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Swampville (The Layman’s Poet) - “The Statue”

You're the Poet! Fill in the below blanks with the following words or use your own words. By, care, charm, disgust, dust, harm, meek, seek, sky, there. The Statue! (U.S. Constitution)! By L. Don Oliver It once was a beautiful statue, It was gracefully standing _____; And ... Continue reading

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August 25th Overnight Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

No, the addresses in today's blog are not mistakes, there really was this much activity in one rather small area. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical was called to the 1600 block of Tennessee Street shortly after midnight on reports of a woman injured after a fall. It sounded ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 8/24/2011 (Solved)

Previous:IPS 8/17/2011 Next: IPS 8/31/2011 livinginlawrence identified the subject this week. See the bottom of this post for the answer. I took the photo this week on a cold day February. You might understand why it caught my eye. The image(s) above is(are) of a part of ... Continue reading

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Facebook privacy update also brings changes to Places

The social Web has been all abuzz the last few days about the next big wave of changes that are coming to Facebook, and for once the reaction doesn't seem terribly negative. At long last, Big Blue seems to have largely straightened out the increasingly tangled maze ... Continue reading

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August 24th Overnight Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

All was quiet again last night in Lawrence and the rest of Douglas County. Lawrence Police conducted a significant number of vehicle stops, at least one resulted in an arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence. LPD responded on a battery in the 600 block of ... Continue reading

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Episode II: Training camp

The following is Episode II of The Gridiron, produced by the Kansas University athletic department. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ2MI2INQwI&feature=channel_video_title Continue reading

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HELP! I’m out of books!

My headline today is not strictly true, I am NEVER out of books. I'm just out of books I haven't already read. This weekend I finished Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay. I've mentioned it in a couple of other blogs already. What a ride! I'll warn ... Continue reading

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Bye-bye bounty: CSA week 17 — Colorful kale salad

I’m kind of sad because I know there are only about 10 more weeks to my [CSA][1]. Yes, that’s almost three months, but I’m still in mourning. Good thing I’ve got these beautiful fruits and veggies to cheer me up. So, those are my fruits and veggies ... Continue reading

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Sick Day Mac and Cheese

I was in the mood for comfort food. The baby had been sick and I was off work for two days tending to his fever and taking him to the doctor, so I decided to give us all a little something special. Being home, I had the ... Continue reading

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August 23rd Overnight Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Another fairly quiet night in Douglas County. Lawrence Police responded on a few noise complaints and disturbances, pretty routine stuff that happens on most nights. Shortly after midnight, Lawrence Police were called to the 3300 block of Iowa on a non injury accident. The only truly odd ... Continue reading

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Where’s Waldo, North Africa Style

With rebels at the gates and the despotic regimes falling left and right, where in the world has Muammar el-Qaddafi gone? It seems like just a few short years ago we were blowing his bass boat navy out of the water. Jeez...does that date me? I think ... Continue reading

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Old And In The Way: The Politics, Policies and Poverty Of Aging

A perfect storm is brewing in the United States made up of several converging factors; an aging Baby Boomer population, a crashing economy, the draining of Social Security to pay the government's bills combined with the rise of ageism in the workplace. All of these factors are ... Continue reading

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Swampyville’s - “Priming the Pump of World War Two”

Ask the Politically Correct! Question: Who Primed the Pump for the Second World War? Politically Correct Resolution: Priming the Pump for a Second World War! (Part of the second age of Globalization l9l9 to 1945) In the autumn of 1919 began the rise of the Nazi party ... Continue reading

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Kansas City Royals week in review: 8/22/2011

While the Royals could only secure two wins last week, they did play two of the best teams in baseball. They also didn't seem to be completely outclassed. They hung in most of the games and were battling from beginning to end. Also in the news this ... Continue reading

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Cicada swan song

As a year-round cyclist, I tend to view seasons a bit differently than most folks. I still acknowledge the recognized four, but I like to break each into smaller sub-seasons. Invariably, bugs somehow play a part. Early spring is the start of mosquito season. Early summer: lightning-bug ... Continue reading

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Meatless Monday recipe of the week: Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

OK, this one’s a lot more work than usual, but once you’re done, you’ll have a hearty dish your kids will love. No kids? This one will give you leftovers for the work week. **Vegetarian Shepherds Pie** 3 small potatoes (3/4 pound) 2 cloves minced garlic 1/2 ... Continue reading

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August 22nd Overnight Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

After several active overnights, last night was pretty quiet for this time of year. The majority of Police activity was fairly routine for Douglas County. Vehicle stops, a few noise complaints and disturbances. Police did respond multiple units on several domestic disturbances, two of which involved weapons ... Continue reading

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So This Is Where Governor Brownback Gets It From

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44217977/ns/politics-the_new_york_times/ "Over three terms in office, Mr. Perry’s administration has doled out grants, tax breaks, contracts and appointments to hundreds of his most generous supporters and their businesses. And they have helped Mr. Perry raise more money than any politician in Texas history, donations that have periodically ... Continue reading

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Why Jordan Webb is the right QB for Kansas

By now, you’ve surely heard that Kansas University football coach Turner Gill has named sophomore Jordan Webb his starting quarterback for the 2011 season. And, by now, I’m sure you’ve formed some kind of an opinion about this move. Maybe you think it’s the right move. Maybe ... Continue reading

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Home Depot and Lowe’s Coupons

When you move, you inevitably find yourself replacing, fixing, or improving *something* in your living space. I think this is true whether you are moving into a dorm, an apartment, a rental house or your own new home. When we moved last spring we found ourselves at ... Continue reading