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My Prom Dress

KSAL StaffFebruary 18, 2016

I remember standing in front of the mirror with the store attendant and my mom. The red gown was glittered with sparkles. My mom, smiling ear to ear, said with confidence, “that’s the one”. As any 18-year-old wearing a dress far prettier than I was, I gave it a twirl. For the first time, I felt beautiful. I never knew how special that moment was until today. Kirklin was a 15-year-old who as...

Happy Birthday George?!

KSAL StaffFebruary 12, 2016

Monday, February 15th is officially George Washington’s birthday, well, not really. His birthday was February 22nd, but the Monday Holiday act of 1971 assured that we would never celebrate on the actual day. But isn’t the holiday really a combination of Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays? Presidents Day, or President’s Day or is it Presidents’ Day? Depending where you are and your genera...

We Are Failing In Kansas

KSAL StaffFebruary 12, 2016

On Thursday the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that a new funding formula enacted by the Kansas Legislature last year is unconstitutional. In essence, the courts said that schools in Kansas are underfunded. At the highest level in our state government, there is an ugly divide on this issue. Last year, the legislature scrapped the school funding plan that was in place in Kansas. A new temporary "block...

Reeling From a Super Loss

KSAL StaffFebruary 9, 2016

As I write this, it's been almost a day and a half since my heart was broken again. I'm healing slowly, but every now and then I see someone who demands to rip the scabs off of my wounds and the healing starts again. Yes, I'm probably being a bit over dramatic, but I love my Carolina Panthers. I have been a die hard fan since game one for the franchise, all the way back in 1995, even though I was...

What Are They Really Playing For?

KSAL StaffFebruary 9, 2016

In what can only be described as a SERIOUS lack of sportsmanship on the part of KU player Brannen Greene at the conclusion of the 228th meeting of the Sunflower showdown,I wanted to take a moment to reflect my own thoughts on the matter. People will say "he was just being a kid" or "it was not that big of a deal"..if you aren't in the know as to what I am referring to let me set the stage 2.2 seco...

#1 for a Day!

KSAL StaffFebruary 9, 2016

It’s safe to say there was concern last spring when K-State lost eight members off of their basketball team, which included six underclassmen, a number that tied Washington for the most players leaving a program in a power five conference.  Many people wrote off the 2015-16 season as a lost cause, including myself.  There is just no way that a team can have that much turnover on a roster, and ...

Updating the Syphilis Outbreak

KSAL StaffFebruary 8, 2016

It has been 100+ days since a syphilis outbreak was made public.  The Saline County Commission, aka the Board of Health, has ignored my requests to review the outbreak. So, I asked Jennifer VandeVelde, Director of Disease Control and Prevention at Kansas Department of Health and Environment.  She wrote “KDHE disease investigators were in charge of the investigation”; they have specialized t...

Parking as a Personality Test

KSAL StaffFebruary 4, 2016

For almost 18 years now I have been parking in the same lot behind the “Beautifully Appointed Townsite Building.” And while many variables define and refine the human personality, I’ve noticed where you park says a lot about who you are. During regular business hours, the lot fills up and most of us will park as close to our destination as possible, that’s understandable. It’s during the...

Superbugs and Super Bowl Beards

KSAL StaffFebruary 3, 2016

It was the night the Royals won the World Series and the Broncos beat Green Bay that I decided to grow it - the Broncos Beard. I figured the Mojo would never get more "Mo" than that. I admit it - I'm a Denver Broncos Fanatic. Grew up in Colorado, worked in Denver covering the Broncos on 560 ESPN and can't get enough of that orange and blue! The beard is just my weird commitment to keep the fait...

Happy Birthday, Kansas!

KSAL StaffFebruary 3, 2016

Born 155 years ago on the eve of the Civil War, it always seemed that our early years set the stage for a history of struggle, shared convictions and a willingness to pull up our sleeves and do what needs to be done. Always a bit stubborn, and a tad puritanical, Kansans also show a quiet determination to accomplish the task at hand; especially when someone tells us it just doesn’t work that way....

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