January 13th , 2007 – Secret Santa, a.k.a. Larry Stewart, decided last November to reveal his identity when a tabloid newspaper threatened to "out" him and cancer threatened to take his life. For the last 26 years, he'd given over a million dollars in cash to those he enountered on the street, or at disaster areas around the nation. KCUR's Laura Ziegler has this remembrance.
The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre will present the free performance of some of the Semple stories, and a selection of Hughes' poetry at the Kansas City Public Library on Sunday, January 14th at the Plaza Branch (SOLD OUT, check for waiting list) and Thursday, January 18th at the Central Library. The shows are part a series of script-in-hand performances at the library this year.
Kansas City, MO – On a dead-end spur of track outside Union Station stands the Kansas City Railroad Museum's latest addition, a 1947 model streetcar. Freshly painted, pale yellow and black "number 551" looks more sleek and modern than her 60 years. But she is a cosmetically restored shell. With no functioning motor, number 551 had to be pushed into place by human being power. But devotees talk about the way the streetcars sounded...
Kansas City, MO – Dr. Walter R. Peterson died on December 20th. Dr.W.R. as many called him, was a surgeon and one of the guiding forces behind the creation of the Doctors' Clinic, a multispecialty health center at 25th and Brooklyn. It was one of the first, if not the first, all-African American health clinics in the country. KCUR's Laura Ziegler has this remembrance.
Kansas City, MO – Bill Cosby was at Penn Valley Community College on Tuesday, May 23, 2006. He addressed more than 1000 people in two separate sessions about personal responsibility and parenting. The crowd included some white families, but the majority were African American. Kansas City Resident Tanya Titus brought her son Darius to see the man behind Fat Albert.
Mayor Kay Barnes presented Cosby with the key to the city, and Missouri State Representative Sharon Saunders Brooks read a proclamation with a personal twist.
Kansas City, MO – Communities throughout the Kansas City area will join the rest of the country this week celebrating the life of one of our era's most outstanding leaders; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Reverend Michael Eric Dyson believes it is also important to humanize the great leader. Dr. Dyson, an author and professor of religious studies at University of Pennsylvania, says the faulty parts of Dr. King's behavior connect him to today's troubled youth.
Kansas City, MO – Feds indict councilwoman, ex-county exex for mortgage fraud. Former county legislator charged with perjury over loan to judge. New Jackson County Executive Sanders promises change. Missouri legislature convenes 2007 session. Kansas City still the underdog after Penguins pitch. Johnson named to Kansas Supreme Court. Wittig and Lake convictions overturned.
Kansas City, MO – Former Jackson County Executive Katheryn Shields and her husband Phil Cardarella are facing one count each of federal wire fraud and conspiracy over a deal to sell their Kansas City home. The couple claims the charges are just politics, but the U-S attorney says they knowingly were involved in a real estate scheme using fake documents and false information. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.
Kansas City, MO – Jackson County has a new leader. Last night, Mike Sanders took the oath to become County executive, replacing Katheryn Shields. In his inauguration speech, Sanders laid out his agenda for the coming year. KCUR's Maria Carter was there and has this report.
Kansas City, MO – At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. Each Wednesday during Morning Edition since September, we've brought you a story recorded at the MobileBooth in Kansas City. Today will be final story in our local series. Kristy Nerstheimer brought her father George Sakoulas whose parents emigrated from Greece and settled in Kansas City. Here George shares some experiences during the Depression.
Kansas City, MO – In 2006, a study entitled Hunger in America gave a detailed analysis of who the hungry were in our community and who was utalizing the resources of Harvesters Community Food Network. The data were surprising. 43% of the recipients of Harvesters were children, 48% were families in which at least one member was working, and 36% lived in suburban or rural areas.
Kansas City, MO – Missouri Governor Matt Blunt says he considering calling a special session to help expedite a plan for the state's student loan agency. Blunt's administration and MOHELA have agreed to transfer 350-million dollars to the state, most of which would go pay for construction at the Missouri's universities and colleges. The deal still needs legislative approval, and the governor's spokeswoman Jessica Robinson says a special session is one way to get a quick vote on the measure.