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Lunch links: Bill Self video welcomes West Virginia; behind the scenes with Mario Chalmers in New York

A few summer links in case you missed them ... • **While doing some research on West Virginia's football team**, I stumbled onto this video, which was displayed on the WVU football athletics site. Basically, it's KU coach Bill Self introducing KU (and Kansas) to West Virginia. ... Continue reading

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As critics get death threats for ‘Dark Knight Rises’ reviews, director Nolan delivers a blockbuster for Batman fans

As I walked into the press screening for ["The Dark Knight Rises"][1] on Tuesday night in Kansas City, I was approached by the publicists. "We want you to give us your word that your review won't contain any spoilers or even talk about any elements of the ... Continue reading

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July 20th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Things were fairly calm this morning. Nothing too out of the ordinary for an early Friday. Police conducted six vehicle stops this morning. One of those resulted in an arrest of a subject with an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He has also been charged with Interference ... Continue reading

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Sidewalk sale rejects: The good, the bad, the inexplicable

Instead of the usual "It's the sidewalk sale, it's hot, it's crowded and people got up early" story, the paper decided to actually get out and shop this year. A handful of staffers got $20 on the house to spend in a designated category, tweeting and blogging ... Continue reading

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KU football finishes dead last in Big 12 media’s preseason poll

In what likely came as a surprise to absolutely no one, the Kansas University football team was picked to finish last in the Big 12 Conference this season by the media members who cover the league. Oklahoma, which garnered 32 first-place votes and 396 total points, was ... Continue reading

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July 19th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Shortly after 2:20 a.m., Firefighters from several township fire departments responded to an address in the 500 block of N 1200 Road for a report of a barn fire. First crews on the scene reported that the "smaller barn structure" was fully involved in flames. Tender (water ... Continue reading

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Live from Mass Street: J-W staffers search for deals

Jon: Bizarre bargains, 7:30 p.m. After taking a break to get out of the heat, I came across a booth outside of Wonder Fair, which had some locally made, hand-drawn comics. I thought my collection of purchases could use some reading material, so I picked up a ... Continue reading

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Jayhawks left off of media’s preseason all-Big 12 teams

The media’s picks for preseason all-Big 12 honors were released today, and, probably to no one’s surprise, the first-team lists did not include any Jayhawks. During the past couple of weeks, I thought long and hard about KU’s chances of getting a player on the first team. ... Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Nelson Mandela! - Updated July 19, 2012

**Today is Nelson Mandela's Birthday (July 18, 2012)** **South Africans offer work on Mandela's Birthday for a good public cause** Volunteers bring new shoes to schoolchildren in Soweto. A fence is newly painted by volunteers at Batsogile Primary School in Soweto. Mandela Day asks that volunteers give ... Continue reading

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Gahh, it’s going to be hot again, so be prepared

Guess what? It'll be hot for tomorrow's sidewalk sale. Like 104 degrees hot. Again. But we're used to this by now, right? Even so, it's smart to be prepared for the heat. “Make sure you drink lots of water, and wear sunblock,” said Emily Kurtz, a manager ... Continue reading

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Get up and at ‘em — stores open early for the Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale

The Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale is Thursday, and the rule of thumb is that deals will be available from sunup to sundown. But if you want specifics, we're here to help. Here's a roundup of published times stores have said they will be open Thursday: - Gap, ... Continue reading

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Swampyville’s - What is Religionolicism?

Swampyville's - Reading Between the Lines! What is Religionolicism? Religionolicism is a broad term for those addicted to religion, and is generally used to mean compulsive and uncontrolled consumption of religious doctrine, usually to the detriment of the believer's health, personal relationships, and social standing. It is ... Continue reading

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July 18th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Pretty quiet this morning in Douglas County. Police in Lawrence conducted three vehicle stops. Officers also responded on one fireworks complaint in the 800 block of Michigan Street around 2:28 a.m.. Police also handled a non-injury accident in the 4400 block of W 25th Place. None of ... Continue reading

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Bye-Bye Bounty, week 12: Colorful and tasty tomato salad

Hello friends, how’s it going this week? Everything’s just dandy over here. Want to know why? The tomatoes are HERE. They’re in my garden, they’re at the Farmers’ Market and they’re probably in your weekly CSA. Of course, thanks to the wonder that is our global food ... Continue reading

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July 17th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Most of this morning was fairly quiet in Lawrence. Officers responded on a fireworks complaint in the 900 block of Rhode Island Street at 2:15 a.m.. Police also received information on a drug complaint and responded on one disturbance reported to involve weapons. No arrests or serious ... Continue reading

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July 17th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Most of this morning was fairly quiet in Lawrence. Officers responded on a fireworks complaint in the 900 block of Rhode Island Street at 2:15 a.m.. Police also received information on a drug complaint and responded on one disturbance reported to involve weapons. No arrests or serious ... Continue reading

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Turkish communities communicate via ‘bird language’

*Turkish village uses bird whistle language to communicate over long distances* Ever since I visited Turkey years ago, I have always felt a special fondness for its people and culture. So this article is fascinating to me, and you might find it fascinating as well. Click on ... Continue reading

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July 16th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Lawrence Police conducted two vehicle stops within minutes for 2 a.m.. Both stops resulted in OUI related arrests. Around 2:30 a.m., Firefighters in the Baldwin City area responded back to the scene, 1500 block of N 300 Road, of an earlier grass/brush fire. A deputy checking on ... Continue reading

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Meatless Monday recipe of the week: Grilled Cheese with Cilantro Chipotle Pesto and Black Bean Spread

Yes, this is the third week in a row for a type of sandwich on the Meatless Monday blog. Truly, this is by design, because, honestly, when it's 100 degrees (or close to it) at dinnertime on a Monday, the idea of something complicated seems ridiculous. Hopefully, ... Continue reading

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Banana rum muff-cups for a (Victor) Continental afternoon

Victor Continental, international man of mystery and the star of an annual sketch comedy show at Liberty Hall, stopped by my house on Saturday afternoon with his entourage to answer a few questions about his upcoming show and his thoughts on the world in general. I knew ... Continue reading

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