A Safer Summer

Could it be that the chilly spring temperatures of recent weeks are giving way to the warmer summer season? Certainly longer days and more sunlight are evident. And if the shedding undercoats of our two German Shepherds are any indication, we could be in for a hot one. Both are leaving larger-than-usual chunks of fur around the house as they dispense with winter coats. Probably somewhere in folklore, there’s an old wives’ tale about predicting the summer season based on how much wool you get out of a spring lamb shearing or some such! As we enter the warmer days ahead, the season presents opportunities to make smarter choices regarding health; choices that may not echo those touted by profit-motivated…

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Cosmic Forecast, May 19-May 25

Goodbye Taurus, hello Gemini, on Saturday morning. Things lighten up as our mind wanders beyond such material concerns as food, shelter and subsistence/existence — if we’re able and lucky! Here come the winds of change to carry the songs. Let’s communicate, let’s speak our minds, and let’s (learn to) sing. Here are some tunes I’ll suggest for you to lighten up your plight as we continue into the light. MoJoPoPlanetPower.com TAURUS (4.21-5.20) You’re happy! You’re sad? Mercury (intelligence and communication), Venus (love, balance, art and beauty) and Mars (energy and spark) are embarking on their journey through early Taurus, but alas, your season of Taurus is soon over. It’s over on Friday night. Ka Boom! Your song…

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CU’s series of the year this weekend at TD Ameritrade

The two marquee games against Nebraska were nice showcases, but Creighton baseball’s biggest series yet at TD Ameritrade Park is on tap this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Jays took two of three from Evansville over the weekend, leaving them at 12-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference and 35-13 overall. Meanwhile, Missouri State swept Bradley to move into a tie for first place in the conference, setting up a winner-take-all series this week in Omaha for the regular season conference crown. Creighton has an outside chance at earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament — their RPI was 49 heading into last weekend — and winning the MVC season title would make that a more realistic possibility should the…

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Cosmic Forecast, May 12-May 18

Happy Full MOON on Tuesday, the 17th, at dawn. Let's party 'til then — and from now on! I'm debuting MOJO and the MOFOS on Saturday, from 5:00 'til 5:35, at the Benson Days' party in front of Jake's. I'm also debuting my rap song "Z. Z. Money" from my "Vou Dou Tech Neaux" CD, and "Primitive Beauty" (the song for Taurus) from my "ZODIAC" CD, released by 7 Times 7 records. Let's party! MOJOPOPlanetPower.com TAURUS (4.21-5.20) Boom! Boom! Boom! Here comes the Full Moon in Scorpio, soon! On Tuesday, May 17th, at dawn, the Moon sets at 26 degrees Scorpio, opposite Mercury, Venus and Mars skipping along in tandem in early Taurus. Here comes the birthday/week/month/sign…

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ESPN Grapples with UNO Wrestling

You want to get ESPN’s Outside the Lines to visit Nebraska? Wrestling is the key. The program, let’s call it 30-minutes of “60 Minutes”-style stories for sports, was back in Omaha for a story that debuted last weekend on the downfall of UNO wrestling and football. The last time OTL visited was for “Naked in Nebraska,” the story of the two UNL wrestlers who were booted from the team after appearing on a gay porn site. This time the story was called “Wrestling with the Truth” and ESPN definitely wrestled with it. Did they find it? That would have been difficult, considering Athletic Director Trev Alberts and Chancellor John Christiansen declined to be…

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Big Ten Still Backing Nebraska

After 102 years as a member of the American Association of Universities, a collection of 63 top research institutions, the University of Nebraska got the boot Apr. 26. It was the first time in the AAU’s 111-year history that they’d kicked out a member. Why? UNL officials say it is partly because the formula for ranking research expenditures doesn’t include the university’s work at the Nebraska Medical Center because it’s a satellite campus, or programs like Nebraska’s world-renowned research work in agriculture because that’s a federally funded program. Some worried that the academic hit could jeopardize Nebraska’s standing in the letters-loving Big 10. Jennifer Heppel, the conference associate commissioner, however, gave a verbal shrug of the shoulders in

Your Cosmic Forecast, April 28-March 4

Happy New Moon in mid-Taurus on May 2nd/3rd. Time to plant it into the fertile Earth, to find what your dreams are worth. The Goddess holds the silver cup, as those who enjoy life drink it up. Beauty is all around us; once it's found us to be more effective than invective. Sing nicely, boys and girls. You give love, you get love. You don't, you won't. Art, music, dance and love... — MOJOPOPlanetPower.com * TAURUS (4.21-5.20) AUM. Your holy word is heard on Tuesday, May 2nd/3rd, the New Moon at 13 degrees Taurus. Take a sabbatical. There are no astrological aspects — right after the new Moon on the 3rd, it goes void of course. Think of…

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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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