Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Chiefs Schedule 2014 Released by KCMB News Kansas City

The Chiefs 2014 Schedule has been released!  Check out who we get to stomp on this year...

We definitely got what we deserved this year. After posting up 9 wins in a row last season to be the only team in week 9 without a loss, the NFL has pretty much made sure that won't happen again. With an early 2nd week match up against the Denver Broncos at Denver, the Chiefs will have their hands full this season. We should have no problem getting past Tennessee and Miami, but then we hit another wall with a Monday Night Football game against the New England Patriots. The good news is that the Monday Night game is here in Kansas City at good old Arrowhead Stadium where the goons will be out in full force cheering on the Chefs. We then move on to play in San Francisco against a strong 49ers team before heading to San Diego for a division game against the Chargers after an early week 6 bye week.

Instead of the Governor's Cup this year, a game typically played in the Preseason, the Chiefs will play the St. Louis Rams at home in the Regular Season. They will then host the New York Jets at Arrowhead where hopefully we send Mr. Ryan packing. On November 9th the Chiefs will travel to Buffalo, New York, where they lost a tragic Playoff game back in 1993 that Chiefs fans have not forgotten to this day. The Bills are not the powerhouse that they used to be back then and we should have no trouble running all over them as long as we're still relatively healthy by November 9th.

Then bring on the pain as we welcome to Arrowhead the 2013 Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks on November 16th. Oh boy, that will be a good game as we have developed a rival with the Hawks even though we didn't play them last year, strictly over the stadium decibel level argument.
Seattle held the Guinness World Record for loudest stadium until the Chiefs posted up a higher reading during a 2013 home game. Seattle then rallied and regained the record and much speculation has come from that game as some claim that Seattle was "piping" in crowd noise through their huge PA system. The Chiefs fans will be the ones bringing the noise on November 16th at Arrowhead as we try to humble the 2013 Champions.

The Chiefs then play back to back division games vs the Raiders in Oakland and then the Broncos at Arrowhead, before heading to sunny Arizona to whip up on the hapless Cardinals in their own stadium. The Chefs come home after that to host the Oakland Raiders in the bitter cold of December 14th before finishing off the season with a December 21st match up with the Steelers at Pittsburgh and the final game at Arrowhead vs the Chargers. All together the Chiefs ended up with 1 Monday night game at home vs the New England Patriots, 1 Thursday night game in Oakland, and 1 Sunday night game vs the Broncos at Arrowhead. 2 night games at Arrowhead, that will be good for Kansas City's economy and should help boost ticket sales, provided the Chiefs can stay over .500 and make a Playoff run in 2014. Best of luck boys! Hit the link below to see the schedule in full...

Chiefs Schedule 2014

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Terrelle Pryor Traded to Seattle Seahawks from the Raiders

Today the Oakland Raiders dealt quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks. Pryor often had problems including being late to over 5 meetings and other discipline issues with the Raiders. He was 3 and 6 as a starter in 2013, and was lackluster at best throwing the football.

Terrelle Pryor traded to the Seahawks is no surprise as his shady character dates all the way back to his college days at Ohio State. While attending Ohio State Pryor was accused of selling autographed memorabilia for a booster and accepting a vehicle. Though the charges were never officially proven, Terrelle Pryor officially "withdrew" from the University in 2011 and was subsequently banned from all affiliation with Ohio State. This only made him eligible for the Supplemental Draft in 2011 and the Oakland Raiders selected him in the 3rd round, becoming historically significant in that he was the last pick made by Al Davis before his death.

Terrelle Pryor's first play in the NFL came against the great and powerful Kansas City Chiefs, where Pryor lined up as a wide receiver and drew an illegal motion penalty.

Now that the headline is out - Terrelle Pryor traded to the Seattle Seahawks - it looks like he will be competing with Tarvaris Jackson for the backup spot behind Russell Wilson. The details of this trade have not yet been announced officially.

Check out the Kansas City Chiefs Schedule 2014

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Miley Cyrus Hospitalized in Kansas City at St. Lukes Cancels Concert at Sprint Center

Early this afternoon pop sensation Miley Cyrus was admitted to St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City for an allergic reaction to an unknown medication. Cyrus was slotted to perform a concert tonight at The Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City, and after being hospitalized she has cancelled the show.

Miley tweeted that she was sorry that she was not going to get to perform in "KANSAS" (obviously, she's not even sure where she is) and that not being with her fans made her feel s**tier than she already does. Cyrus has battled illness off and on during her current US tour and it has not been released what the exact medications that caused her allergic reaction were.

We do know that she has recently battled the flu and a few other medical problems including respiratory problems and allergies. The twerk jokes will be flying around in Kansas City tonight for sure as Miley Cyrus cancelled at The Sprint Center due to being hospitalized at St. Luke's for an allergic reaction to medication.

It has not been announced whether Miley Cyrus will be scheduling a make up concert in Kansas City, but ticket holders should expect to get their money back for this cancelled concert in KC.

Attention Miley! You are not in KANSAS, you are in MISSOURI. Feel better soon :)

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Google Fiber to Host Gala at The Midland Theater

This Thursday night Google Fiber will host a Gala at The Midland Theater.

Kansas City Rally Celebration

Join us for a special event for KC South and KC North . As the deadline for KC South nears at midnight, enjoy two live bands produced by Adam Blue Productions, KC favorites The KC All Stars & The Magnetics. Guests can see demos of Internet at gigabit speeds, watch crystal-clear high-deļ¬nition TV.
The Midland Theater
1228 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
The Magnetics will open the show starting at 7pm
The KC All Stars will headline the show going on stage at 8:30pm
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Angel's Gala to Benefit The Children's Place Kansas City Charity

Tonight the downtown Marriott will be the venue for the 2014 Angel's Gala benefitting The Children's Place Kansas City charity organization.

This popular Kansas City charity fundraiser will begin tonight at 6pm with registration and cocktails, to be followed by a formal dinner at 7:30pm. Tickets are $200 per person or there are several sponsorship packages available as well. For tickets call 816-363-1898. Dinner will be followed by an auction to raise funding for The Children's Place and will be led by The Nigro Brothers auctioneering team. Several great items will be up for auction. The live auction will be followed by dancing to the upbeat sounds of The KC All Stars, Kansas City's hottest dance band, produced by Adam Blue Productions.

At some point in the night there will be a game of "heads or tails" played. To enter the heads or tails contest you must donate $50. This new game is very popular now among Kansas City charity fundraisers. All members of the audience who purchased a $50 entry ticket will stand up. A coin will be flipped and everyone standing will be asked to put their hands on their head, or on their "tail". Those who are on the winning side will remain standing. The last person standing will win the grand prize, a diamond / white gold bracelet valued at $6,000.00

Other auction items for the Angels' Gala benefitting The Children's Place include a trip to Cape Cod, several diamond seat packages for Royals games, a mystery dinner party, a suite for Justin Timberlake at the Sprint Center, a personal private chef for you and a party of 6 at your house, a Lake of the Ozarks golf vacation and more.

The Children's Place is a local Kansas City charity that is dedicated to nurturing and promoting the healthy development of children who have survived extreme abuse, neglect and severe trauma. The Children's Place has been in Kansas City since 1978.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

ALS Fundraiser 2014 Starlight Theatre Kansas City

A Night of Hope 2014 ALS Charity Event Starlight Theatre

This Friday the Keith Worthington Chapter of Kansas City's local ALS Foundation held it's 26th annual gala "A Night of Hope". The fundraiser was held at Starlight Theatre and the theme this year was stars of the big screen and theater. Guests dressed up as their favorite stars and walked the red carpet upon entrance to the gala. We spotted Elvis, Ellen, Austin Powers and his "shag girls", Cleopatra and several more great costumes. The guests at the ALS gala seem like one big family, even though there were several hundred in attendance. Many Kansas City charity events and fundraising organizations don't appear to be as closely knit as the ALS group. These kind people are very dedicated indeed to funding ALS research as was marked by the extraordinary length of the auction portion of the night.

A Night Of Hope 2014 at Starlight Theatre started out with a silent auction that included autographed sports memorabilia, and many great donations made by local Kansas City businesses and restaurants. The night then went into a live auction where patrons bid on lavish vacations to different tropical locations, condo stays and packages, and tickets to major sporting events. After that auction was over, they went into an open cash auction - in which bidders simply raised their bidding cards when a dollar amount was announced. The auctioneer would call out to the guests at Starlight Theatre "Ten Thousand Dollars, do we have anyone who would like to donate Ten Thousand Dollars", and on and on it went all the way down to $250. The auction portion of A Night Of Hope 2014 ALS charity event lasted over 3 hours, topping even the most lengthy auction in Kansas City, Children's Mercy Hospital, who are known to have extremely long auctions as well. Their goal was to raise over $50,000 in direct cash donations and they easily topped that number. It was very clear that the ALS chapter in Kansas City are extremely committed to their charity, and this charity event at Starlight Theatre proved their dedication. Awards were given out as well, one award called the Tom Watson Award for Courage, and another award called the George Brett Award for Commitment.

The 2014 ALS charity fundraiser event ended with a fantastic performance by Big Show Dueling Pianos, who got the audience up on their feet and dancing for the remainder of the evening. These guys were incredible, you could tell that they were no average piano bar players like what you see downtown, these dueling piano players were of the highest caliber and the night ended with chants of "one more song, one more song" - simply incredible entertainment from Big Show Dueling Pianos.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Valentine's Day 2014 Kansas City Events Parties Galas by KCMB News Kansas City

This year is a great year to be in love, or maybe you're looking for that special someone? Either way we've got you covered here at KCMB News with all of the biggest and best Valentine's Day 2014 Kansas City events, parties and galas that are happening around the city.

One of the biggest and most popular Valentine's Day galas will be Children's Mercy Hospital's Red Hot Night 2014. This popular charity fundraiser is in it's 10th year and will be held on February 8th, 2014 at Bartle Hall in the Grand Ballroom in downtown KC. This event will feature a gourmet dinner prepared by the Westin Crown Center, a pre-party hosted by Toyota, Silent, Super Silent and Live Auctions presented by Deloitte, and the headline act will be The KC All Stars band presented by Adam Blue Productions. The auction items for Red Hot Night 2014 include trips to Las Vegas, Steamboat Springs, Captiva and Florida, a 2 year lease on a 2014 Avalon XLW Premium, suites to watch The Kansas City Chiefs and The Royals and more exciting items. This year's Honorary Co-Chairs are Dave and Mikel Flickinger and Kevin and Stacie Needham. For information on how to donate to Children's Mercy Hospital visit their main website at www. childrensmercy.org

Valentine's Day 2014 in Kansas City falls on a Friday so it will be a very busy night. Be sure and watch your driving and take a cab if you plan to be drinking as there will be DUI checkpoints everywhere in town that night. KC also offers pedicabs now which is a creative transportation solution as well.

For smaller Valentine's Day 2014 KC plans you might consider dining at one of the classic romantic restaurants like the Melting Pot  at 450 Ward Parkway in the Plaza, be sure and call for reservations asap at 816-931-6358 for the Melting Pot as they will fill up quickly. Another great spot would be Milano at Crown Center, they feature incredible chef prepared italian cuisine and you could also walk around that entire area as it is in the Crown Center shopping center which is attached to the Westin Crown Center who has a great bar in the lobby and you could even jump into the tunnel that takes you over the street to Union Station. Finally one of our favorite secret places to spend Valentine's Day is at our local EBT on 435 and State Line. EBT is an incredible fine dining restaurant and features private elevator car tables that were taken from the original Emery Bird Thayer building downtown and installed into the restaurant as booths! You're literally sitting inside an elevator while you dine - very swank. Reviews of Kansas City restaurant EBT are almost all positive and the service there is the best.

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

DUI Checkpoints Labor Day Weekend 2013 Aug 31st Sept 1st Sept 2nd Sept 3rd

All the crazies will be out in full force as they have released the masses from work for Labor Day Weekend 2013. There will be plenty of DUI Checkpoints in Kansas City and Lee's Summit for August 31st, September 1st, September 2nd, and September 3rd 2013.

The Checkpoints for Labor Day Weekend will be in the usual suspect areas including but not limited to:

Southwest Trafficway
Beware of checkpoints along Southwest Trafficway in all areas, but especially near the Sun Fresh at around 40th Street. They LOVE to set up a giant DUI Checkpoint complete with large buses to cart people off to jail near that intersection.

Ward Parkway
Watch yourself on any part of Ward Parkway as well, but be especially careful around 78th Street where Ward Parkway splits and all of the Prairie Village people merge over to the right to cross State Line to get home. Often there is a DUI checkpoint set up just as you round the corner on Ward Parkway heading toward that Kansas / Missouri split. If you're headed toward the Plaza on Ward Parkway then beware of a DUI checkpoint as you head down the hill after the light at 51st Street.

Wornall Road
It has come to our attention that not everyone in Kansas City knows the correct pronunciation of the word WORNALL. It is pronounced as if you were saying WORNLE (sounds like NORMAL) - It is NOT pronounced WOR-NELL. There ya go, a little lesson for the day. There will typically be a checkpoint on Wornall Road near 75th Street in Waldo near the Wendy's. They have also been known to set up at 92nd and Wornall, just as you round the corner South of the light at 95th Street.

Lee's Summit
Lee's Summit is NOT the place to drink and drive (nor is anywhere for that matter) but those officers will be checking EVERYONE that they pull over this Labor Day Weekend 2013 on August 31st, September 1st, September 2nd and September 3rd. Get a cab if you're going to drive anywhere in Lee's Scumm-It.

We strongly encourage everyone not to drive if they are going to be drinking this Labor Day Weekend 2013, get a cab or have a sober friend drive. Have a safe weekend from your friends at KCMB News Kansas City.

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Franchise Mode Madden 25 for Loners Once Again in 2013 - Kansas City News

That's right kids, once again the folks at EA Sports have let us down. The Franchise Mode in Madden that we all loved so much until they took it away in Madden 13 is still not complete in the new release of Madden 25 in 2013. Once again, they have built the game for LONER geeks who play by themselves with the little headsets on online. Here at KCMB News in Kansas City we will break it down for you.

There is a franchise mode in Madden 25 as many will argue, but it's FOR LONERS only. You can only play by yourself! That's fine for the little 13 year olds sitting in their mother's basement, ok, and also the 27 year old loser geeks that are also sitting in their mother's basement, but not for those of us who like go grab some beer and a few friends and play a franchise mode season to it's finish.

This should not be such a major request from EA Sports to put the franchise mode in Madden 25 just the way it was for the last 15+ years. Why they would make this a LONER'S game we have no idea. Metacritic has Madden 25 at an 81 approval rating among players. That's pretty mediocre for one of the hottest video game franchises in history.

Without question, some dork got his foot in the door and is now at the controls in the design room for the Madden franchise. He is no doubt a loner dork, who plays online by himself with the little headset on. Well, congratulations dumb ass, your nerdy manipulation of the game has once again ruined it by taking away the franchise mode in Madden 25. We will continue to play our Madden 12 game until they fix this problem. We like to take over The Kansas City Chiefs, put ourselves in the game as players and rock out vs the computer. Then we save our progress and come back another night to continue the season. We don't anticipate this problem being fixed with the release of PS4 either, as the same dork designer will have his hands on it. We will check back with you guys in 2014! LOSERS.

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Jeff Fest 2013 - The KC All Stars Live in Concert - Fireworks at Lake Perry

Jeff Fest 2013 is happening today, July 6th, 2013, at Lake Perry near Topeka, Kansas. This is one of the biggest fireworks shows in the Kansas City area as they expect over 20,000 people to be in attendance. 

The fun starts at 9am with a Jeff Fest Lake Perry children's activity area, a full blown car show, and a live DJ / Karaoke DJ on the Jeff Fest main stage all day until 2pm! Then, from 2pm - 3pm they will have a local Topeka band "Lost and Found" followed by Travis Martin at 4pm until 6pm. Then the show really kicks into gear with the headline band, voted "Best Band in Kansas City" 4 years in a row, The KC All Stars, presented by Adam Blue Productions and Kansas City Bands. This band is a MUST SEE, The KC All Stars are the hottest band in the Midwest, performing hits from every generation from Aretha to Beyonce.  They have incredible stage energy, costumes, dance steps and a spectacular light show that most National Acts cannot match. They are the jewel of Jeff Fest 2013.

But wait, Jeff Fest 2013 Lake Perry fireworks show goers, there's more!  As soon as the smoke clears from the stage after The KC All Stars light it up for 2 hours it will be time for the fireworks show! At 10pm Premier Pyrotechnics and Jeff Fest will put on an amazing 30 minute fireworks display, sure to dazzle your eyes and wrap up this 4th of July weekend in style!  It's your last chance to see one more great fireworks display in the Kansas City area as tonight will close out an incredible holiday weekend. Jeff Fest at Lake Perry is technically "free", but they will expect you to make a "donation" before getting in. It's for a good cause and it's going to be a concert / fireworks extravaganza that you and your family will not want to miss!

Additional vendors for Jeff Fest 2013 will include:

ATM, Gold Canyon, Tomboy Tools, Streit Sandblasting, Goddess Dress Parties, Watkins, Discovery Toys, H Works, Paparazzi, Ava Girl, Just Jewelry, Vault Denim, Bombell Paracord, Tastefully Simple,  Tupperware, Celebrating Home, Jayhawk Theater, Thirty One, Jamberry Nails, Scentsy and Herbalife.

Jeff Fest 2013 will also present the following food vendors for you to enjoy:

Shaved Ice, Kettle Corn, Slippery Pigs BBQ, PJ's Concession and American Legion.

Jeff Fest 2013 vendors just for the kids will include Fiesta Fun Rentals and Face Painting.

Instructions on how to get to Jeff Fest 2013 at Lake Perry, KS

East end of the Dam, near Corps offices. Band stage will be set up in front of the shelter at the bottom of the hill. See "Photos" for google Earth map. You will be directed to parking off both 39th and Ferguson Rd and 24 Hwy Thompsonville Rd access.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Firework Displays Overland Park, Leawood, Kansas City Fireworks 2013

2013 looks like it's going to bless us with a great 4th of July night for fireworks displays in Overland Park, Leawood and Kansas City! For the first time in a few years it looks like the rain is going to leave us alone and let us have some great firework displays all around Kansas City, Overland Park and Leawood.

Overland Park Firework Displays

The Star Spangled Spectacular is the biggest and most popular firework displays in Overland Park, boasting over 100,000 in attendance.  The event opens at 4pm with inflatable games for the kids and beer for mom and dad. At 5:45pm the live music starts with a country band, then at 6:45pm the American Legion Band will perform Patriotic music. The show gets rolling at 8pm with the National Anthem, followed by a local Kansas City band, and then finally at 9:40pm they will start the fireworks display. Be prepared for some seriously slow traffic getting out of this event as it usually takes quite awhile for over 100,000 people to clear out of there. It might be best to just walk around and wait it out instead of sitting in your car in parking lot traffic for an hour. Overall, though, this is the best fireworks display in Overland Park.

Leawood Firework Displays

For a more laid back show, you can grab a lawn chair and head over to watch Celebration in the Park, a Leawood Firework Display that is held at Leawood City Park.  The fun begins at 5pm with activities for the kids and snacks and drinks for the adults, then at 7:30pm they will have a live Kansas City band, then the firework display in Leawood will start at 9:45pm or pretty much directly after the conclusion of the Overland Park firework display at the Star Spangled Spectacular. It's a nice little "one-two punch" - watch the Overland Park firework display, then turn your chair around and watch the Leawood firework display right after, and if you're clever, you can figure out where to park and sit so that you can see BOTH shows - tricky!  We're not going to give that info away, however because that is where WE go to watch both fireworks shows and we don't want a giant crowd :)

Kansas City Fireworks Displays

Other shows include Riverfest, located at Berkley Park which costs $5 and goes from 5pm - 11pm - there is the Jackson County Fireworks Display to be held at Longview Lake, admission is free and it goes from 6pm - 10pm - also don't forget that World's of Fun will be doing a fireworks display on both July 4th AND on July 5th starting at 10pm so if you can't make it out to any of the fireworks shows on the 4th, you can still enjoy fireworks on Friday night at World's of Fun.

Whether you are going out to watch 2013 fireworks displays in Overland Park, Leawood or anywhere else in Kansas City, the weather looks like it's going to hold for 2013 for once in a few years so have a great time and be safe.  There will be 4th of July DUI checkpoints out for sure so don't drink and drive!

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Charity Event for Kids TLC - Pour for More at The Guild

Kids TLC, a Kansas City charity organization that provides care for children and families in a disaster, is hosting it's first annual Kansas City charity event "Pour for More" this Friday. The first annual fundraiser will take place at The Guild, a new Kansas City event venue located at 1621 Locust in the Creative Crossroads District. Pour for More will feature a VIP Patron's Party, a silent charity auction, complimentary valet, party games and live entertainment by Big Show Dueling Pianos produced by Adam Blue Productions.

Kids TLC is a Johnson County charity organization that was founded in 1972 and provides services and counceling for children and families that are in a state of disaster. The Kansas City charity event "Pour for More" will help raise funds for many different facets of Kids TLC and the services that they provide. The Big Show Dueling Pianos will be donating all of their tips to the charity.

Prices are $100.00 per ticket, $75.00 per ticket for attendees 35 and younger, and sponsorships range from $250.00 each up to $10,000.00. To register for a corporate sponsorship, or to purchase individual tickets visit www.kidstlc.org

Silent auction items for Kids TLC Pour for More will include items from Doug Frost's personal wine collection, several items from local Kansas City restaurants including Spin Pizza and Thirsty Palette and other donated items.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Elton John Spotted at Royals Home Opener 2013

As we were heading into the VIP entrance at The Kansas City Royals home opener on Monday we barely had time to get our camera out as none other that Sir Elton John himself and his entourage of about 15 people were heading to their private box. We were fortunate to catch him at all as he was quickly whisked off from his car service into the K.

Shown here wearing this Royals cap, Elton was ready to watch the Royals take on the Minnesota Twins in a great home opener for 2013 in which the Royals bested the Twins 3-1. It is not known whether or not Elton John stayed for the entire game, although usually when celebrities this large come to events they wait until the crowd dissipates before attempting to get them back into their car service.

It was great to see Elton John in a Kansas City Royals hat, hopefully that will be some kind of a sign of good luck for this season.  If anyone else was able to nab a photo of Elton John coming into or leaving the game, please email them to us. Our photographer had her camera packed away as we hadn't planned on taking any photos until the opening ceremony began, and BAM! - here comes Elton John. So, before we could get our good cameras out, our only resort was to snap a good old iPhone shot which you see here. It was without a doubt Sir Elton, however and security around him was tight.

The Kansas City Royals will face the Twins two more times before ending the week playing The Blue Jays - and Elton John, who just came from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will head to Las Vegas to begin a string of performances at Caesar's Palace that starts on April 20th.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Children's Place Gala 2013 - Scott Pioli - Darrell Hammond - The KC All Stars

Looking for the 2014 Angels' Gala?

A star studded night to be sure this Friday at the downtown Marriott when The Children's Place "Angels' Gala" will take place. One of the largest events in Kansas City so far this year, the Children's Place Angels' Gala will feature an appearance by honorary Chairs Scott Pioli and his wife Dallas Pioli, followed by keynote speaker Darrell Hammond from Saturday Night Live who is famous for his impressions of Bill Clinton and Dick Cheney.  Darrell Hammond will talk to The Children's Place 2013 Gala patrons about growing up with an abusive mother. Hammond's performance will be followed by Kansas City's Hottest Dance band The KC All Stars.

Sponsorship levels for The Children's Place Angels' Gala 2013 are as follows:

$150.00 per individual ticket
$2500.00 - $35,000.00 for corporate sponsorship

The Children's Place has been active in the Kansas City charity community since 1978 providing care for young children who have been the victims of abuse, neglect and other trauma related issues. Their continued success relies upon many generous charity organization supporters and their donations. The Children's Place Angels' Charity Event is one such function that supports this wonderful charity organization.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Kansas vs. Michigan Sweet 16 Preview

The Kansas Jayhawks overcame some sluggish play in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament to once again make the Sweet 16 – the fifth time in the last six years the program has made it this far. If the top-seeded Jayhawks want to make a second consecutive Final Four, they will first have to get past the fourth-seeded Michigan Wolverines.

Michigan may be young, but the team is loaded with talent. The Wolverines are led by sophomore point guard Trey Burke, who averages nearly 19 points and seven assists per game. Michigan also gets a lot of scoring from Tim Hardaway, Jr., who averages 15 ppg. Michigan relies heavily on shooting threes for their success, with Hardway and Nik Stauskas both shooting over 40% from beyond the arc.

Kansas’ offense has been extremely unpredictable this season, but one consistent the Jayhawks have had is an outstanding defense. Anchored by the nation’s best shot-blocker in Jeff Withey and one of the best perimeter defenders in Travis Releford, KU has one of the top-rated defenses in the nation.

On offense, the Jayhawks will have to find a way to get Ben McLemore going. The redshirt freshman is predicted by most to be the top pick in the 2013 NBA draft and leads Kansas in scoring; however, he has been a no-show in March so far. McLemore went 0-9 from the field against North Carolina and scored only two points. He has eclipsed the 30 point mark several times this season, and may be due for a breakout game against Michigan’s suspect defense.

Tonight’s game will be a true clash of styles, as Michigan has a great offense while Kansas has a great defense. With Withey in the paint, Michigan will likely rely heavily on three point shooting. If the Wolverines aren’t on fire from beyond the arc, and the Jayhawks can counter with some threes of their own, KU could find itself closer to another Final Four.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Two Charged In Murder Of UMKC Student

Two Kansas City residents have been charged with the murder of Aaron Markarian, a senior baritone student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance. Prosecutors have charged Alonzo D. Ruff, 20, and Anthony J. Williams, 21, of Kansas City with 10 felonies. The pair are charged with second-degree murder, robbery, three counts of assault and five counts of armed criminal action.

Markarian performing
Williams and Ruff decided to rob the college students’ home located at 4900 Brookside Boulevard after Williams had visited the home earlier in the evening. Williams and Ruff then visited the home, armed with a machete and gun, barging inside when Markarian opened the door. The UMKC student and his friends had gathered for a birthday celebration.

After forcing all of the students in the house to sit on a couch, Williams and Ruff stole $400, cellphones and marijuana. After the robbery, Ruff turned and opened fire at the students on the couch. Markarian was fatally wounded during the shooting, while three other victims survived after being hit.
Alonzo D. Ruff and Anthony J. Williams
One of the survivors recognized Ruff from high school, and believes he opened fire on the group out of fear of being recognized. Williams wore a ski mask during the robbery, however it appears that Ruff did not attempt to conceal his identity. Both were arrested Tuesday evening.

Markarian had been set to graduate from UMKC in May with a bachelor’s degree of music in vocal performance. Tony Williams was a graduate of Archbishop O’Hara High School in 2009 and was unemployed. He had met Ruff when the two worked together at a bagel restaurant, and Williams’ family had recently allowed Ruff to move into the family’s home with them.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Luis Mendoza Wins Final Spot In Royals’ Starting Rotation

After a tough battle with Bruce Chen, Luis Mendoza has been named the fifth starter in the Kansas City Royals’ starting rotation. Chen will be moved to the bullpen.

Mendoza had an impressive spring for Kansas City, allowing only one run in 11 innings pitched. Chen struggled in spring ball, giving up 13 runs and 16 hits in 13 and 2/3 innings. Mendoza also had an impressive showing in the World Baseball Classic for his native Mexico. As a result, Mendoza will be joining James Shields, Ervin Santana, Jeremy Guthrie and Wade Davis in the Royals’ starting rotation.

Chen could be a valuable asset to what is already a strong bullpen, and the veteran provides Kansas City with some nice insurance should one of the starters get hurt or struggle. Chen has won 35 games over the past three seasons and has been very reliable for the organization.

The Royals will have to make several other roster decisions in the near future. The team must decide between Brett Hayes and George Kottaras in the battle for the backup catcher position, and between Miguel Tejada and Irving Falu for the utility infielder spot. Kansas City will also have to settle on its bullpen, where pitchers such as J.C. Gutierrez, Francisley Bueno, Louis Coleman, Dan Wheeler and Donnie Joseph are all competing.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Royals Win Club Record 22nd Spring Game, Make More Roster Moves

Following an impressive 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Kansas City Royals made several more roster moves last night. The team optioned outfielder David Lough to Class AAA Omaha and released infielder Xavier Nady and relief pitcher George Sherrill.

The release of Lough comes as a surprise, as the 27-year-old has put together an impressive spring. Lough is 20 for 44 in 24 spring games, and many felt he could be a replacement for the struggling Jeff Francoeur. The team currently plans on having four outfielders on its major league roster: Francoeur, Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson.

Many Kansas City fans have voiced their displeasure with Francoeur, who struggled from the plate last season and has had a poor spring. If the veteran gets off to another slow start this season, Lough could be brought up to replace him. Lough also provides some nice insurance should one of the team’s other infielders suffer an injury.

The decision to release Nady and Sherrill rather than assigning them to the minor leagues makes both veterans free agents, however Kansas City is expected to attempt to re-sign the pair. Sherill is recovering from Tommy John surgery and has yet to pitch this spring. The Royals are hopeful that he could return to game action sometime in May. Nady has battled a foot injury this spring, and saw limited action in 13 games.

The win over the Dodgers gave the Royals a club-record 22nd spring win. Kansas City has been impressive all of spring training, compiling a 22-6-1 record fueled by strong hitting from several young players and impressive pitching from its off-season acquisitions. The team will face the Seattle Mariners at 3:05 p.m. today. Bruce Chen will get the start for Kansas City – his last chance to impress the coaching staff in his battle for the fifth starter spot with Luis Mendoza. Mendoza will be starting for Kansas City on Wednesday.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Kansas Defeats North Carolina, Advances To Sweet 16

As usual, the Kansas Jayhawks are the only Big 12 team left in the NCAA tournament. KU overcame a poor first half on Sunday to eventually take down UNC 70-58. The win advances the Jayhawks to the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive year.

The first half couldn’t have gone worse for Kansas, as the team continued the sluggish play it showcased in its narrow round one victory over Western Kentucky. The Jayhawks constantly turned the ball over and failed to make several layups. Some timely baskets by Travis Releford and solid defense kept Kansas in the game, and the Jayhawks entered the break down by nine.

The second half was a completely different story for KU, as the Jayhawks ultimately outscored the Tar Heels 49-28 in the period. Kansas finally hit some threes, and Jeff Withey dominated the paint on both ends of the floor. Withey finished with 16 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks, while Releford added 22 points and 8 rebounds in his last college game in his hometown of Kansas City. Naadir Tharpe also finally woke up for the Jayhawks, burying a couple of threes in the second half to help KU secure the victory.

Withey has emerged as a consistent force for Kansas, but Releford may be the biggest X-factor on the team. The fifth-year senior is one of the best perimeter defenders in the country and also an efficient scorer. Often as Releford goes, so does Kansas – the Jayhawks are 26-0 this year when he scores at least nine points and 4-5 when he doesn’t. Given Elijah Johnson and Ben McLemore’s inconsistent play, the Jayhawks will need Releford to continue to produce if they want to make a second-consecutive Final Four.

Up next for Kansas are the Michigan Wolverines. The Jayhawks will play at 6:37 p.m. this Friday in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

NCAA Tournament - Kansas Advances, Kansas State Upset

There is only one Kansas City area team left standing after the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Kansas Jayhawks survived a scare from Western Kentucky in the first round, advancing to face North Carolina on Sunday. Kansas State was not as fortunate, falling to 13-seeded La Salle.

(1)Kansas 64   (16)Western Kentucky 57
The Jayhawks looked flat to start the game, and struggled to score during the first half. The Jayhawks picked things up a bit in the second half, eventually building a double digit lead late. However, the Hilltoppers stormed back, capitalizing on several turnovers by the Jayhawks and knocking down some threes. KU eventually sealed the game at the free throw line.

The Jayhawks’ guard play was extremely poor all game. Naadir Tharpe turned the ball over often while taking bad shots, while Ben McLemore disappeared. Jeff Withey had a big game for Kansas, and Perry Ellis and Keving Young also added some much needed scoring. The Jayhawks’ guard play will have to improve if they want to make the Sweet 16 for the third straight year.

(13) La Salle 63   (4) Kansas State 61
The Explorers jumped all over the Wildcats early, building a 44-26 halftime lead. It looked like K-State was finished, however they had a massive comeback in the second half and eventually took a one-point lead. Kansas State had two chances to win the game at the end but the Wildcats failed to score on their last two possessions.

K-State exceeded most preseason expectations, however three losses to KU and a first-round NCAA Tournament exit have to have Wildcat fans feeling a bit disappointed. 

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