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Unknown Pleasure: A Review of Growing Season by The Gardenheads

I still get music in the mail.

Oh, it’s not like the old days when more than a dozen manila envelopes per week stuffed with CDs and assorted junk would end up stacked atop my in-box. I opened every one of them. And if they came from bands or record labels I was familiar with, they got the full treatment. If they were completely unknown but the packaging and one-sheet were interesting, they...

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Take It from a Non-Fan: Pelini Deserves a Break

Ican’t believe I’m doing this. I’m the last guy who should be writing about Husker football, the last person who should be defending the team’s coach.

In fact, while the typical Husker fan was writhing in agony over yet another blown play in the second half of the UCLA game last Saturday, I was sinking my first-ever birdie on the 5th hole of Spring Lake Golf Course (It was a fluke shot....

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The environments doctor

Dr. Wendy Ring understands that climate change is more than what the public sees on the evening news. As a rural family physician trained in both medicine and public health, she left her practice in 2011 to focus solely on the climate issues that are threatening the health of the world.
For over thirty years Dr. Ring worked as a doctor and focused her attention on taking care of people who...

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The Dilbit Disaster and Keystone XL

The day British Petroleum’s embattled and unpopular CEO resigned due to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that killed 11 men and spewed 200 million gallons of crude into the ocean, one of the largest inland oil spills and the most expensive oil pipeline spill in U.S. history barely made the news.

A million gallons of diluted bitumen oil – dilbit – from the Alberta tar sands had spilled...

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Bless Me, Ultima Screening

Sometimes a work of art so well captures the spirit of a people and time that it becomes an enduring cultural talking point. Such is the case with Rudolfo Anaya’s 1972 coming-of-age novel Bless Me, Ultima, widely considered a seminal piece of Chicano literature.

Three Omaha Chicanos who are great fans of the book look forward to a Sept. 16 screening of its film adaptation. Written and...

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Our Great Inferiority Complex

This is an addendum of sorts to last week’s column about New York City.

As I walked the crowded garbage-strewn streets of Manhattan and rode the hot-stink-steam-bath subways, it was easy to tell the tourists from the New Yorkers.

The tourists were the ones with eyes wide open, excited, a little bit afraid, rarely alone, always looking-looking-looking, either at something or away from...

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Hot Times in a Dirty Old Town

Every year, Teresa and I spend a long weekend in Manhattan. We got married in New York four years ago right around Labor Day and always fly back for our anniversary.

New York is easy. Booking a flight is simple. The hardest (and most expensive) part is booking the hotel. With literally hundreds of options, it’s a crap shoot. If you go cheap, you could end up in a bed-bug ridden shit hole...

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What Price the Free Market?

“Would those 45 companies have been here in Nebraska without the investment credits?” asked Kearney Senator Galen Hadley, Chair of the Revenue Committee. "When you cut through everything, this is what you get to.”

The Legislature’s Revenue and Appropriations Committees met August 30 looking for the answer to a persistent question: Do Nebraska’s business incentive programs work? If so, how...

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