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Cliff’s Notes: Bill Self press conference, 3/29/11

Here is the Cliff's Notes version of Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self's comments at his press conference today. Full audio has been posted. • **Self says he has no idea how next year’s roster is shaping up.** The guys need some time to unwind and figure ... Continue reading

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Running Naked With iPhone: Day One

Take away modern technology: house, car, microwave, cordless phone, newspapers, radio, television, computers, but don't take my iPhone since it allows me to take pictures and utilize it as many of the other convenience functions as soon as civilization is within reach. I had the opportunity recently ... Continue reading

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Plea Bargin

Here is a bargin: http://www.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/celebrity.news.gossip/03/28/willie.nelson.pot.plea/index.html?hpt=C2 Just another example of its not what you know or who you know, but can you sing me a song? I remember back in the day ole Vern MIler and "other" undercover narcotics operatives hiding in car trunks and busting college kids. ... Continue reading

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LJWorld.com elections section offers information on Lawrence City Commission, school board races

Elections for Lawrence city and school board races are coming up soon (April 5), and we've built a special section on [LJWorld.com][1] so you can gather information on candidates before casting your ballot. Visit [ljworld.com/elections][2] and — in addition to the latest election stories — you will ... Continue reading

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Good Night My Friends, Good Night

On Feb. 5th, as people turned excitedly to the news, or filed slowly to form lines to participate in the political caucus system of our great nation, clouds carrying killer storms formed quickly and wrecked havoc in several states. Many people were killed and numerous more were ... Continue reading

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Give Us This Day Our Daily Haiku

Go ahead, you know you want to, you know you need to, you know you can't stop yourself, you know you can't live without it. People are uniquely different - I have a girl friend who years back would take one photograph each day that she felt ... Continue reading

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Running Naked With iPhone: Day Two - A New Beginning

Waking up to a crystal clear morning in the Rockies - it doesn't get any better. The devastation of the campsite by pine beetles seemed less foreboding than it had appeared in the cold rain of the previous evening. Although the first words out of my mouth, ... Continue reading

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Loku: New Form Of Poetry With Lawrence Roots Sweeps Literary World

Lawrence, Kansas is a melting pot of people and creative ideas erupting with artists, singers, song writers, performers, and entertainers of all varieties. From this epic center of creativity explodes a new form of poetry referred to as Loku (pronounced low koo), based on the ancient Japanese ... Continue reading

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Swampyville’s - Ask the Politically Correct! (Collective Salvation)

Swampyville's Ask the Politically Correct! Question: What is the definition of Collective Salvation? Intellectual Resolution: Collective salvation is a quasi-contract religious concept that is the antithesis of individual or personal salvation. It is a mandate of social justice which projects rights not normally given by the laws ... Continue reading

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Rabbit, redux. (With apologies to John Updike.)

When one of your besties randomly decides to drop off a frozen rabbit, you have no choice but to make an event out of cooking it. That is, if you have never eaten a hare before, and you like to make a big deal out of anything ... Continue reading

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10 observations from NCAA Tournament leading up to Final Four

Ten observations from another wild weekend in the NCAA Tournament that produced a most improbable Final Four, featuring No. 3 seed Connecticut, No. 4 Kentucky, No. 8 Butler and No. 11 VCU: **1. jra004 leads the KUsports.com [bracket challenge][1] with one weekend left.** It appears no one ... Continue reading

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Royals 2011 Season Preview Part IV - The Prospects

If you’ve been following the Royals at all recently, it shouldn’t surprise you to know that they have a really good farm system. It’s ranked the top system overall by every publication that follows the Minor Leagues. Staring down the barrel of what looks likely to be ... Continue reading

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Meatless Monday recipe of the week: Spinach, Fennel and Three-Cheese Calzones

Warm pizza dough filled with three types of cheese and a surprising veggie punch? Yes, please. This recipe uses fun spring veggies — spinach and fennel — to create a dish so hearty even your household’s most carnivorous eater won’t object. Serve with a Italian-dressing topped salad ... Continue reading

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Where Are the Jobs?

http://www.alternet.org/story/150358/8_unemployed_for_every_job_opening:_what_are_they_supposed_to_do_once_their_benefits_run_out?akid=6719.283578.Zi3i6o&rd=1&t=2 There is a political storm brewing on both sides of the aisle and I don't think either party is seeing it. There are now eight people who want jobs for every job opening in the United States. Oddly, there is every indication that they are being ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 3/27/2011 (Solved)

Previous: IPS 3/20/2011 Next: IPS 4/3/2011 RoeDapple identified this week's subject. See the end of this post for the answer and complete photo Try as I might, I am having a hard time keeping my attention on subjects in the city limits. This week, I wandered not ... Continue reading

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VCU’s strengths, weaknesses and players to watch

*All advanced statistics courtesy of KenPom.com and are current as of March 26.* **Team:** VCU **Record:** 27-11 **Seed:** 11 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 58 **Strengths** VCU's offense is its strength, as it shoots the ball well while also avoiding turnovers. The Rams make a high percentage of ... Continue reading

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Discussing one big advantage Kansas has over VCU; also, will Rams coach Shaka Smart read this blog?

**Jesse Newell:** Welcome back to the GameDay Cram Session, as Kansas is taking on VCU on Sunday afternoon in the Elite Eight in San Antonio, Texas. Tom, what were your impressions of VCU's Shaka Smart when he took the podium during Saturday's media day? **Tom Keegan:** I’m ... Continue reading

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How Do You Find A Destination for Your Dollars?

We all have places that we prefer to spend our time and money, and we all have different reasons. For some it is the availability of local produce; for a few it might be proximity to their home; and others it is a matter of price. It ... Continue reading

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Raising Awareness: Why We Shouldn’t Take It For Granted

A dangerous thing can occur when you start learning about what's really going on in the world. The problems start to seem so complex, and you're just one person, doubts begin to creep in. You sincerely want to help change the world, but from all this knowledge ... Continue reading

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Recap: Bill Self, coaching staff deserve credit for shutdown of Richmond offense

Note: Here is a listing of definitions for some terms used in this blog. Also, feel free to ask questions in the comments section below if something doesn't make sense. After Kansas' 77-57 victory over Richmond on Friday, KU fans should take a second to appreciate just ... Continue reading