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  • Off The Beat | November 10, 2013

    Grievances against a fortune cookie

    Brian mug.phatch

    As should be very apparent by now, I’m an extremely petty individual who feels strongly about insignificant things. I hope I’m delivered from this evil spirit in my life one of these days. DEAR CEO of the fortune cookie company, “You will be

  • Off The Beat | November 03, 2013

    A Husker fan in a very purple world

    Kristina.phatch

    It’s one of the first questions I get when I meet people here in Manhattan. “Did you go to K-State?” No, I didn’t. Sorry, I am not a Wildcat. I am a very proud Husker. I was born and raised in Nebraska and,

  • Holidays |Off The Beat | October 27, 2013

    Halloween birthday an extra treat

    Sarah mug-cut.phatch

    I think it’s probably every little kid’s dream that their birthday lasts longer than one day. A whole week would be ideal. In some ways, having my birthday on Halloween was like that growing up. I was basically guaranteed three days of celebration,

  • Off The Beat | October 20, 2013

    Cash-ing in in Nashville

    Dendurent1

      I always thought my wife Joyce was the world’s number 1 Johnny Cash fan. But after being part of the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd visiting Nashville, Tenn.’s new Johnny Cash Museum on a recent Friday, I’m convinced there are plenty of other folks who are

  • Off The Beat | October 13, 2013

    Let me ‘mansplain’

    Bethany047cut.phatch

    “Mansplaining.” It’s a form of sexism. It’s like “explaining” but it’s when a man explains a subject to a woman with the prejudicial assumption that she’s unknowledgeable or incompetent. Urban Dictionary, known for its snarky definitions of 21st-century slang, captures the

  • Off The Beat | October 06, 2013

    Small towns, big character

    Megan.moser1

    My husband and I have kind of a running joke about small towns in Kansas. We’ll say, “That town is so small, it was just a grain elevator and a church.” Or “That town is so small it’s just a grain elevator and

  • Off The Beat | September 29, 2013

    Someone here owes me $20

    Brian mug.phatch

    People owe me $20. It’s not a lot of money, but principles are involved. It all started Sept. 8 at Pillsbury Crossing. A few of us from the newsroom hung out that Sunday afternoon. In order to serve your need to know, it’s important for

  • Off The Beat | September 22, 2013

    Bohemian Rhapsody tops the best rock songs in Manhattan

    Ned seaton

    Evidently, Manhattan is a Bohemian sort of town. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the elaborate 1975 song by the band Queen, topped The Mercury’s totally unscientific, just-for-fun, don’t-take-this-too-seriously voluntary reader survey of the top rock songs of all time. In connection with the appearance by the classic

  • Off The Beat | September 22, 2013

    Kansas: East, west, & central

    Bill

    Not even 48 years in the news business — 44 of them in one place — teaches you everything. Why is it so cool to get wretching drunk in Aggieville in March? Why is there air? Why do perfectly qualified young adults attend KU? Why can’t the Cubs

  • Off The Beat | September 14, 2013

    In love with the idea of coming home

    Maura1

    Kansas and I have a love/hate relationship. I love it because it’s home. Things are familiar. I can take the backroads in Geary County with my eyes shut. The same goes with the streets in Junction City. The homes I grew up in


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