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8:25 am
Mon January 9, 2006

KC Play Recalls Martin Luther King's Assassination

Actors Karen French, Donette Reese and Brian Spurlock
photo by Jacquie Lenati

Jacqee Gafford's play is set in a Kansas City beatuy shop on the day Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed.

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3:17 am
Mon January 9, 2006

KC CURRENTS 1-8-06

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8:57 am
Fri January 6, 2006

Quilt Artist Sonie Ruffin's Journey

Works in Sonie Ruffin's exhibition

When Sonie Ruffin was 4 years old her grandmother handed her a piece of fabric, needle and thread and told her to go sew something. Little did Ruffin know that her childhood sewing assignment would change the course of her life.

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Jazz/Blues
8:33 am
Fri January 6, 2006

Jazz Relocation Project Brings in Second Artist

Cultural Convention and Visitors Bureau President Anita Dixon says her vision of 12th Street, from the Paseo to Brooklyn, is as an enclave for jazz artists.

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Jazz/Blues
8:50 am
Sun January 1, 2006

Kansas City's Ida McBeth Releases New CD

T. Michael Stanley (913) 341-7229

Original airdate: November 2006. Versatile singer Ida McBeth has been serving up jazz, blues, soul and funk to Kansas City audiences for 30 years.

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KCUR Arts
10:28 am
Fri December 23, 2005

Arts Roundup, December 30

This week, Music Theatre for Young People tackles an unorthodox show that originated at the New York Fringe Festival, and the Donkey Show presents its 10th extravaganza.

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Headlines
6:43 pm
Thu December 22, 2005

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2:55 pm
Thu December 22, 2005

The Wilders Live on Sonic Spectrum

The Wilders in the KCUR studios, Dec. 20, 2005.
Photo: Gary Barber, UMKC

Old-time music purveyors The Wilders returned to Sonic Spectrum to play some of our seasonal favorites live in the KCUR studios. (air date: December 2005)

The last time The Wilders graced our studios Sonic Spectrum was rewarded with "Best Holiday Broadcast" honors from The Pitch.

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KCUR News
6:33 am
Thu December 22, 2005

Homeless Center Proposal Sparks Controversy

Jan Kauk advocates building a community center for Kansas City's homeless like Adam (left).
Photos by Steve Bell
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KCUR Arts
9:39 am
Tue December 20, 2005

Arts Roundup, December 16

Intersection (detail), 2005 Marcie Miller Gross
photo: EG Schempf

This week, artists at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art explore issues of the international slow movement, and poet Gino Morrow shows some fire at the Blue Room.


(at left: artist Anne Lindberg's "Democracy" before installation)

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Performance
8:03 am
Tue December 20, 2005

A Nutcracker Debut

Courtesy of Kansas City Ballet
Photography by Steve Wilson

Earlier this year, the Kansas City Ballet School offered a weekly ballet class to twenty Latina girls at Gladstone and Primitivo Garcia elementary schools. And five of those girls were cast in this year's production of The Nutcracker, including 5th grader Christina Sayed who's a lead angel.

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KCUR News
3:37 pm
Mon December 19, 2005

Santa Claus, Go Straight to Ghetto

Kansas City, MO – Growing up, Christmas in our house was synonymous with mistletoes and music. The mistletoe was more than a festive decoration. The mistletoe was about relationship and a great way to sneak a kiss from the person you had a crush on but were too shy to approach. The music gave life meaning.

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Books
11:29 am
Mon December 19, 2005

Up to Date: Charles Gusewelle Reads The Hanging of the Green

C.W. Gusewelle joined The Kansas City Star in 1955. He now writes a weekly column published Sundays on the front page of the Metropolitan section. On a recent Up to Date, Gusewelle talked to host Steve Kraske and shared a holiday story.

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KCUR News
2:55 pm
Sun December 18, 2005

KCK Student Sues over Suspension

16-year-old Zach Rubio

Kansas City, MO – On Monday, Lorenzo Rubio filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of his son Zach, who was suspended from school in Kansas City Kansas for speaking Spanish in the hallway. Turner Unified School District over-ruled the suspension as soon as the Superintendent was informed, but they will not say whether the school's principal, who called for the suspension, has been disciplined.

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11:39 am
Sun December 18, 2005

KC CURRENTS 12-18-05

Kansas City, MO – Lorenzo Rubio and his son Zach are suing the Turner Unified School District for allegedly violating Zach's civil rights when he was suspended for speaking Spanish in school. Hear from the Rubios, the school district, and Brent Wilkes, national director of the League of United Latin American Citizens. Plus, Samuel Rodgers Health Center CEO Hilda Fuentes, fabric artist Sonie Ruffin, and four young dancers debut in The Nutcracker.

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KCUR News
3:05 pm
Sat December 17, 2005

Samuel Rodgers Health Center

Kansas City, MO – On Wednesday, the President and CEO of Truman Medical Center John Bluford said the hospital cannot continue to absorb most of the indigent patients in the metropolitan area.

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3:28 pm
Thu December 15, 2005

Kansas City Poet Gino Morrow

Gino Morrow

Kansas City based poet Gino Morrow is a three time regional and national slam poet champion. Here, Morrow talks about Gil Scott-Heron's influence on his writing, and reads a poem called "No Words, An Introduction to Gil Scott-Heron." Scott-Heron is considered one of the most gifted poets of the 1970s black arts scene. He's also credited with starting what became known as rap music, with his poetry backed by music.

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KCUR News
6:47 pm
Mon December 12, 2005

Group to fight conservatives on Board of Ed

KCUR News
12:44 pm
Mon December 12, 2005

City Projects Lack in Hiring of Minorities

Kansas City, MO – Minority and women construction workers have claimed over the past year that they have been left out of the downtown building boom. And a recent city survey backs up that claim.

Now the city, local unions, and construction companies are joining forces to prepare more women and minorities for jobs in the construction industry. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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11:44 am
Mon December 12, 2005

KC CURRENTS 12-11-05

Kansas City, MO – A new grocery store opens on Blue Parkway, along with a spa, a florist and a couple of fast food restaurants. Missouri Governor Matt Blunt's new Hispanic Business Trade and Culture Commission. A Kansas City Kansas teenager sues the Turner High School district after being suspended for speaking Spanish in the hallway at school. Kansas City Missouri City Manager Wayne Cauthen announces a pre-apprenticeship program to help prepare women and minorities for jobs in construction.

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Headlines
9:48 am
Mon December 12, 2005

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Kansas City, MO – New report says Missouri lawmakers don't follow up on cost projections. Missouri biologist says stormwater runoffs near suburban developments are damaging neighborhood streams.

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KCUR News
6:33 pm
Sun December 11, 2005

Suspension for Student Speaking Spanish in School

Kansas City, KS – The family of a teenager in Kansas City Kansas filed a lawsuit in federal court last week accusing the Turner Unified School District of violating his civil rights. The student, 16-year-old Zach Rubio, was suspended from his high school for a day and a half for speaking Spanish in the hallway. Sylvia Maria Gross reports.

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KCUR News
2:57 pm
Sun December 11, 2005

New Program to Train Women and Minorities in Construction Jobs

Kansas City, MO – Minority and women construction workers have claimed over the past year that they have been left out of the downtown building boom. And a recent city survey backs up that claim.

Now the city, local unions, and construction companies are joining forces to prepare more women and minorities for jobs in the construction industry. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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KCUR News
11:32 am
Sun December 11, 2005

New Grocery Store on the East Side

Kansas City, MO – A new grocery store opens on Blue Parkway, along with a spa, a florist and a couple of fast food restaurants. We take a visit, and Swope Community Builders CEO Kelvin Simmons talks about this and other new developments on the East Side.

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KCUR News
6:31 pm
Fri December 9, 2005

Interview with Temple Grandin

Kansas City, MO – Temple Grandin has probably done more than anyone in the country to help people understand what autism is. Grandin has high functioning autism, sometimes called Aspergers Syndrome, or an autism spectrum disorder.

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KCUR Arts
12:53 pm
Fri December 9, 2005

Arts Roundup, December 9

This week, a showcase for emerging composers at UMKC, and the debut season of Kansas City Actors Theatre opens with a play that's been described as a comedy of domestic misadventure.

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KCUR Arts
10:42 am
Fri December 9, 2005

Arts Roundup, December 9

This week, a showcase for emerging composers at UMKC, and the debut season of Kansas City Actors Theatre opens with a play that's been described as a comedy of domestic misadventure.

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KCUR News
9:31 pm
Thu December 8, 2005

Governor Blunt Restructures Hispanic Affairs Commission

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KCUR News
2:38 pm
Mon December 5, 2005

Prosecutor to seek death penalty in Precious Doe case

Kansas City, MO – After what some in the prosecutor's office say was a difficult decision, Jackson County Prosecutor Mike Sanders decided what penalty he would seek for the murder of toddler Erica Green, known for fours years in Kansas City as Precious Doe.

KCUR's Maria Carter has more.

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