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  • Letters | April 24, 2013

    Failure to pass minimal gun control shames Senate

    To the Editor: The Mercury’s editorial explanation of the “black marks” on the Senate for failing to pass even the minimal gun control of reliable background checks is apt: NRA targeted elections, timing (with senators praying that we’ll forget and the media will

  • Letters | April 24, 2013

    Wildcat Creek flooding is a man-made problem

    To the Editor: First, let’s look at Wildcat Creek as it was 50 years ago. It is the same creek that flowed through Manhattan then as it does now; nothing has changed. All of the flooding is a man-made problem, and that means it should

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 24, 2013

    Public nudity reported at Redbud Estates

    A 25-year-old woman reported Tuesday that a man was walking around the Redbud Estates trailer park with his penis exposed. Sgt. Brad Ingalls said the woman reported that she was checking her mail in the trailer park court, located at 2500 Farm Bureau Road, at about 3:40

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 24, 2013

    Man reports patronizing prostitute after failure to pay

    Riley County detectives are investigating a possible prostitution case after a man reported that he feared retribution after failing to pay a hired prostitute. Sgt. Brad Ingalls said the 23-year-old man, who is listed as being homeless, hired a 19-year-old prostitute out of Topeka from

  • Arts, Leisure | April 24, 2013

    Quartet to wrap up jazz season

    TOPEKA — Topeka Jazz Workshop Inc. members and guests will be treated to a blockbuster end-of-season concert on Sunday when they listen to the Graham Dechter Quartet.   Dechter is a 26-year-old rising star guitarist from the L.A. area who will be backed by world-famous

  • Arts, Leisure | April 24, 2013

    K-State troupe presents amusing ‘Kimberly Akimbo’


    A full house of mostly college-aged theater-goers were treated, last weekend, to another of this year’s outstanding campus theatrical productions. They were in K-State’s Purple Masque to see David Lindsay-Abaire’s angularly-funny “Kimberly Akimbo,” a play that Manhattan Arts Center had produced last

  • Local |Kansas State University | April 24, 2013

    BSU, Schulz confer about paucity of Afro-American faculty at KSU


    A growing student population at Kansas State has growing concerns about the lack of people like them in the university’s faculty. The Black Student Union (BSU) invited K-State president Kirk Schulz, provost April Mason and Peter Dorhout, dean of the College of Arts and

  • Local |Government, Politics | April 24, 2013

    Moran: Towers a safety issue

    Sen. Jerry Moran on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama and Majority Leader Harry Reid of jeopardizing air safety for political purposes by reducing the number of air traffic controllers. “Let’s have the debate about sequestration, let’s have the conversation about whether or not

  • Local |Government, Politics | April 24, 2013

    How can impact of floods be reduced?


    City administrators made it clear to commissioners Tuesday night that it is not possible to stop the flooding along Wildcat Creek, but it is possible to reduce the number of people impacted by it. “It is a difficult problem,” Mayor John Matta said. “There isn’

  • Local |Fort Riley | April 24, 2013

    Bench in Ogden honors slain soldier

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    A new structure at the intersection of 6th and Walnut streets in Ogden honors a Fort Riley soldier whose nearly year-and-a-half old murder remains unsolved. It was close to that corner on Oct. 14, 2011, that Ronald E. Taylor, known as ‘Evans’ to family and friends, was

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