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Steele: Book of Mormon or Book of Hypocrisy?

The Star’s Robert Trussell is the rare reviewer to understand the historical significance of the musical, “Book of Mormon,” playing through March 8 at the Music Hall… “Had the revered composers of shows we now consider to be part of … Continue reading

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Steele: Some Questions for Kris Ketz to Ask Obama

Score one for KMBC 9 News… On Thursday, anchor Kris Ketz will interview President Barack Obama at the White House and report live from Washington all-day Thursday on Channel 9. It should be a real snooze fest, unless Ketz asks … Continue reading

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Hearne: One Up, One Down in the News Mag Game

Small world… Just as the Kansas City Star‘s weekly Sunday magazine was blowing taps, another newspaper weekly was  soaring to new heights, says former Star editor and reporter Jim Fitzpatrick… “That same day the New York Times redid their magazine,” Fitzpatrick … Continue reading

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Steele: But With Whom Will Michael Sam Be Dancing?

In December, readers of TMZ were treated to the shocking headline, “I’m Not in the NFL Because I’m Gay,” so insinuated former Missouri star defensive end Michael Sam… “I think I was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year last … Continue reading

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Steele: Great Plains Mall Wins 2015 “Best Alibi” Award

To the disappointment of almost no one, Olathe’s Great Mall of the Great Plains is closing after 18 futile years… If the mall management did nothing right during those years, they announced the closing with an industrial strength excuse. First, the … Continue reading

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Sounds Good: Turnpike Troubadours @ Granada, Martin Sexton @ Granada

Thursday, February 19th Turnpike Troubadours at the Granada in Lawrence So you’re not a “country music” fan?  Me neither, really.  I mean, I love Willie.  And I can get into a ripping pedal steel for sure.  But I don’t own … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Rich Get Sleazier at KU

Henceforth and forevermore let the record show that college sports is about one  thing – and one thing only – the almighty buck… And it’s about folks like us, trapped in flyover state cities, with nothing much better to do than feeding the … Continue reading

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Steele: Why Star Downplayed NC Muslim Slaying

Each day the Kansas City Star emails “Your Morning News,” a summary of its Top 10 news stories of the day… Before opening my email, I guessed that the tragic slaying of three young Muslims – two of them female in … Continue reading

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Hearne: Star ‘Slashes’ Business News Coverage

Maybe I’ve been reading too much Rich Steele… Which undoubtedly accounts for my use of the word “slash” in reference to the Kansas City Star’s after-the-fact announcement today that its Kansas City Star Business Weekly is no more. Just like that … Continue reading

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Glazer: The Battle of Westport – Take 2 – Former Landlord Poised to Create Parking Problem

Was a time businessman Doug Weltner was once considered the savior of Westport… Weltner and his real estate company outbid others around 1990 to purchase Westport Square and the parking lot along Westport Road across from Kelly’s and the old … Continue reading

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Steele: The Star Is Wrong About ‘Pianogate’

“So maybe the ‘optics’ are unfortunate,” reads the opening sentence in the Kansas City Star editorial on Pianogate, “but the Kansas City, Kan., school board ought to be applauded for investing in its students.” For starters, any editor who uses “optics” … Continue reading

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Steele: The Media ‘Misremember’ a Lot of Stuff

NBC anchorman Brian Williams has taken more fire over his remarks about Iraq than he ever took over Iraq itself… In the process, Williams has added a handy new locution to the lexicon of the disingenuous, the word “misremember.” A … Continue reading

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Steele: So Why Does KCK Super Make Twice What Guv Does?

“What’s the Matter with Kansans Valuing Tax Cuts above Education?” KCK School Superintendent Cynthia Lane asks in her blog. “Have we considered the ramifications of these actions on our communities and way of life? Perhaps Kansas is comfortable accelerating a system of the … Continue reading

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Steele: How KC Can Spare Itself a St. Louis-Style Bloodbath.

No one tracks crime and punishment more analytically than local political scientist Dr. Ernest Evans… Evans predicted what would happen in St. Louis after the Michael Brown shooting on August 9, and his predictions have come sadly true. In the … Continue reading

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Hearne: Legendary KC Radio Host Now An Internet Cabbie

How about a quick game of, “Where are they now?” Today’s subject is none other than longtime WDAF 61 Country morning host David Lawrence.  Lawrence parted company with Entercom Kansas City in 2006 following a ceremony honoring him by naming WDAF FM‘s new … Continue reading

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Hearne: Westport to Unleash “Gangsta Cam’ on Bad Guys

Coming soon to an entertainment district near you… It may be the Age of the Drone, but Kansas City’s premier entertainment district is going to stick with the tried and the true in its ongoing battle to keep bad guys out … Continue reading

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Steele: Am I the OP Abduction Suspect?

According to KCTV5, the suspect in an attempted kidnapping last week in Overland Park was “described as 6′ tall, heavy-set, and was wearing a ball cap and a dark heavy coat.”  Let’s see, 6′ tall? That’s me. Ball cap? Me. … Continue reading

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Steele: Oh No, ‘Lobbyists’ See Brownback Budget

The Sam Brownback budget is to the editors at the Kansas City Star what Moby Dick was to Ahab, what Bill Clinton was to Monica, what snow is to CNN (Juno, anyone?)–an unhealthy obsession bordering on mania… The latest breathtaking … Continue reading

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Steele: Missouri Dem Office Squabble Gets Nasty

As reported in the Missouri Torch, Democratic State Rep Keith English of Florissant got a new office and made some new enemies… Apparently, English was awarded the office after crossing party lines to help Republicans overturn a Jay Nixon tax … Continue reading

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Steele: Have Kansas Teachers Become The Rural Aristocracy?

Although rural Kansas school districts do not have anything like the seventy-four $100K-plus employees of the Blue Valley District or the sixty-two $100K-plus employees in Shawnee Mission, they don’t do half bad – especially compared to the people paying their … Continue reading

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