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Sand Bar Street Party

The fire marshal, the police and authorities took a deep breath and said "ok" and they closed the street. The many hundreds of folk who turned up to watch Captain Jack and the Band had a great time. I know of party goers in their 70's and ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 8/2/2009

Previous:IPS 7/27/2009 Next:IPS 8/2/2009 jehovah_bob is this week's winner. See below for the complete photo 1st image: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/02/DSC_4676a.JPG 2nd image: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/03/DSC_4676b.JPG 3rd image: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/04/DSC_4676c.JPG 4tth image: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/05/DSC_4676d.JPG Well, at least I'm on time this week. I don't have any clever, deceptive, or confusing clues. Well, maybe the ... Continue reading

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A creepy plant

Today I went out to Baker wetlands to take pictures and found this totally creepy plant-Dodder. This is a parasitic plant that no longer has chlorophyll. Instead it gets its food by absorbing it from other plants. I had never seen this plant before so I was ... Continue reading

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Treasure # 7 - FOUND by Donovan & Emma!

Congratulations to Donovan and Emma...who are shown standing in front of the 'V' at Conrad & Viola McGrew Nature Preserve with Oliver's treasure http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/02/S3_35423_1_1.JPG It was a close chase for riches, however. As Donovan, Emma and their father were leaving the park, they met another group of ... Continue reading

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Brother, can you spare a dime?

A few days ago, there was a letter to the editor that painted a picture of young families forced to seek assistance on the streets of Lawrence. That article got my attention. I was both angry and exasperated. My anger stems from disgust with our very wealthy ... Continue reading

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The Lawrence We Remember: Things We Miss

Tonight's beautiful weather got me to thinking about some of the things that we used to have in town, particularly those I miss. Here are some of the things I fondly remember. 1. The train in Watson Park without the fence. I know it really wasn't safe ... Continue reading

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Help Lawrence: hit the gas for God’s Sake!-North Lawrence detour/By Gnome

There's a problem at the North Lawrence detour, but you can't blame this on the officials, the road workers, or the people of North Lawrence. I was by the detour for a while this afternoon and observed something funny. Drivers are flowing off the bridge onto Elm ... Continue reading

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Applications

I am old or at least I feel old. I have filled out job application after application and keep getting the same answers. I either don't have the experience or I don't answer the questions at the end of the application process right. Since human nature is ... Continue reading

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Hope DC is ready for some Mean Melin

Because of my regional win in Kansas City last month, I will be heading to Washington, DC on Aug. 7 to compete in the 2009 US Air Guitar Championship. The USAG organization traveled the country to find the best air guitarists around, and below is the list ... Continue reading

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Media Days: Video clips that I found interesting

After making the eight-hour drive back from Irving, Texas, I'm left with one philosophical question: Would you realize immediately that you were in the Flint Hills if the sign on the Turnpike didn't tell you it was the Flint Hills? While you're pondering that, here are some ... Continue reading

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Empty Banks

I don't know if you've noticed, but there are a lot of banks in Lawrence. Just a quick Google search shows just how many. View Larger Map Now my reason for pointing that out is that in addition to realizing the large number of banks, I've noticed ... Continue reading

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And the journey gets stranger…

Last I wrote, I was sitting with our new friends in Istanbul. After we left we took a walk around the Blue Mosque, but didn't go inside, as we were not dressed properly. We found a street full of auto parts stores, and were very tempted to ... Continue reading

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culture of mind your manners?

I was raised by Democrats, well I think Mom sometimes canceled Dad's vote. It was done politely, just by stepping behind the curtain. My extended family is mixed, both the elephants and donkeys are at the Thanksgiving dinner table. I was taught to respect people for their ... Continue reading

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Fox Proves That Big Girls DO Cry!

Okay, so I watched the newest spin on the Bachelor, a show called More to Love, which aired last Tuesday at 8 pm on Fox. My 15 year old son and I decided to tune in, solely because we had been inundated with commercials about the upcoming ... Continue reading

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Lawrence Farmers’ Market competing for national ranking

Another Lawrence institution is working to make the latest Top 20 poll, and this one doesn’t have anything to do with KU athletics. The Downtown Lawrence Farmers' Market is battling to be named one of the 20 best farmers' markets in the country by the American Farmland ... Continue reading

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Top Chef Masters — Is that an egg in a cow patty or dinner? Um, yum?

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jul/30/Picture_1.png Yawn ... morning, Top Chefers. I know that I should be all peppy and really excited over finally getting past the preliminary nonsense and into the last few episodes before we find out who’s the top of the top. But instead, I needed a big, ol’ ... Continue reading

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New York Culture Beat: The Brazilian Film Festival in NY

Not many Latin American films make it to US theaters these days, so it is always with great anticipation that I wait for the Brazilian Film Festival (www.brazilianfilmfestival.com), an ongoing circuit that makes an annual stop in New York, starting at Central Park Summerstage and then on ... Continue reading

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Bringing charges against the trash service

I looking at the mounting piles of trash appearing around town. I watched sanitation workers spend 2o minutes cleaning up a mess left by tenants and I know neither the tenants or landlord will be paying for the extra time. The sanitation workers did a good job, ... Continue reading

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Big 12 Media Days, Day 3

1:58 p.m. update: By Jesse Newell Be sure to check out our final Big 12 Soundoff podcast from Big 12 media days, which was just posted. Topics include the media-friendly Bill Snyder, the hilarious Mike Leach, Texas Tech mohawks and what stuck out the most to each ... Continue reading

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Who’s a “natural born” citizen?

Article II, Section 1 of our Constitution lays out the qualifications for anyone who wants to be President of the United States: 1. Must be at least thirty-five years old. 2. Must have been a resident of the United States for at least fourteen years. 3. Must ... Continue reading

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