Deadwood Edition Issue #229

January 6, 2009

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Iraq Chalk Jayhawk

A local soldier's perspective on waste and progress in the war

A few weeks ago our man in Baghdad, Paul VanCleave, returned to Lawrence after his second tour of duty with the Kansas Army National Guard. We caught up with him before he ships out again to talk about the insanity of the war, and then some...

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Actual news*

*...based on actual news

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Townie guide to… facial follicular fortitude

Ain't nothing but time can grow this stuff.

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Style Scout: Pearl Martin-Eagle

I'd like to see a roller skating and an ice skating rink.

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Style Scout: John Momberg

I think at least 3% of my body is made of biscuits and gravy.

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Tin Pan Hawley

Hawley Shoffner does a little singerin’ and ivory ticklerin’

Hawley Alexandra Shoffner can surely be forgiven for tallying up late fees at the local library. Her eloquent songs for piano and ukulele often take inspiration from biographies and historical events, but they’re artfully timeless in their dedication to good melodies and spirited performances.

Smokin' the bowl

And now for something really different...

Top 10 Movies of 2008

Between all the people in town in the last couple of days and all the band practices, I finally managed to squeak out a list of the best movies of 2008. After going back through my favorite films of the year, I noticed that the last-minute Oscar contender cramming didn’t really change things all that much. Sure, “The Wrestler” and “Let the Right One In” were Oscar season additions, but the other ten or so movies that you’ll be hearing about between now and February 22 didn’t make the list.