Jays Shaken by Recent Slump

Doug’s sigh said it all. The Jays were mired in a slump, and Illinois State had just come into the CenturyLink Center and handed Creighton another unexpected defeat. Suddenly the team that couldn’t miss couldn’t make ‘em. The team that many had pegged as perhaps the best in program history looked ordinary. The Jays looked lost and out of synch.

Junior all-American Doug McDermott left the podium after doing his best to answer the tough questions about his team’s lack of execution, he exhaled deep and hard. He looked like his dog got hit by a car, somebody stole his ice cream, and his girlfriend dumped him all on the same day. He looked like he needed a…

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News You Can Use

Time again to get caught up on news that affects us all.

Headline: Russia Bans American Meat Because of Additive. It’s a good bet you’re eating ractopamine with your pork, beef or turkey. What’s that, you say? What the hell is ractopamine? Let’s start by pointing out that it’s banned for use in food production in 160 countries around the world, including the entire European Union, Russia, Taiwan and China. And we all know how low China sets the bar when it comes to food safety. Why the ban? Consider the drug handling warning: “Not for use in humans. Individuals with cardiovascular disease should exercise special caution to avoid exposure. Use protective clothing, impervious gloves, protective eye wear,…

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Meet a Real Farmer. Learn about Real Food.

When the annual Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society’s Healthy Farms Conference fires up at Mahoney State Park Conference Center this weekend, there won’t be a better chance to shake hands with a person who grows your food until farmers markets open this spring.

If believe in healthful eating, you realize that wholesome food is the major key to health. The doctor tells you that. The media tells you that and, hopefully, your mom told you that. And you’re doing your best to follow up. Is your best good enough to make a difference?

The fact of the matter is, it’s increasingly difficult to find safe, healthful food if you’re still shopping in the everyday supermarket. Why? Because most…

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Cosmic Forecast, Feb. 7-Feb. 13

Time to trade in my/your dragon for a/the Year of the Snake. Thank you, Cool Stuff! (Tell ’em “MOJO sent me.” Always works for me!) Happy Chinessse New Year of the Sssnake, on thisss coming Sssunday. We’re transssiting from the myssstical, dynamic dragon to the more domessstic and mundane, yet ssstill asss (oopsss!) controversssial ssserpent. Sssnakes appear in nature from Gemini through Virgo — from June through Ssseptember. So let’sss jussst continue hibernating. We’ll have plenty of time to talk about it asss we ssslither through. Peace and love ssshall conquer all. There are no mistakesss…

k AQUARIUS (1.19-2.17)  Okay. You’re rounding the corner in 2nd place, filling up the space and erasin’ all the…

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Air Pollution: An Inside Job

We’re lucky enough to live in a hundred-year-old house. Believe it or not, on blustery, frigid winter days, draftiness has its upside. As tight as we try to seal it, as many “draft dodgers” as we employ at doors and windows, this old house still lets in outside air. And that’s a good thing.

Since Americans typically spend 90 percent of the day indoors and 65 percent of that in our own home, it’s common to hear of people suffering from “sick building syndrome” or the effects of indoor air pollution. Various agencies have estimated that indoor air is often ten times more polluted than outside air, even in LA.

On many occasions, it’s modern building design…

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Cosmic Forecast, Jan. 31-Feb. 6

Here comes Hernán, with his bill of goods and his holier-than-thou, know-it-all teachings, while disguising his greed (his soon-to-be-bloody sword disguised as a crucifix, plus a roomful of gold), his thirst for adventure, and its most blessed child — fame. Read deeply into this meant-to-be mystery. Hernán Cortés had a daughter (Leonor) with one of Montezuma’s daughters. Politics/religions make strange bedfellows, indeed. Still, somehow, it’s all meant to be. Nothing happens but the will of Allah. (“Allah” equals all things, and more.) —K’uhl Mut(i) Ahau

k AQUARIUS (1.19-2.17)  Well, is/was it crazy or sedate? Mars just whipped through Aquarius during the month of January, and leaves you after sunset on Friday, the 1st, as Venus…

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What To Do About the Flu

Most Americans (along with most of the world, for that matter,) avoid the flu shot. Besides its effectiveness being questioned, the flu vaccine comes under fire from critics for a variety of reasons. So if you’re part of the majority who eschew the flu jab, what options do you have?

Don’t get the flu. Staying healthy is easier than getting healthy. The simplest way to avoid the flu is to observe the common-sense behavior that will keep the immune system in tip-top shape. It takes no Mensa medico to remind us of healthful habits that keep us healthy during flu season: adequate rest, good nutrition, address stress, support the immune system. There are also some things to do…

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Bud Rising

When Terence "Bud" Crawford defends his WBO lightweight title June 28 at the CenturyLink Center, he'll fight for himself, his tight-knit family and a...

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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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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

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


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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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Sunshine Superman

Between the balmy, carefree beats of the Beach Boys and the edgier introspection of the Beatles, showing less grit than Dylan and more mysticism than...

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Holistic vs. Conventional

There are two kinds of medicine being practiced in the United States and mostly they are diametrically opposed. One form is of the traditional sort,...

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Red Meat Roulette

Yes, we live in a red state. When it comes to red meat, Nebraska has more beef on the hoof than any other state save Texas. And if you’re like most...

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Watermelon, Man

The Dog Days of deep summer can make a body desperate for help. The humble watermelon can help you make it through the plight. In August, with most...

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