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NBA’s Thunder and Blake Griffin: A perfect match

Here's a thought: With the first pick of the 2009 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder select...Blake Griffin, University of Oklahoma.It'd be a fitting destination for the Big 12 star and would make the Thunder a heck of an entertaining group to watch. Consider these factors:1. If ... Continue reading

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Top Chef Season 5, Episode 8 — Down on the Farm

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jan/15/Picture_2.pngWell, I finally got what I wanted.Since the beginning, I've been grouchy about Ariane, whom I thought should have gone home in the first episode. Back then I thought she was the second coming of Wendy Pepper, the not-so-talented contestant from the first season of Project Runway ... Continue reading

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Do we need a secretary of the arts?

Should there be a federal secretary of the arts?Legendary music producer Quincy Jones thinks so. And in an online petition (as of this morning), he has more than 111,000 supporters.Jones made the comment back in November that the next time he talked with soon-to-be-president Barack Obama, he ... Continue reading

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Ending a marriage doesn’t need to be nasty, but you do need to file for divorce

Q. I’m tired of being with my husband. How can I leave him in a nice way? We have no children and I don’t want any of his money.A. Please, don’t move out and just try to get on with your life without filing for divorce. If ... Continue reading

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Obama’s Priorities

President-elect Obama's campaign message centered on 'change'. He nurtured the mantra among all his supporters across the country. No issue of public policy was immune, and everything needed to be revised. It grew from a wellspring of widespread discontent against all things associated with President Bush. Now, ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight (1-11-2009) Identified

Original post and partial images from In Plain Sight (1/11/2009) Next: IPS 1/18/2009 Coach_Eric identified the picture of the Henry's Coffee Shop near 8th and Mass. The parts of the picture revealed were of the balcony(?) and the decorative objects thereon.Congrats to Coach_Eric. How many is that ... Continue reading

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Flatirons

Driving in to Lawrence this Wednesday morning from a northeasterly point of origin, the skyline above town was a hazy dark bluish-gray. A few vertical clouds, or maybe they were emissions, were just visible against the dark background, they took on a greenish-gray hue. Above this was ... Continue reading

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Creative Accounting

The Governor has proposed her budget. She is meeting her fiscal obligations on the backs of our college students, the handicapped and our local governments. It is fascinating that our Democratic Governor and our mostly Democratic local delegation are not even attempting to raise taxes. I guess ... Continue reading

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Money Grows On Trees – Or Maybe On Houses

Well, we are going to spend the second 350 Billon dollar bail out package on something. It sounds like this time we are planning to bail out defaulting homeowners. I am not sure how they came up the highest priority of all those hurt by this financial ... Continue reading

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so many birds

What’s with all the flocking? Everywhere I go, I seem to see big flocks of something. The groups of Canada geese don’t surprise me. I know many hang around all year and others start moving north very early in the year. However, I’ve noticed lots of snow ... Continue reading

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Another Fieldhouse win streak on the line …

Now that the Kansas men's basketball team's Allen Fieldhouse win streak is safely at 34 games, another Jayhawk squad will have a streak of its own on the line tonight against one of its biggest rivals.The KU women (11-3) face Missouri (9-5) in the Jayhawks' conference home-opener. ... Continue reading

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“Gran Torino” sparks conversation

**Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" plays like some sort of R-rated Hallmark made-for-TV movie where the lead character, a horribly racist Korean War veteran named Walt Kowalski, finally learns firsthand that people are people everywhere, no matter what their background, and that racism is bad. For Walt to ... Continue reading

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KU on Wheels extends route to serve GSP/Corbin residence halls

KU on Wheels is extending one of its bus routes, without spending any more money.The transit system, which serves Kansas University, now provides evening and night service for residents of GSP and Corbin residence halls at the northern edge of campus.The system’s Rec Center/JRP Circulator bus (that’s ... Continue reading

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Theater festival to draw 1,600 to Lawrence

Some of the top collegiate actors and actresses will be in Lawrence starting Sunday for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s regional competition.About 1,600 theater students from around 100 colleges and universities will be in Lawrence as Kansas University hosts the annual competition, which runs through ... Continue reading

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Speaking of Kittens…

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jan/14/secondlifekittens_001.jpgWant a Kitten but can't have one in your apartment? There is hope. If you participate in the online world of Second Life, you can have a virtual kitten complete with accessories- sort of a sophisticated version of the little virtual pets that were sold to kids ... Continue reading

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Motives drive talk of transportation spending

A day after Kansas University researchers released a report outlining nine threats to transportation, along comes another group with its own take on national challenges and suggested solutions.But be warned: The new report comes from a fairly obvious advocacy position.The American Association of State Highway and Transportation ... Continue reading

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American Idol homecoming

The new and improved American Idol is back for its 8th season, with fresh faces, new rules and the same old crap.But isn't that why we love this most holy of unholy shows?I had all but given up on Idol midway through last year. But once Kansas ... Continue reading

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CFL bulbs not what they are touted to be?

Compact fluorescent light bulbs have been touted as more energy efficient than the standard incandescent bulbs most people use. But CFLs are not suitable for many common uses, according to a recent report by the National Center for Policy Analysis. The NCPA has decided CFLs are more ... Continue reading

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What to do when ex-spouse fails to pay joint mortgage and failure harms other spouse’s credit score

Q. My ex-wife still lives in what was our house. My name is not on the deed as a result of the Court’s action, but I am still a responsible party on the mortgage. The Ex is not paying the mortgage and it is hurting my credit. ... Continue reading

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Governor’s budget produces list of potential local losers

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposed state budget may end one contentious debate at Lawrence City Hall. But it is almost guaranteed to create a whole host of other ones. For the past couple of years, debate has broken out over how the city ought to be spending money ... Continue reading

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