Hearne: Manti Te’o Fake Girlfriend Story, Journalism Light

tuiasosopo-1-24-13-3_4_r536_c534I can’t take it anymore…

Not that I’m mad as hell or anything, but the only thing more ridiculous than the ridiculous tale of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is the ridiculous, lame news coverage of his fake dead girlfriend story.

Ad nauseam news coverage. Continue reading

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Leftridge: TV Time — Even Though Spies Are Stupid, I’ll Probably Watch The Americans

fx_americans_keyart_p_2012I just don’t like spies.

I don’t mean I dislike them as one might dislike an opossum, as in, “Jesus, honey—those spies got into the trashcans again last night and shit all over the sidewalk. We need to set some spy traps.” I mean, I dislike them because they’re not interesting to me.

There’s nothing about a spy—the intrigue, the danger, the cool surveillance tools masquerading as household objects (A MUSTACHE COMB-CAMERA? COOL)—that holds my attention. James Bond stuff is boring, and I’d be more interested in the Rosenbergs if they opened a really authentic delicatessen in my neighborhood.

I feel like less of a man admitting this, trust me. For the most part, spies are an inherently masculine interest, falling somewhere on the continuum of youth between dinosaurs and girls. But like outer space and racecars, they just never became a “thing” to me. That said, I’m looking forward to FX’s January 30th premier of The Americans, a show about two Russian spies (Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys) and their children living as a normal family in a 1980’s Washington DC suburb.  I’ll explain why. Continue reading

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Hearne: Black & Gold to Reenact Quantrill’s Raid in Lawrence

IMG_1881Think Quantrill’s Raid sans the massacre…

At this point the plans are a little sketchy, but if push comes to shove, Black & Gold Tavern owner Zach Cartwright may celebrate the 1863 burning of Lawrence by leading a band of MU Tigers to the Jayhawk capital this summer.

“August 21st of this year is the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s excursion to Lawrence, so we will be celebrating it here at the Black & Gold Tavern” Cartwright says. “We might even take a bus load of Missouri fans over to Lawrence that night, but we’ll leave the matches at home.”

The first raid left between 185 and 200 Jayhawks dead. Continue reading

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Sounds Good: The Floozies@Bottleneck, Bret Mosley@Barnyard, Olassa@Replay

What do I think about the Kanrocksas lineup?

Lots of people have been asking me this lately.  The question is inevitably followed by their own opinion, which by and large has been negative.

Hold it right there folks.

The powers that be at Kanrocksas have announced only three acts so far. And two of them seem like pretty good bets to me. Continue reading

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Hearne: A Million Pizzas & a Race for Dear Life

254082_214276621936550_5924163_nSince when did making pizzas become a life and death struggle?

I’ll let new Dark Horse Tavern main man Bill Nigro answer that in a minute. But first let’s clear up the confusion about the whereabouts of Torres Pizza the past 10 years.

As one comments section gentleman noted, something called Torres has been available in Westport  pretty much all along since the mid 1970s.

Trouble is, after Nigro got fed up hand making pizzas in 2002 he farmed Torres out to a concern who changed the recipe and hustled the pies less scrupulously.

No mas. Continue reading

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New Jack City: Jack Lays Down the Law

Peeping-TomWith the new year upon us, comes another batch of forbidden fruit to keep you on the straight and narrow while cruising this great land of ours…

*Like in Minnesota where it’s illegal to have sex with a live fish.

* Or in Utah it is against the law to marry your first cousin before the age of 65. Continue reading

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Glazer: Unedited Scribe Asks, “Can the Economy Come Back?”

boomersBaby Boomers control over 70% of the US economy. They have all the money. For the most part, SAVED UP. With no interest from CD’s or Savings, no safe investments, and deep fear of the stock market, they hold their money tight to their vest. Can the economy come back without the ‘boomers?’

Yep ‘Boomers’ are from 40′ to 60’s today. Some are already retired. Many own the major business concerns in this city and around the nation. They are the C.E.O’s of well over half our companies. Yet their spending habits have dropped way off. Why? Fear. They saw their stocks and 401K’s take huge hits these past ten years plus. Their CD’s pay almost nothing. Their children are in college or into the beginnings of their chosen fields. They are most of our nations ‘rich’ folks. Guess what, most of them feel they are nearly BROKE. Their bills are higher than their income. NO not all, but the majority. If they don’t spend,travel, go out or buy new homes, our economy may be on lock up. Continue reading

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Glazer: Unedited Scribe Questions Chiefs Future Just Prior to Personnel Changes

pioli-fired-4_3_r536_c534Charles, I mean Clark in Charge. Thank God. We are saved Chiefs Nation! The Chiefs owner, Clark Hunt has decided to keep Scott Pioli as general manager of your beloved Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs, as I wrote in previous stories, are THE MOST IMPORTANT THING in Kansas City. That’s the talk, the print, the media, at least in our town. So all decisions for drafting, who the new coach will be, who stays on this team and who goes will be answered by Clark Hunt. Happy now? Continue reading

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Hearne: Farewell Dear Scribe, Goodbye & Good Luck

craigandlady-1The comments section has spoken…

In a photo finish the Sack the Scribe forces nosed out the Go Glazers in David Scott Whinery‘s unscientific poll of KC Confidential readers.

It was thisclose.

Truth is though while Whinery’s intentions were pure, the die was already cast.

After two years of hard labor, I just didn’t have the time or energy to edit the Scribe’s entertaining, true life stories any longer. Continue reading

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Starbeams: Adam One Goes to Washington, Barbara Walters Slips & Jurassic Pork

adam-hamiltonPastor Adam Hamilton from Leawood’s Church of the Resurrection spoke at the National Prayer Service in Washinton.  It marked the first time a Johnson County resident had prayed for Obama.


KC Mayor Sly James is now courting neighboring cities to link to Kansas City’s streetcar transit system.  By force of habit, the state of Kansas offered more money for the entire system to cross the State Line.

******* Continue reading

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New Jack City: Super Bowl KC Style–Good Buy–Right Price?

matthew-broderick-super-bowl-ad-628_crop_exactThe almighty Super Bowl is right around the corner…

And with it comes its extraordinarily huge viewing audience. Especially given  the popularity of this year’s game featuring a duel between the two team’s head coach brothers.

Then there’s America’s fascination with Super Bowl TV commercials.

This year a 30 second network spot during the CBS telecast game has escalated to $4 million. Which may sound huge but still seems reasonable when advertisers calculate the cost per thousand and consider the demographic reached by their commercials.

But what about the Super Bowl spots in Kansas City? Continue reading

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Hearne: KC Star “Death March” Continues

think-positiveWill it ever end?

The latest cutbacks – both now and coming soon – to the Kansas City Star: another round of employee furloughs (forced, unpaid vacations) and a shrinking of the newspaper’s print edition sometime between now and the end of spring.

Star publisher Mi-Ai Parrish unleashed the not unexpected furlough news this morning in a memo to staffers.

“As we make turn into 2013, we continue to see some signs of economic uncertainty, and our revenue projections, although improving, continue to track below prior year,” Parrish wrote.

Hold it right there… Continue reading

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Hearne: Wild Bill Nigro Now Riding The Dark Horse

BillNigroOnce upon a time there was but a single pizza joint in Westport

That was then.

Now there’s a gillion of em, says Midtown mainstay Bill Nigro.

“There’s pizza on the menu of practically every restaurant in Kansas City,” Nigro says.

That said, Nigro is bucking the odds by bringing back Torre’s Pizza at The Dark Horse Tavern, which is newly under his management. Continue reading

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Donnelly: Kopecky Family Band at the Bottleneck, January 21, 2013

No, they’re not actually a family – it’s just a clever name – and the surname of the lone girl in the group, Kelsey Kopecky.

Any other questions before we get going?

OK, good. Continue reading

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Starbeams: How do I get my money back for all of this Livestrong crap?

oprahwinfreytomcruise-300x210Immediately after the interview with Lance Armstrong, Oprah tested negative for Metabolife.


Lance is now blaming this whole doping thing on that Notre Dame football player.


I guess it’s time for me to come clean about my relationship with Serena Williams. Continue reading

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Leftridge: Conference Championship Games Prompt Picks From Guy Who Doesn’t Gamble

NFC-AFC-ChampionshipsLook, I don’t know where Craig Glazer is and you don’t know where Glazer is, and maybe that’s just the way things are going to be. (You know, unless you believe D.S. Whinery’s awfully fishy sounding piece from earlier.)

The last I heard from him, he was leaving me a choppy, frantic sounding voicemail, and all I could really make out was something about the Brooklyn Dodgers, space aliens, Totino’s frozen “Party Pizzas,” and a dead Panamanian hooker in the trunk of his rented Ford Festiva. It cut off abruptly, and, because he has a habit of calling from throwaway, Cricket Wireless phones, I was unable to call him back.

Circle of life, I suppose.

And while whether or not his 25 weekly contributions to the site will be missed seems to be a hotly debated topic, there is no debating Craig Glazer’s greatest contribution to the entirety of the internet: his football picks.

If you happened to perchance across anything he had written in the last five months or so, you’ll know unequivocally that he is the greatest gambler in the history sports betting. On the season– before his secret and sudden departure– he had gone somewhere in the neighborhood of 130-10. And because he was fond of “teasing” his bets (whatever that means), he had ACTUALLY gone a perfect 225-0.

As Craig himself would so eloquently articulate, “suck it, haters… Lotus… stripper tits.Continue reading

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Whinery: Where’s Glazer?


The burning question in the comments section these days is…

“Where is KC Confidential’s most polarizing columnist?”

The man, the myth, the legend… Mr. Craig Glazer. 

I had the opportunity to interview our fearless leader, Mr.
Hearne Christopher, Jr. and Glazer about what happened and, as the saying goes, “its complicated.”

There are three sides to every story- what he said, what she said and what really happened.

Here’s what I’ve found out about the situation… Continue reading

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Hearne: Putting Armstrong / Livestrong Mythologies to Rest

hamilton.r-1Let’s clear up a couple lingering myths…

The first being what some sports junkies like to say to let disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong off the hook for cheating.

That “everybody” was doing it.

Never mind that the head of the U.S. Anti Doping Agency decried that theory, take it from former Armstrong teammate Tyler Hamilton. Continue reading

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Hearne: The Strange Case of the Disappearing KCUR Radio Host

jabulaniIt’s the most highly reported mystery this week…

The dramatic, totally unexpected, on-air resignation Wednesday of  KCUR-FM host Jabulani Leffall was the talk of the town. In the local media anyway.

Yet outside of regurgitating Jabulani’s resume, quoting an unnamed source on his cryptic, final on-air utterance and lifting KCUR’s reaction to his departure off its website, precious little was actually learned or reported.

So let’s take a look, shall we? Continue reading

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Hearne: Kanrocksas Squeezes Out a Yawner

biographyAnybody a little underwhelmed?

A year ago on January 9th Coachella unleashed its lineup for last summer. It’s entire lineup.

Included were The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog. Along with four or seven dozen other acts ranging from the Arctic Monkeys, Shins and Bon Iver to Girl Talk, Santigold and Grace Potter.

Way way down at the bottom of Coachell’s lengthy first day artist list – in print so fine it was barely discernible – was the name Kendrick Lamar.

Lamar was the first act trumpeted today by Kanrocksas for the music and camping fest’s second coming in June at the Kansas Speedway. Continue reading

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