Stories for May 2009

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Sunday, May 31

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The Malay Eagle Owl. Don't feed it after midnight.

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Townie Guide to Summer Cinema

Jason Barr: "The straight up best movie theater concessions are extra cheesy nachos, with tons of jalapenos, and Free State beer at Liberty Hall. Nothin' better."

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Lawrence residents recount life back from the Dead

Ask Phil Collison how many times he’s seen The Grateful Dead, and he’ll tell you he stopped counting at 35.

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Master planners: Tour offers sneak peek at some of area’s most inventive gardens

Ever wanted to take a stroll through some of Lawrence’s finest private gardens, or hoped for a guided tour through the Monarch Watch Garden and Demonstration Gardens at the Fairgrounds?

Saturday, May 30

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An assortment of funny photos without even the pretense of a theme.

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On Deck, with Lacy Chauvin

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

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Higher court: Former Jayhawk Wayne Simien turns away from pro career for ministry work

It seems like a plot jumping off the pages of a perfectly epic summer beach read: A professional athlete, tremendously talented, leaves at the height of his career to return to the heartland of his birth intent on helping the next generation.

Friday, May 29

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Bionic Commando (360)

It's not a masterpiece, but it can be a hell of a lot of fun in places. Despite its linear nature, afterthought multiplayer, insufferable protagonist, and disappointing final boss fight, it's well worth checking out if you're a fan of action games.

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Wrong Said Fred

Pro-Gay March Sets its Sights on Fred Phelps’ Hometown

Named to reclaim the “f word” from the Phelps family and its infamous “God Hates Fags” signs, organizers of the Million Fag March say they are challenging the type of intolerance that the Phelps' church epitomizes...

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In honor of Kansas wunderkind Kavya Shivashankar winning the Scripps Spelling Bee, here are some of the cutest and coolest moments in bee history.

Whimsical ‘Up’ delivers a buoyant, soulful ride

Another year, another Pixar triumph.

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Direct hit: Popular former KU choir director readies new professional group for Lawrence debut

When Craig Kenkel moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990s to pursue a music career, he often would listen to the same CD nightly to calm his anxieties.

Simon Carrington Chamber Singers

The Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, directed by Simon Carrington, rehearse Wednesday, May 27, 2009, for a performance in Lawrence Saturday, May 30, 2009, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

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Net Worth: You’re in control, thanks to film site that aids weak bladders

Temptation is the enemy of the serious film-goer.

Thursday, May 28

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Excitebots Trick Racing (Wii)

Excite Truck was an enjoyable title but lacked distinguishing characteristics outside of the motion controls. It seems that Nintendo realized this, so they added personality and a generous helping of ludicrous features to this spiritual successor.

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Japan is still weird.

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Then We Take Berlin

Alacartoona performs modern cabaret with the flair of post-WWI Germany

Alacartoona sings in boisterous voices and plays accordions and seduces their audiences with a combination of hard liquor and woozy gypsy waltzes. They get bitten, jeered, and stabbed at with dinner knives, but other than that their audiences generally seem to have a good time.

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Style Scout: Matt Gilhousen

Executive and TradeWind Energy and former drummer for Kill Creek.

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Style Scout: Rikki Kite

Mom and Associate Publisher of Linux Pro Magazine.

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¡Lucha mania! 'Cinema con queso' brings vintage Mexican wrestle mania back to the big screen

What do you get if you cross Superman and Hulk Hogan with a dash of flamboyantly weird filmmaker Ed Wood? El Santo.

Wednesday, May 27

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Venn diagrams improbably proving that logic and set theory can be funny. "My claw hand+Your epilepsy=Why we can't have nice things."

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The pygmy jerboa. Prepare yourself for an OMG-gasm.

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Terminator Salvation (360)

All of the environments are incredibly bland and repetitive, and one line of dialogue unwittingly describes the game perfectly. When one character asks another if he's sure of Skynet's control room location, the other responds "I'm not sure...after a while all this stuff looks the same."

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What do I do with...emu eggs

They look like a Dr. Seuss joke. Large, blue-green and spawned from sweet, goofy-looking birds, the emu egg is a children's storybook drawing come to life.

Tuesday, May 26

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine (360)

Compared to God of War and other AAA action games, Wolverine falls short thanks to its glitches and lack of originality. However, compared to virtually any other licensed movie-based game, it's fantastic.

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The product you didn't ask for that no one has ever needed is finally available! Ladies and gentlemen, the Wearable Towel!

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Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt review on Amazon.com. Pros: 5 star viral phenomenon, spawned countless imitators, has wolves. Cons: Needs more wolves.

Monday, May 25

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Bound Up, with Krista Souter

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

Sunday, May 24

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Cats playing ping pong. Simply sublime.

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On Deck, with Ren Howard

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

Saturday, May 23

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Old people reviewing contemporary music. On this Memorial Day weekend, hear what the Greatest Generation has to say about Animal Collective and Eminem.

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Save & Splurge: Bri McClure

"One way I make my dollar stretch it to buy clothes instead of food."

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Poet’s passage: Lawrence widower self-publishes book as part healing process

Death. The word is so familiar, the concept, too, but the act of it, the actual dying part, is something most want to keep so far away that it’s nothing but a fuzzy blip in the background. There, but out of the way of everyday life. So what does one do when death comes into focus, so close to your eyes that it’s impossible to avert them or close them without the image burned into your retinas?

Friday, May 22

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Japan is weird.

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Townie Guide to Memorial Day Grillin' and Swillin'

Jennifer Akin: "Cold beer makes the medicine go down—or in this case, the delicious grilled chicken, burgers and brats.”"

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You thought your yearbook mugshot was bad? No, no, my friend...here are the worst senior photos of all time.

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Left of center: Longtime LAC gallery director leaves to reconnect with life as an artist

French painter Edouard Manet once said, “Art is a circle. You’re either in or out.”

Thursday, May 21

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Sparing you the $10 ticket and Gummi Bear-flecked screen, here are the theatrical trailers for "The Road," "Sherlock Holmes," and "Whatever Works."

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Special Terminator edition, complete with useless factoids, Christian Bale yelling at a drugged up child, and our Scene-Stealers review of "Terminator: Salvation."

Wednesday, May 20

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UFC 2009: Undisputed (360)

This is a game that knows its audience. UFC and MMA fans will surely praise it for its realism and attention to detail, while others would probably opt for the Fight Night or Smackdown series.

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From meme to you

The Hangover Puppy. If you watch this and don't smile, start pumping yourself full of embalming fluid.

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All In: Chuck Mead returns to Lawrence playing a 'Journeyman’s Wager' as a solo artist

After many years as a Lawrence townie, Chuck Mead jumped ship for Nashville. His hillbilly outfit BR-549 signed to Arista Records in 1995 and spent the next decade touring the world and becoming a minor superstar. Mead caught up with us via phone from the road. Included in the podcast are portions of tracks from the new album...

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From meme to you

To celebrate the Memorial Day weekend opening of Worlds of Fun, here's a bunch of embarrassing and awesome roller coaster photos.

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Burger renaissance: Lawrence restaurants reinvent American classic

The folks over at Henry T’s have been in the burger business for 18 years.

Tuesday, May 19

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From meme to you

Keyboard Cat...the next Rick Roll? Our hard hitting investigation gets to the bottom of this breaking non-story!

Monday, May 18

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Fuzzy memes to tickle you

It's a super-sized dose of damn cute videos. Kitties and bunnies and 1985 Plymouth Dusters, oh my!

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"24" Season Finale Precap

I'll go out on a limb and predict that something will blow up and someone will have the crap tortured out of them. (UPDATED WITH THE SPOILERIEST SPOILERS IN SPOILERDOM!)

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All Roads Lead Left

Left on Northwood releases debut album, avoids numerous debacles involving pain and litigation

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Tubers, with Teri Williams

Hairstylist, reads trashy novels, and takes naps.

Saturday, May 16

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Gateway to 150: Long subject to urban legend, Stull church opens new center for sesquicentennial

For decades, the former home of Stull United Methodist Church was the destination of thrill seekers around northeastern Kansas, who came to the abandoned building perched above a cemetery enraptured by stories of the old church being one of the “seven gateways to Hell.”

Friday, May 15

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Wheelman (360)

Wheelman is a Burnout-meets-Just Cause title with a blatant (and sometimes hilarious) disregard for the laws of physics. At its best, it provides some laughs and high-speed, fast-paced action. At its worst, it's a broken, generic shooter.

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Tubers, with Patrick Giroux

Wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches.

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On Deck, with Richard Gintowt

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

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Net Worth: Awkward Family Photos exposed

Net Worth

There are few more disliked social obligations than taking a family photo. For some reason, it brings out the worst in everyone: parents, kids, pets, the weather.

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Dragon Wagon: High schooler creates one monster of a vehicle

The Batmobile or Herbie the Love Bug could pull into the parking lot of Martin Nelick’s school, and it’s doubtful they would attract more attention than his own ride.

Thursday, May 14

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Lawrence's Original Weirdo

Hugh Cameron: Tree Hermit, Philosopher, and Civil War Veteran

Long before William S. Burroughs, and way before the That’s My Dillions guy, or the Mumbler, or Dennis, or any of town’s other widely recognized characters—Lawrence had a character who will top them all forever in the annals of eccentric lore: Gen. Hugh Cameron.

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Fuzzy memes to tickle you

An entire website devoted to teh cootness.

Wednesday, May 13

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Museum of Modem Art

The Spencer Museum collection is almost entirely online. It's like if Monet had a Flickr account.

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Fuzzy memes to tickle you

Steel cage cute fight between a slow loris and a baby monkey!

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Style Scout: Robert Knapp

Apocalypse cowboy.

Tuesday, May 12

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Style Scout: Krista Suter

If I can make laziness look this good, so can you.

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TOWNIE GUIDE TO… actually having a job

with David Ryan and Fally Afani

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David Lynch's "Alf"

Disturbing remixes of "Alf" that resemble a David Lynch fever dream. "Melmac Drive"? "Orange Velvet"? "Willie at Heart"?

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A Brief History of lawrence.com

In memoriam of the late Deadwood Edition

More self-congratulatory navel-gazing to mark the latest chapter of our storied history.

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Resistance: Retribution (PSP)

While the controls occasionally leave something to be desired, the overall package works surprisingly well. It feels like a natural addition to the Resistance universe ...

Monday, May 11

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Just Around Midnight

Midnight Vinyl releases EP on the cusp on graduation day

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The Wrath of Con

Free State Freecon returns with a vengeance (and comics)

Sunday, May 10

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Shecky Obama

The President assumes role of Stand-up In Chief, has Tim Geithner fire Dane Cook.

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Daily Dose

Fuzzy memes to tickle you

The farting bunny. Can I poot the rabbits, George?

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Save & Splurge: Gavon Laessig

Thanks, chumps!

Friday, May 8

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Great Scott

Rusty Scott pulls record "out of his ass," polishes it up into quite a dandy

Scott’s down-home songs toe the line between folk, rock, and bluegrass, working their way into your subconscious with easygoing melodies and old-fashioned instrumentation...

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Star Trek Bonus Jams

Clips from the horrid and hilarious "Star Trek: The Animated Series" to further tickle your Roddenberries.

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Death Metal

Lawrence toilet overflows with toxic substance other than previous night's Pita Pit.

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Star Trek Mega Mix

To mark the release of the new Star Trek film, here's a fleet of videos to fill your Enterprise Underoos with warm tribbles.

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Fuzzy memes to tickle you

Adorable child mangles Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" adorably.

Thursday, May 7

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Save & Splurge, with Alan Sneegas

Likes to go to Aldi before the movie and buy off-brand Sunny D to sneak into the theater.

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Chopped Shop

The original ending to "Little Shop of Horrors," deemed too bleak and apocalyptic for '80s audiences, perfect for the current end times.

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Twister! God, What A Terrible Movie...

Tornado watch until 8:00pm tonight. A public service announcement with viking kittens.

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Money Shot

Lewd stop-action animation commercial for a German bank. Talk about stimulus funds!

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Fuzzy memes to tickle you

Obese Japanese cat sitting at the table and eating.

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The Tool Box: Artifificially Enhanced Edition!

Who's being a tool today?

Baseball star and snarling he-beast, Manny Ramirez.

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On Deck, with Sarah Bishop

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

Wednesday, May 6

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Spock the Vote

Olathe nerd runs for Kansas legislature, sews up the Penny Arcade and J.J. Abrams vote.

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Taylor Swift, Honorary Townie

A Lawrence celebrity sighting unrelated to KU athletics or the the ghost of William S. Burroughs.

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Fuzzy memes to tickle you

Old people headbanging to Cannibal Corpse.

Tuesday, May 5

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Bound Up, with Abby Campsey

"The Illuminatus! Trilogy" and "Red Flower: Rethinking Menstruation"

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Top 20

Like the Top 10, but won't get Letterman's lawyers on our ass

The Top 20 Things We Ingested on Cinco de Mayo

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There Is No God, Only Keyboard Cat

Kid tells mom he's an atheist, mom doesn't it take it too well, divine intervention follows.

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Tubers, with Chris Bianculli

Wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches.

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Martin Luther King, Auto-Tuned

I have seen the promised land, and it is pitch corrected.

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Thumbs to the Heaven

The first year of Wonder Fair

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Dom of the Dead

Dom DeLuise passes away. R.I.P, Pizza the Hut.

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Curiouser and Curiouser

The eccentrics and oddities of roadside Kansas are no longer "Overlooked"

Lawrence filmmaker Fally Afani Ruzik spent the last three years traveling lesser known highways and byways to capture the quirky essence of roadside culture in the Sunflower state—the result is this multi-part travelogue of the weird...

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Top 20

It's like the Top 10, but won't get Letterman's lawyers on our ass

Top 20 Plagues Besides Swine Flu That Are Scaring the Crap Out of Us

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The Greatest Carcinogeneration

It was a simpler, stinkier time...

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It's St. Vincent Day!

Annie Clark returns with second album; Sufjan Stevens has no answer.

New gallery to open this weekend

The first show, "Art by the Park," opens this weekend.

Monday, May 4

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Smokin' the Coal

Kansas reaches an agreement to build another coal fired power plant. Thankfully, it's low tar and filtered for that rich, velvety flavor!

Naked data

Swine flu vs. flatulence and other causes of death—a look at the numbers that shape your world...

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Benched

Actual News Nug*

Supreme Court Justice David Souter announced his retirement last week, providing President Obama his first opportunity to reshape the high court's bench.

Jesus Chrysler

Actual News Nug*

American automotive giant Chrysler filed for bankruptcy last week after negotiations between creditors and the government collapsed.

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Horse Sh*t

Actual News Nug*

50-1 upset Mine That Bird won the Kentucky Derby.

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The Kath to Power

Actual News Nug*

Former Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius was sworn in as Secretary of Health and Human Services last week, becoming the final piece of President Obama's cabinet.

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Style Scout: Matthew Stackswell

East Village meets The Bronx

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Townie guide to...the singer-songwriter shuffle

With Jamie Benvenutti—sultry songstress and sporadic student, enjoys chocolate-covered cherry confectioneering, friendly gossiping, and Bottleneck smacking down...

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Much a flu about nothing

Actual News Nug*

Panic surrounding the swine flu subsides, replaced by panic about something else ...

Sunday, May 3

Tramp camp

Actual News Nug*

Lawrence city commissioners will consider establishing a campground for up to 50 homeless people...

Saturday, May 2

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Style Scout: Seth Wiese

My dad circa 1987.

Opportunism knocks

Actual News Nug*

Friday, May 1

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Tubers, with Brandy Stratton

Wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches.

Unoccupied, cheap beer and whiskey conniouseur, overall hot mess.

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Bound up, with Jessie Unruh

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

Job hunter, journal writer, new cat owner, wi-fi stealer.

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Video Game Review Roundup

In this Roundup we take a look at Chronicles of Riddick, Mario Power Tennis, Pikmin, Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2, and Ninja Blade.

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On deck, with Rosalie Fambrough

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

Server, sewer, smoothie enthusiast.