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Poll Watch: Bye bye, Big 12 North

This might be a short entry, because the Big 12 Conference isn't providing much excitement in the polls these days. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Oct/25/polls_.jpg Big 12 Conference teams in the national polls, including combined rankings and movement The Big 12 South has remaining in the polls, but the division could ... Continue reading

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Why They Hate Us, and How They’ve Become Us

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Oct/25/citizenjournalism.jpg photo by Moomettesgram, creative commons The revolution will not be tweeted. At least that’s what we journalists hope. While the mainstream media were sleeping, complacent with the one-way stream of information that flowed from behind the wizard’s curtain, the Internet awoke. Citizen journalism, through the power ... Continue reading

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Disgusting Desserts: A Halloween must-have.

Halloween is my favorite holiday. Don't get me wrong. I love Christmas, presents, the whole bit. I love Thanksgiving and the gluttony that goes with it. I love Valentine's Day, Groundhog's Day... really any reason to celebrate or have a special meal. But over the years, I ... Continue reading

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It Really Does Pay to Use Coupons …

Yesterday was one of my biggest shopping coups to date. It was a BIG trip... with a LOT of planning and it took 3.5 hours at the store! I had a 10% Fall Rewards to spend at Dillon's and knew I wanted to get the most out ... Continue reading

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My Sunday Morning Guilty Pleasure

What’s the first thing you read when you bring in your Sunday Journal-World off the stoop? Do you read the front page headlines, the comics, classifieds, obits, or do you go right for what I call “the guts” of the paper — the insert ads? For me ... Continue reading

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The real Uncle Walt

Uncle Walt had a stage name. And made a lot of money. And momma didn't want us kids to know him to well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dey1rRQaMWM&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEo8poVlQrM&feature=related Now you gots to understand that when this second one comes up, it is a pause in the evening and all the ... Continue reading

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New Kansas Supreme Court decision on self-defense

On October 23, in the case of State v. Hendrix, the Kansas Supreme Court said that "a jury instruction on self-defense is not warranted unless the defendant has used actual physical force." When Rodney Hendrix believed that his sister Charlotte Brown was about to slap him, he ... Continue reading

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It has been a day

it has been a week. Now when we wind down, this helps. Helps me hug my woman hard. And all my cousins suddenly start using good grammer and can friggin spell when this comes on the box. Stevie Ray is long gone but he lives in the ... Continue reading

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The reality of the letdown

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Oct/23/presentfrommikev.png You know that feeling when you are all excited because it’s your favorite holiday and everything is awesome and yummy and fun and then you wake up the next day with a sugar hangover and cleanup duty? That is totally what this week’s reality back-to-back of ... Continue reading

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3 Questions: Oklahoma at Kansas

1. How will Oklahoma's replacement quarterback fare? Not many players have played as well over the past two-plus seasons as Oklahoma's junior quarterback Sam Bradford. Bradford posted a passer efficiency rating better than 175 in each of his first two seasons, while guiding the Sooners to a ... Continue reading

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Turning Antarctic data into gold

The glamour of flying over Antarctica with NASA isn’t without its costs. The Kansas University team from the National Science Foundation Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets has been collecting “frequent flyer miles” that won’t translate into any personal perks down the line. Instead, those miles ... Continue reading

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Meteorology lesson: Most rain starts as snow

OK, so here's a quick and simplified meteorology lesson: Most rain starts off as snowflakes. It might seem odd that even on a warm day, the rain is just melted snow, but more often than not, it's true. The process is called the ice crystal process, or ... Continue reading

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Reflections on riding

I never met Rachel Leek. As far as I know, we never exchanged pleasantries. She might have sold me a loaf of bread once, or I might have seen her strolling around downtown. Maybe I held the door for her once, or sat next to her at ... Continue reading

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Human Trials of H1N1/novel flu? … waiting, anyone?

In looking at many news sources tonight I learned some things about the H1N1/novel flu vaccine. I already knew that human trials had started in Australia in July, and here in the U.S. in August. I am one who will not get the H1N1 vaccine until the ... Continue reading

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History with Blinders

Some of the pro-trafficway commentators appear to live in a world where nothing is of significance or "true" if it did not leave bones, pottery fragments, or arrowheads for the archaeologists to dig up, or written reports and correspondence for an archivist to file away. In the ... Continue reading

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Sea ice focus of Wednesday’s Antarctica flight

Wednesday’s mission was a chance for the University of Kansas’ SNOW and Ku-Band radars to shine. NASA’s Operation Ice Bridge leaders took advantage of favorable weather patterns and made the rapidly disappearing sea ice the target of the day. “This is a first-time mission,” said Seelye Martin, ... Continue reading

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Big 12 hoops media day: Self gets things going with historical comparison

10:55 a.m.: Eric Sorrentino There's a good chance Kansas has more depth than any team in the Big 12. Heck, anyone in the country for that matter. I can tell you this much, though: Texas is not far behind. The Longhorns could present a starting lineup that ... Continue reading

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HLimPT Take 3 8-22-8-25

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Oct/22/You_call_it.jpg (do I need to copy this each time or is it automatic?) HLimPT Saturday, August 22, 2009 I did a good job sleeping. Only woke up once. Mom was very happy. My new word of the day was “walk”. Yeah! Really! On the road... Sled runners ... Continue reading

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In Amber Light…

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Texas being punished by Big 12’s reputation; ChatterTV week 8 picks

For my week 8 Big 12 football picks, check out the latest episode of ConferenceChatterTV: The national perception of the Big 12's ability to light up the scoreboard is hurting the University of Texas football team this season. Texas recently dropped from No. 2 to No. 3 ... Continue reading