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  • Columns | December 20, 2014

    Germany’s Merkel is Europe’s new ‘Iron Lady’

    At a time when there is chaos in Washington’s foreign policy, it is encouraging to see that at least one European leader — apart from Russian President Vladimir Putin — seems to know what she is doing. That is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. As a result,

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | December 19, 2014

    RCPD K-9 retires after 11 years of service

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    A member of the Riley County Police Department isn’t letting go of everything he learned on the job just because he’s retiring. Dino, a fluffy black and brown German Shepherd with front feet the size of softballs may be done with police work,

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | December 19, 2014

    Details released in armed robbery

    A drug sale on July 10 turned into a robbery at gunpoint according to an affidavit released on Friday morning. According to the warrant affidavit, Trey Campbell, 21, and Ty Suggs, 21, former star athletes for Manhattan High School, arranged to buy a half-pound of marijuana from Hudson

  • Local |Education | December 19, 2014

    Students flex their ‘MacGyver’ skills

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    Eighth grade students at Susan B. Anthony Middle School learned how to use their resources to fix things on Friday, just like the ultimate problem solver, MacGyver. The eighth-graders were not making explosives with duct tape as MacGyver, the 1980s TV hero, would have done,

  • I Wonder |Local |Business |Holidays | December 19, 2014

    What is the mall charging to sit on Santa’s lap?

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    Is it true that the mall is charging $25 for visits with Santa? Is that a change from previous years? A fee for sitting on Santa’s lap? What’s next, tipping the elves? A surcharge for chimney delivery? Guess Santa has to pay for all

  • Local | December 19, 2014

    Local boy takes top spot at chess tournament

    A 13-year-old Manhattanite was the best eighth-grader at a national chess tournament in Orlando, Fla., last weekend. Jack Easton won the number one spot at the eighth grade U.S. Chess Federation Tournament and moved up to an expert level in the competition with a 2049

  • Local |Traffic |Government & Politics | December 19, 2014

    Counties to explore Barnes Road link

    The Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization will begin looking into a Riley County-Pottawatomie County connection from Barnes Road. This came up during discussion on Thursday at the joint meeting between the City of Manhattan, and Riley and Pottawatomie counties. The previous discussions have been about

  • Editorials | December 19, 2014

    There’s no peace for Greenpeace

    For many Americans, the image of Greenpeace involves the environmental organization’s daring sea skirmishes with Japanese or Russian whaling ships. There’s something admirable, if reckless, about such endeavors. That isn’t the case with Greenpeace’s latest episode, one that has brought the

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency |Business | December 19, 2014

    Commission approves renewal of Aggieville police station lease

    Riley County commissioners approved on Thursday the renewal of the Riley County Police Department’s Aggieville substation lease. The 1-year extension with LAR Management, LLC, will keep the rent at $825 a month for the 612 square-foot space at 1113 Moro St. The county has been leasing the

  • Columns | December 19, 2014

    Budget needs dynamic leaders

    With the election over, the focus in Kansas politics returns to the budget. Are we in a huge budget hole created by the tax cuts championed by Gov. Sam Brownback? Or will econ-omic growth save the day? The state’s own consensus revenue estimates are


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