Friday, November 30, 2012

Denise Streeter identified as woman found dead in Platte Purchase Park

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Denise Streeter was found dead in the woods near Platte Purchase Park Thursday afternoon.
  • Denise Streeter was found dead in the woods near Platte Purchase Park Thursday afternoon.
Kansas City police have identified the woman found dead in Platte Purchase Park Thursday afternoon as 49-year-old Denise J. Streeter of Kansas City, Kansas.

Around 2 p.m. Thursday, police were notified of a dead body in a wooded area near the park.

Kansas City police have called Streeter's death "suspicious." KC police say her death has not yet been ruled a homicide but is being investigated as one. If Streeter's death is classifed as a homicide, it will be the city's 100th of 2012. After the jump, see the KCPD's latest homicide analysis.

Streeter had a number of arrests in Wyandotte County between 2002 and 2012. Her last arrest - September 9, 2012 - was for alleged possession of methamphetamine and delivery or manufacture of drug paraphernalia.

If you have information about Streeter's death, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay says men don't like coins in their pockets, so we've kept dollar bills around

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Presidents on bills have always looked down on presidents that merely grace coins.
  • Presidents on bills have always looked down on presidents who merely grace coins.
Congressional auditors have suggested a move from dollar bills to dollar coins, a change that they say could save $4.4 billion over the next three decades. But not everyone is onboard. The Associated Press cites U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay's explanation of how men view the matter. According to Clay, who sits on the House Committee on Financial Services, men don't like carrying around a bunch of coins in their pants and their suits.

As someone who wore Dockers at the age of 12, I can't disagree with anyone who doesn't want pockets full of quarters, nickels and dimes. It's a comfort issue.

On the other hand, without coins in the pockets of my suit, what would I have to give street urchins for my daily paper? As Cee-Lo Green says, How will I ever keep my lady if I don't have enough change in my pocket? Guess what I'm given every time I pay for something with a dollar bill? What if I come across a wishing well or a gumball machine?

Now, had Clay said men don't like coins in their wallets, that's a message I can get behind. I can't tell you how awful it is to try and sit on a quarter that's jammed into the middle of my billfold.

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Barbecue world keeps spinning even without Wonder Bread

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 9:10 AM

It was never the Wonder Bread that was wonderful.
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  • It was never the Wonder Bread that was wonderful.
Lost in the lament over Twinkies' demise is the death of another tradition: Wonder Bread at Kansas City barbecue joints. Fox 4 delved into what happened to area barbecue restaurants when Hostess winked out of existence. The happy answer is not much has changed, even if they've had to scramble to find bread in the short term.

Zarda bought buns at the grocery store before the supply ran out and has Bimbo Bakery working on a hoagie roll for their sandwiches. Arthur Bryant's turned to Roma Bakery for its sliced white bread. But as Bryant's manager Willis Simpson explained to Fox 4, the secret was never in the Wonder Bread:

"No one has said anything, it's most about the meat," Simpson said.

Amen, Mr. Simpson.

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Taste of Kansas City Food Tours and other weekend possibilities

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 8:04 AM

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Stop just thinking about going to local restaurants and get out there. The Taste of Kansas City Food Tours, offered Wednesday through Saturday, through December 29, are walking tours through the Crossroads that feature stops (and a chance to eat) at six locally owned restaurants and a guide who gives a lesson on Kansas City's colorful Prohibition history. Try pizza at Grinders and beignets at Nica's 320, sip frozen cocktails at Snow & Co., and savor Christopher Elbow Chocolates. Tours begin at 11 a.m. Tickets cost $53 and must be purchased in advance.

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Steve Cole is new COO of Missouri Restaurant Association

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Steve Cole was a line cook in Topeka at age 14 and now serves as COO and executive director for the Missouri Restaurant Association.
  • Steve Cole was a line cook in Topeka at age 14 and now serves as COO and executive director for the Missouri Restaurant Association.

Steve Cole never thought that sitting in on a Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association board meeting would lead to a new job, but the former restaurateur - he operated his legendary midtown restaurant, Cafe Allegro, from 1984 to 2002 - is a past president of the local organization as well as a past president of the Missouri Restaurant Association and likes to keep current with the work of the hospitality industry's trade organization.

Among the old friends he saw at that GKCRA meeting in September was Robert Bonney, the CEO of the Missouri Restaurant Association, who informed him that Brina Bruno, the western regional director for the GKCRA for a decade, was leaving the organization to take a new position with the Roasterie and that the Missouri Restaurant Association planned to create a different position within the organization. Bonney encouraged Cole to apply for the job.

Last month, Cole officially joined the Missouri Restaurant Association full time as chief operating officer and executive director; his duties include membership development, legislative issues, education, creating marketing resources, and providing operational support for the more than 600 restaurant and allied members of the Missouri Restaurant Association.

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Got a fish story? Share it on Central Standard Friday today

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 6:18 AM

The fried fish dinners at the new Lutfis at 3037 Main Street will be discussed on KCUR-FMs Central Standard Friday at 10 a.m.
  • The fried-fish dinners at the new Lutfi's at 3037 Main will be discussed on KCUR 89.3's Central Standard Friday at 10 a.m.

There's an old proverb about cooking fish: "For fish to taste right, it must swim three times - in water, in butter and in wine."

Everyone has his or her favorite preparation for both seafood and the local finned creatures (in these parts, mostly catfish), and butter and wine sound like excellent components, although there's something for almost every taste, from fish sticks to lobster bisque and grilled trout to seared scallops. This morning at 10 a.m. on KCUR's Central Standard Friday program, Fat City's Charles Ferruzza will join panelists Emily Farris, Gloria Gale and Mary Bloch to discuss the best places to find fabulous fish dishes.

Fat City readers are encouraged to join the conversation by calling 816-235-2888.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Peyton Manning is totally annoyed about Jamaal Charles autograph controversy

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Everybody's favorite story from last Sunday - that Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles asked for Denver quarterback Peyton Manning's autograph - took another slight turn today. Manning told USA Today that swapping signatures among opponents is nothing new.

"You sign for somebody's brother or mother or a fan - that's what you do," Manning told the paper. "Players constantly are trading. You're signing for teammates, and everybody's got a high school auction or something. That's part of the deal."

That's a reasonable take on what has become a strangely popular and polarizing debate. Was Charles pathetic and starstruck? Or was it no big deal? The Internet has been arguing about it since the video was put up. Now Manning is putting the blame for the nonstory blowing up on the KCTV Channel 5 cameraman who filmed the signature hand-off.

"I don't even know why that cameraman was in that zone.That was kind of annoying," he told USA Today. Yeah, it's always annoying when people do their jobs.


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Louis Curtiss: architect and man of mystery

Is the building at 3240 Main the work of architect Louis Curtiss?

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Did Louis Curtiss design this 1914 building on Main Street?
  • Did Louis Curtiss design this 1914 building on Main Street?

The three-story building at 3240 Main has been the subject of a mystery for years: Was it designed by Kansas City architect Louis Curtiss (1865-1924), whom some have called the Frank Lloyd Wright of Kansas City? The building, completed in 1914, looks like a Curtiss design - compare the structure with the 1908 building that he designed as his studio and apartment, at 1118 McGee. (The bar Social is on the ground floor of that structure today.) Or compare it with his most famous structure in Kansas City, the former Boley Clothing, at 12th Street and Walnut (now occupied by Andrews McMeel Publishing), which was a landmark design when it was completed in 1908.

"The Boley Building was a major work for its time, constructed in a 'curtain wall design' - an exterior wall of glass that hangs on the building rather than being a supportive part of the structure," says architectural historian Keith Eggener, professor of American art and architecture and director of graduate studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Eggener gives a lecture on the work of Louis Curtiss at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 2, at the Kansas City Central Library, 14 West 10th Street.

Eggener thinks the building at 3240 Main could be a Curtiss design: "It sure looks like it. If not, it's someone channeling Louis Curtiss."

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Muppets Mario and Fafa try to cope with 'A World Without Twinkies'

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Having trouble coping in this Hostess-free world? Can't imagine a life without Twinkies, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs and cupcakes? Fafa the groundhog is here to help.

Fafa, one-half of the Muppet duo known as Glove and Boots, has devised a five-step guide to surviving "A World Without Twinkies." And no one needs more help than Fafa's pal Mario (he's not an Elmo), who is really taking this hard.

Remember, we're all in this together. Stay strong, Mario. And thank you, Fafa.

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Mike Tyson is bringing his insane one-man show to Kansas City

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 10:22 AM

His style is impetuous, his defense is impregnable.
  • His style is impetuous, and his defense is impregnable.
According to the press release, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth is "a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown." Spike Lee directed it. Tyson reportedly wanted to call it "Boxing, Bitches and Lawsuits" but was overruled. I am trying to think of something that would prevent me from attending this event. Nope, there is nothing that will prevent me from attending this event.

The Kansas City date is Thursday, April 4, at the Midland. Tickets on sale this Friday, November 30, at noon. If you have eight minutes to burn, this is some great YouTube.

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