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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.

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.

Brad Dickson's Bottom 10, Sept. 15

After a wild, wacky, frustrating, downright weird week in sports, it’s nice to reflect on the one constant: Bottom 10 teams that mostly continue to lose.

FROM THE NOTEBOOK

Kelly: 2 Omaha boys in hot water after doing ice bucket challenge in their bedroom

“The water and ice were all over the carpet and the bunk bed,” said the youths' dismayed mother. “I was initially quite mad. I’m glad the water didn’t go through the ceiling.”

FOOTBALL

Shatel: On trip to Twilight Zone, Huskers sap the drama, create feel-good ending

The Fresno State trip is over, and Nebraska not only survived, but was able to breathe easy most of the night. That is, as easy as you can breathe in the open-air sauna that is Fresno. No worries. The only thing the Huskers lost on Saturday night was a lot of weight.

Grace: Journeys of discovery on the Platte River, 300 years apart

Photojournalist Doug Meigs takes the same journey down the river as a Frenchman who explored the waterway three centuries ago. 

HUMOR

Dickson's Week in Review, Sept. 7-13

Saturday night’s Nebraska-Fresno State game began at 9:30 p.m. Welcome to Midnight Madness, college football edition.

Grace: Ray Rice punch video is proof of much bigger problem — that society needs to see domestic abuse to believe it

Domestic violence usually occurs behind closed doors. Rarely do we get this kind of hard look, and the video carries believability.

Grace: 13 years after 9/11, next generation sees optimism in the rubble

A group of local students didn’t see the smoldering steel ruins of the World Trade Center as they looked at a twisted metal sculpture in downtown Omaha. Instead, they thought about what now stands on that Manhattan site — a glimmering memorial. Instead, they dealt with a more philosophical, hopeful theme: transformation. 

FOOTBALL

Shatel: After 30 years, it’s a homecoming for Steve Taylor

Congrats, Steve. This must be the return trip that Tom Osborne promised back in 1984, when he recruited you to play quarterback at Nebraska. You know how it goes: If you come here, we’ll schedule a game in your hometown 30 years later, when you’re doing the postgame call-in show.

Breaking Brad: This weekend at Werner Park, lieutenant governors get in free!

A big Storm Chasers playoff promotion at Werner Park: At the next home game, all former Nebraska lieutenant governors get in free.

Breaking Brad: McDonald's knows to give me multiple napkins

A man is suing McDonald's for $1.5 million because he only received one napkin. The fact this wasn't thrown out of court in the first three seconds proves how bad of a court system we have.

Breaking Brad: State of Nebraska should post Lt. Gov. ad on Craigslist

With the kind of luck we have with lieutenant governors, we should just put an ad on Craigslist.


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