Tag Archives: Kansas City Star

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: Star Breaks its Word, Backtracks on Tax Pledge, Looks to Uncertain Future

The Kansas City Star couldn’t pat itself on the back enough… The year was 2003 and editorial page editor Miriam Pepper  was ecstatic about the prospects of the newspaper building a new $200 million press facility in the heart of downtown. “I’m … Continue reading

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Sutherland: An Unresolved Dichotomy @ 18th & Grand

During the Cold War, analysts at the CIA would parse every word in the Soviet Union’s official newspaper, “Pravda,” and in the Red Chinese counterpart, “The People’s Daily.” This was to search for subtle shifts in meaning and emphasis in … Continue reading

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Steele: Has the KC Star Ceased to be Ridiculous?

For the last few days at least, the Kansas City Star has not sent out in its daily email blast an article scolding Kansas Governor Sam Brownback for some imagined offense… Had someone told the editors their Brownback mania was … Continue reading

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New Jack City: All Hail The Filipino Kansas City Star

I’ve been making a lot of telephone calls to the Philippines of late… To check on a mail order bride, maybe? For a clandestine bank account? Or possibly arranging a trip to that exotic destination for a client? None of the above. … 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: Star Editor Defends Realm on KCUR FM

Tap dance, anyone? Talk about interesting timing, three days after my column calling out Kansas City Star editor Mike Fannin for failing to deliver a quality newspaper, up popped the devil in the form of a kid gloves interview with KCUR … Continue reading

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Hearne: Jock Sniffing Tom Brady & The ‘Border War”

Is there anything jock sniffers love more than hyperbole? Especially the sports media. If they can rile up the faithful by pissing them off or exaggerating to the tenth power, 9 times out of 10 they’ll rock with it. Even normally clear … Continue reading

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Hearne: Leadership Void @ 18th & Grand Results in Poor News Quality

These are desperate times for newspapers… And while I seem to be in a minority when it comes to optimism about their survival, that has zero to do with critiquing the current product, which most people seem to agree somewhat sucks. That’s … Continue reading

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Sutherland: When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Michelle Johnson, the Kansas City Star’s ‘Diversity Diva’, was able to put succinctly into words an idea that I had struggled with for some time… Johnson drew on her experience as an employment lawyer to explain why some types of … Continue reading

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Hearne: Skeen & Wife Wanted to Buy ‘Duke’s on Grand’

Saturday’s downtown sports bar rape story just keeps getting weirder… For starters, turns out alleged rapist Dennis Skeen is married. Add to that, sources say that Skeen and his wife Michelle have been trying to buy Duke’s on Grand, the downtown bar … Continue reading

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Steele: Why Bishop Finn Had to Go

Allow me to put my biases out in the open… Bishop Robert Finn is quite possibly the saintliest man I have ever met. He is everything a good bishop should be: kind, wise, prudent, and faithful. The kind, wise, and prudent … Continue reading

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Steele: Kansas City Star Had Rape Story Problems Too

Rolling Stone magazine caught considerable and justified heat for a story of a gang rape at the University of Virginia that was implausible on its face and unverifiable in all its preposterous details… As Newsweek reports, the tale of the … Continue reading

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Hearne: Candy Store Closed @ 18th & Grand

I don’t always answer my phone… If I don’t recognize the caller or it’s from a toll free number. I just don’t have the time or the energy to have to politely explain to some stranger that I’m not interested in … 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: Another Head Rolls as Scramble for Ad Revenue Continues @18th & Grand

It was only a small news item in today’s newspaper… Word that the Kansas City Star had replaced its vice president of advertising Julie Terry by a far younger, 30-something dude named Tony Berg from its sister publication in Wichita. “Tony … Continue reading

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Hearne: Shelly’s ‘Frankenstein’ Routine Getting Old @ Star

To be honest, I don’t spend much time pouring over what’s left of the Kansas City Star opinion section… Never did really. Except in the early 1990s when writers like Yael Abouhalkah loomed fairly large in helping shape local political opinion – or so … Continue reading

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Hearne: Sizzling Courtroom Testimony Paints Lawrence CiCi’s Owner as a Dirtbag

For more than a year the obvious went unaddressed by the mainstream media in Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka… Only KC Confidential reported that there was something very fishy about 52 year-old CiCi’s Pizza owner Harold Sasko shacking up with 17 year-old hottie Sarah McLinn … Continue reading

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Hearne: USA Today Rocks Monday’s Lawrence Journal World

Longtime subscribers to the Kansas City Star probably remember its Monday editions as the lightest of the week… Light in weight and light in content. That’s because the Star fields a skeleton newsroom  crew on weekends and which usually results in precious little … Continue reading

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Hearne: One Up, One Down in the News Mag Game

Small world… Just as the Kansas City Star‘s weekly Sunday magazine was blowing taps, another newspaper weekly was  soaring to new heights, says former Star editor and reporter Jim Fitzpatrick… “That same day the New York Times redid their magazine,” Fitzpatrick … Continue reading

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