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  • Off The Beat | April 13, 2014

    This is great prose, Mike said poetically

    Dendurent1

    The category on a recent episode of TV’s “Jeopardy!” was “Adverbs,” and the answer on the answer-and-question program was, “ ‘The doctor had to remove my left ventricle,’ Tom said (this).” The question, of course, was “What is ‘half-heartedly’?” I burst out laughing, and not

  • Off The Beat | April 06, 2014

    The trials of ‘friend’-ing a parent

    Bauman-cut

    There are times in life that you make decisions that impact the rest of your days. They don’t seem to have such gravitas at the time, but like a couple of gas station hotdogs, they’ll sneak up on you later. For some, it’

  • Off The Beat | March 23, 2014

    Growing up never gets easier

    Kristina.phatch

    There are moments in life when you realize everything is changing. I had one of those moments this week when I received a baby shower invitation for a friend from high school. It wouldn’t have been quite such a shock to my system if

  • Off The Beat | March 16, 2014

    Watch out, Manhattan

    Brian-mug

    The Mercury recently made some internal changes. After being the education reporter since August 2010, I became the city reporter a few weeks ago. It was like getting a new job without a change in scenery or increased pay. I didn’t even change desks. Still,

  • Off The Beat | March 09, 2014

    Arkansas town fulfills Walton’s goal

    Dendurent1

    When Sam Walton opened his 5- & 10-cent variety store on the square in downtown Bentonville, Ark., in 1950, the town had a population of 2,900. That store was the seed of the worldwide Walmart retail empire, and the headquarters of Walmart are still in Bentonville. Today’

  • Off The Beat | February 16, 2014

    Life, one Lego brick at a time

    Bauman-cut

    As of this writing, I’ve yet to see “The Lego Movie,” and that’s not because it doesn’t interest me. It interests me greatly… I just haven’t had the time to see it, but I assure you I will. Why? Because I’

  • Holidays |Off The Beat | February 09, 2014

    Flowers? Chocolate? Yes, please!

    Megan.moser1

    I don’t get why there are so many Valentine’s Day haters. Maybe if you’re single, a holiday dedicated to romance reminds you that you have only your cat to keep you warm at night. Does that alone justify being bitter about Valentine’

  • Holidays |Off The Beat | February 09, 2014

    Sure, it’s a cute idea… but, seriously

    Kristina.phatch

    I think Valentine’s Day is kind of a joke. Because it’s an incredibly popular holiday dedicated to love, it alienates a lot of people who are not in relationships. I love the idea of celebrating love. I try to show my family and

  • Off The Beat | February 09, 2014

    Grandma’s house could’ve told some tales

    Dendurent1

      Work has begun on Manhattan Public Library’s latest addition — an expansion of the library’s children’s area. When the addition is finished it will be filled with stories in the form of books, DVDs and other media.   But the house that used to

  • Off The Beat | February 02, 2014

    The perils of escape

    Bethany047cut.phatch

    I’ve tried to escape to Kansas several times in the past eight years. Let me start by saying I left the state in 2005 as an unwilling 14-year-old and came back last July. I spent the last eight years in Nebraska, where I went to


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