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LiveWell — 2nd community meeting tonite

LiveWell Lawrence began its campaign to motivate Lawrencians to create a healthier town with healthier people with a big bang -- the "World's Largest Community Workout" on July 8. After a larger-than-expected turnout at a community meeting last week, it's holding another one tonight. Holcom Park Recreation ... Continue reading

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Health Care for All

I promised a blog on my perspective on health care reform. I will start with the top-level goals I believe the President set 1.) Universal Coverage 2.) Cost savings There were other elements that were identified such as no increase in federal outlays, continuity on present insurance ... Continue reading

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Facts on lightning

According to NOAA, there have already been 28 lightning deaths in the United States, in 20 states and Puerto Rico. About 100 lightning strikes hit somewhere on Earth every second. There is a 1 in 3,000 chance that you could be struck by lightning at some point ... Continue reading

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The hard left

My wife and I went to hear our Congressperson speak yesterday. We had three specific questions about how the ongoing health care reform would affect our Medicare. We ended up in the hallway with no real way to ask those questions. There were a lot of people ... Continue reading

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ConferenceChatterTV debut, and Dezmon or Dez? Can’t go wrong with either

I wanted to add a little something to the Conference Chatter blog this college football season. I have this feeling it may be one of the more memorable years in the Big 12. Kansas is going for its first outright North title. In the South, Texas and ... Continue reading

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KU coaches made right call by keeping Briscoe at kick returner

I've heard a lot of concern lately about the KU coaching staff's decision to leave Dezmon Briscoe as the kickoff returner. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/02/dez_.jpg By putting Briscoe on special teams, the Jayhawks are exposing him to more hits and perhaps increasing his chances of getting injured. After looking at ... Continue reading

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What College Students Don’t See In Lawrence

It's strange to have a 21-year relationship with something but to hardly know it at all. I grew up in this state, but Kansas and I haven't ever known each other intimately. To me, it seemed like Kansas didn't want to get to know me. It hid ... Continue reading

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The Fans Guide to Bandwagon Jumping for fall high school sports

In this business, it’s hard for sportswriters not to feel like they’re jumping on the bandwagon every now and again. After all, the best stories usually follow the most successful teams and, because of that, the teams that go deep into the postseason typically get the best ... Continue reading

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This morning’s lightning show

Lightning is the number two severe-weather-related killer in the United States. Yes, that means lightning kills more people than tornadoes and hurricanes. The lightning danger was apparent Wednesday morning across parts of Northeast Kansas. During the early morning hours of Wednesday, areas along U.S. Hwy. 75 saw ... Continue reading

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Because it offers choice and reduces costs, consider Sen. Wyden’s bi-partisan Healthy Americans Act

Like the massive invisible government health care that threatens grandma's health more than the imaginary panels dreamed up by Sarah Palin when she mis-read the basic legislative language of the bill, fears haunt health care reform. (The bill Palin cited called for “authorization,” but the word referred ... Continue reading

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Make pot stickers, and not from a frozen box. I dare you.

In the early tenure of our relationship, Mr. Meat and Potatoes and I would occasionally go to Zen Zero for dinner, which always surprised me given his penchant for food that is hot, brown, and plenty of it. I thought Thai-esque cuisine might be out of his ... Continue reading

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Cliff Notes version: Mark Mangino press conference, 9/1/09

Much like we did on Media Day, here are the Cliff Notes version of Kansas football coach Mark Mangino's comments at his weekly press conference today. Full audio of the press conference can be found here. • KU is still working to get the right players in ... Continue reading

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We have some new contributors for LJWorld.com

From time to time, classes at Kansas University or Washburn will ask if they can use our Reader Blogs for their classes. For instance, during the 2008 elections, a Washburn political science class used one of our blog groups to enable the students to publicly analyze and ... Continue reading

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MONGOLIA!!!

Despite all the adventures and hardships of the rally up to this point, it quickly became apparent that the real adventure began at the Mongolian border. As we were crossing the large stretch of No-Man's Land, I joked about how it would be really funny if the ... Continue reading

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June skews this summer’s numbers a bit

For many meteorological purposes, we define summer to be "June-August" rather than the typical astronomical summer of June 21-September 22 (from the summer solstice to autumnal equinox). So, when looking at the three summer months, the averages are pretty varied. It's been a long time ago, but ... Continue reading

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Open Letter to My Congressman

The Honorable Dennis Moore? Sir, why does Congress not understand why the people have been so upset across the nation? This is an open letter because like the bills you pass, you will not read it. You work for us, not the bankers or other money groups. ... Continue reading

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Sorrentino scale 2009 debut: Make your answers known

We've finally hit game week, a festive time for all of us college football nuts. Only five days remain until kickoff (three days for Iowa State fans). To prepare for Saturday, the Sorrentino Scale is back to weigh in on how each Big 12 team ranks heading ... Continue reading

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Back On The Chain Gang

Okay, so I'm sitting here at work and feeling kind of bored. Sluggish, really, and in need of a power nap. "It's Monday..." I remind myself as I slowly go about performing my task. The job I have now is clerical and can get a bit teadious, ... Continue reading

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Lawrence Landmarks

This map shows the path we took around Lawrence. Our trip took around four hours but we saw parts of Lawrence we had never seen before. View Larger Map http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/31/J691_Landmarks_001__.jpg Before it used to be Lawrence Fire Station #4 it used to be a stop on the ... Continue reading

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Thoughts on “Why Do They Hate Us?”

The Vanity Fair article, "A Media Guy Asks: Why Do They Hate Us?," by Matt Pressman delivers truth with humor and relevance. Pressman runs down a list of reasons why the American public hates the media and rates the validity of each, accompanied by his witty reasoning. ... Continue reading