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KU student who lost legs in accident back on his feet

Shaun did not write the headline; none of our reporters write headlines or actually put the stories and photos on the page. That is the work of the copy editors, and I would like to correct this common misperception. That being said, I was not working last night and don't know who wrote this headline, but I am sure it was discussed by several people who saw the positive angle of the phrase "back on his feet" and tried to project that. Sometimes our best intentions don't work out the way we, well, intend. -- Susan Roberts, copy chief

December 8, 2012 at 11:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Let's rally around the smokers who will be participating in the Great American Smokeout

I could never quit -- never even wanted to try -- on the Smokeout day. No one can tell you when to quit; you have to decide for yourself. I quit (nearly four years) ago by chewing the gum, then I had to kick that habit, too. Those were a rough couple of days, but now I refuse to smoke because I don't want to go through that again. I still want to smoke, often. But when I think of the money I've saved in four years I feel better. To anyone who wants to quit: Keep trying! It took me 20 or 30 attempts, probably. (Once on the Family Feud the bonus round question was "How many times does a smoker try to quit before being successful?" The No. 1 answer was 3 or 5 or something ridiculously low. I figured the 100 people questioned were all nonsmokers.)

November 16, 2009 at 5:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Chat about Harry Potter during a marathon overnight reading session with Karl Gehring

hey karl, good job on staying up, reading the book AND posting this blog. it took me about 13 hours to read this book and i got a butt-ache

i liked the book but it was not my favorite (still Prisoner of Azkaban). i thought the epilogue was hooey and the first few chapters a bit overblown. but the story was good, the writing fabulous as always, and i was glad to see 1) a brief "return" of albus dumbledore and 2) that snape really was on the good side.

my husband asked me whether harry lived or died. i said died, then lived. then had to explain the whole out-of-body experience.

like i said, this book was not my favorite, but i can't remember laughing out loud at any of the other books. some scenes from bill and fleur's wedding (about uncle bilus and luna lovegood's dancing) really struck me as funny

now that the book and series are finished, i feel like my summer is over. but it was magical while it lasted

i think i'll take a couple days' break, then reread "Deathly Hallows"

July 22, 2007 at 5:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )