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Caesar M Williams
''I Loved Every Minute of Being a Senator''
August 1, 2004
Article reporting the death of Missouri Senator Harry Wiggins at age 71. Wiggins' political career spanned 28 years in the state Senate, where he represented a large portion of Kansas City, Missouri.
Always Moving, Always Changing
February 23, 2014
Interview with Yvonne S. Wilson, former director of education for the Kansas City School District and Missouri state representative for the 42nd District. Wilson responds to questions regarding her involvement...
An Artist With Vision Slowly Loses His Sight
November 27, 2007
Article features African American artist Robert J. Reed, Sr., of Kansas City, Kansas. "With primarily black paper and chalk as his medium, most of his work focuses on portraits of people who pop into his...
Black High Society
Article about the black high society in Kansas City, its relations to white high society, its prominent members such as funeral home chain owner Bruce Watkins, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Debutante Ball, the...
June 21, 2011
The Kansas City Police reopened the murder case of Leon Jordan and have identified his killer as James "Doc" Dearborn. Jordan, a former police officer and one of the founders of Freedom, Inc., was gunned...
Elected to California Legislature
November 18, 1966
Vertical file contains a biographical article with photo about Bill Greene, a native Kansas Citian and newly elected representative to the State Legislature of California in 1966. He was a graduate of...
Eli Thayer, Versatile New Englander, Promoted Free State Trek
File containing a photo and article about Eli Thayer (1819-1899), "legislator, inventor and educator" of Massachusetts and organizer of "the Emigrant Aid society in opposition to the Southern statesmen...
Ex-County Executive Bill Waris Dies at 63
September 19, 2007
Former Jackson County Executive Bill Waris died September 18, 2007. Waris, a former basketball coach and grade school principal, served two terms as county executive from 1982-1990. His accomplishments...
First Vehicle Crosses Bond Bridge
September 28, 2010
On September 27, 2010, Brad Regehr and his wife Wanda were the first to cross the new Christopher S. Bond Bridge (Bond Bridge) that replaces the Paseo Bridge. "More than 700 community leaders, politicians,...
Group Finds Local Politicians' Attitudes Toward Gay and Lesbian Voters Are Changing
Article on the results of interviews held with mayoral candidates by local gay political group 4-Freedoms Democratic Club.
July 1-7, 2004
Article examines the possibility that the Kansas City Museum, located in Corinthian Hall (3218 Gladstone Boulevard), does not receive a portion of its Kansas City tax levy. In 2003, this amounted to $1.3...
Judge Shows Leniency to McFadden-Weaver
January 5, 2008
Former Kansas City Councilwoman Saundra McFadden-Weaver was sentenced to two months of confinement in a halfway house and four months of home detention. She was convicted of mortgage fraud in August 2007...
Knight's Barbecue Closed
March 12, 2008
After 24 years in business in the Northeast community, Knight's Bar-B-Q restaurant has closed its doors. Owner Jerry Knight and family opened the restaurant in 1985 at the corner of Independence Avenue...
Longtime Political Adviser Harold Franklin Dies at 86
July 18, 2013
Article reports the death of Harold Fridkin, 86, a longtime political adviser who served notable Missouri politicians such as Tom Eagleton, Mel Carnahan, Dick Bolling, and Emanuel Cleaver. Fridkin moved...
Missouri Democratic Grande Dame Reflects
August 15, 2015
Interview with Dutch Newman, long-time leader of the Westport Landing Democratic Club, on the eve of her 95th birthday. Newman discusses her involvement with Kansas City and national politics, her process...
August 26, 1967
Portrait and biographical article about Richard Gentry (~1788-1837), a co-founder of Columbia, Missouri, a War of 1812 veteran, state senator, rival of later President Zachary Taylor, and marshal of the...
No sixth term for McCarthy
December 21, 2003
Article describes the decision of U.S. Representative Karen McCarthy not to run again for office. The decision comes in the wake of McCarthy's difficulties with staff relations, an accident and the disclosure...
On the Roots that Guide His Way
October 31-November 6, 2008
Article profiles Lee's Summit councilman Allan S. Gray. A graduate of Paseo High School and later Morehouse College, Gray returned to Kansas City in 1976 after earning a political science degree. He has...
June 19-25, 2003
Article describing possible vulnerability of U.S. Representative Karen McCarthy in a 2004 re-election bid. McCarthy was involved in an incident in March, 2003 leading to treatment for alcoholism.
Phillip Curls: A Political Icon
May 11-May 17, 2007
Article profiling the life and career of Phillip Curls, who served multiple terms in the Missouri House of Representatives and Missouri Senate. A Kansas City native, Senator Curls graduated from De LaSalle...
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