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A deep pit

A topic of note lately is the notion of “bailing out” the auto industry. The numbers vary but might be as much as 100 billon dollars. Just what does that get us?Much has been made this past week of the insensitivity of the management of the big ... Continue reading

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So Much to See (11/24/2008)

Previous: SMTS 11/16/2008 Next: SMTS 11/30/2008 This week's photo of the grain elevator near 20th and Moodie, was identified by Bradford Hoopes aka theyards. I've driven down Haskell Ave. many times and I knew that the elevator was there...but even though it is a large and significant ... Continue reading

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The Recession Blame Game

Lately the economy has fallen on hard times, noone can deny that. Where the debate lies are the causes of the mess, and the solutions to get the economy on its feet again. Democrats blame Bush, to which the Republicans retort that Democrats pocessed a majority in ... Continue reading

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Greetings

I appreciate the opportunity to express my thoughts on the LJW blog structure. I plan to comment from time to time on subjects of contemporary interest. My intent is to take an opposing view from the "Common Wisdom" on the topic. I hope that in this way ... Continue reading

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I-70 West Exit to Re-open

It'll have a new roundabout. I didn't realize the housing and K-Mart Distribution was SO close to the exit. It looks pretty nice. Continue reading

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Assassination of JFK: Where Were You?

It is hard to believe that it has been 45 years since the Barrack Obama of my generation lost his life to an assassination. It is even harder to believe that the date slipped right by me yesterday. Anniversaries are important to me... as they are to ... Continue reading

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The reality of ‘Rachel Getting Married’

***Sometimes the most important traits of a person can be observed from the moments they spend in the background. Director Jonathan Demme’s new verite-style movie “Rachel Getting Married” is at its truest when its characters are hiding on the fringes of an event that’s bigger than them.Well ... Continue reading

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If an apple a day keeps the doctor away…

What would happen if you ate 30 apples in one sitting? Would you be in perfect health for a month?Someone try this and get back to me. Continue reading

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Road work this week

Projects and detours that could delay your trip this Thanksgiving holiday week across town in Lawrence, or your ride to and from work in Topeka or the Kansas City metro area, according to government and agency officials:Lawrence• The Kansas Turnpike’s West Lawrence interchange is scheduled to open ... Continue reading

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Where Is That Recipe?

Wouldn’t you know? I can’t find a recipe. The search has been fun, though.Recipe cards are like old pictures or clothes. They bring back memories. Here and there are a few retro ones that look good but a bit out of fashion. Personally, as a kid, a ... Continue reading

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Another 8 years of Clintons

Obama was campaigning on the idea of change but he has been bringing in Washington insiders from the start. For example, Obama chose Biden long time senator to be his VP, when John chose Sarah, a new face, to be his VP. Do we really want Clinton ... Continue reading

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On-Camera Review of “Twilight”

Stephanie Meyer's teen vampire romance book "Twilight" makes it to the big screen this weekend starring Robert Pattinson as Edward and Kristen Stewart as Bella. There's no doubt that "Twilight" will make tons of cash, but will it satisfy fans an non-fans of the book alike? Guest ... Continue reading

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river oats

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Nov/20/wild_oats_.JPGI love these big seeds with the jagged edges. They look like some kind of super grain. Despite their appearance, not much likes to eat them because they seem to last all winter. They do fire people's imaginations, however, as reflected in their many names. In addition ... Continue reading

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Top Chef Season 5, Episode 2 — Craft

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Nov/20/Jills_losing_quiche.pngFirst of all, I must say that this episode of Top Chef did one of the smartest things I've ever seen on a reality show: It allowed audition rejects to have a hand in grading the contestants' food.Yes, so, imagine it: A room with 50 ticked-off New ... Continue reading

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What it feels like when you get hit by a truck — a firsthand experience

I got hit by a car Monday night, but it wasn’t until midweek that I started feeling really bad.Let me clarify that a bit.Tuesday morning, I woke up feeling — physically — like I’d been hit by a truck. Which, of course, I had. An SUV, at ... Continue reading

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East Hills business undertakes $300,000 upgrade

With the national economy seemingly getting softer by the day, one Lawrence-based company believes it has found a solid product to rest upon — concrete floors. Prosoco — which has its headquarters and manufacturing plant in the East Hills Business Park — has begun a $300,000 remodeling ... Continue reading

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Flaming Lips “Christmas on Mars” at Screenland in KC

A 35mm print of The Flaming Lips' psychedelic space trip "Christmas on Mars" is showing Friday and Saturday in KC and I will most definitely be there. More importantly, Lips' drummer and co-star Kliph Scurlock will be there at 8pm to hang out and sign autographs. I ... Continue reading

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Winter’s coming

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Nov/18/cicada.JPGBiting winds and leaden skies mean most things have fled south or hunkered down to wait out the cold . On the plus side, now that the leaves have made their annual trek from the trees to the mulch pile, it's possible to see a lot that ... Continue reading

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Potential delays for Wednesday

A few notes about approaching and completed road projects and repairs, with information from the Kansas Department of Transportation:• Traffic heading east on a section of Interstate 70 in Topeka will be squeezed into one lane Wednesday. The affected stretch will be from Eighth Street to Adams ... Continue reading

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Baldwin Junction retail center, Big Springs rock quarry up for approval

The work to build businesses along the new - but not yet completed - route for U.S. Highway 59 has begun. Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners at their meeting Monday tonight will consider a request for a four-lot business development at what will be the new intersection of ... Continue reading