Stories for December 2009

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Thursday, December 31

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Ring In The New Year With A Cork To The Face!

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What better way to recognize how painful 2009 has been than by erupting a champagne bottle in your face?

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Cavern tavern: The Cave carves out a massive new nightclub beneath The Oread

Unlike the rest of The Oread, which you can see from virtually any vantage point in Lawrence, the hotel's new nightclub is almost invisible to the outside world. Were it not for a nondescript little sign on the west side of the building, a passer-by wouldn’t even know The Cave existed...

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Style scout: Alex Royden Swanson

Honestly, I just can't understand why so many people make fashion choices that purposefully replicate someone else. Why would anyone want to look like anyone else-wear a non-regulated, unenforced uniform?

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Style scout: Ammar Saeed

I am influenced by fashions in Pakistan and Europe-up-to-date, informed fashions. My grandfather once told me, 'How a man is judged by his shoes and his watch,' so I took his advice to heart...

Wednesday, December 30

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Where In The World Is Justin Roelofs?

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Local musician surfaces in New Zealand saving whales while you're sitting at home in your sweatpants watching "Seinfeld" reruns.

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Review: Guitar Hero Van Halen (360)

When Van Halen first takes stage, you’ll notice they have the modern day versions of the band — complete with Wolfgang Van Halen. Roth doesn’t quite look right with his modern day short hair and skinnier features, which make his signature Hawaiian shirt look out of place — even comical...

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Drama Marmot Escapes

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Everyone's favorite dramatic prairie dog has come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and he's fresh out of bubblegum. Dah-dah-DAAAHHHH!

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Review: Buzz Quiz World (PSP)

Buzz Quiz World is probably the best and most versatile PSP quiz game out there. If you’re looking for a great on-the-go quiz game, Buzz Quiz World has just about everything you need....

Foodies reveal decade’s worst restaurant trends

Decades from now, when you reflect on what dining was like during the fledgling years of the 21st century, on a good day you will picture a heartening trend toward comfort food in the wake of Sept. 11 and a well-meaning push toward locally sourced menus.

Start 2010 on the right foot with some healthy new habits

Do you have any “words of wisdom” to kick 2010 off right?

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What do I do with pomegranates

Work this nutritious fruit into your weekly menu

Despite being one of most troublesome foods to eat, the pomegranate has managed to be a superfood for thousands of years...

Tuesday, December 29

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Growing Up Heroes

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A site devoted to kids dressing up as superheroes and other pop-culture icons. Pure, nostalgic, innocent nerdery.

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American expression: Bishop Seabury senior's artistic range flourishes in U.S.

Ceramics. Jewelry. Sculpture. Painting. Sketching. Song and dance. Piano. Bishop Seabury Academy senior Jasmine Tse dabbles in all sorts of art and excels at each one of them. But she's not one to brag...

Double Take: Breakups — Suggestions on how to make the split for good

My relationship with my boyfriend isn’t going very well. We fight all the time, and both of us have found ourselves talking to other people, but somehow we end up back together.

Monday, December 28

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Kid Gets Stuck Behind A Couch

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We are all this child in some small way.

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Decade-ending debauchery: Your guide to 2009 New Year's Eve parties

Since New Year’s Eve is arguably the biggest party night of the year, everyone from Baby New Year to Father Time is throwing a blowout shindig. Here's the evening's best bets...

Simple steps can prevent frozen pipes

When the temperature outside drops below 20 degrees and the wind begins to blow, uninsulated water lines and drain pipes are likely to freeze. A few simple steps can help you avoid a problem before it happens.

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Saved energy = saved money: Lawrence experts suggest which home tax credits to tackle

Odds are, somewhere in your house is a black hole that’s sucking down a constant stream of wasted energy. And wasted money.

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Work out like a personal trainer

We talk to Lawrence’s fittest for their fitness tips

It’s the first question Nathan Wellendorf gets in any small-talk situation where he happens to mention what he does for a living. “You’re a personal trainer — how often do you work out?”

The Edge

• Mary J. Blige (Music) • ‘Pops’ (Books) • ‘Rewilders’ (Books)

Cioppino with Jayni

Celebrate the new year with director Ric Averill and Chef Cory Knubley.

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Sauna sisters: Female friends forge strong bond over longtime parties

Some women bond over bridge, Bunco or book clubs. Others connect in coffee klatches or cocktail hours. Still others share fun, fears and frustrations during tennis games, workouts or long-distance runs.

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Art advocate: Longtime docent touts Spencer’s programming

Traveling to Europe to study its rich art history has only deepened Betsy Weaver’s appreciation for what Kansas University has to offer.

The whaddayacallit decade

It just occurred to me that we are not simply toasting away another year and welcoming a new one this weekend, but we are about to say goodbye to the very first decade of this millennium.

Teens aim high with goals for new year

We asked members of Angle, the Journal-World’s teen advisory board, to let us in on their resolutions and tell us how good they are at keeping them.

Test masters: KU freshmen who received perfect scores on entrance exams share test-taking tips

As a high school senior, Bailey Reimer had already developed a healthy balance between socializing and academia. The night before she earned a perfect score of 1600 on the SAT, she was listening to Cake at the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival.

Amazing grain: South Pole cook touts barley’s many qualities

Francis Sheil knows all about winter food. He recently became the 1,255th person on record to spend a complete winter at the South Pole. Seven months, 80 below and total darkness. “The Milky Way is so bright, it almost seems to cast a shadow,” he says.

Treasure hunters: Meet ‘Junker Jo,’ who looks for antiques and other deals around Lawrence

My name is Joan Stone, and my friends call me “Junker Jo.” I am a yard sale goddess. My crown is neatly packed in a box in the basement — which of course, I picked up at a yard sale for a great price.

Top jewelry trends will take you into spring

Check out the jewelry trends for winter/spring 2010!

Save on home renovation

When Karen and Dermot Kerin planned to move to Lawrence from Wisconsin in late 2008, they wanted a beautiful house with little upkeep and renovation necessary. The house they chose was anything but simple work.

Lawrence Public Library’s top 10

Here are the top-10 most-requested books at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., as of Dec. 21.

Sunday, December 27

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Devil Cat

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If the devil exists, and if the devil made noises, it would sound like this cat.

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Signs of life: Indoor plants brighten home in winter

Mid-winter is about the time my gardening hands start getting antsy, and I always end up picking up a few new houseplants to satisfy that gardening itch.

Take care of your outdoor pet pals this year, too

I welcomed the first good snow of this season a few weeks ago with open arms. My border collie and I are cold-weather gals. On that early morning, I enjoyed the white from inside the house, while Bailey hustled outside and started rubbing her nose in it, left to right and back again, before diving in and running along like an anteater.

Saturday, December 26

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Ricky Gervais Sings To Elmo

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The creator of "The Office" visits "Sesame Street." This video will warm your heart even as you suffer from hypothermia in an apocalyptic snow storm.

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Seven years reappear: Former Lawrencian Freedy Johnston resurfaces with ‘Rain on the City’

In the song that made his career, Freedy Johnston sings the lyric “seven years disappear.” Nearly two decades later, Johnston knows that feeling all over again.

Friday, December 25

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Christmas Kitsch: Readers share their collections of garish items 'appreciated in an ironic or knowing way'

Never do lowbrow tastes and high sentiment clash more dangerously than at Christmas. Maybe that's why kitsch is most likely to take a place of honor in the home over the holidays...

Downey's no Sherlock Holmes, but it still works

Take it from a lifelong fan of Arthur Conan Doyle: Robert Downey Jr. is so NOT Sherlock Holmes...

Thursday, December 24

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Fun With Christmas

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Here's a stocking stuffed with silly Christmas videos! Happy birthday, Jesus!

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Christmastime at the shelter

Christmas still exists for those without a home

Being homeless generally doesn't get to Raleigh Worthington. He's a positive guy, especially when it comes to the Lawrence Community Shelter. But as his sixth Christmas at the shelter approaches, he admits it's hard to stay positive...

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Style scout: Becky Kasenberg

When I was seven, I had red, white and blue patent lace-up boots. They were my favorite boots. If I found a pair for adults, I would wear them...

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Style scout: Ryan Campbell

I had Barbies when I was a kid...

Wednesday, December 23

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Goofy Menorahs

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Consider this a belated Hanukkah present, chosen people!

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Last minute Christmas confections

Cookies and treats that Santa and your family might enjoy

Putting out milk and cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve is almost as old a tradition as the bearded jolly man himself.

Tuesday, December 22

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Simple flowers arrangements can be dramatic

Flowers are a sure way to dress up your home for the holidays, and you don't need a lot of expensive blooms to do it. Floral stylists say this is the year when style trumps opulence...

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Whirlwind of kid fun in the winter

Local teens leave thoughts of school behind them to prepare for winter break

There are relatively few occasions that teenagers look forward to every year, unless you count those oh-so-joyful math tests and fantastic English papers...

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New Year's resolutions for dog owners

If your New Year's resolution includes being more healthy about your choices, chances are your dog could benefit from the lifestyle change as well...

Double Take: Girls need to reclaim assertiveness in classroom

This week my side of the column is a letter to my female peers and myself.

Monday, December 21

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Indian Jingle Bells

An animated, Bollywood version of "Jingle Bells." Like spicy Christmas curry for your eyes and ears.

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The art of the mix: Tips on tunes for a rockin’ New Year’s Eve

One song you can count on hearing at nearly every New Year celebration in the English-speaking world is Robert Burns’ “Auld Lang Syne.” But that’s only one song, a mere four minutes. How does the exacting host sculpt a soundtrack for an entire party?

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The family that plays together ...

Do you know what games your children buy? Here are some guidelines for choosing age-appropriate gifts.

Sex. Drugs. F-bombs. Terrorism and sadistic murder. It’s not the stuff of most parents’ holiday gift lists. But if your kids are asking for video games this season, you’ll need to do a little research to make sure you aren’t inadvertently giving them those very things.

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10 Great Games for Kids and Parents

Here’s a list of 10 great, recent games you can have fun playing with anyone in your family without worrying about questionable content. They make great gifts (hint, hint) ...

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Pure beauty: Lawrence shoppers look for natural care products

For the past 10 years, April Sweany has been just as conscious about what she puts on her body as what she puts in it.

Powell Gardens perfect site for winter wonderland

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, you may want to visit the conservatory at Powell Gardens.

Door still sticks? You may want to plane it

If you have a sticky wooden door and tightening the hinge screws or shimming the hinges has not solved the problem, it may be time to take more drastic measures. Planing a door is a relatively simple task. A manual plane works fine for most jobs, but if you need to remove more than half an inch from a door edge, an electric planer might be a better choice.

Let your legs do the talking with patterned pants

During the winter, I’m always a big baby about the cold. Although I did recently receive a Snuggie for my birthday, I’m quite sure my friends and family wouldn’t speak to me if I wore it out of the house for dinner or cocktails. As much as I love to dress up, I oftentimes find myself pulling on the same old pair of jeans — the warmest practical option during the freezing winter months.

The Edge

• The Kinetics (Music) • ‘Nanny Returns’ (Books) • ‘Too Much Money’ (Books)

Lawrence Public Library’s top 10

Here are the top-10 most-requested books at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., as of Dec. 21.

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Building bonds: Lawrence resident creates models sites with Lego

George Rennels’ passion for building was born on Christmas Day 1965. He’s built everything from battleships, airplanes and space shuttles, to the Lawrence High School music wing, then dismantled most of them. His latest building, the historic St. Luke’s AME church in East Lawrence, remains intact. Like his other creations, it’s built perfectly to scale with Lego.

A modern Christmas carol

I enjoy singing almost as much as I enjoy laughing. Usually my singing is cause for laughing, which is why I rarely sing in public. Outside of, say, an occasional round of “Copacabana” at karaoke night. (My apologies to anyone at Dos Hombres on any given Wednesday in the early ’90s.) But in the spirit of the season of sharing, I am offering this little ditty I wrote to a familiar tune.

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Night-shift parenting

On the shortest day of the year, we ask Lawrence parents how they cope with managing family from the third shift

Imagine that you clock in to work at 11 every night in a sleep-deprived state. Now imagine that your job is to administer postmortem care to the dead. “Finding dead people doesn’t bother me as much anymore,” says Reneé Mellenbruch, a 19-year-old single mom in Lawrence ...

Build your 2010 spending plan

Many of the economic “green shoots” that have been reported in the media lately have been in the form of stronger-than-expected profits for many companies.

Take a peek at these pecan recipes

• Best Pecan Pie • Chocolate turtles

Sunday, December 20

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Gift Wrapped Apartment Prank

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Every item of a man's apartment is gift wrapped in the jolliest prank ever.

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Behind the Lens: Christmas lights can be tricky to capture with camera

Christmas light displays attract a lot of attention and are a popular subject for photographers. Whether you're headed to the Plaza in Kansas City or just around your neighborhood, here are some tips on capturing the colorful displays...

Gifts will suit exercise enthusiast on your list

When you're working out, you don't want to neglect any part of the body. The same can be said when you're shopping for the fitness enthusiasts on your list. You want to make sure every area gets the attention it deserves...

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Dave Barry's 2009 Holiday Gift Guide

In these troubled economic times, when money is scarce for many people, it's important that we remind ourselves, and our loved ones, that the holiday season is not about buying things. Then we and our loved ones can enjoy a hearty laugh, because, of COURSE the holiday season is about buying things...

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Protect trees from sunscald

Maples are probably the most common victim, but any young thin-barked tree is susceptible to late winter sunscald...

Saturday, December 19

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Drunk Four Year Old Steals Christmas

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An actual headline to an actual story filled with actual weirdness.

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Would the real St. Nicholas please stand up?

The true story behind the man who inspired seasonal gift-giving

Tug off the beard of any run-of-the-mill shopping mall Santa Claus and not only will you scare any small children in the vicinity, but — spoiler alert — you won’t be any closer to finding out about the real man behind jolly ol’ St. Nick.

Faith Forum: Does Santa Claus talk to God about who has been naughty or nice?

• We should be thinking of the greatest gift of all • God’s role is not to mark ‘naughty’ or ‘nice’

Friday, December 18

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Top 10 Food Network Foodgasms of 2009

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Your favorite Food Network celebrities suffering from facial spasms! Is Rachael Ray enjoying her food or having a stroke? You be the judge!

Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission seeking outdoor sculpture

Eight artists' works will be selected and each will receive a $750 honorarium. The sculptures will be on display for one year in downtown Lawrence. Deadline for entries is 4 p.m. Friday, January 29, 2010 ...

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'Avatar' characterized by effects, not story

You would think that a half-billion dollars could buy you a halfway decent screenplay. But as James Cameron proves in "Avatar," that isn't necessarily the case...

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Net Worth: Motion pictures inspire blogs — and vice versa

Blog. It’s an ugly word. Like a cross between blemish and hog.

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Holiday haiku hoopla: Readers deliver poems that celebrate the winter season

Perhaps it's the crisp winter air. Maybe it's the anticipation of Christmas or the deluge of holiday spirit. Whatever the reason, it's clear that readers can't get enough of the annual Holiday Haiku contest ...

Thursday, December 17

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Goat vs. Usher

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My money is on the goat.

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Style scout: Kaley Silva

I wear the same necklace, earrings and ring every day. I only change my jewelry on very special occasions...

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Belly Bump and Grind: Lawrence embraces the swaying subculture of belly dance

First of all, belly dancing is not striptease. One is an ancient Middle Eastern art form celebrating the female form; the other is a sweaty hoochie dance for money...

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Style scout: Bob Fraga

I dress from memory’s sake. I don’t dress by color-coordination, rather I dress to bring particular memories back...

Wednesday, December 16

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My First Fail

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Photos of babies acting dumb and silly. Apples and their distance falling from trees and such.

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Veg out: Downtown bistro offers Lawrence’s first full-service vegetarian restaurant in years

Ariel Hecke reads all the descriptions and agonizes over whether to bother the server about the possibility of beef broth lurking in the soup of the day: Is that minestrone truly vegetarian?

Tuesday, December 15

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Woman Cries Uncontrollably After "Return of the Jedi"

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And her loving husband videotaped it for all of us to mock.

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Contest winners wrote novels in 30 days

Lawrence resident John Bond says there's no easy answer for how he finished a 93,000-word novel in 30 days. "I just didn't sleep or do much of anything else," he says...

Double Take: College freshman plans separate living arrangement over break

I’m a freshman in college. I can’t exactly live under my mother’s rules. I am planning on coming in town this holiday.

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Gift guide for the picky teenager

We wanted to know what teens have on their wish lists, and a noncommittal shrug wouldn't do. So with a little bit of pressing, we got the answers parents are looking for from members of Angle, the J-W's teen advisory board. And we broke it down for budgets of all sizes...

Monday, December 14

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Hawkeyes: The Iowa Hip Hop Sensation

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Straight out of caucusing!

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Free album download: "The More the Merrier Christmas"

"The More the Merrier Christmas" is a new compilation by Lawrence musicians, available for FREE download in its entirety here...

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Review: "Science is Magic," by The Kinetiks

The latest album from this Lawrence band is a carnival-ride fusion of disco, '80s pop-punk, darker '90s themes. It's a fun, synth-filled distortion fest ...

The Edge

• ‘The Secret of Invisibility’ (Books) • ‘Better Off Ted’ (DVD) • ‘Taking Woodstock’ (DVD)

Sunday, December 13

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"Jersey Shore" Nickname Generator

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Because you want to be awful to!

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'Out of Asia': Vietnam historian recalls 'interesting times'

Stanley Karnow, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and longtime foreign correspondent, is trying to think of a good title for a planned memoir. One candidate: "Interesting Times." Covering the war in Vietnam, from the first Americans killed, in 1959...

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Walk, Patrick, Walk: Author Patrick Dobson walks across the country and tells its story in 'Seldom Seen'

Surely it's happened to all of us. A breeze strikes just right. A smell stirs the senses. Suddenly, you want to quit your job and walk to Montana. That's what happened to Patrick Dobson on an otherwise uneventful spring day in May 1994...

Poet's Showcase: 'I Am from Memories'

I am from soft curls, sponge rollersAnd freckled face.

Pee-wee Herman makes big comeback

"The Pee-wee Herman Show," opening next month in downtown Los Angeles at Club Nokia theater, cost millions to mount. It boasts 11 actors, 20 puppets and marks the show's first production since 1982. So, why now?

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Behind the Lens: Children's photography reveals their perspective as they grow

Digital technology has made the activity of taking photographs cheaper and more accessible. No longer do you need to worry about wasting film or paying for unwanted prints...

Saturday, December 12

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A Woman's Guide to Firearms

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First they get the vote and now they get the guns?!?!?

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What to do in Larry tonight, Saturday edition

Kendra Marable art opening, "Lawrence Does Lawrence" opening, "Noise for Toys," Liberty Hall-iday Boogie, Second Saturdays with DJ Candlepants, Mouth + Seedlove, FANG, X-Rated Xmas Variety Show, Bandit Teeth, and new movies...

Friday, December 11

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Random Creepy Guys

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A site celebrating that weird guy who crashed your photo.

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God Don't Make No Junk! An interview with artist Kendra Marable

Lawrence artist Kendra Marable has an uncanny ability to find objects that surpass the realm of novelty. Such objects form the foundation for her new exhibit, "What Remains To Be Seen," a collection of distinct mixed media prints and wild shrines to a bygone era...

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What to do in Larry tonight, Friday edition

David Rawlings Machine, "Concoctions" closing reception, Ben Miller Band, Afrobeat with Brandon Draper, Hawley Shoffner, and new movies...

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Save & Splurge, with Lauren Pollimer

Spending habits from the penny pinching to the profligate

"I've been known to pull out the debit card on those three in the morning Taco Bell runs."

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What's the matter with Kansas?: Thomas Frank’s best-selling book is transformed into an acclaimed documentary film

Author Thomas Frank was just another buttoned-down, Ronald Reagan-loving suburbanite when he headed to college in 1983. The transition from Johnson County to Douglas County proved jarring. Within his first semester at Kansas University his ideals tilted to port. And it wasn’t politics per se that spurred the shift.

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Net Worth: Web site dedicated to visits with ‘sketchy’ Santas

My daughter is asking many Santa-related questions.

Thursday, December 10

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MacGyver Cat

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A cat repeatedly cheats death, set to the theme song from "MacGyver."

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Style scout: Bernadette Rose Zacharias

Baking soda is awesome. It absorbs odor when you have to skip a shower, and you can clean jewelry with it too...

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Style scout: Thomas Hardy

I love animal facts and can do animal impressions. My favorite fact is that the polyphemus moth eats an amount 86,000 times its body weight in the first 48 hours after it’s born...

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Noise for Tots: The Noise FM plays Santa for Douglas County Toys for Tots

This weekend, brothers Austin and Alex Ward of the Lawrence band The Noise FM will spearhead a toy drive for Douglas County Toys for Tots. On Monday, they’ll go back to serving local youngsters in a different fashion: substitute teaching...

Wednesday, December 9

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Cute Kid Plays Jason Mraz Song Cutely

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Even if you hate Jason Mraz with every fiber of your being, this is still adorable.

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Scenesters, with Jaime Page Netzer

"Away We Good Will Labyrinth In The Big White Park"

Study shows holiday weight gain sticks around

Research indicates that Americans are gaining an average of .4 to 1.8 pounds each year during their adult lives. Some of those pounds may be added during the holiday season...

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Holiday loafing: Dense, delicious povitica boasts rich flavors and a hard-to-pronounce name

That's po-va-teets-sa. It's a holiday staple in Eastern Europe and, in some parts of the United States - including Kansas City's Strawberry Hill neighborhood - a tradition more popular than eggnog...

Tuesday, December 8

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Sketchy Santas

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Photos of frightening Santas and the children they psychologically scar.

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Bound Up, with Natasha Soetebier

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

"Graceling" and "The Green Mile."

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Picture perfect: Capturing the right family photo doesn't have to ruin the holidays

It was a holiday card for the ages. Two cute little faces, framed by warm hats, gazing into the camera, rosy-cheeked, adorable and ripe for both the holidays ... and a total meltdown...

Double Take: Parents’ past mistakes not as important as present conduct

My husband and I have a new baby and are discussing certain parenting do’s and don’ts...

Parents can avoid money mistakes

That tiny new baby you brought home from the hospital is priceless, but raising him or her is the most expensive thing you'll ever do...

Monday, December 7

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Paul Stanley Stage Banter

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The lead singer of Kiss has something to get off his chest. Mostly hair.

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Review: Tony Hawk Ride (360)

Tony Hawk Ride is an experiment to see if skating games can enjoy the same peripheral workup that music and exercise games have — in this respect Ride proves they can. Unfortunately, as with many gaming experiments, there’s still a lot of room for improvement...

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On Deck, with Krysten Yates

Wherein we listen to what Lawrence's movers and shakers are moving and shaking to

Lake to Grass Widow.

Winter treats: Lawrence restaurants share recipes for cozy nights

Winter weather means finding ways to keep warm inside and out. One of the perks of that task is making delicious comfort food to ward off the chill.

Nineties nostalgia: Love for decade’s trashy TV, grunge style resonates in Lawrence

Although some may argue that it never left, nostalgia for 1990s music, fashion and entertainment is back in trend. From our TVs to our closets, the ’90s have influenced comeback shows like The CW’s “Melrose Place” and “90210” and the resurgence of grunge fashion, inspired by bands like Pearl Jam.

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Shop local: Lawrence residents talk about value of keeping dollars in town

Rachel Myslivy doesn’t pay lip service to the “shop local” mantra. She lives by it every day. “I’m a huge fan of The Toy Store,” she says. “I’m also very dedicated to Stitch On Needlework and The Yarn Barn because my daughter and I — and my whole family — are very crafty individuals. And I love M & M Office Supply for kids’ craft materials because if they don’t have it, they can get it for you overnight.”

Sunday, December 6

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Chewbacca Sings Silent Night

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Merry Christmas, nerds!

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Review: Assassin's Creed 2 (PS3)

Assassin's Creed 2 creates a living and breathing world that comes to life in an enjoyable and flexible experience, recommended for gamers of all kinds...

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Twin telepathy: Sibling bonds sometimes exceed what researchers can explain

Identical twins Bill and Bob Fleming look so much alike, even their own family members can’t tell them apart.

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Behind the Lens: These stocking stuffers would please the photographer on your gift list

When I was a kid, Macy’s, Montgomery Ward and Sears mailed out huge holiday gift catalogs. Now I get similar catalogs from photography retailers, and I can’t help but create a wish list of some of the cool gadgets and tools.

Saturday, December 5

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Little Girl Dances With Robot Bears

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What a hilarious nightmare!

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What to do in Larry tonight, Saturday edition

Holiday Hoedown, "Distracted" by University Theatre, Radio City, Ellis Paul, Mountain Sprout, Emmitt Nershi Band, The Dactyls, Saturday Soulclap, Belly Dance with Troupe Duende, and new movies...

Friday, December 4

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Funny Church Signs

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Inappropriate, misspelled, and misguided signs from God's mouth to your eyes.

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Save & Splurge, with Anna Undercover

Spending habits from the penny pinching to the profligate

The mysterious author of the Stripper Blog bares all about her saving and splurging.

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What to do in Larry tonight, Friday edition

Toys for Tots Benefit @ the Gaslight, "Distracted" by University Theatre, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Friday Night Mirth with the Vivid Tangerines, Disco Disco, Hybrid Momentsss with Iggy Baby, Big Gigantic, The Dead Girls, and new movies...

Potent cast lifts 'Brothers'

"Brothers" is a movie built on that jarring disconnect between combat zone and "back home." Part POW thriller, part romance, with a big helping of melodrama.

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Net Worth: Top searches on the top site hit rock bottom

If you were to assume LJWorld.com or Lawrence.com are my home pages, think again.

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Mass distraction: University Theatre stages contemporary play scrutinizing how an over-stimulated society treats ADD

Cell phones, video games, Facebook. E-mail, TiVo, Twitter. Laptops, podcasts, earbuds. SpongeBob ... Talk about distractions. It's a wonder anybody can think straight these days...

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Ho-Ho-Hoedown: Lawrence old-time and bluegrass bands throw holiday party for the whole family

“In a lot of country and honky tonk music, you get a lot of drinkin’ and cheatin’ and partyin’ and that kind of stuff, so it’s nice to take a night off of that and just sing Christmas songs,” says The Wilders' Ike Sheldon ...

Thursday, December 3

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Grandma Thinks You're A Sex Offender

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Because you post videos on Facebook. She may have a point.

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Stuck! An interview with Steve Balderson to preview his latest film

This podcast takes a road trip to Wamego, home to DIY cult filmmaker Steve Balderson. He gives us a personal tour of his hometown and sometime muse, and discusses the "in's and out's" of shooting an indie flick in Kansas ...

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Scenesters, with Charyne Hayes

The five favorite flicks of Lawrence's fab film fans

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Garden Brick Flakes.

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Style Scout: Caitlin Cooper

"Country-western, ranchland style"

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Style Scout: Michael Hulsey

"Vintage-country inspired"

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Cookie-cutter houses: Festival sells gingerbread buildings for charity

In this troubled economy, the housing market is crumbling. No, really — it’s literally crumbling. Because it’s made of cookies. Well, technically gingerbread and graham crackers, but it’s a delicious collapse nonetheless. And when the bubble bursts, it’ll get frosting all over everything. Mmmmm …

Wednesday, December 2

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Tiger Woods Accident Recreated With Chinese Computer Animation

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It's like watching "Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tiger."

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Bound Up, with Synthia Somerholder

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

"Nicky the Jazz Cat" and "Angela's Ashes."

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Edible escapades: Two KU seniors blog to prove that eating like a co-ed doesn't have to mean pizza

Come over for dinner at the right college-kid abode and you won't find the typical student-poor gourmet menu of pasta with red sauce, sale frozen dinners or takeout...

How do I squirrel away my chestnuts?

Fresh chestnuts contain 40-45 percent carbohydrate, 5 percent oil and 50 percent moisture. It is the high moisture that makes them so perishable. Spoilage is almost always due to mold. Here are some ways to prevent mold...

Tuesday, December 1

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Booze Cats

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Alcoholism is so much more palatable when papered over with kitties!

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On Deck, with Lisa Dahlke

Wherein we listen to what Lawrence's movers and shakers are moving and shaking to

Michael Jackson to The Shins.

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Tuned in: November ArtStar masters variety of music skills

It's not exactly easy to get a 7-year-old to sit at a piano and practice. But Lawrence High School senior Addison Frei kept with it. He took lessons, rehearsed, dabbled in other instruments and blossomed into an award-winning pianist...

Double Take: Parents have right, responsibility to check Facebook accounts

Is it OK to read my daughter’s text messages without her knowledge? Do parents have the right to ask for access to Facebook accounts?