• Columns | March 17, 2013

    Kerry to try to reset ties with Russia

    Not so long ago, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said they were going to “reset” U.S.- Russian relations. Both sides recognized that there was room for improvement. Attention now shifts to new Secretary of State, John

  • Books | March 17, 2013

    The Queen has quite the journey once she leaves her palace wearing a hoodie

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    A common plot in today’s successful novels portrays a graying woman who wakes up and walks away from a life of supposed satisfaction. Often the impetus is divorce, life-changing illness, challenges by adult children or loss of intimacy, job or relevance. Unexpectedly a protagonist

  • Books | March 17, 2013

    The U.S. Constitution from a libertarian view

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    At the heart of Andrew Napolitano’s latest book, “Theodore and Woodrow,” is the question of how the U.S. Constitution is to be interpreted. Is it to be taken in the sense in which it was written in 1787, together with the first ten amendments,

  • Books | March 17, 2013

    Tips on how to spend your spring break nerd-style


    For those of you lucky enough to get a few days off from work or school, spring break is a great time to relax with a stack of books or have a movie marathon. Why not celebrate your inner nerd by focusing on techie books

  • Books | March 17, 2013

    Krauss tackles how we got here and where we’re going

    Can something be created from nothing? The author boldly titles his book “A Universe from Nothing” where the first law of dynamics states energy and matter cannot be created or destroyed. This begs the question. If our spirit contains something, what happens to it at

  • Books | March 17, 2013

    ‘Giving 2.0’ discusses the options of philanthropy and local involvement

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    A friend of mine contacted me recently, wanting to know the steps she needed to take to begin fundraising efforts for a relative who is wheel chair bound and struggles daily to care for her two children. Her boy suffers from muscular dystrophy and her

  • Local | March 17, 2013

    Parade draws good crowd to annual Aggieville event

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    Hundreds of spectators crowded the streets Saturday to watch Aggieville’s annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade. The 40-something degree drop in temperatures from Friday to Saturday didn’t deter those who wanted to show a little Irish pride and get a glimpse at the 62

  • Local |Kansas State University | March 17, 2013

    KSU may be drone test site

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas State is part of a team of three universities and multiple businesses vying to be picked by the Federal Aviation Administration as one of six test sites for drones. Kurt Barnhart, executive director of the Applied Aviation Research Center at Kansas

  • Local |Kansas State University |Government, Politics | March 17, 2013

    Salary cap to be fought

    Representatives of the Kansas Board of Regents are expected to testify Monday afternoon against a proposal introduced in the Kansas Legislature that they say would cap salaries and wages at higher education institutions. Vanessa Lamoreaux, associate communications director for the Regents, said the hearing is

  • Local | March 17, 2013

    Seven plaques for Mercury

    Staff members of The Manhattan Mercury won seven first place awards and 15 awards overall in the 2012 Kansas Press Association contest, results of which were announced Friday. The seven first place awards went to: Bill Felber, executive editor, in government/political reporting, for “How they stack

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