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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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(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: New Star Editorial Writer Works K.C. Schmooze After D.C. Axe

Talk about controversial couples… Seems the newest Kansas City Star addition comes with a bit of journalistic baggage. Editorial columnist Melinda Henneberger’s been all over the map since splashing down at 18th and Grand recently. She’s weighed in on everything from … Continue reading

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Hearne: Long, Slow Death Throes Continue @ 18th and Grand

Don’t look now but the inevitable is upon us… The question being, when and where will it all end where the Kansas City Star is concerned? When the Star dropped its most recent bombshell – on Monday April 17, 2017 in a front page … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Spin Stops Here, Baby

How many times does the exact same story about fallen Fox News host Bill O’Reilly need to be written? I’ve lost count. The usual suspects have been busy reporting basically the same stuff – CNN, MSNBC, Vanity Fair, New York Times, Fox news – … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Rise & Fall of INK Magazine

Last one out, turn off the lights… Forget about the Kansas City Star rescuing what’s left of The Pitch. The beleaguered, former alt weekly threw in the towel last month, but instead of merely curling up and dying, embarked on a path of … Continue reading

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Hearne: Will Kansas City Finds Its Way?

Is Kansas City on the right track? Think about it. In generations past the Cowtown had a lot going for it. The mighty Missouri River, the stockyards, Kansas City Board of Trade and Kansas City Southern Railroad for starters. Moving forward, Hallmark … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Long Predicted, Pending Death of Alternative Journalism in KC As We Know It

Death spiral, anyone? Enough with the sentimental beating about the bush and kissing up to what little  remains of KC’s so-called alternative newsweekly The Pitch. And as for beleaguered Pitch publisher Scott Wilson’s tap dance Monday on KCUR-FM – stating the pub’s move from … Continue reading

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Hearne: Saying Something Nice About The Kansas City Star

Tis the season…. What better way to harness the holiday spirit than critique my former home-away-from-home, the Kansas City Star. You may recall I let my subscription lapse last year before hopping back aboard last summer. The break allowed me to … Continue reading

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Hearne: A Tale of Two Cities — KC’s Inflated Streetcar Ridership Numbers

In a world of made-up news stories and overblown media hype, the unsubstantiated success of the Kansas City streetcar line looms large… Check out a recent front page headline in the local newspaper of record: “Transit line needs more cars; KC’s … Continue reading

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Hearne: KC Star Axes Veteran Firebrand Yael T. Abouhalkah

Last one out turn off the lights? No way…not after the Kansas City Star laid the pipe today to longtime lead editorial columnist Yael Abouhalkah. Think one less dead tired, relic of the past, making room for new, fresher perspectives. “Good Monday morning. I … Continue reading

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Glazer: Scribe Rubs Crystal Football for This Week’s Picks

Well, football fans fall is in the air and in your wallet… Chiefs tickets, Red Friday, ridiculously high parking payments, $10 dollar beers, BBQ and yes, football picks! Again, last year’s good teams are still the ones to beat until proven otherwise. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Do Not Miss ‘Drivin N Cryin’ Saturday @ Knuckleheads

Those of you who halfway know me, understand that I’m not given to shameless plugs… Not in print anyway. That said I’m about to make an exception as I reach back into my dark, hazy past to the late 1980s/early 1990s when … Continue reading

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Hearne: Enough With Boring, Filler Columns, Mary Sanchez Needs to Grow or Go

Once upon a time, there was a Kansas City Star columnist almost nobody above the age of 15 or under 70 ever much read… Perhaps you’ve heard of her, Jeneé Osterheldt. Don’t get me wrong, I know Jenee and she’s a perfectly … Continue reading

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Hearne: It’s Time for KC Star Editors to Get a Clue

After a one year hiatus I’ve started taking the Kansas City Star again… Yippee! Conspiracy theories aside, my dropping of the newspaper went down quite by accident. Something about getting divorced, moving, misplacing a credit card and beginning a new career. … Continue reading

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Hearne: End of an Era @ Lawrence Journal World

Talk about famous last words… It’s no secret that daily newspapers are having a tough time surviving the Internet. Primarily because the ridiculously high advertising rates they were able to charge for print editions – given their effective news monopolies … Continue reading

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Hearne: Local Life Resumes After Royals World Series Win

Of course the Kansas City Royals are still very popular… However life goes on, and after two years of edge-of-your-seat baseball with back-to-back World Series appearances, the Kansas City area is overdue for a return to normalcy. A resumption of day-to-day … Continue reading

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Hearne: Ridiculous Crowd Estimate Alert for Lawrence

Ah, the joys of journalism… I learned early in my foray into the journalism racket that precious few who call themselves “journalists” are to the manner born. Television newsies are generally wannabe local celebrities who like the idea of acting important, being on camera, wearing … Continue reading

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Hearne: A Death in the Family @ 18th & Grand

It was the beginning of the end… Late last summer I misplaced a credit card that paid my monthly subscription fee to the Kansas City Star. The net result being the gang at 18th and Grand cut me off. Poof, I was history. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Former KC Promoter Weighs in on Death of The Eagles Glenn Frey

Pretty much everybody knows and/or remembers KC concert king Chris Fritz… Far less so, Contemporary head dude Irv Zuckerman. And yet without the mostly behind-the-scenes, St. Louis concert promoter’s contribution the area entertainment scene in the 80s, 90s and beyond … Continue reading

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