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  • Books | April 14, 2013

    How to thrive in the ‘happiest places on earth’

    A while back I wrote about “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest” a bestselling book by Dan Buettner, an explorer, scientist and National Geographic Fellow. The book grew out of a cover story he wrote for

  • Books | April 14, 2013

    ‘Gunfighter in Gotham’ highlights Bat Masterson’s life in the U.S.

    This interesting biography of Bat Masterson’s final 30 years by Robert K. DeArment provides a very different view of Masterson than how most readers think of him. There are few Kansans who haven’t heard of William Barclay (Bat) Masterson. The popular television show starring

  • Books | April 14, 2013

    Alcoholic, potty-mouthed cop solves yet another crime despite his size and faults

    Brainy crime thriller “Standing in Another Man’s Grave” is a good place for unfamiliar readers to enter the long running series created by internationally best-selling author Ian Rankin. Detective John Rebus of Edinburgh first stepped up, prickly and incorruptible, in “Knots and Crosses.” After 20

  • Local |Government, Politics | April 14, 2013

    K-12 teachers’ pay largely stagnant in 2012 while others’ rises

    City and county workers and police officers did a lot better in 2012 than school teachers. . . unless the teachers taught at the technical college. That’s the clearest finding from The Mercury’s annual analysis of public sector income during the most recent calendar year. As

  • Arts, Leisure | April 14, 2013

    Father’s cancer battle inspires girl to make items for charity


    Tragedies can lead to triumphs when people use their abilities to create something positive. That’s the lesson that can be learned from Mira Bhandari, a fifth-grade student at Bergman Elementary. Her father, Alok Bhandari, died Jan. 30 after a two-year battle with bile duct cancer.

  • Off The Beat | April 14, 2013

    Sunday is the most fun day


    I adore Sunday. It’s my favorite day of the week. Most see it as a marker for the work week ahead, but for me, it’s usually my only day off. My Sundays usually begin with a wake-up time of around 11 a.m., followed

  • Editorials | April 14, 2013

    Understanding the human brain

    The $100 million that President Barack Obama proposed recently for the so-called Brain Activity Map project is modest in the extreme — both in terms of the money that will be needed and the scope of the project he envisions. But it’s a start,  and

  • Gardening | April 14, 2013

    Not all weeds are bad

    Crabgrass generally has a bad reputation. It stands out in the lawn with its lighter green color and fast growth. The flower of crabgrass in late summer really makes it noticeable. I may be the only one that appreciates the crabgrass for its usefulness. Bare

  • Local |Business | April 14, 2013

    Shear Dynamics hires two beauty professionals

    Laurie Dille joins the staff with over ten years massage therapy and health education experience.  She is a graduate of the National Holistic Institute in Berkley, Calif. She is certified in therapeutic massage and specializes in shiatsu/acupressure, Thai, deep tissue, prenatal and hot

  • Columns | April 14, 2013

    U.S. still ‘re-setting’ relationship with Russia

    Given how much of my life I have devoted to trying to understand first the U.S.S.R. and later Russia, I was pleased to hear then-Secretary of State Clinton’s call for a “re-set” in our bilateral relations.   President Obama has indicated

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