Almost a decade after it was introduced, the federal DREAM Act -- an immigration-reform bill that would clear a path to citizenship for young undocumented aliens who agree to serve in the military or attend college -- has a shot at passing this week.
The momentum has local immigrants rallying for the cause, which would turn well-behaved young people -- who, being kids and all, didn't likely choose to jump the border -- into tax-paying, educated citizens. Just the kind of people we want around here, right Kris Kobach?
They're coming to the Granada on March 9. Okay, you've probably heard at least three dozen bands that sound like the Cold War Kids since the Strokes made monotone, fuzzy rock and roll fashionable in 2001; but "Hang Me Up To Dry" is still a pretty fucking great song. (The video? Not so much.) The band is working on its third release,
Behave Yourself Mine Is Yours, which is out on January 25, 2011.
Watch a teaser for the band's last EP, Behave Yourself, after the jump.
I've never met a restaurateur that rubs his hands together and laughs an evil laugh because you've just ordered the steak. But somehow in our value-obsessed universe, we've decided that breaking down the psychology of restaurant menus is critical to make sure that said restaurateur, who has an average salary of $36,000 a year according to SimplyHired, doesn't get one over on us.
A recent piece on Moneyning looks at the five ways you can decode a menu to make sure you get the best value in what you're ordering. While the idea that a restaurant is trying to push high-margin dishes is absolutely true, it shouldn't affect what you order at all.
Who had Jane Mobley in the Kansas City Public-Relations Person Most Likely to Be in the News pool?
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill recently announced an investigation into the government's use of image consultants after KSHB Channel 41 reporter Russ Ptacek revealed that Jane Mobley Associates was paid $234,000 to help the General Services Administration crisis-manage the contamination problem at the Bannister Federal Complex. On Monday, Mobley was introduced as an adviser to the committee studying a potential 1,000-room convention hotel in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
It's OK if you need a moment. You've probably bonded with that turkey leg. And that cranberry sauce isn't going to eat itself.
Food safety aside, it's time we moved on from Thanksgiving. Christmas ham is just around the corner, and you can start eating potato pancakes for Chanukkah tomorrow night. If you truly love your leftovers, let them go...into your kitchen trash.
London Transit's latest effort is called Fake Figures, and it's available on January 1. (Here's my review of the band's 2009 album, Digital Kid.) I've just copped a sneak peek of Fake Figures. It's still shiny, sleek electro-pop -- which is fading out of style, fast -- but it's more symphonic and euphoric than the sparse, stark bleeps and bloops of Digital Kid. Two years is a long time to refine a sound that's been fermenting since The Postal Service's debut album in 2003; but shades of Passion Pit, Hot Chip and Cut Copy flash-forward the local pop band's electronic compositions into the present. Fans of cotton candy-colored synths and brain-worming melodies will dig London Transit's latest efforts.
Check out a preview of the band's EP after the jump.
Webslinger Spider-Man made an unexpected appearance in Overland Park Friday night.
Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass announced the sighting on his Just the Facts blog, writing that Spider-Man appeared near West 144th and Stearns around 7:30 p.m. when a woman stopped her car after noticing tape strung across the street. Could the tape have actually been web?
Illuminating post-punk figure Patti Smith recently won the National Book Award for her non-fiction account of her relationship with famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. But "Just Kids" is only the latest installment of Smith's fruitful writing career; she's published ten previous books of poetry and lyrics. Here are five other artists who have earned their fair share of literary merits.
How dare Shulte drag his daughter's name in the mud! It is none of the…
Bands don't even try to come up with clever names anymore.
He is genuinely as nice as he seems. I hope he and his family stay…
A bomb scare cant stop a petition!
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