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2008-07-24 09:00:36

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ All this talk about "staycations" has me really looking forward to the beach. Lucky for me, I bought our airline tickets to Florida months ago, before the latest national travel neurosis crashed the summer vacation party. For a country founded by extreme risk takers, we're becoming alarmingly alarmist. After 9/11, well-meaning friends and acquaintances cautioned my husband and me against flying to Germany with our kids to visit family. Terrorists! The following year...

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2008-07-23 09:05:00

Long after Missouri's spring paddlefish-snagging season ended, Josh Lallaman is still chasing the giant creatures. Five days a week, he launches his boat on the Osage River and follows fish that he implanted with radio transmitters back in March. His goal? To unravel some of the mysteries surrounding one of Missouri's biggest fish. "We knew before we even started this project that paddlefish are capable of traveling great distances," said Lallaman, a graduate student in the University of...

2008-07-21 06:00:26

By Elizabethe Holland, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 21--Two area men drowned in separate incidents Saturday, one while fishing on a lake in Callaway County, Mo., and the other while swimming in the Meramec River near Stanton, Mo. In the Callaway County incident, Dale Kolb, 65, of St. Charles, was fishing shortly before noon Saturday with a friend when the aluminum boat they were in capsized, according to the county Sheriff's Department. The two were fishing on a 30-acre lake on Kolb...

2008-07-20 03:00:24

By Brent Frazee, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jul. 20--O SAGE BEACH, Mo. -- Long after Missouri's spring paddlefish-snagging season ended, Josh Lallaman is still chasing the giant creatures. Five days a week, he launches his boat on the Osage River and follows fish that he implanted with radio transmitters back in March. His goal? To unravel some of the mysteries surrounding one of Missouri's biggest fish. "We knew before we even started this project that paddlefish are capable of...

2008-07-17 03:00:25

By Timothy Finn, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jul. 17--Tony Ladesich fronts the grimy roots-rock band Pendergast, but he's also a filmmaker. And his latest project is a documentary on the venerable Cowtown Ballroom, the place you probably didn't know was above the old El Torreon at 31st Street and Gillham. Ladesich is funding nearly all of the project, but he needs some help covering rights to music that you'll hear in his film. So the gents who own the RecordBar, 1020 Westport, are...

2008-07-15 06:00:51

By Mark Fagan, Journal-World, Lawrence, Kan. Jul. 15--Aquila's natural gas operations in Kansas and Colorado -- operations that are based in Lawrence -- are under new ownership and are working under a new manager. Black Hills Corp. officially acquired the utility operations Monday, and the Lawrence office at 110 E. Ninth St. welcomed a new boss: Ivan Vancas, vice president for natural gas operations in Kansas and Colorado. He said that Black Hills would work to support both...

2008-07-11 18:00:34

As temperatures continue to climb toward the 90s and beyond, the Columbia/Boone County Health Department is urging people to allow caution and common sense to dictate how much time they spend outside. The health department has set up eight cooling centers around town where people can get out of the hot weather and have access to drinking water. The following places are open to the public as cooling centers during normal business hours: - Activity & Recreation Center, 1707 W. Ash...

2008-07-11 12:00:59

By Steve Everly, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jul. 11--Aquila Inc. has requested an increase in its fuel-adjustment charge collected from its Missouri electric customers. The charge, which is to pay for any changes in the cost of fuel needed to generate power or to pay for purchased wholesale power, would go up about $2.30 a month for the average residential customer in its Missouri Public Service territory and 80 cents a month for those in its St. Joseph Light & Power territory....

2008-07-11 00:00:13

By Robert A. Cronkleton, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jul. 10--Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six unveiled a new Internet safety Web site this afternoon aimed at educating children, teens, parents and others about threats they face online. "This is a Web site that is going to give Kansas kids and their families tools to use and learn and teach them how to be safe on the Internet," Six said during a press conference at the Breidenthal Community Center for Youth & Families in Kansas City,...

2008-07-10 15:00:26

By Robert A. Cronkleton, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jul. 10--Kansas Attorney General Steve Six unveiled a new Internet safety Web site this morning aimed at educating children, teens, parents and others about threats they face online. Six, who made the announcement at a Boys & Girls Club in Topeka, will be in Kansas City, Kan., this afternoon to unveil the site locally. He has scheduled a press conference for 1 p.m. at the Breidenthal Community Center for Youth & Families at...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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