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Tracking the Flu with Google

Flu season is here and while stumbling around the web ran across an article in the New York Times about using Google searches to track the spread of influenza. Turns out that by tracking searches, Google estimates that they get a two week jump on the Centers ... Continue reading

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Colorado exports carbon emissions to Kansas

The Denver Post reported that state regulators approved Xcel Energy's plan to meet energy demands through 2015 (denverpost.com 9/19/2008). This plan includes closing two coal-fired power plants and replacing one with a natural gas plant. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission stated that this advances Governor Bill Ritter's ... Continue reading

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Top 10 Movies That Jumped the Shark

The term "jump the shark," named after the stupefying moment in "Happy Days" when the Fonz jumped a shark on water skis, has evolved to become a catch-all phrase that suggests that a TV show has seriously lost its way, be it against the original characterization of ... Continue reading

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New ads add baggage at KCI carousels

[DoubleTake Marketing][1] @ [Yahoo! Video][2]What's next: Ads on the back of a speeding ticket?In the latest incarnation of sales pitches infiltrating our lives in ways we cannot avoid, Kansas City International Airport now has advertisements affixed to at least two of its baggage carousels.The placements - called ... Continue reading

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Sales tax numbers coming down to the wire

Maybe it is like a kid getting too excited too early about what will be under the Christmas tree.But, with just two months left, Lawrence city government is still in line to receive an end-of-the-year gift from sales tax collections.[Through October,][1] the city remains on pace to ... Continue reading

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How to donate on a tight budget

When the economy is bad, more people turn to charities for help.A story in today's Journal-World quotes a representative from a local social service agency saying that more people on the upper end of income guidelines are likely to ask for help this year in Lawrence.That story ... Continue reading

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Turnpike interchange to be ready by Thanksgiving

Exit 202 on the Kansas Turnpike is poised to reopen to all traffic by Thanksgiving, a month earlier than expected.The exit - officially known as the West Lawrence interchange, which is at the end of McDonald Drive and north of the Hallmark Cards production plant - has ... Continue reading

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What’s the most memorable Free State High playoff football game?

Last Friday's home playoff football victory against Shawnee Mission Northwest marked just the third postseason win in Free State High's 11-year existence. Although the Firebirds have been a fixture in the Class 6A state playoffs since 2001, success has been tough to come by. Two of the ... Continue reading

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Ohio St. reopens, on brick, from Sixth to Eighth streets

The bricks are back on Ohio Street, and they're ready for traffic to roll.By 3 p.m. Wednesday, the street will be open to through traffic once again from Sixth to Eighth streets. Seventh Street will also reopen. That section has been closed since April as contractors rebuilt ... Continue reading

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Some Ferment in Biology

This is a great time to be involved in genetics even as a teacher because there is so much change happening in all areas of genetics from real basic stuff such as the nature of the gene to how genes figure into evolution. There is a great ... Continue reading

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Leadership tips from former Green Beret

Think outside the box. Take some risks. Surround yourself with quality people who you trust."Leaders change the shape and focus of the world they live in."Those were a few tidbits offered during a talk last week by Mark Johnson, a Eudora man who is a former Green ... Continue reading

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Obama National Holiday Proposed

A National Holiday honoring our next president is in the works. "Yes We Can" is planning rallies in support of this most wonderous of ideas. Rallies will be held in Topeka in honor of our great leader-to-be. How could The Peoples Republic of Lawrence miss out on ... Continue reading

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fall flowers

It's time to keep an eagle-eye out to see what is the last bloom of the year. A stray sunflower or a goldenrod on it's last gasp? It seems like it's usually something very mundane -- like the tough-as-nails, but unfairly despised dandelion. RIght now, my last ... Continue reading

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Repairs could spur delays on I-435, U.S. 69

More news from the Kansas Department of Transportation about short-term construction that could cause traffic delays. ...In Johnson County, two projects will squeeze traffic along Interstate 435:¢ The westbound right two lanes and eastbound left two lanes will be closed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. from ... Continue reading

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Predicting the future on tax abatements

Imagine this. A major manufacturer has chosen Lawrence as the site for a new $50 million plant that would employ 500 people and pay average salaries of $44,000 per year. City commissioners would march down Massachusetts Street singing a chorus of Hallelujah! Struggling real estate agents and ... Continue reading

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Actors raise “Role Models” just above formula

**1/2It may not be the most original comedy ever, but what "Role Models" lacks in originality of concept, it makes up for in the natural wittiness of its actors.Directed and co-written by David Wain (director of "Wet Hot American Summer" and an alumni of MTV's early-1990s sketch ... Continue reading

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Is Chucky Hunter the best Free State football player of all-time?

It's been three seasons now and, to other Class 6A teams around the state, Free State High senior Chucky Hunter has become the guy that people ask the following question about: "Hasn't he graduated yet?"Unfortunately for his opponents, Hunter has not. It just seems like he should ... Continue reading

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Where do we go from here ?

The election is over and the euphoria has settled down to a lull of reality. We find ourselves as a nation in a deep hole. Dug there by a previous, bellacose Administration, a rubberstamp Republican Congress for six years with no fiscal restraint or checks and balances. ... Continue reading

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Ramp repairs to close I-70 lanes Wednesday in Topeka; Super Bowl hype begins

Repairs scheduled along Interstate 70 near Gage Boulevard in Topeka will mean potential delays Wednesday for daytime drivers, as repair crews temporarily close one lane of traffic in each direction.The left lanes - one for traffic heading west, the other for vehicles moving east - are scheduled ... Continue reading

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Did Jenkins Win, or Did Boyda Lose?

How did Jenkins beat Boyda? Many people thought that Boyda had the election locked up. The Boyda campaign itself thought that they were up by 20 points going in to Election Day. Early on in the campaign Boyda turned down DNC money and throughout the campaign she ... Continue reading