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Kansas City Woman Surrounds Home With Sand

80 tons of it replaces lawn, though some neighbors hate it

(Newser) - It is the ultimate low-maintenance "lawn": A Kansas City, Missouri, homeowner said goodbye to grass by shipping in 80 tons of sand around her suburban home, reports KCTV . "Now being over 60, I've decided that I've owned the house for 33 years and that I wasn'... More »

Suspect, 27, Charged in 9 KC Shootings

Mohammed Whitaker held on $1M bail

(Newser) - Police in Kansas City are divulging more details about the newly arrested suspect in the city's spate of freeway shootings. He is identified as 27-year-old Mohammed Whitaker, and authorities have charged him with 18 felony counts in nine shootings, reports Fox4kc.com . (See the station's Twitter photo of... More »

Suspect Arrested in KC Highway Shootings

About 20 have been reported on local roads, highways in recent weeks

(Newser) - Kansas City drivers may be able to relax a bit: Police have arrested a suspect in a string of highway shootings over the last several weeks, reports the Kansas City Star . Authorities have yet to identify the male suspect or speculate about a motive, but they were searching a residence... More »

Kansas City Shooting Suspect Charged With Capital Murder

Frazier Glenn Miller held on $10M bond

(Newser) - Kansas prosecutors filed state-level murder charges today against the white supremacist accused in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City. Frazier Glenn Cross has been charged with one count of capital murder for the deaths of a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather... More »

Kansas City Shootings Investigated as Hate Crimes

As hundreds gather to mourn 3 victims

(Newser) - The Justice Department, under Eric Holder's orders, will investigate whether yesterday's shootings at two Kansas City Jewish sites broke the federal hate crimes law, the AP reports. Holder today issued a statement on the shootings, which ended with three dead, allegedly at the hands of white supremacist Frazier... More »

Ex-KKK Leader Is Jewish Center Shooting Suspect

Frazier Cross, 73, arrested in Kansas City shootings

(Newser) - The suspect accused of shooting three people dead at two Kansas City-area Jewish sites has been identified as a former "grand dragon" of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The Southern Poverty Law Center , which tracks hate groups, says 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross has a long history... More »

3 Dead at Jewish Centers, Suspect Shouts 'Heil Hitler'

JCC was full of kids auditioning for 'KC Superstar'

(Newser) - Three people were killed and one was critically wounded today when a man opened fire at two Jewish sites—a community center and retirement home—in the greater Kansas City area, the Kansas City Star reports. Police later arrested a heavyset man at a nearby school who was smiling and... More »

Someone's Shooting at Kansas City Drivers

Police investigating about 20 highway shootings

(Newser) - Driving on Kansas City-area highways is a somewhat terrifying prospect right now: Someone is shooting at cars as they do just that. At least 20 shootings have been reported since March 8, the Kansas City Star reports, many of them near the busy Three Trails Crossing (formerly known as Grandview... More »

Firefighter Killed During His Wedding Party—by Cop

Fight erupted with cab driver over price of fare

(Newser) - An especially tragic story out of Kansas City, Mo., where a firefighter celebrating his own wedding was shot and killed—by a police officer. KCTV reports that the uniformed police officer wasn't on duty but was "providing security" near where a disturbance was called in early yesterday. The... More »

Sharp-Eared FBI Agent Nabs Suspect in Water Threat

Man said KC supply was going to be poisoned

(Newser) - Authorities in Kansas City, Mo., have arrested a 69-year-old man accused of phoning in threats to the municipal water supply, reports Reuters . But how they caught him is kind of remarkable: An FBI agent recognized his voice from three years ago—when he threatened to bomb the federal courthouse in... More »

3 Hurt as Cadillac Smashes Into Day Care Center

SUV hit back of parked car outside Kansas City facility

(Newser) - Three young children suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries when a freak accident sent a Cadillac straight through the wall of a day care center in Kansas City. Around 40 kids were inside when an SUV plowed into the back of the parked car, which ended up almost completely inside... More »

Woman Throws Gasoline on Man After He Takes Her Bus Seat

She pulls out match, but passengers stop her lighting fire

(Newser) - It's 5:30am on a Monday. You get on your morning bus, but a man is sitting in the seat you prefer. Do you: a) Ask him to move? b) Sit elsewhere? or c) Take a bottle of gasoline out of your purse and throw it all over him?... More »

Puppy Survives 4 Weeks in Impounded Car

Kia probably ate McDonald's trash, but had no water

(Newser) - A 12-week-old puppy somehow managed to survive for four of those weeks in an impounded car in Kansas City, the Kansas City Star reports. Little Kia is believed to have subsisted on McDonald's trash and cigars that were left in the Buick, which was impounded April 8 for being... More »

Massive Blizzard Moves North

Missouri, Kansas hit hard; 40K lose power

(Newser) - The second major snowstorm in a week battered the nation's midsection today, dropping a half-foot or more of snow across Missouri and Kansas and cutting power to thousands. Gusting winds blew drifts more than 2 feet high and created treacherous driving conditions for those who dared the morning commute.... More »

Video Captures Moment of KC Explosion

One body recovered from rubble in Missouri

(Newser) - One body has been pulled from the rubble of yesterday's explosion in Kansas City that destroyed a restaurant, reports AP . The Kansas City Star says it is thought to be a 46-year-old female server at JJ's restaurant. Authorities think she is the only fatality, but they won't... More »

Entire Block in Kansas City Burns After Explosion

Cadaver dogs searching rubble after huge blaze

(Newser) - At least 14 people were injured, five of them critically, when a gas explosion sparked a huge blast in an upscale Kansas City shopping district. The fire, which completely destroyed JJ's Restaurant, engulfed an entire block of the Country Club Plaza, reports the AP . The force of the blast,... More »

Missouri School to Cut Kids' Hair for Drug Test

60 strands will be cut from students—and participation is mandatory

(Newser) - One Kansas City high school is taking the war on drugs to the next level. Beginning this fall, Rockhurst High School will require students to submit their hair for random drug tests, reports KSHB . In a somewhat bizarre-sounding process, a staff member who happens to be a barber will cut... More »

NFL Player 'Drunk' Before He Shot Girlfriend 9 Times

Jovan Belcher was inebriated before murder-suicide: autopsy

(Newser) - Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he shot his girlfriend nine times and then killed himself in front of his coach and general manager, an autopsy released today showed. The Jackson County Medical Examiner report on Belcher, 25, raised... More »

Google Fiber Should Have Cable Companies Terrified

Henry Blodget: It's blazing Internet, for $70 a month

(Newser) - A few lucky neighborhoods in Kansas City already have access to Google Fiber, and the cable industry better take notice, writes Henry Blodget at Business Insider . Subscribers get lightning-fast Internet for $70 a month, and, if they want, cable and a DVR for another $50. (Internet speeds are indeed incredibly... More »

In 1st, Bishop Convicted of Shielding Pedophile

Kansas City's Robert Finn gets 2 years probation

(Newser) - The first bishop in the history of the cleric child sex abuse scandal in America has been convicted of shielding a pedophile priest. Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn was found guilty on one misdemeanor charge and not guilty on a second charge, for failing to report a priest who had... More »

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