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Cliff’s Notes: Turner Gill press conference, 8/31/10

Here is the Cliff's Notes version of Kansas football coach Turner Gill's comments at his weekly press conference today. If you want to get live updates from each week's press conference, be sure to follow us on Twitter (@kusports). Full audio has been posted. • **North Dakota ... Continue reading

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Swampyville Political Rhymes; “The American Horse”

The below poem is my version of America's Trojan Horse. In my opinion, this is how many of us out here in the hinterland feel! I pray that I'm reading all the signs wrong; but, I doubt that I am! The American Horse By L. Don Oliver ... Continue reading

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Lowe’s Home Improvement and Ecumenical Center (Updated 09/01/2010)

Lowe's Home Improvement recently submitted a plan to build a new store near 6th and Folks Road. The Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners recommended denial of the plan. Some have said that it is not necessarily Lowe's that is the problem, nor do they wish to protect Home ... Continue reading

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Texas in Kansas: green tomato relish

My friend Dave has a fish fry every summer. Except this summer, because he is off travelling around the country preparing himself for a new career. So selfish. Dave and his mama, Addie, are transplants from Texas, which explains a lot about his rootin' tootin' attitude, and ... Continue reading

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Cops: Topless Woman Attacked Boy

Deputies in Central Florida have arrested an Apopka woman accused of molesting a 14-year-old boy at a lake in Orange County. The youngster says 37-year-old Teresa M. removed her top, rubbed against him, and then pinned him to the ground with her 150-pound weight and fondled him ... Continue reading

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Breast Ironing: How do we stop the mutilation?

About the time I think I've heard it all in terms of the atrocities humans commit against each other, a new one comes to my attention. Most recently, it's the practice of 'breast ironing'. Breast ironing is being performed by mother's of pre-pubescent girls to keep their ... Continue reading

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Former Kansan leading Alaska GOP senate race; “movement” conservative in Big First; odds and ends

The Salina Journal catches up to Joe Miller, a former Kansan who has stunned the political world by leading Alaska GOP incumbent Lisa Murkowski in U.S. Senate race. http://www.salina.com/news/story/Miller2010-08-29T03-02-07 The Associated Press analyzes political forces propelling "movement" conservative Republican Tim Huelskamp in the race against Democrat Alan ... Continue reading

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Get comfortable with Fourth of July

I love a good party. Especially when it comes in the form of a CD release show. On Friday, Downtown Lawrence was in full swing, and I headed out to Fourth of July's CD Release Party at the Jackpot. What I liked about this show was the ... Continue reading

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Spider man

I like spiders. I really do. I marvel at their webs, refuse to free squirming food from their sticky homes and scoop ’em up and deposit ’em outside rather than splattering them with a shoe when they creep out family members by creeping across the floor or ... Continue reading

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The Scapegoat

This plant is goldenrod and I think it is one of the best native fall plants in Kansas. The form of the plant is much nicer than our state plant- heresy I know. But I love the arching form of the plant and it attracts a really ... Continue reading

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It’s never too early to start your fall decorating

We’re getting closer to my favorite time of year ... fall. Since I’ve had enough of this summer heat, I am highly anticipating the change of seasons. This weekend I’ve been doing some deep cleaning at home. Hockey season is approaching, and this means we won’t be ... Continue reading

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Free Spring Bulbs for Your Garden and Free Appetizers for Your Next Meal Out

I've been a little single sighted this week stocking up at cereal at HyVee so I have just a few deals for you today. Rest assured, they are still good deals...and even some freebies! If you haven’t signed up for the [Home Depot Garden Club][1] this summer ... Continue reading

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Alt. OTS; Should Lawrence High Schools Allow Zombies To Loiter On Campus After Dark?

**You Know They're Out There** *************************************************** Asked at the entrance of Cirilla's about 2:00AM. Should Lawrence high schools allow zombies to loiter on campus after dark? *********************************************** *********************************************** wuh? . . i dont know . . will there be any girl zombies? *********************************************** *********************************************** Not if I ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 8/28/2010 (Final)

Previous:IPS 8/14/210 Next: IPS 9/12/2010 hujiko is back and has done it again. See the end of this post for the answer. Summer's almost over, my posts have been irregular, and no one has identified the last two. (Last week was of metal sculptures on Locust near ... Continue reading

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Cycling villainy

An item in the police blotter the other day caught my eye. According to Lawrence police, an 18-year-old woman said she was sitting in her car in the parking lot at Campus Court at Naismith apartments, 1301 W. 24th St., when a man reportedly took her purse ... Continue reading

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President Obama - Still Not Saluting?

Candidate Barack Obama failed to salute, or place his hand over his heart, during the National Anthem at a September 2007 political gathering in Iowa. An ABC News video shows that everyone else felt that placing their right hand over their heart was the correct thing to ... Continue reading

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Duvall and cast elevate ‘Get Low’

Robert Duvall is an actor who can do stoic Southern characters in his sleep. He has always had a knack for playing the down-home philosopher who chooses his words carefully, and he's as sturdy and subtle as ever in “[Get Low][1],” a measured drama set in Depression-era ... Continue reading

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A Short History of Bigotry In America

Given all the controversy over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” in Lower Manhattan and all the discussion over immigration reform, a more liberal-minded person would probably think that the United States has suddenly become bigoted thanks to the likes of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and their Tea ... Continue reading

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Free Cereal at HyVee

This is the sale I've been waiting for. You don't even have to use coupons. Through next Tuesday, you will receive $10 off of 6 boxes of General Mills cereal at the register when you purchase them at HyVee. Even better? A $6 "On Your Next Order" ... Continue reading

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Book Review: Though he’s no Hemingway, Reesing delivers yet again

I’m not much of a reader. Because I spend so much time writing and re-reading my own stuff, as well as dozens of other sports articles each day, I tend to prefer to get away from the written word during my down time. When I do read, ... Continue reading