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  • Area Schools | June 17, 2013

    Rock Creek favors new Class 4A split

    Representing the lowest enrollment among Class 4A schools in Kansas this season, it might seem like Rock Creek’s vote on the issue of whether to split 4A would be a simple one. Rock Creek athletic director Scott Harshbarger says that wasn’t the case.

  • General Activities | June 17, 2013

    Marlins win 21 events to close invite

    The 2013 Little Apple Invitational, hosted by the Manhattan Marlins swim club, wrapped up their weekend meet Sunday afternoon and continued its success from Saturday. The Marlins racked up 21 more wins throughout four age groups after winning 23 events the previous day. “The team responded with even

  • Movies | June 17, 2013

    Viewers won’t care much about ‘This Is the End’

    The new film, “This Is the End,” is actually more interesting as a concept than it is as a comedy. Memorable comedies often begin as odd ideas, but just because the central notion of a movie is out of the ordinary doesn’t mean we

  • Editorials | June 17, 2013

    We pay billions in overdraft fees

    Overdraft fees have become news again, largely because of a report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on the subject and the recommendation of other consumer advocates that financial institutions be banned from allowing customers to overdraw their accounts. That’s because the overdrafts come

  • Columns | June 17, 2013

    Some questions for higher ed

    Year after year, despite un-changed or increased state funding, the six state-funded Kansas colleges increased tuition far above inflation with little scrutiny. Undergraduate tuition and fees at the six universities increased 137 percent between 2002 and 2012. Email me for tuition tables: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view

  • Local |Government, Politics | June 16, 2013

    Board member-to-be gains notice as party voice

    Considering that he won’t even be seated on the USD Board of Education for two more weeks, Aaron Estabrook’s public visibility has ratcheted upward lately. On Tuesday, Estabrook called for the resignation of the president of the Kansas State Rifle Association over publication

  • Local |Kansas State University |Government, Politics | June 16, 2013

    How tuition surpassed state money as a funding source for K-State

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    Kansas State University is experiencing a problem that many public universities are facing: relying more and more on students, rather than the state, to fund operations. For K-State’s current fiscal year, which ends this month, tuition provides $194.7 million and state appropriations provide $166.5 million. Tuition

  • Off The Beat | June 16, 2013

    The toughest sport there is

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    Last week in this space, the incomparable Bill Felber argued that golf was superior to tennis. Careful readers of The Mercury probably noted that he did so only after he announced his impending retirement and said nice things about his bosses here at the paper

  • Books | June 16, 2013

    Japanese women sold as brides get more than they bargain for

    Japanese “picture brides” had visions and dreams of a much better life prior to their arduous voyage to San Francisco during the early 20th century. Many of these young women had never ventured outside of Japan. It was an uncomfortable journey. They possessed little and

  • 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

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