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April 12, 2014
It doesn’t bother me none. If he shoots me he shoots me.
Overland Park, Kansas resident Kathy Embley • Taking a somewhat lackadaisical approach to a report that a series of random shootings in the Kansas City area may be connected. At least 12 shootings have been reported since March 8, and while no physical evidence connects them, authorities note that there are similarities such as time of day and location that tie them together.
17:17 // 3 months ago
March 8, 2014
These two Kansas City-area preteens look like close friends, but don’t let the demeanor fool you—they’re actually bitter enemies. See, they just finished a 95-round duel of a spelling bee—one so brutal that they had to meet up for a second round on Saturday after the organizers ran out of words during their last deathmatch. Kush, left, eventually took out Sophia with a flaming uppercut masterful spelling of the word “definition.”

These two Kansas City-area preteens look like close friends, but don’t let the demeanor fool you—they’re actually bitter enemies. See, they just finished a 95-round duel of a spelling bee—one so brutal that they had to meet up for a second round on Saturday after the organizers ran out of words during their last deathmatch. Kush, left, eventually took out Sophia with a flaming uppercut masterful spelling of the word “definition.”

16:30 // 4 months ago
April 11, 2013
I was not recognized as being the husband, I wasn’t recognized as being the partner.
Roger Gorley • Discussing the situation he faced as he was forced away from the bedside of his partner, Allen, at a Missouri hospital earlier this week. The men, who have been in a civil union for five year, share power of attorney and make medical decisions for one another, but the nurse at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City did not recognize this. Gorley was arrested after a member of Allen’s family asked him to be removed. He was given a restraining order, which he plans to fight in court.
12:15 // 1 year ago
March 23, 2013

Why Kansas City moved away from zero-tolerance against violent crime

  • nine the number of times in the past 44 years that the murder count in Kansas City, Mo. has fallen below 100 in a single year. Zero tolerance hasn’t worked for the city, so they’re now switching to a new carrot-stick model known as “focused deterrence” to help cut down the city’s violence rate, with the goal of catching people on the edges of violent crime before they fall deeper into crime. “For those on the bubble, a lot of them want to do what’s right,” said the city’s police chief, Darryl Forte. source
13:18 // 1 year ago
December 1, 2012
breakingnews:

Chiefs player Jovan Belcher kills girlfriend, then himself
The Kansas City Star: “Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher this morning shot and killed his girlfriend before going to Arrowhead Stadium and fatally shooting himself as team personnel tried to stop him, police said.”
Photo: Uncredited/The Kansas City Star

More info on the deadly shooting.

breakingnews:

Chiefs player Jovan Belcher kills girlfriend, then himself

The Kansas City Star: “Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher this morning shot and killed his girlfriend before going to Arrowhead Stadium and fatally shooting himself as team personnel tried to stop him, police said.”

Photo: Uncredited/The Kansas City Star

More info on the deadly shooting.

13:48 // 1 year ago
We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.
A statement from the Kansas City Chiefs • Regarding a shooting incident, an alleged murder-suicide involving an unidentified Chiefs player and his girlfriend. More details as we get them. (EDIT: The player is linebacker Jovan Belcher, NBC Sports reports.)
11:23 // 1 year ago
November 14, 2012
Google Fiber is now live in Kansas City. Here’s how fast it is, according to one user, Mike Demarais. Guess we know where we’re going for our next vacation.

Google Fiber is now live in Kansas City. Here’s how fast it is, according to one user, Mike Demarais. Guess we know where we’re going for our next vacation.

10:02 // 1 year ago
September 10, 2012

More on Google Fiber and service coverage

colincurtis says: This doesn’t tell the full story. KCK turned our whole map green. We lead a grassroots effort to sign up neighborhoods by canvassing and the city allocated funds for people who couldn’t afford the $10 fee so that no area was left behind.

» SFB says: Thanks for speaking up. It’s worth pointing out that while Kansas City, Missouri struggled to fill out its map, Kansas City, Kansas did much better. In related news, here are some more details on Google’s renewed efforts to sign up people in communities that didn’t turn out the first time around. — Ernie @ SFB

10:18 // 1 year ago
This is just one more example of people that are lower income, sometimes not higher educated people, being left behind. It makes me very sad.
Kansas City, Mo. resident Margaret May • Expressing frustration with her neighborhood’s slow push to sign up for Google Fiber. May leads the neighborhood council in the Ivanhoe neighborhood, which is 46 percent black. Google said they could only sign up neighborhoods that had enough people pay a $10 preregistration fee for broadband access, and by Sunday’s deadline, only 32 percent of those that had signed up were black, while 54 percent were white, with predominantly-black neighborhoods lagging behind. The company plans to offer a second opportunity to sign up for those that missed the chance.
8:45 // 1 year ago
July 26, 2012

Google Fiber heads to Kansas City: Here’s what the deals look like, guys

  • free Google Fiber’s new base plan, which offers (after an initial $300 installation fee) its users free broadband access at traditional speeds for the next seven years.
  • fast Google’s Gigabit ethernet, which offers speeds at 100 times faster than traditional internet access for a relatively-inexpensive $70 per month.
  • different Google’s fully-integrated HD television plan, which includes cable TV, a Google Drive, and a Nexus 7 tablet. That bells-and-whistles deal? $120 per month. source

» But before you move to Kansas City … It’s worth noting that there are a few notable holdouts on the cable front — for example, there isn’t any AMC, CNN, the Disney Channel, HBO or ESPN, so “Game of Thrones” is off the table in the Google household. But on the other hand, if you download an episode of said show on The Pirate Bay at gigabit speeds, it’d take you less than five seconds. Seems like some major companies didn’t think this through …

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19:07 // 1 year ago