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2:01 am
Mon January 30, 2006

From Mecca to Missouri: A Kansas Citian's Return

The Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
BAZUKI MUHAMMAD/REUTERS
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Cops & Crime
9:13 am
Mon January 23, 2006

Kansas City Anti-Violence Project

Kansas City, MO – In 2002, 29 year old Eric O'Brien murdered Tim Smotherland. The two men had been involved in a relationship for four years. When Smotherland decided he wanted to end the relationship, O'Brien shot him, and then killed himself.

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People
2:14 am
Tue January 17, 2006

New Data on Latino Immigrants in KC

Kansas City, MO – It's become almost a cliche to comment on the growth of the Latino community in every part of the United States - including the Kansas City area. But few can accurately answer the question - how big is this community? And what are its characteristics?

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People
12:47 am
Tue January 17, 2006

Construction Workers Sue Union for Discrimination

Kansas City, MO – Five African American members of Sheet Metal Workers Number 2 are suing their union in federal court for race discrimination. They're alleging they've been passed over fpr construction jobs over the last five years. During this period, Kansas City has enjoyed a tremendous building boom. Minority leaders have been at odds with city officials and the construction industry as to whether jobs have been fairly distributed.

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People
12:54 pm
Mon November 14, 2005

Remembering Steptoe: a Slave Community in Westport

Kansas City, MO – In order to unravel the mystery of the Steptoe neighborhood in Westport, you'd have to go back about one-hundred-forty years to the times of the Civil War when Missouri's fate as a free versus a slave state hung in the balance.

Joe Louis Mattox, a historian at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, has looked into the neighborhood's history. He sat down with Sylvia Maria Gross to tell us how he first became interested in Steptoe.

 

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People
12:47 pm
Mon November 14, 2005

Novelist Salman Rushdie Speaks at Kansas University

Novelist Salman Rushdie speaks about religion, writing, and freedom. The author of controversial 'The Satanic Verses,' his latest novel is called 'Shalimar the Clown.'

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People
4:01 pm
Mon November 7, 2005

Mexico's Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos

Kansas City, MO – El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is a Mexican celebration to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. The holiday reflects the Mexicans tradition of reacting to death with mourning along with happiness and joy.

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Financial Planning
1:08 pm
Mon November 7, 2005

Are African Americans Saving for the Long-Term?

Kansas City, MO – As a result of low investment in the African-American community, many cannot reach their retirement and college savings goals. The primary reason cited in recent studies for not investing enough is lack of knowledge.

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Dia de los Muertos
11:48 am
Mon November 7, 2005

Mexico's Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos

People
10:40 am
Mon October 24, 2005

Ramadan Reflects Islamic Faith in Kansas City

Kansas City, MO – Muslims began fasting from dawn to dusk earlier this month when a new crescent moon signaled the start of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month. The month-long holiday commemorates the time 1500 years ago that Muslims believe the first verses of the Koran were revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. The faithful try to be especially pious this month and refrain from food, drink, smoking and sex - all the sensual pleasures - during daylight.

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People
4:26 pm
Tue October 11, 2005

Urban Entrepreneur Partnership Centers

Kansas City, MO – Recent data from the Kauffman Foundation shows that minority-owned businesses have grown substantially since the 1980s. However, they are disproportionately in no-growth and low-growth sectors. Kauffman Foundation President Carl Schramm addresses the disparity. And Kansas City Urban League President Gwendolyn Grant speaks about the newly formed program which provides resources, coaching and opportunities to minority entrepreneurs.

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People
10:32 am
Tue October 11, 2005

Social change possible, Black Panther says

Kansas City, MO – Bobby Seale was the chairman and co-founder, along with Huey Newton, of the Black Panther Party, an organization formed in 1966 to guard against police brutality in black neighborhoods and provide social services. Last week, he was the keynote speaker at Tent State University, a group formed by UMKC students to protest against some of the University's practices.

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People
2:30 pm
Mon October 3, 2005

Susana Baca in Lawrence

Peruvian musician Susana Baca (center) with KU professors Yajaira Padilla and Judith Will.

One of the musicians displaced in New Orleans last month had only moved there a month ago . . . but musician Susana Baca has experience recovering traditions that are almost lost.

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People
11:28 pm
Wed September 21, 2005

Nguyens Find Family and Community in KC

Kansas City, MO – In some cases, a disaster provides an opportunity for communities to come to together. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross speaks to one local Vietnamese family who takes in relatives from New Orleans and finds a new connection here.

The Vietnamese American Community of Greater Kansas City donated funds for the Nguyen family to get back on their feet in Kansas City.

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People
12:26 pm
Mon September 19, 2005

Storyteller Noa Baum

Excerpts from a recent performance of storyteller Noa Baum about a Palestinian-Israeli friendship.

Kansas City, MO – Two women grew up in Jerusalem ? but cultural and physical walls kept them apart. One is Palestinian, the other, a Jewish Israeli. But in California, they have the opportunity to meet, and eventually share their experiences. Storyteller Noa Baum created a performance from the story of their friendship. On Monday, she presented the one-woman show ?A Land Twice Promised? at the American Heartland Theater.

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People
12:17 pm
Mon September 19, 2005

Russell Simmons' Hip Hop Summit Action Network

Hip hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons talks about financial responsibility at last week's Hip Hop Summit Action Network.

Russell Simmons' Hip Hop Summit Action Network

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People
10:36 am
Mon September 12, 2005

Diversity in Law Firms

Kansas City, MO – This weekend, Kansas City hosted two hundred future lawyers from around the country for a legal job fair. It was the first time the Metropolitan Bar Association organized such an event, aimed at attracting young people of color to Kansas City area law firms. In recent years, local law firms have struggled to hire and retain a diverse team of associates and partners. Former President of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Sylvester James is leading the drive to increase diversity in area firms.

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People
1:47 pm
Wed September 7, 2005

Goin' to Kansas City Plaza at 12th and Vine

Take a stroll on the new 12th and Vine plaza with Ollie Gates.

Goin' to Kansas City Plaza at 12th and Vine

Kansas City, MO – In recent years, the 18th and Vine area has been redeveloped, but 12th and Vine has really been the jazz center of Kansas City. Ollie Gates of Gates Barbeque is now coordinating the redevelopment of the 18th and Vine plaza and tours the area.

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People
11:47 am
Wed September 7, 2005

Goin' to Kansas City Plaza at 12th and Vine

Goin' to Kansas City Plaza at 12th and Vine

Kansas City, MO – In recent years, the 18th and Vine area has been redeveloped, but 12th and Vine has really been the jazz center of Kansas City. Ollie Gates of Gates Barbeque is now coordinating the redevelopment of the 18th and Vine plaza and tours the area.

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People
4:13 pm
Sun September 4, 2005

Kansas Citian Angela Cozart's Evacuation

Kansas Citian Angela Cozart's Evacuation

Kansas City, MO – Recent Dillard University graduate Angela Cozart fled New Orleans just before Hurricane Katrina hit. She tells the story to KCUR's Delores Jones.

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People
12:39 pm
Sun August 28, 2005

Excerpt from Imam Hassan Al-Qazwini

Excerpt from Imam Hassan Al-Qazwini

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People
9:44 am
Sun August 21, 2005

Georgian Folksongs

Boris Varatzkhelia and Fattah Kriner at the Hen House in Fairway.
Linda Sher

Fattah Kriner dances and sings as part of Shining Heart Community, a local Sufi group. Boris Varatzkhelia was an engineer in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, and works at the Hen House to keep busy in his retirement.

Georgian Folksongs

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People
3:04 pm
Sun August 14, 2005

Harmony-NCCJ Unite

Harmony-NCCJ Unite

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People
6:02 pm
Sun August 7, 2005

Maria Hinojosa, Mary Sanchez on Latino news coverage

Maria Hinojosa, Mary Sanchez on Latino news coverage

Kansas City, MO – Latino USA's Maria Hinojosa was in town last week to speak at the Midwest Latina Conference. Hinojosa recently left CNN to become a senior correspondent on PBS's NOW, with David Brancaccio. A few days ago, she joined the Kansas City Star's Mary Sanchez and KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross for a conversation about Latinas in the media.

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People
3:38 pm
Sun December 8, 2002

Web Site Recalls Pearl Harbor, WWII

Website devloper Scott O'Kelly displays 16\" transcription from World War II era.
Steve Bell

Americans this weekend observed the anniversary the attack on Pearl Harbor.

KCUR's Steve Bell visited the creators of a web site that recalls that day of infamy.

You can visit the web site here.

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Cops & Crime
9:23 am
Fri December 6, 2002

Former Pharmacist Robert Courtney Sentenced To 30 Years

AP Photo

Hundreds of victims of the Robert Courtney drug-tampering scheme and their family members watched as the former pharmacist was sentenced to 30 years on Thursday. The sentence drew mixed responses from those watching the proceedings.

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Cops & Crime
8:51 am
Fri December 6, 2002

Marge Vermillion Talks About Courtney Case

Robert Courtney, the former Kansas City pharmacist who has admitted to diluting prescriptions given to thousands of patients, faced sentencing on Thursday.

Under a plea agreement, U.S. District Judge Ortri Smith can give Courtney from 17 1/2 to 30 years in prison.

Hundreds of victims and family members are expected at the courthouse. Among them will be Marge Vermillion, whose husband died soon after taking cancer treatments mixed at Courtney's pharmacy. 

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People
11:12 am
Mon November 25, 2002

97-Year-Old Librarian Named Oldest Working Kansan

Martha Smith, of Vinland, is the librarian at Coal Creek Library. She has been the librarian off and on since she was in her early 20s.
Associated Press

A 97-year-old woman is the oldest working Kansan. Martha Smith of Vinland, Kan. has been tending the Cole Creek Library for most of the last 67 years. Her great uncle helped found the library in 1859.

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Cops & Crime
9:01 am
Wed October 16, 2002

Should Kansas City Keep Its Municipal Prison?

So many people go to the Municipal Corrections Institution because they couldn't post bond that some call it the "debtors' prison."

Young traffic offenders are incarcerated alongside convicted felons. Following staff cuts MCI became so overcrowded that 16 convicted violent offenders had to be released in August.

The City Auditor says a city shouldn't be in the prison business at all.

KCUR's Steve Bell visited the jail and talked with various city officials who have a stake in what will become of the facility.

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People
9:25 am
Fri September 13, 2002

A Profile In Caring

Missouri and Kansas both continue to struggle with lagging tax revenue. The money trickling into Jefferson City and Topeka is so far off of estimates that both states are re-tooling approved budgets and cutting programs.

In Missouri, foster care is carrying a heavy load of the state's budget cuts. Foster cases handled by state-contracted agencies are being shifted back to state control, sometimes tripling the case load of social workers.

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