• Local |Government & Politics | December 10, 2014

    Commission suggests changes to rec survey

    The Manhattan City Commission provided suggestions on Tuesday about additional questions for a Parks and Recreation survey. In a joint work session with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, commissioners reviewed a draft of a community survey intended to help with the parks department’s

  • Local |Education | December 10, 2014

    MHS scholars bowl team qualifies for ‘Quest’


    Manhattan High School’s scholars bowl team will appear on local TVs early next year. Ben Broxterman, Luke Wuri, Ben Lindsey and Joshua Schwartz qualified to be on Washburn University’s “Quest” after an audition competition Saturday. Coach Ted Dawdy said after a test of 60

  • Local |Government & Politics | December 10, 2014

    Roberts faults torture report

    Sen. Pat Roberts, former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Wednesday called a report on the CIA’s use of torture after 9/11 “flawed and partisan.” Roberts said the study “poses an immediate and direct threat to Americans overseas and those serving our nation in

  • Area Schools | December 10, 2014

    Kaylee Page leaving Nebraska


    LINCOLN, Neb.  — Freshman Kaylee Page has left the Nebraska women’s basketball program. Coach Connie Yori announced Tuesday night that she had released Page from her scholarship and also had released Kaylee’s younger sister, Lanie, from the national letter of intent she recently

  • Area Schools | December 10, 2014

    Miller’s 20 paces Wamego in win

    At Wamego, Eli Miller scored a game-high 20 points in Wamego’s 64-51 win over Riley County Tuesday night. The Red Raiders took an 18-13 lead to halftime, but quickly stretched it out in the third quarter as both teams started to heat up. Wamego outscored

  • Area Schools | December 10, 2014

    Valley Heights 65, Frankfort 34

    At Blue Rapids, Valley Heights had no trouble dispatching the Frankfort Wildcats, taking a quick 11-point lead in the first quarter and adding to it in each of the subsequent quarters for the lopsided win. The Mustangs were led by Gage Woodyard’s 16 points, with

  • Editorials | December 10, 2014

    This is not how we picture ourselves

    We probably ought to be shocked, even outraged, that the CIA or its contractors used torture on dozens of al-Qaida operatives and other terror suspects. But after seeing all those photographs of detainees in the Abu Ghraib prison a few years ago — the photos of

  • Columns | December 10, 2014

    Why do we teach the way we do?

    Last summer my son took a summer school high school geometry class. He completed the assignments in three-quarters of the allotted four-week time and received a grade of A. The class was conducted on-line through Oracle in a computer lab at Manhattan High School — with

  • Area Schools | December 10, 2014

    Abilene 74, Rock Creek 46

    At Abilene, Rock Creek started off well but quickly slowed in the second quarter, taking an 18-13 lead after one but trailing 31-21 by halftime. Abilene had a 24-point lead by the start of the fourth quarter in the blowout win. Rock Creek was led

  • Obituaries | December 10, 2014


    Helen Frances Spencer Wiseman, 86, of Topeka, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at her home at Lexington Park Assisted Living. The family provided the following information. Helen was born Dec. 2, 1928, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Roe Emerson and Helen Frances (Burton) Spencer. Helen graduated from Westport

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