• Arts & Leisure | December 08, 2013

    Annual sale showcases alternative holiday gift options


    Looking for gifts for the holidays? You might want to check out Manhattan Arts Center, 1520 Poyntz Ave. The MAC has put on its annual Wrap It Up exhibit starting Nov. 2 that features the work of about 90 local and regional artists. Sandy Mead, office manager at

  • Off The Beat | December 08, 2013

    ‘Nerd movie experience’


    I love “The Hunger Games.” I read all the books of the series in three weeks. Now that the movies are being released, I’m reminded of how interesting the story is. Despite my love for the series, I waited an entire week after the

  • Editorials | December 08, 2013

    This is a season for sharing

    It hasn’t taken area residents long to get into the Christmas spirit. Houses, sometimes entire blocks, light up the dark nights with brilliant colors and boost spirits in the daytime with Santas, reindeer and nativity scenes. All those designated days — Black Friday, Small Business

  • Letters | December 08, 2013

    Peace Memorial Auditorium to host Christmas concert

    To the editor: The Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance (M/RCPA) in partnership with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a music fraternity at Kansas State University, will present the “Holiday Musical Spectacular” at Peace Memorial Auditorium, 1101 Poyntz Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11. The program will

  • Letters | December 08, 2013

    Excessive ads take pleasure out of football games on TV

    To the Editor: I was really pleased a few days ago when I read the article in the Mercury about the recent increase in the amount of advertising on television. The excess of ads seemed to start with the advent of football this fall. I

  • December 08, 2013

    Art show today is a benefit for Praxis Scholarship Fund

    To the Editor: The Flint Hills Human Rights Project (FHHRP) will host an art show from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the K-State Alumni Center to raise awareness and funds for the Praxis Scholarship Fund. The show is titled “composite,” a theme that represents a

  • Letters | December 08, 2013

    ‘Dear Sarah is thinking!’

    To the Editor: This might call for a celebration. It was the most enjoyable news I’ve read in a long time. Sarah Palin, the playing field leveler for those resentful of the president’s intelligence, re-marked recently about some of the status-quo-shuffling pope’s

  • 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

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