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Mail Game III - Another Player

What follows is taken from the Washington Post and I did not get permission to use it as it is posted on a generally available web page. "THE POST office may be the next too-big thing. If it continues on its present course, the U.S. Postal Service ... Continue reading

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The Myth of Free Health Care for All

You know our discussions on health care might be a bit more rational if “merrill” did not put so much stock in the tooth fairy. He keeps posting the same multi-page thesis. It is hard to know where to start in addressing it. How about we start ... Continue reading

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Eggspertise

Once, on Top Chef, the QuickFire challenge was all about cooking eggs, and Padma admitted that the mention of eggs strikes fear in the hearts of even the most seasoned chefs. I am a big fan of l'oeuf. I will admit that I probably eat two eggs ... Continue reading

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Harper’s Island: The killer is revealed?

Hunker down for some frustrating developments, if you're still following this convoluted story ... Abby Mills, bride-to-be Trish Wellington and Trish's sister, Shea Allen, have returned to Candlewick Inn with Shea's missing 9-year-old daughter, Madison, who implies she was kidnapped by Abby's father, Sheriff Mills, who then ... Continue reading

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Adequate funding makes the difference

Service can only be good if funds are adequate. Until the current administration, Amtrak has been starved for funds. The highway system has been well funded over the years while alternative public transportation systems, such as passenger rail, have not. Passenger trains in Europe and Asia are ... Continue reading

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Summer gridiron report: Potts next in line for Tech

Factory, (noun): Any place producing a uniform product, without concern for individuality. Origin: 1550. Used in a sentence: Lubbock, Texas, is a factory for producing quarterbacks who post astronomical numbers on the football field. The mastermind behind the brilliance of the Texas Tech passing attack, which has ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 6/21/2009

Previous: IPS 6/14/2009 Next: IPS 6/21/2009 geekin_topekan contributed the subject for the picture last week. Thanks to those of you who have suggested subjects. Don't be surprised if you see them in coming weeks. Every once in a while I mix things up a bit and this ... Continue reading

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On Time Performances at the depot

Interested acoustic musicians should contact Carey Maynard-Moody at careymm@sunflower.com if they are interested in playing at the depot. I can also be reached at 785-842-6517 Continue reading

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Iran and the news coverage

First off, kudos to the Iranian people; the courage it takes to stand up to an oppressive dictatorship, oh, sorry, fairly and freely elected leader, is admirable. Now, onto the use of 'social networking sites'... I'll preface this by saying I cannot stand the use of Twitter ... Continue reading

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Health Care – Where lays truth?

Just how did the health care debate become about haves and have nots? Could it be the way the proponents framed the question. 50 million do not have insurance. The have nots. 150-200 million of us do – the haves. It is fascinating when it comes to ... Continue reading

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Treasure Hunt No. 2 – Sasha’s Soapstone

Русская Америка By the 1850’s the Russian–American Company had lost most of its hold on the fur trade in Alaska, and was losing most of the territory as a whole. In addition, the small Russian colony was relying heavily on Americans for their supply ships and as ... Continue reading

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How’d you like a shot at a million dollars?

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jun/19/Monitors_051_8x10LR.jpg Always thought you might do well on the hot seat? Know a bunch of random information that you can access at the drop of a hat? Have a yearning to win $1 million? (Who doesn't?) Now's your chance! Game show staple "Who Wants to be a ... Continue reading

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Lawrence housing market gets MSNBC attention

A sector of Lawrence that hasn’t gotten much love lately is getting a little these days from the national media. An online report by MSNBC mentions Lawrence as one of 33 metro areas across the country where there are early signs of a housing rebound. The report ... Continue reading

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Jayhawk Flashback: Roy Williams introductory press conference, July 8, 1988

My goal this week was to try to work former Kansas athletic director Bob Frederick into the Jayhawk Flashback. After going deep into the archives (and getting lots of help from the Channel 6 staff), we were able to dig up one of Frederick's greatest moments as ... Continue reading

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City holding off on hiring new city clerk

Today will mark a changing of the guard in one of the major behind-the-scenes departments at Lawrence City Hall. Friday is the last day of service for Frank Reeb, the city’s clerk and director of administrative services. As previously reported, Reeb, who has been with the city ... Continue reading

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Cyclists as a protected class?

A certain city to the east just got a little more bike-friendly. At least, that’s the spin of the new bike-harassment law the Columbia, Mo., City Council approved the other day. According to the new ordinance: (a) A person commits the offense of harassment of a bicyclist ... Continue reading

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I Got The D’betes.

My sister's step-mother-in-law's father (did you get that?) was an old Texas Character who lived on a compound and had a mail-order bride. Among his many cherished affectations was his penchant for talking about having "the d'betes." So, it turns out, despite all my best efforts to ... Continue reading

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Summer gridiron report: A&M makeover mandatory

The last time the Texas A&M football team stepped on the field, it was embarrassing. The Aggies were trounced, 49-9, in their last game of the season at Texas. A&M rushed for minus-24 yards at UT last Nov. 27. That simply won't get it done. Of course, ... Continue reading

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Musings on a Bored Persons Mind

I was watching the Colbert Report earlier tonight and was impressed with what I saw. PETA finally out did itself. Earlier this week Pres. Obama killed a fly during, before, or after an interview of some sort. So...PETA issued some statement condemning Pres. Obama's swatting of the ... Continue reading

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“Year One” aims low, still misses

[one and a half stars] Post-modern awareness is mixed with an ancient setting in Harold Ramis’ “Year One,” but somehow most of the humor still manages to be prehistoric. If you’ve always wanted to see smart comedians revert to grade school hi-jinks for cheap laughs, then this ... Continue reading

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