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Hurricanes & The B-P Oil Spill

The Atlantic Hurricane Season is getting into full swing with tropical storms like Hurricane Alex firing up in the Gulf of Mexico bringing concerns over the British Petroleum oil spill’s impacts. Previously, concerns over the movement of the massive spill were focused mainly on gulf currents and ... Continue reading

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Getting Used to Socialism

Reading the comments regarding the state-wide smoking ban in Kansas I came across one particularly poignant comment, the gist of which was that smokers will complain, maybe a few will boycott, but eventually they'll get over it and get used to it. This is the sometimes sad, ... Continue reading

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June 26, 2010: Lunar eclipse

The partial lunar eclipse on June 26, 2010 was the first lunar eclipse of the year. There will only be two this year; the next eclipse will be a total eclipse on December 21, 2010. This eclipse was viewed best from the West Coast, so we didn't ... Continue reading

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Swampyville Nursery Rhymes for the Older Animals;

"A HOUSE (BOTH PARTIES) UNITED AGAINST THE PEOPLE CAN NOT STAND"! This is the House That the People Built! By Ollie Owl This is the House, that the People Built; This is the Fat, that lay in the House, that the People Built; These are the Rats, ... Continue reading

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Uneven destinations plague ‘Sister Cities’

“Why do it yourself when a man can do it for you?” So says Mary, the matriarch in The KU Theatre’s production of "Sister Cities." Written by Colette Freedman and directed by Nicole Hodges Persley, the play takes place in the living room of Mary – the ... Continue reading

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The Market House

Lawrence has changed quite a bit since the land was open to settlement as part of the Territory of Kansas in 1854. I've always been intrigued, when entering one of the downtown establishments, what used to be inside. Or, when driving around town, what used to be ... Continue reading

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June 23-25, 2010: Summer is here

You can certainly tell it's summer with all of the hot and humid weather we've had! The following photograph is my story on trying to stay cool. That's right, kiddie pools are not just for kids! The story of how this pool ended up on my deck ... Continue reading

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Transfer could bring spark to KU basketball

I've got good news for Kansas fans. I know of a college basketball transfer* who wants to play at KU. He played major Division I basketball last year and is looking for more minutes this upcoming season. He's also a big man. And after KU losing Cole ... Continue reading

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Feeling the love at Fiesta

The first time I went to St. John's Mexican Fiesta in Lawrence was about three years ago. The dancing area was packed full of sweaty people cutting a rug while the band played on stage. I saw a couple with a new baby, they kept tossing him ... Continue reading

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Bike heaven, bike hell

I found myself in bike heaven last week. On family vacation in Breckenridge, Colo., I wandered the streets amazed. Sharrows and/or protected bike lanes adorned nearly every road. There were bikes on cars and buses, bikes parked in front of or beside nearly every store. There were ... Continue reading

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Prime rib, Baby.

When Mr. Meat and Potatoes asked me to make a prime rib dinner for him for Father’s Day, at first I was all for it. I felt like he deserved such a treat, seeing as he works hard every day lugging kegs up the looong staircase to ... Continue reading

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Swampyville Bulletin Board!

SWAMPYVILLE BULLETIN BOARD Foreclosure Sale: For sale, One Country at a bargain price! Previous Landowners received their Golden Parachutes and moved them to their overseas accounts to avoid paying taxes and left the Country vacant. Several outstanding debts are still owed on this Country! Price - Negotiable! ... Continue reading

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Planning a 4th of July picnic? Check out this week’s savings.

I can’t believe June is coming to a close, and I’m seeing all kinds of 4th of July savings. When I was growing up, my family always went on picnics. The holiday picnics were planned with friends and extended family. But even better, were those spontaneous outings. ... Continue reading

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An Experiment: Loving More, Judging Less

The next time you think about rejecting someone, try loving them instead. You’ll find it is more difficult than you might imagine. If you usually pride yourself on loving many people, you may be caught by the sudden contradiction of your behavior, when you find it hard ... Continue reading

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Superintendent Doll

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First lunar eclipse of the year

If you are an early riser and a science geek, look to the sky early Saturday morning. Even if you aren't an early riser, you may want to set your alarm clocks. Saturday, June 26, 2010 will be the first of two lunar eclipses for 2010. This ... Continue reading

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Big 12 rookie predictions: Who will have biggest NBA impact?

Watching seven Big 12 players walk to the stage in the first round of the NBA Draft on Thursday called to mind the superb state of the best conference in college basketball. Nothing should happen next year to bump the Big 12 from the [top spot among ... Continue reading

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Swampyville Nursery Rhymes for the Older Animals;

Instead of trimming the NATIONAL TREE to allow it to grow, the politicians and their backers are purchasing more chain saws (Laws) to cut it down! Do you know the Tax Liquidators? By Ollie Owl Do you Know the Prestidigitator Person, the Prestidigitator Person, the Prestidigitator Person; ... Continue reading

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What you have not heard

The Senate finally passed legislation last Friday that would reverse the 21% cut in Medicare (seniors) and TRICARE (Veterans and serving military families) payments that took effect on June 1. Leadership form both parties agree the cuts needs to be reversed. House leaders, however, are saying that ... Continue reading

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Sales Tax Signs - Buyer Beware

Suggested signs for those business that choose to tax their customers for the privilege of shopping in their special tax district. We have all seen the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) signs displayed on commercial buildings. These signs are placed in prominent locations that warn firefighters of ... Continue reading