Remember (in a dreamy flashback way) the days when movie viewing decisions were happily and easily made while standing at the theater? Today’s reality: arguing over a computer screen at home.
Jennifer Brown had trouble finding her niche, but once she discovered it, there has been no looking back. The Northland author recently celebrated the national release of her latest novel, “Thousand Words.”
Northland community notes
The North Kansas City School District is facing a $4 million budget shortfall for the 2013-2014 school year after learning that Clay County’s assessed valuation has declined.
My father and I were never close and he’s been gone 14 years, but I think about him more and more. Not so much think about him, but notice his gestures, jokes and pet phrases flowing from myself. It’s a funny way to get to know your dad, but I’m not complaining.
About 300 lane-miiles will be resurfaced this summer, and map lets you check on progress.
The children of Loretta J. Larimer filed a wrongful death lawsuit for the 2011 death of their mother. The settlement proposal is for $200,000.
An easy smile crosses the face of Gladstone native Lindsey Hood as she recalls her journey to become a professional volleyball player. The job title is somewhat surreal to this unassuming athlete and head volleyball coach at Park Hill High School. The 31-year-old mom still can’t believe she plays for the Heart of America Havoc, Kansas City’s new professional volleyball team.
The robbery at the First Federal Bank, 1200 Armour Road, was reported just before 3 p.m.
School notes for June 12
Back in the early 1960s, Nat King Cole sang a song about summer. “Bring back those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer….”
Community notes for June 12
Lloyd DeGraffenreid Sr. was a pioneering Kansas City police officer who became the first African-American to obtain the rank of detective sergeant during a period when opportunities for minority officers weren’t plentiful.
Northland official was removed from office after she paid her son-in-law $100 to repair a sign for the city.
Zona Rosa parking fees are about convenience, and charity
I’ve imposed an arbitrary limit of two episodes on my favorite whodunit, “Criminal Minds.”
22 semi-finalists sing and 10 are chosen to move on.
Age: About 2 1/2 years
Pet owners are invited to learn about the Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) at the monthly meeting of the Northland Animal Welfare Society at 6:30 p.m. Friday [June 7].
Proposed changes to the KCI airport are all the buzz these days. There are proposals and counterproposals, commissions formed, press conferences, letters to the editors. All the politicians and columnists who occupy the non-913 section have weighed in. Here is an idea: Ask someone who actually spends time at KCI. Like a frequent traveler. Not a contractor, politician or pointy-headed know-it-all. In other words, me.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): Non-profit group offers education and weight-loss support. Visit for free; no registration required. 9 to 10 a.m. weekly at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 5409 N.W. 72nd St., Kansas City, North. 816-741-8708
The former algebra instructor is accused of 10 sex crimes involving a student who was 14 at the time.
I get it. A couple months of non-school-structured days lay before my children. Powered by their own imaginations, interests and several years’ worth of Nickelodeon and Disney shows, they were brimming with grand plans. The first few hours were quite telling.
John Oldson, who had been living quietly in Randolph before his arrest last year, was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of a 31-year-old waitress from Ord, Neb.
Part of the north brick wall of the former Methodist church at Third and Ferrel streets came tumbling down Wednesday night. The owners agreed Friday to bring the whole building down because it is a safety hazard. Preliminary demolition work will begin Saturday morning.