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For Sale: One sad Jayhawk

I have a needlepoint of all of the versions of Jayhawks. The most recent iteration is clearly "Happy Jay." We need a new one, crying. The proud symbol of Jayhawk Nation, a fiercely loyal bird that is friendly to a fault, is crying today. And no one ... Continue reading

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May 25-26, 2010: Hit or miss rain

Showers and storms were expected to move through the area on May 25, 2010, but most of the rain "skipped" over our area. Although most of the rain stayed away, you could see storms in the distance by the evening. Spotty showers moved through the area during ... Continue reading

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Momentum shifts on ‘American Idol’ finale

The ninth season of "American Idol" entered its final night of competition, with titans Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox making their case for ownership of the coveted, occasionally cursed title. It was a season that began with turbulent change and ended amid even more turbulent change. Unfortunately, ... Continue reading

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Tiahrt ad uses New York tax form

A Todd Tiahrt Senate campaign ad aimed at hitting opponent Jerry Moran on his tax record is drawing attention for another reason. The beginning of the ad available on Tiahrt's campaign website includes images of New York tax forms. "You can easily make out word 'Yonkers' and ... Continue reading

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Save a buck, and the environment.

Everyone knows I am the World's Biggest Cheapskate. I will go to pretty great lengths (some that worry Mr. Meat and Potatoes) to save a buck. Last night I pulled some left over macaroni and cheese out of the garage fridge and when he saw it on ... Continue reading

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Summer Activities for Kids

My kids aren't old enough to be in school, but you can bet that I need to keep them entertained this summer anyway. We need things that we can do as a family...so they should keep me interested as well. Oh, and did I mention free? I ... Continue reading

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You’re The Poet; “Choices”

You're the Poet Fill in the below blanks with the following words or use your own. Bind, dream, hide, mind, pride, right, scheme. Choices! By L. Don Oliver It came upon me clearly, remembrance of that _____; Misery for the ones I love, my choice of wrong ... Continue reading

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May 24, 2010: Near 90 degrees

It was another hot and humid day on May 24, 2010, in fact, several locations missed hitting 90 degrees by just one degree. Billard Airport (Topeka), Manhattan and Lawrence all hit a high of 89. Some other high temperatures for Northeast Kansas include 88 at Forbes Field ... Continue reading

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Anna Undercover: It Will Require Push-Ups

In the latest sign of the apocalypse, it is possible to earn VIP status at the 23rd Street Taco Bell in Lawrence, Kansas. This is very bad news if you report to work with no pants on, and people show up to watch. "Oh! It's you!" the ... Continue reading

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Small Steps, Part 4: Houston

Previous: Small Steps, Part 3: Surprise, Surprise Next: Part 5: Johnson Space Center Everything I’m relating here is true. It all happened 13 years ago so my memory on many things is not very clear. Some recollections are sketchy, but some I’ll never forget. Also, you should ... Continue reading

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Could Allen Fieldhouse host an NCAA Tournament play-in game?

I came across something interesting when reading the latest blog post from ESPN's Andy Katz. As we know, the NCAA Tournament will transition from 65 to 68 teams next year, meaning there will be four opening-round games instead of one. Here is the paragraph from Katz' article ... Continue reading

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To Screen Or Not - Recent Developments On Sunscreen

I'm a screener - a person of fair skin who applies sunscreen each morning regardless of the season, a person who burns within a matter of minutes in direct sunlight. I burn so easily, that two people handed me a tube of sunscreen with an SPF of ... Continue reading

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Warmth to Continue

Temperatures the last few days have been well-above average for this time of year. The quick transition late last week from rainy 60s to the humid upper 80s made the arrival of this warm spell quite startling. For those who like summer weather, the good news is ... Continue reading

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Speak Low, BP/Obama

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/May/25/oilspillpost.jpg For the second time in 2 weeks, New York Times editors highlighted my comment on a Times article for its "most interesting and thoughful" view; this time on the May 24, 9:18am (EDT) blog post, "Something Rotten At Interior," by Nobel Prize winner and Times columnist ... Continue reading

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Summer!

Today was the last day of school, and you know what that means? It's summer! I've been waiting for it ever since school got difficult this year. I have a big summer ahead of me, so you know what that means? Since I asked the question, you ... Continue reading

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Cosmic 140 graphs Twitter’s most influential users

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/May/24/Screen_shot_2010-05-24_at_3.13.08_PM.png That's not a star map. It's a chart published by Information Architects displaying Twitter's 140 most influential users. Called the Cosmic 140, it uses some kind of data special sauce to determine who the most influential people are on the network of millions. Download your own ... Continue reading

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Festy Fest

I was just wondering if any of you readers spent the weekend or part of it enjoying the tunes and camping at the Festy Fest this weekend. I had a good time. Lot's of good music, nice site, safe and rockin. I hope to return in coming ... Continue reading

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Battling Leukemia & Lymphoma

I've known Hannah for a long time, ever since she was the AmeriCorps member at the Douglas County Dental Clinic. This is a woman that truly has a heart of gold and she wants to take part in the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco as a ... Continue reading

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May 20-23, 2010: Goodbye rain, hello humidity

May 20, 2010 turned into another wet, gloomy day with even more rain sliding through the area. The pictures below show rain drops hanging off a rose and leaf at Gage Park. Overall, we did see less rain on the 20th. Here are a few rainfall totals ... Continue reading

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LHS Graduation - “Parents of Calvin, Please Be Sitted”

Where to start, that is the question. I guess with this. Congratulations Class of 2010; we are proud of you! Lawrence High School (LHS) held its first graduation ceremony in its new multibillion dollar athletic stadium. The ceremony was spectacular. There is room for improvement though; LHS ... Continue reading