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News in brief for June 10 wins EPpy award, the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s real estate Web site, has been awarded an EPpy award for Best Internet Shopping Service.

The 2005 EPpy Awards were presented Thursday by Editor & Publisher and Mediaweek magazines at the Interactive Media Conference and Trade Show in New Orleans.’s award was for best Internet shopping service with fewer than 1 million unique monthly readers. The site beat the’s Shopping Channel and

The Steamboat Pilot & Today’s parent company, the World Company based in Lawrence, Kan., collected a second honor at the EPpy Awards when the Lawrence Journal-World’s Web site,, picked up an EPpy award for the Best Internet News Service.

Along with The World Company, only three other media companies received more than one EPpy —, the Orlando Sentinel and

Earlier this year, the News—-paper Association of America awarded with a Digital Edge Award, or “Edgie Award,” for Best Real Estate Site.

David Brooks to kick off summer seminars

David Brooks, columnist on the Opinion/Editorial page of the New York Times, has been confirmed as the kickoff speaker for the summer Seminars at Steamboat series. He will speak at 5 p.m. July 3 at Centennial Hall. Brooks’ lecture will be called “Barbeque Grills and the Future of America: How Our Stratifying as a Society is Affecting Lifestyles and Politics.”

Brooks has been with the Times since September 2003 and is the author of “Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There” and “On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense.”

The Seminars at Steamboat series will continue through the summer. For more information about the Seminars at Steamboat and sponsorship opportunities, call 870-4426.