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Oh Good Grief…

Apparently a creationist group is passing out copies of Darwin's Origin of Species with an introduction chock full of creationist misinterpretations of evolution at the top 100 universities . They were at Washburn yesterday so let's see if KU makes the cut. By the way here is ... Continue reading

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The War for Hearts and Minds

In late September, I was one of 19 journalists participating in the University of Kansas’s "Bridging the Gap: A Military Experience for Journalists" funded by the McCormick Foundation. We ran obstacle courses, ate MREs (meals ready to eat), and exercised at 4 a.m. with the soldiers. My ... Continue reading

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What Saving Money Looks Like at the Dinner Table

All of this talk about coupons...how to use them...where to use them...and still some people don't get it. That's okay. It took me a long time to be convinced that when put into practice, the theory of stockpiling would be beneficial...that coupons would yield me food that ... Continue reading

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Right in time, welcome to Winter Weather Awareness Day

We just had our first snow of the season, so winter weather may be fresh on your mind. Today is Winter Weather Awareness Day; the National Weather Service in Topeka does a great job at explaining the different winter weather warnings, watches and advisories. If you have ... Continue reading

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Pep

The comic book writer/novelist/internet curmudgeon Warren Ellis says that half of all writing is staring off into the distance and thinking what comes next. When I’ve been staring off into the distance lately I get the ideas for more stories that are better than the one I’m ... Continue reading

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Free Annette & Dale Cross

For far to long parents have had their hands tied when it comes to protecting their children from abusive people, especially the ones whom are sexually abusive. Even when these crime come before the courts they are handled with little dignity in regards the the children whom ... Continue reading

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Mangino wants out?

Something tells me, Mangino may be pulling a fast one on Kansas. This is speculation, but IMO, this is the perfect way to get out of a contract when one is unhappy. Sounds hard to believe one whose been made a millionaire would be unhappy, but... IF ... Continue reading

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@LJWorld Twitter Lists

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Nov/17/tweet-form-header.gif We've organized ourselves and created Twitter lists! We have two ways that we're creating lists. The first is on our @LJWorld account, and includes World Company organizations, reporters, editors, anchors and employees. Those are listed directly below. The second is @LawrenceLists, which is for community users. ... Continue reading

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First snow comes, but doesn’t stick around in the Lawrence area

The other day I asked everyone to guess when they thought we would receive our first snow. Congratulations, Tom Shewmon! You guessed the exact date! Yesterday was the first snow, but for some, it was more than just a first snow, it was a lot of snow! ... Continue reading

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November Social Media Events

Every month I'm going to post the upcoming social media events in our area. I know we're more than halfway through November... but the holiday season is a great time to start a tradition! So step away from the screen and come socialize with us at some ... Continue reading

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Huge range of snowfall (and lack of snowfall) totals reported across NE Kansas

The first snow of the season is always exciting for those who like the snow and a stark reality check that it's that time of year again for those who don't like it. Last week, we began to blog about the potential for this rain/snow mix at ... Continue reading

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Renegade Thanksgiving Desserts

I didn't used to like sweets. Fortunately, I have recovered from that disease. Frankly, there are few things, food-wise, that I don't like. Unfortunately, among the things that I am not overly fond of is turkey. The grand bird. Sorry Mr. Gobbler — I'm just not that ... Continue reading

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Stripper Blog: Tea with Strippers

I invited two young ladies to my home for some light questions and chamomile tea. They both currently strip in the Lawrence area. I have used fictitious stripper names. The conversation lasted an hour and a half and these are only a few of the questions I ... Continue reading

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Whatever Shall We Do?

      Last Thursday, I found myself fortunate enough to be invited to the fourth annual Montgomery Family Symposium at KU. The symposium was a day-long forum of newspaper editors from around Kansas discussing the future of the media market in the state. Several pioneering news ... Continue reading

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Is KU football worst in Big 12 this season?

Denver — For the latest episode of ConferenceChatterTV, filmed this week in Colorado, check out the video below. Included is my reaction on what took place from week 11 in the Big 12: The thought of the Kansas University football team at the bottom of the Big ... Continue reading

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Journalists should never…

Poynter is compiling a list of 100 things Journalists should never do via Twitter. The participants have made some good suggestions, but they're still a long way from 100. When I saw the article on Poynter Online, one of my pet peeves immediately jumped to mind. So ... Continue reading

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Warm and Cuddly

Since moving here we have been very impressed with the commitment of the community to those less fortunate. There seems to be a group supporting just about any human need imaginable from battered women to our homeless. Our faith based community is very active as is our ... Continue reading

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The Birth and Death of the Environmental Beat

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Nov/16/IMG_2922.JPG Getting some help setting up the weather station last fall. The task seemed incredibly straightforward: Buy a thermometer and take temperature readings twice daily for a month. Compare the temperatures to other weather stations in Lawrence and data from previous years. But I messed it up ... Continue reading

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Wheel Genius: Road crews ready for snow’s arrival

The snow plows are on, the salt-and-sand spreaders equipped and personnel in place. Now all Tom Orzulak needs is the snow to stick. Or not. “If anything happens, we’re already on shifts. Everybody knows what to do,” said Orzulak, the city’s street division manager. “We just have ... Continue reading

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Strong performances, direction make “Menagerie” worth looking into

Maybe it was easy. After all, the work of Tennessee Williams is compelling, and “The Glass Menagerie” is a beautiful play. But regardless of how easy or difficult it is to bring Williams’s classic to life, the creative team at Kansas University Theatre pulled it off brilliantly. ... Continue reading