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An end to warm weather means more rain for Lawrence

After a couple days of temperatures above average by nearly 15 degress, those cooler, "average" temperatures are all but a distant memory for most of us. But don't settle in quite yet, as another push of cooler air is working it's way toward the Midwest by late ... Continue reading

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Living Water Praise Band Takes Award for Best Contemporary Group

Living Water Praise Band Takes Award for Best Contemporary Group (Olathe, KS - April 22, 2009) The 9th annual KCCM (King Cat Music) Awards were held on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at the Bell Cultural Arts Center at Mid-America Nazarene University. KCCM Awards recognizes the devotion and ... Continue reading

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Homeless shelter police calls down for 2008

The Lawrence Community Shelter just can’t catch a break, at least when it comes to public relations. The Community Shelter on Tuesday presented its annual report to city commissioners, and the report included some interesting statistics that show the shelter has had less need for the police ... Continue reading

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Tea Leaves and Smiling Handshakes: How Newt Gingrich Missed the Message

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Apr/22/Mandela_and_deKlerkcp_____.jpg I am often called “old school,” and I agree. I keep alive a tradition in my writing that writers must be committed to the truth as they know it. That writers, use reason and experience, take words, and craft ideas to evaluate the acts and ideas ... Continue reading

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Idol succumbs to disco fever

The era of mirror balls, shiny polyester, chest hair and coked-up morons flooded into the living rooms of millions during disco night on “American Idol.” It was "Studio 57" all over again, as judge Kara DioGuardi might imprudently say. While no one ever accused the disco era ... Continue reading

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Unpopular Thoughts - But Very True

Don't fall into the trap. This is not only about your tax dollars, folks. This is about our U.S. Constitution, and the grand plan to re-phrase it with something more to the liking of the criminal-laced group that surrounds and powered President Obama to the Whitehouse. President ... Continue reading

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Early poll shows Moran-Tiahrt Senate race ‘essentially tied’

Rep. Jerry Moran's Senate campaign claimed a fundraising victory last week over Rep. Todd Tiahrt in their race for the 2010 GOP nomination. But results of a SurveyUSA poll conducted over the weekend for KCTV in Kansas City and KWCH in Wichita show "the race is essentially ... Continue reading

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Top 10 Movie Journalists

The old school journalistic thriller “State of Play” got me thinking about the other movies in which a reporter has to dig his or her way to the bottom of some big conspiracy, no doubt bucking the direct orders of the boss, dealing with ethical compromises, and ... Continue reading

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Getting ready for Earth Day…

So, Lawrence celebrated Earth Day this weekend, but really Earth Day is tomorrow. How much do you know about the environment? Check out this Connections Academy Quizbowl Challenge, which will put you to the test. Really, it's geared toward kids, so maybe see if your kids know ... Continue reading

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Harper’s Island in your face

From CBS: “Harper’s Island” is about a group of family and friends who travel to a secluded island off the coast of Seattle for a destination wedding. This island is famous for a streak of unsolved murders from seven years ago. Although they've come to laugh and ... Continue reading

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Planning Commission to review airport issue again

This week offers another chance for area residents to dive into the debate about whether agricultural ground near the Lawrence Municipal Airport should be developed in the future. The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission will once again take up the topic of how much protection the city and ... Continue reading

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Game 1 musings from the NBA Playoffs

Game 1 has come and gone in all eight NBA playoff series. Here’s a quick look at how the former Jayhawks playing in the postseason impacted the openers. The Boston Celtics are in trouble. They looked completely lost on offense and seemed to be leaning on Paul ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 4/19/2009

Previous: IPS 4/12/2009 Next: IPS 4/26/2009 This week, the picture looks north...ish. I'm really, really sure. This week's picture is too easy, but after last week it's the least I could do. First image: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Apr/19/sacDSC_3110c.JPG 2nd image: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Apr/20/sacDSC_3110a.JPG 3rd (and final) partial image: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Apr/21/sacDSC_3110b.JPG reticent_irreverent quickly--in less ... Continue reading

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Dressing Down, a Touch of Truth?

George Will's column this week struck a chord with me. His column was about denim in particular and about how casually we all dress in general. My interpretation from the many comments which expressed outrage is that he's struck a nerve. People don't express outrage over things ... Continue reading

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Airport Security

Those of you who are travelling may encounter a situation that moves you deeply. . . . . . This is how my horoscope started that day. I was in the KCI Airport as I wrote this. I read my horoscope after I had checked in and ... Continue reading

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Kansas Relays: Third place bitter for ‘Batman,’ sweet for Christian Smith

After talking with 2008 Olympians Bershawn 'Batman' Jackson and Christian Smith at the Kansas Relays, I came away intrigued by a similarity. They both defined themselves by a third-place finish. But their stories couldn't be much more different. Let's start with Christian Smith, a native of Garfield, ... Continue reading

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Further thoughts on taxes and recovery

I appreciate the comments from my last entry. It made me analyze and focus on what I was trying to say. Basically, it comes down to the fact that there are two issues I am referring to: (1) the effect to which a decrease in taxes can ... Continue reading

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I Scream

Among my many food afflictions that are related to pregnancy is ice cream. Usually, in a given summer, I make two or three batches and they last me and my husband (read: ME) the whole summer. This summer, I fear, will be a "batch a week" summer, ... Continue reading

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The great tax scam – are we suckers – or what

Recently the IRS released 2006 data on who amongst us pays what in federal income tax. As usually, it was grouped by quintile (20% increments). It showed what we all know. The 40 percent of us with relative low incomes paid essentially no taxes. The middle paid ... Continue reading

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Will Spring ever spring? More rain expected this weekend

It seems like every weekend lately has been cold or wet, and this weekend will fall right into that category. The latest weather data streaming into the weather center shows that showers will begin developing in time for all of you night owls. Quick showers and storms ... Continue reading

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