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Steering Hurricane Bill

Hurricane Bill churns just north and east of Puerto Rico, Wednesday. Bill is a dangerous Category 4 storm. On its present course, Bill will near the U.S. East Coast in less than five days. Wednesday’s hurricane weather models are taking Bill very close to New Jersey, New ... Continue reading

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Stories worth hearing

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Hi, my agency’s name is …

Hi, my name is Douglas County Legal Aid Society. This agency is considered to be one of United Way’s self-sufficiency organizations (helping families and individuals become financially stable and independent). DCLAS offers legal assistance. The types of cases handled include domestic relations, municipal court criminal cases, juvenile ... Continue reading

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Oh I Wish I Were An Oscar Meyer Weiner

Okay, so I am here at work right now... Hungry. Yes, I am watching what I eat. I haven't been eating all of the junk, visiting the evil vending machine, stocking up my desk drawer w/ healthy snacks (Craisins, reduced fat crap, 100 cal packs, etc etc). ... Continue reading

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The best of your ‘Worst Poetry’

I really thought I'd get more submissions than I did for bad poetry. Thought the commenters would be all over this one. Hands down, this was my favorite of the entries I got. If you're a regular on the comment boards, the author will look familiar. "I ... Continue reading

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How to donate

Knowing how to donate time and money is a vital part of all campaigns supporting United Way. As area companies begin to host their own Employee Campaigns, employees may have questions on how to make a pledge. At any time, feel free to seek out your own ... Continue reading

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Favre comeback sends wrong message

I could hardly believe it when I first heard it, but in this odd universe that Brett Favre calls reality, I guess it made sense. For the second time in as many seasons, the former Green Bay legend has unretired and signed with a new team. Last ... Continue reading

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Summer winding down?

While thunderstorms are possible in any summer, the trend during the past few weeks has been for thunderstorms that have much more jetstream support. In other words, the jetstream is farther south, helping to keep momentum to thunderstorms across the Central Plains. That's not typical for August ... Continue reading

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It’s Bad Poetry Day - what you got to say?

So, I stumbled upon the the worst poetry in Chicago and it's pretty terrible. The first one is about Oprah and it's hysterical. Turns out today is Bad Poetry Day! I want your worst poetry. You can email me or just post your worst in the comments. ... Continue reading

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RoeDapple’s Bucket List

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/18/the-bucket-list-2-1024.jpg ************************************************* The Bucket List is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner, written by Justin Zackham, and starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. The main plot follows two terminally ill men (Nicholson and Freeman) on a road trip with a wish list of things to ... Continue reading

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The Obnoxious Occurence of Multiple Births

Okay, this isn't really a full-fledged blog-- Its more like a quasi-rant. I just read where a woman somewhere is pregnant with 12 -- yep, a dozen-- babies. Here's a snippet from the article: A woman in Tunisia is said to be pregnant with six boys and ... Continue reading

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Sharing the message

The United Way of Douglas County has put together a number of LIVE UNITED videos. Check out the Campaign Video and a few stories as the organization prepares to kick off the 2009 campaign in September. Continue reading

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Bob Novak passes away; look back at a visit of his to Lawrence

Bob Novak died today, according to the Associated Press. He was 78. Here is his obituary from the Associated Press: Take a look back at a trip he made to Lawrence in 2007. Political columnist Robert Novak, who was a central figure in the Valerie Plame CIA ... Continue reading

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Making It Work.

So are you having a Project Runway season opener watch party? I would be, if I weren't 37 weeks pregnant and the tiredest, crankiest woman in Lawrence. PR, among my friends, is a ritual, a shared experience, a bond. Mr. Meat and Potatoes has to tolerate it ... Continue reading

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What is United Way?

MISSION STATEMENT United Way of Douglas County: Addressing human service needs by mobilizing community resources and building partnerships. Agency partnerships consist of 24 not-for-profits that address human service needs locally; some of these agencies are part of a national entity, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters. These ... Continue reading

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A speculation concerning sarah palin

oh, the internet was buzzing with rumors that Sarah Palin was possibly involved in a divorce-but she flat out denied those allegations claiming it was a media attack on her family. We must assume that these divorce rumors are completely false. Many a single man out there ... Continue reading

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Coming down from the 2009 US Air Guitar Championships

It's taken me more than a week (and two trips to the doctor) to come down completely from my amazing experience at the U.S. Air Guitar Championships last Friday in Washington, D.C. I, as Mean Melin, competed against 24 other air guitarists from all over the country ... Continue reading

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The United States’ Long Experiment with Socialism Must End

It's so incredible that it almost couldn't be true, but I checked a whole bunch of Wikipedia links, listened to innumerable expert opinions on a couple Internet forums, and I have no found no evidence to contradict it. We, the United States, have been actively engaged in ... Continue reading

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Defining Moments: Is Your Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

The first day of school has come and gone and in my house, that’s the official end to summer. I don’t know about anyone else but this summer was definitely more exciting and action packed than previous ones. We’ve had an unexpected out of state guest (teenager) ... Continue reading

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A new approach to health reporting

We’re developing a new approach to reporting about health in Douglas County. It’s different from the way journalists usually report about health. First, it’s a Web-based network in which Douglas County residents who are involved and interested in health -- health care providers, people who use health ... Continue reading

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