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What has this country come to

The Beverage Tax in my opinion is silly at best. I am beginning to wonder about what this country is coming to. I thought that little war back in 1776 was to get away from all of the taxes that were imposed on us. Now it seems ... Continue reading

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The Sideline Report with Alonso Rojas

Let's get right to this week's Sideline Report with Kansas punter Alonso Rojas. The Sideline Report with Alonso Rojas http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Oct/29/RoJas_Alonso_06112008.jpg Jesse Newell: You started as a soccer player, right? Tell me about that. Alonso Rojas: It’s actually funny. Growing up, I died for football. I used to ... Continue reading

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Rain has played a big part in October

I have found myself mentioning a "gloomy" forecast very often throughout the past month. We always mention rain totals, but what about the number of rainy days? Even if a day started off sunny and beautiful, if we end up with any amount of rain, that's what ... Continue reading

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Dez Bryant ruling doesn’t make sense; ChatterTV week 9 picks

For my picks on each Big 12 game in week 9, check out the latest edition of ConferenceChatterTV below: The NCAA put down its iron fist this week and ruled Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant ineligible for the remainder of the season. It's a ridiculous ruling ... Continue reading

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Moran asks news networks to stop saying ‘swine flu’

Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., is asking major news networks to stop referring to the H1N1 virus as "swine flu," saying it is harming the pork industry and farm families across Kansas and the nation. In the letter, Moran says that the term "swine flu" confuses consumers and ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 10/28/2009

Previous: IPS 10/21/2009 Next: IPS 11/4/2009 backyardwino is more perceptive than his name implies. He identified the subject this week. See below for the compete picture and answer After the debacle last week, I was determined to provide more of a challenge this week. We'll see if ... Continue reading

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Coupons available for healthy foods

One of the comments I hear most often is "I don't use coupons because I can't ever find any for what I like" ... or "The only coupons I ever see are for junk". I have no doubt that this is true. Just like anything else... if ... Continue reading

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Furnace maintenance — some like it hot

This week I had our furnace serviced as part of a regular maintenance package. We’ve gotten into the habit of doing this when our air conditioning broke down a month after moving into our home. You can imagine what it would be like having no AC in ... Continue reading

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Top 10 Horror Movies You Should Rent

If you are tired of renting the same stupid remakes and played-out franchises every Halloween, try some of these suggestions on for size. Some are scary (even though they may not be traditional horror movies) and some are campy, but each one of the films below has ... Continue reading

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Cliff’s Notes version: Mark Mangino press conference, 10/27/09

Here is the Cliff's Notes version of Kansas football coach Mark Mangino's comments at his press conference today. Full audio is posted here. Be sure to check it out, as Mangino gave some funny lines about players' girlfriends and Penn State coach Joe Paterno. • Players of ... Continue reading

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Who the heck is reading this?

The media is so pervasive, so enormous, so important, that at times I’m overwhelmed by it. There are too many options! This, as a journalist, is absolutely terrifying. We send our work out into the world, hoping we are heard. But when everybody’s talking, how can you ... Continue reading

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Now before you go and get mad at Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen was set to take the stage at the Sprint Center in Kansas City Monday night. But that didn't happen, because shortly before the show, his 36 year-old cousin (who was also a road crew member) was found dead in his KC hotel room. So far ... Continue reading

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Rituals

It is that time. The waterfowl season begins this coming Saturday. The other day I had to get out the decoy bag and check drops and weights. Pulled out the waders to make sure there wasn't any spiders in the boots. That ritual of getting the gear ... Continue reading

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Where is Fox News on THIS story?

I understand why other news media outlets don't report anything negative against our golf playing president while our men in uniform are being killed in combat and since the administration controls the media as according to Anita Dunn, Obama's Communications Director, but where is Fox News on ... Continue reading

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EveryoneHatesJournalists.com

In the ongoing, perhaps never ending, transition the media industry is making the territory of the Internet is typically the focus. As Matt Pressman pointed out in the June 2009 issue of Vanity Fair, much of the public believes that the industry was too slow to jump ... Continue reading

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Green with Envy

Everyone wants a cool or glamorous job, something that will keep them on their toes. The thought of performing the same tedious tasks day in and day out is not very sexy. And yet there are folks out there who do just that. Certain industries would die ... Continue reading

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It’s not so easy that any idiot could do it

In June of 2009 Matt Pressman wrote an article for Vanity Fair focused on why the public hates journalists. Number seven on his list of nine things they hate about us was “They think they can do a better job.” To all of the people out there ... Continue reading

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Marching Jayhawks plan indoor concert

The Marching Jayhawks are headed indoors. The Kansas University Marching Band has scheduled a first-ever indoor concert, bringing the sounds of the football field to the Lied Center. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. “There’s always been a desire from fans and alumni to see the ... Continue reading

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Gogol Bordello reconnects with fans

I don't know if you noticed this or not, but on Saturday Downtown Lawrence was swarming with Gogol Bordello. It seems that everywhere you went during the day, you'd see someone from the band (or at the very least, a roadie). I ran into a couple of ... Continue reading

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Turning over a new leaf

The other night, I was riding home from work through a quiet, tree-lined Old West Lawrence neighborhood. I was enjoying the crisp, night air and a car-less commute when an ungodly screeching pierced the night. It scared the bejeebers out of me, and at my advanced age, ... Continue reading

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