Thursday, April 26, 2012

Kansas City and Missouri are not exactly peaceful

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Missouri is not at peace.
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  • Missouri is not at peace.
Let's start with the good news. The Institute for Economics and Peace believes that the United States is at its most peaceful state of the past two decades. And now the bad. According to the institute's 2012 United States Peace Index, that feeling of tranquility can't really be attributed to either Kansas City or Missouri.

The Show-Me State was the 45th most peaceful place in the country, while the metropolitan area including Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas, was the 46th most peaceful out of the 61 metro locales with the highest populations. For comparison, Kansas was the 27th most peaceful state, and St. Louis clocked in at 37th for cities surveyed.

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Two new tracks from High Diving Ponies

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 7:03 AM

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Local noisy pop-rock band High Diving Ponies is playing its first show of the year at RecordBar tonight. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. The 18-and-older show costs $7. Knifecrime and Til Willis support. Fans: Expect to hear new tunes.

The band recently released a free "e-single" called Western Interior Sea. Intriguing! It's a tiny release — both tracks ("Western Interior Sea" and "Black Holes") run only five minutes combined. Check it here.

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Walt Bodine's last day on the radio is Friday, but first, Bodine stares down a lion

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Walt Bodine says goodbye Friday morning.
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  • Walt Bodine says goodbye Friday morning.

Walt Bodine's final broadcast is Friday morning at 10. Our friends at KCUR 89.3 have really done a great job of paying tribute to Bodine in the waning days of his 72-year career. Click here for the best of Bodine, including a fabulous show from 2004 with This American Life's Ira Glass.

Today's tribute to Bodine features a documentary on the radio legend, along with a clip from an old episode of Nightbeat, likely from the 1960s, in which Bodine interviews a Kansas City man who brought a lion named Cleo into the studio.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

James Rhymer accused of killing James Conklin for showing disrespect

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 5:53 PM

James Rhymer (pictured) is accused of killing James Conklin.
  • James Rhymer (pictured) is accused of killing James Conklin.
James Rhymer confronted James Conklin for disrespecting his family and for showing up at home at 405 North Wheeling, where he wasn't welcome anymore, court records say.

Conklin had stopped at the basement bedroom of a woman whom he used to date. Records say Conklin tried to kiss and touch the woman, but she wasn't interested because they had broken up. That's when Rhymer, carrying a gun, and two other men entered the room.

"We have problems," Rhymer told Conklin, according to a witness.

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The Pitch Questionnaire with Literacy KC's Carrie Coogan

The executive director of Literary KC on what she loves about KC.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Carrie Coogan
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Name: Carrie Coogan

Occupation: Executive director, Literacy Kansas City

Hometown: Born in North Hollywood, California, but grew up in Denver, Colorado.

Current neighborhood: Downtown Kansas City, Missouri

Who or what is your sidekick? I have 16 nieces and nephews who range in age from 4 to 21. All so wonderful and fun!

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Actress on Broadway or backup singer for Tina Turner - those girls are so awesome.

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Pot Pie in Westport

Where do you drink? The Peanut on Main or Governor Stumpy's

What are your favorite charities? Literacy Kansas City, Women for Women International, March of Dimes, and Society of St. Andrew

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Local farmers market, on fresh, organic homegrown food. I try not to miss Friday nights at the BadSeed and Laura Little's fudge shop.

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The Art of Wrestling: KC artist Rob Schamberger wants to paint all 208 pro-wrestling champions

Rob Schamberger intends to paint ever pro wrestling champion...ever.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 10:44 AM


By Rob Schamberger's count, pro wrestling has crowned 208 world heavyweight champions. And by the time he finishes painting all 208 - and there will likely be more champions by the time he's done, he'll probably wish there were fewer.

"When Colt Cabana beat Adam Pearce, I was like, Oh, Jesus - 209," Schamberger says. "Then I saw that he'd held it before, so that was good."

The idea came, says the 32-year-old Kansas Citian, in a temporary "moment of insanity." His vision: Paint every world champion in pro-wrestling history, from Hulk Hogan to Georg Hackenschmidt to ... David Arquette? (The actor won World Championship Wrestling's world title in 2000.)

"When I announced the project, one of the first questions I got ... was, 'Are you actually going to do David Arquette?' And I'm like, 'I said I'm doing all of 'em.'"

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Free fries today, free pretzels tomorrow

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Today, Penn Station brings you free fries.
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Fries should be hand-cut - this is one of the few food absolutes that we should have in this world. And Penn Station East Coast Subs, to their credit, understands this point. The Ohio-based chain, known for its Philly cheesesteaks, is offering a free small cup of fries to dine-in customers today.

There's one area location at 8667 West 135th Street in Overland Park. It's open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. I can't speak to whether an Ohio chain has business selling you a Philly, but I can tell you that regardless, no purchase is required for you to redeem the fry offer.

Tomorrow is National Pretzel Day. And if you say those three words on that make-believe holiday to the staff at Pretzelmaker in Zona Rosa (7261 Northwest 86th Avenue) or the Oak Park Mall (11309 West 95th Street, Overland Park), they'll give you a free unsalted or salted pretzel.

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The Beacon has opened in the former Jack Gage space

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 9:30 AM

The Beacon is open.
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  • The Beacon is open.
You know what they say. When the public forces one tavern to close, another always opens in its place. The Beacon: A Kansas City Tavern opened its doors last week in the former Jack Gage American Tavern space at 5301 Main.

Fat City's Charles Ferruzza broke the story that new life would be breathed into the former Jack Gage spot back in February when he talked to Whitten Pell, one of the tavern's owners, who made it clear that this was as much about owning a restaurant in this neighborhood as owning a restaurant.

"We all grew up in this neighborhood," Pell told Ferruzza about his group of investors. "We're all committed to this community."

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What food-related malady would you cure?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Even if we solve brain freeze, ice cream might still come with a few risks.
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  • Even if we solve brain freeze, ice cream might still come with a few risks.
There is an entire drugstore aisle devoted to food disagreements: those unhappy outcomes resulting from devouring foods that you love but which choose to not return the favor. I have a long-standing love-hate dynamic with Sriracha sauce. I can't get enough. It can't get away from me fast enough.

With Gizmodo suggesting that science may have finally uncovered the secret behind our ice-cream headaches - the rapid dilation of an artery in your brain that causes more blood to flow to your brain, which then registers the increased pressure as pain.

Now that science has helped define the "brain freeze" phenomenon, I'm wondering what you would tackle next. I'd rooster-proof my stomach. What food-related malady would you cure?

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Cross Canadian Ragweed's Cody Canada on his new band, the Departed; show at Crossroads KC this Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 8:03 AM

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After his former band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, dissolved, Cody Canada formed another. Called the Departed, they follow the same red dirt path blazed by the likes of CCR, and their first album was released last year. This Is Indian Country is a collection of songs originally by other Oklahoma artists, charting the influences of Canada and his bandmates. Cody Canada and the Departed take the stage at the Crossroads this Saturday, April 28, as part of their co-headlining Magical Misdemeanor Tour with Shooter Jennings. We spoke with Cody Canada via e-mail about the band, their future plans, and where red dirt comes into all of this.

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