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LCT’s ‘Cinderella’ offers musical delights

For this year’s holiday musical, Lawrence Community Theatre presents Rogers’ and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” This well-read fairy tale tells the turbulent story of Cinderella, an orphan left to live with her cruel stepmother and two nasty stepsisters. Treated as a lowly servant, Cinderella dreams of going to the ... Continue reading

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Lede-ing the Way

Writing a good blog is not easy. To be relative, informative, engaging and entertaining week after week takes a lot of thought and effort. Add this task to an already busy schedule of writing and reporting and you have yourself a hectic workday. Blogging journalists add a ... Continue reading

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Don’t Forget to Enter to Win!

Just a reminder to all of you savvy deal shoppers out there... you have until 5pm today to enter to win this week's $50 in Downtown Lawrence dollars and get yourself registered for the $500 CASH grand prize in the Great Holiday Rebate Game! You will need ... Continue reading

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December Social Media Events

Rats - I'm posting this late and already missed two events (the SMCKC Breakfast on Dec. 4 and the Red Balloon karaoke TweetUp on Dec. 5). That's my fault. I apologize. Here are a list of social media-related events for December in the Lawrence, Topeka and Kansas ... Continue reading

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ModCloth uses product reviews to boost customer service

I'm not a huge fan of shopping for anything other than accessories online. It's hard to determine fit, color and quality by looking at a few photos. Then when your items arrive and they don't fit, it can take weeks and a few annoying phone calls to ... Continue reading

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Bike vs. wild

Part of what I like about riding my bike is my ability to commune with nature. Now, I’m not all hippy-dippy about it. I’m not about to go all Walden or anything. But I do like feeling the weather, sensing the seasons, gazing at the stars. And ... Continue reading

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The Recap: Kansas 73, UCLA 61

Traveling to UCLA's Pauley Pavilion and emerging with a 12 point victory usually augments a team's resume and boosts morale. But when the team in question is the nation's unquestioned No. 1 and the Bruins aren't the Bruins of years past, the trip back home doesn't feel ... Continue reading

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How to make a former Lawrencian feel at home again

This weekend a friend of mine, and former Lawrence resident, came into town to visit. She wanted to relax and do some very "Lawrence things" and check out a "Lawrence show." So I took her to see The Dactyls at the Jackpot: There were lots of good ... Continue reading

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Alabama all over Texas in BCS Championship seems trendy; is it truthful?

I take it no one was surprised Sunday night when the BCS announced that No. 1 Alabama would take on No. 2 Texas for the national championship on Jan. 7 in Pasadena, Calif. Some were undoubtedly angry that TCU, Cincinnati and Boise State didn't get a chance ... Continue reading

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Much complexity to snow storm system expected on Tuesday

When you forecast for a large area of Northeast Kansas, winter forecasting is both fun and frustrating. Part of the frustration comes from the fact that storms like what we have on tap for Tuesday have more facets to it than can be conveyed in a brief ... Continue reading

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When to Edit Online News

Newspapers’ move to the Internet has made articles and their information constantly available, for years after their initial publication. This has led to people requesting that newspapers “unpublish” certain pieces of information in the article, as Kathy English, public editor of the Toronto Star, has researched in ... Continue reading

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The End of Objectivity

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Dec/06/allin.jpg photo by .faramarz, creative commons Sometimes it baffles me that I came to school to be a journalist. The principles that journalists hold dear—fairness, accuracy, ethics, objectivity—are concepts that seem too far-fetched, yet obviously innate, to be taught. This is the last week of my journalism ... Continue reading

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OMG! Did you hear about Turner Gill??

So Turner Gill is interviewing for the Kansas University football coaching job today. At least I think he is. He might not be. Probably, he isn’t. I’d say there’s at least a decent chance that, at this very moment, the Buffalo head coach is sitting on his ... Continue reading

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Economic Development for All or Just a Few

Sometime back, I wrote a blog addressing the use of the term “Common Good” as a mechanism to justify government efforts that spend taxpayers’ money. Sometimes the efforts truly support the broad interest. Regrettably, all too often they support some form of small special interest. See: In ... Continue reading

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Renaissance of Wonder

First, I should ask, how many know what DARPA is? I suspect...no I fear that the answer is "not many". If true, that is a sad testament to the state of education and science in America, but that is another story. One of the things that DARPA ... Continue reading

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The Great Holiday Rebate Contest Begins Today

This is the first week of our contest, The Great Holiday Rebate. Fill in the blanks using the clues below, then submit your entry to Lawrence Journal World. Entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7. We will have a weekly drawing for a $50 ... Continue reading

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More Freebies to Ring in the New Week

I love a great deal....but even more than that...I love things that are FREE. I'm done with my Holiday shopping ... and I'm just finishing up a couple of gifts for my husband... I'm not spending any more money on Christmas!! But that doesn't stop me from ... Continue reading

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So how should we respond to increasing carbon dioxide?

There was an interesting exchange this morning on National Public radio between Steve Levitt of SuperFreakonomics fame and Peter Frumhoff from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Levitt has proposed geo-engineering solutions as a stop gap measure to deal with global warming. The geo-engineering solution they discussed was ... Continue reading

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Stripper Blog: Big Fat Butt

OMG. I just learned how to flip up onto customers, and now I'm showing everyone who will sit down and be a Guinea pig. "OK! Thanks for doing this," I said to my friend Callahan. My hands were on the tops of his thighs as he sat, ... Continue reading

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The Perkins Legacy

Ah. Lew Perkins. The man comes to Lawrence in great fanfare, bringing a rep for elevating athletics. He did that. I'll admit he's done some good things. He's also done some terrible things. For example: I have a friend of many years, who's family was a long ... Continue reading