• Local |Fort Riley | May 26, 2013

    ‘Dagger U’: Majoring in Africa studies

    FORT RILEY — Soldiers with the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team have known about their regional alignment with the continent of Africa for a while now. But that doesn’t mean the excitement of the unique mission-set has worn off, especially with some soldiers having gone

  • Books | May 26, 2013

    Hildy’s alcoholism becomes an entertaining daily struggle

    St. Martin’s Press promotes Ann Leary’s “The Good House” as “funny.” Cover blurbs declare the novel to be “wickedly funny,” and “genuinely funny.” They also make it perfectly clear that the novel is about alcoholism. Readers familiar with the raging disease of alcoholism

  • Books | May 26, 2013

    A monk finds himself in the middle of a zombie war in 717 A.D.

    Brother Stephen is a young and talented artist who has become a monk in the year 717 A.D. in order to lead a simple life and to do what he loves best – paint Christian icons. Due to a shortage of iconographers and the recent change

  • Books | May 26, 2013

    Entertaining summer reads for Manhattan’s grown-ups


    This coming Saturday, June 1, is the official kick-off for summer reading programs at Manhattan Public Library and the beginning of our busiest season.  Thousands of people come through the library’s doors every summer and hundreds of them - children, teens and adults -

  • Books | May 26, 2013

    Buffalo hunting was more than a sport; it was an adventure

    After the Civil War, the American West was considered by many to be a mysterious and romantic place with its game to be hunted and its wild Indians. The ultimate hunting experience was enormous and fierce buffalo. “Custer, Cody, and Grand Duke Alexis” tells us

  • Books | May 26, 2013

    ‘Memory of Light’ completed by deceased author’s wife and publisher, continues series vibe

    In 1990, fantasy writer Robert Jordan published the first volume of his epic Wheel of Time saga. The 15 books in the series (including a prologue novel) have since sold more than 40 million copies in 30 languages. Unfortunately Jordan died in 2007 with the story unfinished and many thought

  • May 26, 2013

    Flood of ‘51 brings Dam discussion to forefront


    Editor’s Note:  The Corps of Engineers will celebrate Tuttle Creek Lake’s 50th anniversary on June 1. With the help of the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the lake, the Mercury is publishing a series

  • Off The Beat | May 26, 2013

    Our President is a dirty mack


    I don’t trust Barack Obama. I’ve found out some troubling information about him recently. Time Magazine ran a story on Obama’s 1979 prom. Kelli Allman (nee McCormack), who was a classmate of Obama, provided pictures including a letter Obama wrote in her yearbook.

  • May 26, 2013

    The votes are in: Selections from the best restaurants, services and more

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    The Manhattan Mercury gives readers the opportunity to pick their favorite venues around town every other year. This year readers picked their choice places to dine, drink, shop and gain service. Readers cast votes for 81 different categories. Out of those, a few stood out. Kites

  • Baseball | May 26, 2013

    Wildcats fall to OU in 11 innings

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    OKLAHOMA CITY — Once again, Kansas State showed it’s a team that won’t stop fighting. Down four runs to Oklahoma going into the bottom of the ninth Saturday, the 15th-ranked Wildcats rallied to tie the game and force extra innings. In the end though,

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