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Friday, May 04, 2007


KSNW-TV in Wichita is reporting a 2nd southwest-central Kansas town - Macksville - has been struck by a tornado at 2335 CDT Friday night.

This broadcast is being monitored live here.

Reporters from the station are in the town of Greensburg, KS. in Kiowa County.
Greensburg was struck by "a large tornado" around 2200 (10pm).

At least 12 critical injuries have been reported in Greensburg - with people still reported trapped in structures there.

A tornado watch is or soon will be in effect for portions of eastern Kansas - mainly northwest through southwest of the Topeka area.


12:05 AM SATURDAY UPDATE - Tornado damage has now been reported in the north-central Kansas town of Phillipsburg.

Greensburg is receiving mutual-aid help from emergency agencies as far away as Garden City - communications into and out of Greensburg remain sporatic at best.


1:30 AM SATURDAY UPDATE: A massive supercell thunderstorm continues to produce either one - or a series of large tornadoes across south-central Kansas this morning.

The latest report - at 0115 CDT is that a large tornado has apparently just missed the mile-square town of Ellinwood, KS. - just east of Great Bend.

Reporters have said the downtown business district of Greensburg, KS. was virtually destroyed. Injured persons have been taken to hospitals in Pratt and Dodge City.

The town of Macksville northeast of Greensburg has damage - but the extent is unknown due to communications issues.

This is also the same issue with Phillipsburg in the north-central part of Kansas - also reportedly struck by a tornado from other supercells that have moved into southern Nebraska.

No fatalites yet reported anywhere in this very unusual nightime tornado outbreak that will no doubt have some historic value.


0140 CDT - CLAFLIN, KS has been struck.


0335 CDT UPDATE - One fatality has been confirmed in Greensburg, KS. by KSN.

UPDATE - 0730 CDT - The death toll has risen to 3 with more than 5-dozen injured - 12 of those critically - from a massive tornado in southwestern-central Kansas.

The huge "wedge" tornado tore into the town of Greensburg, KS. just before 10 p.m. Friday night.

KSN-TV reports "60% of the Greensburg destroyed" by the tornado which also the hit the neighboring town of Macksville. Two died in Greensburg as of dawn Saturday morning and another death was reported near Macksville.

Nearby towns of Claflin and Ellinswood suffered near-misses but damage by the funnel that some described as being "a mile wide."

Also reported hit by a tornado is the northwest Kansas town of Phillipsburg. There were no reports yet of damage and injuries from that strike.

The same areas are under the gun again today according to the Storm Prediction Center.

A "moderate risk" of severe thunderstorms is expected later today (Saturday) from central Oklahoma through Central Kansas into Nebraska - including many of the same areas affected Friday night and early Saturday morning.


My "Official" congrats to Mayor Funkhouser

Your Honor Mayor "Funk,"

I was on the Texas Gulf coast (absentee) when I learned on-line of your win as Kansas City's new leader.

It was more enjoyable than that mornings' walk on the Port Aransas beach in the warm sun.

The very best to you Mayor, your witty wife Gloria - whom I think will be the city's first true 'First Lady," as well as your children.

Your swearing-in speech was consise and to the point. It must be me sir - but I see a lot of Harry Truman-like qualities in you.

Any thinking Kansas Citian understands what your quite logical and refreshing statements meant - and I'm sure or at least hope the rest of the City Council did as well.

Your next four years in office are going to be very interesting.

Issues - very expensive issues like the storm/wastewater mix-fix and the light-rail system (which we hope you will be riding ON rather than out-on) have been dropped in your lap upon official seating.

You will also have to deal with any ultimate mistakes made by previous administrations - under-performing T.I.F. projects to name one. Infrastructure neglect another.

You know the numbers game. You know respect and compassion for people.

I'm looking forward with great anticipation to these next four years Mayor.

Just one suggestion- in respect to your beloved Toyota - it should be retired as the first "official car" of your first term for the future Mayor Funk Museum.

And it should be replaced by a brand-new (driver/bodyguard optional) Ford-hybrid vehicle - made right here at the Kansas City (well okay, Claycomo) assembly plant.

That would be a crafty move both environmentally and - with many Ford employees Kansas City, MO. residents - politically.

At Your Service,

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

May 4, 1977 - Day of the Twisters

... The Tornado Outbreak Of MAY 4, 1977 ...

A tornado outbreak in the Kansas City Metro area not experienced for a dozen years prior and not comparable to any until May 3, 2003.

Fourteen F-2 or greater-intensity tornadoes ... five of those in the KC MetroRegion ... occurred on this date in IA, NE, MO and KS.

In the KANSAS CITY MetroRegion alone, there were 3 fatalities with at least four-dozen people injured. It was also the day of this authors' first actual "tornado chase."

Next-day story from the Associated Press

*** 1. PLEASANT HILL, MO Tornado ***

On the prior weekend, I had spent that Sunday with a female companion at a pool party at a home of the companion's sister and brother-in-law on Delaware Street in the Baldwin Park area of PLEASANT HILL,MO, a suburban community of (then) around 2,500 people about 25 miles southeast of Downtown KC,MO.. 

I would unexpectedly return to PLEASANT HILL 3 days later and the next weekend, the party's hosts would be cleaning debris from that swimming pool.

Even without detailed weather information now available on the Internet, the author could sense the coming Danger from Weather by a glorious cirrus-filled sunset on May 3rd.

It had been a warm day on an outing at Lake Jacomo ... mid 70s ...with increasing surface winds of a southeasterly component, rapidly-falling barometer and rising dew points.

The sunrise of Wednesday, May 4, 1977 was mostly refracted light ... nimbostratus clouds racing northward ... warm ... around 70 degrees, humid with dew points approaching the air temperature and tropical depression-type south-southeasterly winds, gusting frequently in the 20 to 30 m.p.h. range.

Danger from Weather felt near.

It's my day off as a firefighter/EMT in the KC,MO. Fire Department. Around 11:30 a.m., I pick up a friend from her apartment just blocks south of tornado-famed Ruskin Heights to run some errands.

In LINN County KS, thunderstorms rapidly become severe as they approach southwestern CASS County, MO.. 

As the storms cross the state line, the first in a series of strong tornadoes over western Missouri that day touches down around 11:45 a.m. in a farm field about 5 miles southeast of DREXEL.

While sitting in the car in the parking lot of the Truman Corners shopping center in GRANDVIEW, I watched the dark-bottomed nimbo-type cloud cover racing northeastward - noting a general darkening of the cloud cover south-southwest. 

I switched the AM radio from the country/news station (WDAF '61 Country') off station to "hear the lightning (static)." It's a crude but effective way to monitor nearby storm development (The old U.S. Weather Bureau had a "Sferics (static) Unit" in the early 1950's.). 

Tornadic static sounds like a dozen people with big gravel-filled buckets randomly but constantly pouring the contents onto a tin roof.

Just as we are leaving the shopping center's parking lot, the tornado warning for CASS County is broadcast. 

In mutual agreement - equipped only with a portable 4-channel radio scanner, a mobile Citizen's Band radio and a cheap, 35mm camera with 3 pictures left on the roll, we head south to try and intercept the storm.

The twister alternates from F-2 to F-3 intensity as it skipped perpendicular to state highway Missouri (M)-2, destroying and/or damaging more than a dozen homes and outbuildings. .

On U.S. 71 south of the city of BELTON and with light traffic, I decide to push the fire-engine red 1972 Cutlass a bit past the posted speed limit. 

Even with the overcast, the darkening sky ahead foretold the storm's location. 

South of PECULIAR, an outflow or gust front reveals itself, so I decide it best to pull onto the highway shoulder and allow it's passage.

The thunderstorm supercell with the semi-rain-wrapped tornado move over U.S. 71 just northwest of the county seat of HARRISONVILLE and skirts the north city limits of HARRISONVILLE toward Highway M-291. 

On the south side of a rural road just west of M-291, the tornado strikes and heavily damages several homes, then crosses the highway and takes off the top of a barn.

In bright sunshine and with the darkness of the storm in the proper position ... to our left and ahead ... we exit U.S. 71 onto northbound M-291 in HARRISONVILLE. 

At the north city limits, the cloud cover returns and ahead we see leaning utility poles, then the damaged homes and barn. 

I pull east onto the rural road just long enough to photograph the barn and listen to some bewildered livestock bleating loudly. 

The farmhouse- about 50 feet east of the barn- has only superficial damage.

With rescuers having already arrived at the damaged homes, we continued north on M-291. 

A short distance north of the damage and even though we are behind the tornado itself, we run into torrential rain. 

It is raining so hard I have to turn the AM radio up to almost full volume and 
with the windshield wipers running full speed, a top speed of only 25 to 30 m.p.h. on the 50 m.p.h. highway seemed prudent.

The tornado continues on a more northeasterly track now, paralleling the north-south Highway M-7. 

Now a well- established F-3 multi-vortex, it continued to roll over northeastern CASS County land, damaging and/or destroying farm homes and outbuildings as it neared the southwestern city limit of PLEASANT HILL. 

On an anticipated mutual-aid response, several units from the Northwestern Cass Fire Protection District (now called "South Metro") station in RAYMORE stage on the eastbound lane of M-58 highway about a mile west of town.

As we arrive at the intersection of M-291 and M-58 highways, the torrential rain suddenly becomes a light shower - then ceases altogether. As we head east on M-58, we have yet to see so much as a rotating scud cloud, let alone a funnel. 

The tornado is no-doubt rain-wrapped, but was still well ahead of us. I was thinking now of the hosts of that previous weekend's pool party, for they were both employed by the town's school district. 

Both the scanning and CB radios were useless, I didn't even know if the tornado was still on the ground, let alone that PLEASANT HILL might be hit.

As we approached the hill into the Big Creek valley west of town, I noticed cars and a NWCFPD fire apparatus parked in the eastbound driving lane. 

With no oncoming traffic, I hit the horn and swung out into the westbound lane to pass as one of the firefighters stood on the highway's center line frantically waving his arms trying to warn us of what we already knew was just ahead.

I slowed only a bit as we passed the group, scanning above the treeline as I slowed some more. 

At that moment, we see a semi-sunlit mass of clouds swirling horizontally north to south just ahead and to the right, but STILL no discernible funnel. 

We cautiously continue on a heading to interception at PLEASANT HILL.

Blowing away parts of homes here and outbuildings there, the tornado crossed the southern city limit of PLEASANT HILL at about 10 minutes after noon. 

Moving more north-northeasterly now, the twister crossed Highway M-7 about a half-mile south-southeast of the downtown area and rode along a ridge to the east of M-7, heading for the PLEASANT HILL high and elementary schools.

At that instant- we had slowly entered the dark and foreboding PLEASANT HILL business district. 

To this day, my impression was that we had just entered an episode of the 'Twilight Zone.' It was dark ... no lights whatsoever ... and no movement of anyone or anything on M-58 or surrounding streets. 

The cloud swirl was over the buildings and trees in front, just to the left of us as we approached M-7. 

We sat for a few minutes at the highway intersection and viewed the devastation along the ridge to the east ... tree trunks stripped of all but the largest main branches and structures with various stages of destruction. 

I watched the swirling clouds ... now moving west to east to our left ... and only then realized the high school was in that very direction.

As the tornado's main vortex approached the high school, hundred of students and faculty there and at the nearby elementary school had been pre-warned of the tornado and were hunkered-down in their tornado drill positions in the lowest floor hallways. 

First to get hit by the tornado was the parking lot on the south side of the high school. 

The force of the wind shattered virtually every window in the two-dozen or so cars in the lot, peeled back hoods and trunk lids on some and moved others against each other. 

One car flipped over onto another as windows in the main high school building a hundred or so feet away started to shatter and pieces of the buildings exterior and roof began to peel away. 

At the gymnasium on the east side, the north and south walls are blown down and portions of the roof fly away. 

At this point, a miracle of sorts happens. 

The main tornado circulation veers right - through the open athletic fields between the two schools, mangling and blowing away chain-link fences, bending fence posts and light standards to 45-degree angles, but avoiding a direct hit on either school. 

(A student at the elementary school at the time has her recollection of the tornado HERE.)

Still, moderate to heavy damage was done to both buildings. 

The tornado strengthened slightly north of the schools in a residential area containing Delaware Street, then the vortex continued on for another couple of miles before lifting back into the parent storm near County Road VV.

I fear the worst as we approach the bottom of the hill from the high school and see the damage. I pull the car onto the shoulder and into a large puddle, killing the engine.

With the rotating cloud unrecognizable as a funnel still visible and moving to the northeast, we run up the hill to offer what aid we could.

Virtually every south-facing window in the high school building had been blown out, with many of the several hundred students and teachers in the building climbing out of shattered lower-story windows.

Before we approached the building, I took several photos of the observed damage in the parking lot, then stopped short.

It was deja-vu - the gymnasium had concrete and steel arches - built almost exactly alike the Ruskin High School gym that was destroyed in the 1957 tornado.

Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper E.J. Horne arrived several minutes after we did and witnessed the utter chaos. Attempts were already underway to round up and account for the many dozens of students crawling out the battered high school.

Many headed for the lone police car, some bleeding from cuts by flying glass and nearly all speckled by bits of building debris & insulation.

Trooper Horne listened to whatever information he could get about casualties and radioed those reports back to the MHP Troop A headquarters in LEES SUMMIT.

Around 12:20 p.m. as I talked with the trooper facing and surveying the damaged building, I turned around to look south and see clearly ... a second funnel cloud hanging down backlighted by a clear area in another storm cell.

Trooper Horne jumped in his cruiser and radioed the sighting as I asked students where an appropriate shelter might be located. That was the basement of the First Baptist church, several blocks west of the school.

I yelled for those around the trooper's car to come on and we ran down the hill to my car ... just then remembering the motor had had died when I drove into the large puddle.

With relief, the engine came to life as the half-dozen or so students crammed into and on the Cutlass and we headed without delay to the church.

We arrived in the midst of more chaos as people were pouring into the area of the church by foot and by vehicle. With no parking spaces nearby, I parked in the front yard of a home next to the church and we ran inside.

The church's basement was quite large, from what I could see there were at least two big rooms and a walled-off kitchen. In the one large room inside the door where we had entered stood dozens of adults and kids, many of whom were talking loudly with more than a few crying.

I scanned the many terror-stricken faces for hopes of seeing the hosts of the pool party I had attended, to no avail.

It was then that rescuers brought in two unconscious and appearing to be sandblasted persons on makeshift stretchers of storm-detached doors, laying them down on the floor just inside the door, then leaving.

My friend and I stood in a narrow space between frightened school children and the injured. The crying was starting to turn to wailing and it was involving more of the kids.

It was time to act.

I stood on a chair and in the loudest voice I could muster, asked for everybody's attention. Among scattered sobs, the room became amazingly quiet.

I first asked for anybody with first aid training to come forward, then asked if the teachers and older teens would move the younger children into the adjoining room so as not to view the two bloody and torn victims.

Several persons stepped up to help and we carefully moved the injured on their make-shift stretchers into the closed off kitchen. I instructed my friend what we needed to do for the injured ... considering we had no equipment ... and she calmly helped instruct the others as well as offer her aid.

We monitored the two persons' pulses and breathing - keeping them still until regular EMS people arrived about 15 minutes later and took the patients away.

We had forgotton about the 2nd funnel cloud. One of the medics assured me that it had moved away east of town.

We left the church basement into bright, warm sunshine. We made our way back to M-7 and turned north. Before leaving town however, I decided to turn down Delaware Street to check on the house where the pool party had been held.

"Good God" was all I could say as we approached the house. It had suffered mostly cosmetic damage, but all the houses to the east were much more severely damaged with one house at the end of the street completely blown away, leaving only a clean concrete slab.

Seeing enough, we headed back to M-7 and north - past the police roadblock that had now been set up with a growing line of civilian vehicles, emergency and news crews trying to get into town- and headed back to K.C..

Two persons were killed in the PLEASANT HILL tornado that day ... one in a mobile home near the Highways M-7 and M-58 junction and one in a house in the Baldwin Park area.

Twelve of the 15 total injured were in PLEASANT HILL, where twenty-five homes and 17 mobile homes were destroyed and an additional 56 homes ... plus the schools ...were damaged.

Damage totaled more than $3,000,000.

The tornado's total path was surveyed at nearly 30 miles long with an average width reported to be 500 yards. The storm was officially rated as a strong F-3 on the FUJITA scale.

However, a house at the end of Delaware Street had been swept completely clean off its concrete foundation - that was at least F-4 damage. It had been a newer, well-built brick and wood-framed ranch home and in retrospect, it well may have been where one of the fatalities occurred.

*** 2. ODESSA - HIGGINSVILLE,MO tornado ***

From the same series of storm cells that produced the PLEASANT HILL tornado, an F-3 dropped from the sky just east of ODESSA in LAFAYETTE County, MO about 1:15 p.m. CDT.

The tornado moved northeast across Interstate 70, through HIGGINSVILLE and on to the vicinity of WAVERLY,MO.

Near ODESSA, the occupant of a trailer was killed.

In HIGGINSVILLE, 100 homes and businesses were destroyed or damaged.

The path length was 26 miles and the average width 100 yards.

Five persons were injured.

*** 3. SEDALIA,MO tornado ***

Storm that produced the Sedailia tornado as viewed west of Whiteman AFB near Knob Noster MO 

This F-3 tornado touched down around 1:30 p.m. 9 miles southwest of SEDALIA and went through that PETTIS County community of about 30,000 people before lifting 2 miles northeast of SEDALIA.

Among destroyed businesses was a golf course's pro shop and country club in the southwest portion of the city. 

Approximately 150 homes were destroyed with 300 more damaged. Several schools were damaged, causing two of the schools to be closed for the short-remainder of the school year.

There were no fatalities, but twenty-four persons were injured, five seriously.

The path length was 11 miles and the tornado was as wide as 700 yards at times with media reports of damage "estimated in the millions of dollars."

"Near F-4 damage" was reported at farms southwest of SEDALIA.
Damaged home at an unknown location in Sedalia MO 

Tornadic thunderstorm supercells continued to explode in western Missouri that Wednesday afternoon. The first F-4 tornado of the day touched ground at 4:40 p.m. near ATHERTON in the Missouri River bottoms of northern JACKSON County.

Moving northeast, the tornado passed mercifully between MISSOURI CITY and ORRICK (see deadly Orrick Tornado of January 1967 HERE), through the southern portions of EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, then to near WOOD HEIGHTS in extreme western RAY County MO where the tornado lifted.

Four homes were destroyed near MISSOURI CITY with 24 homes damaged or destroyed in the EXCELSIOR SPRINGS area.

Two dormitories and a home were destroyed at a church campground. Five persons were reported injured, but no fatalities. The path length was 10 miles with an average width of 350 yards.

A National Weather Service employee later told the author that even though this was an intense tornado, it could not be detected because even at 20 miles away, it was too close to the old WSR-57 radar's dish antenna atop the old Federal building at 9th Street and Grand downtown.

That antenna was soon relocated to a new NWS forecast office at K.C. International Airport, then in the 1990's the WSR-88D Doppler radar antenna site was built at the new NWS forecast office in north PLEASANT HILL.

The second area F-4 tornado of the day developed north of RICHMOND around 5:15 p.m., moving northeast, then east to north of ROCKINGHAM, CARROLLTON and lifted near BRUNSWICK.

While missing those towns head-on, the tornado still damaged over 200 homes, barns and out-buildings.

The tornado's main funnel was on the ground continuously and witnesses reported as many as five smaller funnels touching down at the same time.

The estimated damage was $4,000,000. The path length was 50 miles with an average width of 800 yards.

*** 6. DOUGLAS - JOHNSON County KS - JACKSON COUNTY MO tornado ***

The last area tornado of this outbreak would come just before sunset, uncharacteristically southwest and west of the earlier supercells now in Iowa and northeast to central Missouri.

It would also be the only twister that day to directly threaten and actually strike KC,MO ... as well as the southwestern suburbs of OLATHE and OVERLAND PARK.

The tornado formed about 2 miles northwest of WORDEN in southern DOUGLAS County KS around 7 p.m. CDT. Rated as an F-2, the tornado then moved east-northeast to north of BALDWIN CITY, where a woman was injured when the mobile home she was in was destroyed.

The tornado ... now described by witnesses as "large" ... came into JOHNSON County over mostly farmland 4 miles northwest of Edgerton and on to Lake Olathe. Before moving into OLATHE, the ground circulation lifted into a funnel cloud before moving over the city of then around 40,000 persons..

The storm/funnel cloud moved east-northeast along K-150 (135th Street), briefly touching down in places.

Just after 8 p.m., a Vickers gas station on K-150 (135th Street) west of U.S. 69 was virtually destroyed. Three people sought shelter in a stock room and were uninjured.

A large light pole at the U.S. 69 interchange just east of the station was bent slightly by the force of the winds and the bent pole remained visible and in service for many years afterwards.

A nearby golf course was covered with large hail with trees, utility poles and lines blown down.
The tornado again lifted into a funnel cloud, sighted by a number of law enforcement officers as the storm continued on into KC,MO north of the old MARTIN CITY community on 135th Street.

Around 8:25 p.m. the funnel is reported by police radio "over U.S. 71 and Blue Ridge."

As the report of the funnel over U.S. 71 came in, I was in my friend's apartment - even though we knew the storm would strike the south part of the city for half an hour with plenty of time to drive well north of the area.

Since the apartment was on the ground floor with a walled, interior bathroom, we elected to ride it out there. With the police radio scanner, pillows and blankets went into the bathtub along with my friend.

Scattered hailstones the size of baseballs began falling. Hearing the hail, I cautiously went to peek out the patio door.

Sliding open the glass, the air was filled with the same sulpheric odor that I remembered during the 1966 OVERLAND PARK tornado's storm.

Hearing a faint "whooshing" noise, I stepped out from the patio and looked northwest. Blocks away ... illuminated by the city lights ...a funnel cloud shaped like the 1966 OVERLAND PARK twister rapidly dips down then back up.

I went back to tell my friend what I saw and the scanner confirmed the strike moments later... onto the Ruskin Place apartments at Longview and Blue Ridge.

I immediately went to the scene, met by a KC,MO. police car coming south on Blue Ridge in front of the Ruskin Place.

Laying in the 5-lane roadway was a 3x5-foot section of apartment-building roofing and other scraps of debris. Looking into the complex, a section of wall from a building had fallen toward the street, with the lighted, untouched living room of a 2nd-floor apartment clearly visible.

Windows had been blown out on several units, cutting the occupants by flying glass. Two women were personally helped from the complex, dazed and bleeding from lacerations. They were quickly tended to as first responders arrived within minutes.

In fact, there was such a rapid and large response of KC and GRANDVIEW emergency agencies I quickly departed back to the apartment before a complete assessment of injuries or damage was made.

What damage I did see was consistent with an F-1 rating. The Ruskin strike is not listed in "official" records of this particular tornado. If the Ruskin-area totals are counted, at least 3 persons were injured with a damage estimate around $250,000 in 1977-value-dollars.

All in all, May 4, 1977 was a day that we in the Kansas City MetroRegion hope never happens again.

But someday, it shall.

(NOTE: If you experienced any portion of this tornado outbreak- please share your memories in the comment section below.)

Monday, April 30, 2007

Note To Self: Delete Certain Blog URL

I sure most of you locals know- but you out-of-towners who read this blog are not aware.

There is a blogger here in KC - and for what reason he seems to be such a 'media darling' I dunno - has to put a racial slant on virtually EVERY news story he reports.

The final straw for me today was reading his take on the Ward Parkway Mall shootings yesterday.

Evidentally he didn't SEE the numerous folks of VARIOUS colors there. I sure as hell did.

I cover the weekend overnight desk for one of the TV stations here. Been doing it for 17 years now.

I CAN ASSURE YOU that speaking for myself and all the folks I work with - we don't 'blow-off' ANY Human Being being murdered.

Yes Mr. Racist Blogger - I grieve for senselessly murdered PEOPLE - regardless of color, race or creed.

Yes, I'm a white man.

The ancestors of our family moved to the USA in the 1880's - AFTER The Civil War. My grandfather - of German stock - ALWAYS told us that all people are the same under the skin. The dear man lived in the 4100 block of Flora until he died in 1980. He'd fix kid's bikes - black kids - they'd call him Grandpa too.

My first best friend was a black kid.

My first crush was on a Hispanic girl (I was buds with her brother - even taught me some Spanish).

I became friends with a fellow from Honduras at a temp job in the 80's. He told me the economic conditions in his country were desperate - he had come to America - like so many others in the past 200 years or so - to try to make a better life for his family back home. I'd buy him lunch from time to time so he'd have more money to send back home.

Am I a bleeding heart liberal? Hell no- I'm a g-damn feeling & compassionate Human Being. Sue me!

Mr. Racist Blogger may one day come to the realization that many of us are in the very same rowboat (economics). We can join up & fight back against the injustices - or just flip the ole race/color card out of the deck and stay divided.

One great American said it best in D.C. in 1963 - and I too look forward to the day when ALL people are not judged by the color of their skin - but of the content of their character.

Sunday, April 29, 2007


This is reportedly tied to an incident that occurred just prior - that occurred somewhere on 93th St. - where reportedly a police officer was shot in the arm and another person - unconfirmed yet- is dead at that location.

The Kansas City MetroRegion Overnight News and Weather Report - Sunday, April 29, 2007


* At 12:14 am- KC-MO agencies got a call to the 1400 block of West 11th Street where they found a male in his early 20's with a stab wound to the back.
There was no suspect information.

* Vacant houses burned in both Kansas Citys - but no one was injured.

* A pedestrian was struck in LAWRENCE, KS around 1:30 am at 11th St. & Tennessee. EMS reported the patient's injuries non life-threatening.


Clear skies and temperatures in the upper-50's prevailed overnight.

Most areas will see 80-degree temperatures today and possibly into Tuesday- when the next weather-maker in the form of a cool front moves into the area.

There are some concerns this front may become stationary in our area for the rest of the week - providing several periods of showers and thunderstorms.

Although no severe weather is expected until next weekend at the earliest- heavy rains on top of moist soils could create some flooding problems if slow-moving storms do develop Tuesday night and/or through the rest of the week.

First with Kansas City Metro- Region Breaking News - KSHB NBC41 ACTION NEWS.