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Song Blog: Is It Hot Enough For You?

******************************************************** There, I said it. Those six little words that everyone rolls their eyes to this time of year. I for one enjoy the hot weather, at least in short bursts. I've always thought it is easier to cool down from being too warm than warm up ... Continue reading

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July 21st Overnight Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

After almost a week of pretty quiet overnights, Lawrence Police had a busy night on their hands last night. Just before 3:30 a.m. Lawrence Police responded to the Kwik Shop at 845 Mississippi Street after a reported armed robbery. The victim advised officers that a black male ... Continue reading

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Summertime Haiku: include the word ‘hot’

Haiku does as many things for the human spirit as there are variations among humans. Haiku generally speaks to the core of 'the psyche in ways of beauty, love, spirituality, nature, connection with changing seasons, peace, tranquility and harmony. You know, those essentials that balance our hurried ... Continue reading

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July 20th Overnight Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

As anyone who has read the blog this week can tell you, its been a quiet week. Last night was no exception. Lawrence Police responded on a number of fairly routine calls; noise complaints, disturbances and also conducted several car stops. LPD also checked on a few ... Continue reading

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Photos and untold stories from Clinton Cemetery

I spent a few hot hours in the sun last Saturday at Clinton Cemetery. I first heard it mentioned in a book, Soil of our Souls, by Martha Parker and Betty Laird. The book was evidently self published between 1976 and 1980. It recounts tails of the ... Continue reading

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A Woman of Magic

Joanne Rowling, (she has no middle name, the "K" is a nomme de plume) is one of the wealthiest women in the world, the first person to ever become a billionaire from writing books. Her work has spawned a multibillion dollar empire. She was also, at one ... Continue reading

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Bye-Bye Bounty: CSA week 12 - A summertime Mexican feast

OK, so, a confession. I love cheese, it just doesn’t love me. It’s a sad state of affairs that has included a lot of back and forth over the years, but right now it’s safe to say that though I pine wistfully over goat cheese, eating it ... Continue reading

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The Killing Continues

DOD Identifies Army Casualties The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died July 17, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to ... Continue reading

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July 19th Overnight Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

One more pretty quiet night in Douglas County. Overnight the National Weather Service extended the Excessive Heat Warning until 7 p.m. Saturday. Lawrence Police were involved in a very short foot pursuit. It was unclear what the subject was wanted for but he did attempt to run. ... Continue reading

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Kansas City Royals week in review: 7/18/2011

The Royals just seem destined to lose to the Twins. It's been inescapable the past 10 or so years and this week's four game series was no exception. On paper, it seems as if the Royals are a better team than the Twins, but it didn't work ... Continue reading

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Summer snacks

We met my family at Grand Lake last weekend, which is becoming a yearly summer tradition. It's stupid hot, and stupid fun. Family, boats, pools, and food. Food, food, food. My mom and sister and I talk for weeks in advance about what meals we'll have and ... Continue reading

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Swampyville’s - “The Sixteenth Amendment”

Recently I came across an animated cartoon called "Make Mine Freedom" on You Tube. It was produced by Harding College (A christian conservative college) in 1948. It was produced soon after the Soviet Union exploded their Atom Bomb and the cold war began. It was about Capitalism ... Continue reading

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Meatless Monday recipe of the week: Chile Cucumber Salad

We’ve been under a heat warning all weekend. Yuck. Time to chill out (if you haven’t already) and this cool cucumber salad is a great way to do it. Locally, cucumbers are plentiful and cherry tomatoes are perfection right now. Have this salad with some gazpacho and ... Continue reading

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Savior on a cycle?

Back when I was a cub reporter for this paper, I recall a game I used to play with my college roommate. He’d come up with a word, and I was supposed to try to get it into print. The payoff, I recall, was beer, or, since ... Continue reading

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July 18th Overnight Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Another pretty quiet night in Douglas County. Lawrence Police responded on a number of noise complaints and small disturbances. LPD also responded on at least two fireworks complaints. One of which was called in to Police as sounds of gunshots. Police were in the area and advised ... Continue reading

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The Hard Left (Right or Middle)

Quite some time back I wrote a blog about an experience at a “town hall meeting” conducted by our local congresswoman (see :http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/loyal-opposition/2009/sep/2/the-hard-left/). My definition of the “hard” any group is those who do not allow others to express their opinion. There are many ways to do ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 7/17/2011 (Revealed)

Previous: IPS 7/10/2011 Next: IPS 7/24/2011 The subject of this post is revealed at the end of the post. Other photos from this location will be in a later post. I know I said that I would, for the most part, limit my subjects to those in ... Continue reading

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July 17th Overnight Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Fairly quiet overnight for Douglas County. Lawrence Police responded on the usual calls for noise complaints and disturbances. A few car stops, with at least 3 DUI arrests. One of which occurred on a stop conducted by the Kansas Highway Patrol, with LPD's assistance. Lawrence Officeers also ... Continue reading

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Target Coupon Match Ups and Updated Coupon Policy

Target is one of my favorite places to put a good deal together. Not only can you use both clipped and paper coupons, you can receive [mobile coupons][1] and stack [Target coupons][2] with Manufacturer's coupons. It can be a little confusing but a well planned trip can ... Continue reading

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Two Guests: One unwelcome; one welcome.

Yesterday while in my backyard with my camera I happened upon a not very welcome visitor to my Purple Cone Flower-a Japanese Beetle. Back East these are a serious pest of ornamentals but I had not seen them here in Lawrence before. The closest I have seen ... Continue reading

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