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Hearne: Yeehaw! Country Radio Losing It’s Kick

Any guesses yet on what was missing from KC’s June radio rankings? Here’s a hint: Florida Georgia Line. That’s right, country music radio. Because all three of the Cowtown’s vaunted country music stations whiffed at making it into KC’s Top 10, … Continue reading

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Hearne: 610 Sports Continues to Punish WHB Despite Royals Slide

Speaking of sports… It may not be over tis it’s over, but it’s sure looking like Kansas City’s reign atop  the world of Major League Baseball is coming to an end. It was nice while it lasted but given this … Continue reading

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Hearne: American Royal BBQ Needs Reality Check

It’s complicated… That’s one way to look at KC’s vaunted American Royal World Series of Barbecue, an institution that appears headed for endangered species status. Along with of course, the American Royal horse and livestock show which seems to draw more … Continue reading

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Hearne: Repatriate Kemper Arena

Junk sports, anyone? How about we give Kemper Arena back to the Kempers. You know,  let the rich dudes work it all out. Isn’t that what Donald Trump and the Republican Party are all about? Free enterprise taking care of biz. So why force impoverished … Continue reading

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Hearne: Jason Whitlock Rides Again!

Talk about smoke and mirrors… Give it up for former Kansas City Star sports scribe Jason Whitlock. As both Whitlock and the Star continue their slide into obscurity, it’s Whitlock who seems to be winning the battle to at least appear to remain relevant. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Is the KC Star ‘Extorting’ Subscribers? You Decide

Remember the expression, less is more? That’s the polar opposite of the Harlinator, a walking, talking poster child of the More the Merrier school of thought. I digress. The other day one of our comments section regulars, Jim a.k.a. BWH, boasted of paying … Continue reading

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Hearne: Just Another Manic Monday @ 18th & Grand

It doesn’t make sense… That the lowly Lawrence Journal World continues to choke out 30 percent more content than the once-mighty Kansas City Star. Yet here we go again today, with a flimsy, 20 page, two-section Monday Star versus a three-section, 26 page Journal … Continue reading

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Hearne: New, Improved Pitch — All Dressed Up, Nowhere to Go

Seen the vastly improved Pitch website lately? Not too shabby for a dying news and entertainment medium. Seriously, keeping the grim reaper at bay for print publications these days is no easy task. Especially when you’re giving away the principle product … Continue reading

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Hearne: A Tale of Newspaper Woe in Two Cities

Talk about David v Goliath… Is hard to imagine that the vaunted Kansas City Star would be upstaged by a neighboring, small town daily, but it’s happening. Just yesterday the lowly Lawrence Journal World choked out 26 pages of news and information to … Continue reading

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Hearne: Will This Year’s Royals Continue to Lay Waste to Local Economy?

They say it’s lonely at the top… Well, make no mistake, Craig Glazer of Stanford & Sons comedy club isn’t the only lonely, local businessman to take note of the financial toll the success of the Kansas City Royals baseball team has taken … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Kansas City Star’s Last Stand?

Here’s another take on the Star’s current ship of state, layoffs, buyouts and dial backs from one of the most successful journalists in the history of the Kansas City Star: “All those names headed out the door, they must be … Continue reading

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Hearne: No Joy in Mudville Update

Lawrence is a funny town… On one hand it clings to and celebrates its small town charm. On the other, it longs for a taste of superficial, big city amenities with chains like Ulta and Chick-fil-A. Think I’m kidding? Let’s cut to … Continue reading

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Hearne: How (Not) to Fix KU Football

Rhetorical questions, anyone? Coming up with clever column ideas isn’t always easy. Case in point, Lawrence Journal World boss hawg Dolph Simons, Jr.’s most recent effort. His latest; What Will It Take to Turn KU Football Around? Now there’s a $64 million … Continue reading

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Hearne: Future Vision Gets Reality Check 

There’s a fine line between Big Brother and George Jetson…. Millions of Baby Boomers grew up delighting in the antics of Fred Flintstone and his feet powered cars, but at the same time with their eyes pointed toward a future … Continue reading

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Hearne: The American Royal’s Coming Unglued

What’s next, waving a white flag and shouting uncle? Seems like only yesterday the heavy handed civic leader backers of the American Royal couldn’t wait to pull a fast one on taxpayers by tearing down Kemper Arena for a $50 to $70 million into an overpriced … Continue reading

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Hearne: Dissecting The Pitch ‘Best Of KC’ Awards

Who doesn’t like a good tip? Like, you should check out this new band, restaurant, etc, But at some point there is such a thing as to much of a good thing. And in the case of the 1014 Pitch … Continue reading

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Hearne: City Market Concerts Reportedly to Relocate to Berkley Park in August

One local concert venue’s loss is another one’s gain…

So it is that the recently cancelled to save the Steamboat Arabia museum, "Buzz Under the Stars" concert series will magically reappear in August at the Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park, sources say.

The word on the street being that the fest (August 9 or 10?) will feature a kickass bill thought to include headliners Fun and Garbage with Silversun Pickups and Alabama Shakes.

The Buzz fest will follow in the footsteps of the Dancefestopia Music Fesitval in June at Berkley Park, which incidentally will be going head-to-head with Entercom’s Buzz Beach Ball at Livestrong.

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Today: Uptown Theater Mardi Gras Wilding, ‘Carnivale du Soul’ Saturday

Get the jump on Fat Tueday this weekend at the Uptown

The 2012 Carnivàle du Soul featuring the band Hearts of Darkness goes down Saturday night at the Uptown Theater at 3700 Broadway.

"It’ll be a Mardi Gras event with Hearts of Darkness, the band Goodfoot and there’ll be DJs as well," says the Uptown’s Fred Cannon. "The doors are at 8 p.m. and the show starts at  9 p.m. and goes until 1 a.m."

Wanna save some money – like a lot of money?

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Star Search: Oops! Star to Print Readers; 75% of Joplin ‘Virtually Gone’

Breaking news, it’s the Achilles Heel of print journalism…

Yesterday’s Joplin tornado dissaster was a news nightmare for Kansas City’s paper of record. All newspapers, really. And not just because locals who still prefer to fish their news from their driveways were the last to know. That’s part of it.

But not only are newspaper readers the last and least informed, they’re often the most ill-informed.

Take the Star’s money quote and headline in today’s story, "Joplin Shredded."

" ‘I would say 75 percent of the town is virtually gone,’ Kathy Dennis of the American Red Cross told CNN."

What’s wrong with this picture?

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Today: The Ridiculously High Blood Alcohol Content of Brian Euston & What It Means

About deceased Westport party boy Brian Euston’s blood alcohol levels…

After spending an evening at Kelly’s in Westport with his friends, Euston blasted off in the wee small hours of the morning at closing time last fall for parts unknown. Then, after being "overly friendly" to a man’s girlfriend near America’s Pub – and being warned to leave her alone, but persisting in "getting into" her face – Euston was punched, fell, hit his head and later died, prosecutors say.

Now forget about the racial or security aspects of the incident…

The bottom line is Euston’s blood-alcohol level was .387, nearly five times the legal limit for drinking and driving. Five times!

".387 is pretty damn high," says an area attorney specializing in DUI law. "I mean, close to the highest I’ve seen. I’ve heard of people dying of alcohol poisoning at less than that. The fact that the kid could even walk is surprising to me. If you’re at .300 even there’s a good chance you’re face down in your own vomit."

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