October 20, 2014

UNO’s annual Paranormal Summit is Oct. 24th

Fans of TV’s “Ghost Hunters”, “Ghost Trackers” and “American Paranormal” can learn more about what it takes to become an investigator. Sara Gray is a member of the University of Nebraska – Omaha Paranormal Society and is the organizer of the 4th annual Paranormal Summit on Friday, October 24th on campus.

Gray says members of several area paranormal investigation organizations will attend and share their latest research and explain some of their equipment. The man speaker is a local psychic.

After the presentation Gray says attendees will be able to join members of the society and conduct a paranormal investigation on campus. Gray says, “All of the campus is said to be haunted but the one that has been focused on the past few years has been the Arts & Science building. Directly outside of the building about 50 years ago a girl was shot and killed and the murder is still unresolved. Her ghost is said to still haunt the Arts & Science building so that is the focused area.”

Doors open at 5:00 pm and the summit will start at 6:00 in the Ballroom in the Milo Bail Student Center on campus. The cost is $15 for non-students and $10 for students.

Gray says membership to UNO’s Paranormal Society is open to the public. Members meet every Saturday at noon in the Durham Science Center. She says along with analyzing evidence they also plan paranormal investigations and have done several in Nebraska and Iowa.

Grants to help nursing students succeed at UNMC

UNMCMore than $300,000 is being granted to Nebraska nursing students to improve the health care in areas that are considered underserved.

Dr. Lynette Stamler, Associate Dean at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, says the grant will help a variety of students and ultimately, many more Nebraskans.

“It’s nurse practicioners who will practice in rural and underserved areas in Nebraska to augment the health care that’s available in those areas,” Stamler says.

The grant will help pay for tuition, supplies and a stipend for current students who are from, or who plan to return to, underserved and rural communities across the state.

“The state health department puts out a map that says, by county, that these are ‘underserved area’ counties,” she says. “In both Nebraska and South Dakota, the majority of the counties are considered underserved.”

Stamler says a similar grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration was given in South Dakota as well. The goal of the grants is to graduate advanced practice nurses more quickly to serve rural communities.

By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton


Nebraska clamps down in second half, buries Northwestern 38-17

After a lackluster opening half, 19th-ranked Nebraska found its groove in the second half and was able to bury Northwestern to keep pace in the Big Ten West division standings.

Behind Ameer Abdullah’s 23 carries for 146 yards and four touchdowns, Nebraska moved to 6-1 on the season with a 38-17 win over the Wildcats. The win puts the Huskers a game behind Minnesota in the west division standings at 2-1, with the Gophers moving to 3-0 with a last-minute win over Purdue. Nonetheless, the Huskers overcame a 17-14 halftime deficit and shut out the Wildcats in the final 30 minutes. After the offense sputtered in the first half, Nebraska cranked up their performance in the final two quarters behind Abdullah, Tommy Armstrong, and a stout defense to boot.

Armstrong finished 18-of-29 for 221 yards and caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El as the Huskers owned all three phases of the game in the second half after finding themselves trailing at halftime for the second straight game. Northwestern’s offense was stifled in the third and fourth quarter, gaining only 28 yards of total offense to finish with 290 for the game. Meanwhile, Nebraska rolled up 244 in the final two quarters and played turnover-free football to overpower the Wildcats.

Abdullah’s 146 yards rushing moved him to 1,024 yards on the season, becoming the first player in Nebraska history to have three 1,000 yard seasons during his Husker career. It only took Abdullah seven games to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark, the first Nebraska player to do so since Lawrence Phillips also accomplished the feat in 1994. Abdullah’s 22nd 100-yard rushing game also carried him above the 4,000 yard mark for his career, with a tidy 4,001 yards.

Nebraska harassed Northwestern quarterback Trevor Siemian, as the senior completed only 18-0f-39 pass attempts for 173 yards and one interception, which went to safety Nathan Gerry in the second quarter with Nebraska trailing 7-0. After Justin Jackson’s 2-yard touchdown run gave the Wildcats the first lead of the game, the Huskers responded after Gerry’s interception with a 7-play, 80-yard drive capped off by Abdullah’s 1-yard touchdown run at the 10:14 mark of the second quarter. Northwestern would counter with Jackson’s second score of the night on a 5-yard run to restore Northwestern’s lead to 14-7. Pierson-El found Armstrong on a reverse pass to tie the game at 14-14 before the Wildcats went back in front before halftime on a 29-yard field goal from Jack Mitchell.

Abdullah’s second 1-yard touchdown run of the night put the Huskers ahead to stay with 4:27 left in the third quarter, capping an 11-play, 55 yard drive. The senior from Homewood, Alabama would add two more 1-yard scores in the fourth quarter as Nebraska pulled away and made sure the fourth encounter between the Huskers and Wildcats in as many seasons would not replicate the late-game drama as seen in the previous three.

Jackson finished with 22 carries for 128 yards for Northwestern, but managed only 29 of those yards after halftime as the Blackshirts shored up their struggles from the first two quarters. For the second straight game, linebacker Trevor Roach led the Huskers in tackles, as the senior from Elkhorn tallied ten on the night, with Corey Cooper and Zaire Anderson each adding eight tackles apiece. Reserve defensive tackle Kevin Williams led the Blackshirts with 2 1/2 sacks, as the defense didn’t allow the Wildcats to get any closer to the end zone than their own 39 in the second half.

Kenny Bell led the Nebraska receivers with five catches for 89 yards and moved to within five of Nate Swift, Nebraska’s all-time leader with 166. Bell is also only 69 yards shy of Johnny Rodgers, the all-time receiving yardage leader at Nebraska with 2,479. Pierson-El became the first Husker to throw for a touchdown, catch a touchdown, and return a punt for a touchdown in the same season since Bobby Newcombe accomplished the feat in 2000. Armstrong’s touchdown catch in the second quarter was the first for a Nebraska quarterback since Joe Ganz grabbed a touchdown catch from running back Marlon Lucky in a 2008 win over New Mexico State.

The win will likely move Nebraska up a spot or two in the polls come Sunday. At 6-1, Nebraska is now bowl eligible for the seventh straight season and will meet 5-2 Rutgers next Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.

Sen. Fischer says country must upgrade nuclear weapons

Sen. Deb Fischer

Sen. Deb Fischer

Sen. Deb Fischer has returned to Washington after touring the three nuclear weapon facilities in the United States.

Fischer, a member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, visited the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

Fischer says those sites are a key to maintaining what she calls the backbone of our nuclear deterrent.

“You know, we have aging nuclear weapons and they take them apart, they inspect them to make sure that if they need to be used those weapons are going to perform the way they’re intended to perform,” Fischer tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.

Fischer says the president and Congress have made a commitment to upgrade its nuclear weapons.

“But we have fallen short on it. So, I have some concerns on that and to make sure that our country is modernizing the weapons we have,” Fischer says. “Other countries are doing that. They’ve made the financial commitment and they are doing that. And we need to make sure our arsenal, our nuclear deterrent, is well maintained and is always at the ready.”

The United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) is located in Nebraska, based in Bellevue.

Stock Market showing signs of recovery Friday

After six straight days of losses the Stock Market is showing signs of recovery Friday.   Darrell Bryant is the owner of D. Bryant Retirement Strategies in Omaha and says what we experienced this week was a correction. Most of the indexes dropped 8% to 12%.

Bryant says, “This is not a full fledge bear market. That would require a loss of 20% over six months or more but there are some global fears. The dollar is really strong and a lot of people don’t realize that makes for great vacationing. You can buy a bunch of stuff in Russia right now with the dollar but it makes our stuff a bit more expensive here.”

He says if this does turn into a bear market that will have an impact on those considering retirement right now.

This is a case of never putting all your eggs in one basket. Bryant says everything will make money over time – the question is what time.