A Shot At The Dream

In the heart of Askarben Village, just a short walk from Jones Bros. Cupcakes and Askarben Cinema, is another village. Surrounded by the Scott Technology Center’s solid architecture and top-of-the-line security, a pack of entrepreneurs has been housed for nearly 90 days. These 13 men, who make up seven companies and represent five states and two continents, have come together for a shot at the American Dream.

Holding his own bottle of the American Dream, Mark Hasebrook – founder of Dundee Venture Capital and arguably Omaha’s most successful startup entrepreneur – hopes his new project, Straight Shot, will give them just that.

When Hasebrook first started out, he had a hard time finding people to invest in…

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Toning to Heal: The Big Bang

They call it the Big Bang — the “Wham!” scientists say started the universe. It’s significant that the event is described as a sound.

Modern physics is not the first to identify sound as the primordial energy throbbing through the universe. Ancient Vedic texts describe sound as the energy that runs through all life, the essence of creation. The original tone is “om,” what Hindu tradition calls the sound of God. The Bible also begins with the beginning. “In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was God,” it says. Words must be uttered. That means sound. Other creation myths are similar. Mayan lore says that the original sounds were so powerful they could split rock, suggesting…

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Sinuses Go to Pot

Until Nebraska joins the other forward-thinking states and legalizes marijuana, the only pot legal here for allergies, sinus problems, stuffy noses and colds is the venerable Vedic neti pot.

Our nose is a front line of defense. It warms and filters the air we breathe. It traps dirt and disease-carrying pathogens, building boogers as it does. It’s an early warning system with millions of sensors to identify malodorous molecules, an early indication that something is bad. A bad smell it can tell. The nose knows. And, a flu virus is often first detected in its mucous membranes.

Our nasal passages and sinuses protect our body. Like a furnace filter, those nasal passages must be clean and in…

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Strong Collegiate Soccer Programs an Omaha Mainstay

For collegiate soccer fans and soccer fans in general around the metro, a nationally respected product is not hard to find on the field. In fact, Omaha hosts a preseason top-ten team in Creighton and a Summit League challenger in the University of Nebraska – Omaha Mavericks.

The charge is led by preseason No. 6 CU, entering their first season as a member of the Big East Conference. Creighton returns sophomore Eric Miller, a preseason Second Team All-American defender, according to College Soccer News. The Jays finished the 2012 campaign ranked fourth in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The Jays competed in the NCAA College Cup and were knocked out of the competition…

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Sobering Start

To quote legendary television sportscaster Keith Jackson: “Whoa, Nellie!” The Nebraska football team’s season-opener against Wyoming wasn’t supposed to go quite like that.

Yes, the Huskers won. Yes, they scored 37 points and rolled up 530 yards of offense. And yes, a record crowd of 91,185 was on-hand to watch.

But the fourth quarter, in particular, didn’t make for good viewing from a Nebraska fan’s point of view. And because of the game’s statistics, many among those 91,185 left wondering what the future holds for coach Bo Pelini’s sixth team. 

“Whoa, Nellie!”

The skepticism couldn’t be avoided.

The final score was 37-34, much closer than expected, certainly, but not really cause for concern on…

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Nothing But Questions

Questions with Obvious Answers — Don’t answer these questions with excuses. Just answer. Yes or no is acceptable.

Does anyone listen to those side effect warnings at the end of drug commercials? Is it worth trading an erection for going blind or deaf? (Did you know that’s a real side effect listed for that bathtub boner drug?) Is it worth becoming a compulsive gambler by taking a drug for your Restless Leg Syndrome? Or, do you want to quit smoking badly enough to take a drug (Chantix) that works only 14 percent of the time but could cause you to kill yourself? Did you know the drug maker of Chantix has been sued over 2500 times and settled…

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Preserve the Harvest

In case it has slipped under your radar, this summer is turning out to be a bountiful one for local food farmers and home gardeners. The unseasonably dry weather has been mitigated by unseasonably cool temperatures. A late spring set up an abundant summer. In addition, conditions have worked out just right to keep the level of pest pressure low. Insect cycles are such that there are fewer damaging bugs flying and crawling around. So right now, at farmers markets and in home gardens across the region, produce is poppin’ at a prodigious rate.

Peak of the Crop The summer’s bounty is the tastiest and most nutritious right now so we’re facing a dilemma: how do we take…

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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…
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

i SAGITTARIUS...

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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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