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A Bead on the Goats: Coalition Leader Seeks End of Pendergast Power
Article about the movement to purge the Kansas City area of its last vestiges of the Pendergast machine in the form of three court officers in an election.
A Beef in the Bottoms
June 19-25, 2014
Brief history of the annual Kansas City Pride Fest that has been held in various locations across the city since the late 1970s. Past and present festival organizers and represenatives from the Kansas...
A Beloved King of Reviews
September 17, 2011
Obituary tribute for Leroy Johnson (57) of Kansas City. Johnson was known as the resident "music guru" at the old Penny Lane record store in Westport. He was also an early music critic for "The Pitch,"...
A Big Bust
Authors reaction to the statue honoring jazz musician Charlie Parker, located in the 18th and Vine historical district.
A Big Hole to Be Filled
Photo and caption about the construction of the Turkey Creek pumping station at 25th and Fairmount Avenue, costing $102,000 and overseen by "Paul A. Hartung, chief of the sewer division of the city engineer's...
A Big Honor for BNIM
December 17, 2010
The American Institute of Architects named the Kansas City architectural firm of BNIM as firm of the year for 2011, “the group’s highest honor given to a company.” “Recognized for its distinguished...
A Bit of History Passes
October 14, 2005
Photograph and caption reporting the demolition of the Italian Gardens Restaurant, which closed in 2003 after 78 years in business. The building was razed to make way for a parking garage.
A Bit of the Real Cowtown
April 30, 2014
Article spotlights a large of collection of documents, blueprints, and other materials pertaining to the old Kansas City Stockyards that is currently being processed by the Missouri Valley Special Collections...
A Black Leader Offers Very Little Optimism
February 22, 1985
Biographical article about Reverend MacCharles Jones, or Rev. Mac Jones, the 35-year-old pastor of the St. Stephen Baptist Church at 1414 Truman Road. Rev. Jones was the leader at the Black Unity Retreat...
A Black Man's Kingdom in Kansas
File containing photos and a biographical article about Junius Groves (ca. 1859-1925), a wealthy Wyandotte County, Kansas potato farmer. Born into slavery in Kentucky and moving to Edwardsville, Kansas...
A Bleeding Passion
July 20 - August 2, 2006
Article profiles artist, Luis Garcia. His "bleedingbrown" website includes a blog, podcast initiative store and manifesto for members of minority groups. His exhibit, "The Chicano Experience", featured...
A Bold New Portal for KC: Paseo Bridge Design Picked
November 15, 2007
A design has been chosen for the new Paseo Bridge and includes a 300-foot diamond shaped tower and six lanes for traffic. The $245 million project will replace the 53-year-old bridge and also widen the...
A Bomb at the Harlem Night Club
Photo and caption about the explosion from "a dynamite bomb" at "the Harlem night club" at 1414 East 15th Street, "believed to be an effort to intimidate the owners into paying extortion money."
A Boon to Car Safety: New Missouri Law Will Affect All Drivers
News and explanation of the new Missouri drivers' license law requiring a physical and driving examination, in the process invalidating Kansas City municipal drivers' licenses, with chart.
A Branch Office for Pitney-Bowes, Inc.
Illustration and caption about the new building for the Pitney-Bowes office supply store to be built at 3239 Broadway Boulevard.
A Brand-New Glow
July 27, 2007
A new sculpture design, "Transformed Flower," has been approved by the Municipal Art Commission. The sculpture, by California artist Phillip Smith, willl be erected at the north end of the Richard & Annette...
A Brave Band of Brothers Finally Enjoys Some Long-Due Recognition
June 17, 2005
The few surviving members of the WWII Alamo Scouts, forerunners of the Army Special Forces Green Berets, gathered in Kansas City. Article tells of their secret missions behind enemy lines. Robert L. Shirkey,...
A Break With the Past
January 5, 2005
The Raphael Hotel is now under new management, recently bought for an undisclosed price by Lighthouse Properties LLC of Salina, Kansas. The 123-room hotel has been placed on the top of the list for the...
A Bride for a Lawyer
Announcement of the marriage of "Mrs. Virginia Callaway" of Lenexa, Kansas to Kansas City lawyer Wallace Sutherland, moving together to their new home at "Quality Hill Towers, 707 West [10th Street]."
A Bridge Too Far
February 22, 2006
In her column "Midnight Confessions", Dorri Alexander writes briefly about some of the various bridges that connect the Northeast area. Includes a picture of the Anderson Avenue Bridge which was re-named...
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