Lundstroem Pedersen, 60, accused of recording 11-year-old stripping, e-mailing her mom naked pics

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 10:00 AM

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Once upon a time, deep in the bowels of cyberhell, lived a 60-year-old Danish man named Kai Lundstroem Pedersen. In his free time he allegedly enjoyed stalking, threatening, and getting off to prepubescent girls. He waited for unsuspecting prey in chat rooms.

Victim One has entered the room.

The little 11-year-old girl wasn't from cyberhell or Denmark, but from Buchanan County, Missouri. According to a news release from United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Beth Phillips, here's what allegedly happened next. Pedersen told the young girl to undress in front of her webcam, which she did. Once she was naked, Pedersen started his own webcam, and the horrified damsel turned hers immediately once she saw his nasty self.

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The National's slow burn is muted in the Uptown's cavernous abyss

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 9:53 AM

The National
  • The National

The National 

September 29, 2010 
The Uptown Theater
 

It seems appropriate that The National is still performing at campaign rallies with President Obama. After all, both the commander-in-chief and the politically active band seem to bring out the same trait in people: divisiveness.

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Del Hedgepath, Club NRG owner, accused of slapping a patron. May have had his last call (updated)

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Del Hedgepath's mug from 2008 still stands the test of time.
  • Del Hedgepath's mug from 2008 still stands the test of time.
Del Hedgepath's mug from 2008 still stands the test of time.
Update (9:47 a.m. September 30): The party is over at Club NRG. Fox 4 reports that the former Club NV is closed for business and owner Del Hedgepath is fielding offers to sell the building at Admiral and McGee -- and he has six months to dump the space.

Original Story (9 a.m. September 29): Spending a night at Club NRG is totally anachronistic, like being cast in an old Western that takes place in the urban core. Everywhere are the modern brewings of a classic feud: Men urinate off NRG's balcony onto apartment buildings below and throw rocks when they're asked to stop. People get shot in the butt. Sheriffs show up regularly -- more than a hundred times this year.

And even if the crowd is well-behaved on a given night, the staff can do bad all by itself. The bartender might smash another woman's head open with a bottle of Grey Goose, or maybe some more employees will be accused of raping a clubgoer after a cocaine party. The crazy keeps pumping out of NRG, and this time it's coming straight from the owner.

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No. 4: P.E.I. mussels from Bluestem

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Bluestem shows off its mussels.
  • Bluestem shows off its mussels.

To whet your appetite for The Pitch's annual Best of Kansas City issue, we're counting down our favorite Top 50 dishes each weekday until October 7.

The P.E.I. mussels at Bluestem make you realize that not all bowls are created equal. Two pieces of toasty baguettes rest atop a mound of mussels. Beneath those mussels is a savory broth that is good enough to sip.  

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Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon: rap history

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Can J.T. and Fallon work it as well as Missy can?
  • Can J.T. and Fallon work it as well as Missy can?

​​Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon's have a lesson for late-night TV viewers: the history of rap. When Timberlake was on Fallon's show to promote The Social Network, the two got to reminiscing about hip-hop tunes from the last thirty years. Of course, since Timberlake's there, the duo broke into a medley that included Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight," Beastie Boys' "Paul Revere," Dr. Dre's "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang," Digital Underground's "The Humpty Dance," Eminem's "My Name Is," Kanye West's "Gold Digger," and Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind."

The best part of this video? The way that Timberlake and Fallon nail Missy Elliott's backwards chorus on "Work It." 

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UFOs coming to protest south Kansas City's new nuclear weapons plant. It's a trap!

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 9:00 AM

These guys don't want us building nuclear weapons. Do you trust 'em?
  • These guys don't want us building nuclear weapons. Do you trust 'em?

A nuclear weapons plant being built in south Kansas City could be seeing protests from more than the no nukes crowd. Alien watchers claim extraterrestrials could be visiting Kansas City more regularly once the plant is built.

Fox 4 is working to bring you the kooky story on the heels of seven former U.S. Air Force officers claiming they spotted UFOs hovering above nuclear missile silos and storage facilities in the '60s, '70s and '80s. Local UFO spotters are claiming more "credibility" but they sound far too trusting of the aliens.

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