Monday, February 28, 2011

Move-On-Up.org's movie night at UMKC should be ... interesting

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Chris Arps, model father
  • Chris Arps, model father

So you thought the architects of America's pro-choice movement were fighting for a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy in a safe, medical environment? Oh, you gullible sheep. The real goal behind legal abortion, obviously, was to kill black babies.

That's what presenters from Move-On-Up.org hope you'll glean from tonight's presentation of Maafa 21: Black Genocide in 21st Century America, which is showing at 7 p.m. at UMKC.

Move-On-Up.org is an organization of conservative African-Americans. Its co-founder, Chris Arps, is known around St. Louis for a terribly executed tea party publicity stunt in 2009.

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Marriott Hotel's pastry chef to re-create Princess Diana wedding cake (Update)

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 4:24 PM

One of the wedding  cakes created for the 1981 royal wedding
  • One of the wedding cakes created for the 1981 royal wedding

Update: There won't be just one display re-creation -- historically accurate, but inedible -- of the most famous of the wedding cakes created for the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and the future Princess Diana, but two of them going on exhibition in Kansas City this month. The update follows the original post.

Right on the heels of last evening's four-Oscar collection of awards for The King's Speech comes the news that Gus Ruiz, the pastry chef for the Kansas City Downtown Marriott Hotel, will keep the momentum going for all things British by re-creating the wedding cake -- one of them, anyway -- made for the nuptials in 1981 of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.


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Howard Harmon accused of killing Sabrina Jones during robbery

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Howard Harmon is accused of killing Sabrina Jones.
  • Howard Harmon is accused of killing Sabrina Jones.

Howard Harmon has finally been charged in the slaying of 19-year-old Sabrina

Jones. An associate of Harmon's had fingered him in the May 2010 homicide, which led Jackson County prosecutors today to file charges of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action.

Harmon, 33, allegedly busted into an East Side home in the early hours of May 18. Harmon and three other armed men allegedly demanded drugs and money. Harmon was allegedly armed with a shotgun. The other three men had handguns. The situation was about to turn deadly.

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Casey Brezik, accused community-college stabber, incompetent to stand trial

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Casey Brezik: incompetent to stand trial.
  • Casey Brezik: incompetent to stand trial.

Casey Brezik won't be going to trial for stabbing a community-college official, and the Star reported that Brezik has been committed to the Missouri Department of Mental Health.


In September, the 23-year-old student allegedly slashed the throat of a dean at Metropolitan Community College. His intended target was Missouri Gov. Jay

Nixon, who was scheduled to speak at

the Penn Valley campus but canceled

after learning of the attack. Brezik is accused of attacking 55-year-old Al Dimmitt Jr., who has recovered from his injuries.  He's also accused of nicking the

school's chancellor, Mark James, who was trying to pull

Brezik off Dimmitt.

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Emanuel Cleaver made e-tax villain in spite of thin connection

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 2:00 PM

E-tax repealers ask: Do you trust this man with your money?
  • E-tax repealers ask: Do you trust this man with your money?

The campaign to eliminate the earnings tax in Kansas City has put a face on the tax. An East Side face. 

An image of a grim-looking Emanuel Cleaver II appears on the section of the KC Tax Reform website devoted to the tax's history. It's an interesting choice, given that the tax was enacted before Cleaver went into office and endured for 12 years after he left city government.

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The Teahouse & Coffeepot want you to get high ... high tea, of course

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Afternoon tea is a fancy affair with pretty pastries.
  • Afternoon tea is a fancy affair with pretty pastries.


Cocktails were more evident than teacups in last night's Oscar-winning "Best Picture," The King's Speech. But the British tradition of afternoon tea -- a tradition that never really caught on in America -- dates back to the 19th century.

"High tea" has come to mean a fancy tea in the United States, but Keith Buchanan, the co-owner of Westport's Teahouse & Coffeepot, would like to table that discussion.

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Missouri is No. 1 ... in meth lab seizures. D'oh!

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Jesse and Walter haven't been busted. But podunk Missouri dealers have.
  • Jesse and Walter haven't been busted. But podunk Missouri dealers have.

Missourians, you're on top of the meth world. The Show-Me State is once again No. 1 in meth lab seizures with a whopping 1,960 seizures in 2010. This marks the 10th time that Missouri has led the nation in seizures. That's also a 10 percent jump from 2009's 1,774 seizures.

The competition wasn't even close.

The next closest state, Tennessee, had just 1,197 seizures, according to

the Star. The rest of the top five: Kentucky (1,045), Mississippi (715)

and Michigan (672).

Wha? No New Mexico. Guess that's because Jesse and Walter haven't been caught.

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Video: Kid Rock gettin' trashy at the Sprint Center

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 12:45 PM

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Don't take our review's word(s) for it: watch a clip of Kid Rock's sold-out show at the Sprint Center for yourself. Our photo intern Allie Mason has a video of the concert after the jump.

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Your Fantasy Ranch strip club offering nude lap dances in a party bus?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Yes, I know I've used this picture before. Because it's awesome, that's why.
  • Yes, I know I've used this picture before. Because it's awesome, that's why.

Missouri's strip clubs have been struggling since new laws passed last year banning nude dancing and just about everything else that would make you want to go to a strip club. But one local club may have found a loophole in the law.

According to the website of the strip club Your Fantasy Ranch, the club is promising "totally nude hands-on lap dances again in our Party Bus!"



The website doesn't elaborate on exactly what the plan is, but a tipster who messaged The Pitch about the plan claimed that the nude dancing would start Wednesday, March 2.

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Local musicians turn 'Brass in Pocket' to Gold at Sonic Spectrum's Pretenders tribute

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Abigail Henderson of Atlantic Fadeout
  • Abigail Henderson of Atlantic Fadeout


Sonic Spectrum Presents: A Tribute to Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders
Sunday, February 28, 2011
RecordBar

Better than: watching the Oscars.

Thanks to the rain and the Oscars, Sonic Spectrum's second

installment of its new tribute series wasn't as well attended as the first. And

though David Bowie, the artist local musicians paid homage to last month, may

be more widely known than the Pretenders, last night's tribute was a show that

did Chrissie Hynde proud.

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