Friday, October 29, 2010

Kevin Yoder took a hard line on those who refused breath tests -- until he refused one

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 4:30 PM

To breathe, or not to breathe?
  • To breathe, or not to breathe?

Congressional candidate Kevin Yoder says it's OK to refuse a breath test when you're pulled over by police. That's because he did it last year. But, in typical Yoder fashion, you can add his position on BAC tests to the long list of things he's conveniently changed his mind about.

In a 2006 special judiciary committee meeting, state Rep. Yoder was among those present who voted to double the sentence for people who refused to take the BAC test.

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Jonathan D. White, fired Joplin police officer, marries 17-year-old girlfriend and beats nude picture charges

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 4:00 PM

In Missouri, if you marry her, those videos become legal.
  • In Missouri, if you marry her, those videos become legal.

A fired Joplin police officer found a way to beat charges of possessing nude photos and videos of his 17-year-old girlfriend: Marry her.

That's exactly what Jonathan D. White did and prosecutors were forced to drop the charges due to "spousal privilege." See, the teen bride cannot be forced to testify against her husband. 

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Josh Hoffine's photos prove some Kansas Citians can be intentionally scary

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 3:30 PM

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Hopefully we all honor the specter of Halloween this weekend, but there are a few special souls like photographer Josh Hoffine who keep a jack-o-lantern lit in their hearts all year round, and who's featured in this month's issue of Fangoria magazine.

It's like being in the New Yorker except in their magazine Freddy Krueger is a far more important artist than Irwin Shaw.

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What the hell is 'fast casual,' anyway?

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 3:26 PM

New Denny's concept: service out, counters in
  • New Denny's concept: service out, counters in

Yesterday, the Spartanburg, South-Carolina-based Denny's restaurant chain opened its first fast-casual unit in Orange, California. The restaurant's corporate office describes this new restaurant concept, called Denny's Cafe, as "a smaller version of the traditional Denny's experience that caters to guests with a more streamlined menu, counter service ordering and a smaller real estate footprint."

So what exactly is the definition of a fast-casual restaurant?


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Brian Euston death: Police 'may have gotten a key clue' in mysterious death

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 3:00 PM

A memorial to Brian Euston has been set up in Westport.
  • A memorial to Brian Euston has been set up in Westport.

The Kansas City Star ran a big story on the life and mysterious death of Brian Euston, the 24-year-old who was found with a head injury at Mill Street and Westport

Roada couple of weeks ago. No one's sure what caused the injury that would later take Euston's life. But we may soon find out.

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Richard Simmons tells you how to eat in Overland Park next week

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Richard Simmons screams next Friday.
  • Richard Simmons screams next Friday.

One of the big celebrity draws for next weekend's Hen House Holiday Celebration at the Overland Park Convention Center will be Milton Teagle Simmons. Milton is better known as pixieish weight-loss superstar Richard Simmons. That's right: the infomercial tycoon who sells videos, DVDs, books and the infamous 6-quart food steamer.

The other celebrities scheduled to appear during the three-day event include TV personality Anne Peterson, "fish consultant" Gary Puetz and the Purina Incredible Dog Team. Several local chefs will also offer cooking demonstrations.

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This Halloween, Environment Missouri wants you to fear... water!

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 2:30 PM

YOU KNOW YOU MISSED ME.
  • YOU KNOW YOU MISSED ME.

You can always count on advocacy groups to issue bummer press releases the week of Halloween that start off like, "You think ghosts and goblins are scary? Well, have you ever thought about the chemicals that are sprayed on your broccoli?"

Environment Missouri knows what time it is, so it's posted a list of the Top Ten Frightening Facts About the Missouri River on its website. Some of those frightening facts are reminiscent of our feature story with the poop monster on the cover. (Which gives me an excuse to post his picture again!)

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Jack in the Box springs into action Monday

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Jack Box, CEO.
  • Jack Box, CEO.

The wait is almost over for Kansas City's fast-food connoisseurs --

we're less than 72 hours from having a Jack in the Box. Located at 211 South 18th Street, in the Prescott Shopping Center, the restaurant

is set to open for business at 9 a.m. Monday, November 1.

When Fat City recently asked, "Why does Kansas City love Jack in the Box

so much?," reader Emily commented that it was "the crazy menu with so

many different things." And it is a weird menu -- alongside the usual fast-food

suspects -- burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries -- Jack in the Box has egg

rolls, grilled pastrami sandwiches and mini funnel cakes. Not to mention

those tacos, which are said to be as cravable as White Castle sliders.


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What's Poppin' Off: Ozzy Osbourne, Jackyl

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Whack-ass trivia: Landmark decisions in entertainment law, McCollum vs. CBS and Waller vs. Osbourne proved that Ozzy Osbourne's lyrics to "Suicide Solution" did not directly contribute to the separate suicides of teens John McCollum in 1986 and Michael Waller in 1991.

At the height of his drug addiction, Ozzy shot all his cats, but saved the pooches.
  • At the height of his drug addiction, Ozzy shot all his cats, but saved the pooches.

We don't know if the fifth track on Blizzard of Ozz will be on Ozzy's setlist when he performs at the Sprint Center on Saturday, January 22. Tickets are completely affordable: $28.50, $44 and $74. Slash will be joining the Prince of Darkness on stage.

This past July, the chainsaw-playing, Full Throttle Saloon regular, Jesse James Dupree debuted his remake of "Just Like a Negro" on his homie's - 98.9 The Rock's Johnny Dare - morning show.

Now, before you go saying, "Das racist!" check out the filming of the video, done in KC. You'll see Dupree and the rest of his butt-rock crew are accompanied by Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels (around 2:45). Jackyl, D.M.C. and the Nigel Dupree Band will be at the Midland on Wednesday, November 24. Tickets are $9.89.

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Five Kansas City haunts that deserve a visit from TV's ghost hunters

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Sorry, you can't check for EVP at Bob's anymore.
  • Sorry, you can't check for EVP at Bob's anymore.

Damn near every cable channel has a ghost hunting show. Ghost Hunters is SyFy's version. There's A&E's Paranormal State, and the Travel channel's Ghost Adventures. Even Animal Planet has The Haunted, which, I am sad to report, is not about ghost puppies. Five bucks says next season, MTV dumps the cast of Jersey Shore off at the Stanley Hotel.

Two of Kansas City's most likely locales for an undead infestation have already been demolished. Serial killer Bob Berdella's house met the wrecking ball in 1993. Colonel Swope's mansion in Independence, where three members of the Swope household were allegedly poisoned, was torn down in 1960.

But that's OK -- KC has plenty of restless spirits for investigators to harass.

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