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The Christmas Truce: A century ago during World War I, guns went silent

It was a gift that opposing soldiers in the trenches on the Western Front in World War I gave to each other 100 years ago in 1914. It was like “some weird dream,” wrote one British soldier. The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is marking the centennial of the spontaneous truce with a new online exhibit.

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Dashing to the show: Five big films open on Christmas Day

Once you have opened the presents, eaten a big meal and had your fill of football — and your out-of-town relatives — what else is there to do? Go to the movies, of course. Besides the much-discussed comedy “The Interview,” there are several much-anticipated films that open on Christmas Day. The Star has reviews of each by Robert W. Butler, Jon Niccum and Loey Lockerby.

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KU football coach David Beaty draws from deep Texas roots in new challenge

David Beaty is taking over a Kansas football program that few up-and-coming coaches could truly want. The challenge is obvious and yet still daunting. The Jayhawks have won just 12 games in the last five seasons. Two coaches have been hired and fired before they even reached 30 games. But Beaty is still confident, in part, because he is still like the Texas high school coach who woke up before 5 a.m. to give rides to school and sell doughnuts in the hallways.

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For the holidays, give yourself the gift of brunch at Julep

Whatever you celebrate, this weekend is going to be busier than Black Friday. Everyone’s hanging out with friends and family. That means the brunch game is on. But while everyone is busy going to the usuals, The Star’s Jeneé Osterheldt has a new suggestion: Julep, Westport’s luxe little cocktail club and her favorite bar this year.

Mary Sanchez

Sony hack highlights widespread vulnerability to cyberterrorism

Sony Pictures’ tribulations over the past few weeks are a warning of the precarious state of the nation’s cyber security. This is serious business, and it’s in the public interest to get it sorted out. For too long, however, we’ve taken an unserious attitude toward this threat, as was evident in the prurient interest the media and the public took in Sony Pictures’ dirty laundry.
 
 

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