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  • I Wonder |Local |Government & Politics | November 04, 2014

    Is coach a staunch Republican?


    Q: Dude, is Snyder a hardcore Republican? A: It seems fair to assume two things. That: 1. By “Dude,” you’re referring to the seasoned, rather stiff writer of this distinguished column, not some movie character played by Jeff Bridges; and 2. By “Snyder” you’re referring

  • Local |Kansas State University |Government & Politics | November 04, 2014

    Snyder ad still airing

    A political advertisement featuring K-State football coach Bill Snyder was still running on Monday, despite campaign officials’ promise that it wouldn’t air later than Sunday. The commercial, which showed Snyder endorsing his long-time friend, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts for re-election, reportedly was broadcast

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | November 04, 2014

    Trial begins in 2008 Leonardville murder case

    Howard Barrett barely moved Monday during the start of his trial in connection with the 2008 stabbing death of a pest exterminator.The prosecution wrapped up its case against him Tuesday morning ending with two witnesses.  There was plenty of emotion in Barrett’s voice

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | November 04, 2014

    Trial set for Ogden man in July stabbing incident

    An Ogden man was bound over for trial in Riley County District Court Monday for his role in a July stabbing incident. Johnny Cossey, 38, is scheduled for a two-day trial on Feb. 10-11 after pleading innocent to four felony charges. He faces two counts of

  • Local |Education | November 04, 2014

    Board to consider higer facility use fees

    Facility use fees for Manhattan-Ogden schools could increase this year if the school board approves a proposal from USD 383 administrators. The school board will hear the issue at a 6:30 p.m. meeting Wednesday. According to agenda information, the district is not allowed to “make money”

  • Local |Government & Politics | November 04, 2014

    Speaker urges better US engagement with South America

    Iran, Russia and China are making inroads in South America because the United States has pulled back on military and academic exchanges with the region, an expert said in an appearance in Manhattan Monday. Marina Malamud, a professor of military sociology at the Air War

  • Movies | November 04, 2014

    Horror film ‘Ouija’ offers a story than makes sense


    Journeyman actress Lin Shaye may have been in more movies than anyone since the end of the studio system. Including TV movies, she’s credited with 135 already. Maybe she’s best known as the particularly stomach-turning older woman in “Kingpin.” Probably contemporary movie-goers know her

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | November 04, 2014

    Judge orders Kansas to let gay couples marry

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Kansas to allow same-sex couples to marry, but he delayed enforcement of the order until next week to give the state time to appeal. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday barring

  • Editorials | November 04, 2014

    Is pulling an ad really that difficult?

    Sen. Pat Roberts’ re-election campaign has been nothing if not relentlessly — viciously — hard-ball in criticizing independent candidate Greg Orman ever since the national Republican Party replaced Sen. Roberts’ staff after his primary victory over Dr. Milton Wolf was too close for comfort. But for all

  • Letters | November 04, 2014

    Mercury’s coverage of Snyder ad disappointing

    To the Editor: As an avid reader of online news content and a K-State fan who was searching for information about the Snyder and Roberts campaign debacle, I was shocked to find out that your newspaper didn’t have nearly as much coverage as other

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