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Jayhawk Flashback: Kansas State, 10/9/2004

Let it never be said that the Jayhawk Flashback blog doesn’t listen to its fans. Many people had requested that we start mixing in some Kansas football games into the Jayhawk Flashback. I decided to start with the most memorable game I could remember from my college ... Continue reading

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The weather could provide fireworks this holiday weekend

2007 probably was the worst in recent memory when some storms started to rotate right over the top of Topeka producing funnel clouds and forcing the evacuation of the large Spirit of Kansas event at Lake Shawnee, but just about every warm-weather holiday is filled with it's ... Continue reading

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We were legends. (In our own minds)V

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jul/03/chicken.jpg Our junior year in high school. Tom and I went to work at a local restaurant (which will remain nameless), working in the kitchen, busing tables, delivering room service orders. We knew when we started working there it was just so we could work together, so ... Continue reading

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Watching the potential of severe storms closely

We are expecting the possibility of severe thunderstorms come Friday evening and overnight. There are some precluding factors in their ignition, however. Any one of the factors, or a combination of them, may spare us of a long Friday evening and overnight. Here are a few of ... Continue reading

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Thoughts on The Passing of Michael Jackson

When I heard about Michael Jackson's passing a week ago, I was naturally shocked, but somehow the news did not really surprise me. I can't really say why I felt this way. Although I can't say that I was a Michael Jackson fan (I never owned any ... Continue reading

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Another year, another ride

Today’s my birthday. I know, I know. You MEANT to pick me up a little something, drop that card in the mail. I know. It’s OK. It sneaked up on me, too. Don’t sweat it. You still can send cash gifts to me here at the paper. ... Continue reading

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what say you Chad Lawhorn?

his to Chad Lawhorn, I recently heard this comment, "The basic premise of the LJW article is untrue. Hundreds of universities have established repositories like KU's ScholarWorks that provide free online access to researcher's work." What the LJW article doesn't address is KU's efforts to *mandate* that ... Continue reading

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It goes “BOOM”!

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jul/01/fireworks_.jpg I have always been the cautious one in my family. While others jump in and start blowing stuff up, I am standing a safe distance away until I can see if my friends/family have a clue what they are doing. Chances are if it involves fire, ... Continue reading

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Mann’s stubborn and fascinating “Public Enemies”

[three stars] Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies” is a lovingly crafted exercise by the veteran filmmaker, whose films have covered the similarities between criminals and lawmen many times before (See “Manhunter” and “Heat”). Starring Johnny Depp as infamous Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger and Christian Bale as dogged ... Continue reading

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HIPAA regulations and Michael Jackson

Congress initially passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 1996 and it includes many aspects of medical care, including coverage for pre-existing medical conditions and release of confidential medical information. The part of HIPAA that most of us are familiar with was enacted into ... Continue reading

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Juuuuuust Kidding!

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jun/30/DSCN0230.JPG Well, our car blew up. In the middle of the motor way. Steam spewing out of engine. I guess it wasn't just a faulty sensor. Luckily all of this came to light before we left Glasgow, and we were merely on the way to a lovely ... Continue reading

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“Anvil!” pursues its dream at all costs

[three and a half stars] out of four If sheer effort and dogged perseverance were enough to guarantee success, then Steve “Lips” Kudrow and Robb Reiner (no relation to the director of “This is Spinal Tap”) of the Canadian heavy metal band Anvil would be household names. ... Continue reading

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The biggest window in space

The astronauts that work in the International Space Station (ISS) are about to get an office with a view. The Tranquility node is slated to be added to the space station in early 2010 and serve as a workstation for the crew during spacewalks and also give ... Continue reading

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Because of Krugman’s ire, he missed a second count of treason

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jun/30/emissions.jpg Logic and fallacies used to be introduced in 9th grade, but based on a review of recent congressional debates, reader's comments, and a New York times column, many folk need a refresher course. In his Sunday's New York Times column, Paul Krugman, a Nobel Laureate in ... Continue reading

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Cherry Bombastic

We all have our favorite 4th of July traditions. We'll barbeque, we'll drink PBR, we'll light our leg hair on fire. Aside from all of that frivolity, though, I'd like to suggest that this year, you take it up a notch and for 4th of July celebration, ... Continue reading

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Weather models not up to lightning speed quite yet

Weather models have a hard enough time dealing with quick changes. A thunderstorm is a perfect example of a “quick-changing” weather feature that weather models are currently unequipped to handle very well. Here are a few reasons why thunderstorms are not picked up very well by weather ... Continue reading

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Writer dives into ‘Millionaire’ audition

Working at a newspaper isn’t exactly the formula for becoming a self-made millionaire these days. So that’s why I decided to audition for “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” Monday when the show’s traveling auditions barreled through Kansas City. It was a Midwesterner’s only chance for an ... Continue reading

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Computer prediction models not always so hot

So looking ahead to the next few days, there is most definitely one thing that is apparent. The models are teasing us with a bigger cool down than we'll actually see. This is a case-in-point of why you can't just trust a computer program or automated website ... Continue reading

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Health Care – yada –yada -yada

Nobody has provided any data that supports that a single payer government owned and operated system will be substantially cheaper then what we have now. How does it do that? It will have administrative costs not dissimilar to existing health insurance only they will present as employees ... Continue reading

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Honoring Confederate Veterans

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jun/29/1stSCVolunteersProclamationcrp.jpg The 33rd USCT SC V, the only photo of first African-American troops in the US Army, circa 1864 Lonnie Randolph, state president of South Carolina's NAACP chapters, is just flat wrong when he touted that paying tribute to Confederate soldiers is the same as honoring Hitler. ... Continue reading

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