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Ah, That New Car Smell

A post script to the last few weeks' of columns…

I began searching for a new car about a month before I decided to get rid of the MINI Cooper.

The original plan was to keep my old MINI at least for another year — to sell or trade in my 2005 in 2015 and get a perfect 10 years out of the automobile. Then no one could argue that I didn't need — no, deserve — a new car.

I even told the guy at...

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Blowing in a New Direction, Renewables on the Rise, Republican Sells Power to OPPD

“It’s worth it to have a hobby I enjoy. I’m a Republican but I still believe in the environment,” said homeowner Ken Engle from his home in Midtown Omaha.

Everything runs off solar in Engle’s house. He said he pumps power out but also gets it back. For Engle, having solar has already paid dividends. He has been selling power back to OPPD and rarely gets a bill.

As solar and wind are...

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The Saga of the MINI Cooper: Pt. 1, The Porsche Years

I’ve waited for years to write this column — a column I threatened the executives in the highest offices of MINI BMW that I’d write, but never did because, well, I was afraid to. Now that it’s gone, the story of my MINI Cooper can be told.

But before I get into the gory details, I have to admit I’ve never had much luck with cars. Before my MINI it was my Porsche.

The year was 2002. I had...

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UNO resident folk hero Dana Elsasser’s softball run coming to an end

The University of Nebraska at Omaha has a veritable folk-hero in its midst in hard-throwing senior softball ace Dana Elsasser, who's overcame serious challenges to become a pitching phenom. With her near legendary career fast nearing its end, fans have only a few chances left to catch her in action.

In her No. 1 pitcher role she'ill get the ball at least twice in this weekend's (April 25-26)...

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What I Learned at The Gateway

I was thinking of skipping The Gateway reunion.

The Gateway is the student newspaper at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where I received my degree in Journalism (with a minor in English) waaay back in 1988. I was once-upon-a-time the editor of The Gateway for a summer and fall semester, which, I suppose, makes me part of its history.

This Friday, The Gateway is celebrating its 100-year...

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Lawmaker Limbo – A Trip To the Unicameral at Halftime

Lawmaker Limbo – A Trip To the Unicameral at Halftime
Tax Cut or Tax Expenditure?
by Kandra Hahn

As the 103rd Nebraska Legislature tipped over the halfway mark of its short session, a haze of tentativeness seemed to hang in the hallways and hearing rooms at the Capitol. 

Exigent issues had not, at that point, dislodged the long-predicted targets of tax change and Medicaid expansion, known...

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SXSW: Badges? You Don’t Need No Steenk-ing Badges

As I type this I’m already at South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. In fact, I’ve been here since Sunday afternoon, taking in the Interactive portion of the conference, sent to learn the latest in digital media for my day-job.

The “vacation” part of the trip — the part I’m documenting for The Reader — begins Wednesday when I switch hats and cover the music portion of the...

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Brain Drain or Brain Gain?

The names seemed to be piling up. One after another I kept hearing about young, talented musicians moving away from our great city — our great state — to find lives elsewhere. In most cases, “elsewhere” is Los Angeles.

The first two names that come to mind are Laura Burhenn and Jenna Morrison. Burhenn moved to Omaha four years ago from Washington, D.C., and formed the indie rock band The...

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