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Breaking Brad: Is Santa gonna ditch Omaha this year?

Work to widen Blondo Street will begin in early December. After hearing the plans, Santa said: "That's the last straw. I'll never make it. Omaha kids, you're on your own this year."

FOOTBALL

Brad Dickson's Bottom 10, Oct. 20

There’s a new No. 1 team in the Bottom 10! Granted, on an excitement scale this isn’t exactly the Kansas City Royals making it to the World Series.

FOOTBALL

Shatel: In a tale of two halves, Nebraska winds up celebrating — and that’s a good thing

You could ask, is this what it’s come to — celebrating a win over Northwestern? But that would be missing the obvious point. A win is a win is a win for this Nebraska team, now 6-1. With the way the Big Ten West Division is acting week to week, any win is a good win.

From the notebook

Kelly: 1940 escalator ride at Burlington Station aimed to allay kids' fears

From the notebook of World-Herald metro columnist Michael Kelly.

BASKETBALL

Shatel: McDermott is living his NBA dream in Chicago

There’s a great line from the movie “Broadcast News,” where William Hurt’s character asks, “What do you do when your life exceeds your dreams?” And Albert Brooks’ snarky character replies, “Keep it to yourself.” McDermott is living that life. 

HUMOR

Dickson's Week in Review, Oct. 12-18

SI.com named the “Nerdiest Athletes in Sports.” Ameer Abdullah and Kenny Bell are Nos. 1 and 2 after they claimed to be prepared for a zombie invasion of Lincoln. I was gonna say something about being more prepared for zombies than Michigan State, but I won’t even go there.

Kelly: Cuban exile Maria Luisa is moving away — but leaving Omaha a brighter place

Maria Luisa Gaston's name is a familiar one, especially in the Hispanic community of Omaha, where she is praised as having "contributed immensely ... in many capacities of leadership.”

FOOTBALL

Shatel: Chicago area is first stop on train as Huskers look to pick up steam

All aboard the Red Line. Then the red mass will change trains, jump on the Purple Line, and off they go several more stops until Central. This is the new Nebraska football road trip.

Breaking Brad: Lee Terry finishes final debate, heads home to Bat Cave

The final Lee Terry-Brad Ashford debate was held Thursday. I wouldn't say that Terry is trying to portray himself as a crime-fighter, but he's now referring to his house as the Bat Cave.

Breaking Brad: Of course Heineman's subpoena isn't politically motivated!

After winning the American League pennant, delirious Kansas City Royals players formed a huge dogpile. Wait, those were actually Democratic members of the Nebraska Legislature after subpoenaing Gov. Dave Heineman.

Grace: For UNO student filmmakers, long-closed Peony Park isn’t nostalgia but a discovery

Tonight, “For Us Kids,” a retrospective on Omaha’s beloved former amusement park, premieres at Film Streams. The documentary is among 12 locally produced short films featured this week as part of Film Streams’ annual Local Filmmakers Showcase.

BASKETBALL

Shatel: Magnetic Miles rules media day, helping build NU’s brand

Nebraska coach Tim Miles is a man on fire. People flock to him. They want his opinion about Big Ten scholarship policies, about John Calipari’s ESPN camp, about the one-and-done situation in college hoops. Writers tell the Twitter world that they love this man. This is marketing you can’t buy, and it’s just Tim Miles playing Tim Miles.

Breaking Brad: I hereby guarantee the Royals WILL NEVER LOSE!

From watching the Kansas City Royals this postseason, it's abundantly clear to me that THE TEAM WILL NEVER LOSE ANOTHER GAME.

Breaking Brad: 'Biblical' stand-alone Chick-fil-A now open, Omahans!

The first stand-alone Chick-fil-A in Omaha opened Thursday near 175th Street and West Center Road. I think the local hyperbole is out of control. I'd hardly call this "biblical."

BASEBALL

Shatel: Royals burying 29 bleak years, bringing back memories of a decade of excellence

I understand what Royals legend George Brett was saying last week, when he said, “I’m tired of talking about 1985. I really am. You can only look in the past for so long.” When it comes to the Royals, I’m not tired of talking about 1985. Or 1976, 1977 and 1980. I’m just getting started.

Breaking Brad: Oh my goodness, a Tim Beck sighting!

Husker offensive coordinator Tim Beck spoke to the media on Tuesday. Do you believe in miracles?

Breaking Brad: How about Terry v. Ashford, 'Family Feud' edition

The TV show "Family Feud" will hold open auditions in Omaha on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. How about the Terrys vs. the Ashfords?

When God asks, ‘you don’t say no’

Grace: Bluffs couple adopt 2 orphans from Rwanda — and help make life better for more than 100 others

Ryan and Kara Higgins helped create a nonprofit sponsorship program in which Americans back home would commit to sending letters and money for what Kara and the others deemed a top priority: education. 

Breaking Brad: Bo, it's time for your cat to put or shut up

It's Tuesday, and you know what that means. It's time for another Jameis Winston investigation.

Breaking Brad: Click here for info on the scariest Halloween costume ever

It's time for another Obamacare enrollment period. At least we won't see anything this scary on Halloween.

FIRST DOWNS AND SECOND GUESSES

Shatel: Doug McDermott may return for exhibition, but maybe not to Omaha

Doug McDermott and the Chicago Bulls may be coming to Nebraska in 2015. But where? Pinnacle Bank Arena or the CenturyLink Center?


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Pumpkin Patch
12:00 am
Go romp around in an area pumpkin patch. Check the Omaha World-Herald's guide to pumpkin patches and corn mazes here. 
 
Haunted House
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Read to get scared? Head to an area haunted house. Check out the World-Herald list of area haunted houses here.
 
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Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. when the time is convenient for you on Wednesdays to create your own watercolor painting using our supplies. Cos…

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