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Song Blog: Weathering The Storm

*************************************** Soooo . . . Anybody noticed the wild weather we're having lately? Seem small towns and cities are the targets of tornadic activity this Spring, with just about everybody affected either directly or by having a relative, a friend or a coworker who was. In an ... Continue reading

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Tuesday’s top stories and man who shot video of Joplin tornado returns to gas station

So... how was your morning? In case you missed it, there were [multiple reports of tornadoes in the Kansas City area][1]. Here are [some photos of the storm][2] and KMBC in Kansas City [posted screenshots of heavy damage][3] in Sedalia, Mo. Below are Tuesday's most-viewed stories and ... Continue reading

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Pete “Spare Tire” DeGraaf

In a story that's hit the internet like a bombshell (but not the LJ World), Kansas Rep Pete DeGraaf from Mulvane compared separate "abortion only" insurance to having a "spare tire on a car". http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/sarahposner/4656/pete_%E2%80%9Cspare_tire%E2%80%9D_degraaf%E2%80%99s_operation_rescue_ties/ Considering that one in four women in the US will be sexually ... Continue reading

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Royals broadcaster and pitcher Paul Splittorff has died

Just last week, [it was reported][1] that Royals broadcaster and former pitcher Paul Splittorff was seriously ill. I had hoped that the reports were premature and he would be able to fight and win his battle with cancer. Unfortunately, that wasn't in the cards as he died ... Continue reading

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Wednesday, May 25

Another very slow night for Police and Fire in Lawrence. Police and Fire both responded on several reports of power lines down throughout the city. Officers stood by with the downed lines until Westar could arrive to repair them. The downed lines did not cause any traffic ... Continue reading

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Bye-Bye Bounty: CSA week 5 - Homemade salad dressing FTW!

Mmmm, salad. If you’re a fan of local food, it’s definitely a staple this time of year. Greens are everywhere and come in all sorts of yummy shapes and sizes from baby salad mix to big heads of leaves of kale just begging to be subdued into ... Continue reading

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Monday’s most-popular stories on LJWorld.com and more severe weather possible

Tragedy continues to unfold in Joplin, as [the death toll from Sunday's tornado is now at 117][1]. I put together [a short list of resources][2] for those in our area who want to help. I'll add to it if I hear of anything else. Unfortunately, [more severe ... Continue reading

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Tuesday, May 24

A very quiet night in Douglas County this morning. Nothing worth blogging until about 11:30 when LPD responded on a report of gunshots heard in the area of 100 block N 5th Street. Two officers responded to investigate and found the sounds to be only that of ... Continue reading

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Did the rapture of last Saturday leave many left behind in Lawrence?

The famous line from the 1983 movie (does it make us old if we remember weeing it in its first release?), "Hello Lawrence, Is anybody there?" came to mind in the hours before 6:00pm last Saturday when the rapture was predicted . "The movement, led by Harold ... Continue reading

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Creative Barbequing

It's a good thing I judged a barbeque competition this weekend, because my stove — my THREE-YEAR-OLD, GOT IT FOR A WEDDING PRESENT STOVE — died on Sunday. So the barbeque contest was not only fun, and I mean super-duper fun, but it was functional in a ... Continue reading

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The Immorality of American Business.

There are about 7.8 million businesses in the US with employees (21 million without). About 1,200 have more than 500 employees leaving about 7.8- million smaller businesses. The smaller businesses with employees pay about 2 trillion in annual payroll while the larger businesses pay about $3 trillion. ... Continue reading

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Resources for helping victims of Joplin, Reading tornadoes, first-person video of the Joplin storm and the weekend’s top stories on LJWorld.com

Our region has had a disastrous weekend. Many of us were either personally affected or know someone who was affected by the tornadoes that have devastated Reading, Kan. and Joplin, Mo. If you'd like to offer assistance, I'm compiling a list of resources in this post. If ... Continue reading

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Meatless Monday recipe of the week: Apple and Tempeh Sandwiches

Honestly, I wanted this week’s Meatless Monday recipe to be a grilling recipe. I mean, it was so nice this weekend and it just seems like the timing is right. But Mother Nature apparently doesn’t agree with me. There’s a good chance of rain this afternoon and ... Continue reading

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Kansas City Royals week in review: 5/23/2011

So far this season, Kauffman Stadium has kind to the Kansas City Royals.However, this week, their fortunes changed. A likely combination of increased competition and regression to the mean handed the Royals a 2-5 home-stand last week. To make up for injuries and to improve the roster ... Continue reading

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Swampyville’s - “Moderatism”

Ask the Politically Correct! Question: What is the definition of "Moderatism"? Politically Correct Resolution: A moderate is an individual who is neither extreme, partisan or radical. Moderate political realism holds that it is fundamentally the nature of man that pushes states and individuals to act in a ... Continue reading

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Cryptogram: Beating a Dead Horse

A somewhat macabre expression (and title) I know. Some of us have have difficulty letting go of some things. This cryptogram inspired by an article in the print edition of the LJW Continue reading

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Monday, May 23

In case you have not already heard, latest numbers out of Joplin, Missouri. 89 confirmed deaths as of 5:30 a.m. 25-30% of city received damage, according to Jasper County officials. For those that are interested, there is an Online Scanner Feed from Jasper County. Please note the ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 5/22/2011 (Solved)

Previous: IPS 5/15/2011 Next: IPS 5/30/2011 jehovah_bob identified the subject this week. See the end of this post for the subject identified Today was a beautiful day. One thing I continue to notice is how few people spend time outside. On days like today, that is such ... Continue reading

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Cheap vs Frugal

One bad habit I've developed over the last few years is putting off buying something that I know I "need" or really would like to have because it is "too expensive". I might pass this item in the store...I might even head to the store to buy ... Continue reading

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Stormy Saturday Night

As we are all well aware a series of severe thunderstorms moved across our area starting about 6 p.m. The first watches were issued for Douglas County starting about an hour before storms began to affect the area. [LJWorld Story about the evening storms][1]. Most of the ... Continue reading

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