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Kansas Lawmakers' Paranoid Rush to Ban Synthetic Marijuananew

One officer says the first thing his department did upon hearing about K2 was search YouTube for clips. Another says he heard about a blog telling of a teen who went into a coma for 12 hours after smoking K2. A woman says she fears for teachers if a student goes into a violent frenzy.
The Pitch  |  Peter Rugg  |  02-23-2010  |  Drugs

With Nowhere Left to Run, Refugees are Still Waiting to Make This Homenew

When Foibe Nibitanga got a ticket to a new life in the United States, she didn't expect the fear and hunger of the refugee camp to follow her to Kansas City. The Burundi native leans forward, trying to speak over the cries of toddlers who, in the absence of toys, play with couch cushions and a set of keys.
The Pitch  |  Carolyn Szczepanski  |  01-12-2010  |  Immigration

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

Professor Pellom McDaniels Wants to Move Kansas City's Black History Beyond Entertainmentnew

Most black school kids, he says, view entertainment -- being a professional athlete or a performer -- as the only form of success available to them. McDaniels, who happens to be a former NFL player, sees history as the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and opening a wider future.
The Pitch  |  Casey Lyons  |  11-03-2009  |  Education

Kansas City Notifies Wal-Mart That One of its Dead Stores is a Nuisancenew

Wal-Mart has abandoned hundreds of locations in the course of its aggressive expansion. Big-rig operators and others have stashed vehicles near a dead Sam's Club in Kansas City for more than a year, and city officials are finally taking notice.
The Pitch  |  David Martin  |  07-14-2009  |  Business & Labor

It's a Dirty Job Nabbing Horny Guys in the Park, But Somebody's Gotta Do Itnew

The Kansas City Police Department's vice squad spends a couple of days a month conducting covert stings to ferret out men seeking sex in public parks. When things go right, the job is predictable.
The Pitch  |  Nadia Pflaum  |  07-14-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Hey, All You People Worried About Journalism: Meet the Future Pressnew

Take one glance at the eight-page tabloid Voice of the Tigers, put out by sixth and seventh graders, and its clear that freedom of the press is alive and well at Kansas City's Franklin School.
The Pitch  |  C.J. Janovy  |  06-09-2009  |  Media

Newcomer Has 20/20 Vision When It Comes to KC Hip-Hopnew

By far the most invigorating shot in the arm for KC hip-hop comes from the surge of just-turned-21 talent. The little guy with funny specs, Greg Enemy is getting some recognition.
The Pitch  |  Nadia Pflaum  |  04-28-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Can Kansas City Turn Its Trash Problem into an Opportunity?new

In Kansas City, trash is consistently among the top citizen complaints. Landfill space is shrinking fast. And now the city's trash collection contractor is raising its prices. Kansas City is hoping to elbow its way out of the company's grasp -- and make some money doing it.
The Pitch  |  Carolyn Szczepanski  |  04-28-2009  |  Environment

Twitter: The Fun of a Public Meeting without Having to Be Therenew

Pitch staff writer Nadia Pflaum had your back last Wednesday, when she spent a couple of hours "tweeting" from a meeting on a proposed dress-code ordinance in Kansas City.
The Pitch  |  Scott Wilson  |  03-17-2009  |  Media

As Pop Culture Sucks on Myths, Some Real Vampires Tell Their Storiesnew

I'm sitting in the Winstead's by the Plaza waiting for a group of people I've never met. It's the monthly meeting of Gathering Dusk, a Midwest meet-up club that's primarily for people who identify themselves as vampires.
The Pitch  |  Peter Rugg  |  02-24-2009  |  Culture

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

Abigail Henderson Fights Cancer and Rallies Musicians for Health Carenew

Stage III inflammatory breast cancer, to put it bluntly, fucks shit up. But as far as Henderson and her friends are concerned, it is not going to stop the rock.
The Pitch  |  Jason Harper  |  11-11-2008  |  Music

D-Locc da Chop Envisions Taking Over the Kansas City Hip-hop Crownnew

The core acts from local R&B and rap label and promotions company Van Brunt Entertainment — Cash Image, D-Locc da Chop and D-Locc's little brother, Slopp da Gambla — grew up around Van Brunt Boulevard and 20th Street on Kansas City's east side.
The Pitch  |  Nadia Pflaum  |  09-09-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Deutsche Bank Lets Kansas City Rotnew

Deutsche Bank is the largest owner of foreclosed properties in Greater Kansas City. In Jackson County, the bank holds titles to 350 foreclosures. Some of their properties are sickly enough to depress an entire block.
The Pitch  |  David Martin  |  08-26-2008  |  Housing & Development

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