The story so far: It is January 1904 in Kansas City. Officer Lafayette Tillman, Kansas City’s solitary black policeman, has been whittling away at two murders, one a prostitute, the other her red-headed client (or lover?), who was a labor organizer in the packing houses. While many seem to want the case closed, Tillman pursues his assignment at the behest of the West Bottoms political boss, “Big Jim” Pendergast.
Historic changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba are coming. Having traveled legally to the island in 2002, my feelings about the breakthrough are mixed. As I watched President Obama outline his vision of increased travel and commerce between our countries, I couldn’t kick the sensation that — poof! — one of the world’s last truly exotic destinations has vanished.
The story so far: It’s early 1904. Officer Tillman has little to go on in a prostitute’s murder except the vague description of a young red-haired man wearing fancy shoes. Then a shoeless carrot-top is pulled from the Blue River with a gold chain the girl had been wearing. The police, and more importantly, Tom Pendergast, seem to want the man’s case closed as a suicide, although the corpse had a decidedly non-suicidal stab wound on its back.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
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Frances Robinson of Olathe is a past president and 23-year member of the Pierian Club of Kansas City, Kan. The club, an African-American women’s literary society, has roots in segregation but lives on for culture and fellowship.
I love the new hyper-inventive craft cocktails as much as anyone, but mixology is only one component of bar excellence. At least 60 percent of it, in my book, is what I called the Woody factor — a quirky, otherworldly charm that makes you feel like you’ve stepped inside a movie. Here are some other area bars that have it in spades.
DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: Two of my children have godparents who give them gifts at Christmas. The other child’s godparents do not give her a gift. How do we handle this? The children are 3 to 6 years old. — Wondering, Kansas City Metro
The Christmas season is one of New York City’s busiest times of year. Tickets for Broadway shows and hotel rooms go for premium prices, and lines for top attractions are long. But some of the best and most beautiful things to see and do around the city during the holidays are free. Here are five of them.
The story so far: It is January 1904 in Kansas City. Officer Lafayette Tillman, the only black policeman on Kansas City’s force, has been called in to investigate the murder of a black prostitute at the request of Jim Pendergast, the head of a powerful Democratic machine centered in the West Bottoms. The mystery deepens when Tillman is called to examine another body.
Lora Ceperley and Dana Buckner, one in Kansas City, the other in Seattle, emailed for four months, then began talking on the phone. Soon they realized their friendship was deepening and they were in love.
A four-part fictional crime noir set in a very gritty 1904 Kansas City centers around Lafayette Alonzo Tillman, one of Kansas City’s first black police officers. The series is written by longtime Star editor Darryl Levings and illustrated by Héctor Casanova.
DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: I’ve always prided myself on being even and fair with my three children, so at Christmas I give each one the same amount of money. Now that two of them are married, I also give the same amount, several hundred dollars, to each of their spouses. I’m worried, though, that I’m not being fair to the unmarried child.
If you aren’t hung up on big resort names and can draw satisfaction from schussing down trails only a fraction as long as those at the big mountains, skiing on the cheap can be easily done at smaller, lesser-known places — especially in Maine.
The story so far: It is January 1904 in Kansas City. Officer Lafayette Tillman, the only black policeman on Kansas City’s force, has been called in to investigate the murder of a black prostitute at the request of Jim Pendergast, the head of a powerful Democratic machine centered in the West Bottoms.