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  • Books | December 08, 2013

    Historian recounts politicians’ complicated friendship

    This fascinating historical study by renowned Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin examines the parallel rise of early 20th century U.S. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09) and William Howard Taft (1909-13) and the critical investigative journalism sometimes pejoratively called “muckraking.”  Born within a year of

  • Books | December 08, 2013

    Mysterious relic spurs hunt in Minnesota

    Virgil Flowers is an engaging protagonist. He is 6-2, “unless he was wearing cowboy boots, which he usually was,” and is the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s sole agent in the southern part of the state. Virgil served in Bosnia as an Army captain,

  • Books | December 08, 2013

    Science of Santa: Travel, age and all those cookies


    How does Santa Claus visit all the children of the world in a single night? Is there some special significance in Santa’s red suit? How do reindeer fly? Inquiring minds, young and old, have many questions about the magic of Christmas. Authoritative websites differ

  • Books | December 08, 2013

    How to restore the Constitution

    Everyone can probably agree that the United States faces some serious challenges. In The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic, Mark Levin, a nationally syndicated talk-radio host and president of Landmark Legal Foundation, traces the root of the problem to a steady distortion and erosion

  • December 08, 2013

    Parents act against domestic violence to honor daughter

    July 3, 2008. It was one of those terrible, horrific moments when one’s worst fears become reality. The police detective walked into the room and said to the parents: “Brace yourself. We found Jana. She is deceased.” It is every parent’s worst nightmare. In that

  • Gardening | December 08, 2013

    To save water, change habits


    Water for the landscape is minimal at this time of the year. I’m hopeful for snow to provide the necessary moisture for plant survival. It is easy to save on water at this time of the year outside. Can it be done year round?

  • Columns | December 08, 2013

    The real reasons for this season

    ’Tis the season to be jolly. Candy canes and holly. Yule logs and eggnog. Dangling mistletoe. One-horse sleigh bells jing-jing-jingle. Good Saint Nick climbs up on the housetop and down through the chimney. Carolers sing of silver bells and a red-nosed reindeer. Shortly after Halloween,

  • Columns | December 08, 2013

    Ukraine casts its lot with Russia

    Ukraine, am eastern European country that is often below our radar, is playing an increasingly important role between Russia and the rest of Europe. For hundreds of years, Ukraine was part of Russia and later of the Soviet Union. In may ways it is very

  • Manhattan High School | December 06, 2013

    Manhattan boys dominate Panthers

    After losing twice to Derby last season, the Manhattan High boys’ basketball team opened its season on a positive note with an 80-63 win over the Panthers Friday night behind 27 points from Alex Stitt and 25 from Payton Stephens. The Indians were dominant all night, converting

  • Manhattan High School | December 06, 2013

    Manhattan girls defeat Derby, 53-47

    The Manhattan High girls’ basketball team opened its season with a 53-47 win over Derby Friday night, despite a scrappy effort from the visiting Panthers. The Indians were able to separate themselves early in the fourth quarter after a back-and-forth game in the first three

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