By Jonas Weir and Evan Wood
Kansas City had a great week. The Royals—Missouri’s loveable loser, the team Cardinals fans can't even pick on, and the 1985 World Series Champions—broke their drought and made it into the playoffs for the first time in almost thirty years. And they did so in epic fashion: a 12-inning nail biter that gave us the lowest of lows, the highest of highs, and one amazing GIF.
The City of Fountains also had a win by topping the Huffington Post’s list of “America's Top 5 Cities To Keep On Your Radar,” beating Richmond, Virginia; Charlotte, North Carolina; San Diego; and Minneapolis. Kansas City has now joined the ranks of other greats that have been topped the Huffington Post’s prestigious listicles, including Lana Del Rey for “13 Things You Secretly Like,” Promises for “8 Reasons to Avoid Listicles,” and Lasagna Cupcakes for “13 Savory Cupcakes You Can Legitimately Eat for Dinner.”
KC isn’t the only Missouri city having good week, though. Cape Girardeau is on the big screen this week, with David Fincher and Ben Affleck’s Gone Girl, which was shot in the river city, opening today. Read more about the movie, which features an issue of Missouri Life in one of the set designs, here.
The AP is reporting that a Jackson County Judge ruled in favor of same-sex couples on Friday. J. Dale Youngs ruled that Missouri's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage infringes the rights of couples who've been married legally in other states. This ruling comes in the wake of a series of rulings that have overturned bans on same-sex marriage in states like Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Utah, and Virginia. While this ruling doesn't strike down the state's ban, it is a step toward equal protection for Missouri's same-sex couples.
"Can't believe Missouri had its day" said activist group Missourians for Marriage Equality in a Facebook post.
On the eve of its first game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis was embarrassed by proxy on the national stage when mayor Francis Slay penned a boastful letter to the Wall Street Journal. The letter, which is more than five hundred words of faux-apologies for the things mayor Slay sees as making his city great ("We’re sorry for Forest Park, our beautiful 1,300-acre urban park…"), has received a good deal of scrutiny.
Deadspin took Slay to task for many of his baffling remarks, but the most upsetting part of the letter is arguably when Slay brings up the 1904 World's Fair and instead of mentioning hot dogs or waffle cones, takes credit for the invention of iced tea. He follows up with a joke about rapper Ice-T that fails to launch.
The mayor of St. Louis suburb Sunset Hills also made it into the pages of some national publications, including The New York Daily News, but for worse reasons than being a braggart. Mayor Mark Furrer allegedly rammed his red Mercedes-Benz into a bicyclist while yelling, “Get off my roads!” (While shaking his fist, perhaps) Cyclist Randy Minnick was only injured, but the mayor may lose his seat if he’s convicted of the felony assault charges that have been filed against him; Missouri law states that felons cannot serve as public officials.