Friday, July 29, 2016


  • Movies | July 27, 2016

    ‘Lights Out’ offers horror-film crowd a couple of jolts


    As viewers of thousands of hours of horror film footage will attest, there are only two things a scary movie might do that would kill the fun in it.

  • Local |Neighbors | July 25, 2016

    Manhattan man to toss first pitch at NBC World Series


    The home office of Harry Manges, a retired K-State agricultural engineering professor, has many items that show his life’s work.

  • Movies | July 25, 2016

    ‘Star Trek Beyond’ has more charms than weaknesses


    Somebody needs to come up with a new story for the next one, and the director needs to find newer, clearer ways to make the action visible.

  • Off The Beat | July 23, 2016

    Digging in at the beach


    Having grown up in Massachusetts a short drive from the coast, one of the things I miss, especially during the summer, is going to the beach.

  • Books | July 23, 2016

    Egan presents story of unlikely Civil War hero

    He is a larger-than-life character, and Timothy Egan paints a richly textured portrait of Meagher, Ireland, Tasmania and America in a time of turmoil and tragedy.

  • Books | July 23, 2016

    Unlucky horoscope causes problems in ‘Queen’

    In the kingdom of Bharata, every newborn child’s horoscope is read from the stars, imparting a determination of fate that can raise fortunes or curse lives.

  • Books | July 23, 2016

    Pokémon GO: Millennials’ new favorite pastime

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    Pokémon GO has rekindled the nerd flame for anyone who grew up dreaming of training their own creatures to battle others. To be honest, for millennials of all ages, Pokémon never actually left.

  • Books | July 23, 2016

    KS author uses fluid prose


    The split point of view is fairly common. The plot isn’t a mystery, and the hero is too little involved in resolving the central problem. What will stay with readers is the prose style.

  • Gardening | July 23, 2016

    Planting fall vegetables worth the effort at harvest time


    Join me at 10 a.m. Saturday for a program on growing vegetables for the fall at Blueville Nursery, 4539 Anderson Ave. To register, which is encouraged, contact Blueville at 785-539-2671.

  • Movies | July 19, 2016

    New ‘Ghostbusters’ just can’t match the original


    Even with the inclusion of the bouncy theme music, the new movie just isn’t as funny, as complicated, or as verbal as was the original. Not that its a bad movie.

  • Local |Business |Neighbors | July 18, 2016

    Couple starts new undertaking with cemetery


    Following decades of spotty upkeep, the trees and hedges of Valley View Memorial Gardens were nothing short of overgrown — so much so that the cemetery’s centerpiece, a roughly 10-foot-tall statue of Jesus, was barely visible amid the foliage.

  • Movies | July 18, 2016

    Solid acting among ‘The Infiltrator’s’ assets


    Apparently the people who supply money to movie-makers are not yet ready to let Brian Cranston play a completely new character.

  • Books | July 17, 2016

    W.E. Self seeks to expose Junction City’s past

    Why did the community powers in Junction City destroy a flourishing economic and social area by leveling the 200 block of East 9th Street in 1974? William E. Self examines the history as well as the social and economic natures of that area in “9th Street Chronicles.”

  • Books | July 17, 2016

    WWII novel seamlessly blends history, fiction

    Were the political intrigue the entire story of “Midnight in Berlin,” it would be enough to occupy most readers. But the author reacquaints readers with some of the figures in the Nazi hierarchy.

  • Books | July 17, 2016

    A family history starts in Africa

    This impressive epic first novel by Ghanaian-American author Yaa Gyasi depicts the lives of descendants of two half-sisters in mid-18th century Gold Coast (later Ghana) over the next 300 years.

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