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Introducing the Free State Social

Today we launched our Web site and began selling tickets for the Free State Social. Below is the press release in our About section. Questions? Let us know. Email freestatesocial@ljworld.com or find us on Twitter @FreeStateSocial. **************** http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Dec/21/FreeStateSocial.jpg Social media is much more than a fad - ... Continue reading

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Introducing a new feature to our comment threads

Over the weekend, we quietly introduced a new feature to our comment threads. It's one we hope NOT to use often but one that we expect will have a big impact when we do. We recently finished work on what we're calling "moderated comments." In certain, select, ... Continue reading

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My theory of relativity

For my high school graduation present, my parents took me for vacation that summer to England and Scotland. One late-June day, we decided to drive to Stonehenge to view the massive standing stones. We poked around the English countryside until we found ’em, and as we were ... Continue reading

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Top Heavy USD 497

Let it be known. I DO NOT WORK for USD497 but I am a stakeholder and parent of children who attend. I care about their education and want the best for the students and their experience in the classroom. As a way to begin whittling down the ... Continue reading

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Two Years and Counting

Two years ago today I posted the first in a series of pictures of everyday subjects in Lawrence. Two years? I've always wanted to keep a journal, but never have. This blog, and in particular the IPS/SMTS posts are the closest I've come. I have mentioned before ... Continue reading

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Would you want Missouri joining the Big Ten?

The Big Ten is looking to add more teams, and there's a good chance conference commissioner Jim Delany will consider a few Big 12 schools on his list of possibilities. Kansas hasn't been brought up anywhere in the Big Ten's expansion talks. However, a few Big 12 ... Continue reading

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The Recap: Kansas 75, Michigan 64

For the first 17 or so minutes of their victory Saturday, the Kansas Jayhawks were nearly unguardable. Then Michigan switched to a 1-3-1 zone — a hallmark of any John Beilein-coached team — and KU became very, very easy to stop. Senior guard Sherron Collins turned the ... Continue reading

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Deals for a Coupon-Free Week

This weekend...and almost every holiday weekend, you will find no coupons in the paper. There are still deals to be had, however. This is a perfect example of why I personally think it is so important to organize and save each week's coupons even if you don't ... Continue reading

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Enter The Great Holiday Rebate Contest for a Chance to Win $500

Use the ads in Sunday's Journal-World to locate the correct answers to the clues listed below. Submit your entries at the Journal-World and you can have a chance to win the $500 grand prize. Good luck! As you know, Jenn and Julie, better known on the North ... Continue reading

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Sometimes a fact IS a fact but not relevant…

One thing that strikes me about people's ability to understand science is that people do not have a good grasp of the span of geological time. A good example is in Lee Gerhard's recent opinion piece in the Journal World, . Dr. Gehard makes he following claims: ... Continue reading

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Deadline is nearing to win an awesome HDTV in KUsports.com contest

A couple weeks ago we introduced you to the Recreate The Shot contest. We're about halfway through the contest period and we wanted to make sure you were still thinking about how you could go about recreating that famous shot from the 2008 National Championship game. In ... Continue reading

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Praeger and Bremby: Lifestyle Changes Key to Improving Community Health

Trying to change the lifestyle habits that make Americans unhealthy will make reforming our national health insuance coverage system look like child's play. That's according to Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and KDHE Secretary Rod Bremby. Praeger and Bremby, along with Lawrence Memorial Hospital CEO Gene Meyer ... Continue reading

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Which team has the best shot at going undefeated? KenPom says it’s not KU

Forty and 0. It seems like everywhere you turn, you hear someone bringing up the possibility of the Kansas men’s basketball team running the table this season, whether it’s the first reader comment under a story or a fan blog or Xavier Henry after his first game. ... Continue reading

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Cliff’s Notes version: Bill Self press conference, 12/18/09

Here is the Cliff's Notes version of Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self's comments at his weekly press conference today. Full audio is posted here. • Michigan has lost a couple of tough games. The Wolverines are definitely a team that has a chance to be a ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 12/18/2009

Previous: IPS 12/9/2009 Next: IPS 12/23/2009 littleone identified this week's picture. Sorry I've been a little slow in acknowledging it. See the photo and answer below. I've been out of town, so I'm a little bit late. To be fair, which I am usually loathe to do, ... Continue reading

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The cold, hard truth

In my last blog, I wrote about how much I enjoy cycling in cold, snowy weather. That night, a brutal cold front swept in, and, after I battled the below-zero windchill for a couple of rides, I considered posting this follow-up: Please disregard anything I wrote about ... Continue reading

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Who’s dreaming of a White Christmas?

Everyone seems to want to know if Bing Crosby's song will materialize this year. Are you dreaming of a white Christmas or hoping for a December thaw? First off, let's define "White Christmas" as 1" of snow depth on Dec. 25. Some people like to say it ... Continue reading

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Stripper Blog: Thin Winter & A Married Man

It is winter, and the powerful nocturnal predator is starving. The small, black eyes of the carcajou, the ‘evil spirit,’ scan the nighttime landscape, hungrily and dangerously absorbing the details of the snowy North American woods. The skilled killer is waiting, waiting for a chance to snap ... Continue reading

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Chance to Win $500 Cash

Don't forget to play Sunday's Great Holiday Rebate Contest. Correct entries receive a chance to win our grand prize of $500 cash! Pick up Sunday's Journal-World to find answers to the clues that will be posted on the blog. Continue reading

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Healthy School Lunches

Slow Food USA is continuing the push for new legislation to be passed that promotes healthier lunches in school cafeterias nationwide with an emphasis on providing locally grown produce. As a slow food activist, I have received insider information describing the goals and challenges set forth by ... Continue reading