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Glazer: Baltimore Riots Torpedo Stanford’s Comic

Freddie Gray was just hanging out when cops made eye contact with him…  Gray has a lengthy criminal record with over 20 arrests since 2007 for selling drugs, burglary,making drugs, assaults, the list goes on. Clearly he’s a low level … Continue reading

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Hearne: Unanswered Questions Linger in ‘Duke’s on Broadway’ Rape Story

Don’t expect the Duke’s on Grand rape story to go away anytime soon… There are just too many crazy twists and turns and unanswered questions. Starting with the gaggle of employees who hung out illegally drinking after closing hours to party … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Second Coming of Joe Posnanski?

Talk about too much of a good thing… Now that the Kansas City Royals are requiring locals to pay much closer attention, I find myself perusing their game stories in the Kansas City Star far more often. Which generally entails reading what beat … Continue reading

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Lefsetz: Music First, Stardom Later

I can’t get an Apple Watch, but every celebrity known to man has been seeded one to make them look cool… Who’s using who? And if you think it’s the musicians who are coming out ahead, you own no Apple … Continue reading

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Hearne: Skeen & Wife Wanted to Buy ‘Duke’s on Grand’

Saturday’s downtown sports bar rape story just keeps getting weirder… For starters, turns out alleged rapist Dennis Skeen is married. Add to that, sources say that Skeen and his wife Michelle have been trying to buy Duke’s on Grand, the downtown bar … Continue reading

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Hearne: There’s Lots More to the ‘Dukes on Grand’ Rape Story

There’s almost always more to the story than what you get in newspaper and TV news…. Take the young woman who passed out Saturday and allegedly was molested by skeezy downtown restaurateur Dennis Skeen. Buried in the loosely-but-widely reported particulars of the story were … Continue reading

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Steele: The Entirely Predictable Demonization of Jeff Roe

Kansas City political consultant Jeff Roe made news the other day when he acknowledged that he, not gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway, paid for the House of Cards parody ad that was said to have inspired auditor Tom Schweich‘s suicide… For … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Ike Likely Done for Season, Long-Throw Haters Hating

Sporting Kansas City head to LA this weekend to take on the Galaxy and attempt to snap the reigning MLS Champions’ 25 game home unbeaten streak… Tall task?  You bet. Especially without KC’s leading goalscorer and best defender of this … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Farmer’s Ball @ Bottleneck, Whiskey Myers @ Granada

Saturday, April 18th KJHK Farmer’s Ball Semifinals at the Bottleneck in Lawrence This annual battle of the bands has featured some pretty strong acts over the years, with many of the winners going on to decent local, and even national, … Continue reading

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Hearne: Bowling for Major News Stories

The big news in Lawrence today… Would you believe, that the bowling alley in the KU student union building is gonna close? Yep, top of the fold on the front page of the Lawrence Journal World newspaper. It’s a little … Continue reading

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Hearne: Can Kansas City Be a Baseball Town Again?

After decades of being the butt of every baseball joke imaginable a new game is afoot… At the risk of hopping on (and later perhaps off) the bandwagon that is this year’s Kansas City Royals, let’s assume for a moment that … Continue reading

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Glazer: This Year’s Royals The Team to Beat in MLB

The battle cry last year from yours truly: “It’s Over!” That was my thinking – that the Kansas City Royals were done in September after a cold streak. Clearly I was wrong! A World Series later, they were anything but … Continue reading

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Steele: Kansas City Star Had Rape Story Problems Too

Rolling Stone magazine caught considerable and justified heat for a story of a gang rape at the University of Virginia that was implausible on its face and unverifiable in all its preposterous details… As Newsweek reports, the tale of the … Continue reading

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Hearne: Editors Weigh Uncertain Future of The Kansas City Star

No two ways about it, the situation is grim at 18th and Grand… That’s where the dedicated men and women of the Kansas City Star are hard at it, fighting the good fight on behalf of the written word. A handful of years … Continue reading

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Hearne: A Call for Less Butt Kissing & More Tough Talk @ KU

Say what you will, half a loaf’s almost always better than no loaf at all… And to his credit, in the case of Star sports scribe Sam Mellinger it’s usually a very tasty half. What goes missing often unfortunately is much in … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘GET HARD’—Crash Course For Raunchy Prison Stretch

I had seen it far too often… A high concept storyline that can easily be described in a single paragraph. Back it by a hefty TV advertising blitz and Hollywood serves up yet another goofy quickie comedy. So you can imagine … Continue reading

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Donnelly: Sporting KC Needs to Stop Putting Fans to Sleep

Through three games in the 2015 campaign, Sporting Kansas City have scored just two goals en route to recording two draws and a loss… And two of the three games played so far have been in the friendly confines of … Continue reading

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Valentine: Our Hope Lost

A mostly White America elected its first black president… Remember the term “post-racial?” It was our hope. Six years later, racial tensions are higher than before President Obama took office. “Hands up.  Don’t shoot.” It has become a national protest slogan … Continue reading

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Hearne: Sizzling Courtroom Testimony Paints Lawrence CiCi’s Owner as a Dirtbag

For more than a year the obvious went unaddressed by the mainstream media in Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka… Only KC Confidential reported that there was something very fishy about 52 year-old CiCi’s Pizza owner Harold Sasko shacking up with 17 year-old hottie Sarah McLinn … Continue reading

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Paul Wilson: I’d Like a Venti Americano with an Extra Shot of Race Relations, Please

Starting this week, there’s a chance my Starbucks cup, normally labeled “Well-Coifed Scribe,” will be passed across the counter with a smile and the notation, “Race Together.” Starbucks wants in the race and values business? The same Starbucks that spends millions … Continue reading

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