City communications officer Dennis Gagnon said the reason the city chose Friday to evict the occupiers is simple: Summer is coming. "When you see that the weather has warmed up, it's time to get things seeded, it's time to get things ready to go. We couldn't put it off any longer," he said, as a man broke down his tent a few yards away.
"The parks are booked for lots of things," he added. "If you take a look at the grass and things like that, they need a little bit of time to get some grass seed growing and get things back into shape."
The population of the encampment had dropped in the last couple of months, down from more than 60 residents when The Pitch wrote about it last November. Gagnon estimated that when police showed up today, there no more than five people in the tents.
Earlier this week, Occupy KC protesters said they believed that they were the longest surviving Occupy encampment in the country, having stood for 182 days.
In a bar last night, I caught a server on an off night. The table next to mine walked out before they were even served, tired of waiting for a beer, and our table had a lot of trouble getting the check when it was time to leave. There may be no more frustrating feeling than trying to make eye contact with a server, who seems to look everywhere but your table. That said, I had a beer when I needed it and was content to wait because I was catching up with friends I hadn't seen in some time.
I left a fine tip, but it got me to thinking: When is it OK to leave a really bad tip?
And now it would seem that we can't escape bacon, even in death. Perhaps it's only fitting that something that brings our end closer can now be closer to those who love it so. Boing Boing has the story of the bacon coffin. I'm officially calling it. This is the death of the bacon trend. Time of death: 10:15 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2012. If you'll excuse me, I want to tell its family - the shoulder and rump - what has happened.
She approaches the region's unique relationship with fire by weaving together first-person accounts over the last six centuries, from the Native Americans to Little House on the Prairie. Courtwright is giving a talk at the Central Branch (14 W. 10th St.) of the Kansas City Public Library at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1.
Fat City has tried to find out all the different restaurant venues where the Easter Bunny - or a reasonable facsimile - might be appearing on Easter Sunday, but the only definitive confirmed appearance will be from 9 to 10 a.m. at Powell Gardens, which is hosting a "Breakfast with the Easter Bunny" featuring a Chris Cakes breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee. (The price for breakfast, including Garden admission, is $16 for adults or $9 for Powell Gardens members. The price for children, including breakfast, admission and the Easter Egg Hunt, is $9.25 for members and $11.25 for nonmembers.)
Alas, there will be no costumed Easter Bunny greeting the youngsters at the most expensive Easter brunch in Kansas City: the decadent buffet hosted by the Capital Grille (4740 Jefferson on the Country Club Plaza, 816-531-8345). For $46 per adult and $18 for children (kids under age 5 eat free), the restaurant will lay out a spread that features a breakfast station, raw seafood station, a carving station and a dessert bar. The choices range from citus-glazed salmon, roasted kona tenderloin, smoked turkey, oysters on the half shell to scrambled eggs and french toast with berries. There will be menu-only brunch items as well, including a lobster eggs Benedict. Reservations are required.
Metcalf was in the news last August, when the city recovered 153 cats from the same home. A decade ago, Animal Control officers in Liberty found 94 living cats, as well as a refrigerator filled with their dead breathren, at a home occupied by Metcalf. She has not been cited in the latest incident, but she is still facing animal-abuse charges from the intervention last summer.
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