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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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Watch for lane closures in K.C. area

Looks like bridge inspections and related work are picking up in the Kansas City metro area, cutting into the free flow of traffic on some major roadways.Here’s a rundown of the traffic effects of various projects this week, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation:U.S. Highway 69• ... Continue reading

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Top 10 Romantic Comedies

So here we are in February, and another Valentine's Day is upon us, which means it's time for some recommendations that won't leave you feeling cheated in this much-maligned (and sometimes very rightly so) genre of movies. Don't forget my list of Top 10 Movies to Trick ... Continue reading

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Trees at root of spring exhibitions

Some of my favorite things to photograph — and, frankly, some of the things I love most about Lawrence — are the vibrant trees that line Old West Lawrence and the KU campus in the fall.A friend asked me to photograph some for his living room last ... Continue reading

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Winter is Half Over!

Even though, it seems to me, that this winter has had lots of mild days mixed in with ugly cold, I hear lots of people ready for winter to be over with. At least with the sun out, it seems nicer. Winter is sure a good excuse ... Continue reading

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Pop culture quiz reveals Beasley’s youthful spirit

Need a reason to believe that Miami Heat rookie and former Kansas State standout Michael Beasley actually is just 20 years old? Try looking at his answers in Sports Illustrated's latest edition of "The Pop Culture Grid." The feature, which appears each week near the front of ... Continue reading

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Ranking comes at bad time for KU

Kansas picked a bad time to return to the rankings.If you haven’t heard yet, the Jayhawks are back in the rankings, as high as No. 21 in the AP poll.I know what you’re going to say: There’s never a bad time to be ranked. You always want ... Continue reading

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Mix and Stir

My husband asked me the other day what I wanted for Valentine’s Day, and I asked him in return what my budget was. “Ten bucks,” he replied. “So I guess that means my KitchenAid Mixer is out,” I shouted after him, as he walked out the front ... Continue reading

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Ivan Boyd birds

Hereʼs what I heard at the Ivan Boyd prairie yesterday:tufted titmouse (http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Tufted_Titmouse.html )chickadee (http://www.learnbirdsongs.com/birdsong.php?id=12 )crow blue jay (http://www.learnbirdsongs.com/birdsong.php?id=5 )junco (http://www.learnbirdsongs.com/birdsong.php?id=37 )I saw several cardinals, but not a one was singing. Just the day before, I heard several in my yard. Must have been the weather. The spring-like ... Continue reading

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Hang up and … ride?

I know some people are umbilically attached to their cell phones.I’m not one of them.But I almost never head out for a ride — whether a long, recreational jaunt in the country or a short cross-town commute — without bringing my cell along.Mostly, it’s for safety reasons.If ... Continue reading

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Ranking KSU’s Denis Clemente; and a Super Bowl prediction

Welcome to the show, Denis Clemente. Here's guessing you'll be named Big 12 player of the week. Clemente, Kansas State's 6-foot-1 guard, put on one of the best performances in conference history when he scored 44 points in the Wildcats' 85-81 overtime shocker of No. 11 Texas ... Continue reading

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