Friday, April 30, 2010

Band of Horses' "NW Apt." kicks up the pace

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Band of Horses' new album, Infinite Arms has yet to be fully reviewed anywhere, but buzz seems to be good. The band is wholeheartedly an NPR kind of indie act, but while that means they're not exactly adventurous, they're still solid. This new video, for "NW Apt.," brings a little energy to a band that's known for being rather mellow and sedate.

NW Apt.

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Body found in burning vehicle in KCK. Police investigating homicide

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 6:49 AM

A body discovered in a burning car in the 2200 block of State Line Road around 1:38 a.m. has launched a homicide investigation in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Firefighters in KCK were trying to extinguish the vehicle fire when a body was found inside the vehicle. The victim's name has not been released, yet.

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Man fatally shot in the 8500 block of 108th Street

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 6:40 AM


Kansas City police are investigating a homicide in an apartment in the 8500 block of 108th Street.

Police responded to a shooting around 12:46 a.m. and found a black man in his twenties dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

Kansas City, Missouri's homicide count now stands at 36 for 2010.

If you have any information about this homicide, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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What to do this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 6:00 AM

1. Stroll through Brookside during the cutesy shopping district's yearly art fair. The Brookside Art Annual kicks off today at 5 p.m. and lasts through Sunday.

2. Consider the pros and cons of getting a weave. And Her Hair Went With Her brings African American, female salon talk to the Unicorn Theatre, on stage through May 5.

3. Bet on a winner. The Kentucky Derby happens in Louisville, Kentucky, this Saturday. For those of us who can't be there to smell the horseshit, gerbils will race at Tower Tavern during the 2 to 7 p.m. Derby Day festivities.

4. Take in an old classic. Katherine Hepburn breaks hearts in black and white in The Philadelphia Story, screening Saturday and Sunday at the Tivoli Cinemas.

5. Have a history lesson. Sunday is Founders Day at the Kansas City Museum, which means the usual lessons about the local past coincide with family friendly games, entertainment and cookies.

6. Have beer and pizza with Pitch food blogger Jonathan Bender.

He'll be at Waldo Pizza's Tap

Room on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. to talk about his new book LEGO:

A Love Story.

For more ways to wile away the weekend hours, see The Pitch events calendar.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Memo to Sprint employees: Don't be a hero

Posted By on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 4:00 PM

If you steal from this store, no one from Sprint will chase you
  • If you steal from this store, no one from Sprint will chase you

Yesterday, our sister paper in Denver reported an incident in which two Sprint outlet store employees were fired for chasing down a shoplifter from the Apple store in Denver's Cherry Creek Shopping Center.

Mike McGee and Paul Shoemaker were on their break on April 16 when they heard a security guard yell, "Somebody stop that guy!"

The Sprint employees saw a kid running with something wrapped in a black fleece, "like a football." They chased the guy into Macy's department store and out through doors leading to a parking garage. There, Shoemaker tackled the kid and McGee held him down until Denver police and mall security guards could take over. The alleged shoplifter had about $500 worth of stolen Apple merchandise, Westword's Michael Roberts reports.

Roberts writes:

Word soon got around about the pair's actions, and they were treated like

minor celebrities by fellow mall workers. For instance, Shoemaker says, "The

lady at the Apple Store was so thankful. And she told me, 'We've been sending

you business over the last week,' because a drive that Sprint supports works

really well with their iPad. They were telling people to come over and get it

from us."

But the pair's corporate employers frowned upon their vigilante heroism.

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The First Annual Lawrence/KC Air Guitar Championship at the Jackpot, May 5

Posted By on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Be like this man.
  • Be like this man.

Think you're an air guitar bad-ass on par with "Mean" Eric Melin? Well, the 2009 KC Regional U.S. Air Guitar champ has organized the first annual Lawrence/Kansas City Air Guitar Championship. While not affiliated with the USAG -- which means you're not qualifying for anything other than fabulous prizes -- it's still a chance to get up on stage and battle other faux-guitarists.

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Cynthia Davis throws her support behind day-care providers charged with child abuse

Posted By on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Is Cynthia Davis evil? Yes, she is.
  • Is Cynthia Davis evil? Yes, she is.

O'Fallon loon (and Missouri state Rep.) Cynthia Davis is dangerous.

Davis is often the butt of jokes around here. But make no mistake, Davis is powerful even if she appears folksy and dumb. As the Children and Families Committee in the Missouri Legislature, she's the gatekeeper who decides which bills get a hearing and which die in the committee. And so far, she's locked the gate on on H.B.

1534, a bill that would stop unlicensed child care providers from babysitting children while they're facing criminal charges such as child abuse.

The bill -- sponsored Rep. Linda Fischer, a Democrat from Bonne Terre -- is also called Sam Pratt's Law, named for a 3-month-old boy who died while in the care of an unlicensed day-care provider in February 2009. Pratt's autopsy report said he died from "non-accidental head trauma."

His sitter, Martha Farris, is charged with abuse of a child resulting in death and

involuntary manslaughter. Her trial is scheduled for October.

In an e-mail, Sam Pratt's aunt Amanda Thrasher tells The Pitch that in the

five-and-a-half months Farris was being investigated, she was still

babysitting other children whose parents had no way of knowing about the charges

against her. Thrasher adds that police even asked Farris to stop

babysitting, but she retained an attorney and found out there's a loophole that allows unlicensed day-care providers to keep babysitting when facing criminal charges.

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Happy Hour Hunt: Jack Gage American Tavern

Posted By on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 3:00 PM

This is a serious slider.
  • This is a serious slider.

The Place: Jack Gage American Tavern, 5301 Main Street, 816-531-4243.

The Hours: Monday to Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 10 p.m. to midnight.

The Vibe: The Double Dragon is long gone, knocked out cold by the pugilistic stylings of Jack Gage. The room has been split between the bar area with hi-top tables and a line of comfortable booths to the left of the front door. With exposed brick and black ducts and a lot of warm wood, Jack Gage is like an informal steakhouse.

On a Wednesday it was easy to get a table, although I made the mistake of sitting in the dining room before my server politely told our party that happy hour was only available in the bar area. Even though he was happy to reseat us, it's best to tell the host you're there for happy hour.

A few younger couples were mixed in among a crowd that looked to be primarily Boomer-age. Servers were attentive and engaged -- ours offered us an impromptu Spanish lesson. When one of our party knocked over a glass, three staffers sprang into action and our server brought us a new beer free of charge. Even better, she informed the table next to ours, who sat down at 5:30 p.m., that happy hour would be ending in half an hour.

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Fat waiters make diners think twice -- fact, not judgment

Posted By on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 2:00 PM

I'll take the skinny servers, please...
Even if I wanted to wait tables again -- and I don't think I could hack it anymore -- I suspect I'm now a little too chubby for that demanding profession. And even though I've been chided by Pitch readers for preferring "young, hot servers" (see the comment in response to this review), I mean, who doesn't?

A recent article on the ukmedix news blog titled "The Weight of Your Waiter Will Effect How Much You Eat" puts everything in perspective. A new study shows that "normal weight individuals who were not looking out for their diet were more likely to eat healthily when they saw the overweight waiting staff." It's this subconscious thing, you see: When an overweight waiter or waitress is taking your order, the shock of the server's girth motivates a restaurant patron to order a salad instead of the double cheeseburger.

I'm not sure that the concept has ever worked for me, but then again, the "young, hot servers" can make any patron forget that a double cheeseburger isn't healthy. I did notice that at a new gourmet burger joint in Johnson County, all the waiters and waitresses are willowy and thin.

I think I've stumbled on a sneaky new trend. Hey, cancel that order of truffle fries, will you?

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Shiprocked more ship's log than compelling narrative

Posted By on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 2:00 PM


Steve Conway's book, Shiprocked: Life On The Waves With Radio Caroline, is an odd duck. It manages to conveigh a large amount of information regarding Conway's time about the ship Ross Revenge as a DJ for the UK's Radio Caroline pirate station. However, at the same time, it really doesn't manage to evoke any sort of emotional reaction from the reader.

There was obviously a convivial atmosphere aboard the boat, as well as times of great stress and frsutration, but Conway doesn't manage to imbue any of his prose with those emotions. He says he was worried or stressed or joyous, but only once does the author actually bring those emotions through in his writing. The emotional impact comes only at the very end of the story, when the Ross Revenge's anchor chain breaks, and the ship drifts into the Goodwin Sands and is grounded.

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