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Maya Angelou

Editor’s Note: In anticipation of Maya Angelou’s planned June 9 appearance in Omaha, Walter V. Brooks of the Omaha Star had the opportunity to interview the cultural icon. Angelou passed away May 28. This was one of her final interviews.

The words “icon” and “living legend” are thrown about America with such frequency now, they’re all but meaningless. But Dr. Maya Angelou, 86, represents a span...

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B-cycle in Omaha, Pt. 1: We’re Not in Austin Anymore

Before I get to Omaha’s B-cycle bike-sharing program, some background on how I became a B-cycle evangelist.

Like you, I was confused at what B-cycle was for. I assumed (as most people who I’ve talked to unfamiliar with the program) that B-cycle is designed for joy rides. You see the racks, you figure people who don’t own bikes check them out and pedal around for the day, maybe spend the...

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Nebraska: Come Be Our Plus One

I suppose there’s no need to pile on. I’ve yet to meet anyone who likes the new “Nebraska Nice” marketing campaign. 

And thanks to social media, we all get to know that no one likes the new ads. Social media has made a portion of our society who do nothing but dwell on the negative all too visible. Before, the only people they could whine to was their immediate friends and anyone dumb enough to...

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That MOTHER****ING Food Express

We are a divided people. 

We fall on opposite sides of issues that define us as conservatives or liberals, Republicans or Democrats.

We are separated on the subjects of gun control, abortion, the death penalty, and a woman’s right to be paid the same as a man for the same work performed. We disagree on whether the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) is a good thing. We differ on the theory...

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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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