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Breaking Brad: Hey, Kenny Bell, can I get a pair of those pink suspenders?

At Big Ten media days, Kenny Bell was spotted in pink suspenders. Back in the day, Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler wouldn't have been able to keep their lunch down.

Breaking Brad: Obama buys a round of coffee, national debt quadruples

In Parkville, Missouri, on Wednesday, President Obama bought coffee for some patrons. Oh, great. If it was a Sta…

Breaking Brad: Let's all give Jim Delany a pat on the back

Good news: Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany made it through his entire speech without inviting a single new school to join the league.

Breaking Brad: A 'swing district' in Nebraska? Stop it.

A World-Herald article spells out how Lee Terry has it tough in a "swing district." The good news for Terry: He's also running in a state where victorious Democratic candidates are seen as often as a T-Rex.

Sex trafficking

Grace: A new mother struggles to break free from her pimp

The 34-year-old tried to act unfazed; this was her seventh prostitution bust in 12 years. But it was the first time 
she’d been caught as a mother. Her son was just 18 months old.

Breaking Brad: Human being Chip Maxwell is all wrong for Congress

Chip Maxwell dropped out of the 2nd District congressional race after saying he had a change of heart. Just the fact he has a heart makes him all wrong for this Congress.

FIRST DOWNS AND SECOND GUESSES

Shatel: Laid-back approach works for Bo Pelini during Big Ten media days

The most interesting man in the conference did not disappoint at Big Ten media days in Chicago on Monday.

Breaking Brad: Shawn Eichorst sightings possible – but unlikely – at annual NU fan day

Husker football Fan Day is this Friday. The good news for fans: If you manage to get a photo of Shawn Eichorst, it’s worth more than a photo of Bigfoot.

Her first john looked like Santa Claus

Grace: A Bellevue teenager is pulled into prostitution overnight

Dawn didn't plan to become a prostitute. She had what she said was a normal childhood. She played basketball and hung out with friends. The trouble started when she experimented with alcohol.

Steve Urosevich

Kelly: Owner of Todd’s Drive-in restaurant helped a generation of Omahans come of age in the ’60s

Omaha teenagers flocked there in the late 1950s and through the ’60s, and owner Steve Urosevich was the adult in charge.

Hansen: Nebraska native nears immortality in World Series of Poker’s Main Event

When play restarts in November at the 2014 main event, Dan Sindelar, the 30-year-old son of a feedlot owner from Howells, Nebraska, will be in fifth place of the nine remaining poker players, guaranteeing himself a payout of at least $700,000.

FOOTBALL

Shatel: Can Bo Pelini, Huskers turn purr into growl?

Coach Bo Pelini and Nebraska are no longer big dogs nationally, but a big season could bring back their bark.

HUMOR

Dickson's Week in Review, July 20-26

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said of Nebraska: “It’s a pretty boring state.” Then he rushed back to judge the biggest annual event in Evanston, the Canned Jam Taste-Off.

Kelly: A 'tenacious' Olive Circo, 94, blazed a trail 77 years ago as Creighton U's first female cheerleader

The widow of Precision Industries founder Sebastian Circo, Olive traveled the world with her husband of nearly 60 years, and just a few weeks ago she spoke at Creighton Prep during the dedication of a war memorial to 72 fallen graduates.

Grace: Nun bears witness in murder capital of the world — in Honduras — ‘a place God forgot’

Sister Kathleen Erickson, 73, spent five weeks primarily in San Pedro Sula, a city of about 800,000 in Honduras that for at least two years has topped a list of most dangerous places to live outside the Middle East.

Breaking Brad: Determined to oust Terry, tea party takes to Craigslist

Chip Maxwell dropped out of Nebraska's second-district congressional race. Apparently, he wants to spend more time switching parties.

Breaking Brad: If Nebraska's boring, what does that make Evanston?

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald called Nebraska "a pretty boring state." He's entitled. His team plays in Evanston, Illinois, aka "the city that never sleeps." Wait, that's not right...

Grace: After all the tears come laughs  for Pilger; Omahan's comedy troupe to take stage at fundraiser

Plenty of tears have been shed for Pilger.

Breaking Brad: Yay for more Omaha water main breaks, GM recalls

The old adage about the only things certain in life being death and taxes has been amended. It now reads, "The only things certain in life are death, taxes and GM recalls."

Breaking Brad: Hey, Randy Gregory, could you sack Pat Fitzgerald, please?

Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald said Nebraska is "a pretty boring state." Hopefully these fighting words will help him fill the school's 47,130-seat stadium with a few fans actually rooting for the Wildcats.

Kelly: Nebraskan, visiting Dublin, jumps in river to help struggling man — and becomes crime victim

Joe Sheehan, 20, took off his shirt and shoes, put down his backpack and other valuables and jumped in the river. While he was in the water, someone ran off with his wallet and phone.

Breaking Brad: Is it time for that Nebraska-Northwestern game yet?

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald called Nebraska "a pretty boring state." His team plays home games in Evanston, Illinois. Something about those in glass houses throwing stones would be applicable here.


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