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The Rest of the Story…..

Paul Harvey was a masterful storyteller. One of the most inspiring yet heart-wrenching stories he ever told was about a little girl named Mary Ellen McCormack. In 1873 a janitor told a church worker, Etta Wheeler, about a little girl living in an apartment building in New ... Continue reading

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Hello, old friend

An old friend gave me a lift to the office today. I feel sort of bad. He and I haven’t done much lately, not since the last bad-weather day of last winter. While I spent plenty of time with my other, faster, flashier friends, my old friend ... Continue reading

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Former Jayhawk responsible for Shaq’s resurgence?

Fifty-three-year-old Alvin Gentry has been a basketball coach for more than half of his life — 29 years to be exact. In that time, he has logged 20 seasons on an NBA bench, with most of those coming as an assistant. That’s where he began the 2008-2009 ... Continue reading

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Say it ain’t so, Spidey, say it ain’t so!

The Spider-Man Broadway Musical proudly announced that it has a title -- "Turn Off the Dark" -- and it goes into previews January 2010. Say ....wha??? Yep, here's the official website: http://spidermanonbroadway.marvel.com/ And there it is...the poster in all its glory -- proclaiming the music written by ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 3/1/2009

Previous: IPS 2/22/2009 Next: IPS 3/8/2009 No windows, doors, roofs, or chimneys this week. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Mar/01/saDSC_3150a.JPG The image(s) above is a part of a photo I took somewhere in the area. I'll add additional parts of the picture over the next few days. I'll notify the first person ... Continue reading

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What Do I Give Up For Lent?

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Mar/01/LadyBugs.jpg Lent is no longer about giving up food, or drink. That is observance on a really trivial level when you think about it. No, it is about giving up the things that hurt our minds and souls and make us less than we can be. Do ... Continue reading

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Well now. Ok. It’s the Bible Thumper’s Turn

My guest writer today is a woman deserving of wider recognition. Sandra E. Graham is a grandmother living in northern Arizona, and today is looking at 8 inches of snow. She is witty, earthly, and survives the daily details of living with a wonderful laugh and a ... Continue reading

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How high could KU go?

If No. 15 Kansas can defeat No. 8 Missouri on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse, it will be in place for a huge jump in the rankings. Assuming the Jayhawks beat the Tigers, half of the teams in front of the Jayhawks in the ESPN/USA Today rankings will ... Continue reading

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Review: ‘Business’ succeeds at University Theatre

This review of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," which opened Friday at University Theatre, is from Dean Bevan, a retired Baker University English professor who lives in Lawrence. What better time to laugh at the foibles of the business world than now? Take a ... Continue reading

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Zeer Pots Use Green Techology to Reduce African Hunger

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Feb/28/Zeer_pot.jpg It's Saturday, the day for American classics from the early days of jazz and rhythm and blues. WGBO.FM out of Newark, NJ has a great web link with superb sound and radio hosts who really know the music. Little Milton is the featured blues artist this ... Continue reading

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Devil’s Work Dictionary Winners & Next Term

Congratulations to justbegintowrite (Ronda Miller), who won last week's challenge with 31% of the votes. viewfromahill came in a close second at 28%. As the top two vote getters, both will have their satirical definitions for the term Teamwork posted in Devil's Circle of Winning Satirists, where ... Continue reading

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Potential traffic delays for Monday through March 6

Scheduled projects that could affect your travel in the region during the coming week: Lawrence • Work continues on The Oread, a hotel and mixed-use project just north of Kansas University’s main campus, and that means ongoing traffic restrictions now expected to last through the end of ... Continue reading

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All lanes open on I-70 in eastern Topeka, after signs installed

Replacement signs are in place over Interstate 70 in eastern Topeka, and all lanes that had been closed to accommodate the work are now open, a highway spokeswoman said. The installation of new signs and supports, estimated to cost at least $40,000, caused varying lane closures along ... Continue reading

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Review: ‘Doubt’ a thoughtful, overwhelming presence on stage

This review of "Doubt" at the Lawrence Community Theatre is from Sarah Young, a Kansas University lecturer in English: On a dimly lit stage of Lawrence Community Theatre, Father Flynn asks the question central to John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt: A Parable”: “What if there is no answer?” ... Continue reading

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These Jayhawks don’t have short shorts, but they shoot like it …

Note: No Kansas players were talked to or jinxed by the creation of this blog post. One of the most maddening things to see as a basketball fan is missed free throws. Just think about Christian Moody against Missouri, or Kansas against Syracuse in 2003. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Feb/27/Moody.jpg Nothing ... Continue reading

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Study: Arts endeavors net $153.5 million in state

The Kansas Arts Commission this week released a study showing expenditures by arts and culture organizations, as well as audiences, totaled $153.5 million in 2007. In addition, the study, by Americans for the Arts, found that arts-related activities generated: • 4,612 full-time equivalent jobs. • $95 million ... Continue reading

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PETA dons KKK robes for the show

These are strange new times when PETA dresses up like the Ku Klux Klan (complete with pointed hoods) to protest the purebreed AKC-certified lines of dogs entered in the famous Westminister Dog Show in New York City. The impact of the protest seem limited. People were stopping ... Continue reading

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Plenty on the line in tonight’s City Showdown between LHS and Free State

There's more than pride on the line tonight when the Lawrence High boys and girls basketball teams play host to crosstown rival Free State in the regular season finale for all four teams. A lot more. Let's start with the girls game, which tips off at 5:30 ... Continue reading

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Oh, dear, a deer

So there I was, just riding along early one morning on my way home from work, lost in my own thoughts, and as I approached the Holidome on Second Street, I heard a rustling to my right, just beyond a stand of evergreens. Assuming the noise to ... Continue reading

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70’s Rewind

If you have never seen Seems Like Old Times or Foul Play, go rent them right this very minute, and have a Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase film fest tonight. If you have small children, be sure to let them watch with you. These movies will provide ... Continue reading