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Atropia belladonna is the scientific name for a once very infamous, but now a medically important perennial herbaceous plant that is commonly known as belladonna or deadly nightshade. It is in the same botanical family as tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant, and is native to Europe, North Africa…

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As I’ve discussed multiple times, I spend a good chunk of my life in basketball gymnasiums watching or coaching my kids. In addition to that, I also help organize and run a basketball tournament each year in Gretna. During all that time, I’ve seen some shocking things when it comes to behavi…

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For many, Thanksgiving is a holiday known for food. When someone says Thanksgiving, we often immediately think of the big feast. However, when it comes to eating on a holiday, is Thanksgiving really the best of the best? Or are other holidays at the top when it comes to celebrating with food?

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Stocking your pantry is essential for planning and preparing healthy meals. While meal planning is a whole creature on its own (I’ll save that for another day), let’s talk about what items should be in your pantry at all times.

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There are few geographical features of our Earth that exemplify the beauty and power of nature as dramatically as waterfalls. The sight and sound of tons of water spilling over the edge of a cliff or cascading over rocks never fails to impress.

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From 1968 to 2001, millions of children would tune in every morning to the educational children’s television series that was “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” The film, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” portrays the peculiar and nurturing soul that was Mr. Rogers, and the real-life story o…

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Everyone loves an underdog story. We wrap our arms around the down-on-his-luck boxer who defies the odds and becomes champ in “Rocky.” We stand and roar for the tiny school in Hickory, Indiana, who goes on to win the championship in “Hoosiers.” In “Ford v Ferrari,” we find ourselves rooting …

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It may be hard to believe, but it is once again the influenza and cold season. It is that time of the year when you should get your annual flu shot, ample rest, wash your hands frequently, use standard precautions around sick people and avoid contacting your eyes and mouth area with unclean hands.

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The Impossible Whopper was such the rage that Burger King has decided to drop three new meatless burgers onto its menu. With the rise of the Impossible Burger and other plant-based patties, Sports Editor Grant Egger and reporter Daniel Buhrman got to wondering: Would you eat plant-based burger?

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Over the years, I’ve penned a column or two with my thoughts on Husker football. Through the years, I’ve analyzed and complained about Callahan, Pelini and Mr. Personality, Mike Riley. I was an early bandwagon jumper for Scott Frost, calling for his hire many months before Riley was given hi…

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Sodium Chloride, also known as common table salt, has played an important role in human history long before it was known that a small amount of it in the diet was essential for life.

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Sodium is a chemical element that is a soft, silvery-white highly reactive metal. It is too reactive to occur in pure elemental form in nature, but is found as part of many minerals.

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Rolling our clocks back an hour is a joy that I seem to enjoy more and more each year. It’s as if this free hour of time is just handed to you at no cost, and, you get it on a weekend! But, I will say, with so many of our clocks being changed automatically, it does kind of lose some of it’s …

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What better way to roll into the holiday season than by celebrating Sweet Potato Awareness Month in November. November also happens to be National Peanut Butter Lovers Month and home to Spicy Guacamole Day. But, let’s talk about sweet potatoes.

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Ten years after a ragtag team of misfits were thrown together to survive a zombie apocalypse, the team is back for more adventures in “Zombieland: Double Tap.”

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Roundworms — Phylum Nematoda — are among the most abundant animals on the earth, and most people are unaware of their existence.

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Waterfowl season just opened in Iowa and deer season opens on Nov. 14 in Nebraska. Some people hunt for the sport of it and some for bonding time with family and friends. Do you think hunting for sport should be allowed? Sports Editor Grant Egger and Front Office Manager Shauna Gerke debate …

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So I heard a word used in a peculiar context the other day that threw me in a "tizzy" about "moods" toward current and historic English language slang.

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After announcing he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek was adamant that he would continue hosting the quiz show as long as he possibly could even as he continued chemotherapy.

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Over the last 10 years, fine arts programs in school districts across the country have been cut or severely reduced due to budget issues.

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There was a time when Shakespeare’s Hamlet was the most coveted and difficult role; a part so daunting and daring, it would be reserved exclusively for the most renowned actors in the world.

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Some sustainability experts who are looking to the future, predict that humans will soon derive some of their daily protein needs from insects.

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I’m not a huge pet or animal fan, but, boy howdy, is there anything that will make you smile more quickly than seeing a dog riding in the front seat of a car? Not like on someone’s lap, but one of those big dogs that somehow just sits in the front passenger seat like a little person. I chall…

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The seasons have changed and cold weather is on the way. I officially declare it soup season. Start the season off right by turning on your stove and making your favorite soup from scratch. You might be thinking, why bother to make homemade soup when you can just buy a can from the store and…

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Recent cases of severe lung illnesses and at least nine deaths, as well as a persistent epidemic of youth use, have prompted lawmakers across the country to propose legislation that would ban flavored vaping products.

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I have to admit, I haven’t really been following the Democratic debates too closely. I’ll pay attention to the sound bites and video clips the morning after, but have figured my time is better spent mowing the lawn or taking a nap.

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There are some people who enjoy keeping an exotic animal as a pet. Some exotic pets can be very unpredictable and occasionally there is a news story about an exotic pet that has injured someone or even caused a death.

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I don’t know what it is about space epics, but there’s something thrilling about them, isn’t there? Perhaps it’s the all-too-real CGI that makes it seem like you’re actually in space. Maybe it’s the journey to the unknown. Either way, the latest space epic, “Ad Astra,” checks both boxes in i…

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The first-of-its-kind research defined and measured positive development of youth. The comprehensive findings from the 4-H study of positive youth development is a model that is driving innovative thinking and approaches to youth development around the world.

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I have to admit, I haven’t really been following the Democratic debates too closely. I’ll pay attention to the sound bites and video clips the morning after, but have figured my time is better spent mowing the lawn or taking a nap.

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September is National Food Safety Education Month. CDC estimates that each year 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. Those that are at highest risk of food poisoning are children under 5 years old, pregnant women, adults 65 years and o…

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Honey is a sweet, thick fluid made by honeybees from flower nectar that is used to feed the members of a bee colony.

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With Halloween remarkably just around the corner, it’s about that time for the horror to accompany the upcoming cool fall air. After Stephen King’s “It” terrorized and thrilled audiences in 2017 to domestic and commercial success, the sadistic clown, Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard), also known as…

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I suppose I’m not alone in wondering where did the summer go? Even Labor Day, that last hurrah of summer, is history. I fondly remember when I was a kid that Labor Day was the last chance for a swim at Peony Park Pool in Omaha. Now most of the pools close in mid-August and the schools have b…

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Frogs are slimy, smooth-skinned animals that are called amphibians because most species use both land and water in their life cycles. Although frogs possess lungs, most frogs also breathe partly through their skin, which needs to be kept damp.

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Beaten down by the game, physically and mentally, 29-year-old Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck recently announced his retirement during the NFL preseason. Without the context as to why he was retiring, some Colts booed Luck as he left the field after the exhibition. In retrospect, …

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There’s plenty of negative news, sad things that have happened in our area recently, and political talk, which seem to dominate the news cycle throughout the year. So, I’d like to briefly change course. To celebrate the start of football season, here’s my favorite things about this particula…

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The Dead Sea and its surrounding area is one of the most extraordinary places on Earth — plus, this entire region has a rich biblical history.

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It’s officially that time of the year, back to school. Packing lunch for your kids every day can be quite the grueling task. Not only does it take time and planning, but there is always that chance that the meal you put all your love into comes home at the end of the day untouched.

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It isn’t often that an R-rated version of “The Goonies” and “Stranger Things” graces the silver screen with four-letter words and inappropriateness galore, but that’s exactly what audiences are getting with “Good Boys.”

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