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Another pattern change in the near future

The jetstream is a nearly continuous band of high winds about 30,000 feet above the surface of the Earth. The pattern traced out by the jetstream and, more importantly, the changes in that pattern are what makes our day-to-day weather changes happen. So this week, the jetstream ... Continue reading

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Bradford’s injury tough to watch, but too early for OU sky to fall

Watching the BYU-Oklahoma game on Saturday night was painful. Not because the No. 20 Cougars pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent memory (the No. 3 Sooners were 22-point favorites in Arlington, Texas). Upsets are probably the most exciting part of college football. The painful ... Continue reading

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Why Conspiracy Theory Rhetoric is Hurting our Democracy

Shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, President Bush asked the American public to “never entertain outrageous conspiracy theories.” The irony of his statement is easily lost. Most people consider themselves reasonable, thoughtful individuals that don’t believe in crazy conspiracy theories, but the Official story of ... Continue reading

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Party Time!!!

What should we do to celebrate my 1000th comment? Man I need to get a life :) Continue reading

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“Spellbound”?

Okay! C'mon all u crybabies, put your pacifiers in and suck it up! The election is over, u lost!! Want to try another 8yrs with your expertise, or shall we go for 4 without it? Where were all the experts before this mess? Who was really "spellbound"? ... Continue reading

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Rio, The Happiest City? No Surprise There

“My Soul Sings/I See Rio de Janeiro I miss it so much/ Rio, your sea, endless beaches/Rio, you were made for me” Antonio Carlos Jobim, I can't say that I was surprised when I heard that Rio de Janeiro was voted “the world's happiest city” by Forbes ... Continue reading

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The Sideline Report with Jacob Branstetter

One housekeeping item before we get to this week's Sideline Report: We're having some technical problems with our Kream Keegan system, so we won't have the contest for this week. Hopefully, we'll get things up and running soon. Let's get right to our (extended) Sideline Report with ... Continue reading

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Project Runway: Beach Blanket Bungle

Normally when it comes to reality shows like “Project Runway,” “Top Chef” and “American Idol,” I don’t come in to each episode wishing for someone I don’t like to return. Normally, I just save that sort of energy for the people I do like because sometimes, as ... Continue reading

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Beware the flag, man

The other day, I went for a recreational ride in the country. Not far from town, I was surprised to encounter a flagman, though I don’t know why I was surprised. I had read on this very Web site that the stretch of road I was on ... Continue reading

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‘Extract’ is watered down

Mike Judge returns to the everyday workplace as the setting for his new comedy “Extract,” but it’s hard not to wish for a more spirited take à la his 1999 cult hit “Office Space.” Even the broad comedy in “Extract” seems oddly muted—especially that of Ben Affleck, ... Continue reading

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LiveWell — 2nd community meeting tonite

LiveWell Lawrence began its campaign to motivate Lawrencians to create a healthier town with healthier people with a big bang -- the "World's Largest Community Workout" on July 8. After a larger-than-expected turnout at a community meeting last week, it's holding another one tonight. Holcom Park Recreation ... Continue reading

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Health Care for All

I promised a blog on my perspective on health care reform. I will start with the top-level goals I believe the President set 1.) Universal Coverage 2.) Cost savings There were other elements that were identified such as no increase in federal outlays, continuity on present insurance ... Continue reading

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Facts on lightning

According to NOAA, there have already been 28 lightning deaths in the United States, in 20 states and Puerto Rico. About 100 lightning strikes hit somewhere on Earth every second. There is a 1 in 3,000 chance that you could be struck by lightning at some point ... Continue reading

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The hard left

My wife and I went to hear our Congressperson speak yesterday. We had three specific questions about how the ongoing health care reform would affect our Medicare. We ended up in the hallway with no real way to ask those questions. There were a lot of people ... Continue reading

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ConferenceChatterTV debut, and Dezmon or Dez? Can’t go wrong with either

I wanted to add a little something to the Conference Chatter blog this college football season. I have this feeling it may be one of the more memorable years in the Big 12. Kansas is going for its first outright North title. In the South, Texas and ... Continue reading

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KU coaches made right call by keeping Briscoe at kick returner

I've heard a lot of concern lately about the KU coaching staff's decision to leave Dezmon Briscoe as the kickoff returner. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/02/dez_.jpg By putting Briscoe on special teams, the Jayhawks are exposing him to more hits and perhaps increasing his chances of getting injured. After looking at ... Continue reading

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What College Students Don’t See In Lawrence

It's strange to have a 21-year relationship with something but to hardly know it at all. I grew up in this state, but Kansas and I haven't ever known each other intimately. To me, it seemed like Kansas didn't want to get to know me. It hid ... Continue reading

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The Fans Guide to Bandwagon Jumping for fall high school sports

In this business, it’s hard for sportswriters not to feel like they’re jumping on the bandwagon every now and again. After all, the best stories usually follow the most successful teams and, because of that, the teams that go deep into the postseason typically get the best ... Continue reading

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This morning’s lightning show

Lightning is the number two severe-weather-related killer in the United States. Yes, that means lightning kills more people than tornadoes and hurricanes. The lightning danger was apparent Wednesday morning across parts of Northeast Kansas. During the early morning hours of Wednesday, areas along U.S. Hwy. 75 saw ... Continue reading

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Because it offers choice and reduces costs, consider Sen. Wyden’s bi-partisan Healthy Americans Act

Like the massive invisible government health care that threatens grandma's health more than the imaginary panels dreamed up by Sarah Palin when she mis-read the basic legislative language of the bill, fears haunt health care reform. (The bill Palin cited called for “authorization,” but the word referred ... Continue reading

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