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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Ikea: I shopped there once, and it wasn't a big deal

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 3:03 PM

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Back in 2012, when I was working as the real-estate reporter for the Kansas City Business Journal, I got a tip that Ikea was snooping around town looking for a location.

I told my editor about it, and his eyes lit up. He said that "Ikea" was a common search term popping up on the newspaper's online archive, which made him wonder whether something was afoot locally with Ikea.

So I made some calls, sifted through some documents and came away fairly certain that Ikea would land in Merriam, despite the company's backpedaling away from my inquiries about the matter. A few months later, the Swedish furniture retailer announced that it would build one of its monstrous blue cubes in Merriam off Interstate 35 and Johnson Drive.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Help wanted: The Pitch is hiring a clubs editor

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Don't worry, we'll clean up the last editor's cubicle.
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Did you know the song numbers in the Dave's Stagecoach jukebox (R.I.P.) by heart? Can you explain the allure of Kona Grill as vigorously and accurately as you can the Riot Room? Can you drink on someone else's dime but not get so hammered that you leave your notebook on the back of the toilet?

If yes, we may have a job for you. Or you may have a drinking problem. Read on to find out which!

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hey, servers: outsource yourselves!

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Have pad, will travel...
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Have pad, will travel...
An editorial in today's New York Times asks: "Are there jobs that can't be outsourced?"

Well, yes: service jobs, like cooks, waiters, waitresses and bartenders. I mean, I suppose Applebee's could arrange to have a line cook in New Delhi prepare provolone-stuffed meatballs with fettuccine for a customer in Lee's Summit, but that customer might have a long wait.

But then, while trolling the Internet, I discovered that there are many restaurants outside the United States advertising for American servers (like this one-month contract for a venue in Greece). It's reverse outsourcing!

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

New species of giant, carnivorous plant discovered

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 9:45 AM

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At one end of the spectrum is seed packets for starting your home garden. Clear at the other end lies the pitcher plant -- a species of carnivorous plant recently discovered in a mountain region of the Philippines.

First spotted by Christian missionaries in 2000, this plant is so large that it can capture insects and animals as big as rats. Its leaves form a tube, trapping an animal that gets too curious at the base.

Pitcher plants are the largest and most colorful carnivorous plants -- although you're probably more familiar with the venus fly trap, which captures insects by snapping together quickly in response to a touch or vibration against a leaf.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

We interrupt Fat City...

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 4:02 PM

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...to bring you the following announcement:

We are looking for another Fat City blogger. This is a part-time job that requires several hours a week not just eating and writing but also reporting. If you think you can keep up with Ferruzza and Morris, send a cover letter, a resume and three writing samples here. (Warning: Don't call.)

OK, back to reading.

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