Monday, November 30, 2009

Killa City: Manuel Alejandro Cardenas-Castro charged with killing Beatriz Castro-Telles

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Manuel Alejandro Cardenas-Castro
  • Manuel Alejandro Cardenas-Castro

Wyandotte County prosecutors charged Manuel Alejandro Cardenas-Castro, 59, with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Beatriz Castro-Telles on November 28.

WyCo prosecutors say Castro-Telles was found dead in  the 300 block of South Ferree.

Cardenas-Castro is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond.

Castro-Telles death was KCK's 37th homicide of 2009.

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Former Columbia, Mo. official charged in death of wife and kids

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 3:30 PM

James Kraig Kahler after an arrest in March 2009.
  • James Kraig Kahler after an arrest in March 2009.

James Kraig Kahler, Columbia's former water department director, was arrested in rural Kansas yesterday and charged with capital murder in the deaths of his ex-wife Karen, 44, and daughters Emily, 18, and Lauren, 16, according to a spokesperson from the District Court of Osage County, Kansas.

James Kahler, 46, is also charged with the attempted capital murder and aggravated burglary of Dorothy Wight, 89, Karen Kahler's grandmother. Wight is in critical condition from gunshot wounds in connection with the alleged attack.

According to initial reports in the Topeka Capital-Journal, police responded to reports of gunshots in a home outside Burlingame, Kansas, at about 6 p.m. on Friday night. They reportedly found four people shot. One was pronounced dead at the scene, two others later died at an area hospital.

According to news reports, James Kahler and his ex-wife were preparing to litigate custody of the couple's children. James Kahler also had a third-degree domestic assault charge pending in Columbia from an alleged incident in March 2009. Case.Net says he was supposed to stand trial on Wednesday. He was free on a $1,000 bond. Karen Kahler also sought a protective order from James Kahler in March 2009, but the request was later dropped, according to Case.Net.

The Death Penalty Defense Unit has been assigned to Kahler's case. His bail was set at $10 million. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 10.

Friends of Lauren Kahler have started a Facebook tribute site in her memory, which includes this video. On Lauren Kahler's MySpace page, she writes:

Hi. Im Lola. And welcome to my profile!!! WOO!. Anywho, Im 16 and I live in Missouri. Moved from Texas about a year ago. Hardest thing a person will ever have to go through. Along with that, my parents are getting a divorce and its prety damn messy.

On Emily Kahler's MySpace page, she writes about how she loves playing the drums and promotes her and Lauren's band, DaZe Off.

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The best post-Thanksgiving savings are tomorrow's free HIV screenings

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 2:30 PM


Tomorrow is World Aids Day, which means it's a good day to go get yourself tested.

There's plenty of free screenings, so there's no reason not to get tested if you don't know your HIV-status.

On the Kansas side, the Unified Government Public Health Department has scheduled free HIV testing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is needed, just go to 6th and Ann Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas.

In KCMO, free, confidential, walk-in screenings are scheduled for
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in a private section of the Health Department's atrium at 2400 Troost Avenue.

If you think you don't need a test, you should consider some facts about the metro's STD rate.

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Incoming: Fang at the Jackpot, December 12

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Fang is a band that's probably better-known for the fact that their frontman Sammytown (formerly Sam McBride) spent six years in prison than anything they've actually recorded.


Now, that's not to say that Fang doesn't deserve the "punk legends" tag they've got on that flier. "The Money Will Roll Right In" off their debut LP Landshark is a classic, covered by the likes of Nirvana and Mudhoney. They had a song on Not So Quiet on the Western Front, which is one of those classic comps from the early '80s, right alongside other collections like Let Then Eat Jellybeans, Nardcore and Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In.

This show is just about the perfect storm of punk rock awesomeness. You've got early '80s punk rock with Fang, the recently reformed Sex Offenders repping the '90s, the Hopeless Destroyers being the current band, and Dirty Dawgs 101 bridging the gap from '80s to now.

This show got moved from a loft in KC to the Jackpot, so if you were planning on seeing it there, you might want to allow a little drive time. It's only $5, and has to be over by 10 p.m., so you could still make it back to Kansas City in time to catch another show. It's the sort of show that's worth the mileage.

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Will Chiefs turn to Charlie Weis once he's fired by pope?

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 1:30 PM


When the NFL season ends, and the Chiefs put a button on three consecutive losing seasons, rookie head coach Todd Haley will surely reconsider his decision to take on the duties of offensive coordinator. (Algebra for Haley to consider: Handing off the laminated play card = More time to yell at people.)

Should Haley decide to delegate the play calling in 2010, Sports Illustrated writer Peter King speculates that rotund, soon-to-be-fired Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis is a candidate to fill the role. Weis was the offensive coordinator under Bill Belichick in New England prior to coaching in the shadow of Touchdown Jesus.

King writes:

The Chiefs don't have a coordinator in the wake of the midseason departure of Chan Gailey. GM Scott Pioli and Weis worked together with the Jets and Pats. Not sure if Todd Haley and Weis, both strong personalities, would be oil and water.
Oil and water? We were thinking Jake and the Fatman. But OK.

(Image via Flickr: Kiester7)

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More sophisticated drinking games

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 1:00 PM


Anybody can play quarters or kings, but when was the last time you had a real mental challenge while drinking?

Puzzle Time Wine was one of the first to offer up a different kind of drinking game,  making its mark almost five years ago at Trader Joe's with a interactive wine label that doubled as a crossword puzzle. (After a few glasses it was harder figuring out how to write on a curved surface than actually solving the puzzle.)

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Let's bring back the lunch box

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM


When the Ulterior Epicure remembered a childhood metal lunchbox featuring the cast and crew of The Dukes of Hazzard, it seemed to raise a good point about whether we have let the practical demands of bringing our lunch to work take away some of the joy we once felt sitting down at cafeteria tables and snapping open our decorated boxes.

It makes sense that, once we started packing our own lunches, it's anticlimatic to open a lunchbox. Without the element of surprise -- namely the possibility of a treasured dessert -- there is only the certain reality of leftovers. And if you're bringing your own lunch to save money, it can transform the mid-day meal in the same way having to shovel your own driveway changes the way you look at the first snow of the season.

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Download (Pretty) Girls & Lasers' Latest Mix

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM

(Pretty) Girls & Lasers is a DJ duo from New York City, made up of Jack McCloy and Levi McDonough. They've got a name that sums up why you'd want to go see them in a nice little package: girls (that are pretty, and ostensibly dancing) and lasers.

Oh, and beats. Which makes girls dance, and watching girls dance to, well, dance music is a pretty fun way to spend an evening. If the girls won't dance with you, there's always the lasers to watch, right?


Their new mix just hit over the weekend, and like their other mixes, this one is as follows:

Mostly upbeat synthpop and light electro with a focus on fun, danceable tunes and high-quality mixes. We also threw in a couple of dance-funk tracks that we've been digging on lately. As usual, we made minor (and a couple not-so-minor) re-edits on most of the tracks so that they would fit with our style.

It's a nice little mix, and would be well-suited to any upcoming holiday parties you might be hosting. Throw this on, and you'll have all the hipsters in your area wondering how you got so hip yourself.

MP3: Late 2009 Mix, Part One

MP3: Late 2009 Mix, Part Two

Track listing after the jump.

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Man shoots TV in Wichita ... Elvis, is that you?

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM


A man shot his TV in Wichita, and I gotta ask, was it Elvis?

My thoughts immediately turned to The King when I heard the story. I doubt Robert Goulet was on the screen this time.

The Wichita Eagle reports that police confiscated the man's guns after he made suicidal comments. Aww. Now it's just sad. Here's your Simpsons pick me up.

"Aww, this show ain't no good." Bang.

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LJ finds feet, runs 107 yards as a Bengal

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Larry Johnson ran for 107 yards for the Bengals on Sunday.
  • Larry Johnson ran for 107 yards for the Bengals on Sunday.

What is it with former Kansas City pro sports players putting up great numbers as soon as they sign with other teams?

In his second game since being released by the Chiefs and signing with the Cincinnati Bengals, Larry

Johnson ran for 107 yards in the

Bengals' 16-7 win over the Browns. Johnson averaged 4.9 yards per carry on Sunday (he averaged 2.9 yards as a Chief). So much for LJ being "fourth string."

Johnson's talents re-emerged as soon as he tore off his KC jersey, following in the grand tradition set forth by athletes like Carlos Beltran (former Royal, traded to Houston, currently with the Mets), Johnny Damon (former Royal, traded to the A's, currently a Yankee) and Jared Allen (former Chief, current Viking and leading the NFL in sacks -- though he played well here, too).

In other former-Chiefs news, Amani Toomer, the veteran New York Giants wide receiver who signed on with the Chiefs only to be cut by the team after one month, told that playing in Kansas City "felt like it wasn't pro football to me."

At this stage of his career, Toomer probably doesn't know what pro football looks like anymore. Meanwhile, LJ is starting to remember.

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