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Wednesday's top stories, possible 100-degree contest winners and odd stuff I'm finding in my desk

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The National Weather Service has issued three (yes, three) heat-related alerts for Douglas County. Basically, it's going to be hot. Prepare yourself.

Here are Wednesday's most-viewed stories and most-commented items in the last 24 hours:

Most-viewed stories

  1. Town Talk: Compton project at Ninth and N.H. recommended for incentives; Olive Garden project less clear; longtime insurer closes Lawrence office
  2. Douglas County man transported to area hospitals after homemade firework explodes in hand
  3. Federal investigator looking into explosion that led to hospitalization of Lawrence man
  4. Fourth of July events and fireworks displays in Lawrence, Eudora, De Soto, McLouth and Ottawa
  5. Tour emphasizes Masonic Temple’s uniqueness; caterer urges city to provide incentives for development

Most-commented items

  1. OTS: If you could study abroad anywhere, where would you go and why?
  2. Poll: Do you think the new regulations for Kansas abortion clinics are too strict?
  3. Town Talk: Compton project at Ninth and N.H. recommended for incentives; Olive Garden project less clear; longtime insurer closes Lawrence office
  4. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, county officials working on new election-fraud regulations
  5. Tour emphasizes Masonic Temple’s uniqueness; caterer urges city to provide incentives for development

100-Degree Day Contest

The NWS forecast predicts the temperature in Lawrence will be just shy of triple digits today, but they could be wrong. So here are those of you who are eligible to win our 100-Degree Day Contest today:

Marlo Angell 12:55 p.m.
Judy Kasson 1 p.m.
Kelsey Oyler 1:01 p.m.
Lisa Carpenter 1:08 p.m.
Lindsey Fry 1:20 p.m.
Erika Weed 1:48 p.m.
Mary Lawson 1:55 p.m.
Karen Lowder 1:59 p.m.
Jill Kim 2 p.m.
Marcus DeMon 2 p.m.
Elena Auer 2:15 p.m.
Kristen Sanders 2:30 p.m.
Debbie Sack 2:45 p.m.
Paula Shaver 3 p.m.
Jeff Goodrick 3 p.m.
Julie Hansen 3:01 p.m.
Sarah Dinges 3:03 p.m.
Tina Tourtillott 3:12 p.m.
Lois Weldon 3:18 p.m.
Lisa Rasor 3:30 p.m.
Stacy Riggins 3:40 p.m.
Joshua Sestak 3:42 p.m.
Shayne Cassey 3:44 p.m.
Brenda Harrington 3:55 p.m.
Charly Edmonds 4:30 p.m.
Alex Fischer 4:30 p.m.
Kyle Kitson 4:45 p.m.
Lisa Hallberg 5:35 p.m.
Gary Hadl 6:15 p.m.


Since tomorrow is my last day here at LJWorld.com, I've been gradually cleaning out my desk and laptop bag. Some interesting items have surfaced. Here are some of the highlights:

  • A ticket to the 2008 KU vs. MU Border Showdown at Arrowhead Stadium. It was sleeting/raining and I was miserable until the last 27 seconds. Reesing to Meyer on 4th and 6. Un-freaking believable.
  • A huge bottle of Excedrin. Man, how did I not remember I had that?
  • Two forks and two spoons. Jake and I had been wondering what was happening to our silverware. Surprise! It was in my laptop bag.
  • Four pairs of earbuds. I clearly remember purchasing each set after I thought I'd lost the previous pair. Those little suckers are easy to lose.
  • A pack of "Movie Theater Butter" microwave popcorn. That could still be edible. What is the shelf life on microwave popcorn?

Finally, I think someone may have "accidentally borrowed" my Pee-wee Herman bobblehead. I'm offering a reward of a 2/3-full bottle of hand sanitizer (also found in my desk drawer) for Pee-wee's safe return. I'd like him to live next to the Miller High Life delivery man and Andre the Giant bobbleheads we have at home.

I'm also willing to admit I may have moved Pee-wee on my own and can't remember what happened to him.

Comments

RoeDapple 3 years, 6 months ago

Beware of live sparrows in your desk on Friday. Oh, probably not, they don't do that sort of thing anymore . . . . . . . do they?

wmathews 3 years, 6 months ago

Multiple people have now said to me "maybe your Pee-wee bobblehead is in the basement of the Alamo."

somedude20 3 years, 6 months ago

I wonder how long it would take for a frozen pizza (or corndog) to cook in my black car (leather seats will help with heat distribution) with the windows up and in the sun?

Maybe I should open up a place that sells only things baked in my car

wmathews 3 years, 6 months ago

Hey Curtis, I called the National Weather Service, and they said Lawrence hasn't officially hit 100 degrees yet. They said Topeka did, but not here. Once they confirm the temperature has hit 100 degrees, we'll have a winner.

Curtis Lange 3 years, 6 months ago

Well, if I were Brenda, I would not be pleased. Temp hit 100 today in Lawrence, period. However, because the airport (which sits in a freakin' valley) says it didn't by ~0.3 degrees it isn't official for this contest.

Jonathan Kealing 3 years, 6 months ago

We're doing some under the hood changes to our sites. A few of those changes will lead to very modest changes on LJWorld.com in the next couple hours.

wmathews 3 years, 6 months ago

Just b/c I'm leaving tomorrow doesn't mean you can say that word, autie!

Ralph Reed 3 years, 6 months ago

You've been a great mod Whitney. Tried to find some mustard for you, but couldn't get it by the LJW, sorry.

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