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We need a new rule in Lincoln. If your kid is discovered inside the claw machine at a bowling alley, you are forever barred from being nominated for "Mother of the Year."

As a stunt at the Blue Man Group show, MECA board members are going to see how many people they can stuff into one luxury suite.
A comical roast Wednesday night in Omaha brought fans of Creighton basketball laughter by the bucketful. This time it was McJokes, not McBuckets,...
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Breaking Brad: Hey, Republicans, are you ready to be audited?
A quick list of audit red flags: 3) You fail to sign your return. 2) You fail to report income. 1) You are a registered Republican.
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Shatel: Big East pull helps Creighton get hoops series with Sooners
Looks like Oklahoma is coming back to the state of Nebraska — to play Creighton. CU Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen told me that OU and CU have signed a contract to play a home-and-home in men's basketball.
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Breaking Brad: Next year, Bo Pelini brings a mountain lion to the spring game
Before the spring game, Bo Pelini carried a cat onto the field. With Bo's personality, it'd have been more appropriate for him to carry a mountain lion.
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Lunch with Tom: Replay
Hungry for some sports chat? Replay “Lunch with Tom” with sports columnist Tom Shatel in which he discusses the latest sports headlines.
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Breaking Brad: Bo Pelini's cat lets spring game intro go to its head
Coach Bo Pelini took the field before the spring game holding a cat aloft. Typical cat. He was undoubtedly thinking, “Sixty thousand people, all cheering for me!”
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Grace: Years later, Omaha U's 1955 Tangerine Bowl triumph still sweet
About 130 who gathered Saturday at UNO were drawn to a chance to relive the glory days of the 1955 game in Orlando, Fla.
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Kelly: 3 former Nebraskans all take seats at the table of international diplomacy
Three former residents of the Cornhusker State are working together at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, and one took part in a recent high-level meeting about Ukraine.
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Shatel: Plenty of good vibes, from coach to quarterbacks
NU's final spring practice Saturday brought some positive vibes that should carry through spring and into late summer.
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Shatel: Let's call it the Red, White and you game
We all know the spring game is not a game. We all know it means just a little bit less than the Rutgers game. That's fine. It's time to take the “game” out of this event and just call it what it is: Fan Day.
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Hansen: Hidden in basement, a kid's dream come true — a super-secret room
In the basement of their home, Chris Arnold and Paula Lavigne stumbled upon a secret room that contained some initials burned into wood.
Kelly: Dreams have come true for ex-Omahan, a self-described 'space geek' and NASA engineer
Growing up in Omaha, Kobie Boykins admired his favorite “Star Trek” TV character, Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge, chief engineer of the starship Enterprise. “That's who I wanted to be,” said Boykins, 39.
Grace: Sexual assault victims find care for more than just visible wounds
SANE/SART is shorthand for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team. The program is offered at both Methodist and Methodist Women's Hospitals.
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Shatel: Kentucky's kids are undone; will any of them return?
As the new national champions danced around the court late Monday night, five University of Kentucky freshmen walked off the court, perhaps never to be seen again in college uniforms. This may not have been a Final Four or title game to remember, but back in Nebraska, we'll never forget this season.
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Kelly: A thank-you note and a share of Berkshire Hathaway stock
What moved Charlie Munger, worth a mere billions, to push the envelope of gratitude and send a share of Berkshire to a guy he didn't know?
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Shatel: NCAA reform inevitable, but path is rocky
On the eve of the NCAA championship game, a group of NCAA officials took to the stage. They looked good. They sounded sincere. They said all the right things. This time, I think they mean business. Why? Because I think they're scared. Or, extremely concerned.
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Kelly: For Vietnam veterans, reunion 'part of the journey and the healing'
Over the weekend in Omaha, Marine veteran Tom Phillips came full circle, embracing memories of the Vietnam War and the men with whom he shares them.
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Shatel: McDermott's among the greatest we've ever seen
Doug McDermott's four spectacular seasons established him as the best basketball player in Creighton's history and among the top athletes to have competed on the local sports scene.
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Kelly: Jean Stothert, Jon Bruning among public figures having cameos in Press Club Show
The show's title, “Sock It To Me,” was a catchphrase from the 1968-73 TV show, “Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.” The Press Club cast mimicked the show in costumes, song and dance, spoofing the news.
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Shatel: Bringing home everything but the Heisman
Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention, please? We're about to award the CollegeInsider.com version of the Heisman Trophy. Oh, what's that? The winner isn't here yet?
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Shatel: A-A-C! A-A-C! Connecticut leaves power leagues spellbound
How about that Big East football? OK, the official name of the conference is the American Athletic Conference. Maybe you heard the faint echoes of a “A-A-C! A-A-C!” chant coming out of the AT&T Center on Saturday night.
Fortress Wealth joins Securities America network
State Patrol, LPD inspect vehicles
2013 a year of insight for North Platte homeless program
1930s-era Iowa grandstand secures revival with $190,000 grant
Crack ring's leaders join others in prison as a result of Operation Purple Haze
A voice of experience: Ex-gang member helps lead fight against Omaha violence
Church is pressing its case for old Temple Israel site
Bats anonymous working for Husker baseball team
Finalists announced for Iowa School for the Deaf superintendent
Request for mistrial is denied in doctor’s painkiller case
Divided Iowa Senate approves apprenticeship measure
Grand Island mayoral debate scheduled for Monday
Former Cedar Creek village clerk accused of taking nearly $80,000
OPPD board holding public forum, open house May 7
Intoxicated man with pellet gun climbs billboard's scaffold; is arrested
Iowa races for U.S. Senate, House have racked up $12 million in donations
Learning Community Council OKs $350K to outfit new north Omaha center
Saturday forecast opens window for gardening; Easter egg hunts look iffy on Sunday
Last day of 2014 Legislature: Praise, passage of a last few bills and more on mountain lions
Maha Music Festival announces lineup; might be its best yet
Sen. Ernie Chambers tries to undo Nikko Jenkins' convictions
Bluejays guard Zierden avoids knee surgery
The thrill of the skill: Omaha hosts statewide contest for students of the trades
Developer wants to transform old Millard Lumber site with housing, commercial buildings
Dip in Nebraska economic index doesn’t reflect outlook
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