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So much for down year: Big 12 starts tourney 6-0

Happy madness to one and all. Don't look now, but the Big 12 finished the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a perfect 6-0 record. Impressive for a conference that flew under the national radar for much of the season. Some thoughts I had in general ... Continue reading

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On-Camera Review of “I Love You, Man”

Eric Melin and guest host Whitney Mathews (www.whitneymathews.com) review the new bromance comedy "I Love You, Man," starring Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Jon Favreau, Jamie Pressly, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, and Andy Samberg. "I Love You, Man" gives Paul Rudd a chance to flex his leading man ... Continue reading

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Ridership on the T up in 2009

Ridership numbers on the city’s public transit system are up for the first two months of 2009. According to figures released Friday, average daily ridership on the city’s fixed-route T buses increased by 11 percent compared with January 2008 numbers. Average daily ridership increased by 12.3 percent ... Continue reading

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Brownback threatens to block Iraq nominee

Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., on Thursday said he would do everything he can to hold up confirmation of President Barack Obama's nominee to be Iraq's ambassador, Chris Hill, a former assistant secretary of state for East Asian affairs. Brownback and four other Republican senators earlier this week ... Continue reading

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Spring to spring on Friday

Spring arrives at 8:44 a.m. on Friday, but we are already seeing all the signs that spring has sprung. It seems everything is starting to change, from the grass in the yard going from brown to brown with a shade of green, to snow boots being replaced ... Continue reading

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Forbes magazine calls KU basketball team fifth-most valuable

Worth $21.7 million, Kansas University's men's basketball team is the fifth-most valuable in the nation according to Forbes magazine. KU has moved up three spots on the annual list since last year, and reported an income of $2 million in income from basketball-related merchandise, powered by sales ... Continue reading

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The Hairy Buffalo

I mean, I had planned all along to let you in on my Hairy Buffalo recipe, but I didn’t know it would work out so perfectly, it is as if God’s Hand reached down and He spoke: “Megan, because it is so important that the residents of ... Continue reading

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Obama’s bracket has KU losing in Sweet 16

The President of the United States has revealed his bracket — he predicts Kansas will play to its seed, losing to second-seeded Michigan State in the Sweet 16. It's a rather indecisive bracket, with several question marks and scratching out of teams and writing new ones. At ... Continue reading

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Joan Baez

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Mar/18/Copy_of_Baez_3-17-09_008.jpg Joan Baez’s unmistakable pure soprano, distinctive delivery and songs from a career spanning 50 years are recognizable to nearly everyone, including those old enough to attend Woodstock. Many of us present at the Baez concert Tuesday night in Liberty Hall were in that age group. There ... Continue reading

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“American Idol” (11 and counting)

Yee-haw. Country night on "American Idol" has traditionally been a bust. Contestants have often tried to simply twang things up rather than prudently selecting one of the thousands of great "songs" that the genre has to offer. But Tuesday night's show was different. The performances were across-the-board ... Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day 2009 A Far Cry From 2008

To the people that put in the hard work and enormous effort to organizing and putting together entries for Lawrence's St. Patrick Day parade, it really doesn't matter what the weather is... the show must go on. Last year's parade we picked up 1.33" of rain with ... Continue reading

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“Upsetology” gives ND State 22.6 percent chance of beating KU

The Wall Street Journal has pegged KU as the three seed most vulnerable to a first-round upset. In an article titled "The Science of Upsetology," KU would lose to North Dakota State 22.6 percent of the time, according to 10,000 computer simulations of the game run by ... Continue reading

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Property rights are essential to Human Rights

Property rights are essential to a free society. We all adore the rights of freedom of speech, the right to due process, a trial by jury etc. But when it comes to property rights suddenly people have reservations. Why is it that people who vehemently defend certain ... Continue reading

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Sales tax numbers start slow for 2009

It’s still early in the game, but city leaders find themselves in a bit of a hole when it comes to sales tax collections in 2009. The city has received both its January and February sales tax distributions from the state, and the total is down by ... Continue reading

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Rent Control is Theft

From an LTE in the LA Times: The "serious debate" about rent control that must supposedly come first is long since over. The adverse social consequences it produces — including reduced apartment construction, deteriorating housing, shortages, increased discrimination and landlord-tenant hostility — are among the most universally ... Continue reading

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Chorus Frogs

Have you heard the large masses of chorus frogs? I've been hearing them faintly at night for a week or so, but over the weekend I ended up at a few places - the Black Jack battlefield, the wetlands along the SLT - where the noise really ... Continue reading

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Which Big 12 team will make deepest NCAA run?

The brackets are out and the Big 12 tied a conference record with six teams making the NCAA Tournament this season. My question to you is which conference team has the chance to make the deepest tournament run? At least one Big 12 team is seeded in ... Continue reading

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Book distributor, sportswear store new business additions

Hank the Cowdog can now call Lawrence home. Western International Inc. — a distributor for the popular children’s book — has moved its corporate offices and warehouse from Reno, Nev. to Lawrence. The company this week is finishing its move into the former home of Kingston Printing ... Continue reading

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North Dakota State’s key to success? Funny cats

What I'm about to show you is the inspirational video that helped lead the North Dakota State Bison to a 66-64 victory over Oakland in the Summit League championship game. NDSU coach Saul Phillips told Dan Patrick this was the exact video he played for his players ... Continue reading

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Mister, There’s Mustard in Your Mustache Madness.

I draw inspiration all over the place. Like today, I noticed that the staff at Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s cafeteria has brought serious game to March Madness. Not to be outdone by Free State Brewery’s March Mustard Madness, the LMH kitchen and grill staff have created March Mustache ... Continue reading

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