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Chivalry is dead

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jun/16/chivalry.jpg I was leaving a restaurant the other day with some friends and a young man (in his 20's I'd guess) actually opened the door for us as we were headed out. I politely thanked him and he nodded in acknowledgement. It make me think about the ... Continue reading

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Who’s better: Kobe or LeBron?

All right, NBA fans. He did it. Kobe got his ring without Shaq. Many said he never would. Many doubted his ability to deliver as “The Man” for the Los Angeles Lakers. But a year after taking LA to the Finals and losing to Paul Pierce and ... Continue reading

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The Snack is Back

Two of my bestest friends have a pool in their back yard. No, that is not why they are among my bestest friends. But it doesn't hurt. Many of my compatriots and I routinely spend our summer Sunday afternoons draped over chairs in their impeccably kept back ... Continue reading

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More events coming to downtown

Fire eaters, street dances and open-air grills. It must be summer in downtown Lawrence. Planning is well under way for at least a trio of events designed to bring people and their wallets to downtown Lawrence this summer. Here’s a look: • Organizers of the Lawrence Busker ... Continue reading

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Over 30 and Trying to Date

After much talk with my female friends I have decided it’s time to start dating again. It’s been several years since I last dated and I’ve recently come to the conclusion that it’s time to start a new chapter in my life. Since I have been out ... Continue reading

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Harper’s Island: ‘Where’s Beth?’

Wow. If you have been following this highly inconsistent show, Saturday was your payoff. It was so good, I was reaching for imaginary popcorn. Bride-to-be Trish Wellington and sister Shea Allen are on a lookout at Candlewick Inn, hoping someone finds Shea's missing daughter, Madison. Instead, best ... Continue reading

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The ride of my life

Wow. What a weekend. Friday, we learned that Bob Frederick — fine man and avid cyclist — died from injuries sustained in a single-bike accident. He was 69. Just a few hours later, I participated in the Relay for Life, an all-night walk around the track at ... Continue reading

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Summer gridiron report: Okie St. features top-notch power trio

I always thought of the band Cream as the best power trio in music history. They formed the first supergroup with an all-star cast of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. Ah, yes. White Room, anyone? In the realm of college football, there's a power trio ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 6/14/2009

Previous: IPS 6/7/2009 Next:IPS 6/21/2009 The subject this week was suggested by geekin_topekan. Last week's was outside town, this week should be easier, but I've tried to make sure it's not. Do you ever see something and get out of your car to take a closer look? ... Continue reading

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Treasure #1 FOUND by Pirate Morgann

Shiver me timbers! Share in my congratulations to four-year-old pirate Morgann, who proved too tough a match for the other landlubbers in :Treasure Hunt # 1 - A Summer Reprise. Here's her picture with the treasure and the clues that led her there. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jun/14/Morgann_Pirate.jpg From the stop ... Continue reading

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Pregnant Party Planning

I learned it by watching my sister. She always hosts Thanksgiving, and starts shopping and cooking and freezing and mise en place-ing over a week in advance, so The Day Of isn't so frantic and absurdly not fun. She orchestrates a Master Plan weeks in advance, so ... Continue reading

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KU journalists place in national Hearst competition

Kansas University students were among the top finishers in San Francisco recently at the William Randolph Hearst Foundation's Journalism Awards national championships. Competing among 24 of the winners of monthly competitions, Mark Dent finished second and Rustin Dodd finished third in the national writing championship. Dent earned ... Continue reading

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Fruit Stand Gotta Haves.

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jun/12/unk_608.JPG #"I was driving by a fruit stand when I saw it for sale. I bought it right there and drove it home." That is what the rebuilder and driver of this car said about how he chose the car in the picture. Marion did some research ... Continue reading

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Billy Thomas’ Jayhawk Flashback: UMass, 12/10/97

The Jayhawk Flashback returns this week with Allen Fieldhouse memories from Billy Thomas. Actually, when I asked him, Thomas said he had two favorite games at the Fieldhouse: Dec. 1, 1995 vs. UCLA and Dec. 10, 1997 against UMass. Unfortunately, I could only find the UMass game ... Continue reading

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We were legends. (In our own minds) I V

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jun/12/2496848173_abef4a255f.jpg Image: Will Wheaton and River Phoenix from the movie "Stand by Me" My dad, after serving in WWII, although not openly anti-gun would not have one around the house. With six kids, shift work and our mother who waitressed afternoons and evenings, maybe that wasn’t such ... Continue reading

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Summer gridiron report: Time for KU to make history

With Wednesday's prediction that Nebraska will finish second in the Big 12 North, it's evident I'm taking the Kansas University football team to win the division outright for the first time in school history next fall. I'll probably be teased around the office and be called a ... Continue reading

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Mean Melin moving on to US Air Guitar nationals in DC!

So I may have broken something in my foot and I definitely split my pants doing a sweet knee slide during "Ace of Spades," but it's all worth it because Tuesday night I won the title of Kansas City regional champ in the US Air Guitar Championships. ... Continue reading

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On Same-Sex Marriage Rights

Over fifty years ago, the US Supreme Court took the first practical step towards ending Racial Segregation with the landmark Brown VS. Board of Education – a move that was cemented with Pres. Johnson's Voting Rights Act in 1965, which would once and for all put a ... Continue reading

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MLB Draft ‘09 includes names familiar to LHS and Free State

Although the high school baseball season officially came to a close two weeks ago, Lawrence High and Free State recently received one final shot in the arm that demonstrated just how successful the 2009 seasons were for the city squads. Against players who were selected in Major ... Continue reading

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Brownback has ‘serious concerns’ about Sotomayor

Sen. Sam Brownback's meeting on Wednesday with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor did not quell any of the conservative Kansas senator's concerns about her judicial philosophy. "I wanted to hear more from her as I have serious concerns about her philosophy as it relates to an activist ... Continue reading