Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hollywood Casino Kansas City Opens Friday Smoking Allowed

$386 Million dollars later, the Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, Kansas near the Kansas Speedway will open it's doors on Friday, February 3rd, as planned. Construction for the new casino was finished ahead of schedule due to the mild weather that we have experienced in the Kansas City area this "winter". Many inquiries are flying in to us at Kansas City News about smoking at Hollywood Casino, and the answer is HELL YES you can smoke at the casino. The law is strict but they are not stupid, they know that smoking cigarettes and gambling go hand in hand and that they also know that the Hollywood Casino is poised to raise $203 million dollars during it's first year of operation. 22% of the revenues from the casino will go to the state of Kansas, while 5% will go to the city of Kansas City, Kansas, where it will be dumped into welfare like worthless programs and gambling help centers and programs. Obama's welfare based game plan will prevail here, and the 5% that will go to Kansas City, Kansas will help out the welfare mama's sitting around the house with 4 or 5 illegitimate children drawing welfare checks. Gotta love the dumb ass democrats.

Gambling is a fast growing fixture here in the Kansas City area. I can remember when Sam's Town first opened back in 1995. It was a BIG DEAL for Kansas City, and if any of you remember, back in those days, the casinos actually had to be riverboats. The casinos were giant boats that would board passengers every 2 hours and then cruise up and down the Missouri River. Crazy huh? You would have to wait in line on the docks to board the riverboats when they returned to pick up new passengers. Sam's Town is now owned and operated by Cerner and is used as a special events facility. After this was deemed ridiculous, and probably dangerous, the law changed to state that the new casinos being built (Ameristar, Harrah's, and Isle of Capri - or as we call it "Pile of Debri") would only have to be sitting on some sort of water. This was even more ridiculous as they simply built the buildings over about 1 foot of water under the gambling floor. Now, Kansas City has completely abandoned any rules when it comes to casinos including smoking in a public place, they just ignore that rule and let everyone smoke away.

The new Hollywood Casino in Kansas City has been described by those who got a sneak peek today at a mini grand opening by invitation only with proceeds benefitting the Sunflower House as being much bigger and better than any of the other casinos in the area. Most said that it more closely resembled the large and grand Las Vegas casinos rather than the ghetto Kansas City casinos loaded with penny machines and low life drifters. If you plan to visit the new Hollywood Casino, remember the golden rule of gambling, "only bring what you plan to lose".

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Pro Bowl 2012 Roster Depth Chart Starters

Well, if you're here in Kansas City, the idea of being in Honolulu, Hawaii sounds pretty damn good right now. Having been to Honolulu and staying in the same resort that the NFL Pro Bowl players are staying in, believe me, it is awesome. The 2012 Pro Bowl Game is pretty much just a nice vacation for the NFL players who were honored to be selected to go and represent their teams. Obviously many of the key players who were voted to the game will not be attending as players for the Super Bowl matchup New York Giants and New England Patriots will be reporting to Indianapolis for practice later in the week and will not participate in the 2012 Pro Bowl. The rosters, depth charts and starters are as follows:

2012 Pro Bowl Starters - Offense

Quarterback - Ben Rothlesburger, Steelers
Running Back - Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
Fullback - Vonta Leach, Ravens
Wide Receiver - Mike Wallace, Steelers, A.J. Greene, Bengals
Tight End - Antonio Gates, Chargers
Offensive Line - Nick Mangold, Jets, Joe Thomas, Browns, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Jets, Ben Grubbs, Ravens, Marshal Yanda, Ravens
Kicker - Sabastian Janikowski, Raiders
Punter - Shane Legler, Raiders - how the hell did Dustin Colquitt, Chiefs miss this team?
Kick Return - Antonio Brown, Steelers

Quarterback - Aaron Rodgers, Packers
Running Back - LeSean McCoy, Eagles, Frank Gore, 49ers (declined to participate)
Wide Receiver - Larry Fitzgerald
Tight End - Tony Gonzalez, Falcons, Jimmy Graham, Saints
Kicker - David Akers

2012 Pro Bowl Starters - Defense

Defensive Line - Elvis Dumervil, Broncos, Dwight Freeney, Colts, Richard Seymour, Raiders
Linebackers - Tamba Hali, Chiefs, Von Miller, Broncos, Ray Lewis, Nursing Home - oops I mean the Ravens
Cornerbacks - Champ Bailey, Broncos, Derrell Reevis, Jets
Safety - Eric Weddle, Chargers, Brian Dawkins, Broncos

Defensive Line - Justin Smith, 49ers
Linebackers - Clay Matthews, Packers, Patrick Willis, 49ers
Cornerbacks - Charles Woodson, Packers, Carlos Rogers, 49ers (declined to participate)
Safety - Charles Woodson, Packers

Ironically, Guard Brian Waters (who we traded to the Patriots) was voted to the Pro Bowl
Other than that, the Chiefs were completely eliminated from the offense COMPLETELY.
The only Chief players that made the 2012 Pro Bowl were defensive players Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson (not a starter).

The 2012 Pro Bowl starting lineup and depth chart is brought to you by Kansas City News.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Animal Shelters in Kansas City Lose Funding

It was a sad day for local Kansas City Animal Shelters when they found out that a program introduced by Spay and Neuter Kansas City and Heartland SPCA would be defunded in 2012. Taking away the funding for this spaying and neutering program will mean thousands of puppies and kittens will be homeless in the near future. These programs asked for a VERY reasonable $180,000 of the $300 MILLION dollar city budget to fund the cause, but were turned down for other groups like Harvesters - who already have a strong charity base in Kansas City of private donors. It just doesn't make sense and it is a tragedy.

The program, which had been funded up until last year, was to assist in the costs of spaying and neutering pets owned by low income pet owners in Kansas City. Legislators in Kansas City that voted to defund the program defended their vote by saying that it was more important to take care of the people in Kansas City than the animals. Many argue that this is a "save a penny, LOSE a dollar solution" - in other words the city might be saving money in the short term, but after a few months of cats and dogs running around the city without being spayed or neutered, it will surely mean that thousands of puppies and kittens will end up in the pounds and shelters, costing the city even MORE money in the long run.

Most importantly, IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO SPAY AND NEUTER A DOG OR CAT, YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO OWN ONE. Please do not take on the responsibility of owning a pet if you can't even afford to have it spayed or neutered. Unfortunately, the people in the ghetto and low income areas probably won't be online reading this - but if you know anyone who might be in this situation, please tell them to consider waiting until they are in a more financially stable living situation before they take in a pet.

The spaying and neutering program was extremely successful, and local Kansas City animal shelters and pounds saw a drop of nearly 50% of the stray animals that were dropped off at their shelters in the past 5 years. YOU CAN HELP! Please consider making a donation to any of the following animal shelters in Kansas City. Every little bit helps, and if you are not in the market to adopt a dog or cat without a home, at least donate a little bit to the cause if you are able.

The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City - offers adoptions, accepts donations, provides spay and neuter services.

Kansas City Animal Control Shelter - 4400 Raytown Road - one of the animal adoption centers that really needs your help! Please consider adopting a wonderful animal from this shelter as they are only able to keep their dogs and cats for one month before they must have them put to sleep.

Animal Medical Center - 75th street in Waldo - veterinary service and adoption service.

Wayside Waifs - animal adoption center, cats and dogs, spayed and neutered.

Heartland SPCA - Heroes for Pets, Partners for Life.

Spay and Neuter Kansas City - Offers spaying and neutering for cats and dogs and also offers discounted rates for low income families who qualify.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Valentines Day Kansas City Sunflower House Gala 2012

Looking for the perfect Valentines Day event to attend in 2012? The Sunflower House Gala 2012 in Kansas City provides an opportunity to attend a wonderful evening of dining and dancing, while at the same time donating to a worthy Kansas City Charity event. If the 2012 Gala is anything like last year's Sunflower House Valentine Gala, you and your date will be in for a real treat! At last year's gala, they had one of the hottest dance bands in Kansas City, The KC All Stars, who kept the dance floor packed all night long. This year's gala will feature entertainment provided by Adam Blue Productions, and they are going to have Dueling Pianos! The dueling pianos will definitely make the Sunflower House Gala 2012 an amazing and fresh event to attend on Valentine's Day in Kansas City.

Here is a blurb from the Sunflower House Valentine Gala 2012 website:

Grab your Valentine and join Gala Co-Chairs-Chief Rick and Allison Armstrong and Chief Ellen Hanson–as we celebrate 30 years of protecting children from abuse. Larry Moore will host another fabulous evening with a gourmet dinner with fine wine, live and silent auctions, and live entertainment and dancing from Roll Over Beethoven-Kansas City’s leading dueling piano pair. For their years of dedicated service to Sunflower House and the Kansas City community, Ernie and Susan Straub will be recognized as the 2012 Honorary Chairs.

With the support of people like you, the Valentine Gala has raised almost THREE MILLION dollars to provide life-saving services to physically and sexually abused children in Wyandotte and Johnson Counties. With proceeds from the Gala, Sunflower House has seen over 5,000 alleged victims of child abuse and educated over a million children, parents and professionals on how to RECOGNIZE, RESIST and REPORT suspected child abuse.

Tickets are $150 and include dinner, beer and wine.

Sponsorships begin at $2,500

For more information contact The Sunflower House Valentine Gala 2012 at 913-631-5800

Happy Valentine's Day Kansas City! From your friends at Kansas City News

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Gabrielle Giffords Steps Down Resigns from House

In a video communication today Representative Gabrielle Giffords resigned from her office as Arizona Representative to the House. On January 8th, 2011, while holding an event for "Congress on Your Corner", Gabrielle Giffords and several supporters were gathered at a Safeway near Tuscon, Arizona when 22 year old Jared Lee Loughner shot her at point blank range in the left temple before killing 6 people and injuring several others in what is now called the 2011 Tuscon Shooting. Giffords miraculously survived the point blank shooting, and after a year of intensive therapy and recovery, Gabrielle is able to walk and talk. Even though she has made incredible progress in a year's time, she feels that she cannot serve the state of Arizona in the capacity that she wishes and that she would resign from the House of Representatives so that she can focus on her recovery. Giffords promises that she will return to politics after her full recovery, and her full statement read:

"Arizona is my home, always will be. A lot has happened over the past year. We need to not change that but I know on the issues we fought for we can change things for the better. We can do so much more by working together. I don't remember much from that horrible day but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice. Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery and so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week I'm getting better every day. My spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country."

Gabrielle Giffords has inspired millions of Americans with her message of bipartisanship, and her amazing story of survival and subsequent recovery and bravery. Giffords was very instrumental in passing legislature that improved border security in Arizona.

Part of this story hits home here in Kansas City, as the shooter involved in the 2011 Tuscon Shooting, Jared Lee Loughner, was sent to MCFP Hospital for Federal Prisoners located in Springfield, Missouri. Loughner's trial is suspended until his psychological evaluation is completed. Recently, Judge Larry Burns has requested that Loughner's psychological evaluation be completed by January 25th, 2012. Loughner's primary psychiatrist is currently Christina Pietz of Springfield, Missouri.

We at Kansas City News will keep you posted on the court case as well as the recovery of Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Center High School Greenhouse Kansas City

Center High School, with the help of volunteers, recently got together and decided to turn an abandoned greenhouse that sat decaying behind the school for years into a functioning greenhouse where the children can learn about horticulture and the human experience with plant life. The greenhouse is a great project as most students at the urban Center High School will benefit from participating in something besides playing X Box, eating McDonald's and listening to nasty rap music.

Center School District principal Elizabeth Heide and outside volunteer Durwin Rice began making arrangements 4 years ago to restore the old abandoned greenhouse when they were working together on the Tulips on Troost Project. The Tulips on Troost Project is a community participation project that plants tulips along Troost, a street in Kansas City that is deep in the ghetto and desperately needs some polishing, and this organization has plans to plant one million tulips along the urban street. The project has made excellent progress and now it has led to another great project with the greenhouse at Center High School.

Once a prominent high school in Kansas City, Center High School is now a completely urban, primarily minority attended school. Despite what most people thought initially, Center High School is NOT part of the failing and discredited Kansas City School District, it just resembles the schools in the Kansas City School District when you look at it's student body. Center High School was a quality high school from the time it opened until about 1989. During it's glory days, Center High School drew students from the wealthy upper middle class who resided in Red Bridge, Bridlespur, and even Sante Fe Hills when it used to be a good neighborhood. Paralleled by the decline of these neighborhoods as the ghetto slowly moved it's way south and west, Center High School soon began to look like Central High School and since 1989 it has been primarily an urban, lower class school.

This greenhouse will give the students at Center High School a chance to learn about plant life and how it affects humans and the Earth as a whole, as current economic crisis have prompted many of the world's innovative leaders to start projects that lead American consumers away from the processed foods and "getting back to the farm" by encouraging more Americans to eat more "live" foods that come from local farms and to stay away from the processed foods and fast food that has made our country extremely obese and unhealthy.

To assist in the greenhouse project at Center High School, contact principal Elizabeth Heide for more information.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

All Star Game MLB Kansas City 2012 Schedule

After 39 years, the MLB All Star Game will return to Kansas City in 2012. The All Star Game is a 3 day event that includes a 5K run for charity, the famous home run derby, and of course the 2012 All Star Game itself. Kansas City's newly renovated stadium allowed them to have a shot at hosting the 2012 All Star Game, and it should prove to be very profitable for the Kansas City area and local Kansas City businesses. The All Star game has become much more important since 2011 as it now decides the location of the home field for the World Series. Kansas City is very excited to be hosting the 2012 MLB All Star Game and the Schedule for the 2012 MLB All Star game is as follows:

July 8th - All Star Sunday - Charity 5k and Fun Run for charity by Nike - This MLB All Star Game 2012 event will benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen for the cure. Next at Kauffman Stadium will be the 2012 Futures Game, an exhibition game that features all of the upcoming rookie MLB players who will get a chance to showcase their talents in this 2012 futures match up. Before the Future's game will be the 2012 Legends and Celebrity Softball game featuring both celebrities and former Royals greats including George Brett, Bret Saberhagen, Willie Wilson and other members of the only successful Royals organization which was the 1985 Royals.

July 9th - 2012 MLB Home Run Derby. The 2012 Home Run Derby will feature the biggest sluggers of the MLB in a 3 round home run contest.

July 10th - the 83rd MLB All Star Game 2012 to be held in Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium. The winners of this game will have home field advantage in the 2012 World Series.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Romeo Crennel Hired as Head Coach of the Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs hired Romeo Crennel as their head coach after the interim coach brought home 2 wins out of 3 during his short tenure as interim coach. Romeo Crennel was head coach when the Chiefs beat the Green Bay Packers, relieving them of their perfect season in week 15.

Romeo Crennel was extremely unsuccessful at his only other head coaching position with the Cleveland Browns, posting an unimpressive record of 24 and 40. Crennel is a great defensive coordinator, but he has proven that he is no head coach. The Chiefs should have left Crennel at defensive coordinator, which he excels at, and hired a new head coach who possibly had a more offensive mind. None of these things will matter, however, unless the owners of the Chiefs spend some money to get some real players in here, which we all know will never happen.

As we at Kansas City News pointed out weeks ago, the hiring of the head coach was the least important thing on the Chiefs to-do list. The Chiefs owners need to put up money first and foremost - that's it. Without some marquis players on the team, The Chiefs will have as much chance of winning a playoff game as the Royals, who are in the same position - no money spent on players, just put in the pockets of the owners. If the Chiefs actually did put up some money for some quality players, then the next thing that we need to acquire is a decent offensive line. Don't even think about a quarterback until you have secured a competitive offensive line. After the 0-line is secured, then we can start thinking about a real quarterback, not some old hack qb that can barely move around in the pocket like Orton. Orton was just a grasp at desperation, and Matt Cassel is nothing more than a high paid back up quarterback.

Although getting a new head coach was on the list for The Kansas City Chiefs, it was definitely not one of the high priorities. The Indianapolis Colts proved for over 10 years that you don't need a head coach to win, Peyton Manning and a great offensive line is how you win games. Their head coach didn't do ANYTHING but stand on the sidelines and work for a very low salary. Let's see if the Chiefs put up money to build an offensive line and go out and get a real quarterback before we even worry about what impact Romeo Crennel will make.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Alyssa Bustamante Pleads Guilty to Murder of Elizabeth Olten

Alyssa Bustamante pleads guilty of the murder of 9 year old neighbor Elizabeth Olten. In one of the most appalling cases of 2009, Alyssa Bustamante admitted to police that she slit Elizabeth Olten's throat and then strangled her to death "just to see what it felt like".

Bustamante murdered her neighbor on October 21st, 2009 and has been awaiting trial ever since, in the meantime being evaluated by psychiatrists and other medical professionals on whether or not she would stand trial as an adult in the murder case. It was determined that Alyssa was performing in the top 3rd of her class in the small hick town school in St. Martins, Missouri - which isn't saying much. Alyssa was constantly seeking attention both in public and on Facebook, acting out, wearing provocative clothing often bearing some clever remark or skulls. She was the typical garden variety small town emo girl, black painted fingernails, punk rock hair, and she claimed that she wanted to start a band called the "penile projectiles", referencing her complete knowledge of sex, probably having had it several times with friends and/or family.

Alyssa Bustamante had been in the custody of her grandmother since she was 7 years old as her Mexican father was busy serving 3 consecutive sentences for assault, one of those involving a knife, which was Alyssa's weapon of choice which until October 21st, 2009, she had only used on herself for "cutting", another classic attention getting device. Initially, a judge had entered a plea of not guilty on Bustamante's behalf, but today she came forward and entered a plea of guilty.

Due to Alyssa Bustamante's complete lack of remorse and the incredible "I did it to see what it would feel like" comment made to police, she will likely spend the rest of her life in prison, or at least we hope so.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

DUI Checkpoints Kansas City January 6th, 7th

Kansas City police will set up random DUI Checkpoints in around the Kansas City area on Friday January 6th and Saturday January 7th looking for drunk drivers among other things. As you may have read, the KCPD can now set up road blocks and checkpoints looking for outstanding warrants, illegal immigrants and drivers driving with suspended licenses as well as setting up DUI checkpoints.

On January 6th and 7th, Kansas City Police will set up random DUI checkpoints in the usual areas including:

Anywhere along Ward Parkway, but especially near the 69th Street split where drivers can choose to go into Kansas or continue on in Missouri. Another popular DUI checkpoint location is around the 77 Street area on Ward Parkway just before the stoplight at 79th Street because this is a blind corner. It is best to just avoid Ward Parkway all together on weekend nights when the checkpoints are set up.

As usual, DUI checkpoints will most likely be set up along Wornall Road, near the Waldo and Brookside areas, specifically at the intersection of 77th Street and Wornall where the KCPD usually sets up post.

Other streets to avoid would be ANYWHERE on Southwest Trafficway, and State Line Road where hungry Mission Hills and Prairie Village Police wait to get money from Missouri drivers. If you have Missouri tags, you are twice as likely to get pulled over by a Kansas police officer while driving down State Line, they want to suck money from Missouri drivers and not from their own precious Kansas drivers. Avoid State Line all together this weekend unless you are south of 103rd Street.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Chiefs Finish Strong Need Coach Money Offensive Line

Hey, at least the Kansas City Chiefs squashed all of that Tebow hype, and exposed him to be what he really is: an unusually large man, who can run the ball fairly well, and....well, that's about it. Tim Tebow couldn't throw a good pass if his life depended on it and that was more than obvious in Sunday's Chiefs Broncos game. It's great that he is a Jesus Crispy and just like Eric Cartman proved, the Jesus Crispies are going to guarantee you at least some kind of automatic fan base. But, as you could see on Sunday, Jesus has more things to do than to worry about a stupid football game. Tim Tebow is mediocre at best, and with him at the helm, the Pittsburgh Steelers absolutely have nothing to fear in their upcoming AFC Playoff matchup with Denver.

On to the Chiefs - most fans are confused about what we need and what order we need it in, so we're going to spell it out for you:

1. Spend Money
The Chiefs have to be ready to use up a lot of cap room and get out there and spend some money on some quality players and coaches. Without money, the team can't make ANY moves.

2. Offensive Line
It doesn't matter who our head coach is, or who our quarterback is if we can't block up front. Our offensive line is in shambles, and we need to fix that immediately.

3. Quarterback
The Chiefs need a real quarterback, Matt Cassel is no playoff quarterback, nor will he ever be. Yes, he got lucky behind a FINELY TUNED New England Patriot offense, but my grandma could have thrown the ball effectively behind that team. If you need an example of what any average quarterback can do behind a great team, just look at what 2nd string Green Bay quarterback Matt Flynn did on Sunday, breaking EVERY Packers single game record with 480 yards passing and 6 touchdowns. Unless we get the rest of our team up to the level of the 2007 New England Patriots or the 2011 Green Bay Packers, Matt Cassel is just not going to be enough - sorry.

4. Head Coach
The role of the head coach in the NFL has become less and less important as the skill of the players has become more of a deciding factor in actual games. Example, Indianapolis head coach Jim Caldwell basically serves absolutely no purpose and it is now obvious that Peyton Manning was running that team. Chiefs fans are frothing at the mouth about finding a head coach and it should be no higher than 4th on their list of priorities.

5. Put Romeo back at defensive coordinator, he was doing a great job, and after they moved him to head coach it was obvious that the defense was not performing as well. Did anyone see 68 year old Denver running back McGahee (don't care if we spelled it right or not) run all over the Chiefs on Sunday? Put Romeo back now, put him back son.

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's Eve 2012 40th Anniversary of Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve

Tonight was the 40th anniversary of Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve on ABC and they pulled out all of the stops with entertainment from Robin Thicke, Lady Gaga, Carlos Santana and a wide assortment of performances from remote stages from around the country. The performances were held on the main stage at Times Square in New York as well as remote stages in Los Angeles and at Disneyland in California. Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve 2012 was hosted by Dick Clark himself, Ryan Seacrest, and Fergie.

Dick Clark made yet another courageous appearance this year after suffering a major stroke in 2004. Clark was positioned at an indoor studio, where he assisted in the commentary prior to the countdown to 2012. Dick did an amazing job once again this year helping us bring in the new year.

The main theme of this year's New Year's Eve 2012 celebration seemed to be LED lighting. LED lighting has just taken over recently, and every stage was brilliantly lit by thousands of computerized LED lighting. Only a couple of the "bands" that performed actually had any musical instruments of any kind, most of the musical acts were rappery / singerish - dance and spaz around the stage with LED lights going crazy. I suppose that is ok, but it would have been nice to have seen at least one actual band with talent. Oh well, maybe next year.

New Year's Eve here in Kansas City was mostly laid back, with most people choosing to have small parties at their homes to keep from driving around. Some other Kansas City New Year's Eve parties included The Zeros at the Brooksider, a small party at Union Station with some random garage band (who happens to own the catering company that put on the party), and a few other small gatherings. The days of the big new year's eve parties in Kansas City are almost over, but it's probably a better idea to have small parties among good friends and stay out of trouble.

Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve 2012 was a great production, although it seemed to lack in talent and originality, except of course Lady Gaga's outfits, which continue to amuse, confuse and keep the tabloids busy with something to write about. Happy New Year Kansas City! Let's have a great 2012.

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