Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Man shot and killed Tuesday night takes Kansas City, Missouri's 2011 homicide total to 114

Posted By on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Kevin Thomason was killed Tuesday night.
  • Kevin Thomason was killed Tuesday night.
This week's Pitch feature story looks back at homicides in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2011 (read it here). When we went to press, there were 113 homicides. Last night, Kansas City, Missouri's 2011 homicide total increased to 114.

A man was found mortally wounded in a driveway at East 68th Street and Bales around 11:30 p.m. The shooting victim was rushed to a local hospital, where he died a short time later. The victim is described as a white male in his mid-30s. UPDATE: The victim has been identified as 37-year-old Kevin Thomason. Police say there are no suspects in custody but detectives are following several good leads.

At last word, detectives were interviewing other people involved in a disturbance. If you have info, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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Kansas City's most appalling restrooms, the 2011 version

The johns you don't want to visit in the city.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Not Sarajevo -- KCK.
  • Not Sarajevo — KCK.
The Café and Music sections this week are chockablock with tales of restaurants and nightlife establishments shuttering. But it’s not all doom and gloom out there. These local watering holes are still in business, despite housing disgusting restroom accommodations. If they can make it in this town, hope is still alive!

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  • The johns you don't want to visit in the city.

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Kansas City has an anger problem

Posted By on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Kansas City crooks know no limits.
  • Kansas City crooks know no limits.
It’s time to let go of the rage, Kansas City.

Today’s cautionary tale of anger is likely as much about pride as the $170 that put the lives of five people at risk. The Kansas City Star has the tale of an alleged robbery yesterday that led to a car accident that led to a car theft. It’s the horrible adult version of the nursery rhyme about swallowing a spider.

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Download Bloodbirds' Night Recordings, a new project from Mike Tuley

Posted By on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 10:56 AM

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We've given up trying to keep track of the bands Mike Tuley's been in. Madd Scientists, Or Die Trying, Short Bus Kids, Hairy Belafonte, Ad Astra Per Aspera, Ad Astra Arkestra — the list goes on and on and now includes a new band, Bloodbirds, which just released its first cassette. You can download four tracks of ruminating post-punk, Night Recordings, via Mediafire.

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The Alabama Crimson Tide will roll into Columbia in 2012 to face the Missouri Tigers

Posted By on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 10:54 AM

The Tide rolls into Columbia in 2012.
  • The Tide rolls into Columbia in 2012.
Fresh off an Independence Bowl win, the Missouri Tigers football team is staring down next year's schedule as a member of the SEC. Earlier today, we found out Mizzou's schedule, which may include playing the National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide (should they beat LSU on January 9).

Here's Mizzou's schedule:

September 8 vs. Georgia (UGA leads the series 1-0)
September 15 vs. Arizona State in a non-conference game (series tied 3-3)
September 22 @ South Carolina (Mizzou leads the series 2-0)
October 6 vs. Vanderbilt (Mizzou leads the series 2-1-1)
October 13 vs. Alabama (Mizzou leads the series 2-1)
October 27 vs. Kentucky (UK leads the series 2-1)
November 3 @ Florida (Mizzou leads 1-0)
November 10 @ Tennessee (first meeting)
November 24 @ Texas A&M (A&M leads 7-5)

Survive this schedule and Truman the Tiger can break another bowl trophy.

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Magical Meatball Tour launches new meatball menu at Czar in January

Posted By on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 10:30 AM

The January forecast includes some meatballs.
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  • The January forecast includes some meatballs.
The Magical Meatball Tour is bringing its act downtown, courtesy of a new partnership with Czar (1531 Grand). The Crossroads bar will have a weekend meatball menu with five sandwiches and two appetizers available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, beginning Thursday, January 5. And just as in the food truck, the flavors will be anything but conventional, including options like the Green Balls (vegetarian chickpea and walnut balls with cucumber yogurt dressing) and Chorizo Gusher Balls (chorizo meatballs with candy fruit gushers baked inside).

Fat City caught up with Venus Van Horn, who owns and operates the MMT with her partner, Ceasar Reyes, to learn about the new collaboration with Czar.

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The Olive Garden Conundrum

Posted By on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 9:30 AM

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Restaurants that thrive face the same challenges as successful bands — you've got to keep cranking out the same hits night after night or else you'll hear it from the audience. The Wall Street Journal beautifully captures the challenge faced by Olive Garden every time it attempts to alter its menu. The idea is that a chain built for the common man can't suddenly get all fancy on that common man and serve things like, say, gnocchi. In other words, how do you remake your dishes without making it seem like you're rocking the gravy boat?

So, when it comes to dishes that are a mishmash, rehash of the same basic ingredients (pick sauce, cheese and "soft" pasta), it's a diner or chef question. Are the fat and sugar cravings of Olive Garden's diners really driving the future of chain food? Or are the Friday night diners not being given enough credit because of the (potentially insulting but quite possibly true) assumption by corporate chefs and marketers that eaters aren't ready for dramatic changes?

The things you don't want to hear over the drive-through speaker

Posted By on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Even God is not getting this window open any faster.
  • Even God is not getting this window open any faster.
Communication over a drive-through speaker is at best as irritating as trying to walk your parents through a technology failure over the phone. At its worst, it morphs into something between a sitcom moment and the reason you've got new high blood pressure medication. I've been through enough drive-through lines to understand that a short line doesn't mean you'll be out of the parking lot in a short amount of time. But at 10:15 a.m. yesterday, I heard two things that did not bode well for my coffee order at the new Dunkin' Donuts on Wornall.

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The Pitch Questionnaire with CBS Sports NBA blogger Matt Moore

The hoops wordsmith talks treacherous intersections and binge TV watching.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 6:00 AM

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Name: Matt Moore

Occupation: Senior blogger, CBSSports.com

Hometown: Harrison, Arkansas

Current neighborhood: Waldo

What is your sidekick? Definitely my trusty, two-keys-missing, beaten-to-crap keyboard.

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Definitely a teacher. A terrible, often-mocked, bearded teacher.

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  • The hoops wordsmith talks treacherous intersections and binge TV watching.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Soul (Food) Survivors

Posted By on Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Yes, some people do think that the DelHis Buffet serves Indian cuisine -- bit it doesnt.
  • Yes, some people do think that DelHi's Buffet serves Indian cuisine — but it doesn't.

I was unhappy about all the restaurants that closed in Kansas City in 2011 but particularly the end of the beloved Peachtree Buffet — the original venue on Eastwood Trafficway — one of the finest examples of Southern cooking in the metro and a real bargain to boot. (The Willis family, who operated the buffet, has opened a new sit-down restaurant in the same complex serving, by most accounts, the same tasty cuisine.)

But the metro isn't without soul-food restaurants and buffets. There's the fabulous Papa Lew's Soul Delicious at 2128 East 12th Street. And a new discovery — to me, anyway — that frequent Fat City commenter Dillo suggested that I visit: DelHi's Southern Cuisine Buffet at 8055 State Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas.

The restaurant, owned by a quartet of friends, including Edna and Linton Donnell, has operated in a strip center on State Avenue for the last two years, serving lunch and dinner in a dining room painted the color of raspberry sherbet. It serves a slightly more elaborate array of soul-food specialties than Papa Lew's, and everything I tasted was delicious.

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