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Charging for Online News Could Drive Readers Away

First, let’s get one thing clear. I do not want to pay for reading news online. I would much rather spend my money buying a magazine or a book. I understand that media companies are in a financial hole. But readers did not dig it! There has ... Continue reading

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Lies, Darn Lies, and Statistics

Wired Magazine recently published an article which contains a map of the "7 deadly sins" and their prevalence in different areas in the US based on crime and other statistics. I don't pretend that this really has a great deal of meaning, or maybe that it tells ... Continue reading

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Venida Chenault time for you to stay at Kansas University

Subject: Haskell Listening Session Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2009 21:44:46 -0500 _cb4b5 PLEASE FORWARD TO FOLKS INTERESTED IN HASKELL One of the first initiatives undertaken by the new Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, Larry Echo Hawk, was to schedule a series of regional dialogue and information sessions ... Continue reading

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Numbers tell us quite a bit about Jayhawks after Week 1

Sometimes it's hard to know what to take from a blowout victory over a I-AA opponent like Northern Colorado. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/12/fans_.jpg Is KU's offense that good or is UNC's defense that bad? How well did the Jayhawks' offensive line play? And so on. Evaluating early-season blowouts can be ... Continue reading

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When Bad Things Happen to Good People

I was heading westbound on K10 early this morning and came up on the wreck in which two people died. I was the third car back heading west that had pulled over. I arrived after the ambulances or helicopters had left the scene. There were probably 10-15 ... Continue reading

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Inherit The Wind

I noticed something that might be missed by many in the obituary section of the news this morning. William Jennings Bryan Jr. crossed over yesterday. I did not realize he lived in Lawrence Kansas. William jennings Bryan's father was well know in political circles. The legacy of ... Continue reading

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What’s Your Redemption?

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/11/shawshank.jpg One of my favorite movies is the Shawshank Redemption. Here's the plot: In 1967, Red is finally released on parole after serving 40 years at Shawshank. Red is afraid of "the outside", dreading living in fear, worried that he would end up committing suicide once outside ... Continue reading

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Project Runway: Spelling test

Dear Project Runway Gods: Thank you so much for this latest elimination. Though I didn't really care that much who you go rid of, I am please with your choice, mostly because I can't spell worth a darn, especially when the word I'm spelling has been gutted ... Continue reading

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Soldier’s Procession Angers Driver, Local Sheriff Sets Her Straight

Saw this story from Jefferson County, MO- An angry letter from a driver complaining about having to stop as a military funeral passed by has been met with dozens of even angrier responses. And the one written by the Jefferson County Sheriff has people cheering. Here's the ... Continue reading

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Third Rock Labor Day Stockholm Experience

Boise, Idaho - City of Trees. I had no idea how beautiful Boise would be this time of year never having visited there before. I'm told it's even prettier in the Fall when the extensive varieties of trees put on their spectacular showing of Autumn colors. Small ... Continue reading

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The Sideline Report with Toben Opurum

Let's get right to this week's sideline report with freshman running back Toben Opurum. Notice in his interiew below, his initials are "T.O." I'm just wondering how long it will take until all KU fans call him by that nickname ... The Sideline Report with Toben Opurum ... Continue reading

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Round and round we go

Just after I graduated from high school, my parents took me on vacation to England. My brother was attending school on an exchange with Oxford, and we went across the pond to pick him up. Generally speaking, I was struck by how the Brits seemed to be ... Continue reading

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Cut off lows are a headache

First, what is a cut-off low? This is a low pressure system in the middle or upper-level wind flow (i.e. the jetstream flow). However, unlike most lows which are simply troughs or dips in the overall flow pattern, these are "cut off" from the rest of the ... Continue reading

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What Were You Doing When You Heard The News?

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was preparing my breakfast, 3 egg omelet with cheese, tomato, ham, onion, 2 slices of whole wheat toast and coffee. My daughter called and said,"Dad, are you watching the news?" ******************************** http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/10/twin-towers-form-airplane-pictures-5.jpg (This is very much like the first ... Continue reading

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Uncle Walt showed up

My Daddy celebrated his 85th birthday this last weekend. We were all there for the most part. I gots a couple of siblings that couldn't be there because of distance and life. But the coolest thing was that my cousin Mark brought our Uncle Walt down. Walt ... Continue reading

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A Jayhawk’s lament: A Tiger on my tires

Having to buy four new tires for my minivan was bad enough: more than $500, including alignment. But it got even worse when I finally looked over the new Uniroyal AWP II tires that I’ll be living with for the next 70,000 miles. Standing out, in raised ... Continue reading

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On this day, 49 years ago

I’ve been paying extra attention this past week to the Atlantic Basin; my brother just got married and decided to go to Marathon in the Florida Keys for his honeymoon. While I was looking around, I learned on this day, in 1960, Hurricane Donna made landfall near ... Continue reading

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Cleveland: A City Worth Visiting

CLEVELAND: WHY NOT? By Ernest Barteldes When I told friends that my wife and I had booked a trip to Cleveland for Labor Day weekend, most of our friends gave us a puzzled look. “What's in Cleveland? ” many asked. Others wondered why we hadn't booked a ... Continue reading

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Lawrence Twestival - Come Join the Fun and Support a Great Cause

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/10/twestival_logo_11-258x300.jpg It's time for the Lawrence Twestival at Jo Shmo's tonight! Jo Shmo's 10 September 2009 :: 6:00pm - 10:00pm 724 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044, Lawrence ,KS What is a Twestival you say? As Ben Smith, the organizer of the event describes on the official Lawrence ... Continue reading

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ConferenceChatterTV week 2 picks

I know it's early, but the latest AP poll put the Big 12 North football race into perspective. The degree of separation between the top three teams? Close to nonexistent. 22. Nebraska 24. Kansas 25. Missouri Before the season, I thought the North would come down to ... Continue reading