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Fried and true.

Our baby is 5 weeks old today, and that means the party's over. Mr. Meat and Potatoes has been home for six weeks straight - an unheard of length of time given his profession, and now he has to go because the baby needs a new pair ... Continue reading

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The great science experiment debate…

The other month we discussed chemistry sets and how they have changed, maybe for the worse. Well the same thing may be happening to school science experiments. Here is a link to an article from the Times in England titled: School lab health and safety rules 'could ... Continue reading

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Poll Watch: Sagarin kickoff edition

Who's up for a brand new weekly feature? We'll call this Poll Watch, and we'll try to post it every Sunday or Monday of the football season (and who knows, maybe we'll also tackle basketball once it gets rolling). We'll discuss weekly fluctuations in the USA Today ... Continue reading

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Wife’s power of attorney naming son cuts off husband’s power to direct her health care

Q. My wife is currently hospitalized, but upon her release my stepson wants to place her in a nursing home against my will. He somehow got a power of attorney for her, but I am legally her husband. Don’t I have any rights? A. Under current Kansas ... Continue reading

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Moby makes me feel young and nostalgic

A few weeks ago, several 25-35 year-olds in Kansas huddled around their inboxes and could not believe their eyes. Normally us jaded concert-goers would ignore e-mails from ticketmaster, but this one was special. It promoted an exclusive Moby DJ set in Kansas City. A celebration dance was ... Continue reading

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The Free Market Solution to Fixing Health Care

It's a common assumption that our current health care system is a free market one and that it's broken, thus we should try a government system. However this couldn't be further from the truth, as government is already involved at every level, from licensure and patents, to ... Continue reading

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Few regrets

“When is your bike ride, daddy?” asked my 11-year old daughter, first thing Sunday morning, her tween-angst-ridden voice conveying an altogether different message: “When are you going to have the decency to get out of the house and LEAVE ME ALONE?!?!?!?!?!” A few minutes later, my wife ... Continue reading

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Stalker Networking Sites

Social networking sites seem to be in the midst of constant controversy for one reason or another, be it privacy, content, frequency of use, etc. This is evident just from scanning the topics of blog posts in the Student Journalists group. And with the recent on-campus rape ... Continue reading

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Blogging a useful tool if used correctly

Before I started writing blog entries, I used to think that blogging was rarely useful in modern society and should not be used by newspapers of TV stations. I thought blogging was a form of expression that should not be used by professional media and did not ... Continue reading

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Big 12 not as elite as last year

It's time to pretend you're on vacation anywhere out of the country for the following scenario. There's no need to take cost into consideration because this is, after all, a dream vacation. Where did your imagination take you? I'm in Italy. I've always wanted to go, and ... Continue reading

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When blogs can be used against you

Blogging is a tool that can be useful to writers in the media. It provides an outlet to express opinion, personal details and even humor. But what happens when readers just don’t get the joke? When topics become too controversial or ethically questionable? When can a blog ... Continue reading

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My Favorite Weekly Deals

In today's Lawrence Journal World you will find 3 separate inserts. There are 2 editions of Smart Source and 1 Red Plum. I want to stress to you that even if you feel like there are no coupons and sales that you want to shop this week...buy ... Continue reading

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A Tasty Recipe to Bring an Old Staple New Life

In our effort to save money, my family has decided to eat more home cooked meals. I don’t know about any of you, but I do sometimes get in a rut when it comes to cooking. We all have our quick go-to meals, but I’m looking to ... Continue reading

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No ‘Top Chef’ this week? I’m blue … you?

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2009/10/02/shirtdress.png OK, so apparently the folks at Lifetime didn’t share the memo with the folks at Bravo about my joint “Top Chef” and “Project Runway” blog. No new “Top Chef” this week means no new joint blog, which means we’re back to just a “Project Runway” blog ... Continue reading

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Why the Girl Talk show made me feel old

I have never felt so much like Clint Eastwood's character in Gran Torino in all my life. Last night I headed out to the Girl Talk show. I was very apprehensive. I didn't know what to expect from what could have turned out to be a boring ... Continue reading

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My bike-it list

I loathe the phrase “Bucket List,” primarily because it conjures images of that awful, awful movie of the same name with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. But it hasn’t kept me from forming a bucket list of bike rides I’d like to complete before I kick the ... Continue reading

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Big Time Celebs and Extortion

I usually watch the Late Show w/ David Letterman but for whatever reason, did not last night. So I wake up and watch the CBS Early Show this morning and see a clip of Dave talking about how someone was trying to use extortion as a means ... Continue reading

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RoeD Rage!!

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/30/roadrage.gif ***************************************** Seems every time I pick up the paper, or in the case of LJW online, every time I log on, the subject of what happens on the street has someone angry. The autos against the bicycles, the pedestrians against the cars, the truckers against the ... Continue reading

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Review: “Whip It”

[three stars] Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut “Whip It” is so overflowing with enthusiastic performances that it is impossible to watch it and not have a good time. Sure, you may notice an over-reliance on music montages to show the evolution of a budding teenage romance. You may ... Continue reading

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Review: “The Invention of Lying”

[three stars] "The Invention of Lying" sounds like one of those perfect high-concept scripts: In a society where everyone tells the truth, one man learns how to lie and takes full advantage of it. But there's so much more going on in the new movie from Ricky ... Continue reading

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