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Close Encounter of the Deer Kind

As I begin my eleven-mile drive to work at 7:00 am this morning, the thought occurs to me that rut is beginning and I should watch for deer. A half mile from home is "deer alley," our name because of two deer encounters, resulting in vehicle damage ... Continue reading

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Lions (of all kinds) prove they belong at state

Fans who wore red to the Class 6A state volleyball tournament on Friday had an excellent chance of enjoying a winner. Four of the eight teams in the 6A field donned red, and three of those four, including No. 8 seed Lawrence High, wore red and black. ... Continue reading

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Free State mock election includes detailed policy and innovative attack ads

I just got back from a mock presidential debate at Free State High School. Seniors Hannah Kapp-Klote and Kenny Myers, students in Bobby Nichols' Advanced Placement politics course, are going head-to-head, vying to be Free State's mock president. Kapp-Klote is the State Party candidate; Myers is the ... Continue reading

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Identity Thieves for Obama

Identity Thieves for ObamaIn a recent conversation with my family I was disturbed to find out that my aunt and my uncle's friend had unauthorized charges on their credit cards from Obama for President. My aunt's was only a mere $5.00, but unauthorized nonetheless. My uncle's friends ... Continue reading

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Lawrence Board of Realtors endorses Republicans for Douglas County seats

The Lawrence Board of Realtors has endorsed Jim Flory and David L. Brown in the two Douglas County Commission races in Tuesday's election.The board announced this week it was endorsing county commission candidates for the first time in its 83-year history.The board's leadership interviewed all four candidates ... Continue reading

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Traffic safety commission to consider KU stop signs

Stop signs, stop signs, or perhaps a stop light. Lawrence's Traffic Safety Commission is preparing for a discussion of all the above. Here's a look at some issues the advisory board is scheduled to debate at its 7 p.m. meeting on Nov. 3 at City Hall. ยข ... Continue reading

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Who is the education president?

Is education your top issue this election? It's certainly the guiding focus of the the National Education Association, which has a comprehensive checklist of the education stances of Barack Obama and John McCain. There is little the two agree upon.[Have a look to see how the candidates ... Continue reading

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Chamber survey shows support for sales tax measures

Who knows if it will be as accurate as a crystal ball, but an unscientific survey by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce shows support for all three sales tax questions on Tuesday's ballot. The chamber Friday morning reported that 75.8 percent of its members who responded to ... Continue reading

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Get your draft boards ready

With the pool of talent this year in the Big 12, it's no secret a bunch of these guys will eventually play on Sundays in the NFL. If you're an NFL scout with a high draft pick, you have a plethora of choices from the conference. So ... Continue reading

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“Zack and Miri Make a Porno” On-Camera Review

Eric Melin goes it alone in this, the first-ever, one-man on-camera review in the history of Scene-Stealers. Kevin Smith's ["Zack and Miri Make a Porno"][1] starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks is reviewed by Eric, who has come under fire lately for not having enough of a ... Continue reading

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‘RocknRolla’ a moldy tough-guy stew

"RocknRolla" is supposed to be writer/director Guy Ritchie's return to form. What that means is that his first two movies "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch" were so similar in style and plotting that they defined him as a filmmaker. After two ill-received departures ("Swept ... Continue reading

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A bloody bad decision

My list of reasons to ride my bike is considerably longer than my list of reasons to drive, but the latter grew by one the other day: altruism.Let me explain.I gave blood Wednesday, and I let the vampires talk me into a double-red-blood-cell donation, or, as it's ... Continue reading

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First and Foremost

Too much of what goes on in Washington is driven by party politics. The cause of the Party is held in higher esteem than the needs of the country as a whole. To these people its "Us against them". Mr.Bush was a sore disappointment as a uniter. ... Continue reading

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Halloween Preschool Style

As I watched my son and his classmates celebrate Halloween at the Lawrence Arts Center Preschool today, I realized that 4 years old may be the perfect age to enjoy this holiday to its fullest. There is a certain blurring of reality and make-believe with this age ... Continue reading

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Where is the McCain of 2000 ?

The John McCain of 2000 had a healthy distain for the religeous rights' invisible stranglehold of the GOP. And made comments about the "dumbing down of America"is happening today. And had a practical,independent mind. And believed in very limited govermental spending. The McCain of today does not ... Continue reading

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finding paul

I am here Paul. now what???? Continue reading

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The Sideline Report with Jocques Crawford

[Kream Keegan][1] has been posted, so be sure to get your picks in this week before 11 a.m. Saturday.Let's go ahead and get right to the latest Sideline Report, this one with running back/kick returner Jocques Crawford.![][2]The Sideline Report with Jocques Crawford**Jesse Newell:** It says in the ... Continue reading

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Lady Bugs by the Hundreds

During the past few days, I have noticed lady bugs by the hundreds on the north side of my house. I tried to count them, but there were just too many. My daughter lives in Linwood and noticed about 60 on the south side of her small ... Continue reading

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My choice for president

The time is almost at hand to cast my first-ever vote, and I have decided to vote for the person based on three issues that are important to me. The first one I briefly mentioned in my last column. Whom would I trust to provide protection for ... Continue reading