Tuesday, May 31, 2016


  • Local |Education |Neighbors | May 30, 2016

    Lamb ‘lucky’ to have stumbled into teaching


    Manhattan High School teacher Pat Lamb stumbled into teaching. Now, after more than three decades in education, he’s stepping out gracefully.

  • Movies | May 30, 2016

    New film ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ is filled with problems


    The movie is over-long—144 minutes, including a scene following the credits. It is not always active. Its plot is a simple take on the stock team-of-super-heroes story we’ve been seeing a lot lately.

  • Arts & Leisure | May 29, 2016

    Municipal Band, Camp MAC and more

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    Opening reception for MAC Watercolor Studio: Exploring Our Color World and MAC Oil Painting Studio and Clay Studio.

  • Arts & Leisure |Gardening | May 29, 2016

    Local planters let talents shine for Manhattan Area Garden Tour


    Even with severe weather in the area the past month, Manhattan gardeners are ready to show off of their labors of love.

  • Books | May 29, 2016

    Digging into the history of a popular drink

    Beyond this bare bones account of tea knowledge lies a fabulous, romantic history of geographical exploration, botanical discovery and the ambition and greed of colonial expansion.

  • Books | May 29, 2016

    The ultimate thriller: a murder mystery in space

    “The Ark” is a murder mystery that unfolds in an environment in which a murder hasn’t been committed for decades, perhaps a couple centuries.

  • Books | May 29, 2016

    Author Nathaniel Philbrick brings history alive


    Though it was published some 15 years ago, Nathaniel Philbrick’s “In the Heart of the Sea” has remained a terrific account of 19th century whaling adventures, complete with day-to-day details of the hardship, cannibalism and mayhem c used by a violent sperm whale.

  • Arts & Leisure | May 28, 2016

    Mercury reporter learns to just keep running

    Eight miles into my first ever 10-mile run, I arrived at an existential crossroads. The question I originally had posed to myself was simple — keep running or take a walk break?

  • Off The Beat | May 28, 2016

    You can’t mess with nature

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    A true Kansan, my first response upon hearing tornado sirens is to go outside and look at the sky. But I’m not crazy.

  • Movies | May 26, 2016

    Lots of adults apt to attend ‘Angry Birds Movie’


    The film’s animation is high grade—not up to the recent version of “The Jungle Book” but better than most of the stuff not computer-generated from real-life photography. But the movie has substantial weaknesses, too.

  • Arts & Leisure | May 26, 2016

    Memorial Day, farmers market and more

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    The Manhattan Municipal Band, under the direction of Frank Tracz, will begin its 96th season with two Memorial Day concerts.

  • Movies | May 25, 2016

    Laughs absent in dreadful ‘Neighbors 2’


    Consider “Neighbors 2,” the most cynically-made and utterly calculated movie I’ve maybe ever seen. The new comedy hedges its bets. For edge, it gives us coarse language and unpleasant images in place of jokes.

  • Movies | May 24, 2016

    Attractions of ‘Nice Guys’ overshadow its weaknesses


    If you like action pictures or detective stories, you may want a plausible but fairly complicated story. Movie-goers will get one when they go to see “The Nice Guys,” one of the best half dozen movies in general release.

  • Neighbors | May 23, 2016

    Pastor up to challenge of growing local congregation


    The pastor of Redemption Lutheran Church knows about hard work.

  • Arts & Leisure | May 23, 2016

    Under the Streetlamp brings musical sounds to McCain


    School was out, and one of the things I learned during the week is that some area residents are more likely to buy tickets for McCain shows when they aren’t afraid on-campus parking will be limited.

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