Despite the fact that in America, 60 to 70 percent of people identify themselves as "Christian" to one degree or another, Christian-bashing seems to be just about as popular a pastime as watching football these days. And when a national football player commits the unpardonable sins of being both pro-life and vociferously, pro-Jesus, you end up with Monday morning pundits who cast ridiculous judgments from on top of their lofty thrones, much like the old Muppet Show characters Statler and Waldorf.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
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NEW YORK (AP) - The new Big East will span four time zones, 3,000 miles from coast to coast and, eventually, have 12 teams.
Claflin native Jim Homolka, a two-time NCAA Division-II All-America selection as a defensive lineman at Fort Hays State University (1976-77), recently was inducted into the FHSU Hall of Fame on Nov. 5.
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was jailed Wednesday after new child sex abuse charges were filed against him based on the claims of new two accusers, including one who says he screamed in vain for help while Sandusky attacked him in a basement bedroom.
NFC East, power division. As they say from Brooklyn to the Bronx and in the other boroughs: Fuhgeddaboudit!
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Justin Houston cuts an imposing figure standing in front of his locker in the Chiefs' practice facility. The rookie linebacker is 6-foot-3, 270 pounds of muscle, his right eye a bloody red, a large scar on his chest and a tattoo inked across his right shoulder.
Barton Community College women's basketball player Dionne Harris has been named NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball Player of the Week.
Ambulances were dispatched after a semitrailer loaded with bricks collided with a minivan in the 400 block of North Washington Ave. on Tuesday, but both drivers declined medical treatment at the scene.
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HOISINGTON - Edward Murray, 67, died Dec. 6 at his home in Hoisington. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
A 29-year-old Oregon woman who said she would end her life Nov. 1 due to terminal and incurable brain cancer now says she may not do so that day.
In today's tech-savvy world, many babies learn how to operate an iPad around the same time they figure out how to crawl. While technology certainly makes parenting easier in many ways, are we hurting our young children by exposing them to electronic devices at such young ages?
There are a lot of questions in parents' minds about the holidays, and about how much good (or bad) they are doing for their kids and families. We will focus on the interplay between holidays and families over the next few weeks of this 2014 holiday season.
Parents planning on a night in with the latest R-rated film after the kids go to bed might want to put down the remote and read Dr. Dan Romer's latest research first.
Jayne Hitchcock experienced online harassment before Facebook, SnapChat, texting or the Cloud ever existed.
The average American family's financial picture may be flat or even flailing, set against a backdrop of little lucrative work for men who didn't go to college and an income gap between the richest and everyone else that is widening. But for all the headlines and hand wringing, not much has been said about how marriage could stabilize families.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The emotions were still raw, the sting of defeat still fresh from Game 7 of the World Series when Billy Butler stood in front of his locker and spoke in a voice full of conviction.
Is there any doubt that, in the Midlands, more people have watched more games in this World Series than all summer combined? The World Series brings out even the most casual of fans. I hope they don't get spit on!
ALBERT - Members of Peace Lutheran Church in Albert are celebrating 125 years of Christian faith ministry in rural Kansas - from 1889 to 2014.
Trinity Lutheran Church will hold a Potato and Chicken Noodle Soup Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in the Fellowship Hall of the church, located at 24th and Adams in Great Bend. The hall is handicap accessible and an elevator is available. Freewill offerings will benefit the Family Crisis Center and other missions.
RUSH CENTER - The women of the Hope Lutheran Church in Rush Center, also known as WELCA (Women of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) have set the date of their annual bazaar for Friday, Nov. 7, in the church basement. A meal will be served from 5-7 p.m., with selections such as sloppy joes, sandwiches, pie and sweet rolls. An auction at 7 p.m. will feature handcrafted items including hand-quilted quilts of all sizes, plants and baked goods.
Barton Community College's music department will begin selling tickets to its production of "A Christmas Carol," on Nov. 1. Tickets are $10. All seats are reserved and are available online at scrooge.bartonccc.edu. Any patron needing ticket assistance can call the box office, 620-786-1150.
The Learning Resource Center at Barton Community College will give away ice scrapers on Monday Nov. 3. Deedra Gibbons said people can stop by and pick up a free Barton Library ice scraper for as long as supplies last. They are available to students, BCC employees and community members.
The First Presbyterian Church at 24th and Washington, Great Bend, will offer "Treat in Trunk" from 5 to 6 p.m. on Halloween.
David Michael "Mike" Johnson, 72, died Oct. 30 at Almost Home Inc., Great Bend. He was born Nov. 25, 1941, at Denison, Texas, the son of Doug and Woodie (Pritchard) Johnson. He married Peggy Temple April 28, 1962, at Borger, Texas. He founded M and M Equipment in 1975, retiring in December 2012.