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Song Titles and Lyrics Meant To Scare

With Halloween less than a week away (Sunday, October 31st), it's time to begin dusting off those spooky tunes that have been lurking among the cobwebs of your mind. What is it about the thrill of being frightened, the desire to feel our hearts pounding in our ... Continue reading

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Poblano perfection

After the fundido escapade, I've had poblano peppers on the brain. Which has been nice, because it represents a departure from our usual pasta, steak, taco routine. For as much as I cook on a weekly basis, I sure do feel sometimes that I lack the necessary ... Continue reading

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Flying Over The Cuckoo’s Nest - Vote YES on #2!!

For those of you planning to vote...and for those of you looking for a good reason to vote...we at RAHN strongly encourage you to Vote YES on Number 2 on election day!! In other words, we urge you to vote yes to the amendment to the Kansas ... Continue reading

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Making Fruit Leather from Wild-Harvested Autumn Olives (With a Nod to Ma and Pa Ingalls)

My husband tells me I’m getting a little obsessed with gathering wild edibles. But here’s a success story: Max and I made fruit leather from berries we discovered along a local bike path. The tree is Autumn Olive, related to the Russian Olive and not a “true” ... Continue reading

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Monday Rewind: Texas A&M

We’re to the point now, where we have to ask: How much worse can it get? Three straight blowout losses is bad enough, but now players are starting to get injured. Key ones at that. Kansas University coach Turner Gill said Sunday night, and again Monday morning, ... Continue reading

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Swampyville’s Political Rhymes - “Statue of Granite”

Slowly over time the politicians have been chipping away at that statue of granite we call the U.S. Constitution. Why do we keep on replacing one parasite with another parasite? The Statue of Granite! By L. Don Oliver It once was a beautiful statue, It was gracefully ... Continue reading

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Watches, warnings and advisories — oh, my!

I rode to work the other day — Saturday, to be exact — in a bit of a breeze. My beloved Weather Channel said it was a 20-mph blow; in other words, nothing special by Kansas standards. As I strolled by one of the many TVs in ... Continue reading

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Surprising developments take shape in week 8: Could Missouri football run the table?

It's difficult to make sense of the wacky weekend witnessed around Big 12 stadiums this past Saturday (haven't used alliteration like that in quite some time). Let's try to break it down: • First item: Iowa State, a football team that had given up 106 points in ... Continue reading

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Haskell Indian Nations University student arrested on rape charges. Is Haskell a dangerous place for students?

A Haskell student was arrested at Haskell Indian Nations University on charges of Forced rape, Criminal sodomy, Criminal restraint and theft. Is Haskell a dangerous place for students? Maybe, now, whoever, the current "leadership" at Haskell is this week? Can get certain dorm staff to actually work? ... Continue reading

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Getting back in the dialogue: Ebony Tusks to debut

Photo Courtesy: Alex Bonham-Carter Marty Hillard is probably one of those folks who can't sit still for very long. Just when he's got one project down, he's starting another. On Monday night Hillard teams up with longtime friend and collaborator MORRI$ to debut their latest project Ebony ... Continue reading

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Kids Soar With Jayhawks at USA Science & Engineering Expo

Kids love to fly. And it was the thrill of flight that lured thousands of youngsters and their parents who came to the USA Science and Engineering Expo Saturday in Washington, D.C., to the booth created by the NSF Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets, headquartered ... Continue reading

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SpiderWeb Cookies and other Halloween Treats

Part of our Halloween tradition is to host an "Open House" type party on Halloween night. We invite our friends and their kids over to Trick or Treat in the neighborhood then come back to our house for snacks and drinks to balance out the sugar. We ... Continue reading

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Sweet deals on Halloween candy can bring a smile to your face

I miss the days when my kids were younger and still trick or treating. Everyone who knows me is aware of my love for fall. To some people, like my sister, fall represents a season of dismal change. Leaves falling off trees to expose bare limbs, grass ... Continue reading

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LIBRARY

why we have no tax money. our city of no insite. Continue reading

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The Right to be a Bigot

Good riddance! Juan Williams, a journalist formerly with the Washington Post, who authored the companion book to the PBS special, "Eyes on the Prize," and who was frequently seen on Fox News and heard on NPR was fired as a news analyst by NPR. Juan was arrogant ... Continue reading

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Thoughts on what can you get for $18 million

If you have $18 million to spend, and you consider all the options, what else could you get with the money instead? 1 New public Library 360,000 books ($50 each), which is almost 4 books per Lawrence citizen. 94,736 Amazon Kindles (not counting sales tax). Slightly more ... Continue reading

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What Jesus REALLY Said About Divorce

As part of the *Thank God for Sex* series at [Eastlake Church][1], a courageous woman named Kelli told her story of her experience of living with an unfaithful husband and about finally ending her marriage after being raped by him. Being the member of a local church, ... Continue reading

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Another look at Twitter

There are a million things that Twitter is great for: finding a lunch recommendation, finding a hairdresser, finding a lost pet. But just plain finding a user, or a business? Tough. Although Twitter's search is decidedly better than it was, say, a year and a half ago ... Continue reading

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The Poverty Game - Are We Neglecting The Less Fortunate?

Sometime back in this space I indicated I would try to quantify the resources we spend on the poor. That quest turned out to be harder than I thought. Spending on the poor is scattered all over the various elements of the governments (federal, state and local). ... Continue reading

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Did you leave these photos on our doorstep?

Sometime between 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, the portfolio below was left on the doorstep of the Lawrence Journal-World News Center, 645 N.H. It sat there all night until a co-worker brought it inside and dropped it off at my desk. I didn't hear any ticking, ... Continue reading