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A Letter To The City

A Letter To The City of Manhattan, KansasDear City Fathers,Congratulations for receiving the national Bio-Defense Lab. In 10 years, when your population is greater than Lawrence’s, please do not look to Lawrence as an example to follow unless you want to see how a great community turned ... Continue reading

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The Roller Coaster Continues

The month of December has given us a wide variety of weather to deal with. December 17th brought in sub-zero readings (it plummeted to -2° F) while the next week brought back record heat and thunderstorms (we hit a high of 67° F on December 26th). After ... Continue reading

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Should a Game Determine the Age of a Brain?

Up until this year, GSCG (Grandparents Suggested Christmas Gifts) only included plug and play games. They were fun enough bringing back the old Pac-Man’s ferocious appetite.With the oldest grandson now almost ten, the parents finally gave in to requests for the newer handheld games for Christmas. Thus, ... Continue reading

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Willits - Redux

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jan/01/Willits_-_Gateway.jpgThe Fall of 1983 held several events that made world-wide impact. The United States invaded Grenada; Polish Trade-Union Leader, Lech Walesa won the Nobel Peace Prize; and the Korean passenger jet, KAL 007, was shot down after violating Soviet airspace.Locally, on November 16, 1983, a man was ... Continue reading

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Here’s to a new year!

I always get cranky at this time of year, but then again I always get cranky on my birthday as well. So you will not get Dr. Paul's pick of the top science stories of 2008 or what to expect in 2009 because beginnings and ends are ... Continue reading

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titmouse

Apparently this is to be the winter of the crested birds. A flock of cedar waxwings moved through my yard yesterday and today I saw a titmouse timidly sneaking around my feeder. It would delicately grab a single seed, fly off to a tree to eat it, ... Continue reading

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Live New Year’s Day football blog

Midnight updateBowl games are complete for the day and therefore, we have updated conference postseason standings:Pac-10: 5-0Big 12: 3-1SEC: 3-1Conference USA: 3-1Big East: 3-2Mountain West: 2-2Sun Belt: 1-1ACC: 4-6WAC: 1-4Big Ten: 1-5Mid-American: 0-3The Pac-10 was an afterthought when comparing it to the likes of the SEC and ... Continue reading

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Dakotah - A Place In Time

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Dec/31/Team_in_the_snow.jpgIn the past, Laytonville, California was little more than a mid-point stop for gas and a stretch whenever I traveled to Santa Rosa for my Trader Joe’s fix. One day, while on such a trip, a picture posted on the front door of the Chevron gas station ... Continue reading

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cedar waxwings

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Dec/31/546px-Bombycilla_cedrorum_Cedar_waxwing.jpgI saw another winter bird today. A small flock of cedar waxwings descend upon the crabapple trees in my backyard. I felt a little bad for them because I knew they came in search of fruit and the few dried out and wrinkled crabapples remaining on my ... Continue reading

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Dillons, cookie store among new projects in city

News and notes from the Lawrence development scene:• Westside residents soon will have another option to satisfy their sweet tooth. Eileen’s Colossal Cookies, a small franchise of cookie stores, plans to open at Sixth and Wakarusa in January. Details on the exact location at the intersection weren’t ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 12/29/2008 Identified

Original post:IPS 12/29/2008Previous: SMTS 12/21/2008Next: IPS 1/4/2009Cody Howard has returned! He identified the interesting house near the corner of 3rd and Indiana. From the comments, I'm not the only one with that opinion.http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Dec/31/scDSC_2924.JPG Continue reading

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Top 10 Movies of 2008

10. Speed RacerTo dismiss one of the most inventive movies of the year as a candy-colored assault on the senses is missing the point completely. This groundbreaking offering from the Wachowski brothers was unfairly bashed like no other movie this year. Like most films that are ahead ... Continue reading

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Winter Treasure Hunt

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Dec/30/snow_queen.jpgHans Christian Anderson wrote The Snow Queen as an fable of good and evil.Story of the Snow QueenThe Snow Queen is the queen of the snowflakes or "snow bees", who travels throughout the world with the snow - - with a special focus on Kansas this season. ... Continue reading

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Scenic Sky Event For New Year’s Eve

This is for all of you star-gazers out there! Barring an all-out invasion of clouds on New Year's Eve (partial cloud cover is expected) you may be able to view 3 planets and a thin sliver of the crescent moon on the same evening! Venus and the ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight (12/29/2008)

My apologies for being a day late this week. I've been deep in thought for the last few days. My last post mentioned that I anticipate making changes and the the first is to change the title of the series of posts I have called "So Much ... Continue reading

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A hairy dilemma

A couple of years ago, after I starting cycling semi-seriously, I headed out for what then counted as a long recreational ride.I was stopped at a red light, and another cyclist pulled alongside. I could tell he was a Serious Cyclist. His shorts matched his jersey. And ... Continue reading

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Where does the GOP go from here ?

Returning to being the bastions of fiscal responsibilty is first and foremost. Co-opting good Democratic ideas like affordable college education, which is good for the business sector. There has to be a rebirth of the party or it will wither. Subtracting the Dixiecrat Republicans would be a ... Continue reading

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Chiefs: Who should stay and who should go?

What a depressing end to a depressing season. Although not expecting much, I still expected better than 2-14. I cannot even get angry anymore as depression over the Chiefs have taken over. The remotes are safe. They used to get thrown when the Chiefs had a chance ... Continue reading

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KU football players sound off on Big 12 topics

I had the opportunity to catch up with a few Kansas University football players recently in Hadl Auditorium to talk about some Big 12-related gridiron topics.At 7 p.m. Monday, Missouri will begin the conference's quest to best its all-time mark in bowl games of 5-3 when it ... Continue reading

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Devil’s WD Winner & Next Term

Congratulations to Logan72 (Alia Ahmed) who won last week's challenge with 43% of the votes (9 of 21). Alia competed against 11 readers who offered their satirical definitions for the term interview. Here's the winning definition:Interview: a process in which an employer or group of employers at ... Continue reading