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Live Well Omaha
November 19, 2010, 7:24 pm
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Thanks A Lot Bin Laden
November 19, 2010, 7:17 pm
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While I was reading this article I was watching CNN and a story came on about how a “bomb” found in a plane while in Germany, is under much controversy because reports are coming out stating that the USA planted the “bomb”. Under the treaties with countries frighting the war on terror the USA has the right to test foreign airports with fake attempts at passing an explosive through security as a way to measure a real life instance of it happening. The tests can be and are unannounced and they don’t have to contact the government of the foreign country in any way. So I read the following story from the on the issue of airline security.

This will always be a newsworthy story. The times of watching your loved ones come off the plane and greeting them at the gate are a distant memory. Now personally I have no problem going through the extensive measures that security takes to make sure that no threats are being allowed on planes. I would walk naked and have them look at all my possessions if they really felt the need to check me as a security threat. I understand the flip side that people want their privacy, but to me it’s like who cares. I would rather know everyone on my flight has been checked and I can take a nap without having to worry about waking up to karate chop somebody in the throat and safely land the plane in a field. Plus these people that check people are checking thousands of people a day, like they are really going to remember you because you had some love handles or had some sex toys in your bag. I mean really people, get patted down and move on with your day. If you don’t have anything to hide then just go through with it or drive to your destination.

That old spaceship looking house gets front page?
November 11, 2010, 8:22 pm
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It’s really funny to me that we have huge political changes going on, a missile that was accidentally fired near California and it’s veterans day to top it off, and the Denver Post front page news story is that some house sold. I have seen this house many times driving up to the mountains and it is iconic to the area around Denver. It is listed in the National Register of Historical Places and draws thousands of views daily. But why in the world is this front page news? Sure, the guy who bought the house and had it foreclosed only received half of what he paid for it, but who cares? The house was made famous by the movie Sleeper. I have never seen nor heard about the movie other than the fact the house was built for that sole purpose. There are several buyers who want to take over the futuristic style house and give it modern day feel. The house is said to be very nice inside. If I was a subscriber to the Denver Post I would be upset that this is on the front page.

The house that might fly away!

I don’t even enjoy plays….
November 5, 2010, 5:51 pm
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But I will most certainly follow her career. The Sioux City Journal strategically placed a picture of Alison Ewing on the front page of the entertainment section and I was drawn in. I really didn’t want to write about politics today and I write and think too much about sport as it is so I had to search for an article. Although this article isn’t very newsy, it gives an incite into how hard people from the midwest have to work to become actors. She didn’t have the connections to higher ups like other actors do on both coasts but she kept pursuing and finally received a phone call to be cast in the musical Mamma. Acting is a profession that needs work day in and day out to make it big time. She talks about being worried about having that certain something that all the other big time actors have and she will find it through her tenacity. But what do I know, I only looked at the picture.

School Closing Causes Confusion and Panic Among Student Athletes
November 3, 2010, 7:15 pm
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Dana College has closed its doors after 126 years of providing education and athletics to thousands of students. Imagine shopping for school supplies and dorm room décor just weeks before the start of fall semester, and then receiving an email that the college you applied to and stressed over making an athletic team is closing immediately. This situation became a reality for over 550 students and 150 staff and professors at the college. Professors had questions of where they were going to find teaching jobs. Coaches were faced with troubling questions of what to tell recruits to their teams and where they would find jobs themselves. Students found themselves put back into the position of what schools would accept them and if they would be eligible to play any sports.

Morningside College athletic director Jerry Schmutte received the news about the same time as the Dana students. “Obviously we wanted to help the students out. We will do the same as other institutions as we would hope they do for us in a difficult situation as this is.” Jerry stated. Midland University announced that it would honor all athletic scholarships and also give 90-day contracts to all coaches from Dana College who wished to move to their University. “It was all very overwhelming and confusing.” Taylor Martin, who transferred to Morningside College and plays for the Men’s Soccer team. “You pick your school and they tell you everything is going to be worked out and be fine. And then the school closes and you are left wondering where the heck am I going to go. Are they going to take my credits? Am I going to be eligible to play soccer? It was all very stressful.” Student athletes in some cases have it more difficult in finding the right school. They have to find the school good for their major and then find the right fit for their athletic endeavors. The closing of Dana did little to help their situations.

Taylor Martin ended up being ineligible for the men’s soccer team this year and that was only the beginning to his first semester at a new institution. Taylor, like many of his former classmates at Dana, are having to learn a brand new campus and academic routine. Class structure and size differs from college to college. Also the requirements for graduation can be vastly different depending on degrees from college to college. Schools reached out very quickly to the student athletes in an effort to make their teams better. But, schools still had to have the intended majors for the incoming students and financial aid was a nightmare for hundreds of student athletes simply looking for a place to call home. As we all near the end of the fall semester students look to get into a routine in their new schools away from the disheartening situation at Dana College. As some students inevitably fell through the cracks throughout the transition process student athletes look to continue to work through the process of getting settled in their studies and preparing for their sport through dedication and hard work.

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