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Hearne: ‘Losers’ @ Sports Illustrated Forecast Royals Rumble

Does Sports Illustrated still matter? A handful of years back the editor at the Kansas City Star told me in no uncertain terms that it did not. It was a joke, the dying embers of an outdated dream. Seems SI had … Continue reading

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Hearne: Dissecting Bob Lefsetz on the Concept of ‘Too Much’

I’m not sure what, Too much of nothing really means… Other than being the lyrics to a Bob Dylan song that a lot of people – me included – used to think were “manna from heaven” back in the 1970s and … Continue reading

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Hearne: IKEA Short Sheets KC on ‘Grand Opening’ Meatball Schmooze

Would you believe KC is actually bigger than Miami? True story – a population of 467,000 versus 419,000 – although there’s more to the tale-o-the-tape when you factor in the two “metro” areas. That’s where the Florida city smokes Greater KC, with 5.5 million … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Dying Confession of a CD/Vinyl Buyer

I stream, therefore I am… I have a confession – nothing earth shattering – but while I hardly consider myself a reprobate, I still buy CDs and Vinyl music albums. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not like Craig Glazer or that Stomper character. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Crotch Rockert Alert; Befuddling Biker Blight Besets Plaza

Bikers happen…

You’ve seen them maybe, holding down the curb and "no parking" area in front of Latteland along 47th Street on the Plaza. By the dozens on weekends during warmer weather and in larger numbers during the summer.

Yet while much has been said of the influx of urban youth – and how uncomfortable they make Plaza patrons – little to nothing has been reported about the equally unlikely biker influx and their stark contrast with the usual mix of patricians and upscale Plaza shoppers.

"They are a bunch of rednecks on crotch rockets who think they look cool," observes one 30-something shopper. "But they just stand out like a crowd of irrelevants mismatched for this environment."

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Hearne: Live and Let Die

To blog or not to blog…

From the get-go that was the question pretty much everyone involved with KC Confidential felt they knew the answer to; not to blog.

Greg Hall writes a kick ass column, then I throw up a hail mary or three and next thing you know, "Where’d Greg go?"

Shauna lays down some must-know fashion advice or Jennifer a killer restaurant review and a day later someone stumbles on to KC Confidential and there’s no indication whatsoever of anything resembling food or fashion to be found.

A Web site would clear all that up, right?

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Hearne: 48 Hours and KC Confidential Goes Away

You know, it’s been real… Since February 25th 2009 this angst ridden blog has done its darnedest – and at times, its dirtiest – to provide the kind of news, opinion and entertainment that somehow mattered. Naturally, we – I – got ripped pretty good by the good folks who populate that caustic, bitter jungle known as the comments section. No mas. As of Monday.

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Hearne: Mother of Man Who Perished in Westport Calls for Accountability

Three weeks ago late Saturday night/early Sunday morning 24-year old Brian Euston was found unconscious in Westport…

He later died from injuries to his head. Kansas City police say a surveillance video of the scene where Euston was either injured or attacked is inconclusive. There were people around and whatever happened seemed to happen pretty fast. But was it an accident or an assault? The autopsy is back, but police have yet to release the results.

Westport property owners and merchants are unhappy with publicity and speculation that Euston may have been mugged. That’s bad for business and property values.

Euston’s friends and family are unhappy with both their tragic loss and the fact that to date no one has come forward from the crowd in the video with information as to what happened.

The investigation is ongoing…

Enter Euston’s mother Kathy Euston, who operates Euston’s hardware store in Prairie Village. Continue reading

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Hearne: Grave Dancing at The Kansas City Star

May as well make it official…

Kansas City Star sports columnist Sam Mellinger has totally eclipsed heavy duty forebears Joe Posnanski and Jason Whitlock.

Mellinger’s column yesterday about weed wonk Dwayne Bowe was the best of both worlds. A bit of the colorful elocution-like wordplay of JoPo – but more cutting edge contemporary. Along with some of the blustery bombast of Porkchop, sans the unnecessary pimping of the readership.

You know what?

Looks like the Star has (finally) completed the breakup. Continue reading

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Hearne: The Curious Case of Brian Euston

The candlelight vigils, Facebook tributes and letters to the editor soldier on…

But still no word on the mysterious death of 24-year old Brian Euston in Westport earlier this month. Which isn’t to say, there is no developing news.

There is.

For starters the autopsy results Kansas City police say they’ve been waiting for are back. Continue reading

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Star Search: Hot Off the Presses – a Month After the Fact

Talk about slow news days…

Forget about the hundreds of layoffs at the Kansas City Star the past few years – mine included – Mondays have always been sleepy when it comes to reporting local news. That’s because for all it’s might – and the Star is still plenty mighty – the newspaper continues to suit up but a skeleton staff of lottery losers on weekends. Which renders the Monday edition pretty much a throw away day outside of sports .

Monday’s front page filler, for example, includes a meaningless photo from the Chiefs win, a day old New York Times story and a pair of filler fluff pieces from Continue reading

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Starbeams: Friendly Ghosts, DUIs Dodged & What Grandkids?

An 84 – year- old woman in Kansas City, North was scammed out of $3,000 by a young man claiming to be her grandson.

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Hearne: Maria Juarez Descends, Detonates on KC Confidential

Lest you miss it, I present edgy, new KC Confidential provocateur Maria Juarez real, true Hollywood story/bio.

On Groundhog’s Day of ’91, Maria was expelled from her mother’s uterus in a Des Moines hospital. She is currently the oldest, smartest, and prettiest of two and a-half children. Her formative years were awkward and painful, marked by Mexican jokes and slow chesticular development. Eventually her boobies emerged, and she finally came to terms with her ethnicity. Continue reading

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Back Talk: Mrs. Potato Head Fights Back, Glazer ‘Still a Dick,’ Wakeup Call for Black Barbie, Hearne/Fitz to be Entombed & More

"Isn’t Halloween a national day for sluts, like Maria, to slut it up? I agree with the op Maria, just show us your tits, you slut, you know you want to. Your words make no sense, so keep your mouth shut and your tits out."   *** Huh? on Maria Juarez’ column about slutty Halloween costumes.

"The only reason I post inane crap is so that you fine people can maintain your sense of purpose in life: commenting on a blog about how the 19-year-old intern is a slut. Consider it a favor from me to you. I post shit. You shout into the dark about how shitty my shit is. Keep ‘em coming! It brightens my day." *** Maria.


"Craig I wouldn’t want to do my life over, nope. I would do yours though, you crazy bastard."   *** Rob Lane on Craig Glazer’s question, if you do it again – exactly as before – would you live your life over?

"Look at the big brain on Craig? Again. Someone thought you wanted to do yourself in! Not Craig Glazer, you love yourself way too much."   *** Maureen.

"Glazer for all you know this is your second time around. Guess what? You are still a dick."   *** KellysGuy


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Hearne: Kansas City Police Still on Hold re Westport Death

It’s been four days since Kansas City Police said they were awaiting autopsy results…

That after 24-year old Brian Euston – of Prairie Village’s Euston’s Hardware family – was found unconscious in Westport and later died. Euston had been on the party trail at Kelly’s with friends and had left the bar in the wee hours of Saturday night/Sunday morning.

The $64 million question: How did he die?

An unsubstantiated headline in the online version of the Kansas City Star’s news story led readers to believe Euston had been beaten.

Police called the newspaper out on the bogus headline but the Star declined to explain or change it, police say. Continue reading

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Back Talk: Let There be Blog, KC Star Strippers, Time Travel at KU, HC goes PI & Buzzards at Kelly’s

"Maybe we should all just sit at home and blog and blog and blog and blog and blog about how very stupid and lame everyone else is."   *** Bert Lahr. On Tony’s caustic sendup to last weekend’s Kansas City Marathon.

"The only dating the KU football team is going to be doing is carbon dating. They set the football program back so far Steven Hawking is citing the loss as proof that time travel is possible."   *** smartman. On the KU football team’s lopsided loss to K-State and its dismal season-to-date record.


"Hearne….maybe try one of those crime scene investigator courses that are on tv…you’d mkae one hell of a detective…since a journalist you are not!"   *** jojoOn the reporting that 24-year old Brian Euston’s death in Westport could be the result of an accident rather than a "beating" as implied by an eroneous Kansas City Star headline.


“I was thinking about another name. I had Casey (because of Kansas City) and I was thinking Star because of the paper. But I thought that sounds like a real stripper’s name.”   *** A 1977 Kansas City Times interview by former Star publisher Art Brisbane with Alice Cooper dancer Debora Gene Hallak on her selecting the stage name Casey Cole.

"Yeah, I definitely remember this — less about the girl I interviewed and more about the bizarre scene with Alice Cooper. Skinny, unhealthy looking guy who, I remember, sang ‘I’m 18′ but looked 60."   *** Art Brisbane circa his 2010 flashback.

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Starbeams: Murderers R People Too, Royals Pitching & Things to Do in the Dark

A Desoto Kansas woman accused of keeping her malnourished son in the attic is now facing charges of attempted murder. Continue reading

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Hearne: No News is No News on Baffling Late Night Westport Death

The unfortunate death of 24-year old Brian Euston in Westport last weekend continues to baffle…

The latest: Kansas City Police spokesman Rich Lockhart says police still await autopsy results but don’t expect to get them today. And there’s no evidence – after reviewing video – to support that Euston was either hit by a car or involved in some kind of fight or beating.


The only entity of note pushing the Euston was beaten theory was the Kansas City Star, police say. Continue reading

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Hearne: Late Night Westport Death May Have Been Accident

It’s not easy piecing together what may have happened in an accident or crime after the fact…

Right now, police are hard at it attempting to unravel what went wrong where 24-year old Brian Euston is concerned late last Saturday night/early Sunday after a night of partying at Kelly’s in Westport. Euston was found unconscious outside on the ground suffering a severe head injury and later died.

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Hearne: Winstead’s Lays the Pipe to Blanc Burger in Groupon Showdown

Think of it as a battle of old versus new, distinguished tradition pitted against cutting edge innovation…

And in a photo finish ending, legendary Kansas City hamburger haven Winstead’s kicked Blanc Burger + Bottles you-know-what in the game of Groupon. Yes, Groupon – that paragon of Internet marketing virtue that’s sweeping the nation one email deal a day at a time.

Here’s how it went down… Continue reading

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