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Nebraska’s state-run institution in Geneva for female juvenile offenders spiraled downhill rapidly. “It’s like night and day,” said Scott Gregory, comparing the recent reports to the place he knew as principal of the Geneva center’s high school until 2016.
In August 2017, the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Geneva, the state's facility for female juvenile offenders, got top marks in several categories on an accreditation audit. This August, state officials removed all the girls from the center amid reports of widespread damage to buildings and severe staff shortages.
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It was all fine. Better than fine, really. Four healthy children. A dream house. A dream life. Then one October day, nothing was fine. It was, as Beth Burton later would say, a living hell.
The Burtons' lives changed in an instant when a mosquito bite became a fever that became so much more, and a catastrophic illness no one saw coming turned all that was fine upside down.
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“I cannot afford $102,000 a month,” David Watson said about his lifesaving drugs. “Mortgaging my house wouldn’t get me real far.”
David Watson has Wilson’s disease, which means that his liver can’t remove excess copper from his body. To clear the metal, the Lincoln man started taking a drug called Syprine. At the time, it cost about $1 a pill. Watson took six pills a day. But in recent years, the tab for his monthly prescription — 240 pills — has skyrocketed.
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As one of five cities in Nebraska’s fast-growing Sarpy County, Gretna faces competition from bigger, more developed cities like Papillion, Bellevue and La Vista as it seeks to attract businesses to the community. But its position between Omaha and Lincoln may help it in that competition.
Gretna's distance from Omaha and Lincoln is perhaps its greatest asset for business development — and local leaders such as City Council President Angie Lauritsen, who is running for mayor, want to capitalize.
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Marcy Morgan made a plea for help on Facebook. The Nebraska mom had just learned that she would have to stop breastfeeding her 4-month-old daughter. She was heartbroken, so earlier this month, she took to social media, asking for help from moms who had an oversupply of frozen breast milk. The response was overwhelming.
The difficulty of obtaining breastmilk from a milk bank makes turning to Facebook a necessity for some moms.
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“For some people, it would be just a job,” said Dee Dee King's husband, Rick, a Vietnam War veteran. “For her, it’s more of a calling.”
Dee Dee King, 68, has worked under contract with the Navy since 2009, tracking down and collecting DNA samples from family members of missing Navy service members dating back as far as World War II. The work is not so different from what many hobbyists do when they research their own family trees, but forensic genealogists focus on cases with legal implications.
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The “Sweat” script, about displaced steel mill workers in a Rust Belt city, has a particularly impressive fight scene. “The goal was to make it as real as possible,” said director Susan Baer Collins.
Onstage combat must be planned move by move to look authentic while keeping actors safe.
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2019 Husker football preview section: Jumping into Year 2
After a coaching change, programs often take their greatest leap in Year 2. And with second-year quarterback Adrian Martinez leading the way, Nebraska expects to make that jump for Scott Frost and company. But how far can the Huskers go from 4-8 last season? What could pull the team and its Heisman contender back down to Earth?
We cover the Huskers from every angle and look ahead to what's in store for the 2019 season with our annual preview section. Check out all the stories below.
Adrian Martinez is square in the spotlight like no NU player has been since joining the Big Ten. As he goes, so go the Huskers.
Sometimes, a team does a vertical leap. It happens over a season. It can happen in one game, too. And if you look close, you can see it in the eyes of a losing coach filled with prideful satisfaction.
Time to find out which Big Ten teams have the biggest hops around.
The Huskers have obstacles in the way as they try to make a big leap in 2019.
Look around college football the past 25 years and you’ll notice a fascinating little trend that unites powerhouses from the Coliseum to the Swamp: The Year-2 Jump.
Jovan Dewitt has stories. Coaching ones, from all over the country.
College football doesn’t have free agency. But the transfer portal has quickly become the next best thing.
Ryan Held might sweat more while speaking to the media than coaching on the practice field. And it isn’t because he’s nervous. He holds court with cameras in his face. He talks fast and direct.
LINCOLN — Stanley Morgan was a gifted wide receiver.
Hope doesn’t win games. Optimism lasts only until that first series when the Blackshirts take the field against an opposing offense. Eventually, all of the chemistry and collective belief the Husker defense built in the offseason will get a final grade on the scoreboard and in the stat sheet.
If you grew up loving the way football was played in the heartland, this could be the Top 25 for you.
Are you ready to have fun again? For years, my generation had lots of fun during college football season. It was fun to watch Nebraska’s bigger and more athletic teams win 90% of their games. And many games seemed over before they even started.
On Saturday's episode, Adam Carriker discusses the second year under Scott Frost, whether or not the Huskers can make a leap in success and how the return of Husker power will help.