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Sub-State hoops on the horizon

Well that was painful. Last Tuesday night, the Free State High boys basketball dropped its 16th straight game, losing 53-44 to Shawnee Mission North, which entered the game with a 2-14 record. The loss hit the Firebirds hard, as players dejectedly exited the locker room after the ... Continue reading

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State launches stimulus plan Web site

Kansas has a new Web site that is being used to put out information about the new federal stimulus package. Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson announced it Tuesday, the same day President Barack Obama signed the stimulus plan.Parkinson said that as additional information about the stimulus and its ... Continue reading

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Valley home to diverse wildlife

Most early, crisp mornings Chip Taylor and his dog make their way along the Coblentz marsh located in the Kansas Wildlife and Parks area of Clinton Lake. As usual, there are ducks, geese and traces other wildlife from the previous night. Chugaah, a well-trained hunting dog, is ... Continue reading

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All-Star Extravaganza: Jayhawk Style

So last weekend’s NBA All-Star extravaganza got me thinking. Why not craft a blog about Jayhawks in the NBA that is based on the events and festivities that took place in Phoenix, where Shaq and Kobe (of all people) led the West to a drubbing of the ... Continue reading

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On-Camera Instant Review of “The Wrestler”

Eric Melin and guest co-host Whitney Mathews (www.whitneymathews.com) review Mickey Rourke’s comeback role in Darren Aronofsky’s new movie “The Wrestler.” Co-starring Marisa Tomei as the stripper who wins his heart and Evan Rachel Wood as his estranged daughter, “The Wrestler” is a gripping, realistic walk through some ... Continue reading

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School board forum leftovers

So, if I would have included everything in my article about the school board forum Monday night, it would have been unbearably long. Here's a quick rundown of the questions asked and where each candidate stood on the issue. (I listed the candidates alphabetically to keep it ... Continue reading

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Picking the perfect bracket for KU

What would the perfect bracket for Kansas look like? It’s a question I pondered while looking at the latest Bracketology on ESPN. As you may or may not know, the Jayhawks were projected as a No. 3 seed in the West regional. If all the seeds held ... Continue reading

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KU professor blogging from Iraq

A Kansas University professor is offering a peek into Iraq at a blog set up to follow his travels there.Burdett Loomis, a political science professor, is in Iraq at the invitation of the State Department to share his knowledge of U.S. government and the Obama administration.He is ... Continue reading

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Unwelcome Forwards

In the last two days, I have received forwards on email from a close relative and a close friend flagrantly criticizing President Obama, Democrats in gerneral, both the Clintons and Al Gore. Both of these people know my political beliefs and yet, they send these types of ... Continue reading

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Kansas gets publicity for budget problems; LJWorld.com user nominates new state slogan

UPDATE: And our winner is mom_of_three with her entry: Kansas: Flat and BrokeMom_of_three, send me an e-mail to claim your prize.News organizations from New Zealand, to Dallas to Philadelphia to Paris and countless others have been publicizing Kansas' budget woes in the past 24 hours.This is the ... Continue reading

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Overstimulated: South Carolina’s Cautionary Tale

Recently, my governor came up with a great line. In a op-ed article, he pointed out, “If the stimulus bill were a country, it would be the 15th-largest country in the world.” This made an effective headline. It caught my eye and give me the topic for ... Continue reading

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Leftovers from City Commission forum

Some of this and a little of that left over from Monday night’s City Commission candidate forum:• On the subject of cost cutting, everyone agreed that core services like police, fire, water and sanitation services would have to continue. All candidates said some cuts would need to ... Continue reading

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It’s now or never for the Free State High boys basketball team

It’s 9 a.m. on Feb. 17, do you know where your Free State High boys basketball victories are? The general consensus of opinion says one of those pesky, hard-to-corral critters could show up at the Free State High gym tonight when the Firebirds play host to SM ... Continue reading

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It’s time for shared sacrifice among KU faculty

A faculty colleague at KU recently asked me if I thought there would be any funds for raises next year. “What planet are you living on?” was my reply. The state of Kansas faces a billion dollar budget shortfall for the next fiscal year, and state leaders ... Continue reading

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Fireballs seen in Texas sky

I often check out a few different Web sites to find out if anything of interest is happening in outer space when I came across a story that really caught my attention on [spaceweather.com][1].It was a story about fireballs streaming across the Texas sky on Sunday. The ... Continue reading

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Highway, road projects could slow your travel this week

A rundown of road and highway projects that could slow your travel in the coming days, taken from information provided by the Kansas Department of Transportation and Kansas Turnpike Authority:North Second Street• Bridge work adjacent to the Kansas Turnpike in North Lawrence will spur intermittent overnight closures ... Continue reading

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Federal stimulus package has $100 billion for education

On Friday, Kansas Commissioner of Education Alexa Posny told school districts that the federal stimulus package includes about $100 billion for education. But, the money won't just rain down from above — it's targeted to specific areas. Here's the breakdown:- $10 billion for Title I- $12.2 billion ... Continue reading

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Behold: The Clutterbug, Lover of Uni-Taskers

I spent part of my weekend gearing up for a rummage sale (more on that later) that will take place in late March. We have to get rid of crap or we’ll have to set up camp for the baby in the dog’s house. Which, by the ... Continue reading

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Twitter: Where transportation news moves fast

Can’t wait for the latest in transportation news?Hop on Twitter.The Kansas Department of Transportation is offering up-to-the-moment text updates about traffic problems, weather conditions and road projects at two accounts on Twitter.com, the free online networking site that allows users to deliver and receive information in 140-character ... Continue reading

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Share and share alike

“Share the road” is an unofficial motto of the road-cycling community.But you’d never hear a cyclist saying it out loud, primarily because it has been immortalized on a road sign that, whenever I see one, I can’t help but feel it does more harm than good.Like all ... Continue reading