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Summer winding down?

While thunderstorms are possible in any summer, the trend during the past few weeks has been for thunderstorms that have much more jetstream support. In other words, the jetstream is farther south, helping to keep momentum to thunderstorms across the Central Plains. That's not typical for August ... Continue reading

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It’s Bad Poetry Day - what you got to say?

So, I stumbled upon the the worst poetry in Chicago and it's pretty terrible. The first one is about Oprah and it's hysterical. Turns out today is Bad Poetry Day! I want your worst poetry. You can email me or just post your worst in the comments. ... Continue reading

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RoeDapple’s Bucket List

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/18/the-bucket-list-2-1024.jpg ************************************************* The Bucket List is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner, written by Justin Zackham, and starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. The main plot follows two terminally ill men (Nicholson and Freeman) on a road trip with a wish list of things to ... Continue reading

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The Obnoxious Occurence of Multiple Births

Okay, this isn't really a full-fledged blog-- Its more like a quasi-rant. I just read where a woman somewhere is pregnant with 12 -- yep, a dozen-- babies. Here's a snippet from the article: A woman in Tunisia is said to be pregnant with six boys and ... Continue reading

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Sharing the message

The United Way of Douglas County has put together a number of LIVE UNITED videos. Check out the Campaign Video and a few stories as the organization prepares to kick off the 2009 campaign in September. Continue reading

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Bob Novak passes away; look back at a visit of his to Lawrence

Bob Novak died today, according to the Associated Press. He was 78. Here is his obituary from the Associated Press: Take a look back at a trip he made to Lawrence in 2007. Political columnist Robert Novak, who was a central figure in the Valerie Plame CIA ... Continue reading

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Making It Work.

So are you having a Project Runway season opener watch party? I would be, if I weren't 37 weeks pregnant and the tiredest, crankiest woman in Lawrence. PR, among my friends, is a ritual, a shared experience, a bond. Mr. Meat and Potatoes has to tolerate it ... Continue reading

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What is United Way?

MISSION STATEMENT United Way of Douglas County: Addressing human service needs by mobilizing community resources and building partnerships. Agency partnerships consist of 24 not-for-profits that address human service needs locally; some of these agencies are part of a national entity, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters. These ... Continue reading

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A speculation concerning sarah palin

oh, the internet was buzzing with rumors that Sarah Palin was possibly involved in a divorce-but she flat out denied those allegations claiming it was a media attack on her family. We must assume that these divorce rumors are completely false. Many a single man out there ... Continue reading

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Coming down from the 2009 US Air Guitar Championships

It's taken me more than a week (and two trips to the doctor) to come down completely from my amazing experience at the U.S. Air Guitar Championships last Friday in Washington, D.C. I, as Mean Melin, competed against 24 other air guitarists from all over the country ... Continue reading

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The United States’ Long Experiment with Socialism Must End

It's so incredible that it almost couldn't be true, but I checked a whole bunch of Wikipedia links, listened to innumerable expert opinions on a couple Internet forums, and I have no found no evidence to contradict it. We, the United States, have been actively engaged in ... Continue reading

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Defining Moments: Is Your Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

The first day of school has come and gone and in my house, that’s the official end to summer. I don’t know about anyone else but this summer was definitely more exciting and action packed than previous ones. We’ve had an unexpected out of state guest (teenager) ... Continue reading

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A new approach to health reporting

We’re developing a new approach to reporting about health in Douglas County. It’s different from the way journalists usually report about health. First, it’s a Web-based network in which Douglas County residents who are involved and interested in health -- health care providers, people who use health ... Continue reading

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Band Day Parade

Speaking from someone that had two generations of Band Day participants in their family, I am greatly disappointed in the fact that we will not have a parade this year. My grandchildren look forward to it as mom tells them how she and grandpa both marched in ... Continue reading

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LIVING UNITED

Today, with much excitement, we begin to raise awareness for our annual United Way Employee Campaign at The World Company. Every year we are known for setting a pace in the community and giving a great deal in volunteer hours and donations to help 24 non-profit agencies ... Continue reading

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School dazed

My kids haven’t even been back to school a week yet, and already I’m tired of having to ferry them there. There no longer is bus service for kids who live within the magical 2.5-mile radius of their school, so folks like me have to find a ... Continue reading

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Fall practices begin today for area high school sports teams

Today is one of my favorite days of the year. No, Aug. 17 is not my birthday and it doesn’t mark some other kind of milestone in my life. In fact, it’s not the Aug. 17 part of it that makes today so great. It’s the fact ... Continue reading

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Ghost Hunter

When I was young all I wanted to do was go on dates and dancing, and fall in love. I am in my 50's now and I would really like to be a ghost hunter, mostly to see if there really are ghosts (actually I don't know ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 8/16/2009

Previous: IPS 8/9/2009 Next: IPS 8/23/2009 Technically, 'thetagger' was the first to identify this week's photo, but 'think_about_it' clearly knew where it was, too. See end of the post for picture(s) and answer. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/16/DSC_4625b.JPG 2nd image: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/17/DSC_4625a.JPG 3rd image: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/18/DSC_4625c.JPG And yet a 4th partial image: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/19/DSC_4625d.JPG ... Continue reading

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Boy am I stupid!

Fooled again - I sure am gullible. Here I was protesting a requirement that I pay a disproportionate fee for the sidewalk that I do not own and that is not on my property. I had been willing to pay a flat fee. But, I missed the ... Continue reading

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