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  • Books | November 30, 2014

    ‘Cat Tales’ essential for KSU fanatics

    Here’s a fine collection of work for K-State sports fans: Mark Janssen’s writing on the Wildcats over the past four decades. For most longtime readers of The Mercury, the stories will sound familiar: They’re largely drawn from Janssen’s 28 years as sports

  • Columns | November 30, 2014

    Crude oil prices drop after no OPEC changes

    Crude oil prices collapsed to a four-year low on Thanksgiving Day, dropping as low as $67.75 per barrel after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided to leave production targets unchanged at their most recent meeting. Analysts had been expecting OPEC members, who produce

  • Columns | November 30, 2014

    Putin may be painting himself into a corner

    Many Western analysts have long believed that Russians are long-suffering people, willing to endure extreme privation without revolting. However, there are indications that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, may not share this view. Moscow blames much of its problems on

  • Local |Business | November 28, 2014

    Early deals lure shoppers from Thanksgiving meals

    Shoppers who excused themselves from Thanksgiving meals to score early holiday deals in Manhattan were greeted by chilly temperatures and the occasional wait. Lines at Target and Best Buy stretched around each building as hundreds of people stood in line Thursday evening in 35-degree weather.

  • Local | November 28, 2014

    County has lack of foster homes

    Riley County only has enough foster homes for about one-third of children who need care. According to St. Francis Community Services,which is contracted by the state to place foster children locally, there are 71 children from Riley County in foster care, and 45 have had to

  • I Wonder |Local |Kansas State University | November 28, 2014

    What does ‘JD’ stand for on Snyder’s hat?

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    Q: I’ve seen the initials “JD” on the caps worn by Bill Snyder and some of the assistant football coaches this season. What does that stand for? A: I’m tempted to say: “Jack Daniels,” in the name of the Tennessee whiskey. You probably

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | November 28, 2014

    Wamego commission approves $45K for bandstand renovation

    Organizers hope a project to renovate the bandstand in Wamego City Park is completed by this spring. The Wamego City Commission recently approved spending up to $45,000 for the project. The Wamego Community Foundation is also taking donations, raising $9,100 so far. The project will stabilize the

  • Editorials | November 28, 2014

    Lights, shopping, giving — holidays

    It’s the Friday after Thanksgiving and as good a time as any to pause before the frenzy resumes. We hope the crowds who Thursday evening formed the first wave of the Black Friday storm found what they were looking for and at prices that

  • Letters | November 28, 2014

    Saturday — and every day — shop in locally-owned stores

    To the Editor: This holiday season, as big, out-of-town retailers continue to ask you to chase discounts on cheaply manufactured products, we would like to invite you and our whole community to experience the better total values offered by our locally owned retailers.  What

  • Letters | November 28, 2014

    Couple’s kindness saved me a great deal of trouble

    To the Editor: Last Saturday a young couple knocked on my door in order to return my lost wallet. I had not even missed it, although it turned out I had left it on the Starbucks counter at Dillons East several hours earlier, where it


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