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Graphic ad warns against overconsumption of sugared beverages

This public service announcement put out by the New York City health department sure got my attention: We Midwesterners tend to not want to get in people's faces this way, but you have to admit, it makes a point. Not that I have anything in particular against ... Continue reading

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USD 497 - Excessive Administration Costs

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Jan/30/polite_pig.gif The Administration costs of the Lawrence Public School system are in excess of $8,000,000 (eight million). This includes 33 principals, associate principals, and assistant principals for 23 schools; 26 administrators at the ESDC (Administration Building); and, 55 administrative services employees. The school board wants suggestions on ... Continue reading

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Anna Undercover Mini-Blog: Are You Happy at Work?

“Do something you love. Whatever you’re going to do is going to be tough enough. Find something that gets you so excited that the sun can’t come up early enough in the morning because you want to go do your thing.” -Chris Gardner (via forcoloredgurls.com) We all ... Continue reading

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More snow expected by week’s end

Weather forecasting in Kansas is always a challenge, but winter is the most humbling. This year hasn't been as bad from a forecasting standpoint since most of the predicted winter storms have actually panned out this year. Now we've got storm number ... well, I've actually lost ... Continue reading

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55 stats, facts and quirks about this year’s Kansas basketball team

The following are some numbers I found interesting about this year's Kansas men's basketball team. Make sure to memorize a few so you can impress those around you with your KU basketball knowledge ... • KU is ranked first in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency. In ... Continue reading

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LMH nurse Feltman on her way home

Early this morning, LMH nurse Karin Feltman posted on her Facebook page that she had landed safely in Orlando, completing a week long medical mission trip to Haiti. Before boarding an Air Force jet, Feltman spent much of yesterday "baking on the tarmac" waiting for a flight ... Continue reading

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Talking about Deficits

As I read the news this morning, I couldn't avoid (even if I wanted to) discussion of the budget. Since President Obama issued his budget proposal, there have been never-ending stories about it. How much money is going where, who is getting the money, who isn't, etc, ... Continue reading

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And the Oscar nomination goes to… everyone

There are a lot of very happy, very tired people in Hollywood this morning, chugging double shot caramel nonfat macchiatos while waking up everyone on their speed dial with shouts of "We did it! We're up for Best Picture!" Yes, the Academy Award nominations were announced this ... Continue reading

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Ground Hog offers up predictions for when spring will arrive

Puxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, which means six more weeks of winter, but Phil isn't the only creature forecasting the arrival of spring. Here is what a few others had to say. Chuck Wood from Stickney, Ill., saw a shadow. Punxsutawney Phil from Punxsutawney, Pa., ... Continue reading

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Anna Undercover: Downside of Stripping

*This entry was written at the request of LJWorld.com user @sassypants.* Can you handle yourself at work when things get tough? If your job includes a roaring crowd, free-flowing alcohol, and drunk people three times your size grabbing at you possessively when security is 20 yards away, ... Continue reading

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Oh My God it’s Anvil

On Saturday afternoon, I was knee-deep in pink baby clothes, fancy finger food and giggling women at my baby shower. A few hours later, I had ditched the pretty dress and heels in favor of some more comfortable attire, and was knee-deep in headbangers and Heavy Metal ... Continue reading

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State of the Union Address

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Feb/01/cid_06453262001022010-0F40.jpg It's all Bush's fault!! Continue reading

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The Grammys — Who was your winner?

So ... did you watch the Grammys last night? We did! In case you didn't, here's the Cliff's Notes version: Between rollicking performances by Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Bon Jovi, Lawrence frequenter Taylor Swift came away with the night's big prize for her album "Fearless." For those ... Continue reading

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Cliff’s Notes version: Bill Self press conference, 2/1/2010

Here is the Cliff's Notes version of Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self's comments at his weekly press conference today. Full audio is posted here. • Self couldn't see Tyrel Reed's strip at the end of the game because he was on the other side of the ... Continue reading

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#KSGoRed Photo Contest

February 5 is National Wear Red Day - a campaign to raise awareness for heart disease. Since heart disease is the cause of one in three female deaths in America, we want you to share your stories by entering our #KSGoRed Photo Contest on our social networks. ... Continue reading

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Lazy Sunday Chicken. (I’m lazy, not the chicken.)

Sunday night at our house has always meant two things: a big dinner and an HBO series. We've lived and died with The Sopranos, celebrated our monogamy with Big Love and cut our teeth on True Blood. We almost never go out on Sunday night. Sometimes, we ... Continue reading

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Just what I needed

Did you watch the Grammys last night? Me neither! Ha! I was at the #HelpHaiti@Lawrence benefit show at Liberty Hall, and apparently, so were many of you. Some good folks over in Lawrence put the show together. It featured local music, local food (buffet style!), a silent ... Continue reading

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You talkin’ to me?

Sometimes when I ride, I hear voices. Now, relax. It’s not like Son of Sam, who claimed he killed because a dog told him to. I find it hard to believe man’s BFF ever would say such a thing. Personally, I think the guy was a little, ... Continue reading

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Anna Undercover: A Gift for Womankind

To all the men who read this blog: We interrupt your regular programming to save womankind. Please hold until tomorrow morning, when the titillation will continue as usual. (But check out the 'prize' info at the end of this entry anyway). To all the single women who ... Continue reading

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Snowblower guilt

Just before the big Christmas blizzard, my next door neighbor and I had the foresight, or dumb luck, to purchase a snowblower. We purchased one much larger than we thought we would ever need. We were wrong. After the storm, my neighbor and I each did our ... Continue reading