Kansas City, MO – With the conclusion of the Republican Party's national convention, we decided to speak to local pundits, our region's representatives in St. Paul and some local convention watchers for their reactions. KCUR's Laura Ziegler has a sample of what they had to say.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided a factory in Mississippi last week and detained almost 600 people. They are suspected of working in the United States illegally. Right after news of the raid spread, many family members and children of the detainees turned to one place for information and help: the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
By the end of the week, there was no clear answer to who would be leading Zimbabwe. The efforts of South African President Thabo Mbeki to mediate talks between Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai failed, and Mbeki headed back to South Africa where he addressed other African leaders this weekend.
One in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
But Greg LeMond, the three time Tour de France winner, says the numbers may be even higher because it's not something most male victims ever talk about or report. The bicyclist was in Kansas City yesterday, where he spoke publicly for the first time about having been sexually abused as a child by a family friend. He says after nearly three decades of feeling ashamed about it, he's finally been able to accept that the abuse wasn't his fault.
Kansas City, MO – Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity is in the middle of its 102nd Anniversary Convention in Kansas City this week. That's why men throughout downtown are wearing the Alpha colors - black and gold. Black fraternities date back to racially segregated times when being a black college student was a rarity. Since then, African American students and alumnae have turned to black Greek organizations to help meet their social, academic and public service needs.
Kansas City, MO – In Washington Square Park on Thursday, on the 27th anniversary of the Hyatt Skywalk disaster, members of the Skywalk Memorial Foundation unveiled tentative plans for a memorial to the victims and rescuers at the collapse. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports on the details of the plans, and what inspired the foundation members to start conversations about a memorial.
Kansas City, MO – Tentative plans were unveiled yesterday for a memorial honoring victims of the skywalk collapse at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in 1981. Yesterday marked the 27th anniversary of the disaster in which 114 people died, and hundreds were injured.
Kansas City, MO – Tentative plans were unveiled Thursday for a memorial honoring victims of the skywalk collapse at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in 1981. Yesterday marked the 27th anniversary of the disaster in which 114 people died, and hundreds were injured.
Kansas native Ben Berlin was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism, when he was five years old. The now 16 year old just got back from Washington D.C., where he served as a Congressional Page for Kansas Congresswoman, Nancy Boyda.
Berlin: It's kind of like a once in a life time experience. It's really worthwhile, and it's a lot of fun.
How do you stay connected to family members who are halfway around the world? It's a question that Pete Dulin explores in a series of essays called Travels in Thailand: Explorations of Family, Food, Heritage and Culture. Dulin grew up in Kansas City - his father is American and his mother is Thai. He told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross that the first time he visited Thailand he was only 2 years old.
A new Drilldown Study by UMKC's Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs shows that Kansas City's population, and buying power are significantly higher than estimates from the census suggest. UMKC Professor Robyne Turner directed the research, which could affect federal funding and economic development throughout Kansas City.
The current economy has given just about everyone the jitters. The high cost of gas has triggered price increases in basic necessities at the grocery store. The housing industry is in a downturn and the mortgage industry has been hit hard. Many businesses who count on disposable income restaurants and specialty stores are suffering.
Marshfield, MO – When you hear the term cattle rustlers, you might think of an era of stagecoaches, pistols and the Wild West. But modern day ranchers and dairy farmers will tell you the old crime of stealing cattle is very much alive today. And in Missouri, it's on the rise. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports from Marshfield.
Due to positive public response, "Lester Goldman: A Life's Work," has been extended through the end of February
Lester Goldman, a Professor of Painting at the Kansas City Art Institute for nearly 40 years before his death in 2005, was a prolific artist and worked in painting, sculpture, performance, and set design. In September 2007, Goldman's family, friends and former students began cataloguing his work.
In his first solo exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami-based artist Michael Vasquez explores street gang culture and symbols in his portraits of friends and mentors of his childhood: gang members. Here, Vasquez talks about a work called The High Point of Peace, one in a new series titled The Upholding and Protection of the Crown (2007).
The late artist Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton, a native of Wellsville, Kansas, was self-taught and took her first drawing class late in life.
By Laura Lorson, Kansas Public Radio
Lawrence, KS – Author and journalist Don Lambert helped bring Layton's work to national attention and spoke recently to Kansas Public Radio's Laura Lorson about the importance of Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton's life and art.
Kansas City, MO – Zach Hinton is a debater at Central High School, and a student ambassador for Debate-Kansas City, the region's urban debate league. In this commentary, he talks about how music and media effect his community.
Kansas City, MO – A man who devoted his life to preserving the memory of Kansas' Buffalo Soldiers and other all-black military units died almost two weeks ago in Kansas City. The 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 24th and 25th Infantry Regiments of the US Army were known as the Buffalo Soldiers in the years after the Civil War. They served in conflicts throughout the region between whites and Native Americans.
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 – Sunday, October 15, 2006 was the final episode of KC Currents hosted by Delores Jones. She's had to leave the show becuase of other commitments. Delores will still be contributing occasional features and essays to the show. Here, she shares thoughts about hosting KC Currents and her current plans.
At right, some links to some of Delores' memorable interviews and features on KC Currents.