Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Police search for missing blind man with dementia

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 4:02 PM

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Police are looking for Richard Solis, a blind man with dementia and a seizure disorder who has been missing since he went on a walk in Northeast Kansas City at around 8 p.m. Saturday (8/27). He requires multiple medications.

Solis is 63 years old, 5 feet 8 inches, and about 185 pounds. He was last seen wearing a KC Royals ball cap, a dark shirt, and jeans in the area of 18th Street and Cambridge in KCMO.

If you see him or have information about him, call 911 or contact the Tips Hotline at 816-474-8477 (TIPS).

Now Open: Parisi Cafe in Union Station

Parisi Cafe opens in Union Station.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 2:22 PM

No java jive: Parisi Brothers is serving sweets, sandwiches and coffee in Union Station
  • No java jive: Parisi Brothers is serving sweets, sandwiches and coffee in Union Station

Now that the Kansas City-based Roasterie has gotten into the restaurant business, it only made sense for its longtime local competitor, Parisi Artisan Coffee, to brew up a coffee-and-food concept of its own. Yesterday, Paris Brothers Specialty Foods — the owners of the Parisi Coffee line — opened the Parisi Cafe in the Grand Hall of Union Station. It's a sleek, beautiful space with a wrap-around coffee bar designed and built in Ireland, says George Guastello, president and CEO of Union Station Kansas City.

"It was built by the same firm in Ireland that oversaw the renovation of the London hotel where Kate Middleton and her family stayed before the royal wedding," says Guastello, who has become something of a royalist since Union Station presented Diana: A Celebration earlier this year.

Today, workers were installing the black awning over the entrance to the coffeehouse, which took over retail spaces previously occupied by the Segway rental shop and the Taste of Kansas City store. It's open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. (Note: Who in the hell is in Union Station at 6 p.m. on a Sunday?)

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  • Parisi Cafe opens in Union Station.

The Embarrassment to reissue debut 7-inch 'Sex Drive'

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 12:45 PM

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Taking another small step out of its unmarked grave, the Embarrassment will reissue a 7-inch of its 1980 single, Sex Drive, within the next month. The American punk reissue label Last Laugh Records will do the pressing. The B-side will be the original “Patio Set.” “We are trying to include the original cover ‘sketch’ and a promo poster that revealed more of the cover photo,” the band wrote on its Facebook page yesterday.

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Jason Whitlock decides that Yahoo! Sports investigation into Miami is dumb

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Jason Whitlock doesnt care for documentation.
  • Jason Whitlock doesn't care for documentation.
In former Star sports columnist Jason Whitlock's world, a reporter only uses a paper trail and documents out of "desperation" to make a story look credible. Oh, boy.

Whitlock, who left Kansas City last summer in either a blaze of glory or a tragic, self-indulgent implosion, depending on whether you like him or not, took to his Fox Sports column yesterday to personally attack Yahoo! Sports writer Charles Robinson. Yahoo! recently published a massive story Robinson wrote about former University of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro's claims that he gave Hurricane players all kinds of improper benefits, including paying for sexual favors, giving players cash, and taking players for rides on his yacht. Shapiro is in prison for running a $930 million Ponzi scheme.

Robinson spent 11 months researching the story, which included more than 100 hours of jailhouse interviews with Shapiro. Robinson called dozens of players Shapiro claimed to have assisted. He tracked down a forest's worth of documents and receipts, and he even got some players to admit receiving cash or perks from Shapiro. He systematically outlined the benefits that each accused player allegedly received from Shaprio, and Yahoo! broke the player profiles into separate Web pages, like this one for current K-State player Arthur Brown (he transferred from Miami).

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Crosstown Station's farewell show will be a big giant party

Crosstown Station prepares for its farewell show.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 9:59 AM

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As of October 2, it's all over for Crosstown Station. The Crossroads venue had a good, albeit too short, run, and we're sad to see it go. Happy, though, to hear news of a fine farewell show for the venue on Saturday, October 1. Lots of solid local acts on the bill, both upstairs at Press Bar and downstairs on the main stage. Bonus: The venue "needs to get rid of all this booze, so drinks will be priced as low as possible."

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  • Crosstown Station prepares for its farewell show.

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Boulevard's Nommo Dubbel is now on shelves, brewery's September beer sales benefit Joplin

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 9:58 AM

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  • Nommo Dubbel is out now.
When it comes to molasses, Kansas Citians are used to having some in their barbecue sauce. Well, now it might be going into your pint glass. The Boulevard Brewing Company's Nommo Dubbel, the latest release in the Smokestack Series, is on shelves.

The fall seasonal from Boulevard is a Belgian-style ale. It replaces the Seeyoulator Doppelbock in the local brewer's lineup. The tasting notes suggest that the Nommo Dubbel can be enjoyed with "a variety of meats and game, as well as aged and aromatic cheeses."

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K-State introduces EcoKat, a human-cat hybrid that will save the planet

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Submitted without comment, a press release and video from Kansas State introducing its new environmentally friendly mascot, EcoKat, and her partnership with the traditional mascot, Willie the Wildcat. Collectively, they will be known as the Eco-Enforcers:

Meet EcoKat, crusader of conservation and fanatic of fluorescents. The new caricature has embarked upon Kansas State University with one mission: Reduce, reuse and recycle.

Catch EcoKat at community events like Purple Power Play, visiting the local elementary schools and making other community appearances.

EcoKat, who is played by a K-State senior who auditioned for the role, is outfitted in a costume made of 90 percent repurposed materials, coming mostly from the athletics department. The department of apparel, textiles and interior design used eco-friendly dyes to get the final look, making it entirely sustainable and recyclable within K-State.

The EcoKat video idea was born from a serious call to action that morphed into a more humorous, tough-love take on environmentalism.

Willie the Wildcat was added into the equation to make the local campaign uniquely K-State.

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How important is food to your travels?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 8:30 AM

A pizza a day is part of the recommended diet in Italy.
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  • A pizza a day is part of the recommended diet in Italy.
I've had my fair share of moments when Taco Bell or one of its convection-oven brethren (I'm looking at you, rural Missouri) was the only thing open during a road trip. And there you pull your car over and just hope that the fire sauce doesn't hit you until you're done driving for the night.

So, I didn't think of myself as picky when I found myself standing in front of a "Messican restaurant" in the coastal town of Lignano, Italy, last week. I held on to that notion right up until one of my traveling companions asked if I wanted to go in and eat. I realized that I look at restaurants on vacation the way most people see cultural destinations. I reason that I have only so many meals in a town that I'm never likely to revisit, so I'm loath to waste even a single meal. My travel happiness is directly tied into what I'm eating. Is yours?

Karma Vision's new video for 'Pizza Power'

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 7:38 AM

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Oh, Karma Vision. I want an all-access pass to each one of your brains for one day. I assume I'd see lots of abstract shapes, swirling colors, exploding heads, and bouncing pizzas. Check out the band's video for "Pizza Power."

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