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365 Days of Weather: April 14

April 14, 2010 was yet another sunny and warm day. Meteorologist Ed Bloodsworth and I made a trip to Fort Riley to talk to 4th grade students at Ware Elementary about severe weather. The trip along I-70 through the Flint Hills was beautiful. There aren’t many spots ... Continue reading

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Some scary (stuff)

I was riding to work the other night on a quiet, residential street close to downtown when I saw the reflective accents on a person’s shoes in the distance. It was dark, with very little street lighting and a nearly new moon. I closed in on the ... Continue reading

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Do any former Jayhawks have a shot at the NBA title this postseason?

If you’re a fan of the NBA’s Western Conference, please take a moment to catch your breath. All eight playoff teams have 50 victories or more. The six, seven and eight seeds all finished 50-32. The four and the five are both 53-29. The three seed has ... Continue reading

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You Be the Judge

Imagine you're the person tasked with approving a new energy source. This source would be similar to oil in price, but is abundant enough to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. The one problem with this source is that it is not only flammable, but highly explosive ... Continue reading

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A rowdy party for your taxes

If you headed down to the Lawrence Post Office at closing time on Thursday, you probably ran into this: That's the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band at their annual tax day party. They've been showing up at the downtown post office for many years (in costume) to ... Continue reading

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The Rankings Game

Once again U.S. News and World Report has issued its rankings of graduate and professional school programs. In fact, the rankings were "leaked" to the blogosphere two days ago, so academics across the U.S. have been busily gloating if their programs went up in the rankings, coming ... Continue reading

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Latest on KU recruits Josh Selby, Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones

Here is the latest from Kansas basketball targets Josh Selby, Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones after talking with each of them at media day for the Jordan Brand Classic today in New York City. Josh Selby http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Apr/15/Selby.jpg Though Selby — ranked No. 4 overall by Rivals.com — ... Continue reading

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Flying Over The Cuckoo’s Nest - Living With Mental Illness…Recovery IS Possible!

The inaugural post of Flying Over The Cuckoo’s Nest , posted earlier this week, was written by one of our members. Telling one’s story has long been an effective way of getting people’s attention. Of letting them know that most people with a mental illness are really ... Continue reading

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Anna Undercover: What Do You Mean— “Taxes”?!

"Blaaarrrgghh!" I exclaimed as I leapt into the air and performed the Furious Dance of the Potentially Unjust Parking Ticket in a public lot on Vermont Street. Why do "expired stickers" of some sort cost $55?! I was furious. It's a *sticker!* I wanted to spend that ... Continue reading

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THE IRS - An April 15th Declaration

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Of Cars and Organic Food.

I look at things from the perspective of an engineer. I.e. the way Dilbert would look at things. Because, of course, I am an engineer. Well, I'm a software engineer and the hardware engineers might not want to be categorized in the same group as me. Anyway, ... Continue reading

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More Than Just Tax Day Today

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Apr/14/taxes_.jpg Happy filing today! Just to distract you for a few moments, I thought I'd share events that have occurred on April 15th other than the Federal Tax Deadline. Here are a few I Googled...or is it Topekaed? 2008 Speaking at the bank's annual meeting Richard Fuld ... Continue reading

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My School Is Not Run By Politically Incorrect Smart Ones

Today my school sent home letters to everybody in the grade about how they won't tolerate anyone calling anything or anyone gay or retarded. This made me really mad, because first of all, people are exaggerating mmensely and second, anyone who's not an idiot knows that "gay" ... Continue reading

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My School is Not Run By Good People

Today my school sent home letters to everybody in the grade about how they won't tolerate anyone calling anything or anyone gay or retarded. This made me really mad, because first of all, people are exaggerating mmensely and second, anyone who's not an idiot knows that "gay" ... Continue reading

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God Knows

God knows that when you see it, God knows you’ve got to weep, God knows the secrets of your heart, He’ll tell them to you when you’re asleep. Bob Dylan - God Knows If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands ... Continue reading

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365 Days of Weather: April 13, 2010

April 13, 2010 was another great day to spend outside with warm temperatures, sunny skies and a comfortable breeze. I decided to check out another location taking part in the 2010 Tulip Time Festival. I shared pictures yesterday from the exhibit at Old Prairie Town. Here are ... Continue reading

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New things I Learned: All On a Saturday Night!

It's always a pleasant surprise when I learn something new about a place I've lived around for many years. It was that way when I went back and visited the Breaks just a few miles from where I grew up in Cheyenne County, Kansas. I had a ... Continue reading

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Elvis, Adam and desperation collide on ‘American Idol’

After a week devoted to the all-time most iconic rock band, “American Idol” raided the catalog of the all-time most iconic singer. Yes, America, it was Elvis week. The good news was it gave the producers an excuse to film a segment in Vegas with mentor Adam ... Continue reading

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NFL Draft Spotlight on Darrell Stuckey

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Apr/14/ku_fbc_tam_05.jpg Ronnie Lott. Troy Polamalu. Ed Reed. Bob Sanders. When you start thinking about some of the best safeties ever to play in the NFL, these are the names that have to come to mind. Like a lot of positions, the changing of the guard at safety ... Continue reading

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Lawrence Public Library Best of the West Book Discussions

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Apr/14/Dancing_at_the_Rascal_Fair.jpg Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig is second of the Lawrence Public Library Best of the West four-part book discussion series. The last page turned only yesterday after spending two nights reading until 1:00 am. I am not ready to let go of the ... Continue reading