Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Must see: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs at the Truman Museum

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 1:05 PM

So it's a time of reflection. Local and national media outlets are thick with year-in-review -- and, this time, decade-in-review -- lists. Mostly, such look-backs provoke a sense of "oh, yeah, that happened" before the feeling quickly passes.

A much greater emotional and intellectual challenge -- an opportunity for hardcore reflection on the past 60 years -- awaits those who venture out to the Truman Library and Museum to see Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs. Be warned: It takes courage.

Many of these pictures are famous: Joe Rosenthal's 1945 Associated Press image of soldiers raising the American flag at Iwo Jima; Robert H. Jackson's Dallas Times Herald photo of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald; the horrifying moment on a Saigon street in 1968 when the Associated Press' Edward T. Adams saw Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan hold a gun to the head of a flannel-shirt-wearing Vietcong prisoner and then squeeze the trigger, indelibly recording the facial expression of a man with a bullet ripping through his brain; Charles Porter's firefighter carrying a toddler out of the bombed federal building in Oklahoma City.

Less famous pictures also bring back important memories.

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Down the hatch: Yeti Imperial Stout

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 1:00 PM

​I don't know what abominable snowmen drink, but in my heart it's Yeti Imperial Stout from Denver's Great Divide Brewing Company.

The label says it is "untamed" and "imposing," and the nose delivers a wild punch to the senses. Malted hops come out right away as well as roasted coffee. Curiously, I even got slight whiffs of what smelled like soy sauce.

The beer pours black and heavy -- I have heard this stout compared to motor oil and I understand why. The first sip yields bold flavors of roasted malt and coffee and a dry finish. I taste chocolate in the next few sips -- each one being slightly different. This is a very smooth stout that even yielded hints of raisins or fruit as it warmed, masking the alcohol well.

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Killa City: The faces of Kansas City, Mo.'s dead

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM

They say the eyes of the dead are fixed in a thousand-yard stare -- an unblinking, unremitting gaze into the abyss instead of their own futures.

Captured in life, these faces tell small secrets about their owners. Some were fierce and defiant, burning with anger, flashing gold teeth and neck tattoos. Others wear resignation, their foreheads creased in sorrow or regret.

They died by violence in empty cars and vacant lots, or bled out, shot and alone, on the pavement. These are a few of more than 150 people lost this year in Killa City.

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A message from DJ G Train's MidWest Mix Show

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM

So, local hip hoppers -- you say you've tried all the avenues available to you to get your music out there? Perhaps not. It seems that DJ G Train's offered you one more way to get your tracks heard: podcasts.


G Train sent out the following invitation to all local emcees, DJs, and such:

I've been trying to dedicate some time each show to showcase Kansas City (and surrounding areas) artists. So, if you have something or know an artist you want to be in a mix, please send instrumental, clean, dirty and ACC of each track (or what ever you have) to And as always, artists from anywhere are always welcome to submit tracks.

Here's a link to the newest podcast.

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Travel Channel to feature Crawford County chicken joints

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 11:15 AM


The world is about to discover what a lot of people in Kansas City probably already know: There are some fantastic fried chicken restaurants in the state of Kansas.

The Morning Sun reports that the Travel Channel is coming to southeastern Kansas in mid-January to film at Chicken Annie's and Chicken Mary's in Crawford County. While the exact subject matter of the program hasn't been released, the filming schedule appears to suggest that a competition to decide which chicken restaurant is better could be possible. (The story even has a Twilight reference, suggesting you can pick sides between Team Annie and Team Mary.) 

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Blockbuster paying hefty price for being late to change

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 10:56 AM


Remember when the holiday routine included picking up videos at Blockbuster? There seemed to be one everywhere, open until midnight every day (including holidays). But the explosion of sell-through-priced media and the rise of Netflix (among other factors, including a string of nutty business decisions at Blockbuster HQ in Dallas) have helped move the retailer's stock to the edge of the abyss. It closed about 300 stores this year and will close 600 more in 2010. (Some of the 30 or so remaining metro stores seem likely to be on the list.)

At our sister paper the Dallas Observer, Robert Wilonsky traces Blockbuster's shaky path from deeply entrenched colossus to bankruptcy-courting, diaper-selling corner store. The company hopes to reinvent itself with SD-card downloads and other late-to-the-digital-party advances, but it may be too late. The third-choice movie you pick up at 10:30 p.m. New Year's Eve might mark your last trip to the neighborhood Blockbuster.  

Want the World Cup to come to KC? Act now

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 10:40 AM

It may be too late. The panjandrums preparing the U.S. bid to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022 may have cut Kansas City from the list of possible sites for soccer's premier event.

But if they haven't, an online petition is letting fans of the sport and the city make a push for Arrowhead Stadium.

Kansas City is one of 27 U.S. cities being considered by the USA Bid Committee. FIFA, world soccer's governing body, requires aspiring host nations to make available 12 to 18 stadiums.

According to one report, USA Bid Committee was expected to meet the weekend before Christmas and begin narrowing the list of 27. But the GoUSABid Web site is still accepting petition signatures

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The next holiday creep has begun

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 10:33 AM


Christmas is barely in the books and we haven't even it made it to 2010, but stores are ready to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Sprinkles and heart ice cube trays were among the impulse items on display at Target yesterday. Seasonal food items are seemingly moving up the retail calendar faster and faster. Cadbury Eggs are on the shelves at Walmart. This is cats and dogs living together, people.

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Killa City: KCMO homicide No. 110

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 9:57 AM

This week's cover story was wrong as soon as it went to press.

Justin Kendall writes in "The Year in Killa City":

As this issue of The Pitch goes to press, only 48 hours remain in 2009.

If no one is murdered by the time this issue hits the streets, 2009

will close with 109 homicides in Kansas City, Missouri.

The 110th was last night. At 9:59 p.m., Kansas City, Missouri police responded to a shooting call at a residence in the 5900 block of Cypress Place. There they found a shooting victim, described as a black male approximately 30 years old, showing no signs of life; he was pronounced dead a short time later.

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At 10:17 p.m., they found a second shooting victim at a residence in the 5700 block of Bales; he was taken to a hospital in serious condition. Police believe the second shooting victim was shot at the house on Cypress Place and fled the scene.

Police asked anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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Funnel cake sticks in your face

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 9:45 AM


I never thought my car would smell like a state fair -- but then I ordered a box of funnel cake sticks at the Burger King drive-thru.

The newest product from BK runs you $1.79 for a package of nine cigarillo-shaped cakes that come with a container of icing. They smell just like the delicacies on that grease-laden paper plate at the fair, but don't deliver the same hot fat punch that one expects from a fried dough relative.

In shape and texture, these would be better labeled as funnel cake fries. They have the same starchiness and give of a Burger King french fry and are also a bit mushy, like overcooked fries. 

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