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Jayhawk Flashback: Missouri, 9/27/2003

It's always hard to look back at an improving football team to find the exact time that it changed from a pushover to a program. Think about it with the KU football team. Was there one game — or even one play — that made you think, ... Continue reading

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Romantic comedies get a shot in the arm with “(500) Days of Summer”

If you had to pigeonhole it, you could certainly call “(500) Days of Summer” a romantic comedy. It’s got its fair share of romance and, at times, it can be pretty funny. But it more often than not, the movie does what other romantic comedies can never ... Continue reading

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TV Commercials

I pay attention to TV commercials and there sure is a variety out there. As a matter of fact we not only have commercials but informercials. The same ones over and over again. I do however have my favorite. I like the gourmet M&M's commercial with the ... Continue reading

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Summer meteor showers nearing

The Perseid meteor shower has become an annual summer event for some sky-watchers. This year, Wednesday will mark the day (or night as it were). The shower is named after the constellation Perseus. If you can think back to Greek Mythology, Perseus was the hero who slayed ... Continue reading

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Top Chef Masters — What’s a vegan doing on a gourmet cooking show?

There’s probably no client more terrifying to a master chef than a vegan ... who is gluten-intolerant ... and doesn’t eat soy. Such was the challenge on the latest edition of Top Chef Masters. The final five contestants met up with the lovely and talented Zooey Deschanel, ... Continue reading

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Who’ll Write the Book

Shorty's Cafe - across from the old Greyhound Bus station downtown. K.E. was a waitress there. Pentimento Cafe - Bogart's bar followed in the same building down the block from the post office. I think it was started by folks from the former Sister Kettle. Paradise had ... Continue reading

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KU’s Joyce Castle gets mention in NY Times review

A Kansas University voice professor earned a positive mention in The New York Times recently for her performance in Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "The Consul" at the Glimmerglass Opera in New York City. A photo of Joyce Castle is on the first page of the link, and, ... Continue reading

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Highest-paid coaches in college football

It would be pretty sweet to be University of Florida football coach Urban Meyer. On Monday, Florida gave Meyer, who has won two BCS Championships in the past three years, a raise and a new six-year contract. He now receives $4 million annually, making him the highest-paid ... Continue reading

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Abdul leaving ‘Idol’ — or ‘I told you so’

The Internet is already abuzz with the news that after eight seasons, "American Idol" judge Paul Abdul has announced she will not return. Abdul apparently made the decision public Tuesday on her official Twitter account, writing, "With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return to ... Continue reading

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Memories

Don't forget the Dynomite at 23rd and Louisiana, where Wendy's and Dunkin Donuts are now. Continue reading

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I have green tomatoes. And I’m proud of them.

I ran into a friend at the farmer's market the other day who informed me which booth was the best one from which to buy tomatoes. Apparently he'd stolen a sample from every booth that morning and had determined where the winner was. Sadly, I'm in the ... Continue reading

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I’m pregnant. Not dead.

A few weeks ago I was at a punk show at The Replay, and a pregnant woman trotted in and stood in front of me. My first thought was "heck yes!" You don't see too many pregnant women at shows, let alone punk shows. At the time, ... Continue reading

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Oh look….shiny!

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/04/dolphins.jpg The economy is tanking, capitol hill is trying to shove unwise policies down our throats and there is unbridled racism everywhere. What's a girl to do with all the depressive stuff going on? Fortunately for this girl, she is easily amused. I thought it would fun ... Continue reading

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Tickets

Recently I went to the KU campus to turn in an application at the Kansas Union. Knowing that there are some places that require a parking permit or have parking meters, I looked around the parking lot before I pulled in to make sure that I would ... Continue reading

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Summer heat is back!

So, it turns out that August is now officially my least favorite month. I'm not a fan of the heat. I can tolerate it, but would much rather have cooler weather all summer long. Oh well, every year I don't get my way. Most of this summer, ... Continue reading

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The Refrigerator Cooking Challenge

My friend Moxie and her squeeze decided recently to endeavor on what they call a "refrigerator cooking" challenge. This meant that they were not going to make a single trip to the grocery store or eat out for two weeks. They went cold turkey, if you will. ... Continue reading

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I am a slave!

Recently we decided to replace a fence damaged during the tornado some years ago. The surveyor came and staked the property line. Wow, were we surprised. I thought we owned the land upon which the city has placed their sidewalk. I had been willing to accept some ... Continue reading

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War Memorial

I have yet to see anything in the LJW about the proposed Vietnam War Memorial in Wichita that some Vietnamese Americans want to put up. A single bronze statue in honor of those men from both the American and South Vietnamese armed forces. Apparently there is an ... Continue reading

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The thin white line

I was away on vacation when I read online that the city put in bike lanes for a couple of blocks of Ninth Street. After wading through as many of the predictable comments at the end — “I once saw a bike rider run a red light!!!”; ... Continue reading

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Sand Bar Street Party

The fire marshal, the police and authorities took a deep breath and said "ok" and they closed the street. The many hundreds of folk who turned up to watch Captain Jack and the Band had a great time. I know of party goers in their 70's and ... Continue reading

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