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Boston’s strengths, weaknesses and players to watch

*All statistics courtesy of KenPom.com and are current as of March 15. For a breakdown of potential KU opponents UNLV and Illinois, check back to KUsports.com Thursday or pick up a copy of the NCAA Preview section in Thursday's Journal-World.* **Team:** Boston **Record:** 21-13 **Seed:** 16 **KenPom ... Continue reading

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60 minutes Report on School that Pays Teachers $125K

I hope you didn't miss the segment about the school in NYC that is paying it's teachers $125K. Actually, I did, but a co-worker mentioned it and I watched it online. CBS 60 Minutes segment I don't know if this system can really be extended across the ... Continue reading

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10 NCAA Tournament bullet-point observations: Big 12 pairings, upset possibilities

Because America's workforce slacks off this week in the holy quest to fill out the perfect NCAA Tournament bracket, here are 10 bullet-point observations leading up to the Big Dance. If this blog entry takes you away from work, the Conference Chatter blog apologizes in advance (hey, ... Continue reading

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And last but not least, the beginning: duck dinner starters

I'll admit that my favorite part of almost any meal is the appetizer, if there is one. When I get a new cookbook, the first part I pour over is the section called "Appetizers and Snacks" or some facsimile thereof. If I had my way, I'd be ... Continue reading

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Win a 42” HDTV, just by filling out a bracket on KUsports.com; deadlines shorter this year

It's that time of year again. March Madness is upon us. And, that means it's time, once more, for [the annual KUsports.com Bracket Contest,][1] presented by **Henry T's**, **Brotherhood Bank**, **Lynn Electric**, **Intrust Bank** and **Crown Automotive**. We've got a new twist this year: you must pick ... Continue reading

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Meatless Monday recipe of the week: Veggie Pita Bread Sandwiches

It’s Monday night, there's snow on the ground (Boo!), the NCAA Tournament is moving in fast (Yay for a No. 1 seed!) and chances are you don’t want to do much too much in the kitchen tonight. To Meatless Monday, that’s not a problem at all. Spend ... Continue reading

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Northeast Kansas Job Fair this Wednesday, March 16th at the Holiday Inn

If you're currently looking for a job or thinking about a change in careers, don’t miss the the Northeast Kansas Marketplace Job Fair, Wednesday, March 16, at the Lawrence Holiday Inn Convention Center! Admission is free and is open to the public A job fair is a ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 3/13/2011

Previous: IPS 3/6/2011 Next: IPS 3/20/2011 riverdriver identified the subject this week. See the end of this post for the answer. Well, I tried to make it back to town for this weeks subject. Really, I did, but, well...... And for some additional help. The subject is ... Continue reading

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Recap: KU punishes nation’s No. 1 defense; plus, a KU concern heading into NCAAs

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. Here's the KU-Colorado recap from Saturday, in case you missed it. Pretty much all year, Texas has ... Continue reading

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What does it cost to outfit a high school athlete?

My son Thomas made the high school baseball team this week. He's a ninth-grader, but for sports purposes, he and all Lawrence ninth-grader are eligible to play high school sports. He was placed on the C team, which is made up of freshmen and sophomores, and two ... Continue reading

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Walgreens + WalMart = Free Groceries

WalMart recently issued a new coupon policy with some very interesting changes. You can download the policy for yourself [HERE][1] but here are the highlights of the changes: - WalMart will now accept competitors Catalina coupons that are labeled "Manufacturer Coupon" and have a valid submit address. ... Continue reading

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Saturday Night

Well, the beer was flowing and the drunks were, well, drunk. My sister is a bartender downtown and her bar called the cops twice tonight. But, KU won and celebration was on the menu. And of course, some people celebrate too much. One guy passed out while ... Continue reading

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Larry Echohawk, has a funny way ….. as he puts it of “Advancing Indian Education”.

"The Bureau of Indian Education (B.I.E.) is one of only two agencies in the Federal government that manages a school system, the other being the Department of Defense. Education is critical to ensuring a viable and prosperous future for tribal communities and American Indians. It is this ... Continue reading

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Children of the Corn – A Kansas Horror Tale

Some years ago, when I started writing in this space, I indicated I was attempting to better understand those with whom I have had little prior interaction. This is the first tentative report on what I have learned. Nary has a day gone by in Lawrence when ... Continue reading

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Recap: After three games, Colorado still searching for way to slow down KU’s 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. Colorado will finish this season 0-3 against Kansas after Friday's 90-83 loss, but it won't be because ... Continue reading

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Which team has more physical talent, Kansas or Texas? Also, predictions for the Big 12 title game

**Jesse Newell:** Welcome back to the GameDay Cram Session, as Kansas is taking on Texas on Saturday night in the championship of the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo. Tom, strictly from a physical talent standpoint, which team is better, Kansas or Texas? **Tom Keegan:** First, ... Continue reading

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Heroes of the Planning Department

If you have ever tried to build a new structure in Lawrence, you’ll understand what I mean when I say that working the planning department can be challenging. From arcane language to seemingly ridiculous requirements, the process is both frustrating and time consuming. I can only imagine ... Continue reading

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This is What Class Warfare Looks Like

This was done by a group called The Christian Left, picked up by Daily Kos. Permission was granted to lift the image as it was made downloadable. They have no problem with anyone spreading their message and say so. EDIT I just found out that the original ... Continue reading

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iPad Mania

Welcome iPad 2. Although the 3G models aren’t in stores yet, the rest should be by 5:00 this afternoon. We can finally quit reading reviews and watching UTube videos and get our hands on the real thing. It's hard not to be tempted. There is information overload ... Continue reading

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Social media and the news: Japanese earthquake and tsunami

Even in Lawrence, thousands of miles away from the massive earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan, many of us woke up this morning to find the world a different place than it was when we went to bed last night - even if we didn't have a ... Continue reading