ESPN Grapples with UNO Wrestling

You want to get ESPN’s Outside the Lines to visit Nebraska? Wrestling is the key. The program, let’s call it 30-minutes of “60 Minutes”-style stories for sports, was back in Omaha for a story that debuted last weekend on the downfall of UNO wrestling and football. The last time OTL visited was for “Naked in Nebraska,” the story of the two UNL wrestlers who were booted from the team after appearing on a gay porn site. This time the story was called “Wrestling with the Truth” and ESPN definitely wrestled with it. Did they find it? That would have been difficult, considering Athletic Director Trev Alberts and Chancellor John Christiansen declined to be…

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Big Ten Still Backing Nebraska

After 102 years as a member of the American Association of Universities, a collection of 63 top research institutions, the University of Nebraska got the boot Apr. 26. It was the first time in the AAU’s 111-year history that they’d kicked out a member. Why? UNL officials say it is partly because the formula for ranking research expenditures doesn’t include the university’s work at the Nebraska Medical Center because it’s a satellite campus, or programs like Nebraska’s world-renowned research work in agriculture because that’s a federally funded program. Some worried that the academic hit could jeopardize Nebraska’s standing in the letters-loving Big 10. Jennifer Heppel, the conference associate commissioner, however, gave a verbal shrug of the shoulders in


Your Cosmic Forecast, April 28-March 4

Happy New Moon in mid-Taurus on May 2nd/3rd. Time to plant it into the fertile Earth, to find what your dreams are worth. The Goddess holds the silver cup, as those who enjoy life drink it up. Beauty is all around us; once it's found us to be more effective than invective. Sing nicely, boys and girls. You give love, you get love. You don't, you won't. Art, music, dance and love... — MOJOPOPlanetPower.com * TAURUS (4.21-5.20) AUM. Your holy word is heard on Tuesday, May 2nd/3rd, the New Moon at 13 degrees Taurus. Take a sabbatical. There are no astrological aspects — right after the new Moon on the 3rd, it goes void of course. Think of…

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Weekly Horoscopes

What Jesus complex? I'm just hangin' out in my front room. Happy Easter everyone! And at last, have a Happy Spring! See ya at the always-rainy day Earth Day? Maybe they should hire an Astrologer? If you're so inclined, at last it's time to fast, get right and travel light. There are no mistakes. Peace and Love Shall Conquer All. I love you all. — MOJOPOPlanetPower.com *TAURUS (4.21-5.20) Welcome back into your sign. But don't start the party yet. Quietly hip-hop into the rack with the one you'd LOVE to attack from the back. Friday eve early and wake up Saturday late with a BANG! Hey, if that's your THANG, the aspects don't improve for a while so…

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Baseball Legends Christen Werner Park

* Has there ever been a better battery in the history of Omaha baseball than George Brett and Bob Gibson? The pair of Hall of Famers opened Werner Park — one day after the scheduled debut was rained out — in what had to be the most talent-rich first pitch in the city’s history. Maybe there was a barnstorming team, led by a Babe Ruth or Satchel Paige or someone of the ilk, that visited Omaha in the early 20th Century that could’ve come close for pitcher-catcher star power but Gibson and Brett both have Omaha ties. Gibson, of course, was a star at Creighton University while Brett spent the 1973 season with the hometown Royals. It was an odd…

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<p>Kansas City Royals legend George Brett was on hand to celebrate the opening of the Omaha Storm Chasers’ Werner Park over the weekend. </p>Have a Ball

Riders on fiberglass mounts gently bobbed up and down on a candy-coated carousel down the left field line as the Omaha Storm Chasers’ Danny Duffy anointed Werner Park Saturday night with a right-down-the-middle called strike to Nashville Sounds second baseman Eric Farris. Basketballs bounced on a court beyond the left-center gap later in the third when top prospect Mike Moustakas doubled home Eric Hosmer, another player perhaps not long for the minors, as the duo joined Duffy in becoming answers to trivia questions on the subjects of first pitch, first RBI and first run scored in ballpark history. Whiffle balls whiffled beyond the center field wall three hours and fifteen minutes after Hall of Famer George Brett lobbed a ceremonial…

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Weekly Horoscopes

We are all cosmic surfers, getting around amidst the waters of life. Astrology is one of the harbingers of the which and the way of any cosmic waves. I humbly owe everything to it. It turned my life around. Find your cosmic catalyst, and find who you are… Surf naked! You'll know you're hanging 11 or 12 (for you wahines) when you learn that there are no mistakes, and that peace and love shall conquer all. Surf's up in one week, when once again we speak. — MOJOPOPlanetPower.com *ARIES (3.21-4.20) Feel the Power? Add the Love. Gain the Wisdom. Become impeccable. Adapt to the harmony of the spheres. You are the leader. If you can't or aren't suited…

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Assumptions

Bo Pelini behaved as if he had coached his last game at Nebraska, based on his sideline and post-game decorum, or lack thereof. That was the...

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

If not for Burtch, Ron Kellogg III...

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Sack leader

As David Santos remembers it, Connor Cook was rolling out and he was pursuing the Michigan State quarterback when Nebraska teammate Randy Gregory...

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

i SAGITTARIUS...

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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and...

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

The new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the...

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

Happy Halloween! Let your subconscious desires flow as the twilight fades into the black of the night of the year. Don’t fear the night. You have...

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Epigenetics

I was excited to read The Double Helix when I was young. That was the account by James Watson of the discovery of deoxyribonucleic acid as the...

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Vaccines: A Shot in the Dark

While raging about vaccines, both sides of the aisle seem fraught with emotion. Anti-vaxxers and pro-vaxxers are vehement in supporting their...

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Good Vibrations — the Cure for Hysteria

Just over 100 years ago, the most common cause for a woman to visit her family physician was a bad case of hysteria, a scourge once common in the...

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The Willing Suspension of Critical Thinking

I recently enjoyed a memorable time visiting with dear friends from the past and present. It was a reunion of sorts, hosted in Hollywood, for a...

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