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.


Chiefs’ Justin Houston on the brink of sacking NFL history

The linebacker recorded his NFL-leading 18th sack of the season at Pittsburgh. He enters Sunday’s regular-season finale against San Diego not only two shy of matching Thomas’ single-season team record 20 set in 1990, but he can become just the 10th player in NFL history with record 20 sacks in a season.


Unlike ‘Unbroken’ bombardier, area woman will never forgive her Japanese captors

Betsy Herold Heimke was 12 when Japanese soldiers came to her house just after Christmas in 1941. She and her family would spend the next three years in captivity. Unlike Louie Zamperini, who in the book and movie “Unbroken” forgave the guards who mistreated him, Heimke offers no absolution, saying, “He’s a better Christian than I am.”

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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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