The 14th-ranked Nebraska softball team wraps up a six-game homestand this weekend when the Huskers welcome Texas Tech to Bowlin Stadium for a two-game conference series on Saturday and Sunday. [Read more…]
Archives for April 2011
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke with state and local leaders from Nebraska about the state of education in America. Duncan says he has high hopes for those graduating from Nebraska Institutions.
“The passion, the thoughtfulness, the way that folks are partnering and working together, there’s a great reason to be hopeful here.”
While he says there is a long way to go, Duncan says there is a cohesion in Nebraska that doesn’t exist in other states.
For the second straight Friday, a hometown hero is laid to rest in the Omaha metro area. Funeral services were held this morning for Army Specialist Joseph Cemper (SEM-per), a native of Papillion. Larry Storer stood outside Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church this morning to show support for Cemper’s family.
“I try to get by to most all of these to say goodbye. I didn’t serve myself but I believe in everything they do.”
Storer says attending the service a young man killed in action is a tough thing to have to do and feels for his family. He thinks everyone should do the same.
“It’s a shame we have to do that but we need to recognize those who have given our lives for our country. That is the price we have to pay and I think we should all recognize that.”
Cemper was killed April 16th in Afghanistan and had just recently become a father. He was laid to rest at Cedar Dale Cemetery in Papillion.
Two junior college transfers, Bill Freeman and Jacques Coleman (pronounced jay-KEYS), have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Nebraska-Omaha men’s basketball team in 2011-12. The duo comes to UNO after beginning their careers at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa.
Freeman is a 6-4, 195-pound guard/forward from Des Moines, Iowa, while Coleman is a 5-11, 160-pound guard from Milwaukee, Wis. In 2011, they helped Ellsworth to an 18-13 overall record and a 9-5 mark in league play. In 2010, the Panthers won the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) championship and ranked 13th in the NJCAA final poll.
Coleman appeared in all 30 games for ECC last year, averaging 8.3 points 3.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game. As a sophomore, he totaled 249 points, and his 95 assists led Ellsworth for the year. Coleman also finished with 45 steals, second only to Freeman (47).
The Omaha Storm Chasers put together a complete game in dominanting the Iowa Cubs with a 7-0 win on Thursday. Starting pitcher Danny Duffy (1-0), was remarkable in his fourth start in a Storm Chasers uniform.
The 22-year-old lefthander fired six near-perfect innings, allowing just one hit while striking out eight in 79 pitches. He did not walk a batter. With the performance, Duffy has not been scored upon in 15 total innings at Werner Park and has racked up 20 strikeouts in the process. His ERA is 0.90.
On offense, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas, the Chasers’ highly-touted prospect led the offensive charge. Moustakas hit a three-run home run in the third inning, then followed a Hosmer blast with one of his own in the fifth. It was the first time Hosmer and Moustakas have hit back-to-back home runs during their young careers.
Hosmer later added an RBI double off the centerfield fence, raising his batting average to .408 with a four-hit performance. Moustakas finished the night 2-for-5 with four runs batted in.
Agricultural groups worry the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will set up new rules on dust that will force farmers in Nebraska and nationwide to make dramatic changes in the way they till the soil.
The chief of the E-P-A says she has the “flexibility” to impose Clean Air Act rules in rural areas, rules that are different from those targeting more populated areas.
E-P-A Administrator Lisa Jackson cautions against overreaction. “What happens is that people start getting worried about things that haven’t happened yet,” Jackson says, “and they’re worried, you know, on both sides.” [Read more…]
Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara was selected as the 19th overall pick by the New York Giants in the NFL Draft. Amukamara was in attendance at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall for.
Amukamara is the 34th all-time first-round draft selection in Nebraska school history. His first-round pick gives Nebraska a first-round pick for the second consecutive year, after Ndamukong Suh was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft.
“It is our duty and it is our obligation to take care of the children and the aging in this state and this is a strong vote in favor of the aging population.”
The bill essentially lets nursing homes tax themselves under a formula that would increase the amount of money they get back from the government.
Nebraska’s Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony will be Sunday, May 1st. Event Committee Organizer Pam Gannon says it is also our nation’s annual Commemoration Day of Remembrance.
“Commemoration is a time to remember the survivors of the Holocaust but also the lessons of the Holocaust and how to fight apathy and indifference. And to honor those who have really taught us important lessons with the way they lived their life in spite of all of it.” [Read more…]
The Missouri River Relief is asking for volunteers in Omaha and Council Bluffs to get down into the river and get a bit dirty this Saturday. Spokesman Jeff Barrow says they have 10 boats ready to take volunteers up and down the river to pick up trash.
“We will be taking volunteers out to the woods and the shores where the volunteers will be picking up the trash and putting it in bags, the big stuff that piles up on shores.”
Barrow says the more the merrier and the more work that will get done. He says these volunteers usually don’t fool around and are there to get a job done.
“A typical cleanup will take 150 volunteers out in the river and in 3 hours they will have collected 10-tons of garbage.”
Barrow says you would not believe what people dump along the river.
“We find everything from kitchen sinks, refrigerators, water heaters to upright pianos. It is amazing what’s out there.”
Volunteers should meet at the Lewis and Clark Marina at 9am Saturday. Barrow says dress appropriately and that means long sleeves and pants and sturdy shoes.