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iReport, therefore iAm

CNN has enlisted the help of citizen journalists by creating the iReport program. While firsthand accounts can be a great value to the masses, reports based on pure opinion should not be passed off as citizen journalism. There is a time and place for angry tirades, blogs ... Continue reading

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The temperatures are spring-like, but the Christmas lights are out

Over the weekend I was coming home to Topeka from Tulsa, Okla. There were a few spots I ran into, where I could only pick up one radio station. The skies were sunny, the temperatures were in the middle to upper 70s and the one radio station ... Continue reading

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Hyperlocal Journalism

For this class, I was assigned a neighborhood in Lawrence and expected to report on what went on inside its specified boundaries. This is known as hyper local journalism, and it is a trend that has been growing in the industry for some time now. The neighborhood ... Continue reading

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I am an ageist.

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Nov/09/Baby.jpg Photo by hyperscholar, creative commons I keep a running mental list of the strange, time-consuming ways that my professors access Google. While everyone else in class is happily chatting and ignoring him, I watch my confused professor go to the Start menu … find Firefox … ... Continue reading

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Arthur Dodge and the Horsefeathers

This weekend we headed out to celebrate my last baby-free birthday with a good old fashioned Replay show. Outside you had the usual DJ and dancers, and inside you had veterans Arthur Dodge and the Horsefeathers. The crowds inside and outside were like night and day. It ... Continue reading

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Under Snyder, KSU goes from undisciplined to respectable

Nearly one year ago, I ripped the Kansas State football team for its lack of discipline on the field in the Sunflower Showdown. Kansas dominated Kansas State in Lawrence with considerably better talent in 2008. This season, Kansas still had the edge in talent and experience. That's ... Continue reading

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Why Brownback is yellow

Sam Brownback is against putting terrorists into prison. I think if they are terrorists they should be tried and go to prison. He is scared that the American system isn't good enough to imprison people. He wants to keep them in a camp in Cuba. I don't ... Continue reading

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Dillons, HyVee, and Checkers — I’ve shopped and compared. See the results.

I’ve been reading the responses to our blog when we talk about grocery shopping. It seems that everyone has their favorite store. Reasons vary for your loyalties — whether it’s prices, location or just because that’s where you’ve always shopped. Before writing the blog, I would do ... Continue reading

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December is for editing

Seven days of writing have produced 15,000+ words for this year’s NaNoWriMo story. Some of the words are good, fewer very good, and the vast majority are just okay. It’s easy to string letters together to form words, then sentences and finally paragraphs that express an idea. ... Continue reading

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My Favorite Season…and my Favorite Weekly Deals

While you wouldn't know it by the wonderful weather this weekend...Fall is in full swing and I am ready to settle in and make the most of it. I love to bake...I love to plan and prepare for Holiday festivities...to decorate the house. I've been blessed this ... Continue reading

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Kansas’ weather drama

A week ago, we concluded the 4th coldest October on record and the coldest October this area has seen since 1976. We were stuck in a pattern that featured a persistent upper-level trough parked over Northeast Kansas. This allowed continuous pushes of cold air into the area. ... Continue reading

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The Unemployment Conundrum

There is a lot of data floating around about “jobs”. There appears to be some life in our economy but we are still loosing jobs. Some people suggest that job creation will return in a few years. Others are more skeptical. Maybe we should ask a very ... Continue reading

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Ft. Hood, TX 7 November 2009

Driving through the III Corps gate off of 190 this morning, I came to the realization that Ft. Hood is different today. . .yes, the news trucks at the visitor center, and the satellite vans parked on the Headquarters parade ground is an indicator that something big ... Continue reading

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3 Questions: Kansas at Kansas State

1. Can KU turn around its newfound turnover habit? http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Oct/17/Reesing.jpg In Kansas' first five games of the 2009 season (all victories), the Jayhawks committed one turnover per contest. In the team's past three games (all losses), KU has coughed up possession three times per contest. This trend ... Continue reading

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Project Runway: The final challenge (about stinkin’ time!)

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Nov/06/finaljudging.png Well, there was no “Top Chef” again this week. Sigh. But there is good news after all: This week brought us the final challenge before Fashion Week on “Project Runway.” And, honestly, I’m relieved. This season has been a letdown from its first highly anticipated five ... Continue reading

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November Is For Writing

Hi, I'm Jason. I'm working on writing a 50,000+ word novel completely in 30 days as part of NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. November is what everyone who's not playing along calls the month. Those in the know call it 'NaNo' and those who participate are ... Continue reading

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Health Care Legislation: It’s A Debate

“”I am always uneasy when I start on something I cannot at least faintly see the end of the road.” This is a quote from a letter dated December 27, 1954, written by then President Dwight D. Eisenhower to Oveta Culp Hobby, Secretary of Health, Education and ... Continue reading

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Why Texas Tech’s draw plays worked so well against KU

Welcome back to "The Breakdown," where we'll look at some KU plays each week and try to go a little more in-depth into why it did or didn't work. I promise we'll get to some successful KU plays in the future. But for this week, I wanted ... Continue reading

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Reflections on reflecting

The awful story of Rachel Leek has forced me to spend quite a bit of time lately reconsidering my approach to riding my bike at night. Leek was killed while riding around 2:15 a.m. Oct. 16 in the 1000 block of Tennessee. In no way am I ... Continue reading

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Your mind won’t be blown watching ‘The Men Who Stare at Goats’

Even if you haven't seen a movie about psychic Jedi warriors in the United States Army who kill goats with their mind, you may come out of "The Men Who Stare at Goats" thinking that you've seen a lot of it before. George Clooney stars in this ... Continue reading