• Books | June 16, 2013

    Robert Ingersoll’s agnosticism didn’t interfere with aspirations

    This brief and readable book is a fascinating biography of a once-famous but now largely forgotten historical figure from the late 19th century. Robert Ingersoll was a very prominent American public and political intellectual of the post-Civil War period and one whom many thought might

  • Books | June 16, 2013

    Good books that haven’t made the New York Times best-seller list


    Avid fiction readers are well aware of some of this summer’s noted bestsellers. Enthusiasm is high for Dan Brown’s latest thriller, “Inferno” and for Khaled Hosseini’s “And the Mountains Echoed.” But what about those less publicized titles that are equally promising? For

  • Books | June 16, 2013

    15th-century Borgia family draws fascination, curiosity of history centuries later

    As a historical reclamation project, the Borgia family of 15th Century Italy is a mighty tall order. There is Rodrigo, also known as Alexander VI, the pope widely credited with having led Vatican orgies attended by one or both of his alleged mistresses. There is

  • Books | June 16, 2013

    ‘Inferno’ good but subpar to other Dan Brown titles

    It didn’t take long for Dan Brown’s latest novel, “Inferno,” to reach the top of national bestsellers lists. And no wonder. As he involved Leonardo da Vinci and the Illuminati in previous blockbusters, “Inferno” draws its plot from a section of Dante Alighieri’

  • Gardening | June 16, 2013

    Use less water with drought-resistant plants like buffalo grass


    A good method to water management is to grow plants that are more drought tolerant. As a rule of thumb, plants that have blue/gray foliage require less water. For example the perennials dianthus ‘Firewitch,’ lavender, and catnip are low water requiring plants. The lawn

  • Arts, Leisure | June 16, 2013

    ‘9 to 5’ musical; world’s largest swim lesson

    Today The Historic Columbian Theatre presents “9 to 5: The Musical,” 2 p.m. Also 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Directed by Brent Sigman with veteran music director Richard Philbrook. Featuring music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, based on the 1980 s film 9 to 5. 

  • June 16, 2013

    Eureka man fixes international problems

    Rough seas off the western coast of Africa are making it difficult for a company to complete its work. Where would such a company turn for a solution? Would you believe, to a business in rural Kansas? Matt Wilson (no relation to the author) is

  • Local |Business | June 16, 2013

    NetworksPlus hires two

    Brad Jepsen joined Networks Plus as a network technician.  He is a 2009 graduate from the Manhattan Area Technical College with an associate of applied science in information and network technology.  Then in 2012, he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in technology management from

  • Local |Business | June 16, 2013

    Manhattan fire driver to retire

    Terry Scott is retiring from Manhattan Fire Department after more than 25 years of service.  He started on the department as a firefighter in February of 1988.  He became a fire driver in February 1995.  He has served the citizens of Manhattan well and will

  • Local |Business | June 16, 2013

    Paradise Donuts opens in Blue Hills

    A new doughnut shop opened May 9 in the Blue Hills Shopping Center at Tuttle Creek Boulevard and Kimball Avenue. Owners Anthony and Rebecca Geraci moved to the Manhattan area two years ago with their three children.  They decided to research the doughnut business. Paradise

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