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A cheap shot at KU


¢ A columnist in the [Fort Worth Star-Telegram][1] used a story in the Journal-World about Tim Flattery, a male member on the KU dance team, to poke fun at the Big 12 North division.Who is Mr. Flattery? And why is he special?He is the guy who dared to say "I just want to dance" and then sashayed his way onto the Rock Chalk Dance Team.Oh, sure, those Big 12 South teams win national championships, but how many have male dancers?¢ Also from Fort Worth ... a man on parole for the kidnapping and rape of a Lawrence woman was arrested in Fort Worth, the [Star-Telegram][2] reports.A registered sex offender has been arrested in connection with the robbery and sexual assault of a woman at a west Fort Worth dry-cleaning business this month. Devin T. Galloway, on parole for tying up, raping and kidnapping a woman in Lawrence, Kan., in 1984, was arrested Sunday on a parole violation warrant obtained after Fort Worth police detectives identified him as a suspect in last week's attack.¢ Columnist Annie Zaleski of the [St. Louis River Front Times][3] gives Lawrence concert promoter Jacki Becker and the Bleeding Kansas Arts & Music Festival props in this week's edition.In fact, on Saturday, August 5, she trekked out to a park in Lawrence, Kansas, for the Bleeding Kansas Festival, an event put on by none other than Jacki Becker - she of Up to Eleven Productions (uptoeleven .com), a.k.a. the woman who brings the coolest shows to St. Louis.¢ A Kansas University professor is quoted in this Associated Press story about the firing of a Reuter news photographer over allegations of photo-doctoring. Here's the link for the story in the [Duluth News-Tribune][4]."It used to be said that all politics is local, but now blogs are international," said David D. Perlmutter, a journalism professor at the University of Kansas. "You can be a 10-year-old in your parents' basement in Madison and you post something, and Saudi Arabians are talking about it three hours later."¢ Lawrence is being cited in stories about Olathe moving closer to a smoking ban. Here's one appearance of the story, posted by the [AP][5].The vote follows a trend begun in Kansas two years ago when Lawrence banned smoking in public areas.¢ KU is cited in this [USA Today][6] story about the cost of college textbooks._ At the University of Kansas, students have created "the K-Portal," an online site where students contact each other directly to get a better deal on buying and selling used textbooks than they would in a bookstore, says junior Hannah Love, 20.¢ KU professor Paul Atchley continues to make headlines around the world for his reporting of research concerning the use of cellphones while driving. Here's the latest link from the [Times of India][7]._Emotional conversations, particularly those on unhappy topics, are most likely to divert attention needed by drivers, suggest studies by University of Kansas psychologist Paul Atchley, who also reported at the APA meeting. But rational decision-making falters too, according to Strayer's research. His experiments show adults make poorer decisions when they're on the phone and driving. "Some people try to work from their cars, and I wonder about their decisions," he adds._¢ Lawrence's Morgan Quitno Press gets cited often for its rankings of the safest and least safe cities in the country. He's a mention of the survey in the [Boston Globe][8]._Newton will have to wait until October to find out whether last year's rash of burglaries will cost it the safest-city title.The annual survey is compiled by Morgan Quitno Press of Lawrence, Kan.¢ Lawrence filmmaker Kevin Willmott goes in-depth about his movie "C.S.A." in this interview with [Eclipse Magazine][9].Though writer/director Kevin Willmott uses the devices of alternate history fiction, he's not so much interested in how a slave-based Confederate nation would evolve, as he is in using the tropes of the genre to create a history that, in paralleling U.S. history, shows just how disturbingly familiar aspects of both actually are. [1]: http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/sports/15294124.htm/ [2]: http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/local/15294396.htm [3]: http://www.riverfronttimes.com/Issues/2006-08-16/music/atoz.html [4]: http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/15289488.htm [5]: http://www.belleville.com/mld/belleville/news/state/15288176.htm [6]: http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2006-08-16-book-battle_x.htm [7]: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1899033.cms [8]: http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/08/17/newton_reports_break_on_burglaries/ [9]: http://eclipsemagazine.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1737


Raider 11 years, 10 months ago

The columnist at the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram isn't taking a cheap shot at KU. KU is getting what they deserve for allowing a boy to push his way on to a women's team. The FST, I thought, was very kind to them. Imagine what the rest of the media is going to do when this goes national. It's only the tip of the iceberg.

fletch 11 years, 10 months ago

It's a dance team. If a guy wants to dance, I've got no problem with that.

big_blue 11 years, 10 months ago

ljworld failed to mention the headline for this story in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram:

"For my fellow Mizzou-ers (or anybody else needing a good chuckle)"

typical mu fan.

probably starts each day hoping & praying for a nugget of news that will make mu look better than ku.

sad, really.

EXks 11 years, 10 months ago

Wait, the real issue here is the cheap stereotyping and camouflaged homophobic remarks of this so-called journalist.....

"He is the guy who dared to say "I just want to dance" and then sashayed his way onto the Rock Chalk Dance Team."

But of course, we should expect such 'thinking' from Texas.

Bud Stagg 11 years, 10 months ago

We had a guy on the flag team a few years ago. I wasn't a big fan when I heard, But after seeing him perform, he really was the best one on the team.

This dance guy has the right to be on the team, I'm just not a fan of it. There are other places he can dance, however don't the dance squad members get some sort of scholarship? If so he has an even bigger right to get a piece of the pie... although I don't think he is into that.

Kuku_Kansas 11 years, 10 months ago

So let me get this "straight"...

...there are news markets who find "poking" fun at perceived-homosexual, or less-than-manly, non-news....news-worthy?!!?

Give me a break.

bjamnjm 11 years, 10 months ago

Sometimes people think to much about or read to much into these things. I doubt the author of the comments is "homophobic" but rather making a funny. People make fun of other people and this makes more people laugh. This phenomenon has been around way before anyone thought of labeling another "homophobic".

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