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Breaking Brad: Who's willing to donate to my potato salad fund?

A Columbus, Ohio, man who asked for $10 to make potato salad on Kickstarter has raised over $8,000 so far. This proves what I've always maintained: when it really matters, Americans will step forward.

Breaking Brad: Another one for the 'Whatta we got to lose?' category

I say let radio hosts run for office. This falls into the “Whatta we got to lose?” category.

Hansen: Don't be sad, but it looks like Nebraska's not the happiest state

I have a new suggestion for a state motto, and this one is backed by years of federal data compiled, studied and mapped by a trio of researchers affiliated with Harvard. ... Sadbraska.

FROM THE NOTEBOOK

Kelly: Omaha artist recalls Robin Williams as a school pal

As a teenager, Tom Kerr would go to the home of his friend “Rob” and play with tin soldiers.

FOOTBALL

Shatel: College Football Playoff could sap fun from polls, bowls

College football — and how we view our teams — will never be the same. Is Nebraska nationally relevant? Are the Huskers an elite program? Wrong questions. Are the Huskers a playoff team? Or not a playoff team?

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

Kelly: Sports history? La Vista man has it covered

Sports Illustrated is celebrating 60 years, and Dean Podoll has every issue — in chronological order in his basement. “It’s an obsession that can only be called crazy,” he says. “Because I have to have all of them.”

FOOTBALL

Shatel: Milt Tenopir battling cancer with same relentless approach he took in building Husker offensive lines

Uncle Milt is sick. He has leukemia. Specifically, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a disease that plows through bone marrow, preventing it from making red and white blood cells. It’s a cancer more common for children under 15. Milt is 74.

Grace: This weekend, you can see the Beatles live — well, sort of

The Fab Four look-alike band Liverpool Legends is part of 18 tribute acts playing in an Omaha show this weekend.

FOOTBALL

Shatel: Shawn Eichorst hits right notes; let’s hear the Husker A.D.'s voice often

Eichorst called a media session Wednesday. Five local writers, including Lee Barfknecht and me from The World-Herald, were invited. The idea was to make himself available to whatever.

Grace: House hunting? For $575K, you can buy, breathe new life into historic 1880s funeral home

You could make 1234 S. 10th St. your home, sans the funerals. Owner Bill Johnston is selling the property, which includes the 16-room mansion, a large carriage house and a slice of history. At least one prominent Omaha family once lived there.

Hansen: Scooting all over the city, Omaha owners of sassy little 2-wheelers find plenty to love about their rides

For quick trips and short commutes, scooters — fun, fuel-efficient, inexpensive and easy-to-park — are rising stars. 

School starts today for some

Grace: As classes start up again, so long to a so-short summer

Quick! Somebody get a calendar. August just began, right? It’s still summer, right? Surely it can’t be time yet to load up on No. 2 pencils and think about imposing a bedtime before the sun sets.

FIRST DOWNS AND SECOND GUESSES

Shatel: Gallery honors Husker athletic directors — all of ’em

Steve Pederson’s back in the building! No, not like that. The hallway that leads to Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst’s office has a new addition: framed photos of every AD in Nebraska history. There’s a big framed photo of a smiling Pederson, right beneath a smiling Bill Byrne. I like it.

Breaking Brad will return Aug. 18

Brad Dickson's daily column will return Aug. 18.

FOOTBALL

Shatel: Turman still leans on values 1994 team embraced

It’s late Saturday morning. Omaha Skutt High School football coach Matt Turman sits in the coaches’ office, preparing to meet with his team in a couple of hours. Practice begins Monday.

HUMOR

Dickson's Week in Review, Aug. 3-9

I was thinking about some of today’s biggest rivalries in college football. Oklahoma-Texas, Michigan-Michigan State, Alabama-Auburn, Bo Pelini-Damore’ea Stringfellow’s mom ...

FOOTBALL

Shatel: Beck in search of Nebraska’s bread and butter

NU offensive coordinator Tim Beck believes playing to the team's strengths, and doing it faster, will be the offense’s best chance for success.

Breaking Brad: With the Beach Boys in town, We Do Coast

Big concert announcement: The Beach Boys will play Omaha's Orpheum Theater on Dec. 14. For one night only, our slogan will be "We Do Coast."

Breaking Brad: Goodbye Civic Auditorium. Hello giant 'We Don't Coast' sign.

On Friday morning, the city of Omaha will finally announce what will become of the Civic Auditorium. My guess is it'll be imploded to make way for a 30-story flashing neon sign that reads, "We Don't Coast."

Grace: A night on Carter Lake that's good for the soul

CARTER LAKE — I barely had my notebook out when a retired Marine named Ray Griggs took over the interview.

Breaking Brad: Books, even sex available at this Massachusetts library

In Massachusetts, a woman was charged with prostitution at a town library. OK, it was bad enough when they began placing video games in libraries.


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