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Twitter vs journalism

Roger Cohen is all atwitter about Twitter, citizen journalists and traditional journalists. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/opinion/10iht-edcohen.html To me, he contradicts himself. He says journalists are there to bear witness, but then he talks about the true practice of journalism – “…journalism is distillation…an organizing intelligence, an organizing sensibility. It depends ... Continue reading

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Congress holds hearing on state of newpaper industy

Last Thursday the Joint-Economic Committee heard testimony about an industry that is facing tough times and proposed legislation could help revitalize it. And which sinking ship was the subject of this hearing? Newspapers! To be sure, no newspapers are hitting up Uncle Sam for cash. (Nor was ... Continue reading

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A toe-tapping good time with Drakkar Sauna

On Sunday, local darlings Drakkar Sauna played under an open sky of migrating birds and floating cotton, serenading a crowd with tales of being raised by astronauts. After what seemed like an entirely all too busy week, I was ready to round out the weekend with a ... Continue reading

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A hundred down, a hundred (or more?) to go

A funny thing happened when I sat down to write this blog: I didn’t know what to write. Wait. Let me rephrase that. I didn’t know which to write, because I haven’t run out of ideas for this blog just yet. And that comes as something of ... Continue reading

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Winds of change across NE Kansas

A real taste of fall weather is spilling into Northeast Kansas as we speak. The fall-like air is coming in from Canada, on gusty northwest breezes. Those breezes will impact travel in Northeast Kansas, too. If you are heading on I-70, you will likely need a firm ... Continue reading

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If the government can ban smoking, can they ban cheese fries too?

Obviously, people who smoke in public establishments also impose their smoke on others around them. Because of this, the risk of heart attack increases for those inhaling their second hand smoke. But what about cheese fries? Don’t these deliciously fatty, salty, cholesterol increasing, heart clogging little wedges ... Continue reading

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Something Unexpected

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/27/rays.jpg Regardless of your faith or epistemology, have you ever had an experience you couldn’t explain? Call it coincidence or divine intervention, but something or someone who saved you at the moment you needed saving? Let me give you example. We were driving the 750 miles back ... Continue reading

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Dakotah - The Trail Ends

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/27/Dakotah_2.jpg I met Ron “Dakotah” McGilvery November 28, 2008. It was the Friday after Thanksgiving and I was on my way to an appointment to visit a new client; however, upon seeing his red, three horse-drawn Conestoga wagon pulling up a highway off ramp near my Eureka, ... Continue reading

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Baylor’s Griffin to miss remainder of season; ChatterTV reaction

Awful news for the Baylor football team: Quarterback Robert Griffin will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, it was announced Sunday. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/28/Northwestern_St_Baylor_Football_t620_.jpg Senior Blake Szymanski, who played QB for Baylor in 2007, will take over. Szymanski passed for 2,844 yards, 22 touchdowns and ... Continue reading

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Save Money, Be Happy

I just noticed Jenn and Julie's-- or is it Julie and Jenn's-- blog about ways to save money when you're shopping. Personally, spending more for anything than I need to is a sensitive issue for me. It's why I don't buy Mac's or IPods when I know ... Continue reading

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My Favorite Weekly Deals

Each week I will attempt to show you some of my favorite deals around town. I won't highlight every store every week...or every deal...it would just take up too much space! My hope is that by sharing some of my favorite deals...and information as we go you ... Continue reading

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It must be fall, I feel like nesting …

My Lawrence destination today will be Walgreens. After looking through Sunday’s ad in the Journal-World, I see several things I can stock up on. I love to bake cookies during the holidays, and so the Imperial Sugar for $1.99 w/coupon and Morton Salt and Deerfield Farms Baking ... Continue reading

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My Unemployed Sister (with her big behind)

So my Unemployed Sister was laid off. What was supposed to be a 6 month lay off has been repeatedly pushed back. She's recently hit her 1 year unemployment anniversary. She invited me over today. Here's what she had to say - 1) As her various benefit ... Continue reading

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Gathering Up Coupons this Weekend

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/25/newspaper.jpg Whether you are new to couponing...thinking about joining us...or an old pro' ... it always helps to get a heads up! As it is the end of the month (ALREADY??) this weekend's paper will be full of coupon inserts for your cutting enjoyment. Once a month, ... Continue reading

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‘Top Chef’ takes slice out of ‘Project Runway’

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2009/09/25/topchefemmys.png OK, this is my first shot at a joint “Project Runway”/“Top Chef” blog. Not sure about the “flavor profile” of this mix but like Tim Gunn says I’m trying to “make it work.” Why? Well, because after a long hiatus, “Project Runway” has returned to the ... Continue reading

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I did the work, can he really take half my retirement?

Q. I got married in Kansas but worked and earned retirement in Missouri. Does my husband have legal rights to half my retirement if I file for divorce? A. Retirement benefits are generally considered marital property and, as such, in Kansas the courts have the power to ... Continue reading

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Sorry for the fracas

First of all, I’d like to apologize. I was involved in a little altercation the other night that never should have happened. I’ll spare you the gory details, but I and a driver got into it over a right-of-way issue at an intersection used by both bikes ... Continue reading

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Iran loses its only AWACS… and it makes me smile

September 23, 2009, 12:20 PM (GMT+02:00) Iran's AWACS destroyed in parade collision Up above a big military parade in Tehran on Tuesday, Sept. 22, as Iranian president declared Iran's armed forces would "chop off the hands" of any power daring to attack his country, two air force ... Continue reading

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Central Kansas eats: the good, the weird, the local.

Where I come from, you eat your chicken and noodles atop a pile of mashed potatoes. Also, where I come from, you serve chili with cinnamon rolls on the side. And if you go to a church basement potluck, you are likely to see green Jell-O with ... Continue reading

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Dry air temperature swings

A strong storm will develop over the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Region this upcoming weekend. Northeast Kansas will be on the tail end of this storm. Winds will actually blow in from the west later Saturday and Sunday. Those west winds will be quite dry, too. ... Continue reading

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