• Cats impress in final day of Tyson Invitational

    Wildcats Christoff Bryan, Akela Jones and Kim Williamson excelled in the high jump, headlining an impressive closing effort by the Kansas State track and field team at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. All three athletes made strong cases to .

  • Manhattan 2nd at league swimming

    Last year, the Manhattan High boys’ swimming and diving team took second place at the Centennial League meet, but was 175 points away from unseating Washburn Rural as the league champion. Once again the Indians finished as runner-up to the Junior .

  • MHS girls hold on for win at Rural

    TOPEKA — In the first matchup between Washburn Rural and the Manhattan High girls’ basketball team, the Junior Blues hit six 3-pointers in the first quarter to build a big lead and ultimately win by 20. In Friday night’s rematch, the .

  • Indians pull away from Washburn Rural in 4th quarter

    TOPEKA — For three quarters, Washburn Rural didn’t play like the last-place team that lost by 32 points to Manhattan in January. The Junior Blues got out in transition, converted a high percentage of their shots and had an answer for .

  • Elizabeth Warren’s book part biography, part manifesto

    This engaging book by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is part biography, part financial justice manifesto, part economic treatise, but always compelling. Unlike what one might expect from a New England senator and Harvard Law professor, Elizabeth Warren grew up poor .

  • ‘Dress Shop of Dreams’ explores love and loss

    British writer Menna Van Praag explores the entwined natures of love and loss, and of joy and pain in her beautiful novel of magical realism, “The Dress Shop of Dreams.” Her characters pursue complex romantic story lines, revealing intimate moments .

  • National Geographic resources — food for the mind Mary.newkirk

    On Jan. 27, 1888, a group of 33 geographers, explorers, cartographers, teachers and other professionals met at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., to discuss organizing “a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge.” We know that group now as .

  • Book reveals midwives’ secrets

    “The Secrets of Midwives” is a heartwarming story about three generations of a family of midwives who share some of their clients’ most private moments but can’t reveal their own private problems to their family members. Neva Bradley is .

  • Is fracking linked to increase in quakes?

    Kansans worried about the recent increase in earthquakes should take only modest comfort in the preliminary conclusion by the interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey that the quakes aren’t caused by “fracking.” That’s because geologist Rex Buchanan, .

  • Going backward with Brownback

    In an unprecedented move and in a complete act of contempt for the changing world around us, Gov. Sam Brownback last week declared war on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. His executive order to strip the personal .

  • Don’t let simple slogans set conditions for our lives

    To the Editor: As you listen to news of extremist groups inspiring violence with slogans like “Kill Western infidels,” how do you react? The defensive outrage I instantly feel and the brutality we’re witnessing where this is broadcast make .

  • Funding cuts take harsh toll on programs in USD 383

    To the Editor: As a retired teacher with more than three decades of experience in public schools, I was distressed to read in Wednesday’s Mercury about possible cuts to special education programs for next year in USD 383. These cuts .





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