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Saturday, June 16, 2007

AP Photos Of Selmer-TN "Cars For Kids" Crash


Courtesy of the Associated Press...the rest of the story here.



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Rare Weather Satellite Photo


It's something I might have seen in the past 14 years of computer weather but is quite rare.

Looking at the visible satellite picture below (click for bigger image)- those are thunderstorms that traverse the area spanning those three red dots- which happens to be along the "spine" of North America- the Rocky Mountains.

That's at least 3,000 miles of an almost solid line of thunderstorms- stretching from Dot 1-North- Edmonton- Alberta-Canada region- through Montana, U.S.A. and the Black Hills- through Dot 2 Middle- Denver- Albuquerque- Dot 3 South- El Paso-TX- then into Mexico reaching almost to the Baja Gulf.



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Dragster In A Parade Kills 4 In Tennessee

Selmer, TN.- about 80 miles east of Memphis- was holding a charitable parade for kids earlier today- when a dragster in the parade decided to entertain the crowd.

The driver started doing a tire burn-off- but it went horribly wrong.

According to the AP news wire- the car spun- struck a utility pole- then spun into the crowd. Four died and at least 15 were injured.
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KANSAS CITY NEWS UPDATE: Man Shot In Belton Friday Night Has Died

The victim in that Belton-MO shooting- reported here first (take that TV news anchors) has died of those multiple gunshot wounds.

The shooting took place around 11:50 pm Friday night in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 100 block of East Hargis. Police officers nearby heard the gunshots and rushed to the scene.

One officer got in a brief foot-pursuit with the suspect- a Hispanic male- but he got away. The victim- also a Hispanic male- was found with multiple gunshot wounds- including his head and chest.

The victim's name was Mauricio Blancos.
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U.S. Astronaut Sunita Williams Sets Female Space-Flight Record

Though I must admit- I've dated women who seemed to be in space MUCH longer- that fact in no way diminishes the record set by Ms. Williams.

Also- the Russians got the ISS's computers going again and the space shuttle Atlantis returns to Earth next week.
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The Weather Channel

Is it just me or does it seem 'The Weather Channel' runs everything but weather?

I probably haven't watched 10 minutes of the Channel since 1996- when one June morning they stated that "a tornado caused extensive damage in Shawnee, KS (a KC 'burb)" when there was no tornado- or even high winds- IN or within 10 miles of Shawnee that night.

After 4 or 5 emails from me- they pulled that fantasy story without apology or correction.

Maybe that explains why they now run commercials out the yazoo and seemingly- anything but the current weather.

Even if they DID stick to weather- I wouldn't believe them though.
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Rare Murders Have North Dakota Towns "Shaken"

Most folks don't associate North Dakota for violence- but never- NEVER take the "It Can't Happen Here" attitude.

As the trial of a man who killed a college student in Valley City-ND begins- the search for the murderer of another college student in this small Northern Plains town continues.
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Suggestion: Stick To Religion- Stay Out Of Politics

Captain Spaulding is quite tolerant toward other people's religious views.
Anything that encourages humanity among all deserves respect- wars caused over differing religious beliefs notwithstanding.

All that I ask from folks of religion is that they keep it to themselves.

American Southern Baptists would love nothing better than to impose their religious beliefs on you- me and the rest of the country.

Republicans stand in line to pander to the Southern Baptists for their votes- seemingly forgetting the separation of church and state.

If the religion nuts start trying to take my freedoms away- I will become far- FAR less tolerant.
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The Flying Frisbee Celebrates 50 Years

It was 1957 when the name "The Pluto Platter" was changed by the Wham-O company to "Frisbee."

Not only has the name stuck- but so has the popularity of the plastic flying disk. (There is a Frisbee golf course in Swope Park- on Elmwood just north of Gregory Blvd..)
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The Kansas City MetroRegion Overnight News and Weather Report - Saturday, June 16, 2007

*** VICTIM'S INJURIES VERY CRITICAL IN BELTON-MO SHOOTING ***

>>> Belton police report hearing gunshots in the area of M-58 and North Scott at 11:50 pm Friday night.

One block north at Hargis- they find a man who had been shot "multiple times" and briefly chase a male suspect before he got away.

As the victim was on the way to a trauma center- police from several agencies- including KC-MO police's helicopter- went looking through the area for the suspect. No word if they ever caught him.
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**Overnight Stabbing In Merriam-KS Leaves 1 In Serious Condition**

... The call came in for a stabbing victim at the El Conquistador Apartments off 61st Street and Mastin at 1:42 am..

When police arrive several minutes later- they find a male who'd been stabbed and cut in several places over his upper body and another man with minor injuries from the assault.

The man who was stabbed was in serious condition as he was taken to a trauma center. The suspect in this whole affair left and was being sought by police.
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*Grandview Firefighters Put Out Kitchen Fire *

...Grandview fire stations rolled out on the report of a house fire in the 7200 block of East 134th Terrace at 4:34 am Saturday morning.

Upon arrival- crews found fire showing from the rear of the house. Entry was made and it's determined to be "a kitchen fire" which is quickly reported "out" at 4:44 am..
No injuries reported and the cause is under investigation.

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<><><>OVERNIGHT WEATHER<><><>


Clear skies and calm winds prevailed overnight. Temperatures ranged from 70 in urban areas into the lower-60's at dawn in MetroRegion valleys.

A summerlike day today- with only scattered showers & storms in far southern to southwestern MetroRegion fringes.

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First with Metro Kansas City Breaking News - NBC41 ACTION NEWS.
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Not Only Treatment Bad But Also Mail Service At Walter Reed Medical Center

An Army report Friday says it's found a "contract employee" never delivered "4,500 letters and parcels" to injured soldiers there.

That contract employee was fired and other soldiers were assigned the task of delivering those items to the proper people.
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Current Middle-Eastern News In A Glance

Afghanistan - KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A suicide car bomber attacked a convoy of U.S. contract workers and military personnel in Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least four civilians, officials said. A soldier opened fire on the crowd after the attack, killing one civilian.
The suicide attack in western Kabul also wounded four civilians and a foreigner, said Gen. Ali Shah Paktiawal. He said an international military vehicle and seven civilian vehicles were damaged in the attack. The bomber also died.


Iraq - BAGHDAD (AP) - An explosion leveled a Sunni mosque Saturday in Basra, residents said, in the second retaliatory attack in as many days for the toppling of minarets at a prized Shiite shrine in Samarra.
Iraqi police did not immediately respond to the bombing of the al-Ashrah al-Mubashra mosque, witnesses said....


The Gaza Strip - RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Fatah gunmen on Saturday stormed the Hamas-controlled Palestinian parliament building and Education Ministry, witnesses said.

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Two-Year-Old Served Margarita At CA. Applebee's

It happened in Antioch-California during dinner when a woman's son was "accidentally" served the alcoholic beverage.

Applebee's apolgized and offered to pay any hospital bills for the child- who got sick from the drink.

The child's mother had noticed the child acting giddy. Applebee's has also offered the woman "free meals"- but she told a reporter "If they think I'm going back there, they're ridiculous."
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Survivor Not A Suspect In Illinois Shooting

The man- Christopher Vaughn- was the father of the 3 children and husband of the woman found dead in their vehicle near Channon-IL. Thursday.

He too was found in their S.U.V.- with a bullet wound to the leg and originally thought to be the prime suspect. However- police now do not consider him the shooter.
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Small Plane Crash In Portland-OR Kills 3

The single-engine craft with 3 aboard crashed into a Portland neighborhood. No one on the ground was reported injured.
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KANSAS CITY'S BREAKING NEWS: Male Critically-Injured In Belton-MO Shooting

Belton-MO police are investigating a shooting in their city that occured shortly before midnight.

In happened near the intersection of North Scott and Hargis and the victim- a "Hispanic male" is in very critical condition with "multiple small-caliber gunshot wounds" according to their EMS unit.

Police from several agencies- including the KC-MO police helicopter- were assisting Belton in an area search for the "Hispanic male" suspect.
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Friday, June 15, 2007

Magic Momence: Hannah Klamecki

Momence Illinois that is- about 45 miles south of Chicago- where a 5-year-old girl thought to be drowned came walking out of the woods Friday morning.

She suffered only minor injuries.

Hannah Klamecki was with her grandfather on the Kankakee River late Wednesday when grandpa was pulled into the current while swimming and drowned.

His body was found Thursday.

Little Hannah- also thought drowned- had made it across with only floats on her arms onto the main shore and wandered through the wildlife preserve until stumbling onto searchers 36 hours later.
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Notes From Funk's Front Porch - II

Here's Mayor Funkhouser's latest message to his constituants:


Notes From Funk's Front Porch
15 June 2007

Dear Folks,

The new members of the Parks Board were announced at a press conference this past Monday, in the pouring rain, and they were sworn into their positions on Tuesday. The make-up of this board is completely different from past boards and Funk has high hopes that they will be successful in bringing the parks system back to the regular folks. But, as you know, Funk has been getting a lot of flak for, well, for just about everything that he has been doing since becoming Mayor. We expected this to occur, as change makes people uncomfortable at first, even if the change is for the better. True to form, there is an upset over the political views of one of his appointments. While Funk does not agree with this appointment's political views, he does believe in diversity and unfortunately, diversity doesn't always look as good in real life as it does in the movies. We are hoping that when the fog clears, that people will see the historic diversity of this board, beginning with John Fierro, the first Hispanic President of the Parks Board - an honest and courageous man - and will embrace the board for the wonderful changes that they are ready to make.

The Mayor and Council office comes with a lot of perks, both big and small; we get gratuitous offers daily to just about everything: suite tickets to ball games, grand dinners, prime symphony and theater tickets, great parking places, black tie events - even the free use of a car. The abundance of perks is apparently normal. What is not normal is to be upfront and transparent in reporting the gifts, beyond the basic legal requirements, but this is exactly what Funk promises to continue to do.

The Mayor's blog, www.funksfrontporch.com, (that can eventually be linked from the Mayor's page of The city's website at www.kcmo.org) is up and running. The Communications Team has put a lot of thought into making this a dynamic site; a window into the workings of the Mayor’s office. From the blog you can look at anything from the Mayor's calendar to blog entries from the Mayor, and even to memos from the policy team. We plan on making this the finest and most informative government blog in the nation. Funk is happy with the site, as it is another way of keeping citizens informed about their government.

Funk went to his first town hall meeting last night. The chapel was filled to the brim with anxious and hopeful faces. The crowd was asked by one of the hosts of the event if they had ever seen a Mayor in the 3rd district - the crowd went wild; shouting, no, they had never seen a Mayor in their district before. The crowd went on to say that they had never had a Mayor ask them for their opinion or to inquire as to what he could do to help them. It was an uplifting kick-off to our town hall meetings, and we sensed that the crowd left even more hopeful and trusting that they would be included in their City's future decisions.

Funk stands in faith that the job that he seeks to do, to make this a city that works for regular folks, will indeed become a reality under his administration. While it's hard to hold onto faith in tough times, that is exactly what he is prepared to do. We hope that you will give him the time that is necessary to make those changes and will help keep the faith with us as it takes a fair amount of time to build the machinery before you can get the job done.
You can respond to this newsletter either at
funksfrontporch@gmail.com or at mayor@kcmo.org.

In faith.

All the best,
Gloria & Mark


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Chairman Of Joint Chiefs of Staff Kicked Out

Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Bush's Administration- Marine General Peter Pace says he was offered to "voluntarily retire"- but refused to do so while Bush's Folly (Iraq) was still running.

"Damn the A.E.D's boys" captain of the Iraq Titanic said- "FULL SPEED AHEAD."

Got to give Gen. Pace kudos for his loyality- however next time Peter- take the liferaft offer.
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The Milt Romney Circus Is In Town

The Romney Circus- 3 rings of flip-flop.

Including the famous clown- Sam Brownback- who- according to a direct quote from the AP article and TV news reports tonight- says regarding abortion: "I've been fighting this fight for a long time and I believe in it and I think it's the central social, moral issue of our day."

Excuse me??? For a clown- not a very funny joke.

I see issues like poverty and lack of universal health care for American citizens being much more a "central social, moral issue of our day" than abortion.

For a Romney flip-flop experience- just Google HIS stand on abortion not 3 years ago when he was govenor of Massachusetts. Hands Inside and Hold On- it's a 180-degree ride!

But hey- lots of applesauce from your loyalists today.

Just a spotlight on two of many Republicrat and Demoblican hacks drooling for power.
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Showers- Thunderstorms Developing Nearby


Showers and thunderstorms are increasing in intensity in southern Cass county MO and northern Miami county KS..

The area is moving west-northwest which is unusual (the "closed" low over Oklahoma circulation) and will affect mostly areas along and southwest of a Bonner Springs-KS to Pleasant Hill-MO line - most of Cass county MO and Miami and the southwestern half of Johnson county KS- over the next several hours.


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Great 'Father's Day' Weekend Everybody

Dear Mother Spaulding is in a hospital so I'll not be posting much today.
She'll be okay- probably outlive me! (grin)

Hope every deserving Dad has a great Father's Day Sunday and everyone- Let's pray for peace (NOW PLAYING: Steely Dan's- 'Only A Fool Would Say That).
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Gasoline Prices To Rise Again

I guess now $2.80 per gallon is the new plateau and now get ready to be bent over some more by Big Oil- America's most unpatriotic corporations.

The price on a barrel of sweet crude has risen (of course) and Big Oil has to raise prices accordingly so their CEOs can maintain payments on their private retirement islands.

Fill up and joyride America! Bankrupt youselves....
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Five More American Dead In Iraq

Five soldiers died Wednesday and Thursday in Bush's "Nation Building" Folly.

More than 3,500 of our military has died so far in this flat-unwinnable conflict that men with ego and pride refuse to stop.

How many Americans- and Iraquis- will die before basic logic and common sense prevails?

Somebody? Anybody?
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Top 10 Most Dangerous Intersections In Kansas City-MO.

The City Council recently discussed the traffic camera issue.

Cameras would be placed "at the city's most dangerous intersections" and "photograph license plates" of people running red lights- according to KCCG-Channel 2.

Looking at the latest list available of the city's most dangerous intersections is misleading.
All but two of the ten are intersections of city arterials. The other 8 involve freeways.

Crashes on the freeways are reported at the nearest cross street- which may give the impression all or even the majority of the crashes are occurring where the freeway ramps intersect that street.

The Top 10 list (as of November 2006) is:
No. 1 - I-470 and Blue Ridge Boulevard.
No. 2 -
I-435 and U.S. 71.
No. 3 -
Northwest 64th Street and North Chatham Road.
No. 4 -
Barry Road and U.S. 169.
No. 5 -
Front Street and I-435.
No. 6 -
Gregory Boulevard and I-435.
No. 7 -
Truman Road and U.S. 71.
No. 8 -
103rd Street and State Line Road.
No. 9 -
I-70 and Sterling.
No. 10 - Bannister and U.S. 71.
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Palestinian Government "Dissolved"

It's only the latest episode of "All In The Mid-East."
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Thursday, June 14, 2007

The 'Govenator' Surprises Hispanic Journalists With Remark

What California Gov. Ah-nold Schwarzenegger told the Hispanic journalists' convention Wednesday night in San Jose was "You've got to turn off the Spanish television set" and be "forced to speak English."

The 'Govenator' pointed out he had to drop his native German tongue when he came to America more than 35 years ago.

The journalists asked for comment on Schwarzenegger's comments were that of "surprise."
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Internet Helps Break Chinese Slave Ring

More than 200 people- nearly 30 of them children- have been freed from slave brick-kiln operations in central China.

The AP article says Chinese authorities were tipped off on the Internet by emails from fathers who were missing their sons.
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Study Says U.S. Bird Population Declining

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Kansas City Kelly Clarkson Show Cancelled

In fact- Kelly has cancelled her entire summer tour save for one charity show.

Clarkson was scheduled to play in KC on July 22. Tickets will be refunded- Clarkson's mouthpiece said.
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Kodak Develops New Low-Light Sensor For Photography

This new sensor developed by Kodak scientists will increase the light-gathering capabilities of digital cameras- especially those on cell phones- "by 2 to 4 times."

This will make low-light photographs clearer and increase shutter speeds than would otherwise be possible under the existing light.

As the chief photographer for Vampire Productions- I'm looking forward to the new sensor.
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Beth Gottenstein: Minutemen "One Step From The K.K.K.."

According to today's KANSAS CITY STAR article- that's exactly what Gottenstein said.

The furor continues over one of Mayor Funkhouser's appointments to the Parks board.

Now the City Council people are asking for the resignation of newly-appointed Ruth Semler.

Semler is a member of the Minutemen- and that's not an organization for men that experience quick sexual relief.

Semler's being raked over the coals for her stances on illegal immigration- which shouldn't even BE an issue.

What part of the word ILLEGAL don't people understand?
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Kansas- Water Playground For Middle-America


You would think so anyway with all the rain that's fallen over the state in the past month.

Below is a graphic of "radar-indicated" rainfalls in central and eastern Kansas just over the past 48 hours.
(Scale of colors-inches on the left- click for larger image)

Showers and storms continue over many of the same areas right now too.

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America's Millionaire Rulers

That's right- but most of us have long-ago figured out why Washington D.C. politicians are SO out-of-touch with the average American.

Check out the Associated Press article reporting on some elected officials' net worth.

I can only imagine the poorest politician in D.C. is only worth around $100,000- minimum.
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Cho Family Releases Medical Records To Virginia Tech Panel

The panel- put together after the Virginia Tech shootings in April that killed 31 people- reportedly now has the medical records of shooter Seung-Hui Cho.

Cho killed himself after killing 2 people in a college dorm and the others later that morning in a classroom building.
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Four Found Dead- Including 3 Children- In A Vehicle In Illinois

The four dead- a woman and 3 children- were found in an S.U.V. on an I-55 service road 40 miles southwest of Chicago this morning.

A man in the vehicle also found shot was arrested and police think this was a "domestic" dispute.
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KANSAS CITY'S BREAKING NEWS: Aircraft Emergency at K.C.I. Airport

It's reported to be "a 737 with an engine out."

Five KC-MO fire companies- plus airport fire & rescue crews- are enroute.

More here when received.
UPDATE - 1207 PM- The aircraft has landed safely at K.C.I..

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Computer Problems Imperil International Space Station

Computers aboard the ISS went wonky yesterday.

Russian scientists overnight had re-established a link to the computers- which among other things- control the station's atmosphere.

America's space shuttle Atlantis is still docked to the station and it's stay in space will be furthered more.

If the astronauts can't get the space station's oxygen issue resolved- the 3 people on the station will have to return to Earth on Atlantis.

Hopefully- Atlantis' thermal blanket was fixed properly and re-entry will be non-eventful.
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Joyride In Stolen Vehicle Leads To 4 Dead In Texas

It happened in Baytown, TX. when 6 teenagers-riding in a stolen Jeep Cherokee- slammed into a tank car of a parked freight train.

Four were killed outright- the other 2 in critical condition in Houston-area hospitals.
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Kansas City-MO Also Subsidizes Other Cities' Traumas

It happened just last weekend when 4 young men were shot in Kansas City, KS..

Police initally found only 1 victim- and he was taken to Truman Medical Center-West (TMC/West) because the University of Kansas (KU) Medical Center was "closed to trauma" patients.

Over the next several hours- the other 3 victims showed up at hospitals on their own- 2 went to TMC/West and the other showed up at "closed" KU Med Center.

Maybe the 3 shooting victims that ended up at TMC were KC-MO residents- that I do not know.

Nor do I know if the victims were able to pay for their treatment or filed as indigents.

What I DO know working news in this town for more than 15 years is that this is not an isolated case.

Johnson County and Wyandotte counties have only 1 certified trauma center each- Overland Park Regional for JoCo and KU Med Center for WyCo.

If one or both of those trauma centers are closed- chances are patients will end up at a KC-MO trauma center- Research- St. Luke's Plaza or TMC/West.

If a Kansas resident ends up at TMC and can't pay? We're stuck.
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Kansas City Gas Watch - June 14

Lowest prices I've seen out south is $2.86 ($2.859) per gallon at the Quik Trip on 87th Street east of Hillcrest (Chuck Eddy Drive) and M-350 south of Gregory in Raytown as well as the Conoco at 69th & Blue Ridge Cutoff.

Please report the prices in your part of town!
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Help Me Buy Channel 4

The word is out- Rupert Murdoch's FOX Television has WDAF-TV on the selling block.

The Australian turned American is apparently needing cash (my thoughts only) for next year's presidental election.

Really though- I'm all for buying Channel 4.

For starters- I'd totally remake the news casts- MUCH more Kansas City and Metro news (yes- have reporters with City Hall beats and such).

In addition- Channel 4 would once be known as the leader in locally-produced programming.

I'd get out the photos of all the past DAF employees that made Channel 4 "first in Kansas City" and line the hallways with them- reminding all who work there now that Channel 4 was THE TV news station for many years and By God will be again.

I'm taking partnerships now- to buy Channel 4.
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Mayor Funk's New Blogsite

The first Kansas City mayor to really have a grasp of the POWER of the Internet now has "an official" Website.

Mark and First Lady Gloria Funkhouser's site is: http://funksfrontporch.typepad.com/
This is an interactive site- which means you- the citizen- have a direct voice to the Mayor's office.

In NO TIME in this city's history has THAT happened unless you wore an Armani suit with wads of cash buldging out of the pockets.
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Kellogg To Improve Their Cereals

"Good Morning- Good Morning- The best to you each morning- K-E-Double-L- O-Double-G - Kellogg's Best To You."

Some of us might remember the cereal maker's old jingle- but I'm sure all of us remember the cereals.

It's reported that the Kellogg Company of Battle Creek, MI. is on a mission to improve the nutritional value of their products including yes- removing a portion of processed sugars from their cereals.

No comment from Tony The Tiger.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

AP: "McCain Says He'll Fight Clinton's 'Pork'"

No doubt with some bacon of his own.
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Master Net Date-Faker Gets Two Convictions

The guy posed different professions to different women using an Internet dating service (match.com).

The women got back at him though.

Horrors! People being less than honest on the Internet....
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Don "Mr. Wizard' Herbert Dead

All of us American 'boomers' should remember Mr. Wizard's TV show that ran from the 1950's into the mid-1960's.

Mr. Don Herbert was 89 and passed away at his Los Angeles home today.
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Why Not Just Ignore All Laws

Imagine if I sneak- say- into Canada. What do you think Canadian authorities would do if they find out I had snuck into their country?

Jail- probably. Deportation- surely.

So what's the big deal over this immigration bill? If people are here illegally- send them back.
If they have children born here- give those children a certificate that they were born in America (in case they want to return when they are adults) and send the children back with the parents.

What's the big deal? IL-LEG-AL!

If we're going to give every alien that snuck into this country amnesty- then let every person arrested for smoking or possessing marijuana out of jail/prison.

Why is it any more "illegal" to willingly put a substance in your own body than to sneak into somebody else's country?

No wonder people have little respect for either laws or the people that make them- pretzel-logic!
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Heavy Rains Continue Over Kansas- Nebraska

North-south bands of showers and thunderstorms that keep moving over the same areas are producing flooding on streams and rivers from western Nebraska into north-central through southeastern Kansas into southwest Missouri.

If you are travelling in these areas today- please check road conditions before setting out to make sure routes you travel are not closed due to high water.

Remember when coming face to face with floodwaters- TURN AROUND- DON'T DROWN!
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Further Corporate Attempts To Reign In YouTube Postings

God forbid if corporations aren't squeezing every last greedy freakin' dollar out of everything and everybody!

Now it's video recognition software for YouTube- owned by reported privacy-violator deluxe Google- so users don't freely post copyrighted materials the corporations haven't squeezed every last bent penny from.
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Missing Fort Hood Soldier Found Dead

The man was on a map-reading training mission and got lost in Ft. Hood's "15,000-acre training range."

Sgt. Lawrence G. Sprader, 25 was found dead yesterday. Sgt. Sprader had served his country in Iraq and was training for a different M.O.S. in the Army.

May The Great Spirit be with Sgt. Sprader's family & friends in their time of grief.
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Los Angeles Hospital Lets Patient Die In Waiting Room

Like I posted in an article here last week- the lack of health care is turning emergency rooms into most people's doctor's offices.

Emergency rooms are closing down due to the overload- or in this case- just leaving patients in their waiting rooms to die.
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China Puts Kids To Work For 2008 Olympics

Literally- Chinese manufacturers run child sweat-shops (no surprise) to make trinkets for their Olympics I won't watch any of next year.
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Mayor Funkhouser Railed For Park Board Choice

Turns out Mark Funkhouser's lone Northland choice for park board member is a member of 'The Minutemen' and one former city council candidate is crying foul.

Rita Valenciano claims The Minutemen are "a racist organization."
Well Rita- if you want to get TECHNICAL- even the N.A.A.C.P. is "a racist organization" per se.

Turns out Funkhouser didn't even KNOW the woman- Frances Semler- was a Minuteman member until yesterday- when he made the board appointments public.

However- I'm sure Ms. Valenciano knows full-well what "racist" is- since her son is SO adept at playing those cards daily on his blog.

Also- I'm only assuming that Ms. Valenciano herself APPLIED for a park board opening and was turned down.


If that's the case- sour grapes and accusations make pretty crappy whine.

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Hazards Of Keeping Loaded Guns Under Your Pillow

Reason No. 1 Not To - The 'bullet fairy' may visit in the night.

An Albany, GA. police officer found this out- the bullet fairy apparently releases the gun's safety when he/she visits.

Can be hazardous to wrists and other parts of your anatomy.
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Judge Upset Over Pants Should Resign From Bench

This guy's a judge- he wants millions of dollars for a pair of drawers- "ruined" by a cleaners- that probably aren't worth $30. The dude was offered $12K ($12,000) for the pants and turned it down.

This guy should be removed from his judicial job immediately and prevented from ever holding another judicial job- he's mentally unstable!

The Korean couple who owned the cleaners where the idiot's pants got ruined should counter-sue.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Bush Administration To Rework Executive Order On Spying

A Michael McConnell has been appointed by Bush to redo the Reagan Administration's work with changes appropriate to post-2001 paranoia.

Some more educated on the process than I say in the AP article that this Administration's re-working of the 1981 presidential order "could threaten civil liberties protections approved by President Reagan following intelligence abuses in the 1970s...."

Ah- bet we can't guess what that means.

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INS Raids Portland-OR Food-Processing Plant

The AP article says around 100 people were taken into custody Tuesday morning for having social security numbers that belonged to other or dead people or were made up.

There was a similar INS raid at a food-processing plant southeast of Springfield-MO several weeks ago.
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'Adopted' Deaf Dolphin Births Normal Calf in Florida

"Castaway" is the mother's name.

Marine biologists think she's deaf. Castaway beached herself last November at Vero Beach and marine vets took her in to recoup. She was released but then beached herself twice since.

Castaway was pregnant and has given birth to what scientists think is a healthy calf.

Mom and child looks like they'll have to stay in captivity to survive but hey- they'll have 3 or however many-squares a-day they need and the best health care anywhere.

If I get sick- I'll dress up like a dolphin and beach myself.
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FBI Investigates False Weather Reports

Somebody is sending National Weather Service offices in the upper Mississippi River Valley false storm reports. States involved are- among others- Iowa- Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The false reports have led to a few false warnings issued- based on the bogus information the NWS received- according to an article in the KANSAS CITY STAR.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations was trying to find the culprit- the STAR says.

Having been 'into' weather for more than 40 years- Science Rule 1 through 5 is applied: Accuracy- Accuracy- Accuracy- Accuracy and ... okay you get it.

I hope they find the sucker and make a sling psychrometer out of them.
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NWS-SPC: Excessive Rainfall Likely Nebraska- South Dakota

I just put up the weather stuff as it comes across- whether the layperson can understand the jargon or not. Any questions- just use the comments feature below or email me.

The areas on the map below are forecast to get whacked with "excessive rainfall" from this Tuesday morning until 7 am Wednesday morning.


EXCESSIVE RAINFALL DISCUSSION NWS HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL PREDICTION CENTER
CAMP SPRINGS MD 1020 AM EDT TUE JUN 12 2007

...VALID 15Z TUE JUN 12 2007 - 12Z WED JUN 13 2007......

REFERENCE AWIPS GRAPHIC UNDER...DAY 1 EXCESSIVE RAINFALL...

SLIGHT RISK OF RAINFALL EXCEEDING FFG TO THE RIGHT OF A LINE FROM DVL BVN ITR IEN WEI DVL.
SLIGHT RISK OF RAINFALL EXCEEDING FFG TO THE RIGHT OF A LINE FROM 25 ESE ASG 10 NNW GMJ 30 NW GMJ 25 SSW UKL 25 SW FOE 20 S FOE 25 NE UKL 50 ENE CNU 30 NNE JLN 15 WNW SGF 25 NW BPK 20 E HRO 25 SW HRO 25 ESE ASG.

MODERATE RISK OF RAINFALL EXCEEDING FFG TO THE RIGHT OF A LINE FROM ABR ODX 45 N ITR D07 40 E N60 ABR.

HIGH RISK OF RAINFALL EXCEEDING FFG TO THE RIGHT OF A LINE FROM ONL 35 SSW IML PHP BIS ONL.

UPDATE...OVER THE NRN TO CNTRL PLAINS...NO CHANGES MADE TO THE PREVIOUS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL POTENTIAL OUTLOOK. SEE PREVIOUS DISCUSSION BELOW.

OVR SERN KS/SWRN MO/FAR NWRN AR... A SLIGHT RISK WAS ADDED FOR THEONGOING CONVECTION THAT HAS FIRED TO THE NORTH OF THE STNRY FRONTAL BNDRY STRETCHING FROM THE SRN PLAINS INTO THE LOWER MSVALLEY. THIS CONVECTION IS MOVG SLOWLY TO THE SOUTH ACRS REGIONS THAT RECEIVED HEAVY RAINFALL YESTERDAY. ISOLATED SHRT TERM PCPN AMTS OF 1"+ POSSIBLE WITH THIS CONVECTION. NOT A LOT OF CONFIDENCE WITH THE EVOLUTION OF THIS CONVECTION...WHICH BOTH THE NAM AND GFS ARE NOT DEPICTING WELL.

OUR FIRST IMPRESSION IS THAT THIS CONVECTION WILL WEAKEN BY EARLY AFTERNOON AS THE LOW LEVEL FLOW BACKS TO A MORE SELY DIRECTION PARALLEL TO THE STNRY FRONTAL BNDRY...REDUCING OVERRUNNING OF THIS BNDRY. THE THREAT REGION ACRS SW TX WAS DISCONTINUED AS CONVECTION THAT AFFECTED THIS REGION OVERNIGHT HAS WEAKENED.
...ORAVEC

PREVIOUS DISCUSSION......CNTRL/NRN PLNS...VRY STAGNANT MID/UPR FLOW REGIME WL CONT TO SUPPORT STG/DEEP LYR SRLY FLOW THRU THE REGION THAT WL TAP INTO AN EPAC/GULF MSTR SOURCE. MDLS SHOW PWS OF 1.50-1.75 INCHES THRU THE CNTRL U.S..THESE VALUES ARE 2-3 STDS ABV NRML. THIS MSTR COMBINED WITH A STG LLJ IS SUPPORTG MSTR FLUX ANOMALIES OF 3-5 STDS ABV NRML. VALUESOF THIS MAGNITUDE ALMOST ALWAYS SUPPORTS VRY HVY RNFL. SHRTWVENERGY EJECTG FM THE NRN ROCKIES WL PHASE WITH ENERGY COMG OUT OFTHE SRN ROCKIES WITH A POTENT UPR JET COUPLET FORMG OVR THE CNTRL HI PLNS THIS AFTN AND LIFTG ENEWD TNGT. THE ASSOCD SFC BNDRY WL PUSH INTO THE PLNS WITH THE ATMOS AHD OF THE BNDRY BCMG UNSTBL WITH LIS OF MINUS 2-4. BNDRY LYR MSTR CVRG WL ALSO INCRS. MDLS SHOW VRY SLOW CELL MOTIONS LATER TDA/TNGT THAT WL CONTRIBUTE TO SOME STNRY CNVCTN AND ASSOCD VRY HVY RNFL AMTS. CONCERNS FOR THIS AREA ARE THE ONGOING MCS OVR NEB...WHICH IF IT DOES NOT WEAKEN TDA...COULD IMPACT THE AREA BY BLOCKG MSTR FLUX NWD. ALSO...THEMIDLVL SHRTWV OVR THE SRN ROCKIES SEEMS TO BE MOVG NEWD QUICKER THAN THE LATEST GUID INDICATES AND THIS COULD RESULT IN AN ERLR START TO CNVCTN OVR THE CNTRL HI PLNS WHICH COULD ALSO RESULT INSOME BLOCKAGE OF MSTR FLUX INTO THE NRN PLNS AND HVIER RNFL AMTS A LITTLE FARTHER S THAN INDICATED. RNFL RATES OF TWO INCHES PER HRARE PSBL WITH A FEW SPOTS IN THE 4-5 INCH RNG....SWRN TX...ONGOING CNVCTN ACRS THE REGION WL SLOLY MOV NEWD THRU THE MRNG AND EVENTUALLY WEAKEN. THIS ACTVTY IS BEING FUELED BY DEEP EPAC/GULFMSTR WITH MDLS SHOW PWS ARND 1.50 INCHES. SHRTWV ENERGY MOVG THRU THE SRN ROCKIES WL MOV NEWD THIS MRNG WITH THE STGR HGT FALLS LIFTG NWD. XPCT LCLZD 1-2 INCH RNFL INTO THIS MRNG THAT WL CAUSE LCL RUNOFF PRBLMS...ESPCLY OVR THE HIER TERRAIN.
...ECKERT

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KANSAS CITY'S WEATHER: Torrential Rains Not That Far Away

Once again overnight- and continuing this morning- a virtually stationary band of showers and thunderstorms sat over north-central into southeastern Kansas and southwestern Missouri.

As shown on the Kansas City NWS graphic below- Doppler radar rain-estimates as much as 9-inches of rain has fallen in isolated areas of southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri.

There are number of flood or flash-flood warnings still in effect this Tuesday in southwestern Missouri and southeastern Kansas.

The precip area is trying to work it's way northeast - it's now in the southern and southwestern MetroRegion counties- Linn- Franklin to Shawnee counties KS..

There is a weak mid to low level low-pressure disturbance causing all this rain- it continues to meander around northeast to north Oklahoma into south and southeastern Kansas.

This disturbance will remain close to us again today through tomorrow and an eye will have to be kept if a band of showers and storms develop closer toward Metro K.C...



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Deer Attracted (It Seems) To Minnesota Woman

The AP story says this Minnesota middle-school teacher has had run-ins with her car and deer several times- but not while running a footrace.

(The story said she finishes 31st in the race- but gets an award for "being airborne the longest" after the deer struck her during the race.)
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Pittsburgh- PA House Fire Kills 5 Children

The blaze broke out in a rowhouse during the 1 am hour - killing 5 children and injuring two.

Police are looking for a babysitter who was supposed to be with the children.
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U.S. Troops Kill Friendlies In Afghanistan

"Seven" Afghan police are reported killed and 4 are wounded after they mistake a U.S. military patrol for terrorists.

The U.S. patrol thought the Afghan police were terrorists too but the damage had been done by the time someone figured to check things out.
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F-16 Forces Local Landing of "Suspicious Pilot"

I wondered what I was hearing on K.C.I. airport 'approach control' radio last night. Just before 8 pm last night I heard what sounded like an explosion- thunder- or a sonic boom here in southeast KC-MO..

I then fire some radios up- among them the air traffic control channels- and hear some very confusing radio traffic then later- an aerial re-fueling of one of the F-16's (was the "explosion" noise I heard the F-16 busting the sound barrier to get here?).

Anyway- NBC-Action News41- my employer- is reporting an F-16 was called in- apparently from Whiteman Air Force Base at Knob Noster- by tower authorities after a pilot of an unknown evidentally small aircraft was "making strange remarks" and "wouldn't talk to air traffic controllers" for a period of time.

NBC41 is reporting the that suspicious pilot and his plane was "forced down at Clay County (MO) Regional Airport by the F-16."

No more on this- here I had a story happening right under my nose and missed it (grin).
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New Bush Poll Numbers Out

What amazes me is that "32-percent" believe this guy's doing an okay job and "28-percent" think the war in Iraq is going okay.

The poll says it samples "1,000 adults" so that means 320 and 280-people respectively think Bush is doing either okay overall or the war's going fine.

320 people out of 1,000.
Damn- wish I owned some swampland - you can sell one-third of Americans damn near anything it appears!
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Monday, June 11, 2007

Three National Guardsmen Smuggled Aliens

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Grandmas Gone Wild

It was just a matter of time...

Now comes the report of a dozen women in their 70's & 80's posing cheesecake to raise money for some historical society in suburban Pittsburgh, PA..

Now here are some centerfolds you can't tell where the crease in the page is....
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Where's Kara Kopetsky?

The search continues for the Belton, MO. teenager who disappeared in early May.There is a website for her- www.findkarakopetsky.com.

Listed on current events is a rally Tuesday evening in Belton:
Support Rally
Tuesday June 12, 2007 5:00 pm
Cosentino's Price Chopper
1833 E. North Avenue (SW Corner of 58 & 71 Highway)
Belton, MO 64012
We will be passing out flyers to surrounding neighborhoods and selling hot dogs/hamburgers and t-shirts to collect donations for The Kara Kopetsky Fund.
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No Death In KC-KS Police Chase

At least not unless one of the 3 patients transported after their pickup truck crashed dies.

FIRST On Capt. Spaulding's blog- The three turns out to have burgled a Rent-A-Center of a big-screen TV when the cops saw them and chased them early Monday morning.

The information I had on "4" people in the pickup was from a report from the scene from someone who obviously has trouble with high numbers.
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Butts Steals Toilet Paper

The bigger the butts- the more toilet paper it steals.

This Marshalltown, IA woman don't think the jokes are a bit funny I guess. Not our fault Suzanne Butts liked to steal TP from the courthouse.
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Metro Kansas City Communities Think Alone On Public Transit

A blog that sprang up around the time of the light-rail election - KC LightRail points out in a post today how the K.C. Metro is no closer to having a COMPREHENSIVE public transit plan.

The public transit issue is as every bit as important as another issue politicians seems to give only lip service to: comprehensive health care.

Just what- WHAT does it take to get it through everybody's head that the days of even $2-per-gallon gasoline is over?

The metropolitan areas that will continue to see growth will have an efficient multi-modal transit system that gets the people to the jobs and the attractions.

The path Metro Kansas City is on does not lead to the above example.
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Bloggers Becoming The 'News Breakers'

One of K.C.'s local bloggers claims to have been the one to discover Edwin Hall's MySpace site.

Cara's upset (to a small extent) that even though SHE found Kelsey Smith murderer Edwin Hall's MySpace page - none of the subsequent "respectable" news outlets that hyped-it bother to mention their source.

Geez Cara- you gotta understand.
Multi-million-dollar news organizations don't like to be scooped by some ... some BLOGGER.

Don't worry though - there's a whole bunch of us out here to call them on it while we're working to scoop them on stuff again.
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Huzzah! Mississippi Attoney General Sues State Farm Insurance

Insurance companies - legal theft like gambling.
Take your premiums okey-fine.
But when you file a claim all the hoops and the super-fine print appears.

Mississippi policyholders faithfully paid their premiums on time- then Katrina came along.

Now you rip-off State Farm- PAY UP!

(PS: The name "State Farm" always sounded like some commie outfit too!)
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Three American Soldiers Died In Bridge Bombing

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God Speed- Bill Anderson of Yuma!


Here's hoping everytime Dr. Death gets near Bill Anderson- he hops on his bicycle and rides off.
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'Zoloft' Conviction Upheld In South Carolina

A 12-year-old boy killed his grandparents while they slept- he wasn't convicted until he was 15 and got 30 years for murder.

Defense attorneys tried the 'Zoloft defense'- the boy was taking the 'kiddie' anti-depressant when he committed the murders.

In the AP article - the maker of Zoloft "Pfizer Inc.- has said the drug "didn't cause his problems, nor did the medication drive him to commit murder." Although- "in 2004, the Food and Drug Administration ordered Zoloft and other antidepressants to carry "black box" warnings - the government's strongest warning short of a ban - about an increased risk of suicidal behavior in children."

Judge for yourselves- the SC Supremes already did.
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KANSAS CITY'S BREAKING NEWS: Shooting On KC-MO's Northeast Side

The call came in shortly after 2 am- "a white female shot" in the area of 9th Street & Elmwood.

Police arrive and find the victim- then report the shooting's suspects as "two white males" who left the scene "in a 2000's-model black- 2-door" vehicle.

MAST-EMS took the victim to an area trauma center. The paramedic reported the victim was shot "4 times- once in the pelvis- 2 in the left leg and one in the left arm."
Victim's condition serious - she's heard moaning during the entire med report.

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Flood- Flash-Flood Warnings In SE Kansas - SW Missouri

If you are driving south out of Kansas City this morning on U.S. 69- U.S. 169 or U.S. 71- be advised there are a number of counties under flood warnings. As much as 6-inches of rain may have fallen in some of the warned areas according to radar estimates.

Also be advised that additional counties- especially Linn County KS.- may be added as per the radar image shown below.

As of 1:50 am- these NWS warnings are:
FLOOD WARNING FOR: CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KANSAS- COWLEY COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS- ELK COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KANSAS- LABETTE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KANSAS- MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KANSAS- NEOSHO COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KANSAS- and WILSON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KANSAS UNTIL 800 AM CDT.

FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS FOR: JASPER COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MISSOURI- BARTON COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MISSOURI and CHEROKEE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KANSAS UNTIL 600 AM CDT MONDAY.

FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR: NEWTON COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MISSOURI UNTIL 400 AM CDT MONDAY.



Showers and storms will be moving into southern portions of the Kansas City Metro over the next several hours.

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KANSAS CITY'S BREAKING NEWS: Armed Robbery - Shots Fired In South KC-MO.

KC-MO police are seeking "3 black males- one was armed with a silver handgun- 6-foot tall- skinny build wearing a red bandana dark t-shirt and pants" in the robbery of a Shell convenience store/gas station.

It happened around 1:10 am at 5501 E. Bannister Road.

It was reported "shots were fired inside the business" and the 3 suspects "ran south on Drury." No one in the store required EMS.

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KANSAS CITY'S BREAKING NEWS: Three Injured- Possibly 1 Dead After KC-KS Police Chase

Three people are injured - 2 of them seriously - and there's possibly one dead at the scene of a crash reportedly result of a police pursuit at 12:05 am Monday morning.

I didn't hear the chase itself- but it ends at South 24th Street and Shawnee Drive in southern Kansas City, KS.. Two different paramedics report "a pickup truck with 4 people going about 70 m.p.h.- overturned at least once" and caught fire.

Police officers managed to extinguish most of the fire before fire crews- and 3 EMS units- arrived. EMS transported 2 males and a female- all around 38-45-years-old- to two area trauma centers. The female had been ejected from the truck.

No 4th patient was transported- believed dead at the scene.

No word on what precipitated the pursuit and the area is closed off for investigation.
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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Late-Spring Sunday Evening In Vancouver, B.C. Canada


(Courtesy of www.katcam.ca)
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KANSAS CITY'S WEATHER: Storms Increasing In Southern- Southeastern Kansas

The Tornado Watch for southeastern Kansas and southwestern Missouri will be expiring as the main tornado threat is now limited to a couple of counties in northeastern Oklahoma.

However- a large area of shower and thunderstorms continue to increase as they move more northeasterly out of central and northern Oklahoma.

This area as you see by the radar image below- is now in Kansas. It's moving more generally toward the K.C. Metro and will surely affect southern portions of the MetroRegion- especially Linn County Kansas which received up to 2.5-inches of rain earlier today.


(Click For Larger Image)
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Albanians- This Bush Is For You

Since the AP article mentions the fact GW is the FIRST American president to visit Albania- maybe that explains all the adulation. I dunno...

In keeping with the good feelings Albania has for Mr. Bush- I suggest we- the American people- offer to give GW to them- of course for a high draft pick to be named later.
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Some Morons Torch Amish School In Pennsylvania

The Amish- and the Mennonites- are a peace-loving bunch of people who often show up unsolicited at disaster sites and help people rebuild their properties.

They give of themselves asking nothing in return. Sure- their ways seem a tad odd to most of us- but they're mostly just plain simple and decent people.

Word comes that somebody broke in- vandalized and burned an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania early Sunday morning.

A pox on the perp's houses....

(PS: And yes- I happen to like Weird Al's "Amish Paradise')
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Storms Around The World Cause Death And Destruction

Folks on 3 continents are either still dealing with the aftermaths or cleaning up after bad storms.

In Australia- people have been evacuated after rivers have overflowed and several have died - including an entire family.

In China- it's reported "40" have died from flooding there.

And in the Middle East- Cyclone Gonu's death toll rises to 61.

In the middle of America- a tornado watch continues for parts of southeastern Kansas and southwestern Missouri this Sunday evening- but no reports of extensive severe weather has been received yet.

Only scattered showers & storms around Metro K.C. this evening.

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Love Overcomes Color In Virginia Marriage

In 1958- marriage in Virginia was restricted to people of the same race.

That didn't stop Mildred Jeter- who was black- from marrying Richard Loving- who was white.

Arrested and hounded for years- the Loving's were separated only by the death of Richard in the 1970's by a drunk driver.
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Two Missing Kentucky Boys Found Dead In Mother's Car Trunk

There's no word yet if these boys got in the trunk of the car on their own or was put there.
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AP: "Studies Say Death Penalty Deters Crime"

Oh REALLY?
Heh- read the latest 'song and dance' from no-doubt some taxpayer-subsidized study group.

Can you just imagine what the crime numbers would be WITHOUT government-sanctioned murder?

(I'm anti death-penalty - put murderers in basic-appointed- dungeon-like cells- and leave them there to replay their dastardly deeds in their warped minds till THEY croak!)
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'Cowboy Diplomacy' Urge Overtakes Joe Lieberman

This man has as much chance becoming president as I have becoming Queen of England.

Especially when he says things like maybe we OUGHT to bomb Iran.

Hell- why stop with Iran Joe? North Korea? China?

Maybe Joe and GW can move to Reality, Texas in '09 and leave the rest of us alone forever and ever- amen!
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Six Found Dead In A Wisconsin Home

It's reported to be in Delavan, WI- a town about 40 miles southwest of Milwaukee.

Six reported found in a home shot to death - a toddler found shot in a nearby vehicle and rushed to a hospital.
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The Kansas City MetroRegion Overnight News and Weather Report - Sunday, June 10, 2007

*** "FOUR SHOT IN KC-KS ***

>>> Around 2:25 am Sunday morning- 4 young men riding in a car were shot by unknown person or persons in another vehicle police say. The four men then bailed out of the car and apparently went to nearby locations.

It happened in the 500 block of Richmond in northeastern KC-KC.. The one victim police find was in the 400 block of Walker. There was yet no suspect information to report.

One "24-year-old male" with at least one discernable gunshot wound "and head trauma" was in serious to critical condition as he was taken to Truman Med Center in KC-MO - K.U. Med Center was "closed to trauma" patients all night.

However- one of the victims later went to K.U. Med Center on their own- and the other two also went by means other than an ambulance to Truman.
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***Fatality Reported In Johnson County, KS. A.T.V. Accident***

... Little is known other than at around 3:45 am Sunday morning- a "4-wheeler accident" was reported in the 20100 block of Lone Elm in the southwestern part of JoCo..

Paramedics pronounced the victim dead upon their arrival about 10 minutes later.
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*Lightning Strikes Houses in KC-MO & Overland Park*

... None of the 3 lightning-produced fires caused much structural damage or injuries.

Homes struck were in the 5900 block of West 87th Terrace in Overland Park, KS. and the 4400 block of North Brighton and 600 block of Northwest 42nd Terrace.
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<><><>OVERNIGHT WEATHER<><><>

Skies went from partly cloudy to thunderstorms by the 3-o'clock hour. The storms produced very heavy rain and small hail. Temperatures fell into the upper 60's from mid-70's readings and winds were variable around the thunderstorms this morning.

At 6:37 am- the National Weather Service (NWS) in Pleasant Hill issued "a Flash-flood Warning" for parts of Clay County Mo. until just after noon today.

More showers- storms- and heavy rains expected later today in the K.C. MetroRegion- some of those storms could be severe. There could also be areas of flash-flooding.

Scattered afternoon and evening showers and storms possible until mid-week when a stronger weather system is forecast to move in with more general precipitation.

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First with Metro Kansas City Breaking News - NBC41 ACTION NEWS.
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Sunday In Iraq: Truck Bomber and U.S. Troops - Shiite Gunmen Battle

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NWS-SPC: Entire Kansas City MetroRegion Inside Slight Severe Storm Risk Area

The Storm Prediction Center has- in their latest forecast- shifted the slight risk of severe thunderstorm area southward- and now covers about the eastern half of Kansas and the western third of Missouri.


With thunder heard just now at the southeastern KC newscenter- keep tuned on this developing weather situation....

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KANSAS CITY WEATHER UPDATE: Heavy Thunderstorm Moving Into Miami County KS.

A heavy thunderstorm is moving into western Miami county KS. and continue northeastward during the next hour to near Spring Hill.

Showers and thunderstorms will continue to increase in coverage this Sunday morning across the K.C. Metro.

Besides deadly lightning- main threats are very heavy rains and small hail in the stronger cells.

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Western U.S. Residents - Beware Of E-Coli Tainted Ground Beef

It's reported "5.7-million pounds" of the infected hamburger has been sold in "11 Western states." "Four" people have fallen ill already.

"Eat mor chiken" or whatever the Chik-Fil-A jingle says.
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