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“Capitalism: A Love Story” angers and inspires

The timing is right. The entire world is struggling to find its way out of a recession. Middle America is pissed off and broke. U.S. unemployment is soaring and the economic meltdown continues. So along comes the provocateur filmmaker who has spent the last 20 years raging ... Continue reading

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If “ifs” were Truckloads of Penny’s

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/30/Old_Glory_prayer_flag.jpg The first giant “if” cited by KDOT Secretary Miller was whether the 32nd St alignment will survive a challenge in federal court by those of us who oppose the SLT on cultural, historical and environmental grounds. That Ms. Miller placed the lawsuit up front and center ... Continue reading

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Links: Favorite in Big 12 North depends on whom you ask

Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska have now played four non-conference games each. The question still remains, though. Who is the favorite in the Big 12 North? Here are some links from folks sharing their thoughts on what they've seen so far in the Big 12 North and how ... Continue reading

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Can a 15-year-old mom marry the 22-year-old father of her child? Only if a judge says it will be in her best interest

Q. I am a 15-year-old mother trying to get married to the 22-year-old father of my child. My parents have given consent. Can I marry in Kansas? A. Getting consent of your parents is just one step in the process for a 15-year-old getting married. And, technically, ... Continue reading

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What the Hell, Larryville??!

This is going to be a very short blog because its basically just a rant. As most of y'all know by now, I am a former resident and still a semi-frequent visitor of your charming little hamlet. I love Lawrence... It has such a embracing spirit about ... Continue reading

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Bearing witness in the twitter age

"To be a journalist is to bear witness. The rest is no more than ornamentation. To bear witness means being there--and that's not free. No search engine gives you the smell of a crime, the tremor in the air, the eyes that smolder, or the cadence of ... Continue reading

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Money Saving Strategies to Take to the Store

Probably the most difficult thing about learning to save money when you shop is adjusting your mindset. I struggled with this for a very long time and when I finally accepted some basic principles it all fell into place and I began to start saving money. Here ... Continue reading

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Storm chances looking better for Thursday

Since storms are first expected to develop late Wednesday in the high plains of western Kansas and western Nebraska, that puts a lot of uncertainty into the timing of the cold front and dryline on Thursday itself for eastern Kansas. Storms have tendency to give fronts an ... Continue reading

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Waking up Cinque Terre Italy

The bell tower rings seven chimes. I am awake. The rooster in the distance told me it is morning. The geese residing in the slow moving mountain stream nearby are on first call. The little porch outside my room in Vernazza, Italy, is a perfect place to ... Continue reading

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Medical needs provide no defense when tinted car windows are too dark

Q. I received a ticket and have a court date for driving my car with tinted windows. The purpose of my tint is due to severe sensitivity to light. At times when I’m driving a vehicle without the tint my eyes tear and close. I can’t keep ... Continue reading

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Becoming Obama’s War

This past week, President Obama has waded into the international arena in some very demonstrative ways. He started by delivering a well received speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations, carefully noting how his administration is going to be different than the previous administration. He ... Continue reading

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Act fast to get passes to CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY in KC!

I have 50 passes to see Michael Moore's new documentary "Capitalism: A Love Story" and a short time to give them away. The screening is this Thursday, Oct. 1 at the Leawood Theater (3707 W 95th Street, Leawood, KS 66206) at 7:30 pm. If you want to ... Continue reading

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There is help for folks who can’t afford to hire a divorce attorney

Q. I need to know how to file, on my own, for a divorce. I have a minor child. I face issues of custody, visitation, support etc. How do I proceed? A. Folks who cannot afford to hire an attorney for their divorce face many difficulties. Obviously, ... Continue reading

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KU football’s top 10 surprise players

If you're a Kansas fan, it's time to look at the glass-half-full side of things regarding this year's football team. For one, the Jayhawks are 4-0, and no matter how well they played each week, their record couldn't be any better than that. And, for two, the ... Continue reading

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Twitter vs journalism

Roger Cohen is all atwitter about Twitter, citizen journalists and traditional journalists. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/opinion/10iht-edcohen.html To me, he contradicts himself. He says journalists are there to bear witness, but then he talks about the true practice of journalism – “…journalism is distillation…an organizing intelligence, an organizing sensibility. It depends ... Continue reading

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Congress holds hearing on state of newpaper industy

Last Thursday the Joint-Economic Committee heard testimony about an industry that is facing tough times and proposed legislation could help revitalize it. And which sinking ship was the subject of this hearing? Newspapers! To be sure, no newspapers are hitting up Uncle Sam for cash. (Nor was ... Continue reading

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A toe-tapping good time with Drakkar Sauna

On Sunday, local darlings Drakkar Sauna played under an open sky of migrating birds and floating cotton, serenading a crowd with tales of being raised by astronauts. After what seemed like an entirely all too busy week, I was ready to round out the weekend with a ... Continue reading

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A hundred down, a hundred (or more?) to go

A funny thing happened when I sat down to write this blog: I didn’t know what to write. Wait. Let me rephrase that. I didn’t know which to write, because I haven’t run out of ideas for this blog just yet. And that comes as something of ... Continue reading

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Winds of change across NE Kansas

A real taste of fall weather is spilling into Northeast Kansas as we speak. The fall-like air is coming in from Canada, on gusty northwest breezes. Those breezes will impact travel in Northeast Kansas, too. If you are heading on I-70, you will likely need a firm ... Continue reading

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If the government can ban smoking, can they ban cheese fries too?

Obviously, people who smoke in public establishments also impose their smoke on others around them. Because of this, the risk of heart attack increases for those inhaling their second hand smoke. But what about cheese fries? Don’t these deliciously fatty, salty, cholesterol increasing, heart clogging little wedges ... Continue reading