When the Dark Horse Tavern closed up a couple of weeks ago, it also meant the end of Torre's Pizza - the polarizing pie shop that operated out of the bar's kitchen. (We spoke highly of the joint in our epic pizza issue in March.) Fear not, Torre's devotees. You can still get the exact same menu (and even call the same number to order: 816-931-3663), just under a new name.
Owner Andy Skeen has rebranded his pizza operation as Downtown Pizza and moved into the kitchen at downtown gay bar Social (1118 McGee). "They [Social's owners] were real good customers of mine when I ran Torre's," Skeen says. "So they offered me the space."
"This decision was based entirely on my family and has nothing to do with Kansas State, basketball or the coaching staff," Rodriguez said in a statement released by the university. "It's unfortunate after the year we just had, but I just feel right now this is the best thing for me and my family."
High originally told police that Lili was at his house when Tami Lamkins, a friend of the girl's mother, came by for a visit. He said he had been getting Lili ready for bed and briefly left the child with Lamkins in the living room. He claimed that Lamkins (who is referred to by her alias, Tami Kelley, in previous news reports) took Lili and fled in Lamkins' car. Authorities issued an Amber Alert.
SoftBank, the Japanese telecom that thought it was all set to buy 70 percent of Sprint, is trying to act unfazed by yesterday's surprise news that satellite TV company Dish offered $25.5 billion in cash and stock to buy the Overland Park-based company.
Dish, which upped SoftBank's offer, said that if it acquired Sprint, it would be capable of offering TV, Internet service and phone to customers at home and away from home. Tuesday, SoftBank released a statement basically saying, "Pshh. Whatever, Dish. We called dibs." The company said it still plans on completing the transaction July 1.
Jackie Robinson wore No. 42 when he played 10 seasons for the Brooklyn Dodgers. (Today is Jackie Robinson Day, when every MLB player wears the long-retired number on his jersey, in tribute to Robinson.) And that number is the title of the new Robinson biopic, which opened in theaters Friday and took in $27 million over the weekend to get to first place at the box office.
Though 42 wasn't shot in KC, the movie recalls Robinson's time with the Kansas City Monarchs, a dominant Negro Leagues team, before he joined the major league on April 15, 1947. So a mix of Hall of Fame players, Hollywood names (including 42 top-liner Harrison Ford) and local big shots came out for a red-carpet premiere at the AMC BarryWoods 24. The event was a fundraiser for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and The Pitch was there to see stars Chadwick Boseman (who plays Robinson), Ford (who plays Dodgers GM Branch Rickey) and Andre Holland (Wendell Smith, the first African-American journalist allowed into major-league press boxes). That's Boseman and Ford at right; video after the jump.
A pair of tax policy wonks on both ends of the political spectrum met in the middle in an analysis of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's tax plan; it's a bad idea, both say.
Governing Magazine, a publication favored by government bureaucrats, published the thoughts of right-leaning Joe Henchman of the Tax Foundation and Nick Johnson of the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, who agreed that Kansas' tax-reform plan was the worst that passed any state's legislature in the last year.
Last October, Sprint announced that Japanese mobile-phone giant SoftBank planned to acquire 70 percent of the Overland Park-based cellphone company. Today, satellite TV company Dish threw a wrench in things when it announced that it wants to buy Sprint for $25.5 billion.
Dish CEO Charles Ergen told The Wall Street Journal that if his company picks up the nation's third-largest cell provider, his company could provide customers with video, high-speed Internet and voice service both at subscribers' homes and away from home.
The breeding suggests that genetics play a role in how motivated the rats are, and it could be indicative of genetic laziness in humans. "We have shown that it is possible to be genetically predisposed to being lazy," Booth said in a statement announcing the study's publication.
Producer Daniel Dreifuss, who was born in Scotland and raised in Brazil but graduated as an exchange student from Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri, helped secure international backing for the project. The 2007 American Film Institute graduate returned to Columbia last month to present No at the True/False Film Festival. After the fest, The Pitch spoke with him by phone; he was in Los Angeles, where he has lived for the past decade. Our interview after the jump.
The Fox, one of the oldest gay bars in the Kansas City metro (and the only one in Johnson County), at 7520 Shawnee Mission Parkway, will unplug the pinball machine, cover up the pool tables, and lock the doors for the last time on Sunday, April 21.
The 30-year-old saloon - located in an unassuming Overland Park shopping strip - has been owned for the last six years by Tim Abbott and his partner, Bernardo: "Just refer to me in your story as Bernardo," he says. "That's how everyone knows me." (It's his last name, by the way.)
""Why are we closing? It's a personal matter. Our lease was up on May 1, and even though we've put a lot of money and committment into this place, we're done. We're trying to sell it, but we can't keep going on the way we have. We're going to walk away while we can."
The Fox opened in 1978 as the Bullpen. Butch Gregory, the son of that operation's owner, turned it into the gay-friendly the Fox five years later. The bar's "mascot," a stuffed fox, was given to Gregory by the owner of an older gay bar called the Dover Fox, at 44th Street and Main, in Kansas City; the Dover Fox closed in the 1980s.
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