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For When You Can’t Be Bothered.

Mr. Meat and Potatoes and I generally like to have large amounts of prepared food around the house, because there are lots of days we don't feel like cooking, or even getting out a knife or saucepan. Sometimes, Kraft Mac and Cheese is too much work. Or, ... Continue reading

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Swine flu affecting high school sports in Texas

Until today, I figured that the biggest threat to high school sports as we know them was the state of the economy and the fact that many districts — nationwide — are having to face the harsh realities of cutting coaches and cutting back funding. Boy was ... Continue reading

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Rat Pack revisited on Idol

Last week, American Idol was encumbered with Disco Night. Though the clock was turned back a decade further this week, the songwriting mojo got cranked way up. Selecting music popularized by the Rat Pack in the early 1960s -- though music mainly written in the ’40s and ... Continue reading

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Go Fly A Kite

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Apr/29/Kite_001.jpg The kite was tucked at the back of the garage, forgotten. Spring cleaning has its surprises. Today the sky is crystal clear with a slight breeze--great for outdoor work but perfect for flying a kite. So we do. Forget the flu, economy, and cluttered shed. The ... Continue reading

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Mike Leach: The ultimate quote machine

I like to call Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach a quote machine. He's a little random at times, but always original, which makes his sound bites interesting. Two classic Leach quotes that immediately come to mind: 1. "If (former Tech quarterback) B.J. (Symons) is a product ... Continue reading

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Downtown to deliver postal convention

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor hail, nor the gloom of night should keep at least one group of shoppers away from downtown Lawrence this weekend. That’s because the Kansas Postal Workers State Convention will be there. The Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday the event will ... Continue reading

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Specter party switch leaves Brownback ‘stunned’

Few people probably thought Tuesday would entail huge developments involving two politicians with Kansas ties. Most people expect the Senate in the afternoon to confirm Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, but the major story of the day ... Continue reading

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Pierce not the same player?

I was talking with a colleague the other night about how different Boston Celtics superstar Paul Pierce looks this year in the NBA playoffs compared with the way “The Truth” looked during the playoffs a season ago. “Last year, I was starting to think that Paul Pierce ... Continue reading

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The Mike-Rivera-Signs-With-Chicago Blog

Since childhood, Richie Reyes had tried to persuade best friend Mike Rivera to switch allegiances. Since the two were seventh graders, playing youth football together in the Shawnee-Mission area, Reyes has been preaching the gospel of the Chicago Bears. When he could get a good sales pitch ... Continue reading

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We can’t all just get along

The other day, a bicyclist ran a red light and was hit by a car, and within hours of it being posted on our Web site, a friend sent me an e-mail asking if I’d seen the story. He wanted to know my response. “My response?” I ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 4/26/2009

Previous: IPS 4/19/2009 Next:IPS 5/3/2009 I think you'll agree, that the first partial image this week is not the tiny, unrecognizable bit I usually start with. That might not make it easier. I'll tell you that the location of this week's photo is somewhat out of the ... Continue reading

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Simple Ways To Lose 10 Pounds

The best way to Lose 10 Pounds fast is to try some dietary refinements that you would apply temporarily for one or two weeks and then measure your progress from there. Depending on what YOU consume in your current diet, pick one or two of the approaches ... Continue reading

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douglas county property taxes

Dear chad lawhorn We are writting you in regards to your march 26th article on housing values down 8%. As one of our defenses to protest our property values we used your march 26th article as part of our defence and county records to find out what ... Continue reading

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Review: ‘Tree of Life’ a vibrant telling of evolution story

This review of the "Tree of Life" at the Lied Center is by Chuck Berg, KU professor of theater and film. He can be reached at cberg@ku.edu. Creation stories are the stuff of myth, religion and science. Expressing the human need to understand one’s place in the ... Continue reading

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What Are Green Energy Sources

Many homeowners today are looking into integrating Green Energy sources for developing more energy efficient homes and businesses. A green energy source is power generated through renewable resources, such as the sun, wind and water. The other benefit of green energy sources is their low contribution to ... Continue reading

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Why it’s pronounced “ZAH-vee-ay”

So why does the newest Jayhawk pronounce his name "ZAH-vee-ay"? Maybe it's been discussed, and maybe I missed it, but I didn't honestly know that answer until I found this video while surfing yesterday (Skip to the 1:40 mark in the video if you're impatient). Obviously the ... Continue reading

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‘Harper’s Island’: It’s no ‘Meatballs,’ but it’s getting better

Episode three: It’s no “Meatballs.” It’s no “Days of Our Lives.” But “Harper’s Island” is getting kind of … good. Let’s begin with the wacky antics of the wedding party. Englishman Cal and Chloe snub groomsman Sully for leaving Cal hanging upside-down in a trap in the ... Continue reading

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Stinky Pee Is A Small Price To Pay.

It is time. The asparagus is here. Once a year, in the spring, the asparagus rises from its ashy sarcophagus and delights its followers once again. Mr. Meat and Potatoes travels extensively for his job, and that presents some, shall we say, issues, for his pregnant wife. ... Continue reading

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You Heard it Here First

After a quick Google search, I believe that I am at the cusp of bringing a new term into the common vernacular. So far as I can tell or remember, I have not heard it used before. It does show up on the internet, but not in ... Continue reading

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Stupid bike tricks

A couple of weeks ago, the Hartsock clan was driving down Iowa Street when we encountered a cyclist stopped at a cross street, waiting for the signal to change. From the back seat, my 8-year-old son, Brooks — a perceptive, observant type, but a little loud —bellowed, ... Continue reading

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