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Unofficial results in for Lawrence City Commission, school board races

**10:18 p.m. update** As election night comes to a close in Lawrence, we'll leave you with a few photos from celebrations. You can [view the full gallery here][1]. *— Whitney Mathews* **9:37 p.m. update** As a reminder all of the votes are unofficial until Douglas County Commissioners ... Continue reading

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Science from Multiple World Views?

Recently I stumbled upon a small publisher of home school materials called [Gravitas Publications][1]. This publisher's main product is called Real Science 4 Kids by Dr. Rebecca Keller. I have no expertise in home school curricula, and from what I have seen some aspects of her approach ... Continue reading

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Funding is once again being cut at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.

On Native America Calling: "Current Events - Funding is once again being cut at Haskell, this time to the *peril of several sports teams*. But one group is banding together to raise the funds to keep athletics going at Haskell''. What can we say? Congratulations to Venida ... Continue reading

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Swampyville’s - Ask the Politically Correct! Social Justice or Social Contract(ion)/Distraction?

Swampyville's Ask the Politically Correct! Question: What are the definitions of Social Justice and Social Contract(ion)/Distraction? Intellectual Resolution: Social Justice: Social Justice generally refers to the idea of creating a society or institution that is based on the principles of equality, that understands and values human rights, ... Continue reading

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Polls close in Douglas County, results expected soon

**7 p.m. update** Polls in Douglas County are now closed. Head over to [our post about election results][1] for the latest information. *—Whitney Mathews* **6:30 p.m. update** With polls only open for another 30 minutes, we're still getting some poll checks from you: - Justin Langford reported ... Continue reading

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I Just Can’t Resist

I saw this link and, hard as I try, I just can't resist posting it. Many view the west coast as the leading edge of technology and general hipness. Even when I don't agree, I'm not above using the perceived status of West Coast Culture when it ... Continue reading

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Knock-out knock-offs

We don't eat out very often. My husband gets so tired of me saying, "But I can make that at home!" when he suggests we go out to this restaurant or that. I mean, I have made almost a perfect copy of the amazing Star Bar burger ... Continue reading

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Wealth Disparity Between Rich and Poor not a Problem

"What about the disparity in wealth between the rich and the poor? What about these CEOs that make 500 times what their employees make, isn't that a problem?" No. The actual wealth disparity between rich and poor has been rapidly closing ever since the invention of capitalism. ... Continue reading

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Meatless Monday recipe of the week: Lentil Chili

Oooh, it’s cold all of a sudden (again). Boo. Well, we might as well embrace it and have some chili. The best thing about this particular chili, besides its warming effect, is that it takes less than an hour to make. Much better than waiting all night ... Continue reading

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Royals Week In Review and Preview - 4/4/2011

Welcome to the first Royals week in review/preview of the year. The title pretty much describes what you will expect to find, however I will be experimenting with the format throughout the season to figure out what works and what doesn’t. The idea is that if this ... Continue reading

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Dead red, cushions and other (soon-to-be?) legalese

It’s hard to get fired up over a statute, but I have to admit I’m quite tickled by half of a bill that should make travel by bike just a bit better in the state. On Friday, the Kansas House and Senate approved HB2192. In addition to ... Continue reading

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Haskell Indian Nations University Board President George Tiger’s Leadership is Highlighted Again.

Haskell Indian Nations University Board President George Tiger’s leadership is highlighted again. Link: thevoicesofcourage.com/2011/03/18/recall-roger-b--george-t-petitions-filed.aspx haskellnews commentary 04/03/2011 Continue reading

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In Plains Sight 4/3/2011 (Solved)

Previous: IPS 3/27/2011 Next:IPS 4/10/2011 jackpot identified the subject this week. See the end of this post for the solution I tried to stay in town, but I saw something a few weeks ago and just had to use it. Surely it won't be hard this week. ... Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With These People?

Yet another example of what's wrong with corporate culture: "The offshore drilling firm responsible for running the Deepwater Horizon rig has given its top executives bonuses for its "best year" for safety. Transocean was blamed along with BP and Halliburton after last year's massive spill in the ... Continue reading

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For Sporting KC, points slipped away with the clock

In soccer, the most vulnerable moments are the five minutes following a goal. For Sporting KC Saturday, it was 61 seconds. (Check out video highlights here) That's how long it took for the team to go from a solid 3-1 victory and three valuable points to a ... Continue reading

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Eating the Rich Won’t Work

I've been bringing up our huge debt and unfunded liabilities for a while now, and many folks don't seem to think it's a problem. At least, not a problem that can't easily be solved by raising taxes on the rich. I often read complaints about how the ... Continue reading

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Who owns America?

I ran across an article published by professor of sociology at USC. It answers a number of questions I'd always wondered about concerning the distribution of wealth in the U.S. Some of the data is from over 5 years ago, but I believe the numbers are still ... Continue reading

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Wal-Mart and Dillons Make Changes to Their Coupon Policies

Several weeks ago I wrote about the new coupon policy at Wal-Mart that would allow you to use Register Rewards from stores such as Walgreen's that were printed with "Manufacturer's Coupons" on the top. This was in addition to stating that coupons for above the purchase price ... Continue reading

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The War on Women

In Indiana, a woman has been charged with homicide and feticide because, during a suicide attempt, she lost her fetus. She has been jailed without bond. In Iowa, a pregnant woman accidentally fell down a flight of stairs. She was arrested for attempted feticide after telling ER ... Continue reading

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Sporting KC vs. Vancouver: Quick critique

Sporting gave a great offensive performance through the first 70 minutes of this game. Without their leading scorer they were ahead 3-1 going into, dare I say it, stoppage time. Then something happened. The defense relaxed, Sporting KC seemingly stopped playing for possession and the Whitecaps made ... Continue reading

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