If you aren’t planning on voting…

I don't know whether to hug them or smack them.  I'm talking about the 11,000 Omahans who, according to a recent report in the Omaha World-Herald, signed the recall petitions but didn't vote in the actual election on Jan. 25.


Texting and driving ban making no mark

Cell phone distractions account for an estimated 1.6 million automobile accidents annually, according to the National Safety Council. That's why Iowa and Nebraska initiated a "texting while driving" ban in July 2010. However, since the start of the ban fewer than 160 tickets or warnings have been written in Iowa and Nebraska, according to the Omaha World-Herald.


Energy drinks: pouring out secrets

Teens and young adults all over the United States are popping tabs to become rock stars, monsters or even red bulls with wings, hoping to perform at full throttle. This transformation comes in a can filled with a mysterious concoction, and you may be surprised by the ugly secrets poured out by researchers during the Mayo Clinic Proceedings last year.


Were Super Bowl Groupon ads over the line?

About half of the people who watch the Super Bowl aren't watching it for the actual game. They're watching it for the commercials.


The King’s Speech

Every so often a movie comes along that both exceeds expectations and is impossible to summarize in a pithy review column headline. "The King's Speech" is one of those movies.

Is “Skins” too much for American TV?

A few months ago, when commercials for MTV's new show "Skins" started airing, no one really paid any attention.


Valentine’s Day means more than Hallmark, candy and flowers

As a hopeless romantic, I think Valentine's Day is a very exciting time of year.  It may be  my favorite holiday.


If we’re going to be serious about hockey, we need our own arena

In the last two years, the UNO hockey program has made a lot of changes. With the addition of head coach Dean Blais and the move to the WCHA, you could argue that the Mavs have finally stepped up to big boy hockey.