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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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It’s Been a Quiet Session in the Nebraska Legislature

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Omaha Film Festival turns nine

The March 5-9 Omaha Film Festival has gone all digital with its move from Regal Omaha Stadium 16 to Marcus Village Pointe Cinema at 304 No. 174th Street.

Besides the sharper projection offered, OFF Program director Marc Longbrake says the new site is near a higher density population area and the cineplex gets more traffic than the Regal. This marks the fourth venue change in the nine-year...

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