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At Westboro Baptist Church, Steve Drain found religion but lost a daughter.
The Pitch  |  Justin Kendall  |  05-23-2011  |  Religion

Tracking Homicides, We Learned a Few Things About Kansas City's Psychenew

Andre D. Jones, 33, was the victim of one of the metro's most disturbing murders of 2009: a quadruple homicide in Raytown whose other victims were his 21-year-old girlfriend, Precious Triplett, and her nephews, 10-year-old Amir Clemons and 7-year-old Gerard Clemons.
The Pitch  |  Justin Kendall  |  01-05-2010  |  Crime & Justice

Eric 'Mean' Melin is a Real Musician, but it's Air Guitar That Might Make Him a Starnew

"Mean Melin. Mean Melin. Mean Melin," the crowd chants. They're cheering for a guy who just pretended to play guitar -- and rocked their fucking faces off. Mean Melin throws up the devil horns. He's going to the U.S. Air Guitar Championships in Washington, D.C.
The Pitch  |  Justin Kendall  |  08-11-2009  |  Music

Blogger Mark Smith Finds Cheer in Kansas City’s Most Depressing Placesnew

He rants about crime, his past and blight. He has earned enemies, engaging in a flame war with self-appointed crime-fighter Alonzo Washington after Washington trashed the family of a crime victim for refusing his help.
The Pitch  |  Justin Kendall  |  12-30-2008  |  Tech

How a Throwaway Idea at the Barkley Ad Agency Became the 'Sonic Guys'new

The campaign was supposed to last just four months, from September 2003 to the beginning of a new campaign in January 2004. Five years later, the campaign is still going and has become a pop-culture phenomenon. The commercials have given the quirky drive-in an identity and made Sonic as recognizable as McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's.
The Pitch  |  Justin Kendall  |  07-08-2008  |  Media

The People vs. Erotic Citynew

Behind the glory holes, orgy rooms and sex booths is a board of directors that includes a felon, a preteen and others who think things aren't that bad.
The Pitch  |  Justin Kendall  |  03-25-2008  |  Sex

Blood for Blownew

The Raya and Rios slayings looked like another act of random violence until the trial revealed what they had gotten themselves into.
The Pitch  |  Justin Kendall  |  01-15-2008  |  Crime & Justice

The Sex Police Invade Kansas Citynew

An anti-porn crusader wants the city's juries to redefine what's obscene.
The Pitch  |  Justin Kendall  |  10-30-2007  |  Sex

Retired NFL Players Face a Litany of Health Problemsnew

The battle-scarred tough guys of the past are now standing up to the league, demanding a better disability plan and pensions similar to those of Major League Baseball players.
The Pitch  |  Justin Kendall  |  09-19-2007  |  Sports

The Search for the Mormons' Garden of Edennew

Mitt Romney and his fellow Mormons believe Adam ate the forbidden fruit in Independence, Missouri -- we set out to investigate.
The Pitch  |  Justin Kendall  |  09-11-2007  |  Religion

Sicko Juniornew

Kidney cancer killed Julie Pierce's husband -- now she fears it will claim her 15-year-old son.
The Pitch  |  Justin Kendall  |  08-14-2007  |  Science

Kansas City's Dimwit

As Johnson County's top prosecutor, Phill Kline has been a disaster.
The Pitch  |  Justin Kendall  |  06-26-2007  |  Politics

Jim Barone, the Capitol Bullynew

As a state senator, Barone has been accused of accosting women and using his power for his sons' gain.
The Pitch  |  Justin Kendall  |  04-03-2007  |  Politics

Girl on Filmnew

Filmmaker Lisa Marie Evans has recorded whats inside a transsexuals pants, but turning the camera on herself isnt so easy.
The Pitch  |  Justin Kendall  |  01-22-2007  |  Movies

The New Frednew

Shirley Phelps-Roper is just like her notorious father -- except in one crucial way.
The Pitch  |  Justin Kendall  |  11-06-2006  |  Politics

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