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  • Nebraska-Kansas Decision: Downstream Rights, But Less of a Penalty

    While it’s obvious that Kansas is beneath Nebraska, that fact cost the Cornhusker State $5.5 million in a U.S. Supreme Court decision about water rights this week. The money must go from Nebraska’s taxpayers to those in Kansas in a long-running legal dispute over water from the Republican River, which crosses a major... Read More
  • Nebraska Deserves its Day In Court

    In our country the courts are open to all for the just resolution of disputes. Such just resolution requires a fair and impartial review of the substance of the claims made. That substantive review is further protected by... Read More
  • Postcards from New York: Birdman's Neighborhood Flight; Clark Terry & The Elms Remembered

    The award-winning "Birdman" movie with Michael Keaton was primarily filmedat the historic St. James Theatre on 44th Street east of 8th Avenue. Outdoorscenes are within several blocks. Unusually, it was made to appear to be onecontinuous, uninterrupted camera shot. When Keaton falls asleep on the steps of a building, he is next door to theeast of my... Read More
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News Bites

  • Mail-Order Mr. C’s: A Taste of Old Omaha

    For 55 years, Mr. C's was a landmark Italian restaurant in Omaha. Located at 5319 N. 30th St., it was a magnet for North High families and special occasions of all kinds. It closed in 2007. You can still buy Mr. C's spaghetti sauce and Italian salad dressing at many Nebraska grocery stores. Fun to ship to ex-Omahans for a taste of the old hometown. See: MisterCs.com.
  • Here’s How to Hear Nebraska

    Ten bands from Nebraska have been selected for the third annual compilation of new Nebraska music from the support group HearNebraska.org. Preview on YouTube. They’re asking for investment help for the production through Kickstarter.
  • The Brotherhood of the Nordic Golfers

    John Melingagio and his golf buddy may be atop the leader board for Nebraska's most zealous golfers. They have logged 61 consecutive months of golf in the State of Nebraska, mostly in the greater Omaha area. Melingagio jokes, "Mother Nature is taking the bump and run out of play on this shot." Yes, they pay. And yes, they never venture out when it would damage the course. Can anyone top that record?
  • Statewide Group Forms to Fight Sexploitation

    To battle human trafficking crimes such as prostitution and sex slavery, a new statewide nonprofit organization has been formed. Nebraska Against Trafficking Coalition is led by Leticia Bonifas of Lexington, Jasel Cantu of Lincoln, and Julie Shrader, Cindy Hutline and Rachel Pointer of Omaha. For more information, see Ms. Shrader's website, RejuvenatingWomen.com.
  • Polar Bear Tank Race

    Float your way to fun in a life-sized ice bucket! It’s the Polar Bear Tank Race on the Middle Loup River. It’s planned March 6-7 from Mullen. Tanking in any season is a great way to enjoy the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway. Cool! Literally! Registrations are limited: Mitch Glidden (888) 278-6167.
  • Nebraska No.7 in Happy Index

    Nebraska ranks seventh among the states in a 2014 happiness index by Gallup and based on 176,000 surveys. The Cornhusker State landed in the top 10 in four categories – purpose and motivation, social relationships, financial health, and community appreciation. Nebraska was 31st in physical health. Main reason: obesity. Gulp!
  • Polar Bear Tank Race

    Float your way to fun in a life-sized ice bucket! It’s the Polar Bear Tank Race on the Middle Loup River. It’s planned March 6-7 from Mullen. Tanking in any season is a great way to enjoy the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway. Cool! Literally! Registrations are limited: Mitch Glidden (888) 278-6167.
  • It’s a Goose­nado!!!

    That’s what Dustin Oligmueller of Kearney quips about this amazing swirl of snow geese. He took the photo with his Galaxy phone the other day on Highway 30 between Kearney and Grand Island.
  • Madison County Wins Unique Award: Bug Eggs?!?

    It's no laughing matter: Soybean Cyst Nematodes (SCN) caused an estimated $30 million in soybean crop damage last year. So the Nebraska Soybean Board encourages producers to send soil samples in for testing to help battle the bugs. Recently, in the 6th Annual 'Tode Awards, Madison County "won" for the most eggs of SCN in a 100-cc soil sample. How many eggs, would you guess? 100? 250? Nooooo. 108,160.
  • Pro BBall Coming to ‘The Vault’

    Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena will host former Creighton great Doug McDermott and the Chicago Bulls vs. the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 23.
  • Fourth Annual Chili Cookoff!

  • Omaha Film Festival March 10-15

    Fresh off the Oscars, the curtains will soon open on the 10th annual Omaha Film Festival and Film Conference. Documentaries, narrative features, short films, animated shorts and, of course, Nebraska-made short films will be the fare. An all-access pass is $90, and single tickets are $8. Location: Village Pointe, 168th and West Dodge Road. For more, see www.omahafilmfestival.org
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March 7 is circled on the calendars of students from all across Nebraska. The regional tournaments of the creativity challenge, Destination Imagination, are scheduled that day at Blair High School and Cross County Schools in Stromsburg.

Potter-Dix High School in Potter will host a third regional tournament on March 28. The statewide tournament is April 11 at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. The Cornhusker State usually sends several teams on to

The award-winning "Birdman" movie with Michael Keaton was primarily filmedat the historic St. James Theatre on 44th Street east of 8th Avenue. Outdoorscenes are within several blocks. Unusually, it was made to appear to be onecontinuous, uninterrupted camera shot. When Keaton falls asleep on the steps of a building, he is next door to theeast of my home on West 43rd Street, west of 8th Avenue. He wakes up andwalks west in front of our co-op, which was dressed for the part withsignage, as...

One of the most popular hobbies in the word is collecting postage stamps. The big word for that is “philately” (fih LAT tly). It’s a lot of fun to learn about stamps from all over the world. You can learn about the artwork that’s on them, the history behind the images, how the Post Office makes sure people can’t cheat by counterfeiting, or making fake postage stamps . . . lots of other interesting things. A rite of passage for any child or youth in Nebraska is to...

Probably the neatest volunteer group in the history of the world was doing its thing in Lincoln last week. At a ceremony at the V.A. Hospital, they gave a gorgeous quilt, sewn with love by volunteers, to one of those amazing and fast-disappearing World War II veterans. The Quilts of Valor Foundation sent two representatives to wrap the quilt around Clarence Osborn, 97, making him cry with...

RIP to two of college basketball’s most successful and memorable head coaches – Dean Smith and Jerry Tarkanian. Could you name two more polar opposites in coaching than UNLV’s high-flying, towel-chomping “Tark the Shark” and Carolina’s beloved “Secretary of Defense”? Tark gave us Grandmama and Dean put Michael Jordan in the four-corner offense. These two coaching legends proved...

Coming off his team's worst defeat ever in the Pinnacle Bank Arena Sunday afternoon, the pressure inside Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles' skull has to be about 100 times more than the 8 pounds per square inch in the basketballs his team shoots, or at least, tries to.

The University of Iowa beat Nebraska 74-46 in a drubbing so bad, Miles has locked his players out of their cushy locker room. No more big-screen TVs, a pool table and a smoothie bar. Instead, their gear was piled outside the locked lounge, and they'll be on their own for a...