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Wakarusa band argues against hike in Internet music fees

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¢ A member of Chicago band Tangleweed explains how the band was "discovered" to play at the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival through Internet radio station Pandora.com in a column in the [Chicago Tribune][1]. Kenneth Rainey goes on to argue that proposed royalty increases for Internet radio would hurt small bands' chances of making it big.After two years of playing small clubs in Chicago, our invitation to the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival in Lawrence, Kan., was a big break for us.While listening to similar music on a custom Internet radio station on Pandora.com, a festival organizer heard a Tangleweed track. He liked it so much that he tracked us down and offered us the chance to perform at the festival. With more than 7 million Internet radio listeners every day, Internet radio offers exposure for groups like ours that just isn't possible on mainstream radio stations.But now we're at risk of losing it.¢ Some more details are trickling in about ["City of Your Final Destination,"][2] a film about a fictional KU student. You might remember it because it's being filmed in Boulder and Argentina instead of Lawrence.Based on the novel by Peter Cameron, City of Your Final Destination follows an Iranian-born graduate student at the University Of Kansas who aspires to write a biography on an a diseased writer. He travels to Uruguay to seek permission from the family the diseased writer and must find a way to persuade the family to authorize the biography.¢ The monarch waystation program, which encourages people around the country to plant butterfly-friendly flowers and other plants, was featured over the weekend in the [Chicago Tribune][3].The program is part of Monarch Watch, based at KU."Anybody can convert a little back yard into a Monarch Waystation," Taylor says. "Add a few milkweeds and a few nectar plants and you've got it."¢ Maj. Gen. Joe Engle, a native of Chapman and KU graduate who is one of a handful of astronauts to call Kansas home, will be inducted into the [Air Force Space and Missle Pioneers hall of fame.][4] He'll be honored in a ceremony next month.General Engle was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Kansas and entered flight school in 1957. He entered the history books June 29, 1965, when he flew the X-15 experimental aircraft to an altitude of 280,600 feet, becoming the youngest person - at age 32 - ever to qualify officially as an astronaut, and one of only eight men to qualify for astronaut wings by flying an "airplane" into space. [1]: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-oped0709musicjul09,1,5435227.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed [2]: http://www.buddytv.com/articles/greys-anatomy/former-greys-anatomy-actress-s-7972.aspx [3]: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/northwest/chi-0708monarchjul08,1,1297187.story?coll=chi-newslocalnorthwest-hed [4]: http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?ContentBlockID=5d5e8135-7727-4c0e-8bc9-6c05356507a1

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