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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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Make pot stickers, and not from a frozen box. I dare you.

In the early tenure of our relationship, Mr. Meat and Potatoes and I would occasionally go to Zen Zero for dinner, which always surprised me given his penchant for food that is hot, brown, and plenty of it. I thought Thai-esque cuisine might be out of his ... Continue reading

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Cliff Notes version: Mark Mangino press conference, 9/1/09

Much like we did on Media Day, here are the Cliff Notes version of Kansas football coach Mark Mangino's comments at his weekly press conference today. Full audio of the press conference can be found here. • KU is still working to get the right players in ... Continue reading

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We have some new contributors for LJWorld.com

From time to time, classes at Kansas University or Washburn will ask if they can use our Reader Blogs for their classes. For instance, during the 2008 elections, a Washburn political science class used one of our blog groups to enable the students to publicly analyze and ... Continue reading

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MONGOLIA!!!

Despite all the adventures and hardships of the rally up to this point, it quickly became apparent that the real adventure began at the Mongolian border. As we were crossing the large stretch of No-Man's Land, I joked about how it would be really funny if the ... Continue reading

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June skews this summer’s numbers a bit

For many meteorological purposes, we define summer to be "June-August" rather than the typical astronomical summer of June 21-September 22 (from the summer solstice to autumnal equinox). So, when looking at the three summer months, the averages are pretty varied. It's been a long time ago, but ... Continue reading

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Open Letter to My Congressman

The Honorable Dennis Moore? Sir, why does Congress not understand why the people have been so upset across the nation? This is an open letter because like the bills you pass, you will not read it. You work for us, not the bankers or other money groups. ... Continue reading

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Sorrentino scale 2009 debut: Make your answers known

We've finally hit game week, a festive time for all of us college football nuts. Only five days remain until kickoff (three days for Iowa State fans). To prepare for Saturday, the Sorrentino Scale is back to weigh in on how each Big 12 team ranks heading ... Continue reading

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Back On The Chain Gang

Okay, so I'm sitting here at work and feeling kind of bored. Sluggish, really, and in need of a power nap. "It's Monday..." I remind myself as I slowly go about performing my task. The job I have now is clerical and can get a bit teadious, ... Continue reading

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Lawrence Landmarks

This map shows the path we took around Lawrence. Our trip took around four hours but we saw parts of Lawrence we had never seen before. View Larger Map http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/31/J691_Landmarks_001__.jpg Before it used to be Lawrence Fire Station #4 it used to be a stop on the ... Continue reading

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Thoughts on “Why Do They Hate Us?”

The Vanity Fair article, "A Media Guy Asks: Why Do They Hate Us?," by Matt Pressman delivers truth with humor and relevance. Pressman runs down a list of reasons why the American public hates the media and rates the validity of each, accompanied by his witty reasoning. ... Continue reading

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“Why do they hate us” reaction

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/culture/2009/06/23/a-media-guy-asks-why-do-they-hate-us.html I worked with a former newspaper and editorial writer turned radio freelancer this summer. In addition to producing his radio pieces, I got to hear a lot about what he thought of the profession of journalism, past, present and future. One topic he touched on throughout ... Continue reading

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Response to “Why they hate us”

I am nearing the end of my undergraduate career. I'm sad and reflective--like any good senior--and take any opportunity I can to chafe inwardly about the things I have learned (and, indeed, what I have yet to learn). A recent article in Vanity Fair by Matt Pressman ... Continue reading

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Free beer! MoonPies!

Gosh, I’m an awful parent. Earlier this summer, I dragged my family to the Lenexa Midnight Bike Ride. I had a ball when I did the ride in 2008, and though the venue changed from downtown Lenexa to Shawnee Mission Park this year, I thought I’d introduce ... Continue reading

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Why do they hate us?

Matt Pressman's article made several very good points about the perceptions that many people have about media in the United States. Many people see the media as unreliable, too liberal, and irrelevant. However, people still continue to read the newspapers, watch television, and read magazines to keep ... Continue reading

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Response to: “A Media Guy Asks: Why Do They Hate Us?”

Like other journalists before him, Matt Pressman asks readers in Vanity Fair, why does the American public hate the media? Major complaints, he says, are that the media – 1) Is too liberal. 2) Is too conservative. 3) Screws up. 4) Can’t keep up with the digital ... Continue reading

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Another cool month wraps up

A very unusual summer is a good way to describe it. We've seen temperatures in the 70s more often than we've had highs in the 90s. In fact, only 23 days through all of June, July and August topped 90. What is more surprising is that 12 ... Continue reading

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Lawrence Landmarks

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/30/bandstand.JPG Devin Lowell stands next to the bandstand in South Park. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/30/highschool.JPG Anna Sobering stands across the street from Central Junior High, the former Liberty Memorial High School, at 15th and Massachusetts Streets. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/30/watkinsmuseum.JPG Devin Lowell crosses the street in front of the Watkins Bank Building, home ... Continue reading

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