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Oscar winner comes home

Kelly: Omaha native Mike Hill retiring after piecing together 21 films for Ron Howard

Oscar-winning film editor Mike Hill has enjoyed all the great movie locations — Montana, New Mexico, Ireland, Toronto, London and more. But after editing 21 films for director Ron Howard, Hill is retiring to a more familiar location — his hometown, Omaha.

Hansen: Nebraska's chomping champ Molly Schuyler pulls up stakes

Just two years ago Molly Schuyler was as far off the competitive-eating grid as could be. Now the Bellevue stay-…

Breaking Brad: A much-deserved applause for Omaha drivers!

According to an Allstate Insurance report, Omaha has the 21st best drivers in the nation. If 20 years ago you told me that one day Omaha drivers would be ranked a spot higher than the Nebraska football team, I'd have said you were insane.

SOCCER

Shatel: Caniglia retro setting for sport of future

Long live Caniglia Field. The old ball yard looks spectacular. Different, yes. There are soccer lines down there. Goals in each end zone. Empty space, where the visiting bleachers used to stand.

Breaking Brad: Did Mayor Stothert annex a broken dam?

Omaha has been inundated with rain. During my morning commute, I was passed by Free Willy.

Breaking Brad: Has anyone seen my rain gauge?

I'd tell you exactly how much precipitation Omaha got Wednesday night, but my rain gauge floated away around 4 a.m.

Breaking Brad: Fellow Omahans, let's say hello to monsoon season

As if Omaha weather isn't traditionally bad enough, apparently now there's a monsoon season.

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.

Breaking Brad: Too conservative for Nebraska voters? Pfft

At the U.S. Senate candidate debate Monday, David Domina tried to portray Ben Sasse as too conservative for Nebraska voters. Is that even possible?

Breaking Brad: But I always go hunting at that Lexus dealership!

Olympic wrestler Dremiel Byers was cited for allegedly hunting deer at a Colorado Springs Lexus dealership. Great. You could be taking the one car that hasn't been recalled for a test drive and have it be pummeled with arrows.

FIRST DOWNS AND SECOND GUESSES

Shatel: Ameer Abdullah blocking punts? It would be bold message

Would Nebraska actually have Ameer Abdullah line up on the punt team to block a punt? The senior I-back played coy on Monday. So did coach Bo Pelini. 

Breaking Brad: Great Nebraska Beerfest secures its place among best beerfests this month

The Great Nebraska Beerfest was held over the weekend. For my money, this is one of the top 400 beerfests in Omaha every year.

Breaking Brad: Weird Al to perform at Super Bowl? Obama, don't fail us now

There is an actual White House petition for Weird Al Yankovic to perform at the Super Bowl. President Obama: “I don’t have time to worry about a jobs plan! I have to decide whether Yankovic has what it takes to entertain at the Super Bowl!”

VIDEO

Video: Tom Shatel talks Huskers on 'The Bottom Line'

World-Herald sports columnist Tom Shatel joined Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Monday to discuss today's Husker press conference, the season opener and more.

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.


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