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Bob Markworth folded his hands and stared ahead at a massive basement room — a concert hall, really — that was full and empty all at once. The guests were all here, except for one.

A World War II veteran from Omaha will return this week to Europe to commemorate a tragedy in the run-up to D-Day.
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At the end of this week, Northwestern University football players will take a historic vote and decide whether they should form a union. Do these...
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Breaking Brad: At least my kid never got stuck inside a claw machine
We need a new rule in Lincoln. If your kid is discovered inside the claw machine at a bowling alley, you are forever barred from being nominated for "Mother of the Year."
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Breaking Brad: How many MECA board members can we put in a luxury suite?
As a stunt at the Blue Man Group show, MECA board members are going to see how many people they can stuff into one luxury suite.
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Kelly: Creighton's McDermotts put good faces on an Omaha tradition
A comical roast Wednesday night in Omaha brought fans of Creighton basketball laughter by the bucketful. This time it was McJokes, not McBuckets, that entertained the Bluejay crowd.
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Kelly: New $24M UNO center embodies spirit of newlywed crash victim
Jessica Lutton Bedient was killed by a drunken driver at age 26 in 2010. Thursday, the widowed husband and other family members will gather with others at the University of Nebraska at Omaha to dedicate a permanent memorial to Jessica.
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Breaking Brad: How much would you pay for a corn dog?
The Arizona Diamondbacks have a new concession item: a $25 corn dog. For that kind of money, it should be stuffed with Bitcoin.
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Breaking Brad: Pothole repair crew gets stuck in a pothole
In East Lansing, Mich., a pothole repair crew got stuck inside a pothole. How did this not happen in Omaha?
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Breaking Brad: What do the moon, Colorado senators have in common?
How about that "blood red" moon Monday? It was as red as the eyes of a Colorado legislator.
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Breaking Brad: Hey, Republicans, are you ready to be audited?
A quick list of audit red flags: 3) You fail to sign your return. 2) You fail to report income. 1) You are a registered Republican.
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Shatel: Big East pull helps Creighton get hoops series with Sooners
Looks like Oklahoma is coming back to the state of Nebraska — to play Creighton. CU Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen told me that OU and CU have signed a contract to play a home-and-home in men's basketball.
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Breaking Brad: Next year, Bo Pelini brings a mountain lion to the spring game
Before the spring game, Bo Pelini carried a cat onto the field. With Bo's personality, it'd have been more appropriate for him to carry a mountain lion.
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Lunch with Tom: Replay
Hungry for some sports chat? Replay “Lunch with Tom” with sports columnist Tom Shatel in which he discusses the latest sports headlines.
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Breaking Brad: Bo Pelini's cat lets spring game intro go to its head
Coach Bo Pelini took the field before the spring game holding a cat aloft. Typical cat. He was undoubtedly thinking, “Sixty thousand people, all cheering for me!”
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Grace: Years later, Omaha U's 1955 Tangerine Bowl triumph still sweet
About 130 who gathered Saturday at UNO were drawn to a chance to relive the glory days of the 1955 game in Orlando, Fla.
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Kelly: 3 former Nebraskans all take seats at the table of international diplomacy
Three former residents of the Cornhusker State are working together at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, and one took part in a recent high-level meeting about Ukraine.
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Shatel: Plenty of good vibes, from coach to quarterbacks
NU's final spring practice Saturday brought some positive vibes that should carry through spring and into late summer.
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Shatel: Let's call it the Red, White and you game
We all know the spring game is not a game. We all know it means just a little bit less than the Rutgers game. That's fine. It's time to take the “game” out of this event and just call it what it is: Fan Day.
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Hansen: Hidden in basement, a kid's dream come true — a super-secret room
In the basement of their home, Chris Arnold and Paula Lavigne stumbled upon a secret room that contained some initials burned into wood.
Kelly: Dreams have come true for ex-Omahan, a self-described 'space geek' and NASA engineer
Growing up in Omaha, Kobie Boykins admired his favorite “Star Trek” TV character, Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge, chief engineer of the starship Enterprise. “That's who I wanted to be,” said Boykins, 39.
Grace: Sexual assault victims find care for more than just visible wounds
SANE/SART is shorthand for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team. The program is offered at both Methodist and Methodist Women's Hospitals.
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Shatel: Kentucky's kids are undone; will any of them return?
As the new national champions danced around the court late Monday night, five University of Kentucky freshmen walked off the court, perhaps never to be seen again in college uniforms. This may not have been a Final Four or title game to remember, but back in Nebraska, we'll never forget this season.
Tuna brand plans Omaha stop and donation
Mavericks complete sweep of Bradley
Chasers get wild walk-off vs. Sounds
Grim work for families as more bodies identified from sunken ferry
Still plenty of spring in Hastings coach’s step
Face-lift for a venerable Duncan Field
Four Huskers earn All-America honors
Easter Sunday temperatures climb into 80s in Omaha area
Former boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter dies at 76
Chatelain: Smiles and scowls: How to reconcile the two Bos
Notes: Elk tag the prize at Big Game banquet
Late flurry from Burroughs clinches third U.S. Open title
Omaha police investigate two nonfatal shootings
Nevada, Iowa, driver killed in I-80 crash near Paxton, Neb.
Country music singer Kevin Sharp dies at 43
From fashion to baskets, a guide to the latest Easter trends
City Council to vote on adding Bluffs pedestrian safety lights
Sole big donor to Beau McCoy says he expects nothing in return
Kelly: 70 years after a deadly D-Day rehearsal, Omahan, WWII vet will return to Europe
Healthcare.gov flagged in Heartbleed review: Change your password
Midlands runners ready for Boston Marathon
Families from area shelters treated to meal at Old Chicago
Debate still simmers over Field of Dreams site
UNL report casts doubt on use of corn-crop leftovers for ethanol
Iowa inmate escapes from work release facility
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