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What to Call the “Bad GM”?

The financial press is reporting that GM may file Chapter 11 next week. As part of this filing, they may split GM into two companies: a "Good GM" that will inherit the good assets and a "Bad GM" that will inherit the bad assets. The bad assets ... Continue reading

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Re*Visioning “Dragonfly County” Eco-Futures Forum

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/May/22/Five-Regions-Future_cover.jpg Intended learning outcomes of this program are to: ** Develop a sense of stewardship for the natural world ** Understand how to be safe and prepared for adventures in the outdoors ** Understand how to reduce impact on the environment when recreating outdoors ** Introduce the ... Continue reading

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Drama plays out at Clinton Lake duck marsh

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/May/22/IMG_1742-1.jpg Clinton Lake Wildlife and Parks duck marshes are mostly dry. Those not dry are draining. There are always spots where the water does not reach the tube and small pools form. Our neighbor stopped by to say he noticed one of these pools had small perch. ... Continue reading

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Jayhawk Flashback: Oklahoma State, 2/27/05

This week's Jayhawk Flashback surely has to be one of the highest-ranked on Kansas coach Bill Self's victory list. Just listen to his comments after his seventh-ranked Jayhawks took down fourth-ranked Oklahoma State on Feb. 27, 2005. "I don't think I've ever been a part of a ... Continue reading

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Birthday Party at a Lawrence Diner?

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/May/21/unk001.jpg Help Identify where this party took place and who was there. Were you one of the children? I would have thought this was a home party, but with closer examination, the children are sitting in a booth. The photo, from what information I have is from ... Continue reading

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Weekend rain may put a damper on some holiday plans

After a week of relatively calm weather, we’re starting to introduce chances of rain just in time for Memorial Day weekend. A storm system that has been lingering over Florida and the Gulf of Mexico will finally wander its way into the Great Plains. Although this storm ... Continue reading

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Wrapping up a wild regional tournament

Whew!!! Now that was intense. Two games won in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the seventh set up a city showdown that featured just three runs and was not decided until the last inning. Talk about excitement. By now, the city's high school baseball fans have ... Continue reading

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Side dishes, besides the usual

As you eat your way through the back yards of Lawrence this summer, you are, on occasion, going to be called upon to bring a covered dish. No, your trophy wife (with her clothes on) does not count as a "covered dish." And yes, that joke is ... Continue reading

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A Clear Voice

Sometimes, above the incessant rhythm of media, a single voice rings clear. The video below is a clear voice, a young women pleading with the world to care about the planet. She challenges the governments and communities of the world to do better. Her clear voice is ... Continue reading

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On-Camera Review of “Terminator Salvation”

Summer is here and guest host Trevan McGee joines me to review "Terminator Salvation," the new McG ("Charlie's Angels," "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle") reboot of "The Terminator" franchise, starring Christian Bale as famed leader of the human resistance John Connor. I tend to think the movie is ... Continue reading

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Regional baseball outlook for LHS, Free State

It's regional baseball time in the world of high school sports, and for fans of this town's two largest teams that means one great thing. Barring some unforeseen, first-round disaster, second-seeded Free State and third-seeded Lawrence High will meet at 7:30 tonight at FSHS for the right ... Continue reading

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“Cowtown Ballroom … Sweet Jesus!” comes to life

Sometime in the 1970s, rock n’ roll became big business. (If I had to place it, I’d say around the time A&M Records pushed Frampton Comes Alive to quadrillion-platinum status.) But before the corporate world really knew how to create artificial buzz and market rock music, it ... Continue reading

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Lawrence: What We Remember

Over a year ago I posted a short series of questions about places and things which no longer exist in Lawrence. I've been working on another list. This time, though, I'll post them one at a time. This week: Vickers was a chain of gas stations with ... Continue reading

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China: Breaking Old Myths

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/May/20/Hangzhou.jpg The search for clear thoughts can take writers into strange places. In these unfamiliar places, writers prospect for common themes and discover force multipliers for their ideas. After a recent reader called China “third world,” I decided to explore the Stone Buddha that has ripped off ... Continue reading

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Investing in Oil and Gas

The oil and gas investment opportunities are increasing by the day. This is majorly owing to the high interest generated in this sector due to the usage of oil and gas in almost every sector of business. The oil and gas investments are bound to hold a ... Continue reading

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Idol finale delivers clash of the titans

One has been called a "dreamer," a "superstar" and a "rock god." The other a "dark horse," a "big-time player" and a "radio-ready heartthrob." The matchup was being billed as "guy next door" vs. "guy-liner." For much of Tuesday's singing finale of American Idol season eight, the ... Continue reading

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My bad

The other night I was riding back to work after dinner and approached an intersection where I needed to turn left. I glanced back and saw two cars behind me, one close and one seemingly several car-lengths back. I let the first car pass, gave another quick ... Continue reading

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Look-alikes? Not quite. Play-alikes? Perhaps.

We’re down to four teams in the NBA playoffs and only one — Cleveland — has a Jayhawk on its roster. The fact that the Cavs are still alive (and rollin’), gives former Jayhawk Darnell Jackson a chance to become the first player since 1986 to win ... Continue reading

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Top 10 Best Fourth Movies in a Franchise

We all know Hollywood has a shortage of new ideas, which is why consistently popular franchises become so valuable. It’s not even the end of May yet, and already this year has produced sequels and reboots “The Pink Panther 2,” “Friday the 13th,” “The Last House on ... Continue reading

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Dry weather sets up for the Midwest … for now

The storms that created raging flood waters along the streets in Lawrence dropped 2.34 inches of total rain at the airport with several reports of more than 3 inches of rain around the River City. Now we are going to deal with a bit of a dry ... Continue reading