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Some precipitation numbers from last night — but you can make them more accurate

Showers and storms brought heavy rain to a few areas of Northeast Kansas last night. Here are some rain totals for the area: Lawrence Municipal Airport: 0.35" Topeka, Philip Billard Municipal Airport: 1.00" Topeka, Forbes Field: 0.61" Manhattan Regional Airport: 0.91" Emporia: 0.66" You may notice most ... Continue reading

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I am a Lonely Old Man

I am a lonely old man. After my day job of yelling at kids to get off of my lawn, while the civilians of Lawrence, Kansas kick off their work shoes and unwind in front of the television, I hobble down to my basement and log onto ... Continue reading

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I am BATMAN.

After my day job(running a multi million dollar corp) while the rest of Lawrence finishes dinner, I am headed to my basement for my "other" job. Not just a basement, but a cave under my mansion. I moniter all my cameras as I take in the local ... Continue reading

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Being a Stripper: 10 Things I’ve Learned So Far

A list of 10 things I've learned from stripping so far. 1) Men love everything about women; they really do. I've made money on days when my hair is half-done and I have no make-up on. I've had men come up to me after my stage set, ... Continue reading

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Even meteorologists get the toughest weather questions from their kids

While driving around Monday evening with my kids in the pouring rain, I thought it was a good time to explain to them that nearly all raindrops are melted snowflakes. Yes, I've blogged about that before, but that's not the main part of this blog entry. Well, ... Continue reading

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Writing: Not Just a Bunch of Words

I signed up for NaNoWriMo at the tail end of October after barely remembering it's existence. I had attempted to participate in previous years, but never got beyond 10,000. Why is this year so different from the others? A book idea stuck in my head for months ... Continue reading

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Who Is To Blame For Inaction On Climate Change?

I have come to a conclusion that climate change proponent think the rest of us are very very stupid. Yes, there is data that suggests that there is climate change. That is science. Then there are models that project all kinds of futures. Since these models deal ... Continue reading

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The Family Trade

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Nov/09/flag_overlay.png       Much of the Kansas press has been owned and operated as a family business, and I was born into one of those families.       For most of the last century, the men in my family have worked at, edited, and published ... Continue reading

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Part I of A Stripper’s Weekend: Gmail Chats & an Atypical Friday or “Sometimes the Truth is More Boring Than Anna Likes”

I don't know what's wrong with the formatting, but to read a clearer version of the Gmail chats, please use this HTML-friendly link: http://tinyurl.com/yza8q3z I will continue to post on LJWorld.com. ____________________________________________________________________________________ *A Gmail Chat Conversation from Saturday Afternoon* *Usernames were changed to protect the guilty. The ... Continue reading

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Local is more than geography

We've spent a lot of time in journalism classes talking about local media and community journalism. It's the new all-important topic and some have even touted hyper-local news as the way to save newspapers, and journalism in general, from failing. Journalists are finally starting to succumb to ... Continue reading

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This Ain’t Yer Mama’s Green Bean Casserole

We're well into November, and just a few short years ago that would have meant a whole lot of nothing to me. I would have been focusing on tailgate parties, recovering from Halloween, and buying a plane ticket so I could fly to my sister's in Dallas ... Continue reading

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iReport, therefore iAm

CNN has enlisted the help of citizen journalists by creating the iReport program. While firsthand accounts can be a great value to the masses, reports based on pure opinion should not be passed off as citizen journalism. There is a time and place for angry tirades, blogs ... Continue reading

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The temperatures are spring-like, but the Christmas lights are out

Over the weekend I was coming home to Topeka from Tulsa, Okla. There were a few spots I ran into, where I could only pick up one radio station. The skies were sunny, the temperatures were in the middle to upper 70s and the one radio station ... Continue reading

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Hyperlocal Journalism

For this class, I was assigned a neighborhood in Lawrence and expected to report on what went on inside its specified boundaries. This is known as hyper local journalism, and it is a trend that has been growing in the industry for some time now. The neighborhood ... Continue reading

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I am an ageist.

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Nov/09/Baby.jpg Photo by hyperscholar, creative commons I keep a running mental list of the strange, time-consuming ways that my professors access Google. While everyone else in class is happily chatting and ignoring him, I watch my confused professor go to the Start menu … find Firefox … ... Continue reading

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Arthur Dodge and the Horsefeathers

This weekend we headed out to celebrate my last baby-free birthday with a good old fashioned Replay show. Outside you had the usual DJ and dancers, and inside you had veterans Arthur Dodge and the Horsefeathers. The crowds inside and outside were like night and day. It ... Continue reading

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Under Snyder, KSU goes from undisciplined to respectable

Nearly one year ago, I ripped the Kansas State football team for its lack of discipline on the field in the Sunflower Showdown. Kansas dominated Kansas State in Lawrence with considerably better talent in 2008. This season, Kansas still had the edge in talent and experience. That's ... Continue reading

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Why Brownback is yellow

Sam Brownback is against putting terrorists into prison. I think if they are terrorists they should be tried and go to prison. He is scared that the American system isn't good enough to imprison people. He wants to keep them in a camp in Cuba. I don't ... Continue reading

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Dillons, HyVee, and Checkers — I’ve shopped and compared. See the results.

I’ve been reading the responses to our blog when we talk about grocery shopping. It seems that everyone has their favorite store. Reasons vary for your loyalties — whether it’s prices, location or just because that’s where you’ve always shopped. Before writing the blog, I would do ... Continue reading

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December is for editing

Seven days of writing have produced 15,000+ words for this year’s NaNoWriMo story. Some of the words are good, fewer very good, and the vast majority are just okay. It’s easy to string letters together to form words, then sentences and finally paragraphs that express an idea. ... Continue reading

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