Stories for November 2009

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Monday, November 30

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Passive Aggressive Notes

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Hilarious Post-it notes of pure spite, including an epic three part rant from Lawrence!

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Tubers, with Rhonda LeValdo-Gayton

Wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches

"Law and Order: SVU," "MonsterQuest," and the news.

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Check, please! Negotiating restaurant traffic a delicate art

We’ve all been there before — after finishing a meal out, you and your party are feeling full and convivial. You’d like to stay at the restaurant, soak up the atmosphere and conversation, and maybe polish off another drink or two...

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Breathing lessons

Simple act of inhaling, exhaling relieves stress in hectic season

Having eaten the Thanksgiving leftovers, braved the early-morning sales, survived the Kansas-Missouri game and otherwise endured the weekend, it’s time to get moving again.

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Play school: Check out tips for buying ‘smart toys’ for children

When buying toys for her daughter, Hannah, 2, Lawrence mom Sarah Todd has just a few criteria. “We try to make the toy somewhat educational or something that encourages imaginary play,” says Todd, a former teacher and now a stay-at-home mom...

Sunday, November 29

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Talking Kitty

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Clap, clap, clap clap clap!

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KU teams hone ultimate Frisbee skills

More and more Kansas University students are taking part in ultimate Frisbee, a sport growing in popularity nationwide.

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Behind the Lens: Zoom lenses drop in price and shed some pounds

I've been amazed at some of the new digital point-and-shoot cameras hitting the market these days. The feature I've found to be the most impressive is the zoom lens capability on a few models.

Boomer Girl Diary: Some holiday traditions remain sacred birds

She looked as if I just murdered her new puppy. "You mean, you're not going to make your famous stuffing this year?" my daughter asked, lower lip quivering. "But, nobody makes it like you!"

'Science as a Contact Sport' probes global warming battle

Stephen H. Schneider, winner of one of those $500,000 genius grants, has written a witty, informative and impassioned account of perils he sees in global warming and what to do about them...

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Distant shadow: Daughter's memoir scrutinizes Orson Welles

No posters or photographs of Orson Welles hang in the living room of his eldest daughter, Chris Welles Feder. His memory is preserved, imperfectly, through a shelf of books that Feder says have yet to capture her father's many-sided life.

Lecompton puts on musical heritage

The heritage of Lecompton meets the heritage of Christmas with the annual Lecompton Vespers Dec. 6.

Holidays perfect time to indulge your inner top chef

Quality, style and a scoop of TLC are the main ingredients for holiday snacks and appetizers. For at least a few local foodies, party-food ideas for the coming holiday season center around freshness and quality, a casual sophistication and the revival of the MIY ethic: make it yourself.

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‘Nutcracker’ Christmas: Lawrence Arts Center reimagines holiday dance classic

A ballet classic meets Kansas history as “A Kansas Nutcracker” comes to the stage again this year at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Expanded vespers: KU holiday concert celebrates 85th year with special guest

Nicole Smith knows how important the Kansas University Holiday Vespers program is. “This whole production is for the audience,” says Smith, a senior from Las Vegas. “It’s for the people who love to come out and feel the holiday spirit. We put this on for them, and we make sure things are just right.”

The art of maintaining trees: Hiring professional long-term investment for care

In an industry where there are a lot of fly-by-nights (especially after storms), I like to know that I am hiring a professional to take care of my trees...

Jest for Grins: Dear Santa, I want to report some naughty children

Dear Santa, I want to report some naughty children who stole our reflective green and white driveway sign. You might remember that I bought it for husband Ray several Christmases ago...

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Reese's Pieces: Kitty Reese screen-prints designs with a darker ‘Holly Hobbie Country Rainbow Brite’ aesthetic

Kitty Reese calls for her fluffy white pet rabbit that’s hopping around her in-house sewing studio. Candy-colored fabric sits in piles, with drawings of woodland creatures hung on the walls. It’s like some kind of Snow White scenario with Reese as the Disney damsel.

Saturday, November 28

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Surprised Kitty Makes Jazz Hands

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You know you want to watch it.

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Papa does preach: Call to ministry can run in the family

“Usually people choke and spit when they find out. They’re like ... what? I blend in to the pizza delivery/failed rock star persona of many people in Lawrence,” Josh Longbottom says, laughing at his own long hair and buttoned-down clothes...

Friday, November 27

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Man vs. Toddler

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Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Man, and now Man vs. Toddler. Post-apocalyptic Cormac McCarthyian cannibals would call it Man vs. Food.

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Save & Splurge, with Jessica Lynn

Spending habits from the penny pinching to the profligate

"Generally speaking, ladies, there will always be a man who is romantically interested in you and willing to pay for a meal."

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Center of attention: New LAC director acclimates to challenging post

Susan Tate is not a painter. She’s not a sculptor or a ballet dancer or a Shakespearean actress. On Tuesday, however, Tate will be become fully immersed in the world of art when she takes over as the new executive director of the Lawrence Arts Center.

Thursday, November 26

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Kids Reenact the First Thanksgiving

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Complete with small pox blankets, broken treaties and adorableness. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Tubers, with Ferrell Richardson

Wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches

"Dexter," "Weeds," and "30 Rock."

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Style scout: David Jones, Jr.

Obama is a communist. Wait, everyone knows that already. Santa Claus is real. I swear to God I saw him when I was 8. I’m a closet “Sex and the City” fan and a sucker for nerds...

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Pound by Pound: Danny Pound confronts his 'existential angst,' emerges with intimate second solo album

Three and a half years ago, the Danny Pound Band entered Black Lodge Studios with the goal of making a record in three days. Three and half years later, it's finally done...

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Style scout: Jane Goulding

I’m afraid of feet...

Wednesday, November 25

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Jell-O Mold Turkeys

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Celebrate turkey day with this collection of molded food sculpture turkeys!

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Scenesters, with Brooke Ryan

The five favorite flicks of Lawrence's fab film fans

When The Wizard of Signs Met A Knight's Tale of the Caribbean

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Handle with care: Managing leftovers takes time and planning

Despite feeding some dozen people at Thanksgiving, Carole Boulton will spend the tryptophan-spiked hours after the meal parceling out an abundance of leftovers from her 22-pound turkey and all the trimmings. Everyone goes home with a container of food, despite the packed house...

Tuesday, November 24

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Oh come all ye tacky holiday kitsch!

We're looking for the best of the worst....submit yours today!

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The Side Hug

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A Christian rap song decrying the evils of pre-marital hugging.

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Bound Up, with Kathryn Toyne

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

"The Power of One Thing" and "The Zombie Survival Guide."

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Reese’s Pieces: Kitty Reese screen-prints designs with a darker ‘Holly Hobbie Country Rainbow Brite’ aesthetic

Kitty Reese calls for her fluffy white pet rabbit that’s hopping around her in-house sewing studio. Candy-colored fabric sits in piles, with drawings of woodland creatures hung on the walls. It’s like some kind of Snow White scenario with Reese as the Disney damsel...

Tots at the table: Experts offer holiday manner guidelines

Along with the joy of holiday gatherings comes a fear of your child doing something egregious at the table: chewing with his mouth open, burping the first half of the alphabet, constructing a volcano with her mashed potatoes...

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Warm up for holiday cheer with screening of 'Thankskilling'

"Thankskilling" will make you thankful your poultry is dead and cooked. This campy film about a bloodthirsty turkey is so bad, it's delicious....

Double Take: Parent considers home drug testing

As a divorced parent of a high school student, I need your ideas on how much do I "chalk up" to being a teenager and when to step in and be the parent..

Monday, November 23

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This Week In Celebrity Fail

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It's raining frozen hams on Paula Deen's face, hallelujah! And it's also raining Adam Lamberts and Jennifer Lopezes, double hallelujah!

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On Deck, with Sam Meissner

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

Adem to William Elliott Whitmore.

Mass Street Chic: Hats add endless variations to wardrobe

Hats are often overlooked as an accessory.

Deep-frying turkey a delicious DIY project

Deep frying is a fun and easy way to fix a deliciously juicy turkey for any occasion.

Sunday, November 22

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Stuffed Animal Dog Show

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It goes from "aw" to "ouch" so fast you'll get whiplash.

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Plant bulbs for spring treat

To plant a daffodil or tulip bulb is to plant a promise of spring, even as snowflakes and cooler temperatures beckon all but the hardiest gardeners indoors...

New coffee-table book roundup proves ripe for flipping

A remarkable coffee-table book provides flashes of fancy with each page, not slow-burning reading material. These new books are ripe for the flipping...

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Man-O-Pause: Biological changes with aging strike men as well

Psychotherapist Jed Diamond started noticing the middle-aged guys around him were getting cranky...

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Behind the Lens: Snow elusive subject to photograph

Have you ever gotten prints back from your ski trip exposures and wondered why the snow didn't look as white as you remembered?

Toys often precede inventions

Children's toys mirror real life, and small cookstoves were made in every era. You can find toy Victorian iron stoves, 1930s toy enameled models and toy microwaves with stainless steel fronts. All these toys are collected today...

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'Dome' improvement: Self-proclaimed 'lazy' author Stephen King explores apocalyptic event in his 51st novel

Stephen King's latest novel has the epic length and apocalyptic character of his eschatological pandemic classic, but instead of a cross-country tale of harrowing collapse, the story unfolds under a clear dome that seals off a small town in Maine...

Saturday, November 21

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Tila Tequila Stripping Fail

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I know, I know...how shocking that Tila Tequila would do something simultaneously skanky and poorly executed.

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What to do in Larry, Saturday edition

Community panhandling discussion, Bassnectar, Mad Caddies, Samuel Locke Ward, RedLefty, Farmer's Ball Finals, Gold Label Soul, The Get Up Kids, Electric Six, and new movies...

Friday, November 20

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Fun with Twilight

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New Moonies unite! Does anyone remember the Moonies? Does that reference immediately date me? Shut up and go watch your vampire porn!

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Review: C.O.P.: The Recruit (DS)

C.O.P.: The Recruit aspires to shoehorn the GTA experience onto the DS, but it just simply does not do so...

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What to do in Larry, Friday edition

The Get Up Kids, The Republic Tigers, KJHK Farmer's Ball, Disco Disco with DJ ParLe, Shots Fired, Samba Nite Benefit, and new movies...

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Save & Splurge, with Amy Lukima

Spending habits from the penny pinching to the profligate

"I cook 100% from scratch using recipes from websites and am spending less than 25% of what I was spending on crap food."

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Sexual healing: Dennis Dailey coaches couples with tough love at his intimacy workshop

"As I've said before, if I teach that class and nobody is upset, I'm probably screwing up somehow," says Dennis Dailey about his Human Sexuality in Everyday Life class...

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'New Moon' lighter, goofier, better directed

The "Twilight" soap opera continues with a lighter, goofier and far less erotically charged sequel, "New Moon," a movie directed by a man and not a woman...

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Net Worth: Failed handymen the subject of visual mockery on Web

I’m not good at fixing things. Sure, I can set up a home stereo system or program a VCR, but tasks that fall into the “handyman” realm are a continual mystery.

Thursday, November 19

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Depression Cooking

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A sweet old lady tells you how to survive economic Armageddon with cheap and nutritious hobo meals.

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Lonely in Larry: Dog Hit Girl

The Best of Lawrence's Missed Connections

"Looking for young lady that was at 7Hwy when dog got hit by car."

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Tubers, with Megan Do

Wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches

"Glee," "Mad Men," and "Top Chef."

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Style Scout: Arielle Hernandez

In terms of fashion, I appreciate following the rule of flattery. If a fashion trend or style doesn’t work for you, don’t force it. That being said, I am sometimes hypocritical — a victim of fashion...

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Style Scout: Reggie Smith

I know all of Michael Jackson’s dance moves. I know the entire routine for “Thriller” and “Beat It.” Most of “Bad,” too...

Wednesday, November 18

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Why the F*** Do You Have A Kid?

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Some sites bear repeating, and this is one of them. Vintage internet at its finest.

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Lonely in Larry: Rebel-rouser

The best of Lawrence's Missed Connections

"You two know who you are."

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Cloudy with a Chance of Dance Party

Cloud Dog makes ecstatic sounds for loose-limbed listeners

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Scenesters, with Meghomala Chakrabarti

The five favorite flicks of Lawrence's fab film fans

Almost Il Frida Aquatic and the Angry Inch

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What do I do with... Sweet potatoes

Underneath all that Thanksgiving jazz is a nutritional powerhouse that is comfortable being enjoyed a myriad of ways. Yes, it's sweet potato season.

Tuesday, November 17

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Review: Left 4 Dead 2 (360)

Most everything but the sound has been completely redone from L4D: campaigns, level design, multiplayer modes, weapon and item structure and enemies. Couple that with an even more devilish AI director than the first game and you have an entirely new and better game...

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Review: God of War Collection (PS3)

Two GoW games remastered in high definition for $39.99 — a fair price for two of the finest action games ever made, making it the ultimate stocking stuffer...

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Fun with Goats

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Goats, the internet's rural cat.

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Lonely in Larry: Lovely Runners

The Best of Lawrence's Missed Connections

"To the troupe of shirtless runners..."

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Bound Up, with Jessica Gish

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

"Half Broke Horses" and "Zami."

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End Times Entrepreneurialism: Hollywood taps into the ‘2012’ prediction for big box-office profits

Hollywood’s latest foray in the apocalyptic genre carries a curious title: “2012.” That’s the year popularly believed to be the end of the ancient Maya calendar. Roland Emmerich’s new movie uses the apocalyptic date as a springboard to show the end of the world on screen with a melee of CGI and special effects. While the movie “2012” has been widely panned as a shallow disaster-porn flick, the cultural phenomenon surrounding 2012 is a fascinating rabbit hole...

Local NaNoWriMo authors near halfway point

Local authors and contestants in the Journal-World’s National Novel Writing Month contest are inching closer to that final goal of a 50,000-word novel by the end of November....

Double Take: Teen wants to delay plans for college

Dear Dr. Wes and Samantha: I am frustrated with my son. Now is the time to be submitting his college applications, and he is telling me now that he wants to lay out a year...

Strong performances, direction make “Menagerie” worth looking into

Maybe it was easy. After all, the work of Tennessee Williams is compelling, and “The Glass Menagerie” is a beautiful play. But regardless of how easy or difficult it is to bring Williams’ classic to life, the creative team at University Theatre pulls it off brilliantly...

Monday, November 16

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Stop Making That Duckface!

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A site devoted to the strange phenomenon of people making the same pouty face in pictures.

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Lonely in Larry: Just Daydreaming

The best of Lawrence's Missed Connections

"I realize now that those dreams are simply dreams. Love is not so kind."

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Review: Ju-on, The Grudge (Wii)

This self-proclaimed “haunted house simulator” will have you screaming, no doubt, but likely for all the wrong reasons...

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On Deck, with Kim Wallace

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

Lady Gaga to John Mayer.

Sunday, November 15

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Crackhead Chases Laser

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Some guys tease a crackhead with a laser pointer. Humanity wins all around!

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Poet and anti-poet: The duality of Lawrence writer Jim McCrary

"Like all art, most poetry is awful," says Jim McCrary, referring as much to his own work as anyone else's. "The Poet's Corner in the newspaper. You know what I mean..."

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Behind the Lens: Many factors contribute to why photos don’t appear in the paper

For two years in the mid-1950s, Swiss photographer Robert Frank traveled across the country taking photographs.

Saturday, November 14

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Dock Ellis and the LSD No-No

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An animated short about the infamous day in 1970 when Pittsburgh Pirate Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter while ripped to the gills on acid.

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What to do in Larry, Saturday edition

KU football, Wonder Fair art opening, "Revealing Earth[Body] Transmissions," Danny Pound CD release, "Lawrence Does Lawrence" opening reception, Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca, Brendan Benson, Charlie Parr, True North, and new movies...

Friday, November 13

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Bill Self: "I liked his smile and he had a nice butt."

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Let the juvenile taking out of context begin!

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Review: Call of Duty — Modern Warfare 2 (360)

Modern Warfare 2 makes significant improvements in almost every aspect of this already excellent gaming franchise and exceeds already high expectations...

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Lonely in Larry: Love Pump

The Best of Lawrence's Missed Connections

The gas station is apparently the new singles bar.

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What to do in Larry tonight, Friday edition

Slightly Stoopid, Digable Planets, Wallace Cochran's new play, Those Darlins, "The Only Good Indian" extended for a week and more ...

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Save & Splurge, with Caroline Wroczynski

Spending habits from the penny pinching to the profligate

"I'm banking on wining the McDonald's Monopoly game."

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Transcendent deli: Filmmaker examines mystique behind family’s famed eatery

From the outside, it doesn’t look like much. Just a white and reddish-brown shack in a residential neighborhood. But for many Kansans, it’s a landmark as significant as the state Capitol or Allen Fieldhouse.

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Net Worth: Accidental cult following helps remodel untidy ‘Room’

“Nobody knows anything.” That cautionary maxim attributed to screenwriter William Goldman (“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”) is among the most oft repeated in Hollywood.

‘2012’ a suitable disaster

Nothing like a dandy evening’s apocalypse to take the edge off recession, unemployment, Afghanistan and Glenn Beck.

Thursday, November 12

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Hats of Meat

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Haberdashers of Hormel, hanger cut, hot link, Holstein, hog, hock, and honey glazed hats.

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Lonely in Larry: Cute Cashier at Goodwill

The best of Lawrence's Missed Connections

"You were at the register and while you were checking me out, I was checking you out."

Style Scout: Dan McMinn

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Style Scout: Eileen Rourke

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"I Think We Are Making Progress," an interview with Eric Dobbins and Lee Piechocki

A podcast preview of "I Think We Are Making Progress," the new show opening Nov. 13 at Wonder Fair. The salon style show features 25 artist from Lawrence, Topeka and Kansas City...

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Tubers, with Olivia Hernandez

Wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches

"Breaking Bad," "Glee," and "Lost."

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Digital Canvas: East meets Midwest in Asian video exhibit, “Extra/Ordinary”

The newest exhibit at the Spencer is an exploration of Asian art that’s more YouTube than Louvre, examining the commonplace through video, a medium that has itself become commonplace...

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(Not so) Hard Travelin’: Tyler Gregory lives the Woody Guthrie life, sans the poverty and strife

This bearded Lawrence busker brought in a collection of new recordings to share for this podcast, which also addresses the proposed ban on Mass. St. panhandling and Gregory’s experiences as a vagabond...

Wednesday, November 11

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Roomba Pac-Man

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A game that sucks. Literally. Because it's played with vacuums. Although I can see how you might have misinterpreted my statement as a judgment call on the game's quality. Such are the vagaries of language. I forgive you.

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Lonely in Larry: FFA and NIN

The Best of Lawrence's Missed Connections

"Just to let you know, I play NIN more than just when I have sex."

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Scenesters, with Sheila McGuire

The five favorite flicks of Lawrence's fab film fans

Vintage cross dressing and nude Patton Oswalt.

Shop Talk: Sale item brings back taste of Italy

Saturday’s World Market ad ran an item that brings back fond childhood memories.

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Recipe for change: Film battles policies of industrial food giants

When the phrase “food fight” leaves the lips of the hero of a children’s movie, it always comes with a few exclamation points and waste — lots of lobbed mashed potatoes, smashed tomatoes and flying slices of pizza.

Tuesday, November 10

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Cat Eats From Chopsticks

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Cats are quickly surpassing porn as the internet's primary stock in trade.

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Lonely in Larry: Anna, you are an amazing stripper

The best of Lawrence's Missed Connections

"Anna, you are the most amazing, smart, hot stripper I have ever met."

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Bound Up, with Haley Jones

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

"The Circle Trilogy" and "Redeeming Love."

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Season's greetings: Photographer’s book explores Kansas nature

Mike Blair once nearly was run over by a moose.

Double Take: ‘Secret’ couple need to go public

What should you do if you and your boyfriend break up and both of you want to get back together, but you don’t really do it?

Monday, November 9

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Dystonia Girl: Hoax or No?

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The internet and anti-vaccination sensation has been cured. Maybe.

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Lonely in Larry: Mirth Waitress Friday Morning

The Best of Lawrence's Missed Connections

"well, usually when pretty ladies laugh at me it is because i have a sloppy face..."

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On Deck, with Daniela Idara

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

Deadman Flats to String Cheese Incident.

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PB&J in the U.S.A.

Is peanut butter and jelly our national sandwich? The numbers seem to indicate as much.

Capes, cloaks are chic coverups

Recently, the hugely popular “cape” has had a major resurgence, popping all the way up to the top shelf in the realm of fashion, its high spot catching everyone off-guard.

Sunday, November 8

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Sleeping Meerkats

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The H1N1 vaccine is scarce, but you can get your cute shot right here.

‘Glass Menagerie’ to open at KU

Tennessee Williams’ classic drama “The Glass Menagerie” comes to the University Theatre stage starting Saturday.

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Away we grow: Sweet potatoes simple, versatile garden crop

Phil Hodson, who has been growing sweet potatoes in the Kansas River valley for more years than he would like to admit, thinks the nutritious root crop might just be increasing in popularity.

Behind the Lens: ‘Deals’ on cameras may depend on accessories

With the holidays approaching, you might be looking to buy a new camera. When possible, I shop at camera stores or retailers that have models I’m interested in on display.

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American heritage: KU contributes to new Native galleries at Nelson-Atkins

The figure appears to be singing out from behind the glass. Its large eyes peer from across the dimly lit room, spotlights illuminating the tan and black on its clay body. It has starred in shows before — it’s been on the cover of several art magazines, in fact.

Saturday, November 7

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The President Is My Boyfriend

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He totally is. Jealous? Well, you shouldn't be...it's just a video game.

What to do in Larry, Saturday edition

KU vs. K-State football, a Social Service League benefit, Liz Lerman multimedia dance, Art Brut and Grant Hart formerly of Husker Du...

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Sacred landmark: Capital campaign drives changes at ECM in its 50th year at KU

Standing outside of the Ecumenical Christian Ministries building, it looks much the same as it has to passers-by for the past 50 years, all salmon brick, smooth lines and a groovy presence.

Friday, November 6

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That's Your Face

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A website that makes 3D renders of your face. As if you weren't self-conscious enough.

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Lonely in Larry: Do We Have A Connection?

The Best of Lawrence's Missed Connections

Like two ships passing in the Creation Station.

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Save & Splurge, with Jacque Lumsden

Spending habits from the penny pinching to the profligate

"I love clothes, handbags, and Target."

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What to do in Larry, Friday edition

The Only Good Indian premiere in Lawrence, Joshua Radin and The Watson Twins, Valient Thorr, The Men Who Stare At Goats and more...

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Net Worth: Endless supply of television tunes elicits nostalgia, confusion

When local X 92.9 FM abruptly changed its format last month from modern rock to television theme songs, only the most mentally frail believed it to be a permanent solution.

Thursday, November 5

Booze Hound: Schooner night at Louise's Downtown

Sniffing out the best drink specials around town

“Schooner night” has been a friend to the student clientele’s wallet since the late '80s. It’s the bar’s way of giving back to students, says manager John Davis — like a soup kitchen, but with beer instead of soup...

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Unintentionally Inappropriate Commercials

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These exercise equipment commercials are gonna make you sweat (in that creepy Roman Polanski kind of way)!

Ladies of Lawrence Artwork Call for Artists

LOLA is currently looking for people would would like to apply for its GIANT show, Dec. 20 at Van Go Arts ...

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Review: Wizard of Oz — Beyond the Yellow Brick Road (DS)

Although it is, by no means, on the level of Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, or even Pokémon, it's an above average RPG with a lot to offer the casual gamer looking for a portable adventure...

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Style scout: Jeffery Ridenour

When I was a little kid, I used to play in my Grandpa’s closet. That’s where I learned how to dress. I would just hide in there for hours and try on all of his clothes...

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Style scout: Victoria Gokun

Less is more, but you must take time to make time. If you slow down and allow your personal style to develop at your own pace you will always remain true to yourself...

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Western Union: 'Only Good Indian' explores cultural history through revisionist drama

“It’s revisionist in that it’s told from the point of view of Native Americans,” says Lawrence film director Kevin Willmott. “There’s not a white surrogate in the film to make the story ‘OK.’ I want people to experience the story from the point of view of the people it’s about. That still is a huge challenge in America” ...

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Tubers, with Carly Herman

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"Bored to Death," "How I Met Your Mother," and "The Soup."

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Korto Couture: “Project Runway” designer Korto Momolu brings her everyday chic to Lawrence

Korto Momolu’s personal background is as vibrant as one of the colorful outfits which nearly won her “Project Runway.”

Wednesday, November 4

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Illustrated Missed Connections

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Loneliness and rank desperation have never been so cute.

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Scenesters, with Caitlin Harsch

The five favorite flicks of Lawrence's fab film fans

"Almost Famous" to "Rushmore."

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Review: Forza 3 (360)

Forza 3 is THE racing game of 2009 and a must own title for anyone that has even a passing interest in racing games...

Catching some air

The Lied Center’s Performing Arts 3to5 program took preschool children to the stage again on Monday and Tuesday.

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What do I do with ... turnips: Turnip the volume

As a part-time farmer, Stu Shafer sometimes has to think about saving back some of his offerings so he and his wife have something for their table at home.

Tuesday, November 3

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The Worst and Worster of Yahoo! Answers

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Astronomically stupid questions and their appropriate responses.

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Bound Up, with Michelle Compton

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

"The Illustrated World's Religion" and "The Tipping Point" (with a little bit of "A Wrinkle In Time").

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Restaurant owner takes fake ID case to ‘Judge Judy’

Lawrence restaurant owner Doug Holiday thinks somebody ought to kick-start the process of changing local laws to more strictly punish minors who use fake IDs to purchase alcohol...

Double Take: Don’t pry about friends’ grades

Teachers use a wide variety of threats to make their students be quiet, but nothing is as effective as the tense silence they create when they are about to hand tests back.

Monday, November 2

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Christopher Walken Reads Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga is schooled by the Dean of Weird.

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Still Hardcore After All These Years

Coalesce’s Sean Ingram is a father of four — but that doesn’t mean he won’t jump in a raging circle pit

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On Deck, with Kristin Dahlgren

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

From MGMT to Kate Voegele.

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Review: Grand Theft Auto, "The Ballad of Gay Tony"

Even as an add-on pack, this GTA release is longer and has more content than some major full priced releases. It gives the best GTA story to date, features the most likeable protagonist and clearly has the craziest mission ever...

Sunday, November 1

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The Happiness Hat

Daily Dose

The hat that stabs you if you don't smile.

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Review: WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 (Xbox 360)

This game offers the deepest professional wrestling package since the days of the Nintendo 64, and faithful “wrasslin” fans are rewarded with almost everything they’ve asked for in a WWE game...

Behind the Lens: Online sites make it simple to self-publish a photo book

Two years ago, I wrote about self-publishing your own photo book.

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‘Building of distinction’: New book explores KU’s Spooner Hall

Even before he walked in, Kansas University architecture professor Barry Newton could tell Spooner Hall was special.