Author Archives: Hearne Christopher Jr.

Hearne: Muddy Waters Jr. to Headline Thanksgiving Breakfast Dance

The hippest, funnest thing you can do this Thanksgiving (with your clothes on, of course)… No question, the annual Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Dance at the Kansas National Guard Armory in KCK, off I-70 on 18th Street. The 60th edition of … Continue reading

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Hearne: Trigger Happy Highchair Hustler Courtroom Bound

Things seem to be spiraling out of control for Raytown baby furniture maker David Jungerman… You may recall it was Jungerman’s white van seen speeding away from murder scene of Brookside lawyer Tom Pickert‘s after he was shot late last … Continue reading

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Hearne: Tap Dancing @ 18th & Grand

“Never miss a local story. Subscribe now.” That’s how the subscription come on reads at the end of a story this morning about a “slain KC lawyer” on the Kansas City Star website. A story with basically zero information about Tom … Continue reading

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Hearne: Brookside Shooting Death Remains a Whodunnit

Where’s the beef? One full week after 39 year old KC attorney Tom Pickert was gunned down on the front porch of his Brookside home by a dude some of his neighbors thought fled in a van owned by 79 … Continue reading

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Hearne: What’s Really the Matter with Kansas

Would it surprise anyone if I told you KU basketball – not football – fans are full of it? Didn’t think so. Well for starters, there’s nothing for KU football fans to be full of, so there’s that. That said, as … Continue reading

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Hearne: Downtown Ballpark? Anatomy of a ‘Fake News’ Story

Talk about burying the lead… They say a drowning man will clutch at a straw. Which appears to be the case at 18th and Grand as the beleaguered Kansas City Star dials sensationalism into every headline it can to try … Continue reading

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Hearne: Star Editor Gets Marching Orders from Corporate

It’s kinda hard to figure… Common sense would dictate that difficult as it is for daily newspapers, someone would have figured out the obvious; that in a somewhat conservative midwestern city like KC the smart money would be not to … Continue reading

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Hearne: Star Cheap Shots Chiefs Owner Clark Hunt

The trouble with group think? There’s too much of it, especially in the mainstream media. Add to that precious little in the way of diverse view points, and woe be to anyone who dares to step outside the boundaries of … Continue reading

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Hearne: So Many Caucasians, So Few Hip-Hop Bars

Which is it… Too many white folks or not enough blacks? Does not playing hip-hop music at dance clubs equate to racism? Should opinion-based writing appear on the local newspaper of record’s front page disguised as a news story? Just … Continue reading

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Hearne: Steve Glorioso & the Dark Side of Journalism

Journalists are like zoo animals, they love to be fed… Their meal of choice: Raw meat, as in off-the-record dirt that makes their jobs easier and more fun. Pretty simple, really. And few folks in the Cowtown were more adept … Continue reading

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Hearne: Meet the Busy Bodies

We’ve all been here before… Stuck next to some annoying know-it-all or coworker. Maybe a stranger sitting next to you at a bar or whatever. And no matter what the topic, they blather on about the way things should be, … Continue reading

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Hearne: Through the Looking Glass @ The American Royal

This isn’t exactly super secret but… The reporting standards are far laxer these days at the Kansas City Star. That in the wake of going from more than 2,000 employees to 300 or fewer the past 10 or 12 years. … Continue reading

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Hearne: The KC Star’s Recasting of Neal Patterson

Small town media types like few things more than rewriting history… Like bringing down legendary local icons such as Plaza developer J.C. Nichols. Or recasting a business bully like Sporting KC owner Neal Patterson as a jolly good fellow. Why confine yourself … Continue reading

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Hearne: Political Correctness Meets the Silly Season @ 18th & Grand

Anybody wanna join me in calling for the closing of Thomas Jefferson’s Library and tearing down of Monticello? No? Well then, how about we start by following Kansas City Star freelance columnist Steve Kraske’s suggestion to rip the name of “visionary” Country … Continue reading

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Hearne: American Royal Rubber Rib Rack Poor Sub for Substance

Talk about fiddling while Rome burns… I uttered a few words recently over the not yet cold, dead body of the American Royal and its arguably only remaining prized possession, the World Series of Barbecue. The latest: In lieu of … Continue reading

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Hearne: End of an Era @ Metcalf South

We live in lightning fast times… That goes without saying. Yet sometimes Cowtowners have to shake their heads about things that  – amazingly – have nothing whatsoever to do with Donald Trump. Go figure. For example the mighty Sears department … Continue reading

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Hearne: Star Goes Tabloid in Attempt to Label KC ‘Murder Capital’

Yellow Journalism, anybody? The age-old practice of cherry picking statistics to try and make an exaggerated point is alive and well at 18th and Grand in the newsroom of the Kansas City Star. Or as the Urban Dictionary puts it, … Continue reading

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(Re) Born on the 4th of July

A funny thing happened on the way to the end of June… Not so funny, actually. An accidental misstep caused the KC Confidential publishing device of choice – my MacBook Pro – to take a dirt nap. One that ensued … Continue reading

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Hearne: American Royal & BBQ Continue Downward Slide

 Another year, another snoozer American Royal… When it comes to over-the-hill events and washed up personalities, the old ways die hard here in the Cowtown. Case in point, Kansas City’s once vaunted, annual livestock, rodeo, horse show, society ball and … Continue reading

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Hearne: Dollar Store Dominance Decimates Dignity

Don’t let your lying eyes fool ya…  Seems like everywhere you turn in Johnson County and other snooty, upscale urban enclaves, that strip malls and trendy retailers are sprouting up willy nilly. They can’t build ’em fast enough. The flip … Continue reading

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