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Inauguration Trivia Gone Crazy

The Inaugural weekend is finally here; get ready for the neverending tsunami of rambling coverage to fill the airwaves between the actual inaugural events. We will be regaled in an ocean of facts and trivia, some important, many not. Broadcast journalism hates (and completely avoids) dead airtime. ... Continue reading

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Mailbox Requires Respect

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jan/18/Copy_of_1-17-08_002.jpgFarmsteads, well kept homes, pastures with grazing cattle, a lazy stream lined with trees. A typical drive along many rural roads in Douglas County.Unfortunately, people traveling down roads in western Douglas County will also see beat up mailboxes or empty posts with boxes on the ground. Some ... Continue reading

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oak

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jan/17/oak.JPGWhy don’t oak trees lose their leaves? It’s a handy little trait in the woods because it makes identifying oaks in winter a snap -- they’re the ones covered in dried up old leaves still clinging desperately to the branches. But it’s such a nuisance around the ... Continue reading

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What’s blooming?

For me it's plants especially in the winter here, since there is rarely enough snow in Lawrence to make winter worthwhile.This bloom is from a cactus called Gymnocalycium. The flowers are not that spectacular,. The whole plant is maybe 2 inches tall not counting the flower. But ... Continue reading

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Review of “Stolen Moments: One Hundred Years of Jazz”

This review of Friday night's Lied Center performance comes from Chuck Berg, a KU professor of theater and film.Opening with the question “What is Jazz?,” the New York City-based JazzReach production of “Stolen Moments: The First One Hundred Years of Jazz,” which was Friday at the Lied ... Continue reading

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Sundance: Part Deux, Day 2

So in the Day 1 blog I mentioned one of the lesson’s learned was that it was worth the extra money to purchase credentials that give you admittance to several venues otherwise off limits to you at the festival. Today’s lesson is one of humility.The day began ... Continue reading

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Devil’s Work Dictionary Winners & Next Term

Congratulations to Joyce Stevens, who won last week's challenge with 35% of the votes. Charles Edwards came in second with 15% of the votes. As the top two vote getters, both will have their satirical definitions for the term Hostile Takeover posted in Devil's Circle of Winning ... Continue reading

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Probate isn’t frighteningly expensive in Kansas

Q. My father has a will but we would like to avoid the costs of probate when he dies. What can we do?A. Without knowing the nature or value of your father’s estate, I can’t really answer this question fully. Your father needs to meet with an ... Continue reading

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Transit consultant to get up to $120,000 from KDOT

Revenues from increased sales taxes won’t be the only funds accelerating plans for coordinated transit services in Lawrence.This week, the Kansas Department of Transportation agreed to contribute up to $120,000 to the joint efforts of the city and Kansas University to hire a consultant to help drive ... Continue reading

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Lawrence Art Guild plans trade, movie night

Lawrence Art Guild members will gather Monday for “Movie Night, Materials Exchange and Artist Show and Tell.” Artists are welcome to bring any materials they would like to sell, trade or simply give away. The guild also will present the film “Robert Rauschenberg: MAN AT WORK.” One ... Continue reading

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Sundance: Part Deux, Day 1

My name's Sean Blake, and I supervised editing on "The Only Good Indian." It's my third go round with Kevin Willmott and his growing "stock company" of Kansas filmmakers, and I'm glad to be part of the gang.This is our second trip to the Sundance Film Festival ... Continue reading

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An open letter of complaint…

This is a letter I wrote to Sunflower Broadband. If you feel the same way as I do, please write or call Sunflower and tell them so! I'm sure that many Lawrencians share my opinion. Hopefully the World Company does not deem it libellous, I know where ... Continue reading

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Commuting in the extreme

A couple of months ago, a co-worker asked if I had ridden my bike to work that day.It was wet or windy or cold or something, and he thought it not fit for cycling to work.I said I had, and it sparked a brief conversation about the ... Continue reading

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Film created by three KU professors headed to Sundance

Three Kansas University professors have collaborated on a film, "The Only Good Indian," that has been selected to be shown at the Sundance Film Festival.Kevin Willmott, associate professor of theatre and film, produced and directed the film. Matt Jacobson, associate professor of theatre and film, was director ... Continue reading

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In Praise of Rubisco!

The other day, I read one of those statements that just can't be true. The statement concerns a protein that most people have never heard of-a protein called Rubisco. The statement in question was on a web site that claimed that this protein may be the most ... Continue reading

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NBA’s Thunder and Blake Griffin: A perfect match

Here's a thought: With the first pick of the 2009 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder select...Blake Griffin, University of Oklahoma.It'd be a fitting destination for the Big 12 star and would make the Thunder a heck of an entertaining group to watch. Consider these factors:1. If ... Continue reading

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Top Chef Season 5, Episode 8 — Down on the Farm

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jan/15/Picture_2.pngWell, I finally got what I wanted.Since the beginning, I've been grouchy about Ariane, whom I thought should have gone home in the first episode. Back then I thought she was the second coming of Wendy Pepper, the not-so-talented contestant from the first season of Project Runway ... Continue reading

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Do we need a secretary of the arts?

Should there be a federal secretary of the arts?Legendary music producer Quincy Jones thinks so. And in an online petition (as of this morning), he has more than 111,000 supporters.Jones made the comment back in November that the next time he talked with soon-to-be-president Barack Obama, he ... Continue reading

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Ending a marriage doesn’t need to be nasty, but you do need to file for divorce

Q. I’m tired of being with my husband. How can I leave him in a nice way? We have no children and I don’t want any of his money.A. Please, don’t move out and just try to get on with your life without filing for divorce. If ... Continue reading

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Obama’s Priorities

President-elect Obama's campaign message centered on 'change'. He nurtured the mantra among all his supporters across the country. No issue of public policy was immune, and everything needed to be revised. It grew from a wellspring of widespread discontent against all things associated with President Bush. Now, ... Continue reading