The AP reports that Akin's campaign has released a statement (not available online yet) calling the joke disturbing because the FBI was investigating threats he received since his infamous "legitimate rape" comments. Rove's Crossroads GPS super PAC was one of the first major Republican campaign donors to abandon Akin over his comments. They previously spent $5 million in ads supporting his campaign. The PAC has been lobbying hard to get Akin to quit the race.
"Rep. Akin faces a simple choice: Will he help Democrats hold the McCaskill seat and potentially the Senate majority by staying in the race, or will he help Republicans defeat Barack Obama's most reliable ally in the Senate by getting out?" Crossroads president and CEO Steven Law said in a statement when the PAC dumped Akin.
Megan Birdsall's band, MBird, is at the Uptown Arts Bar.
There's a one-off screening of a Fatboy Slim documentary at the Tivoli.
Nature Boys and some other bands are at Davey's Uptown.
The Conquerors and Savage Seven are at RecordBar.
Plus some other weekend picks here. Happy Labor Day weekend! No labor!
"For a few hundred dollars, we could have had a gas charbroiler and saved all this grief," Clothier says. "But you have to sacrifice some things for perfection, and I think the charcoal taste is an important part of our brand."
The space that was last used as a Cricket Wireless store will open next week as Franks.
If you're dressed like Abraham Lincoln, odds are that you're going to get a few microphones pointed in your direction. Former Missouri House Rep. George Engelbach, currently a Missouri delegate at the Republican National Convention, has been circling around news stations like a human version of "Where's Waldo" the past several days.
But it's what he said when Democracy Now began peppering him with questions about U.S. Rep. Todd Akin that makes him more than just a delegate with a unique sense of style.
For culinary history buffs, Charles Ferruzza informed me that the restaurant in the Westin Crown Center (most recently Benton's Prime Steakhouse) was called the Top of the Crown from 1971 to 1984. This is the second new eatery to open after security in Terminal B — Pork & Pickle arrived in June.
Kansas City Irish Fest celebrates its 10th anniversary this year starting tonight. Irish Fest runs through Sunday. The festivities at Crown Center Square include plenty of entertainment, loads of traditional Irish food (the Old Bag of Nails Pub and Hamish Kitchen deserve a visit) and two different tastings: Irish whiskey ($15 in advance, $20 at the gate) and a Boulevard Smokestack Series tasting ($10 for four samples). A single-day ticket costs $10 in advance or $15 at the gate, while a weekend pass is $25.
Police received a shots-fired call at 32nd and College around 11:51 p.m. Officers found Pernell, 24, and Taylor, 29, suffering from gunshot wounds. One died at the scene. The other was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. A third man was shot but suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He sought help at a fire station at Linwood and Indiana.
A once-familiar face in Kansas City's culinary scene, chef Marshall Roth (who was the executive chef at the Hollywood Casino's Final Cut steakhouse before moving to Wichita last March) will be in Kansas City for a visit next month. Roth will be attending the September 13 grand opening of the new Ambassador Hotel at 1111 Grand. This week, Roth joined the Tulsa-based boutique hotel chain's family.
Roth, who has spent the last six months working as executive chef at the Hawker Beechcraft Global Delivery Center in Wichita, was hired to be executive chef for the new Ambassador Hotel in Wichita. Like the Kansas City property in the old Gate City Bank Building, the Wichita Ambassador Hotel — slated to open in December — is a boutique lodging venue in a historic downtown building (the former Henry's Men's Clothing Store at 420 East Douglas). Roth will oversee the kitchen at the uncompleted hotel's Siena Tuscan Steakhouse.
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