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Have you noticed the high pollen count lately?

Sinus pressure is building up like a pressure cooker in my head as I type this blog. I've met people who say they don't have allergies and envy that way of life. However, there is one good bit of information today: Ragweed went down. The pollen count ... Continue reading

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It might be too late to change now

As The Wall Street Journal plans to start charging readers to access its newspaper on mobile devices, many people in the journalism industry are waiting to see the plan is met with much success. "Wall Street Journal to start charging mobile readers," which can be found at ... Continue reading

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Cliff’s Notes version: Mark Mangino press conference, 9/15/09

Here is the Cliff's Notes version of Kansas football coach Mark Mangino's comments at his press conference today. The full audio is posted here. The full video is posted here. • Players of the game, voted by the coaching staff: Offensive, Sal Capra; Defensive: Maxwell Onyegbule; Special ... Continue reading

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Toxic Waters in Kansas: 33 Violations. $0 Paid in Fines

Sometimes, the mainstream press does a good job, and Saturday's investigative feature in the New York Times serves as an excellent example of what all journalism should look like: journalism that puts the people's interests above corporate interests. The Times has compiled an interactive database that shows ... Continue reading

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A Bountiful Harvest

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/14/100_3442_.JPG My family and I are gardening at Faith Community Garden. This is my first attempt to grow vegetables in several years, and my earlier attempts were mostly unsuccessful. Inspired by the local foods movement and several local gardeners, I’d wanted to try again. But our yard ... Continue reading

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Generosity and compassion pay off in hard times

Chi-Town Daily editor Geoff Dougherty writes about the future of the Chi-Town Daily News (http://www.chitowndailynews.org/blogs/Ravings_from_the_editor/Some_news_about_the_Daily_News,32359): a for-profit news Web site. The goal of the site is to maintain a high level of transparency within local government set by the non-profit Daily News by offering a resource to ... Continue reading

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Beer me.

It occured to me about three days ago: I AM NOT PREGNANT ANYMORE. I was so looped out in the first week or so of my baby's life, between the pain pills, the adrenaline, the adjusting to living in a house over-run with baby, I forgot to ... Continue reading

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The “Joe Wilson” Affair

We were again listening to the BBC. The commentators were discussing the differences between a parliamentary system and our system of government. The thoughts were very interesting. We did not hear many of that nature in our own press. There could be something important in them. In ... Continue reading

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Squandered Trust

In reading the many comments in the blogosphere, I can not help but notice that the large middle seems to be overlooked. When people are asked to identify themselves political a percentage identifies with the Democrats, another percentage identifies with the Republicans and a not so small ... Continue reading

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Pants on fire!

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/14/JumperCables-main_Full.jpg "I know he's in there, somewhere" Think carefully for a minute: those who call others liars are usually deceivers themselves. Do you think I am talking about the recent flap with SCCongress member, Joe Wilson? My fault, I forgot to say who or what was the ... Continue reading

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Change is a Chance to Learn

With the decline of the traditional model of American for-profit newspapers, non-profit models have gained increasing attention. But is the recent announcement that the non-profit ChiTown Daily is closing shop and planning to reopen as a for-profit operation a sign of doom and gloom? I think not. ... Continue reading

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Kanye West at VMA ceremony

I would like to first say that I have been a strong suppourter of Kanye West's music from the beginning when he first did "Jesus Walks." I also believe in the right of freedom of speech, but what he did was not freedom of speech. He had ... Continue reading

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An evening with Dan Kozak (Downtown Saxophone Player)

Dan Kozak stopped puffing on his flute for just a moment to let out a hearty laugh when a college-aged man walked up to him and asked if he took debit. I can't even imagine the wonderful and entertaining conversations that happen with this man throughout the ... Continue reading

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Hauling booty

Several years ago, my wife and I were shopping for a bench to put on our deck. I finally happened upon the perfect one at the perfect price at an end-of-season sale. But there was a catch. It was an assembled floor model, so to get the ... Continue reading

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Linda’s Backroads—In Italy?

How does a country girl who loves the backroads of America, prepare for a two-week trip to Italy? With a lot of help. Hopefully, more from you. The adventure started when I accepted an invitation from my daughter to accompany her and six other ladies to Agriturismo ... Continue reading

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Wisconsin-like summer in Northeast Kansas

A recent NASA report reinforces the summer-long shiver for many people living east of the Rocky Mountains. Even us in Northeast Kansas know just how chilly the past summer has been. According to NASA, this summer goes down as the 17th coldest in Kansas history. I just ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 9/14/2009

Previous: IPS 8/30/2009 Next: IPS 9/22/2009 Multidisiplinary quickly identified this week's photo. Answer at bottom http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/13/DSC_5027a.JPG I apologize for my foul mood last week, but this week I'm back to what I know best. That, and the fact that if the first image isn't familiar, the others ... Continue reading

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Just how bad is bottom of Big 12?

If anyone out there can find a trio of teams from one of the major BCS conferences playing worse than Kansas State, Colorado and Iowa State, please enlighten me. I don't know many more teams struggling more than these three. Colorado won't be winning 10 games, much ... Continue reading

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Charging for Online News Could Drive Readers Away

First, let’s get one thing clear. I do not want to pay for reading news online. I would much rather spend my money buying a magazine or a book. I understand that media companies are in a financial hole. But readers did not dig it! There has ... Continue reading

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Lies, Darn Lies, and Statistics

Wired Magazine recently published an article which contains a map of the "7 deadly sins" and their prevalence in different areas in the US based on crime and other statistics. I don't pretend that this really has a great deal of meaning, or maybe that it tells ... Continue reading

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