Friday, July 30, 2010

Prepaid funeral expenses allegedly paid for yacht excursion

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 10:00 AM

The owners of National Prearranged Services are accused of being death's Madoffs.
  • The owners of National Prearranged Services are accused of being death's Madoffs.

Consumer advocates warn that prepaid funeral services are junk. Paying for a funeral in advance is an especially bad idea when the company taking the money operates as a Ponzi scheme.

The Missouri attorney general's office issued a belated warning on Monday to mortality-minded customers of National Prearranged Services, a St. Louis-area company that operated funeral homes and a cemetery in Independence. Hounded by regulators, the company was put in receivership by the Texas Department of Insurance in 2008. Last year, federal prosecutors in St. Louis charged company officials with running a $600 million fraud.

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Letter Grade Health Ratings come to NYC, how about KC?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 9:00 AM

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When I got to visit my brother-in-law in Los Angeles, he has a simple rule for picking a restaurant for dinner.

"Nothing below a B," he says.

A "B" is the letter grade that a restaurant has received from the city's health department based on the number or lack of health code violations. And now when I go to visit my brother in New York City, I wonder if we're going to have the same rules. New York just adopted the letter grade system, rolling out grades for 24,000 restaurants.

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David Bowie's Luau and four more weekend parties

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 9:00 AM

The real David Bowie will not be in Kansas City tonight.
  • The real David Bowie will not be in Kansas City tonight.

1. Put on your grass skirt and glitter boots. The theme of this evening's Night of Fame, the occasional dance/drag/dress-up party at the Conspiracy Room at the Uptown Theater, is David Bowie's Luau.

2. Support those whose livelihoods are awash in oil. Heartland Loves the Gulf, a benefit for victims of the BP disaster, happens at Gail's Harley Davidson tonight.

3. Go green. English Landing Park in Parkville will be crowded with vegetarians, eco-nuts and other conscious life types during Blissfest 2010 on Saturday.

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Say My Name: The Wayward Q&A

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Say My Name's debut .
  • Say My Name's debut .

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5 reasons to follow Kanye West on Twitter

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 8:45 AM

If you don't follow him, Kanye might break his fucking MacBook Air!
  • If you don't follow him, Kanye might break his fucking MacBook Air!

1. Because it's possible that the only reason that Twitter -- the pinnacle of self-expression for self-obsessed people who live in a world they believe is orchestrated like their own personal music video -- was created in the first place was for Kanye West, who may have the largest ego in popular music at the moment. (Besides, ahem, other people who we may have mentioned on here recently.)


2. Because he is funny, self-deprecating and self-aware enough to know this. 

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Missouri's 85 most wanted sex offenders: A mug shot gallery

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Michael Davis made the list. Did you?
  • Michael Davis made the list. Did you?

John W. Schroeder III didn't last long on the list of Missouri's most wanted sex offenders. Independence police apprehended him yesterday -- with a copy of Kansas City's Most Wanted newspaper in his backseat, which Schroeder just happened to be in. Police labeled Schroeder a "violent felon" -- wanted for first-degree statutory sodomy, enticement of a child and first-degree child molestation. He would have fit right in with the following rogues' gallery of sex offenders who have failed to register (as of Thursday). Flip through to see if your friends and neighbors made the list (and if they did, give the proper authorities a ring at 1-888-767-6747).

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Chiefs training camp means big money for St. Joseph

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 7:00 AM

St. Joe is ready for Chiefs-related dough.
  • St. Joe is ready for Chiefs-related dough.

The Chiefs kick off training camp in St. Joseph today, and it has Mayor Bill Falkner pumped about the flood of cash the team will bring his city.

Falkner says with the influx of tourists, media members, and team

employees flocking to Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph is

giddily anticipating millions of dollars to begin coursing through the

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Five great things on the Kansas City Police Department's website

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 6:00 AM

"Buddy" enjoys steamy baths.
  • "Buddy" enjoys steamy baths.

The Kansas City Police Department's website is a whole lot more informative than a visit to the first floor of headquarters (sometimes known as, "Hocus, Pocus, 12th and Locust").

Don't believe it? Well, would you believe that they've posted biographical information for each of the horses in their mounted patrol? Because that's first on our list.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Kids converge on City Hall to pray about abortion

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 3:57 PM

If your shirt don't say it, ya cain't pray it!
  • If your shirt don't say it, ya cain't pray it!

On my way to City Hall today, I had to pass through a crowd of kids -- a youth group? Some local Jesus Camp? -- praying in front of the main entrance on 12th Street. I had no idea what the prayer/protest was about ... until I heard the word "abortion."

Which is even more confusing, frankly. Few institutions in Kansas City could have less of an impact on Roe vs. Wade than City Hall. The federal courthouse is just down the street, for Christ's sake.

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Old 97's, Lucero, Cults, Light Pollution, Abstract Rude: Thursday's Best Bets

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Alt-country lifers the Old 97's, tonight at Crossroads at Grinders.
  • Alt-country lifers the Old 97's, tonight at Crossroads at Grinders.

An evening of rollicking country rock at the Crossroads, with the Old 97's and Lucero. Hopefully the weather will play nice. 

A very early show at the Jackpot (7 p.m.!) with Cults and Light Pollution, two bands with some indie bloggy heat on them.  

Hip hop at the Record Bar with Abstract Rude. CES Cru opens. 

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