We will open the book.
Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called Opportunity
and its first chapter is New Year's Day.
~Edith Lovejoy Pierce
To all the readers, bloggers and supporters of the Raytown Report.
Happy New Year!
Raytown Police Department PRESS RELEASE Subject: Raytown Robbery Date: 12/28/2010 On 12/28/2010 at 8:27 AM Raytown Officers were dispatched to an alarm at Check Into Cash in the 6100 block of Raytown Trafficway. Upon their arrival it was learned that a robbery had occurred and the suspect, armed with a handgun, had fled on foot from the rear of the business. The suspect was seen by a Raytown officer as the suspect walked from the rear of the business complex and into the parking lot. The officer followed the suspect in his patrol car onto Arlington where the suspect began to run from the officer. The suspect ran west across Arlington in the 6100 block in front of the officer. As the suspect ran in front of the officer’s car, the suspect fired two shots at the officer. The officer, who was still in his patrol car, was not hit by the rounds. The suspect fled north and west through the neighboring yards. The suspect ran back south to the driveway of a residence in the 6100 block of Arlington where he attempted to hide in the bed of a pickup truck that was parked in the driveway. Officers searching the area saw the suspect in the bed of the truck. The suspect was confronted by the officers and ordered to show his hands. The suspect refused to obey the officers’ commands and ducked back down in the bed of the truck. The officers then heard a single gunshot. Upon approaching the truck it was discovered that the suspect suffered from a self inflicted gunshot wound. Raytown Emergency Medical Services was called to the scene and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured. The suspect was identified as Te’Ardan Keith Andrew Hill, a 22 year black male. A Quick Look at City Elections by Greg Walters Raytown City Elections may not be until early April. But already every position up for election has at least one candidate filed. As expected, nearly all of the incumbents have filed for re-election. The lone exception is Ward 3 Alderman Charlotte Melson. Ms. Melson was rumored to be considering a run for Mayor. In fact, there were a few posts on the Raytown Report that hinted at such expectations. As of yet there has not been any official announcement from Melson. A race has already developed for the office of Mayor. Ward 4 Alderman Bill VanBuskirk has stepped up to challenge incumbent David Bower for the city’s top job. The two candidates have differing philosophies of how government should function on the local level. If they remain the only two candidates filed it will make for an interesting race. The only other race to draw competition at this point is the one in Ward 2. Incumbent Jim Aziere has already drawn two opponents, Robbie Tubbs and John Jacob. So far, the most active candidates to date have been Bower and Tubbs. Bower is known to have held some “neighborhood meetings” and to have met with political consultant Jeff Roe for advice on how to get re-elected. Tubbs announced her candidacy with a flurry of press releases to local news media. City Hall veterans say that the filing this year is a little heavier than in years past. A pattern is usually set with incumbents filing early. Activity begins to pick up again as the filing deadline nears. Filing for public office in Raytown closes on January 14, 2011. Oh, Is There an Election Coming Up? We had planned to give a complete run down of all the different public offices held in Raytown this week but found that some public entities are not as forthcoming with who has filed as others. To her credit, Raytown City Clerk Teresa Newton has posted filings for city office on the city’s webpage. However, (working) links for nominating petitions and a list of telephone numbers for more information would be a nice addition to the page. One of our news gatherers went by the Raytown School District to personally pick up a list of candidates only to find the building locked up for Christmas break. There was no posting on the door saying when the offices would re-open. Neither the Raytown Fire District or the Jackson County Water Supply District (No. 2) have yet to post any information about the different positions up for election this year. For a complete listing of the offices open for election and of those who have filed, use this link Raytown Public Office Filing Information. Salamander Story Update Last week the Raytown Report ran a story from the Salamander regarding the Kansas City Earnings Tax. (to read the orginal story use this link The Salamander Returns and scroll down to the story) Part of the story suggested that readers “check out” the salaries of Kansas City, Missouri employees at City Hall. This morning a post was received (anonymously, of course!) at the Raytown Report linking a site that lists the salaries of those working at City Hall in Kansas City. To use the search engine go to the column that asks for positions. Click on it. A drop down list will pop up to identify the different salaried position in Kansas City government. Use this link: City Hall Salaries - Kansas City Thank You Readers! The Raytown Report passed a milestone this past week when I surpassed last year’s total number of hits. These “hits” are the number of times readers visit the Raytown Report. It is the accepted way of telling how effective a website is in getting its message out. For inquiring minds, the numbers are: 2009 – 30,139 2010 – 30,988 At the Raytown Report we only count “unique visitors” in our stats. Those numbers reflect a combination of first time visitors and returning visitors. As opposed to “page loads” which can artificially inflate the number of visitors to a website. We appreciate the support shown our site by readers and especially those who share by posting their thoughts on the “blog” portion of the website. Talk About Leaving a Bad Taste In Your Mouth by Jenn Walters A few weeks ago, I had an odd thing happen to me. It was a regular Thursday night. Because Friday is my day off from my marathon training, Thursday night equals wine with dinner, so I was imbibing. I poured myself a glass of my fave aforementioned house wine (aka Yellowtail Chardonnay) to go along with my grilled chicken breast with roasted asparagus (the hubby cooked dinner; it was awesome), took a sip and was puzzled. The wine tasted metallic, kinda tinny. I took another drink (not the brightest moment for me). Same taste. Husband took a sip, he said it tasted fine. Weird. Then I tried the chicken. Tasted delicious. Then the asparagus. Somewhat metallic. Back to the chardonnay. Definitely like sucking on a penny. Upset at my ruined meal—by fault of my possibly faulty tastebuds—I went to bed slightly hungry that night. Hoping that the next day it would disappear on its own, and I wouldn’t have to Google “metallic taste” and learn that I was dying of some bizarre condition, probably the culmination of drinking too much cheap wine over the years or ingesting too many GU Chomps during my training runs, resulting in severe electrolyte abundance. Sad to say, the sucking-on-a-penny taste was back when I ate breakfast that next day, and it was the nastiest when eating my usually delicious Greek yogurt. Drat. “I’m dying,” I thought. I went to Google to confirm. Yep, like I thought, I was an arthritic, depressed, alcoholic with a bad case of gingivitis and lead poisoning, and on the verge of heart failure. What would I tell my family? And Erin? And then I thought, “Wait a minute. I don’t have a metallic taste in my mouth ALL THE TIME. Just when I eat. And all of these symptoms are for a metallic taste all the time.” Back to Google I went, asking the world wide web what a “metallic taste when eating” meant. And lo and behold I had my answer. In fact, I found pages and pages of people with the same unappetizing problem. What was to blame? Rancid pine nuts. Small, innocent, somewhat cute and really tasty (pesto!) pine nuts had done me wrong. Little bastards. Aptly referred to as “pine mouth,” the rare phenomenon only lasts a few days or weeks, but, let me tell you, it sucks. Mine lasted a full seven days. A whole week where dairy disgusted me (yogurt was the worst). I had to declare a “break” from wine (not a break-up, a break), and the only foods that appealed to me were salty “hit you over the head with flavor and fat” foods. Not great for the ole fit bottom. And the oddest thing is that the metallic taste doesn’t develop until a few days after you eat the bad pine nuts. In my case, earlier in the week, I had made a quinoa dish sprinkled with them after Erin raved about the high-protein grain. It was a full three days before the “pine mouth” set in. Sick. The pine nuts I had used in the dish were bought just a few days prior to the quinoa-pine nut cooking, and they were well ahead of their “best before” date. According to all of the online research I’ve done, it seems that pine nuts aren’t the most stable of the nuts (ha) and new shipping practices from overseas may play a role. I’m sure you can guess that my bag of (not cheap!) pine nuts immediately went in the trash. And I don’t think I’ll be cooking or eating them any time soon. (Pesto, I love you, but I think I’ll sub walnuts for your usual pine nuts going forward.) One thing is certain though: I’m happy to be alive and glad I’m not an arthritic, depressed, alcoholic with a bad case of gingivitis and lead poisoning on the verge of heart failure! Jenn Walters and Erin Whitehead jointly publish Fit Bottomed Girls. To read more of their thoughts on lifestyle choices and fitness go to Fit Bottomed Girls LINKS TO OTHER RAYTOWN NEWS SOURCES . . . To catch up on O'Hara Sports use this link O'Hara High School To catch up on Raytown South Sports use this link Raytown South High School To catch up on Raytown High Sports use this link Raytown High School To catch up on the Raytown Police Blog go to Raytown Police Blog To view Raytown Crime Statistics go to Raids on Line