Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Clayton Remoue Dunlap charged with killing Damian Slayton in weekend crash (updated)

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Prosecutors charged Clayton R. Dunlap with murder after a multi-car crash on 71 Highway.
  • Prosecutors charged Clayton R. Dunlap with murder after a multi-car crash on 71 Highway.

Update: New details in the weekend crash that killed 12-year-old Damian Slayton.

Earlier this week, Clayton Remoue Dunlap was charged with second-degree murder and driving with a revoked/suspended license for allegedly causing the multi-car crash at Gregory and 71 Highway.

Jackson County prosecutors filed three additional felony charges Wednesday against Dunlap, who is now charged with resisting a lawful stop, operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license and driving while intoxicated (a combination of drugs and alcohol).

Dunlap is being held on $50,000 cash bond.

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Where was I eating? Here!

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 11:00 AM

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Yes, this salad is served at O'Neill's

Let's toss up some compliments -- instead of lettuce -- for Fat City commenter Dan who correctly identified the restaurant that served the colorful salad featured in this week's "Where Am I Eating?" question. That's right, Dan: The Somerset Chicken Salad is served at the new location of the popular O'Neill's Restaurant and Bar, now located at 9417 Mission Road (just around the corner from its former location, which was razed to build a new Walgreen's). The new O'Neill's looks almost exactly like the old one.

We loved all of your great guesses. Our favorite? "Hell!"

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Israel Mireles sentenced to life in prison for killing Emily Sander (aka porn model Zoey Zane)

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Emily Sander's killer will spend the rest of his life in prison.
  • Emily Sander's killer will spend the rest of his life in prison.

The man who raped and killed Emily Sander, a porn model known as Zoey Zane, will spend the rest of his life in prison without a chance of parole.

Israel Mireles was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the capital murder charge plus 203 months for raping her.

In February, a Butler County jury convicted Mireles of capital murder. Sander's November 2007 slaying made national headlines, and The Pitch's Alan Scherstuhl wrote a moving piece about Sander's death.

Kansas Attorney General Steve Six released a statement saying, "This is one of the most cruel and heinous cases my office has seen in

some time. Our prayers are with Emily Sander's family as

they continue to grieve."

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Lollapalooza Line-Up: Can We Buy A Vowel?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Finally, geekery pays off. After rabid rumors have abounded for months about the Lollapalooza 2010's headliners, the folks at the Chicago festival have thrown out this puzzle for fans to decode -- that is, until they announce the line-up for real on April 6. Well, code-breakers, it's on. Can you sink Lolla's battleship?

Lolla's line-up...for now.
  • Lolla's line-up...for now.

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Small plates could have a big impact on restaurant menus

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 10:00 AM

It's the year of the mini-burger.
  • It's the year of the mini-burger.

The days of the all-you-can-eat buffet may be numbered. Tapas and small bites are en vogue everywhere from fast-casual to sit-down restaurants. USA Today recently wrote about restaurants introducing smaller plates -- typically a dollar or two below the appetizer price -- that are meant to be shared.

National chains like the California Pizza Kitchen and Cheesecake Factory are hoping to lure more business with their small cravings (introduced last month at half the price of appetizers) and small plates and snacks, respectively.

Leawood-based Houlihan's has reported that small plates account for 28 percent of its sales in Kansas City (the best-selling of those is the $3.50 mini burger). And even though White Castle's long gone, you can find every kind of slider -- from crab cake at Jack Gage's to pulled pork at 12 Baltimore.

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Kansas Jayhawk Tyshawn Taylor in PBS documentary 'The Street Stops Here'

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Jayhawk fans, if you haven't totally soured on basketball for this season, you should check out The Street Stops Here on KCPT tonight at 9.

The Street Stops Here is a look at basketball blessed but financially struggling St. Anthony

High School and tough love coach Bob

Hurley Sr.

The doc's preview says:

This film reveals the coach's life-long struggle to inspire

and motivate

those around him in order to keep the doors of a poor, inner-city

Catholic school in Jersey City, New Jersey, open. This is also the story

about the teenage athletes fighting their way out of the poverty and

desolation that surrounds them, armed with little more than a basketball

and the hard wisdom of a fierce, demanding coach.

One of those kids is Jayhawk Tyshawn Taylor.

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Breakfast Buffet: Wednesday, March 31

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 9:00 AM

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Here's a recap of the Boulevard Brewmaster Luncheon with J. Gilbert's. The next one is slated for April 23 and features Blue Grotto KC Hopps. [KC Wort Hog]

A waiter shares insight into how he approaches tables when he's in the weeds. [So You Want To Be A Waiter]

In this parody video, Batman might be finding too many clues that lead him to bars. [Unique Daily]

A new farmer considers the previous generation of farmers in light of the Census. [Ethicurean]

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Dems make asses of themselves at Donkey Cabaret

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is hot and he knows it.
  • Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is hot and he knows it.

Democrats were in fine form last night at the Roaring Donkey Cabaret and Competition 2010, a display of skits, songs and fleeting displays of comedic talent at the Ameristar Casino.

A fundraiser for the fun-loving Clay County Democratic Committee, the night was emceed by former Republican, current Missouri Attorney General and glamor boy Chris Koster, who looked hot in his tuxedo and jokingly flirted with event co-chair (and performer) Jane Quick.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, campaigning for the retiring Kit Bond's senate seat, stopped by to deliver a Top Ten list of things overheard on her opponent Roy Blunt's tour bus. Number 1: "Since we're in Kansas City, let's take a detour over to Leavenworth to visit my old friend Jack Abramoff." (Ha! But, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Abramoff is actually in the pokey in Cumberland, Maryland.)

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and a backup band that included Kansas City Mayor Pro Tem Bill Skaggs and state Rep. Trent Skaggs serenaded party matron Dutch Newman in a karaoke version of "My Girl."

And see if you can guess which of these Elvis impersonators is Kansas City mayoral candidate Mike Burke:


Next up: A couple of bits from Councilman Ed Ford's stand-up routine.

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Download the triumphant return of Man Or Astro-man?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 8:30 AM

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Thanks to some wonderful people, you can head to Archive.org right this very second and download the set Man Or Astro-man? played at the Whirly Ball in Atlanta on March 5. This was the first of the band's reunion shows. MoAM? haven't played regularly since 2001.

After this performance, the band made several appearances at SXSW, and there are rumors of future shows. To read the reviews of the show, one would think that Jesus himself was on-stage (mayhaps true -- they do wear a lot of gear).

Download the band's March 5 performance from Atlanta's Whirly Ball at the Internet Archive.

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Fred Phelps awarded $16,510 in legal fees from dead soldier's father (updated)

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 7:50 AM

Fred Phelps keeping it classy: $16,500 will buy a lot of signs.
  • Fred Phelps keeping it classy: $16,500 will buy a lot of signs.

Update: Fred Phelps can stop waiting by the mailbox for a check from the father of a Marine killed in Iraq whose funeral was picketed by Phelps and his congregation.

Albert Snyder sued Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church and won a $5 million verdict. But it was overturned on appeal.

An appeals court says Snyder owes Phelps $16,510 for court costs. But Snyder told Fox News yesterday that he's not going to pay Phelps anything.

"I don't think I'm going to be writing a check until I hear from the Supreme Court," Snyder told Fox News on Tuesday. "I'm not about to pay them anything."

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