Planet Power

Well, I guess I came onto Scorpio prematurely? Couldn’t wait! By the time you read this article we’ll emerge into Scorpio, Saturday morning at dawn after the Full Moon in Aries Friday night at Sunset. Should be quite a weekend! In Scorpio it’s time to regenerate or die. Think warm thoughts. Key phrase for Scorpio is “I Desire.” What is it you desire? — SCORPIO (10.23-11.22) Now starts your plan. Mercury just entered Scorpio until Nov. 8, at Sunset. Venus retrogrades in early Scorpio, back into Libra and then direct into Scorpio by December. Don’t commit until then. Mars finishes its transit of Scorpio in a week. Work NOW! SAGITTARIUS (11.23-12.21) This week meditate upon any recent…

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Fixing Fundamentals

Huskers fail to execute against Texas Maybe Nebraska was simply too keyed up. Or maybe not. “I don’t think emotion was a problem,” Niles Paul says. The Cornhusker wide receiver was trying to explain a 20-13 loss to Texas. “I’ve been saying it all year; it’s going to come down to us making big plays on the perimeter,” he says. “And we didn’t do it today. We didn’t show up.” Failure to make plays on the perimeter was a factor. Three dropped passes, for example, including one from Zac Lee to Paul on third-down-and-four from the Texas 11-yard line with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter. Had Paul held on, it would have been a touchdown. Instead,…

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Magnificent Magness

by B.J. Huchtemann Sizzling West Coast vocalist Janiva Magness takes Lincoln’s Zoo Bar stage for the early show next Wednesday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Magness is only the second woman to receive the Blues Foundation’s prestigious B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award. The first was the late Koko Taylor. Magness is also a three-time winner of the Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year. Her beautiful, soulful vocals are distinctive and heartfelt. Her energetic stage show underlines a message to love and “celebrate yourself, no matter what.” The Zoo gig is Magness’ only Nebraska stop on this tour in support of her new release The Devil Is An Angel Too (Alligator). Label advance press…

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Moving Tribute

Fundraiser Fashion Show: A Benefit for Avery Latham This Sunday, fashion lovers of all stripes are called to attend a benefit fashion show to raise money for the daughter of recently deceased Omahan, Jessica Latham. A longtime fashion supporter, Latham owned Bellwether Boutique, an Old Market shop that carried everything from vintage clothing to couture gowns by hometown designers. With Latham in mind, designer and event organizer Buf Reynolds felt it fitting that a benefit for the educational fund of Latham’s daughter would revolve around what seemed to bring her the most joy: fashion. “Jessica pushed a lot of designers to get out there,” says Reynolds. “She was a driving force and there were not a lot of options for…

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News You Can’t Lose

Recent revelations relating to health Food shortages and rationing The recent report from the United States Department of Agriculture detailing Nebraska’s farming output as of September 2010 notes corn harvest is down and prices are up significantly. The price of corn jumped from $3.18 per bushel in 2009 to $4.40 per bushel in 2010, a gain of nearly 40 percent. Shoppers may have noticed corn they bought for the table didn’t cost more, however. That’s correct, because we’re not talking about corn fit for human consumption. The only corn that really matters to agribusiness is commodity corn — the kind fed to livestock, turned into ethanol or chemically treated to become junk food. Boil an ear of that variety of…

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Fire and Ice

Listen to hockey talk around Omaha and you’re sure to hear the letters WCHA. They’ve been whispered around rinks and debated over beers for more than a year by pure hockey fans. “The Mavs are going to the WCHA.” Part reverence, part disbelief, the statement is no longer a promise, it’s reality. The University of Nebraska-Omaha plays in the most prestigious hockey conference in the country. It is a giant step for a program that played its first Division I hockey game 13 years ago this month. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association is to hockey in the northern plains what the Southeastern Conference is to football. Since the conference was founded in 1951 the WCHA produced the men’s hockey national…

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The Jump

Aside from a reliable supplier of detachable collars, Nucky Thompson’s got nothing on me when it comes to swaying the vote. How else to explain the fact my three choices for the new Omaha Royals team name are among the nine finalists still in the running? Simple luck? Probably. Judging by some of the online comments, people are really pulling for the Royals after seeing the list of alternatives. I’ll admit there are some bad ones in there. Anything that’s not plural (Force, Hail Storm) should be avoided at all costs, but I still maintain that history and regional specificity are our best guides. Initially my vote went like this: Cattlemen, Sodbusters, Omahogs. Sodbusters is my new top choice. A…

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

If not for Burtch, Ron Kellogg III...

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Sack leader

As David Santos remembers it, Connor Cook was rolling out and he was pursuing the Michigan State quarterback when Nebraska teammate Randy Gregory...

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Accepting the challenge

Michigan State is next up for the Nebraska football team.

And the task is daunting.

The Spartans are a “tough team,” said Tommy Armstrong Jr.

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…


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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and...

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

The new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the...

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

Happy Halloween! Let your subconscious desires flow as the twilight fades into the black of the night of the year. Don’t fear the night. You have...

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Turn Out the Lights, or the Party’s Over

Lists are popular this time of year. Let’s persist. One thing prompted consideration of the types of pollution we endure as we traipse through our...

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What’s in Store for Two-Oh-One-Four

Glow, little glowworm. Ft. Calhoun nuclear reactor turned 40 in August of 2013. Plagued by a plethora of dangerous malfunctions, it looked like it...

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Wha’ Happened!?


That was it? That was 2013? Whew! Well, let’s hope hindsight, being 20/20, converts to foresight with similar acuity in 2014. Find links to all...

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Thanks and No Thanks

“Gratitude is an attitude,” the aphorism goes and there is a lot to recommend a cheery outlook on life. Evidence predicts that a positive attitude...

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