Shane Evans standing in front of his Dream Studio on 31st Street. Evans painted stars on the side of his building, which has become a popular destination for people to have their pictures taken. People catalog the photographs with the hashtag #thatkcstarwall.
“Going to Kansas City” is a series that shares the personal stories of how people came to Kansas City — and why they stayed.
Artist Shane Evans first came to Kansas City from New York City in 1993, when he got a job working for Hallmark Cards as an illustrator. He worked at Hallmark for seven years before deciding to leave the company to become an independent artist. Evans travels and works all around the world, but continues to keep Kansas City as his home base.
Police have apprehended a man they say has been positively identified as the suspect in the assaults at a Motel 6 in the Northland. The are continuing to investigate whether there is a link between the suspect and the triple homicide in south Kansas City.
Update, 8:15 p.m.:
Police say the shooting may be related to an incident at a northland Motel 6 Tuesday afternoon. The hotel is close to where an SUV taken from the scene of the homicides earlier in the day in south Kansas City was found.
For the past few decades, American communities have been trying to foster this thing called "multiculturalism." As we continue to debate notions of privilege and perception, how is this experiment going? Are we more empathetic than we used to be? Plus, having "the talk"... about race.
The future of Kansas City’s Kemper Arena is murky. The city council is considering two proposals. One, from the American Royal, would see it torn down and replaced. The other, from the development company Foutch Brothers, would rehab it as the centerpiece of a youth sports complex. But last week, urban activist Jase Wilson wrote an open letter to the council last week with a novel proposal: Turn the arena into the Midwest’s only arena specifically designed to host competitive video game tournaments.
A new Missouri law shields breastfeeding mothers from indecency charges for nursing their children or pumping in public. Under the law, which went into effect Thursday, breastfeeding mothers also can be excused from jury duty by presenting a doctor’s note.
Anne Biswell, the communications director of the Mother & Child Health Coalition, says the law makes much more sense than and is less ambiguous than the previous statute that required women to exercise “as much discretion as possible.”
About 150 University of Missouri-Kansas City students marched across campus Thursday evening chanting "hands up, don't shoot" to show support for the unarmed teenager killed by police in Ferguson, Mo., earlier this month.
Seniors Danielle McFadden and Carly Jones organized the event, called "I am Michael Brown," to start a conversation at UMKC about police militarization and racially-motivated violence.
In light of protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the police shooting of Michael Brown, Kansas City leaders held a panel Saturday centered around a big question for people of color: What should I do when I am stopped by the police?
Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 10:21 pm
Updated on Monday, Aug. 25.
After a being delayed for more than a week, about 11,000 students in the Ferguson-Florissant School District started their school year today.
As kids filed into Ferguson Middle School – which is located about two miles from where protesters violently clashed with police – a stream of students, parents and teachers said they were happy to be back in the classroom.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Sunday that he will host a two-day workshop in Kansas City and St. Louis to discuss why so many cities in Missouri have low numbers of minorities in their police departments. Koster said in a release announcing the event that he wanted to talk with police chiefs, school administrators and community leaders to find out why many urban police forces around the state don't reflect the racial makeup of cities they serve.
Politicians, religious leaders and police hosted a town hall meeting Saturday at St. James United Methodist Church to help young African-American men be prepared for one question: What do I do when I am stopped by the police?
The nation and media continue to be focused on what happens next in Ferguson, Mo. after unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer two weeks ago. Local authorities wanted to take this chance to help avoid a Ferguson in Kansas City.
The sound of a motorcycle revving its engine signaled trouble back when the Shangri-Las sang "Leader of the Pack," but the biker image has grown more nuanced since then. This conversation explores the evolving reality of motorcycle culture in Kansas City.
Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 2:16 am
Thursday brought another night of calm to the streets of Ferguson.
One group that numbered about 100 at its peak marched up and down West Florissant Avenue, adding drumbeats to familiar protest chants. But many others just mingled on the sidewalk without any interference from police.
"It's very peaceful tonight," said Evelyn Wellington, who was among the watchers. "The police aren't bothering anybody, nobody's bothering the police, they're allowing us to rally. I love this."
Tear gas, shown here streaming in Ferguson, Mo., earlier this week, was one of law enforcement's crowd-control measures amid looting and riots in the wake of the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb.
Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 4:30 pm
After more than a week of nightly violence in Ferguson, increased restraint by protestors and police paid off Tuesday night. Though police arrested 47 people and peppered sprayed one man, the night’s demonstrations ended without the use of tear gas, rubber bullets or gunfire.
Festering tensions reach a boiling point, erupting into a stand-off between police and the African-American community. This basic scenario has played out in Kansas City, Mo., Lawrence, Kan., St. Louis, Ill. and now Ferguson, Mo.
Among the many images that have emerged from Ferguson, Missouri, perhaps some of the most arresting are those of law enforcement personnel lined up in riot gear, helmets and vests on with batons at the ready. And right behind them the sight of an officer atop a military-grade armored vehicle holding a sniper rifle.
After paddling solo 340 miles down the Missouri River, stopping only briefly to catch the teensiest bit of shut-eye, two competitors in the MR340 share their experiences, from paddling through fog to hallucinating on the water.
The social unrest in Ferguson, Mo., following the police shooting of Michael Brown has sparked national conversations about issues stemming from racial and socioeconomic tension. But this isn't the first time these issues have reached a fever pitch.
Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 2:38 pm
Being careful not to prejudge the case involving the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, President Barack Obama appealed to the residents of Ferguson to help restore peace and calm to neighborhood streets shrouded in recent nights by clouds of tear gas, glass shards, bricks and bullet casings. Obama said that he understands the anger of many in the community, but quickly added that violence only undermines rather than advances justice.
This Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, was obtained by the Clay County Sheriff's Department in April. Because of it's size, it's housed at the county's highway department, where snow plows and large mowers are parked.