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What Were You Doing When You Heard The News?

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was preparing my breakfast, 3 egg omelet with cheese, tomato, ham, onion, 2 slices of whole wheat toast and coffee. My daughter called and said,"Dad, are you watching the news?" ******************************** http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/10/twin-towers-form-airplane-pictures-5.jpg (This is very much like the first ... Continue reading

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Uncle Walt showed up

My Daddy celebrated his 85th birthday this last weekend. We were all there for the most part. I gots a couple of siblings that couldn't be there because of distance and life. But the coolest thing was that my cousin Mark brought our Uncle Walt down. Walt ... Continue reading

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A Jayhawk’s lament: A Tiger on my tires

Having to buy four new tires for my minivan was bad enough: more than $500, including alignment. But it got even worse when I finally looked over the new Uniroyal AWP II tires that I’ll be living with for the next 70,000 miles. Standing out, in raised ... Continue reading

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On this day, 49 years ago

I’ve been paying extra attention this past week to the Atlantic Basin; my brother just got married and decided to go to Marathon in the Florida Keys for his honeymoon. While I was looking around, I learned on this day, in 1960, Hurricane Donna made landfall near ... Continue reading

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Cleveland: A City Worth Visiting

CLEVELAND: WHY NOT? By Ernest Barteldes When I told friends that my wife and I had booked a trip to Cleveland for Labor Day weekend, most of our friends gave us a puzzled look. “What's in Cleveland? ” many asked. Others wondered why we hadn't booked a ... Continue reading

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Lawrence Twestival - Come Join the Fun and Support a Great Cause

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/10/twestival_logo_11-258x300.jpg It's time for the Lawrence Twestival at Jo Shmo's tonight! Jo Shmo's 10 September 2009 :: 6:00pm - 10:00pm 724 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044, Lawrence ,KS What is a Twestival you say? As Ben Smith, the organizer of the event describes on the official Lawrence ... Continue reading

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ConferenceChatterTV week 2 picks

I know it's early, but the latest AP poll put the Big 12 North football race into perspective. The degree of separation between the top three teams? Close to nonexistent. 22. Nebraska 24. Kansas 25. Missouri Before the season, I thought the North would come down to ... Continue reading

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Some of our neighbors got hit with a lot of rain

Rainfall is always pretty hit-or-miss, but when round after round of the heaviest rain hits the same area the totals can be quite impressive. With the heaviest rain ending early Wednesday morning, some locations received very little rainfall, especially up north. But locations to the south picked ... Continue reading

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Rain postpones pedestrian, bike counts until Thursday

A volunteer effort to count the number of pedestrians and cyclists using sidewalks and streets in Lawrence is being postponed until Thursday, because of rainy weather. The project had been scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, but persistent rains would ... Continue reading

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You have to see this photo

Nearly every day, we get weather photos sent in from viewers that show what the weather was like in their corner of Northeast Kansas that day. But every now and then someone forwards me one of those "you've got to see this" weather photos. A recent twitter ... Continue reading

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Social networks not always the answer

This summer I witnessed a boom in social networking that I had never seen before. More and more companies began using Facebook and Twitter as tools to advertise their products or services and a countless number of Web sites began to suggest that users follow them on ... Continue reading

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Pressing Ever Onward

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/08/DSCN0621.JPG Although we no longer had our car, we were still incredibly excited about what was in store for us. We unloaded all our useful stuff into the other cars, packed up 2drew's car, then headed on our way. It took a whole 10 minutes for us ... Continue reading

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Updated: OU’s Gresham out for season, ChatterTV reaction after 9-3 start

Tuesday night update So it's official: Per AP, Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham will miss the remaining college football season with an injured right knee. Doctors determined that Gresham needed stitches to repair cartilage damage in the knee. The recovery time is five months. This leaves Ryan ... Continue reading

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Facebook and Twitter have taken over! And I’m following.

It is a hot July afternoon and I am running errands in my air-conditioner-less car. The light turns red and I curse as I slow to a stop, I'm already sweaty and ready to get home. I pull out my phone while I wait for the light ... Continue reading

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Cliff’s Notes version: Mark Mangino press conference, 9/8/09

Here is the Cliff's Notes version of Kansas football coach Mark Mangino's comments at his short press conference today. The full audio is posted here. • Players of the game, voted by the coaching staff: Offensive, Jake Sharp; Defensive: Chris Harris; Special teams: Jacob Branstetter; Offensive scout ... Continue reading

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No Need to Be Everything to Everyone.

If you’ve been to J-School or any communications class, really, you surely have heard about our dear friend PAM – Purpose, Audience, Medium. (not to be confused with pluggable authentication modules http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluggable_Authentication_Modules)These are the three things one must know to make any message effective. Does PAM still ... Continue reading

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Online Social Networks the Future for News Organizations?

“To succeed now, news organizations must be willing to think more broadly about their identity and the role of their efforts online.” (The NewsCloud Blog. August 20, 2009). For the past decade, community news organizations have been experiencing both financial and developmental pressures. One crucial problem stems ... Continue reading

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Comfort food for people who could use some comfort. And food.

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/07/crafty.jpg That's right. A human exited my body last Monday. Unfortunately, he did not exit the body the way I had planned. This was not the birth that God intended. As in, we picked the birthday, went to the hospital the night before to get the ball ... Continue reading

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The Belle of the Ball

Last year when I traveled to Winfield to cover The Walnut Valley Festival it was hot, I was fasting for Ramadan and I got pulled over on my way to cover the story. That seems like all the ingredients for a miserable day, but in actuality it ... Continue reading

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Beware of dog

First of all, let me start by saying, honest to blog, I’m a dog person. I grew up with dogs and have been accused of lying down with a few. I prefer Snoopy to Garfield, “Call of the Wild” to … well, I can’t think of any ... Continue reading

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