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The African Email Scam (Part 2)

I gotta tell you: it's hard work being a scam baiter. As I mentioned in my previous blog, these African email scammers send out mass emails to people trying to get them to send money across the world in an effort to cash in on an unbelievable ... Continue reading

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Devil’s Work Dictionary Winners & Next Term

Congratulations to jonas_opines, who won last week's challenge with over 35% of the votes. Ronda Miller came in a close second with nearly 32% of the votes. As the top two vote getters, both will have their satirical definitions for the term Glass Ceiling posted in Devil's ... Continue reading

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A Simple Solution to the ‘scalper’ Crisis at KU

All the measures attempted by the City of Lawrence and KU to reduce the number of scalpers are doomed to failure because they deny one inconvertible truth, people with money will spend almost any amount to attend a basketball game. This is a good thing; KU basketball ... Continue reading

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Noodles & Company still eyeing downtown

As we reported back in October, it looks like Noodles & Company is going to open up a new restaurant in downtown Lawrence. But it also looks like Palace Cards & Gifts will shut down this spring to make way for the business. The national chain Noodles ... Continue reading

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The Sideline Report with Markieff Morris

Markieff and Marcus Morris play better when they're on the court together.There, I said it. Though it's something they and KU coach Bill Self won't admit to, I don't think it's something I'm making it up. Honestly, it should be that way. The two have played together ... Continue reading

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Sweet Lovin’ On A Plate

If this doesn’t get your significant other all heated up inside (if you know what I mean), nothing will. This is the meal I intended to make for my beloved on Valentine’s Day (whether or not I receive the mixer – because I am just that nice), ... Continue reading

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Review: ‘The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial’

This review of "The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial," which was presented Wednesday night at the Lied Center, is by Megan Helm, a Lawrence musician and educator.The battle between religion and science raged under the sweltering summer sun in Dayton, Tenn., in July 1925 as Clarence Darrow defended ... Continue reading

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Airline fees - What’s next? $30 for a window seat?

Airline fees are fun, aren't they?A few weeks ago I flew to Phoenix, and paid $15 to check a bag each way. Fees for checked bags, of course, spur everyone to carry on as much as possible -- which clogs up the overhead bins, and the under-seat ... Continue reading

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E Pluribus Unum

E Pluribus Unum: A View of WashingtonIt surprises many first time visitors to Washington, DC, how expansive and extensive are the landscape and buildings that constitute America's capitol. Enter the city, and along a western axis, from the Lincoln memorial near the banks of the Potomac River, ... Continue reading

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Get your Valentine’s Day shopping done this weekend

Looking for a Valentine’s Day gift? Some hand-crafted options will be featured in a pair of art shows this weekend.Van-Go Mobile Arts, 715 N.J., will host its “Have a Heart” sale from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. Items featured will include decorative dishes (above), hand-made cards, ... Continue reading

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Top Chef Season 5, Episode 11 — Le Bernardin

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Feb/05/Picture_1.pngMy first thought of this episode: "Oh crap, Fabio's talking to his wife ... he's going home." But then Leah just gave up in the middle of the second round of the three-round fish challenge and I thought, "Hmmm, maybe Fabio is safe." Yay!My third thought? Recently ... Continue reading

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cigarette box

i have recently acquired a brass-copper otar cigarette box. it is quite unique and I was wondering if there are many of these available. also what is the worth of this antique. Continue reading

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Kids get their spell on this weekend

I'm pretty p-u-m-p-e-d for this Saturday. Yes, the KU men's basketball team is taking on Oklahoma State, but it's what's going down before the game that I'm excited about.The 2009 Douglas County Spelling Bee. WOOT!That's right. The cream of the Douglas County crop (specifically Baldwin, Eudora, and ... Continue reading

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The new world of college football recruiting …

What if I told you that ESPN interviewed me last week to become a permanent member of the TV show Around the Horn? Would you think of me as a better journalist? OK, so the previous scenario did not happen. But something like it is happening in ... Continue reading

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‘Patience’ production sets opera in Lawrence

An opera that is nearly 130 years old is getting a fresh coat of paint starting this weekend at Kansas University.KU Opera is staging Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience,” a satirical look at the “aesthetic craze” of the 1870s and 1880s in England during the boom of poets, ... Continue reading

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‘Common Good”??

When I was young (seems like a long-long time ago) the term “common good” was broadly understood and we did not need admonitions from our “law givers” to remind us of our obligations. It meant succinctly something that benefited the majority directly and that as a consequence ... Continue reading

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City in search of ‘rich uncle’

As city commissioners Tuesday considered a host of budget cuts to deal with a possible loss of $1.1 million of state funding this year, they got lots of advice. One piece was to forget this idea of adding another Sister City to its roster. In January, the ... Continue reading

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Super Bowl Ads Don’t Measure Up

Clydesdales, snow globes, and which soft drink ad is the best. The buzz this week is as much about the advertisements as the Super Bowl game. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Feb/03/Copy_of_1-17-08.jpgHands down, outside of the Super Bowl hype, I think the Angus beef breeders have the best advertisement campaign.The experts who ... Continue reading

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Check back after 6:35 p.m. for live blog of commission’s discussion of budget cuts

City Hall reporter Chad Lawhorn will be at tonight's City Commission meeting — where possible budget cuts will be a major topic of conversation.Post questions you have now and check back after 6:35 p.m. to see what's being discussed for possible budget elimination.Hello. This is Journal-World reporter ... Continue reading

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Is This What The Groundhog Means?

I suppose it is the time of year that we are in, but these big swings in temperatures tend to wear people down. We go from the 70's to the 30's in a blink of an eye, and start the process over again. But while Phil's prediction ... Continue reading

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