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This space for rent

I was driving the family downtown a couple of weeks ago when we encountered a cyclist coming our way. He was wearing the full matching team kit: shorts, jersey, helmet … heck, maybe even sunglasses and socks. My wife — who still thinks it’s clever to refer ... Continue reading

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Christ’s Resurrection and the Death Penalty

(wr note: today's post is a guest column that views the death penalty in America with an eye on Easter and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., both of which were celebrated and remembered this month.) Easter Season, Capital Punishment, and the “Drum Major for ... Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Runaways

In the new 1970s-set rock biopic “The Runaways,” Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning tap into major reservoirs of their own angst from being thrust into the spotlight at an early age. And it's eerily effective. Respectively, as 16-year old leather-clad guitarist Joan Jett and 15-year old Bowie-obsessed ... Continue reading

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How to Earn, Spend and Profit from Walgreen’s Register Rewards

Another week with a small break in the "around town" deals for me... I'm not finding anything that makes me get the itch to run right out and make some deals. I'm trying to tighten the belt at our house and be very careful in following our ... Continue reading

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Julian Casablancas knows what the kids like

Oh boy! Two weeks after giving birth to a beautiful baby girl I had the chance to get all gussied up and head to Kansas City to see Julian Casablancas. And nothing says "Welcome to Motherhood" more than squeezing into your pre-pregnancy jeans and spending an hour ... Continue reading

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Coupon offers some relief for prom tuxedo rental

Today brought me another step closer to the realization that my oldest son, Eric, will soon be leaving the nest to embark on his college adventure. Over the past several weeks, we ordered Eric’s graduation announcements, had his senior pictures taken and ordered, put together his party ... Continue reading

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Poll - Should USD 497 seek renewal of principal?

Please click here to take the poll. Since the resignation of Elias Espinoza as Wakarusa Valley Elementary School Principal, the district has had a second elementary school principal resignation. The resignation of the Langston Hughes principal leaves a vacancy. Espinoza had stated that he intended his resignation ... Continue reading

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Ante-up!

In a few weeks our state legislature will meet to set a budget for next year. There is a projected deficit of about $300 million dollars from last year’s expenditures (about 5% of the general fund). The deficit would be about $600 million from the governors originally ... Continue reading

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Test Prep for Preschool?

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Apr/09/NS.jpg If the current national political litmus test is the healthcare vote, then the most important national social marker for the future success or failure of the emerging generation is the preschool application. The current generation of five-year olds are not yet touched by daily macro-economic discussions ... Continue reading

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April 8, 2010

From sun dogs to the upper tangent arc, there were several optical effects seen during the sunrise on April 8, 2010. The picture below was taken in Topeka, Kan. during the sunrise. Can you spot all of the optical effects? It was not only a beautiful sunrise, ... Continue reading

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April 11 Coupon Preview

Here we go...another week and a new set of inserts for you to gather. Take a look at what they have in store for you this weekend. Continue reading

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User Polls and Surveys

This poll has ended. Please click here to see final relults regarding polls and surveys for online users. Feel free to leave a comment since the poll results are not visible. This will allow others to see where this is headed. Here is a screen print of ... Continue reading

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A Satisfied Mind

How many times have you heard someone say If I had his money I'd do things my way But little they know It's so hard to find One rich man in ten with a satisfied mind. Bob Dylan - Satisfied Mind The sleep of a laborer is ... Continue reading

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New York - Kennedy Boundary Change

This is the original boundary map for New York and Kennedy Schools cropped from USD 497's elementary boundary map PDF. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Apr/09/NYKD_orig.png Here is the same map with the new boundaries and an overlay from the map found in the Lawrence Journal World's news story, Lawrence School Board ... Continue reading

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Missouri Chainsaw Grassacre (Massive Bluegrass Show at Crossroads KC)

Some of the midwest's finest bluegrass acts will be puttin it down at Crossroads of KC(Sick outdoor venue if you've never been, nice view of KC skyline)on May 15 for The Missouri Chainsaw Grassacre featuring: Big Smith Mountain Sprout Deadman Flats Whistle Pigs Hillbenders Truckstop Honeymoon Alfred ... Continue reading

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2010 Tornado Season: So Far, So Slow

While it’s still early in the season for many parts of tornado alley, these low numbers don’t really surprise me given what the El Nino phenomenon can do to the tornado frequency across the Plains. El Nino, though weakening, is still in place. And the jetstream structures ... Continue reading

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Who’s Who - A Fun (?) Guessing Game - April 9, 2010

Previous "Who's Who" http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Apr/05/mystery_man.png This is a fun guessing game. A small portion of a famous person's picture will be posted along with a clue. Additional parts of the picture and additional clues will be provided until someone guesses the identity of the mystery person. This is ... Continue reading

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Say what?

I talk to my bikes. Now, don’t get the wrong idea. We don’t meet at the coffee shop and discuss our hopes and dreams. I don’t sidle up next to them at the bar and whisper sweet nothings into their … tubes. I don’t reveal to them ... Continue reading

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Movie Review: Date Night

Steve Carell and Tina Fey, two of the most consistently funny people working in TV and movies today, star as a suburban married couple who spend one eventful night out on the town in Manhattan in “Date Night.” The premise itself is promising—it’s a mistaken identity caper ... Continue reading

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The National Debt - What does it mean to you?

The national debt grows at a rate of about $1 million per minute; or, $1.4 billion per day. Sit back, watch, and enjoy a few million dollars of time. var zFontColor = "#FFFFFF"; // Debt Value Color var zFontSize = 40;// Debt Font Size var zSpeed=4; The ... Continue reading