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  • Obituaries | April 14, 2013

    Wilma Peterson

    Wilma Ione Peterson, 90, of Linn died Thursday at the Linn Community Nursing Home in Linn.

  • Books | April 14, 2013

    ‘A Week in Winter’ is a refreshing story about failure, life and following dreams

    “A Week in Winter” is a delightful read about a woman who had an upsetting turn of events but was able to overcome them to achieve happiness for herself and others. Chicky Starr left Stoneybridge, Ireland, to move to the United States when she was 20

  • Books | April 14, 2013

    The inside and out of a misunderstood mammal

    To set the record straight, an armadillo is a mammal - a warm-blooded, placental creature that bears live offspring and suckles its young. Despite its carapace, which somewhat resembles a turtle’s shell, it is not a reptile like a turtle, nor a cross between

  • Books | April 14, 2013

    How to thrive in the ‘happiest places on earth’

    A while back I wrote about “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest” a bestselling book by Dan Buettner, an explorer, scientist and National Geographic Fellow. The book grew out of a cover story he wrote for

  • Books | April 14, 2013

    ‘Gunfighter in Gotham’ highlights Bat Masterson’s life in the U.S.

    This interesting biography of Bat Masterson’s final 30 years by Robert K. DeArment provides a very different view of Masterson than how most readers think of him. There are few Kansans who haven’t heard of William Barclay (Bat) Masterson. The popular television show starring

  • Books | April 14, 2013

    Alcoholic, potty-mouthed cop solves yet another crime despite his size and faults

    Brainy crime thriller “Standing in Another Man’s Grave” is a good place for unfamiliar readers to enter the long running series created by internationally best-selling author Ian Rankin. Detective John Rebus of Edinburgh first stepped up, prickly and incorruptible, in “Knots and Crosses.” After 20

  • Local |Government, Politics | April 14, 2013

    K-12 teachers’ pay largely stagnant in 2012 while others’ rises

    City and county workers and police officers did a lot better in 2012 than school teachers. . . unless the teachers taught at the technical college. That’s the clearest finding from The Mercury’s annual analysis of public sector income during the most recent calendar year. As

  • Arts, Leisure | April 14, 2013

    Father’s cancer battle inspires girl to make items for charity

    Allcrafts.phatch

    Tragedies can lead to triumphs when people use their abilities to create something positive. That’s the lesson that can be learned from Mira Bhandari, a fifth-grade student at Bergman Elementary. Her father, Alok Bhandari, died Jan. 30 after a two-year battle with bile duct cancer.

  • Off The Beat | April 14, 2013

    Sunday is the most fun day

    Maura1

    I adore Sunday. It’s my favorite day of the week. Most see it as a marker for the work week ahead, but for me, it’s usually my only day off. My Sundays usually begin with a wake-up time of around 11 a.m., followed

  • Editorials | April 14, 2013

    Understanding the human brain

    The $100 million that President Barack Obama proposed recently for the so-called Brain Activity Map project is modest in the extreme — both in terms of the money that will be needed and the scope of the project he envisions. But it’s a start,  and


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