Stories for July 2009

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Friday, July 31

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Entertaining Bathroom Graffiti

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If scribbling on the walls was good enough for our caveman forefathers, then it's good enough for us.

Local homeless shelter responds to new needs

Canvas a few people about our local homeless population and you may hear comments like, “The people on our streets choose to be homeless.” Or, “Those scary meth addicts aren’t even from here.” These gross categorizations create a schism between “us” and “them” and obscure an important truth: The homelessness that we witness on the streets of Lawrence is a recent social problem.

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New arrangement: Former Lawrence couple dedicate music career to diabetes research

It’s called “the terrible twos” for plenty of reasons.

Thursday, July 30

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Nightmare Yoga Video

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Please...make it stop...

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The Big Greasy

Blue Orleans grills up zydeco music, Kansas-style

Wednesday, July 29

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Giant Weird Cat Puppet Does Aerobics

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Where have you been all my life, you sexy freak?

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Style Scout: Holly Rowland

VJ Kennedy meets Lisa Loeb

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Style Scout: Eric Dobbins

Wonder Fair gallery owner/operator

Tuesday, July 28

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Wasting Away In Larryville

The Sandbar celebrates 20 years of mermaids and margaritas with a rare block party

If SpongeBob SquarePants were to ever move out of his pineapple under the sea and venture into the bar business, it’s a safe bet he’d open up an establishment almost identical to the Sandbar...

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Ghostbusters: The Video Game (360)

Ghostbusters: The Video Game would be a strictly average game without its valuable license and impressive cast. Despite this, it will undoubtedly entertain the 20-something group that grew up with toy proton packs, drank Slimer-branded Hi-C, and couldn't get enough of the films and cartoon.

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Little Boy Sings "Folsom Prison Blues"

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This kid shot a man in Reno just to watch him die...adorably.

Monday, July 27

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Trailer Park: A Special Roundup of Comic-Con Movie Previews ("Twilight: New Moon" Included)

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"Alice in Wonderland," "Book of Eli," "Hot Tub Time Machine," "Tron: Legacy," and OMG "Twilight: New Moon." OMG and OMG again.

Sunday, July 26

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A Port in the Storm

Bringing together community, environment and entrepreneurship in the recession

A Lawrencian and Kansas Citian by way of Israel have managed to blend enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, the environment, and sense of a community’s creativity into a promising business amid the relentless recession...

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Videos of Various Animal Whisperers (and MacGyver)

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Wolves and badgers and MacGyver saying highly inappropriate things to a child...oh, my!

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Scenesters, with Kacie Faye Brown

The five favorite flicks of Lawrence's fab film fans

From Cameron Crowe to Will Ferrell.

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Behind the Lens: Mentor photographer known for firsts in the business

I recently visited with a photojournalist friend from Indiana, where we both attended Ball State University in the early ’80s.

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Fair territory: Sports venues moving toward earth-friendly practices

The fries fans order at Kauffman Stadium on game days may actually be healthy — for the environment, that is.

Saturday, July 25

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Video of Kathleen Sebelius and Some Horrifying Thing

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One of the symptoms of Swine Flu? Developing a giant foam head, apparently.

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On Deck, with Katie Glavin

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

The Dodos, Noah and the Whale, Department of Eagles, Regina Spektor, and Bowerbirds

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New interface: Game designer returning home to Lawrence to start new church

Most everyone has a dream job: the perfect vocation in the perfect place that fits perfectly in the most perfect version of the world. Matt Cox had his dream job — video game designer. For three years, it was exactly what he wanted to do.

Friday, July 24

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Wedding Party Dancing Down the Aisle

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The bride wore WHITE HOT FUNK!

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Net Worth: ‘Unnecessary quotes’ among grammatical goofs mocked on Web

Most people operating in the journalism field can cite at least one grammatical blunder that ticks them off more than any other.

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Not so happy meal: New documentary exposes America's corporate hold on the food chain

When Americans think of the nation’s food industry, they usually conjure images of idyllic pastures filled with grazing cattle and staffed by hard-working farm folk.

Thursday, July 23

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Full Orchestra Performs with Piano Playing Cat

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Trust me...it has nothing to do with Keyboard Cat.

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Throw down: Disc golfers bring world championships to KC, struggle for recognition

More than 900 disc golfers will make a pilgrimage to Kansas City this week to compete in the Professional Disc Golf Association World Championships. We talked to the women's and men's No. 1 players, as well as Lawrence's top-ranked player, Kevin Babbit...

Wednesday, July 22

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Trailer Park: A Roundup of Movie Previews

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"Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland," "Amelia," "The Informant," and "Jennifer's Body."

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Style Scout: Rob Kammeyer

A mix of raggamuffin and Freewheelin’ Franklin

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Style Scout: Katie Reese

Screen printer at Blue Collar Press and entrepreneur/owner of Kitty Reese

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Coming out of her shell: Lawrence resident starts her own ‘Nut Nation’

The idea seemed simple enough: Take a popular snack nut, add copious amounts of savory garlic and park the nuts in a smoker long enough to impart the kind of campfire-night goodness that adds up to nothing more than addictive.

Tuesday, July 21

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (360)

While Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is no masterpiece, it's significantly better than most movie cash-in titles. It features plenty of varied gameplay and characters from the film, and should satisfy any young fan.

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Nirvana and Rick Astley Mashup

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Not a Rick Roll, per se. It's something altogether more terrifying and awful and beautiful.

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Set to music: Range of young adults cast in local production of ‘Disney’s High School Musical’

Ben Markley has never been the lead in a production.

Monday, July 20

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Bunnies In Space: Apollo 11 Recreated with Rabbits

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In honor of the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, here's a dramatic recreation using rabbits.

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Lawrence expatriate records 80-plus songs in a year, returns to town for a whole bunch of shows

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Extreme Makeover: Toddler Edition

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Because your baby is ugly.

Call for submissions: Downtown Bike Rack Project

Local and regional artists may submit new creative designs for a community bike rack initiative in downtown Lawrence. The first bike rack will be placed in front of the Lawrence Arts Center...

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Heavens to Etsy

Though she grew up in faraway countries such as Indonesia and Pakistan, Malindi Alexander learned about the wide world of crafting from her grandmother, Nellie Kinzy, while spending summers in Kansas.

Sunday, July 19

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Bound Up, with Lindsay Love

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

Michael Pollan on Michael Pollan action.

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Man Babies: Babies with man heads and men with baby heads

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Photoshopping infant heads onto adult bodies and vice versa. Sinister and hilarious and sinilarious all at once.

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On Deck, with Emily Robinson

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

Maria Taylor, Jaymay, Leigh Nash, William Fitzsimmons, and Fleet Foxes.

Saturday, July 18

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"Toy Story" Recut as "The Dark Knight" Trailer

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Why so serious? Because this thing is awesome sauce.

New works by Stan Herd depict state’s scenic highways

A one-day show this afternoon in Topeka will feature paintings of Kansas’ scenic byways by Lawrence artist Stan Herd.

Friday, July 17

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Tubers, with Briana Saunders

Wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches

"Lost," "Better Off Ted," and "How I Met Your Mother."

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The Trailer for "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters"

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The publisher who brought us "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" cranks out another Austen-meets-Elvira geek-gasm. Now with moving pictures!

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Net Worth: Why phone a friend when you can buy a celebrity?

If there is one thing this generation of reality TV and gossip blogging has taught us, nothing is more important than being in the presence of celebrities.

Thursday, July 16

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Scenesters, with Lauren Mitchell

The five favorite flicks of Lawrence's fab film fans

From Muppets to munchkins.

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Glenn Beck Freak Out

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Glenn Beck joins the online ranks of Christian Bale, Bill O'Reilly, and the World of Warcraft Kid with his very own nervous breakdown.

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Happy Hunting: Bargain hunter Katy Seibel stretches her budget in a sneak peek of the sidewalk sale

All at the lowest prices of the year. The Downtown Sidewalk Sale has earned distinction as a bargain-hunter’s dream. This year, finding the best deals is not just fun, but an economic necessity for many...

Wednesday, July 15

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Style Scout: Bonnie Cherry

Despot/factotum at the Lawrence Arts Center, and newest Astrokitten in training.

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Style Scout: Jonathan Jay Holley

Editor of Johnny America literary magazine.

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Video of Michael Jackson's Head on Fire

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I never promised to stop posting on Michael Jackson, especially when footage this disturbing pops up.

Tuesday, July 14

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Mr. T Sings A Song About Your Mom

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Fools and pitying and such.

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Come Sail Away

The Sailor Sequence releases debut EP, makes plans to accomplish something before world comes to untimely end

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Review: Latest Harry Potter movie is half-baked at best

The sixth filmic adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s enormously popular book series arrives in theaters with an inordinate amount of baggage from five movies of myth-building and expectations—so it almost seems set up to fail.

Monday, July 13

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Shopping companions: Meet some of downtown Lawrence’s favorite furry characters

Allie sits at the window and stares outside at customers. People with their dogs walk by, stopping to say hi. Someone comes in the store and Allie greets them, giving them the guided tour of the store. Allie works at It’s About Time, 816 Mass., but she’s not on the store’s payroll.

Sunday, July 12

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The Conduit (Wii)

An exclusive, quality FPS is something the Wii has needed for a while, and The Conduit is not it. It has the controls, but everything else is dull and uninspired.

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One Letter Off

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What happens when you change one letter in a movie title? Let slip the nerds of Photoshop!

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Townie Guide to Welcome Back Potter

with Megan Benitz

"Reading Harry Potter books is one of my least embarrassing pastimes, so I'm never ashamed to be seen in the young adult section at the library."

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Behind the Lens: Panning can enhance sports photography

Last weekend’s cycling event in Lawrence created an opportunity to use a photographer’s visual device known as panning.

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Growing up Potter: From recess to college graduation, a generation matures during J.K. Rowling’s famed series

Mia Iverson is going to pull a black cloak and red-and-gold-striped tie out of her closet this week.

Saturday, July 11

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Korean Kid Pop and Lock

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So you think you can dance? No. No you can't. This kid, however...

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On Deck, with Katie Ashmore

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

Ganglians, Lee Fields, Kurt Vile, J Dilla, and Graham Nash

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Machine Head

Nathan Reusch kicks his local record label into high gear

The Kansas City-based label is planning 10 releases for 2009 – by far its busiest year to date.

Friday, July 10

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Tubers, with Laura Smith

Wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches

"Moral Orel," "The Joy of Painting," and "Intervention."

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Obama Booty Check?

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Did President Obama really perv on that lady in Italy? Let's go to the video!

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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (Wii)

The Tiger Woods series hasn't really been perfected until this 2010 edition, and it's all thanks to Wii MotionPlus. This little attachment to the Wii remote makes all the difference in the world, and provides us with one of the most enjoyable golf experiences in gaming history.

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Bound Up, with Jamie Lacore

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

"Bed" by Tao Lin and "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television" by Jerry Mander

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Collage spirit: Artist Hangauer rips into pop culture iconography

Zach Hangauer has developed a reputation in Lawrence as an artist with deep ties to the music scene.

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Net Worth: Family Circus tampering becomes online obsession

Back at my “old job” coddling alt-weekly journalism in Kansas City, we spent a lot of time making sport of daily newspapers.

Thursday, July 9

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Gary: Landlord of the Flies

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A man documents his descent into tenant hell and introduces us to Gary, the worst landlord in the world.

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Twisted sisters

Roller derby warriors are proud members of sorority of the scars

Women in short skirts and fishnet stocking, hurtling around a track in roller skates and knocking the stuffing out of one another, isn’t traditionally held in the highest esteem among the pantheon of athletics. But...

Wednesday, July 8

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Tornado vs. Train

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Today's thunderstorm was wimpy. You want to see real meteorological carnage? Watch this epic battle between locomotive and tornado.

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Style Scout: Spencer Osbourn

A mix between classy and trashy.

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Style Scout: Emily Meder

Annie Hall meets Cyndi Lauper.

Lawrence Arts Center director announces resignation

David Leamon began job in November; new search committee formed

David Leamon, executive director of the Lawrence Arts Center, has announced his resignation.

The Cheese Shoppe to close today

A downtown Lawrence staple will be no more as of 6 p.m. today.

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The scoop on homemade ice cream

Even in a tough economy, the pull of something cold and sweet on a scorching July day is enough to make anyone part with $5 for a gallon of rocky road.

Tuesday, July 7

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Fun with He-Man

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Since Michael Jackson just can't seem to get into the ground already, let's take a break and watch He-Man remixes!

Monday, July 6

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Prototype (360)

If inFamous is Die Hard, then Prototype is Crank. It throws plot and characters out the window and focuses squarely on non-stop action...

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Captyn Zodiak

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He wants to smell you.

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Farm boy rollin’ like a celebrity in Beverly Hills

Traveling has always been a hobby of mine. Growing up a farm boy in rural Valley Falls, I always wanted to explore places beyond Kansas. This year my summer travels took me to the epicenter of food, fun and film: Beverly Hills.

Sunday, July 5

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World of Warcraft Freak Out: The Beginning

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The World of Warcraft kid threatens to kill someone and eat their baby. A legend is born.

Friday, July 3

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Big Ass 'Splosions

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Idiots and fireworks, a proud American legacy. Here are 10 videos of morons blowing themselves up.

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Black market: Area's premier recording studio deals with collapse of music industry

Some of the bands that have recorded at Black Lodge Recording in Eudora have claimed it was haunted.

Thursday, July 2

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Celine Dion as Michael Jackson

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I think if he were to see this video of Celine Dion impersonating him, Michael Jackson would die all over again.

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Style Scout: Erinn Barr

Graphic designer and full-time vampire enthusiast

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Style Scout: Jeff Immer, Jr.

Designer for BiKlops Design

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The Big Bang: Vinland’s First Family of Fireworks and their epic Fourth of July bash

The sleepy little town of Vinland, 10 miles south of Lawrence, is about to wake up.

Wednesday, July 1

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The Legendary Starfy (DS)

What started as a Game Boy Advance series that Nintendo execs deemed "too Japanese" for US audiences has finally found its way onto American DS systems. After playing through the game, it makes me wish they would have taken this chance sooner.

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Bollywood He-Man

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Words...fail...brain...hurt...so...so...AMAZING...