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Storm chances looking better for Thursday

Since storms are first expected to develop late Wednesday in the high plains of western Kansas and western Nebraska, that puts a lot of uncertainty into the timing of the cold front and dryline on Thursday itself for eastern Kansas. Storms have tendency to give fronts an ... Continue reading

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Waking up Cinque Terre Italy

The bell tower rings seven chimes. I am awake. The rooster in the distance told me it is morning. The geese residing in the slow moving mountain stream nearby are on first call. The little porch outside my room in Vernazza, Italy, is a perfect place to ... Continue reading

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Medical needs provide no defense when tinted car windows are too dark

Q. I received a ticket and have a court date for driving my car with tinted windows. The purpose of my tint is due to severe sensitivity to light. At times when I’m driving a vehicle without the tint my eyes tear and close. I can’t keep ... Continue reading

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Becoming Obama’s War

This past week, President Obama has waded into the international arena in some very demonstrative ways. He started by delivering a well received speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations, carefully noting how his administration is going to be different than the previous administration. He ... Continue reading

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Act fast to get passes to CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY in KC!

I have 50 passes to see Michael Moore's new documentary "Capitalism: A Love Story" and a short time to give them away. The screening is this Thursday, Oct. 1 at the Leawood Theater (3707 W 95th Street, Leawood, KS 66206) at 7:30 pm. If you want to ... Continue reading

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There is help for folks who can’t afford to hire a divorce attorney

Q. I need to know how to file, on my own, for a divorce. I have a minor child. I face issues of custody, visitation, support etc. How do I proceed? A. Folks who cannot afford to hire an attorney for their divorce face many difficulties. Obviously, ... Continue reading

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KU football’s top 10 surprise players

If you're a Kansas fan, it's time to look at the glass-half-full side of things regarding this year's football team. For one, the Jayhawks are 4-0, and no matter how well they played each week, their record couldn't be any better than that. And, for two, the ... Continue reading

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Twitter vs journalism

Roger Cohen is all atwitter about Twitter, citizen journalists and traditional journalists. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/opinion/10iht-edcohen.html To me, he contradicts himself. He says journalists are there to bear witness, but then he talks about the true practice of journalism – “…journalism is distillation…an organizing intelligence, an organizing sensibility. It depends ... Continue reading

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Congress holds hearing on state of newpaper industy

Last Thursday the Joint-Economic Committee heard testimony about an industry that is facing tough times and proposed legislation could help revitalize it. And which sinking ship was the subject of this hearing? Newspapers! To be sure, no newspapers are hitting up Uncle Sam for cash. (Nor was ... Continue reading

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A toe-tapping good time with Drakkar Sauna

On Sunday, local darlings Drakkar Sauna played under an open sky of migrating birds and floating cotton, serenading a crowd with tales of being raised by astronauts. After what seemed like an entirely all too busy week, I was ready to round out the weekend with a ... Continue reading

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A hundred down, a hundred (or more?) to go

A funny thing happened when I sat down to write this blog: I didn’t know what to write. Wait. Let me rephrase that. I didn’t know which to write, because I haven’t run out of ideas for this blog just yet. And that comes as something of ... Continue reading

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Winds of change across NE Kansas

A real taste of fall weather is spilling into Northeast Kansas as we speak. The fall-like air is coming in from Canada, on gusty northwest breezes. Those breezes will impact travel in Northeast Kansas, too. If you are heading on I-70, you will likely need a firm ... Continue reading

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If the government can ban smoking, can they ban cheese fries too?

Obviously, people who smoke in public establishments also impose their smoke on others around them. Because of this, the risk of heart attack increases for those inhaling their second hand smoke. But what about cheese fries? Don’t these deliciously fatty, salty, cholesterol increasing, heart clogging little wedges ... Continue reading

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Something Unexpected

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/27/rays.jpg Regardless of your faith or epistemology, have you ever had an experience you couldn’t explain? Call it coincidence or divine intervention, but something or someone who saved you at the moment you needed saving? Let me give you example. We were driving the 750 miles back ... Continue reading

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Dakotah - The Trail Ends

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/27/Dakotah_2.jpg I met Ron “Dakotah” McGilvery November 28, 2008. It was the Friday after Thanksgiving and I was on my way to an appointment to visit a new client; however, upon seeing his red, three horse-drawn Conestoga wagon pulling up a highway off ramp near my Eureka, ... Continue reading

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Baylor’s Griffin to miss remainder of season; ChatterTV reaction

Awful news for the Baylor football team: Quarterback Robert Griffin will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, it was announced Sunday. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/28/Northwestern_St_Baylor_Football_t620_.jpg Senior Blake Szymanski, who played QB for Baylor in 2007, will take over. Szymanski passed for 2,844 yards, 22 touchdowns and ... Continue reading

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Save Money, Be Happy

I just noticed Jenn and Julie's-- or is it Julie and Jenn's-- blog about ways to save money when you're shopping. Personally, spending more for anything than I need to is a sensitive issue for me. It's why I don't buy Mac's or IPods when I know ... Continue reading

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My Favorite Weekly Deals

Each week I will attempt to show you some of my favorite deals around town. I won't highlight every store every week...or every deal...it would just take up too much space! My hope is that by sharing some of my favorite deals...and information as we go you ... Continue reading

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It must be fall, I feel like nesting …

My Lawrence destination today will be Walgreens. After looking through Sunday’s ad in the Journal-World, I see several things I can stock up on. I love to bake cookies during the holidays, and so the Imperial Sugar for $1.99 w/coupon and Morton Salt and Deerfield Farms Baking ... Continue reading

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My Unemployed Sister (with her big behind)

So my Unemployed Sister was laid off. What was supposed to be a 6 month lay off has been repeatedly pushed back. She's recently hit her 1 year unemployment anniversary. She invited me over today. Here's what she had to say - 1) As her various benefit ... Continue reading

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