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Breaking Brad: It's fall! Aka, time for our muddy sinkhole to change colors!

Tuesday is the first day of fall. It will just be nice to see leaves on the ground that weren't missed by Deffenbaugh yard waste pickup crews.

FROM THE NOTEBOOK

Kelly: Where’s the best zoo? Why, here in Omaha, of course

Our acclaimed zoo has carried the Henry Doorly name for many years, but it’s trying to emphasize the name Omaha.

HUMOR

Dickson's Week in Review, Sept. 14-20

On Saturday, Nebraska played Miami at night. It felt like the old days, only Nebraska isn’t No. 1 and Miami isn’t on probation.

FOOTBALL

Shatel: It’s more than a win; 
for Husker fans, it’s cathartic

For more than 30 years, Nebraskans have wanted Miami in their yard, with their weather, on their turf, surrounded on all four sides by “Go Big Red” with the walls closing in. When the moment happened, and they pried open the old box of Miami emotions, well, oh my.

FOOTBALL

Shatel: It’s not much like the old days, 
but for Huskers, it could be a start

Well, that was some Orange Bowl parade of memories. But now it’s game day, and this one’s not for people who cling to videos and warm and fuzzy Orange Bowl blankets.

Breaking Brad: Shawn Eichorst is a Husker blog hater

Shawn Eichorst recently said he doesn't read Husker blogs. Next time someone questions Eichorst's judgment, show 'em this story.

Breaking Brad: Who doesn't shave their chest hair in the shape of a cat?

There's a new Internet star: a man who's shaved his chest hair into the shape of a cat. My immediate reaction? We need loftier standards to become Internet stars.

Breaking Brad: 20th & Farnam sinkhole now more popular than Kearney Arch

The sinkhole at 20th and Farnam Streets in Omaha is becoming a tourist attraction. Oh, the embarrassment if this draws more people in 2014 than the Kearney Arch!

Breaking Brad: R.I.P. 20th & Farnam sinkhole now a pink mustache burial site

The city of Omaha is staying extremely tough on ride-sharing companies. Now, officials are calling for taking the Lyft and Uber cars, and driving them into the huge sinkhole at 20th and Farnam Streets.

FOOTBALL

Shatel: History with Miami helped shape Huskers' future

Around here, the “U” still resonates in the hearts and minds for a very good reason. It shaped the modern history of Nebraska football. It molded the career and image of Tom Osborne. If it wasn’t for Miami, NU might have had more national championships. Or less.

Breaking Brad: Warren Buffett is apparently really good at gambling, too

CNBC reported that Warren Buffett just made his first-ever bet at a Las Vegas sports book. OK, this is when you know there are not a lot of attractively priced stocks out there — Buffett turns to gambling.

Breaking Brad: 20th & Farnam sinkhole has Jazz on the Green host potential

The same day Omaha was awarded a $15 million grant for super-fast rapid transit buses, a sinkhole at 20th and Farnam grew to as wide as a school bus. Yeah, that's pretty much par for the course around here.

Kelly: From ‘Downton Abbey’ to Lauritzen Gardens — persistent Omahan lands the lady of the castle

An Omaha woman shows real pluck in arranging a visit to Lauritzen Gardens 
by Lady Fiona Carnarvon, who lives in Highclere Castle, which is home to the popular period drama. 

In survey, some businesses say price hikes likely if voters OK minimum wage boost

Some Nebraska service and retail businesses also say they’d deal with such a wage increase by cutting hours. 

Breaking Brad: Mayor Stothert to annex sinkhole at 20th & Farnam

After workers trying to repair a sinkhole at 20th and Farnam Streets in Omaha hit a water main, the already huge hole got even bigger. If you stand directly over it, you can see China.

Breaking Brad: The FXFL will make it to Week 3. Over or under?

he Storm Chasers won the PCL championship. That was the goal all year — as opposed to our new FXFL team, where the bar is set lower. If the league hasn't folded by Week 3, the season is a roaring success.

Outsider gets her shot

Hansen: Inclusion in Crystal Bridges biennial is budding Omaha artist's 'golden ticket'

Angela Drakeford’s inclusion in the first Crystal Bridges biennial — a national show at the stunning new Arkansas art museum built by a heiress to the Walmart fortune — feels a bit, shall we say, unlikely.

FIRST DOWNS AND SECOND GUESSES

Shatel: Huskers charge up neat promotion for Ameer Abdullah

I’ve never been a fan of gimmicks to promote college football players. They’ve usually gone in the circular file, or to one of my kids. But I like the Ameer Abdullah batteries, mainly because Nebraska has rarely done this over the years, and because Abdullah is a young man worth promoting.

Breaking Brad: Storm Chasers win PCL title! Everyone go crazy!

Congratulations to the Omaha Storm Chasers, who won the PCL championship. Now, the Storm Chasers are known nationally for something besides having one of the three weirdest nicknames in sports.

Breaking Brad: Have your title, Miss New York. We'll take our rain.

At the Miss America Pageant on Sunday, contestants wore outfits emblematic of their home state. With all the rain, I believe Miss Nebraska came out in a skin-diving suit.

LIVE CHAT

Lunch with Tom: Replay

Hungry for some sports chat? Log in at 10 a.m. Monday for “Lunch with Tom’’ featuring columnist Tom Shatel.


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