For The Record

Roy Helu, Jr. comes up big against Missouri Nebraska took a timeout with 2:17 remaining and the outcome decided. The timeout allowed Cornhusker running back Roy Helu, Jr. to catch his breath before carrying one more time, on fourth-down-and-1 at the Missouri 31-yard line. He gained 3 yards then ran to the sideline as fans chanted his name. Helu was oblivious to the chants. “I wish I’d heard it, though; that would’ve been cool,” he told reporters following the 31-17 victory against the No. 7-ranked Tigers. Near the end of his post-game interview, Helu asked a question of reporters: “So when they chanted the ‘Roy’ thing, how do you chant ‘Roy,’ because my name’s only three letters?” The chants were…

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Huskers Win, Mavs Lose

The saying goes that you rarely get second chances in life. You almost never get them in college football. That’s the beauty of it. One loss and you’re generally relegated to an also-ran. But the Nebraska Cornhuskers got another valuable chance at conference redemption when Missouri beat Oklahoma last Saturday. We knew all along that this was likely a Big 12 North title game, but now it’s more than that. The Tigers are the team with a top 10 ranking and, by record if not point-spread, the front-runner in the division. They’re also the team with their national reputation still intact. If we feel the need to cleverly market this thing, maybe we can call it a re-REDemption. Nebraska gets…

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Planet Power Oct. 28-Nov.2 Vol 36

Happy Halloween! I’ve always called Halloween New Year’s. I guess I’m just hooked to an Ancient Religion. The real festival is called “Samhain,” or the “Peace of God,” translated by the Christians as “All Saint’s Eve.” All agree the holiday thins the veil between this world and the next. Scared yet? Happy Birthday to and from Scorpius Incarnus! Infinity squared! “Will you still need me? Will you still feed me?” I’m taking pre-orders for my ZODIAC CD at $13 a pop. I love you all! — SCORPIO (10.23-11.22) Martians: Freedom is the key. You must feel free to be real. Your ruler Mars will transit Sagittarius these next five weeks as a preliminary for Mars-exalted transit into Capricorn…

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Big Red Redemption

Huskers battle back against Oklahoma The stands are close to the sideline at Oklahoma State’s Boone Pickens Stadium. So there was no ignoring the remarks of fans, whose purpose definitely was not to encourage visiting players. Niles Paul took the abuse in stride. He told them: “God bless.” “It just fuels me,” the Nebraska wide receiver says. If so, Oklahoma State fans might have contributed to their team’s 51-41 loss against Nebraska. Paul, fueled by whatever was said, did his part, returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and catching nine passes for 131 yards. Six of the receptions picked up first downs. “I always have a lot of confidence in Niles. He’s a great player and a…

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Always White and Blue

New club brings European-style support to Creighton soccer For Matt Roberts it was Munich. An American in Bavaria, Roberts found the sport of soccer in the stands of German football superpower Bayern Munich. He fell in love with the way people supported the game, as well as the sport itself. The chants and songs, the flags and scarves, the expertise needed to appreciate good passing and tackling as much as scoring. He learned those things in the Bundesliga then brought it to Omaha and the Creighton University soccer program. Last spring, the Creighton Kommandos Supporters Club was born. Am Anfang (In the Beginning) For others it was Amsterdam or Kaiserslautern or Blackburn. The common characteristic among most of the 20…

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Marijuana should not be ‘legalized’ Ah, how the times have changed — in most states at least. Yes, possession of an ounce of marijuana in the Sunshine State of Florida can still get you a felony arrest and five years in prison. Simple possession of little more than an ounce in Missouri and you’re looking at seven years in the slammer. You can join Cool Hand Luke for five years on the chain gang for an ounce of dope for personal use in the Bayou State. Though Nebraska was a leading state in reducing punishment for marijuana possession by decriminalizing it in 1979, our state leads the nation in the rate of arrests for marijuana. Yet by and large, pot…

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Night to Day: Stepping out in a New Body

“Right now, I’m 34. When I was very young, 5, 6 years old, I remember … other little girls, they would talk about how when they grew up they wanted to be mommies, they wanted to have babies, and I remember saying, ‘I just want to be a boy when I grow up.’” Alex, who requested his real name not be used, started to transition from female to male in March, when he began taking hormones prescribed by Planned Parenthood. The Omahan, who recently moved to Wisconsin for a job, had a mastectomy in May. Since he began taking hormones, Alex says he’s noticed his voice getting deeper, his muscles getting bigger and the growth of facial and body hair.…

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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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