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Breaking Brad: That World-Herald Huskers writer really missed his deadline

The World-Herald just published a brief article about the Nebraska football team's 10-0 win over the Omaha YMCA in 1890. And they complain about me missing deadlines.

Hansen: Adoptee needed ‘mother’ piece to help 
complete her personal history puzzle

It was 2011, and Nancy had been searching for her birth family for 17 years. Nebraska law and decades-old shame had slowed her progress. But the people waiting at the train station served as proof that her journey was nearly over.

Kelly: Sadie Bankston, mother of 1989 homicide victim, has lent support to grieving families for 25 years

Pat Wright, whose 22-year-old daughter, Raquel Woodruff, was killed in 1995, said she “couldn’t have made it without Sadie.”

FROM THE NOTEBOOK

Kelly: Omahan, a longtime rose seller, got more than money peddling petals; she found her future

Columnist also writes about the Bluejays logo flap and a Forbes magazine analysis ranking Omaha among the nation's best cities for young professionals.

FOOTBALL

Shatel: 2014 could be different for Huskers, but believe it when you see it

Every year you start with hope. There’s always hope. That hope is that this is the year there is no trap door, that they hold onto the ball, that Bo Pelini and his staff figure it out, that the entire program keeps its focus until the end.

HUMOR

Dickson's Week in Review, Aug. 17-23

Sunday’s World-Herald contains a special college football section. There are 36 pages of Husker stories. And that’s just the stuff about Ryker Fyfe.

HUMOR

Dickson: The future's so bright

What does the future hold for college football? The old coaches’ axiom is to take it just one game at a time. (That is unless you’re playing Murray State in the next game and Alabama the week after that.) 

Breaking Brad: A Justin Bieber song was helpful. I can't believe it, either.

In Russia, a man fended off a bear attack by blasting a Justin Bieber song until it ran off. This is the first ever constructive use of a Bieber song.

Breaking Brad: You mean 'hideous lantern jaw' isn't a compliment?

North Korean officials called Secretary of State John Kerry a "wolf" with a "hideous lantern jaw." Of course they're entitled to say this, living in a nation whose leader is often mistaken for Brad Pitt.

FOOTBALL

Shatel: Tommy Armstrong treasures tips from Tommie Frazier

Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong appreciates receiving advice from someone who’s been there — his texting friend former Husker QB Tommie Frazier.

Kelly: A cool jazzy new vibe for old Buck’s shoe store in downtown Omaha

Downtown endured a retail slide in the 1980s and '90s. But then things changed. First National Bank built a 40-story office tower and Union Pacific built a new national headquarters. Billions in other private and public development have changed the face of downtown and the riverfront.

Breaking Brad: At all costs, avoid the hitchhiking robot

A "hitchhiking robot" is making its away across Canada. Good luck getting this guy to split the gas with you.

Breaking Brad: Here's how to quadruple Nebraska State Fair attendance

The Nebraska State Fair opens Friday. Organizers want to make this the most popular Nebraska State Fair ever. To meet that goal, I have four words for 'em: "Nebraska Legislator Dunk Tank."

FOOTBALL

Shatel: Big Ten’s problem is attitude, not injury

There’s a saying: If you don’t take yourself seriously, nobody else will. It’s not the job of Big Ten sportswriters and media to pump up the conference. Writing off the entire league in August tells me this conference has an image problem, and most of the locals are buying in.

Hansen: A Nebraska farm-girl-turned-war correspondent reported about Vietnam’s 'death zones'

Beverly Deepe, who would become the longest-serving Vietnam War correspondent, was one of the first American reporters to write a story predicting that the United States might lose the conflict.

Breaking Brad: Who's willing to donate to my potato salad fund?

A Columbus, Ohio, man who asked for $10 to make potato salad on Kickstarter has raised over $8,000 so far. This proves what I've always maintained: when it really matters, Americans will step forward.

Breaking Brad: A cow head and 16-foot anaconda on the loose!

A cow head was stolen from a Bellevue Chick-fil-A. It sounds like cost-cutting-obsessed officials in Grand Island were desperate for a symbol for this year's Nebraska State Fair.

Breaking Brad: About that Buffalo Bills championship tattoo...

A Buffalo fan got a "Bills '15 Super Bowl champs" tattoo. If you're gonna be shopping for a Christmas present for this guy, consider a gift certificate for a tattoo-removal doctor.

Breaking Brad: The story of Chick-fil-A and the world's worst interior decorator

Someone stole the cow head from a Bellevue Chick-fil-A. A $250 reward is offered for its return. It's believed to be the work of a big Chick-fil-A fan — or the world's worst interior decorator.

FIRST DOWNS AND SECOND GUESSES

Shatel: Husker hoops commits steal August headlines

Has a kid from Kansas ever transferred to Nebraska? Yes, I mean in basketball. Andrew White III did that on Monday, a big day for Husker hoops, especially for August. How big?

Breaking Brad: How to know your carpool has too many people

There is online video of a man hanging onto the back of a speeding vehicle. OK, this is when you know your carpool has too many people.


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