Stories for September 2009

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Wednesday, September 30

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Scenesters, with Misty Nuckolls

The Five Favorite Flicks of Lawrence's Fab Film Fans

Who's Afraid of Baron Munchausen, Full Metal Jacket, the Goonies, and Whorehouses?

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The Depressed Pug

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If you had to wear that sweater, you'd be depressed as well.

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Sprouting interest: School’s garden teaches about food economy

School is about teaching the basics. And what’s more basic than learning about one of the few necessities of life: food?

Tuesday, September 29

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Nightmare on Sesame Street

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Kiss your fond childhood memories goodbye.

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On Deck, with Victoria Partridge

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

Adam Ant to Spoon.

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Life in the Fast Lane

Tommy Ferrari’s radtastic biker pop is futuristically motorlicious

Some say Tommy Ferrari is a traveler from the future sent back in time to teach a group of young men the prophecies of tomorrow. Others say he’s a dude with long hair and lots of tats who frequents local watering holes. Even more people say: “Who cares? Chug! Chug! Chug! Whoooo!”

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‘Idol’ finalist shares hopes and heartbreak

It’s been more than a year since Brooke White experienced being a weekly staple of pop culture as a fifth-place finalist on “American Idol.”

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Music woman: September ArtStar a musical ‘jack of all trades’

In fourth grade, Megan Bracciano’s parents hauled an old piano that had been sitting in her grandmother’s house into their own house.

Double Take: Set boundaries to keep teen tech in check

With cell phones, e-mail, instant messaging and social networking sites, there are too many ways for couples to be in contact.

Monday, September 28

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Chicken People Surround Us

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It's best to join them lest they inject you with bird flu.

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Townie Guide to...Jayhawk on Jayhawk Violence

KU's football and basketball players fighting each other, human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together—mass hysteria!

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For the ladies: Local bars offer perks to attract female crowds

To get women to come into Wilde’s Chateau 24 on Thursday nights, owner Dave Boutler places one of his best-looking male bartenders at the door with a tray of chocolates. He also offers two-for-one martinis and a free cover charge for the ladies. “It’s all about the girls,” Boutler says.

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Record store retains relevance in digital age

Downtown fixture now taking a spin in street-level Mass. Street location

So, in walks this kid with the perfect name for an optimistic college student — Will Pass.

Sunday, September 27

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Twits: Dramatic Readings of Celebrity Tweets

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Not that Diddy needs anymore gravitas...

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Company Men

Adam Lee and the Dead Horse Sound Co. bring their big-buckin' roots music to Lawrence

Like many country music aficionados, Adam Lee came to the genre after a youth in punk rock.

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Common ground: Arts center highlights varied student works in new exhibit

Ben Ahlvers looks around the Lawrence Arts Center, a little exhausted by the work it takes to help hang 400 pieces of art, and he makes an observation.

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Behind the Lens: Book project can capture love of photography

We get a lot of nice comments from readers regarding this column.

Saturday, September 26

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Review: Halo 3 ODST (360)

Halo 3 ODST began as an add-on to the third title, so for a while gamer bulliten boards have wondered whether the full price would be justified. The short answer is: entirely...

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Beanie Baby Beanie Baby Beanie Baby

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Remember when people were reckless with their money and made idiotic investments? Thank goodness we all learned our lesson.

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What to do in Larry today and tonight

Rev It Up! Car Show, "Left Field," Oktoberfest at the Pig, "Prelude; Shores of Lake Michigan," Southern Culture On the Skids, Cory Morrow, The Dead Girls, Fourth of July, and The Ants ...

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Kansas filmmaker digs into kickball league

After Chris Batte spent a few afternoons attending a friend’s kickball games in Chicago’s Humboldt Park, he decided to document the spirited action for a short film.

Friday, September 25

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Dancing Babies Compendium

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It's Friday...let's watch some dancing babies.

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What to do in Larry tonight

Sara Paretsky book signing, MAW CD release, Human/Nature Exhibit, Split Lip Rayfield, "Prelude; Shores of Lake Michigan," Swing Dance Friday, The Schwag, California Craisins, Calamity Cubes, "AdastraPalooza," and Lisa Donnelly ...

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Tubers, with Sarah Mathews

Wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches

"Glee," "Project Runway," and "Mad Men."

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Crude to the Max: Controversial author Tucker Max turns 'inappropriate adventures' into feature film

Tucker Max has earned an über-bad boy reputation (and piles of cash) for his blogging site, which spawned a 2006 debut memoir, "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell." It sold more than a million copies. And now that book has led to his debut film of the same name.

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Net Worth: Site proves plenty of people should rethink their ink

I am proud of the fact I have no tattoos. I often think back to what would have happened if I’d gained some ink during any of the various stages of my life.

Thursday, September 24

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Review: Heroes Over Europe (360)

As a “World War II air combat” game, sure, Heroes is catering to a specific genre. But this game should appeal to new, wider audiences thanks to its options and features. Heroes caters to both those who prefer flight simulation with some dog fighting as well as those looking for a simpler arcade-style game...

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Style Scout: Eric Jorgensen

L.A. hipster meets New Haven prep.

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Scenesters, with Christa Dalien

The five favorite flicks of Lawrence's fab film fans

Italian horror and wicker mania!

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Style Scout: Emma Burgess-Olson

Textile design student at KU and seamstress for the costume shop at Kansas University.

Wednesday, September 23

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Need for Speed: Shift (PS3)

The popularity of street racing games has been falling, so with this release the focus has shifted away from the series’ arcade roots in favor of racing simulation. The result is an above average game for experienced virtual drivers, but just accessible enough for those looking to break into the genre...

Vermont Street BBQ closing in four days

Vermont Street BBQ is closing Sunday, as the restaurant’s owner prepares to close a deal for a new business to occupy its downtown location.

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Glenn Beck: The Early Years

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Every celebrity has a chimp in their past they'd rather forget, and Glenn Beck is no exception.

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Save & Splurge: Secily Rees

"The city loves to take away my pay check one parking ticket at a time."

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Mod Men: Rev It Up show celebrates cult of the car, supports charity

Rev It Up show celebrates cult of the car, supports charity

The culture of the American hot rod is a fuel-injected religion with devotees across the globe. In Lawrence this weekend, church will be in session at the Rev It Up car show and music festival...

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Coffee corps: Retired Marine starts Lawrence-based line of brews to support military

Hank Salmans has always loved coffee.

Tuesday, September 22

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Tom O'C: Irish Hip-Hop Sensation

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Irish hip-hop and auto-tune, like delicious corned beef and cabbage for your ears.

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Bound Up, with Gina Lorenz

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

World War II and our failed public schools.

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Return to form: Sara Paretsky brings back famed female detective in latest novel

Sara Paretsky has a problem. And it’s becoming V.I. Warshawski’s problem, too.

Mass. St. Chic — Fashion Week wrap-up: Great style, friendly New Yorkers

After my aunt woke me up at 4:50 a.m. (that’s 3:50 a.m. Central Standard Time, folks), I shot out of bed and popped into the shower — not even sleepy despite the early hour.

Monday, September 21

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If Video Games Were Realistic

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Are you somehow implying they're not?

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On Deck, with Rachel Meyers

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

M. Ward to Jawbreaker.

Sunday, September 20

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Video Mate Dating Service

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No fatties.

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Review: Scribblenauts (DS)

Scribblenauts may well be the most hyped game of the year (a game, incidentally, codesigned by Lawrencian and former lawrence.com game reviewer, Matt Cox). However the game is not without it's flaws, both minor and opinion shifting...

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MAW knows best

Local bluegrass ladies dispense old-time wisdom on debut album "Advice for the Young and Foolish"

Judging by their song content, you wouldn’t want to let the women of MAW anywhere near your kids, husbands, or liquor cabinet. The local old-timey quintet sings about drug abuse, adultery, murder, sticking their fingers in babies’ eyes, and other unsavory things on their long-in-the-works debut album “Advice for the Young and Foolish” ...

Mass. St. Chic: A peek into Parsons school of design

On Thursday morning and all through the afternoon, there were people lining the street outside 66 Fifth Ave.

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Collective soulmates: Lawrence artist joins creative global movement

For the sake of this story, his name is Zigowst.

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Behind the Lens: The uses of rim light

Nothing highlights a side spike or a mullet, or even a mullet and side spike combo better than a perfectly placed rim light.

Saturday, September 19

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LEGO Choral Version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart"

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The Bonnie Tyler renaissance continues.

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What to do in Larry tonight

Jeffrey Isom art opening, Model call at Greenroom Salon, Sellout, Reach, "Carnival of Souls," Paul Wall, Autolux, and "Adam"...

Friday, September 18

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Tubers, with Suzi Barnes

Wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches

Now with full episodes of "The Office," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," and "Family Guy"!

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Pre-makes: Shocking, unearthed trailers for "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Forrest Gump," and "Ghostbusters"

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Spielberg, Zemeckis, and Reitman sit upon a throne of lies!

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What to do in Larry tonight

Victor Wooten, Appleseed Cast, Sellout, Labretta Suede and The Motel 6, SWEAT with Miles Bonny and Scenebooster, and more...

Mass. St. Chic — Fashion Week: Cornejo’s line modern

Maria Cornejo’s Spring 2010 Collection looks like an urban design structure or a permanent forest — not a piece of clothing that follows any rules or fashion trends. Her pieces can be worn for a lifetime.

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Beyond the Valley: Averill family resurrects melodramas from bygone Kansas playhouse

It’s been more than a decade since Lawrence audiences spent their summer weekends cheering for heroes, jeering at villains and pounding down fried chicken dinners.

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Net Worth: Greetings get personal (and personalized) through e-cards

I had a friend who wrote greeting cards for Hallmark back in the ’80s. But that was prior to the Internet. Now, even if you’re saying the same thing, you have an opportunity to present it in entirely new ways.

Thursday, September 17

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Thank Heaven for Little Girls

They're made of sugar, and spice, and they'll eat your rabbits.

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Save & Splurge: Natale Collar

"I've definitely come close to mastering the art of broke cooking."

Wednesday, September 16

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The Santalope

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WTF [double-yoo-tee-eff] abbr., Definition: 1. Santalope

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Scenesters, with Meredith Tack

The five favorite flicks of Lawrence's fab film fans

Children of WALL-E.T. Elf Actually

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Another day at the office

Art imitates life at the area's real-life Dunder Mifflin: The Lawrence Paper Company

Of course, the goings-on at the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin are a bit overdone, but there are always shades of truth, that’s what makes it funny. And nowhere in Lawrence might those shades of truth be any more evident than at our own small regional paper company: The Lawrence Paper Company...

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What do I do with ... bison

When Jared Gibbs looks out his bedroom window first thing in the morning, it’s almost “Home on the Range” come to life.

Tuesday, September 15

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Fun with Kanye

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I'mma let you finish, Kanye! (And the president says "jackass," now with audio.)

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Style Scout: Chloe Jones

The child of Beyonce and Danny Devito.

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Style Scout: Dan Persechini

Industrial design student at KU.

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Bound Up, with Rose Naughtin

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

Featuring future drugs and book burning.

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Mass. St. Chic — Fashion Week: From Lela Rose, a fresh palette for style

Lela Rose presented a fresh, gorgeous collection at her Sunday show in Bryant Park. Her collection offers classic designs, unexpected details and incredible color balance.

Monday, September 14

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The Awesomest Name In Norway

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Prepare to meet your new hero...

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On Deck, with Hadley Galbraith

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

The National to Neko Case.

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The Inside of Love

Katlyn Conroy explores the idea of home on her solo album "I Think I'll Stay Inside"

Next time you see Katlyn Conroy out and about and having fun, tell her to go home. That’s where she makes her best music, and it’s the reason she came up with a lovely new solo album called “I Think I’ll Stay Inside” ...

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Man cave dwellers: Area residents carve out unique retreats

When Steve Jack and his wife were building a house north of Lawrence, they agreed he deserved a dedicated room of his own. “When we sat down to discuss the design, the architect actually called it the ‘rock and roll room’ on the plans,” Jack recalls. But what Jack knew was really being put forth was a “man cave.”

Sunday, September 13

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Comic Book Covers Covered

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Artists reinterpret comic book covers, nerds explode.

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Journey to Jordan: Lawrence artist pushing limits teaching in the Middle East

Henri Doner-Hedrick admits she was a little apprehensive going into the situation. It was a new job, half a world away, in a culture she’d never experienced. Some of her concerns were proven true.

Saturday, September 12

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Fun With Maru

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Overweight cat conquers Japan, our hearts.

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What to do in Larry tonight

DotDotDot surprise opening, 1109 Gallery Grand Opening, "Fight Night" screening, Support International Benefit with Bongo Love, Murder By Death, MM&W Tribute, and "In the Loop."

Friday, September 11

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What to do in Larry tonight

Donika Wiley opening at the Lawrence Arts Center, Roy Book Binder, The Get Up Kids, Tech N9ne, Big Smith, The Dactyls, Hearts of Darkness, and "In the Loop" ...

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Japanese Dog Goes Down Slide

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Domo arigato, Japan, for exploding our cute deficit.

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Save & Splurge: Cassidy Creek

"I’m saving up for some sort of trip to a real tacky place, like Vegas or Coney Island."

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Tweeters gather offline to aid shelter

Some use the social media Web site Twitter to chat with friends. Some use it to keep up with current events or get the latest celebrity scoop...

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Net Worth: Cinematic attention spans eased by 5 Second Movies

I ran into a friend last week who had already been to see “Inglourious Basterds” three times.

Thursday, September 10

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Vertical Funnies

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The comic strip meets LOL Cats meets Heath Ledger!

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Scenesters, with Erin Nicole Sampson

The five favorite flicks of Lawrence's fab film fans

A pinch of Wes Anderson, a dash of Danny Boyle.

Wednesday, September 9

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You Silly Dames!

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A collection of mind blowingly sexist retro-ads.

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Meet the Tweeple

Twestival breaks barrier between social media websites and real life


Judging solely by the sheer volume of silly variations on its name, Twitter has arrived as a full blown cultural force...

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On Deck, with Danielle Mariah

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

Immortal Technique to Tool.

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District N9ne

Kansas City's alpha rapper rethinks his drive for fame and fortune in the face of family turmoil

Hundreds of thousands of records sold. A $2.1 million office suite housing his massive merchandising operation. Adoring crowds from Amsterdam to L.A. Collaborations with Ice Cube and Three 6 Mafia. And yet Tech N9ne still doesn’t feel like he’s “arrived” ...

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Chocolate connection: LHS grad’s company yields sweet benefits for people of Madagascar

Most anyone who dabbles in food will tell you that good ingredients are the foundation for good food.

Tuesday, September 8

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Lady Gaga Electrocuted

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With special guest star, Tom Hanks!

Double Take: Boys direly need lessons on birth control

I thought we’d made great strides in reducing teen pregnancy, but research and clinical experience say otherwise.

Monday, September 7

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The Greatest Photo on the Internet

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Happy Labor Day! (UPDATE! Now with the Greatest User Submissions on the Internet!)

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Bound Up, with Hailey Osterhaus

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

On suicide and lesbians.

Sunday, September 6

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The Big Egg

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We're going to crack it open.

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Behind the Lens: High school football games pose challenges to photographers

Last week, I provided tips on taking photographs of indoor, non-sports school activities.

Saturday, September 5

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Celebrity Couple Head Swaps

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Ever want to see what Brad Pitt looks like with Angelina Jolie's breasts? Of course you did.

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What to do in Larry tonight

KU football, Ad Astra Drumline, Miss Gaslight Competition, Corey Smith, Johnny Quest & Stik Figa, Scenebooster & DJ MAKossa ...

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Arkestral Maneuvers in the Dark

The Ad Astra Arkestra re-envisions old songs with new friends, more drums

Friday, September 4

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What to do in Larry tonight

KC roadtrip for First Fridays and Gretchen Wilson, Mountain Sprout, KC/DC, Black Christmas, DJ Iggybaby, Cosmopolitics, and opening night of "Extract" ...

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Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)

Not only do we finally have a good Batman game, this is one of the best comic book games to date...

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Cat Survives Arrow Through the Head

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Arrow Kitteh has arrow in kitteh.

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Something to write home about: Get Up Kids celebrate 10-year anniversary reissue of pivotal record

No Lawrence band ever put out an album that sold more copies than The Get Up Kids.

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Tubers, with Angie Weatherford

Wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches

"Dexter," "Intervention," and "Breaking Bad."

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Net Worth: Web presents opportunity to rate where one stands on things

Standing in line is among my least-favorite activities.

Thursday, September 3

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Inappropriate Soundtracks

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Movie memories ruined/enhanced with new soundtracks. "The Matrix" and "The Exorcist" never sounded better.

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On Deck, with Betsy Hatch

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

Fever Ray to the Fresh and Onlys.

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Little big sports

From the lawn to the tailgate, yard games offer mini-combat

The distillation of the meanest impulses of humanity into a good-natured competition fit for a barbecue or tailgate party — the hallmark of any good yard game....

Wednesday, September 2

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Upside Down Puppy

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Most adorable animal abuse ever?

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Save & Splurge: Donika Wiley

Needs to save up to bail out her husband.

Labor Day potluck will feature ‘slow foods’

Though most people may think of Labor Day as one final chance to barbecue outside before the cold weather comes, local supporters of the international “slow food” movement want you to think of it as a day to eat in.

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Hometown flavor: Former KU student joins Eldridge staff as chef following celebrity culinary adventures

Unless you’re a celebrity or a high-flying traveling salesman, it’s rare to call a hotel home.

Tuesday, September 1

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The Disappointed Penguin

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The Photo Crashing Squirrel now has a worthy foe.

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Style Scout: Amanda Enneking

Sociology student at KU, and a barista and waitress at The Mirth Café.

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Style Scout: Ryan Espey

Industrial Design student and DJ.

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Scenesters, with Alyssa Montoya

The five favorite flicks of Lawrence's fab film fans

From New Kids on the Block to vintage 3D porn.

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Story for all ages: KU alumnus writes children’s book on John Brown

This might be the only illustrated children’s book that has the hero hanged at the end.