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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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Hearne: Lawrence Library Tries to Turn Water into Wine

When’s the last time anybody wasted a half dozen half page newspaper ads to draw fewer than 20 folks to a “free” wine tasting? In the case of the Lawrence Public Library and Lawrence Memorial Hospital the answer would be yesterday. Then again, … Continue reading

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Hearne: Donald Trump, Sex Slaves, Mad Max, Granny & Border War Crossing

Face it, the times they just aren’t a changing, like it or not, it’s a brave new world out there,…. Take the annual Gallup Poll results that showed President Obama as the country’s “most admired man.” Politics, nut job and terrorist … Continue reading

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Hearne: Star Wars Movie War Between AMC, Cinetopia Goes Galactic

Mystery solved… What movie theater in its right mind would pass on showing the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens? That’s a rhetorical question, btw. No theater would be dumb enough to not show Star Wars, let alone cede the … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Clear & Present Danger of Meaningless ‘Surveys’

Oh, for shame… In an era where social responsibility – you know – kinda matters, Kansas City pulls up way short in the recently released, “2015 Greenest Cities in America.” The good news: At least the Cowtown cracked the Top 100. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Time to Deliver Last Rites to American Royal?

In the wide world of universal truths, death more often than not is an ugly affair… Seems like it seldom comes quickly and cleanly. Such appears to be the case with one of Kansas City’s most vaunted annual events, the American Royal. Was a … Continue reading

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Hearne: Star Whiffs on KU Frats Carting Unconscious Coeds to the Frat House Story

Remember when cutting edge Kansas City Star columnist Mary Sanchez swacked that two bagger a couple weeks back? Where in a single column she exonerated K-State’s band for its marching penis formation, then served up a non sequitur chastising everybody for not focussing instead on … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Story Behind the Story on Mike Kennedy & Nyki

About the mysterious disappearance of both Q104 morning show main man Mike Kennedy and The Point 99.9 FM morning personality Nyki Pace… The $64 million questionL Why, why both and why both at the exact same time? The possibilities are endless. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Is the KC Star Business Section About to Become Road Kill?

Heard on the street: that the Kansas City Star will soon eliminate its business section… Could happen. Since ace business reporter Kevin Collison bailed a year ago – and was not replaced –  and what was left of the Business Tuesday insert went … Continue reading

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Hearne: April Radio Ratings Shakeup

Those crazy radio ratings… Wasn’t everything supposed to get super accurate when Arbitron switched from the diary system to people meters a handful of years back? Indeed. However, it all still comes down to the sample size – which is … Continue reading

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Hearne: USA Today the Future of Local Newspapers?

The sky isn’t quite falling yet, but we may be getting close… There’s little doubt that rapidly advancing technology is taking a huge toll on any number of old school industries. Take the greeting card biz, with Hallmark shuttering its Topeka … Continue reading

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Hearne: KU Officials Take Ass Kissing to New Heights

We can all kinda tell when someone’s bullshitting us, right? You know, really seriously bullshitting us. Which is exactly what comes to mind when the just-win-baby types behind the juggernaut that is KU basketball look someone like investigative reporter Karen Dillon in … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lawrence Journal World Tosses Hail Mary Via USA Today

Truth in advertising… Is that expression really even relevant anymore? You have to wonder. Especially when it comes to assertions by newspapers like the Lawrence Journal World which is sporting a full page ad attempting to hitch its fortunes to – … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Anatomy of a Sports Rivalry, Hating on KU-MU

It’s funny how small town mindsets can compare to big city thinking… Case in point, the manner in which the Lawrence Journal World treats the subject of the historic Kansas versus Missouri sports rivalry – you know, KU-MU – the so-called … Continue reading

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Hearne: Heads Roll @ KC Star @ 18th & Grand

Been a while since the Grim Reaper laid waste to the Kansas City Star… Mercifully. But make no mistake, with the steady drip of print circulation attrition, nobody at 18th and Grand has harbored any illusions about the direction the industry’s heading. … Continue reading

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Hearne: KCC Comments Moderation Problem is History

In the pantheon of Small Steps for Mankind, this is an infinitesimally small one… But somehow, some way, something very wicked – not to mention strange – came KC Confidential‘s way recently. Kinda like that mysterious flu that has people chunking … Continue reading

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Hearne: New Lawrence Library Bucks Trend, Battles for Relevancy

The Internet giveth, the Internet taketh away… For every amazing, wondrous benefit the Internet has afforded there’s a downside. Or so it seems. We get news at lightning fast speed, but newspapers and magazine’s have gone from cash cows to the walking dead. … Continue reading

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