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Flippin’ out

I saw a near-dustup the other day, and while I’ve encountered several such traffic-related, road-ragey altercations (no doubt a result of the weather/economy/whatever is ailing us as a nation these days), this one stuck with me and rattled around a bit in the void between my ears. ... Continue reading

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Meatless Monday recipe of the week: Super colossal garlic buttered noodles with heirloom tomatoes

OK, this time we're not doing a sandwich for Meatless Monday. There's not been a break in the heat and, thus, we could probably do sandwiches or salads (or other cold things) forever, but that wouldn't make for a very exciting run of Meatless Mondays. So, we ... Continue reading

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Pasta a la summer’s bounty

Ah, summer bounty. It's hard to even decide every week what to publish here because I'm having so much fun playing with my CSA bags, my garden veggies, and the beauties I bring home from the farmer's market. Sweet corn, squash, and tomatoes are our best friends ... Continue reading

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Swampyville’s - “In the Beginning”

Swampyville's - You're the Poet! Fill in the below blanks with the following words or use your own words. Birth, Command, Earth, down, multiply, rhyme, round, stand, time, try. In the Beginning! By L. Don Oliver It was in the beginning, After he created Heaven and _____, ... Continue reading

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July 22nd Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Fireworks complaints were the most common calls this morning throughout Lawrence. The earliest that I heard was just after I began listening at 1:30 a.m.. The most last was reported just before 4:15 a.m.. In all Police responded on four complaints regarding fireworks, two of those were ... Continue reading

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What Does Back to School Shopping Mean for You?

I remember "Back to School" shopping with my mom when I was younger. It was a big deal: the new supplies, the new clothes, all leading up to that first day of school. What I don't remember was if "Back to School" was as big of an ... Continue reading

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Fading art form: Darkroom photography not just for old people anymore

If you’ve ever attempted to develop your own film, you know there’s a million and one disasters lurking in the pitch-blackness that is the darkroom. You can’t get the film canister open. You cut your hand with the can opener while trying. You scissor through the middle ... Continue reading

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So how does 2012 stack up weather wise?

There has been a lot in the news about the great drought of 2012 and what the high temperatures might be telling us about what is happening to climate. So rather that rely on "some people say" as a source, I decided to check climate data from ... Continue reading

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July 21st Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Another pretty calm morning in Lawrence. No significant fires or incidents to report. Police in Lawrence conducted four vehicle stops, and responded on four disturbances. KUPD reported one arrest for OUI and Unlawful use of a Driver's License. None of this morning's activity was reported to have ... Continue reading

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Sounding off becomes real-time art in new Spencer exhibit

Three new exhibits opened at the Spencer Museum of Art this week. In one of them, you — your thoughts, your voice, your tweets and maybe even your ringtone — become the art in real-time. Audio artist [Jason Charney’s “Sounding Circle”][1] is in a small, darkened studio ... Continue reading

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Lunch links: Bill Self video welcomes West Virginia; behind the scenes with Mario Chalmers in New York

A few summer links in case you missed them ... • **While doing some research on West Virginia's football team**, I stumbled onto this video, which was displayed on the WVU football athletics site. Basically, it's KU coach Bill Self introducing KU (and Kansas) to West Virginia. ... Continue reading

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As critics get death threats for ‘Dark Knight Rises’ reviews, director Nolan delivers a blockbuster for Batman fans

As I walked into the press screening for ["The Dark Knight Rises"][1] on Tuesday night in Kansas City, I was approached by the publicists. "We want you to give us your word that your review won't contain any spoilers or even talk about any elements of the ... Continue reading

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July 20th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Things were fairly calm this morning. Nothing too out of the ordinary for an early Friday. Police conducted six vehicle stops this morning. One of those resulted in an arrest of a subject with an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He has also been charged with Interference ... Continue reading

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Sidewalk sale rejects: The good, the bad, the inexplicable

Instead of the usual "It's the sidewalk sale, it's hot, it's crowded and people got up early" story, the paper decided to actually get out and shop this year. A handful of staffers got $20 on the house to spend in a designated category, tweeting and blogging ... Continue reading

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KU football finishes dead last in Big 12 media’s preseason poll

In what likely came as a surprise to absolutely no one, the Kansas University football team was picked to finish last in the Big 12 Conference this season by the media members who cover the league. Oklahoma, which garnered 32 first-place votes and 396 total points, was ... Continue reading

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July 19th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Shortly after 2:20 a.m., Firefighters from several township fire departments responded to an address in the 500 block of N 1200 Road for a report of a barn fire. First crews on the scene reported that the "smaller barn structure" was fully involved in flames. Tender (water ... Continue reading

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Live from Mass Street: J-W staffers search for deals

Jon: Bizarre bargains, 7:30 p.m. After taking a break to get out of the heat, I came across a booth outside of Wonder Fair, which had some locally made, hand-drawn comics. I thought my collection of purchases could use some reading material, so I picked up a ... Continue reading

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Jayhawks left off of media’s preseason all-Big 12 teams

The media’s picks for preseason all-Big 12 honors were released today, and, probably to no one’s surprise, the first-team lists did not include any Jayhawks. During the past couple of weeks, I thought long and hard about KU’s chances of getting a player on the first team. ... Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Nelson Mandela! - Updated July 19, 2012

**Today is Nelson Mandela's Birthday (July 18, 2012)** **South Africans offer work on Mandela's Birthday for a good public cause** Volunteers bring new shoes to schoolchildren in Soweto. A fence is newly painted by volunteers at Batsogile Primary School in Soweto. Mandela Day asks that volunteers give ... Continue reading

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Gahh, it’s going to be hot again, so be prepared

Guess what? It'll be hot for tomorrow's sidewalk sale. Like 104 degrees hot. Again. But we're used to this by now, right? Even so, it's smart to be prepared for the heat. “Make sure you drink lots of water, and wear sunblock,” said Emily Kurtz, a manager ... Continue reading

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