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Traditional meets new media in newspaper tale “State of Play”

[three stars] “State of Play,” the new “old” journalistic thriller based on a 2003 BBC TV serial, hits theaters today—the same day that Oprah does an entire show on Internet sensation Twitter. Interestingly enough, a strong undercurrent of the film spotlights that battle between new and old ... Continue reading

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KU Journalism School earns Hearst honor

Make it three years in a row for Kansas University School of Journalism students. The school accumulated the most total points in the William Randolph Hearst Writing Foundation Awards competition. The points were awarded based on six writing competitions throughout the year. Coming in behind KU were ... Continue reading

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Warm and fuzz-y

When I drive, I’m the most law-abiding citizen I know. I don’t speed. I don’t roll stop signs. Heck, I’ve even been known to pull off to the side of the road to talk on my cell. Still, whenever I see a police cruiser, I get nervous. ... Continue reading

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Director finds out about “Adventureland” mistake via Twitter

Update from Miramax below!! At least some of the versions of "Adventureland" that are currently in playing in theaters are not the cut that director Greg Mottola thought were out there. Apparently, INXS's "Don't Change" is supposed to be on all versions of the film during the ... Continue reading

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Moran has fundraising edge in Senate race

Rep. Jerry Moran out-raised fellow Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt by about $130,000 in the first three months of the year, as the two seek the GOP nomination to replace Sen. Sam Brownback in the 2010 election. Moran, of Hays who represents the state's massive first district, was ... Continue reading

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Parting shots from city commissioners

It was kind of like Oscar night at the City Commission on Tuesday — lots of speechmaking, a few standing ovations, and even a couple of tears. The occasion, of course, was the changing of the guard at City Hall. Mayor Mike Dever ended his one-year term ... Continue reading

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It’s Playoff Time for 7 Former Jayhawks

After 82 games, dozens of head-to-head battles and a handful of memorable moments, the 2008-09 NBA season has boiled down to this: Seven former Jayhawks still have a shot at hoisting the Larry O’Brien championship trophy this summer. Those aren’t bad odds, considering the fact that just ... Continue reading

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Turn it off, really, seriously…off!!

During our school theatrical productions, I am usually backstage managing students. My assistant supervises the students in the booth running sound and lights, and so has a great vantage point when it comes to seeing what is going on in the audience. After opening night of our ... Continue reading

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Hey, teachers! Need some extra cash? Here’s how

Are you a teacher? Have an awesome idea for your kids but don't have the extra money to do it? U.S. Cellular is here to help. It launched its "Calling All Teachers" campaign, which will funnel $1 million (how very Dr. Evil of them) to teachers across ... Continue reading

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Does personal income tax policy really matter?

Does personal income tax policy really matter? For the past many weeks, we have begun to endure a significant economic downturn. We have repeatedly heard the cry that lower taxes would be a significant way to curb the downturn, a cry issued by Democrats and Republicans. But, ... Continue reading

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Cinematic song selections

I've been a fan of all the changes Idol has foisted upon its viewers in hopes of keeping the show fresh. The addition of Kara DioGuardi, the new "judges save" option, the longer Hollywood week -- all have managed to heighten the drama. However, this week Idol ... Continue reading

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Whoa! (as in Wow)

If you're like me, you get emails from well meaning friends with various stories, pictures, urban myths, or advice urging that you do, or don't do, one thing or another. I never send them, I sometimes read them. Though this isn't an email, it's the same idea. ... Continue reading

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On His Way

Hi Chuck, Dakotah asked me this afternoon to write and let you know where he is and the boys and he are quite comfortable in this howling cold wind. Supposed to stay this way through tomorrow. He is at a place off the hiway on the way ... Continue reading

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Brownback says he hoped coal plant project could move forward

During a visit to Lawrence Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback said he had hoped construction of two coal-fired, 700-megawatt plants near Holcomb could have moved forward. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, vetoed a bill the Legislature passed that would have allowed for construction of the plants. The ... Continue reading

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Balsamic My Beating Heart

I drove to my mama’s house for the Easter weekend (where I got my ham and scalloped potatoes fix), and Mr. Meat and Potatoes was out of town so I had to go it alone. I have made that drive so many times, I could do it ... Continue reading

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From Susanville California

I had the opportunity to spend time each day with Dakotah and the "Boys", hope I didnt become a pest with bringing him what he needed, wood, a home cooked meal, old fashioned stew and homemade bread.. He enjoyed it, Today it is snowy and windy so ... Continue reading

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Top 10 Subversive Comedies

The box office performance of "Observe and Report" this past weekend proves that subversive comedies usually have a way harder time finding an audience than a nice, family-friendly picture, even when that movie stars Seth Rogen. Funny thing is, subversive comedies often make a bigger impact and ... Continue reading

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Big 12 is KU’s to lose next hoops season

With the announcement that Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich will return to Kansas University next season, the Jayhawks could have two first-team All-Americans in their 2009-2010 starting lineup. As a result, Kansas should be a top-three preseason squad next season. Maybe even No. 1, should the Jayhawks ... Continue reading

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Welcome to Harper’s Island

Episode one: In which Kohl’s targets the wrong demographic; “Mystic Pizza” is inspiration, and “Point Pleasant” actors are resurrected post-apocalyptic Fox cancellation. Opening scene: Champagne on a yacht, upbeat music and women sporting trendy spring dresses. You know, just like an Easter weekend department store ad. Or ... Continue reading

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Confessions of a bike geek

At some point, cycling stops being cool. First bikes are cool. Being able to ride to your friends’ houses or the swimming pool is cool. Jumping curbs is cool. Then cars enter the picture, and anybody old enough to drive who still gets around by bike loses ... Continue reading

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