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Earliest Oscar indicator yet announced- “Button” snubbed!

The Satellite Awards predict the Golden Globes, which predict the Oscars. In between, there are the Critic's Choice Awards, AFI's Top 10, and just about every film critic society from Los Angeles to New York. (I myself am a member of the KC Film Critic's Society, and ... Continue reading

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Disproportionality – Community Action Required.

Disproportionality - now there is a word for you. Governor Sebelius used it in a press release November 25. Maybe she is pulling for that Department of Education job in the Obama administration. Actually it is a word for a very real problem. The proportion of African-American ... Continue reading

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New Web site offers money-saving tips

Kansas Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson has a new Web site designed to help people save money.“Just as the state of Kansas is finding ways to cut back, we understand that people across the state are doing the same,” Parkinson said in a news release. “The guide is ... Continue reading

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iTunes U — Learning outside the classroom

As I was making my education blog rounds, I stumbled upon Alexander Russo's This Week in Education and took a lesson on iTunes U, which launched last spring.Basically, it's a bunch of free podcasts and videos from colleges, universities and educational organizations around the world, covering a ... Continue reading

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Columbia police issue ‘warrants’ for arrest of KU football team

Say what you will about the city of Columbia, Mo., but at least they have a chief of police with a sense of humor.Capt. Tom Dresner, the interim police chief of the Columbia Police Department, put together a press release on Saturday announcing that he intended to ... Continue reading

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

A couple of years ago, I received a catalog from a major online bicycle retailer based in Colorado.On the cover was a drawing of a person on a bike, bundled up against the cold, riding through a snow-covered little burg at night. Snow is falling — big ... Continue reading

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Lions or Firebirds? Which football team is in a better position to make a run in 2009?

Phew!!! What a ride. Never before, during my eight years of covering high school sports, had I followed a fall sports team that took me all the way through the break and into the first week of the winter sports season. Thanks to the 2008 Free State ... Continue reading

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So Much to See (11/30/2008)

Previous: SMTS 11/24/2008 Next:SMTS 12/7/2008 In the last year, I've spent a great deal of time nosing around the nooks and crannies of Lawrence. There are a lot of interesting, pleasing, and sometimes even beautiful things to be found.If you're like me, however, too much of each ... Continue reading

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Gambling Anyone? Say it ain’t so!

I'm the kind of girl that can't bring myself to drop a dollar in a slot machine. Nope, can't do it. Even though I've been to Reno and Vegas a handful of times. Something about losing my hard-earned money in a few seconds of lunacy elicits my ... Continue reading

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Did the BCS get it right?

It's official: Oklahoma will be the South representative to face Missouri in the Big 12 Championship game next Saturday in Kansas City, Mo. Since Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech finished the season 7-1 in Big 12 play, a tiebreaker was needed to determine which team represents the ... Continue reading

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Haskell Rascals still available for Holiday Adoption

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Christmas ornament commemorates championship

Now that the turkey and stuffing have been gobbled up, many will turn their thoughts to the upcoming Christmas season.And the Kansas Historical Society is featuring a Christmas ornament that marks the 2008 Kansas University men's basketball championship.The ornament is headed to Washington, D.C., where it will ... Continue reading

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Fisher Price doll says, “Islam is the light.”

I was at Target last week looking for a Christmas gift for one of my children. I came across a doll from Fisher Price. It says, "Mama," and other things - it says "Islam is the light." The attached news story says it also says "Satan is ... Continue reading

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Top Chef Season 5, Episode 3 - Foo Fighters

Hello Rochester. Please put your hands together for six-time Grammy Award-winning band Food Fighters.Er, I mean, Foo Fighters.Ordinarily, asking a rock band to judge the haute cuisine found on a show such as Top Chef would be a dicey proposition. Most band members’ palates have been eroded ... Continue reading

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On Black Friday, Buy American

If you still have a secure job, you should be very thankful. Unfortunately, millions of Americans do not have that luxury with the current state of the economy. As the domestic manufacturing base shrinks, many Americans' jobs teeter on a thread. One thing we can all do ... Continue reading

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Giving Thanks

I am thankful that I live in the United States of America where I choose to worship God as I choose, not as a government dictates. I'm thankful for freedom of speech to express my beliefs and opinions. I'm thankful for my parents and grandparents who made ... Continue reading

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“Australia” an epic failure

*1/2Baz Luhrmann is the type of filmmaker who revels in excess. His last picture, the lush and melodramatic “Moulin Rouge!” was a lesson in how to make the old seem new again. He toyed with the formulas of tragic romances, over-the-top musicals, and slapstick comedies, and pillaged ... Continue reading

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Affordable housing rated in university football towns

Stillwater, Okla., the home of Oklahoma State University, is No. 1 in the Big 12 — when it comes to affordable housing, that is.Coldwell Banker examined the housing markets in towns with the 119 college football bowl subdivision schools and created its college home price comparison index. ... Continue reading

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Decarbonize and the WSJ

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is hardly a mouthpiece for the left or even the center for that matter. I doubt that Rachel Maddow ever reads it although she may have ‘her people’ do that so she has material.The Monday (11/24) issue of the WSJ had a ... Continue reading

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Place your bets now

Here's a question for you: Which KU men's basketball newcomer will average the most points per game this season?It's an interesting question when you think about it. Through two regular-season games, here are the scoring leaders among the newcomers.1. Travis Releford 7.0 points per game2. Markieff Morris ... Continue reading