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  • Books | February 17, 2013

    Highlighting African-American literature through history


    African American literature has a long history, tracing its roots to 18th-century writers such as Phillis Wheatley. In addition to being the first African American to publish a book, “Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral,” 1773, Wheatley was the first person of African descent to

  • Books | February 17, 2013

    Espionage keeps readers guessing in Hiller’s ‘Shake Off’

    Shake off.phatch

    Michel Anton is a likeable, earnest young man who’s quite the survivor. As he says early on in “Shake Off,” he was born in the Sabra refugee camp in Beirut, “just one of the many hundreds of thousands of Palestinians born outside Palestine who

  • Books | February 17, 2013

    ‘Super Brain’ focuses on self-improvement, happiness mental health


    This is one of the most relevant books I have read about self-improvements to maximize health, happiness and well-being. Deepak Chopra is a medical doctor and Rudolph Tanzi is a professor of neurology at Harvard University. They explain why you should improve your mind and

  • Editorials | February 17, 2013

    Senate bill bigfoots local governments

    The Riley County Commission had good reason Thursday to balk at a legislative proposal that would prohibit commissioners from paying a lobbyist to try to sway state lawmakers on issues of importance to Riley County. And Manhattan Mayor Loren Pepperd, who testified against the proposal

  • Letters | February 17, 2013

    Library is gearing up for its annual book sale

    To the Editor: As chairs of Manhattan Public Library’s Book Committee, we want to thank the patrons who donate their used books, the librarians at the Information Desk who collect the donations and the volunteers who collectively put in more than 1,000 hours this past

  • Letters | February 17, 2013

    America cannot correct all of its leaders’ mistakes

    To the Editor: Sometimes we wonder what is going on. President Jimmy Carter, to be kind or politically correct or whatever, gave the Panama Canal, which the United states had built, to the Panamanian government. More recently, the Panamanian government was in need of cash,

  • Columns | February 17, 2013

    Obama is not just another ‘dude’

    While I recognize Bill Felber’s right to express his opinion about President Barack Obama’s trip to Nevada to speak to an audience of mostly Latino high school students about immigration reform, I feel the “Arts and Entertainment” section of the Mercury (Sunday, Feb. 10)&

  • Columns | February 17, 2013

    EU mends differences, OKs budget

    Americans who are frustrated at the budget dispute in Washington and who fear that Democrats and Republicans will not reach an agreement before sequestration takes effect March 1 ought to consider what has just happened in Europe. Developments there suggest that even the most combative foes

  • Court Calendar | February 15, 2013

    Riley County Attorney’s Office Calendar

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013 9:00 Nordt, Tyler BENCH TRIAL (12 CR 603 Batt LEO) JJC II 9:00 - JWG 9:00 Castro, Norberto Status (12 CR 357 Dom Batt) JJC III 9:00 Dugan, Tony Status (12 TR 4489 DUI) BRW III 9:00 Elliston, Brian SENTENCING (12 CR 691 Agg. Assaut, etc) BKD III 9:00 Hutchinson, Cade Appear (12 CR 630 Agg Assault) JJC III 9:00

  • Local |Kansas State University | February 15, 2013

    Governor leads those celebrating school

    150 ksu 1.phatch

    Turning 150 years old is a cause for celebration. What better place to have the party than at Ahearn Field House, the site of many joyous celebrations over the years? K-State kicked off its 150th anniversary celebration with a Thursday afternoon event at Ahearn with displays

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