Nick Picks | Super Bowl Sickness and Valentine’s Day

A rendering of the new Kansas City International Airport.

Nick Picks | Super Bowl Sickness and Valentine’s Day


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Thousands of Kansas Citizens will pull a Ferris Buller and call in sick today.

It even has a name. It’s called “Super Sick Monday.”

14% of Americans admit to playing late football after the Super Bowl and probably drinking a few more drinks than usual.

There is a solution.

Move the big game from Sunday to Saturday.

According to a surprising new survey of more than 2,000 NFL fans, half approve of the idea of ​​a Super Bowl on Saturday.

Are you for or against?

aerial romance

How about changing Valentine’s Day so it doesn’t drop right after the Super Bowl?

Yes, today is Valentine’s Day.

If you’ve forgotten, let this remind you that there’s still time to go to the store.

On Mondays, the holiday isn’t as useful to many of our struggling small restaurants. Monday is usually the day they are closed.

My wife and I have celebrated Valentine’s Day at the same local restaurant for the past five years. This year, owners felt it would be too much trouble to bring in staff when they were already struggling to find workers.

But even if you don’t have someone special in your life to send sweets, cards, or flowers, there’s still plenty to “love” today.

You can “love” the fact that the number of COVID cases in the subway has dropped significantly now.

Medical staff “loved” the fact that they were seeing fewer and fewer patients.

After a few days of freezing cold, you can “fall in love” with spring-like temperatures in the 50s today and 65s tomorrow.

Enjoy it when you have time.

Another storm is brewing, according to the National Weather Service.

A few inches of snow could be expected from Wednesday night through Thursday morning.

political map drama

Just because we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day this week doesn’t mean hugs and kisses are everywhere.

Sweet treats and love letters will be in short supply in Jefferson City, where lawmakers are still clashing over Congressional maps.

Even a rare Saturday meeting over the weekend didn’t break the month-long stalemate.

Redrawing the political map is a once-in-a-decade event for state lawmakers as they grapple with changing population numbers.

But at the heart of the Missouri controversy is how to handle Kansas City’s district of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver.

A group of Missouri Republican senators wants to split the district in two. Makes it harder for Kansas City Democrats to win re-election.

Negotiations are at a standstill as we start the week.

Kansas is going through the same painful process.

Last week, Republican lawmakers overturned Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto to dramatically reshape Kansas’ political landscape. Lawrence now moves to the same congressional district that was halved in western Kansas and Wyandotte County. Democrats say the GOP’s map is aimed at ousting U.S. Rep. Charis Davis from office.

Get ready for litigation now.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, now chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, said he expected to face court challenges in the coming days.

Holder is betting on a favorable decision by the Kansas Supreme Court, which has a majority of justices appointed by Democratic governors.

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Russian invasion imminent

Looking ahead to the week ahead, we are highly concerned about what is happening where we live.

But I can’t claim to help you prepare for the week ahead, at least mention what’s going on in Ukraine.

In the biggest East-West conflict since the end of the Cold War, the Biden administration now says Russia is about to invade Ukraine.

In fact, according to multiple news reports, the U.S. has obtained intelligence and Wednesday is the target date.

Currently, more than 130,000 Russian troops are stationed near the Ukrainian border.

The Ukrainian president is playing down the U.S. warning. He said he had not seen convincing evidence that an attack was imminent.

Postponing baseball?

The Kansas City Royals should head to the Suns this week for a surprise start to spring training in Arizona.

But like a lot of things in baseball right now, it’s on hold.

Salvador Perez and other players may have to unwrap their swimsuits and sunscreen as disputes over wages, benefits and working conditions lead to the second-longest shutdown in MLB history.

The last time such a protracted feud was in 1994, and led to the cancellation of the World Series.

Negotiations to end the dispute failed over the weekend, raising concerns that not only would spring training have to be postponed, but it could delay the start of the season.

The Royals’ opening day is currently scheduled for March 31 against the newly-named Cleveland Guardians.

New tension at KCI

Look for some sharp words at City Hall this week about a new report slamming minority hiring at the new Kansas City International Terminal project.

The FAA found what it described as a “significant compliance issue” in hiring female and minority contractors.

Complaints and investigations of this nature are not uncommon, said Pat Klein, the city’s aviation director, and the city is voluntarily working with the FAA to ensure that its promises are met when the airport opens.

Kline insists the FAA report will not affect the project’s budget or schedule.

The new terminal is scheduled to open on March 3, 2023.

A rendering of the new Kansas City International Airport.A rendering of the new Kansas City International Airport. (Courtesy | SOM and Edgemoor Construction & Real Estate)

Waiting Game in Kansas

Now that Kansas has signed up to more than $1 billion in tax incentives to lure a new mystery company into the state, it’s just to wait and see.

Will Kansas find out this week?

Kansas is competing with Oklahoma for an unnamed company that promises 4,000 permanent jobs with an average salary of $50,000 a year.

There’s been a lot of speculation about the company’s name and where it’s headed, but none of these rumors have been confirmed by any official sources.

According to the Kansas City Star, there are signs that DeSoto’s former Sunflower Army ammunition plant will be home to the largest building in Kansas.

Over the weekend, an Oklahoma newspaper claimed there were indications that Panasonic was the company. Although best known for consumer electronics, Panasonic is emerging as a market leader in electric vehicle batteries.

The Kansas governor’s office said it could take weeks to announce a final decision.

Petition to Redistrict Missouri

Over the past few years, voters in Missouri have legalized medical marijuana, expanded the state’s Medicaid program and approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

Now, lawmakers in Missouri want to make it harder for these kinds of issues to get to the ballot.

This week, lawmakers in Jefferson City hope to get two-thirds of the vote to amend the state constitution. They also want to first increase the number of signatures needed to make amendments to ballot papers.

The Missouri State Legislature has signed off on the changes. It heads to the Missouri state Senate this week.

Supporters of a new proposal that would legalize marijuana for recreational use are closely watching the legislation. A group called “Legal Missouri 2022” is currently collecting signatures to include the measure on the November ballot.

New KCMO Health Director

Is there a better time to start a new job than Valentine’s Day?

Especially if you’re starting a job that hasn’t gotten a lot of love lately.

At a time when hundreds of public health directors have been fired, resigned, retired or resigned, Dr. Marvia Jones took over today as Kansas City’s new health director.

She was the first black woman to hold the role.

She succeeds Rex Archer, who retired last summer after leading the department for 23 years.

Olympic Update

That’s fast.

The Winter Olympics come to an end this week.

The closing ceremony is this Sunday. Because of the time difference between Kansas City and Beijing, you have to be up at 6am to watch the live broadcast, or you can start watching the highlights at 7pm on Sunday.

On Sunday, the Olympic flag will be officially passed on to the next hosts, which happen to be two Italian cities. Milan and Cortina will jointly host the 2026 Winter Olympics,

By the way, Italy is where I learned to ski. Growing up in the UK, there are only man-made ski slopes. If you want to experience the real thing, you have to go somewhere else.

So, on numerous school ski trips, we headed to Italy, the cheapest place to ski in Europe. The city of Cortina is right on the Austrian border. So our teacher told us that we were getting the majesty of the Austrian mountains while enjoying cheaper Italian prices.

New curling center

Curling is one of the stars of this Winter Olympics. In fact, according to Google, it was one of the most searched terms for these Olympics.

To the uninitiated, curling may seem like an unusual sport with its odd broomsticks and constant ice sweeps, but surprisingly, it’s a huge hit in Kansas City.

In fact, the Metro’s first designated curling rink opened this week.

Located in Blue Springs, it is the brainchild of the Kansas City Curling Club.

Yes, there is such a thing.

The new facility is large enough to host four games simultaneously.You can start learning curl every night this week at 5:30pm

A pair of curling irons swept in front of the stone.The Kansas City Curling Club Fall League welcomes curlers of any skill level. (Clarence Dennis | Flatland)

Dracula in town

guard against!

The world’s most famous vampire swooped into town this week.

You might be surprised to learn that the Kansas City Ballet created all these horrors on our subway.

Kansas City’s premier dance company is bringing Bram Stoker’s classic horror tale “Dracula” to life.

Beginning Friday night, the infamous Earl will unleash his fangs to unsuspecting audience members at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

If vampires aren’t your thing, then you can head to the T-Mobile Center for some serious anti-programming.

One of the most successful artists in country music is in town. Eric Church took the stage on Friday night’s “Gather Again” tour.

Nick Haines tracks the week’s most influential local news stories on Kansas City PBS’ Friday 7:30 p.m. “Kansas City Week in Review.”

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