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  • Discoveries amaze, inspire

    Humans this week have been treated to a couple of remarkable discoveries, both of which involve old objects with the capacity to inspire. One involves fragments of a Koran, the scripture of Islam, that could date to the time of .

  • Westar rate request is excessive

    Westar Energy isn’t always negotiating a rate increase, but it sometimes seems like it. The power company, which received a $30.7 million rate increase in 2013, is now seeking a $152 million boost. If granted, it would gradually raise the fixed cost .

  • Farewell to an Aggieville icon

    Expressions like “nothing lasts forever” or “things change” seem inadequate in the wake of the news Tuesday that the Aggieville Pizza Hut will close permanently Sunday. That’s because the restaurant at 1121 Moro St. isn’t just the Aggieville Pizza .

  • Drive reflects commitment to KSU

    Year in and year out, fans of Kansas State University, including many who never attended the school, show their support in a variety of ways. One conspicuous — and raucous — way is by packing Bill Snyder Family Stadium on fall Saturdays .

  • It’s Fair Week in Riley County

    Folks who think the Riley County Fair begins with the parade at 6 p.m. this Thursday might be disappointed to know they’ve already missed a couple of events. The 4-H dog agility competition and rally were held almost a .

  • Too overweight to enlist?

    Childhood obesity, an acknowledged and even growing problem in the United States, has been associated with a variety of medical problems. Only rarely, however, is it linked with national security. That occurred this week, however, as six retired generals campaigned .

  • Teacher licensing must still matter

    The Kansas Board of Education’s decision Tuesday to allow six school districts to bypass teacher licensure requirements in certain cases is an imperfect solution to what will probably be a growing problem. There is, after all, more to teaching .

  • ‘Wrecking ball’ a good description

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is a candidate for his party’s presidential nomination, has rarely held back when a public figure rubs him the wrong way. He didn’t hold back on Sunday when he described .

  • Roundabout right for Anderson/Scenic

    There’s a pretty simple reason why the Manhattan City Commission has decided to put a roundabout at the intersection of Anderson Avenue and Scenic Drive: Roundabouts work. They work better than stop lights or stop signs. They keep traffic .

  • Fort Riley troop cuts tolerable

    Fort Riley is going to shrink, and that’s not good news for Manhattan. But considering the possibilities, we’ll take it. The Army announced Thursday that Fort Riley will lose 615 soldiers over the next two years. It’s not .

  • Grass not yet greener at Anneberg

    The Manhattan City Commission was wise on Tuesday to tap the brakes on the move to install artificial turf at a soccer field at Anneberg Park. Commissioners’ concerns focused on safety. The U.S. women’s soccer team had complained .

  • Brownback’s order is unnecessary

    Gov. Sam Brownback, who last week indicated he would propose legislation to protect Kansans with religious objections to gay marriage from having to provide services for gay couples, decided not to wait until the next legislative session. On Tuesday, he .


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