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When the Huskers start 5-0 ...

Nebraska is perfect through five games for just the third time in the past 13 seasons. What happens when NU starts 5-0 (or better)? History tells us that NU has finished with as many as four losses just twice in the previous 18 seasons it’s been unbeaten through five. Most of the time — 13 times to be exact — it ends the season ranked in the AP top 10.

Talent on display

Ameer Abdullah's Big Ten media days speech

Watch Nebraska I-back Ameer Abdullah's address at the 2014 Big Ten media days kickoff luncheon. Find the complete transcript below, including links to editor-selected reaction and commentary throughout.

McDermott is first repeat Ware Award winner

Former Creighton star Doug McDermott becomes the only two-time winner of the Fred Ware Award, presented annually by The World-Herald to the four-year college athlete in the state of Nebraska who made the most significant achievement in sports while representing the best traditions of his or her institution.

Harrison Phillips is always aiming higher

McKenzie Brown loves to play, but hates to lose

2014 All-Nebraska baseball

The World-Herald names its selections to the 2014 high school baseball All-Nebraska teams.

2014 All-Nebraska soccer

The World-Herald names its selections to the 2014 high school boys and girls All-Nebraska teams.

Bo Pelini's contract

Bo Pelini’s University of Nebraska contract was first signed on April 6, 2011. Extensions were completed in Feb. 2012 and Dec. 2012. Click the highlighted portions to see brief explanations summarizing the legalese or to get insight on a specific segment of the document. Click the links at right (i.e. "Length of contract") to jump to key points in the agreement.

Calvin Strong rises above the crowd

2013 All-Nebraska softball

The World-Herald names its selections to the 2013 high school softball All-Nebraska teams.

Gun or no gun? Johnny Rodgers' pardon request

The original police report and witness accounts are at odds with Rodgers' request for pardon from his conviction in a 1970 robbery of a Lincoln gas station.

Jesse Pinkman's LinkedIn profile

Following the events of Sunday's season finale of "Breaking Bad," Walter White's former assistant is looking for new opportunities.

Trying to bridge the gap

Anthony Garcia's paper trail

Omaha police announced Monday that they had arrested Anthony J. Garcia III in the May deaths of Dr. Roger Brumback of the Creighton University Medical Center staff and his wife, Mary, along with the 2008 killings of 11-year-old Thomas Hunter and his family's house cleaner, Shirlee Sherman. Garcia was terminated from Creighton's residency program, and appears to have blamed Brumback and Hunter's father, William Hunter, for his subsequent problems. The World-Herald obtained documents from the Indiana medical licensing board that cast more light on Garcia's troubled residency woes and give a possible deadly time-line and motive for the murders.

Aaron Hernandez: Athletes and murder

An interactive feature looking at some notable athletes involved in murder-related incidences and key dates in the homicide investigation leading to the arrest of New England Patriots Aaron Hernandez.

Highly ranked UNO heptathlete Sami Spenner can’t clear NCAA bar

Bazata driven to win

Frauendorfer first to the finish

All-Access: TD Ameritrade Park

A new era for college baseball was ushered in with the opening of downtown Omaha's TD Ameritrade Park. After over 50 years at Rosenblatt Stadium, the NCAA's championship event moved to the new ballpark, providing more parking, open concourses, improved seating, nearby hotels, shopping and retail districts and more — all with a view of the Omaha skyline, Qwest Center Omaha and the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. The World-Herald provides your all-access pass to the park with a detailed look at everything from the number of suites to the number of light bulbs in the scoreboard, from where to find a good seat to the ballpark's best spots to grab a bite to eat. Click on the interactive graphic below to get a closer look.

2013 All-Nebraska baseball

The World-Herald names its selections to the 2013 high school baseball All-Nebraska teams.

Severe weather: Find the nearest tornado siren

This map shows siren locations and coverage estimates used by county planners. Enter your address to find your neighborhood siren.

2013 All-Nebraska soccer

The World-Herald names its selections to the 2013 high school boys and girls All-Nebraska teams.

Is Crawford Omaha's best ever?

Husker scholarship distribution

A scholarship distribution chart for the 2014 Nebraska football team, indicating players holding scholarships displayed by both position and year in school. Position totals at left, class totals at bottom. Although they have left the program, Nebraska must carry the scholarship of DeAndre Wills through the fall semester.

2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Bracket

Track all of the March Madness action with an interactive NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket.

Warren Buffett's letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders

In his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, CEO Warren Buffett called his company's $24 billion gain in 2012 “subpar” in relation to the rest of the stock market. Read the full text of Buffett's letter below, with noted highlights in yellow.

Timeline: Devaney Center

In 2013, the Devaney Center will undergo the biggest transformation in its 37 years of existence. After a $20.5 million makeover, Nebraska volleyball will become the prime tenant as the basketball teams transfer to Pinnacle Bank Arena following the 2012-13 season. Check out the interactive timeline below to see just some of the most memorable moments at the Devaney Center, complete with photos, videos, memorable quotes and more.

Husker Recruiting: Changes shrink NU's sphere of influence

For decades, the Great Plains represented fertile recruiting ground for Tom Osborne's football program. Restoring that lost tradition won't be easy.

Opinion column by Dirk Chatelain / World-Herald staff writer

OPS superintendent contract - Mark Evans

The next superintendent of the Omaha Public Schools will be paid a base salary of $265,000 annually in a three-year contract approved Jan 23, 2013 by the school board. Mark Evans, who will start July 1, also will receive a $12,000 annual transportation allowance and up to $15,000 in moving expenses. Evans will receive an annuity, funded by the school district at a rate of 14 percent of his annual pay. He also could make $3,750 by consulting with OPS officials before he officially takes over.

Husker turnovers: A look at Nebraska's slippery slope

By Dirk Chatelain / World-Herald staff writer

The evidence is crystal clear. Bo Pelini has coached 68 games at Nebraska. When NU’s turnover margin is positive or even, the Huskers are 35-2. When they lose the turnover battle, they’re 13-18. Against ranked teams, the contrast is even more stark: 8-1 when NU wins or ties in turnovers, 0-11 when it loses. Why hasn’t Nebraska joined the nation’s elite? More than anything, it’s turnovers. Too many giveaways, not enough takeaways. Look at the 25 winningest programs since 2008. NU is last in turnover margin — by far. In 2012, the problem got worse. Blame falls mostly on the offense. Nebraska’s 35 giveaways were second-to-last nationally — 20 more than Alabama, Notre Dame and Florida; 23 more than Kansas State. The last time any other college football team won nine games — let alone 10 — with a turnover margin as bad as 2012 Nebraska’s? Hawaii in 2002. NU is trying to win a race with its shoes untied. But there is hope. Notre Dame was second-to-last in turnover margin in 2011. The Irish cleaned it up and — voila! — a 12-0 regular season. Nebraska can do it, too. But first take a hard look at the past.

We've mapped out each of the 35 turnovers committed by the Nebraska football team during the 2012-13 campaign. Hover over each number (or tap it if you're on your tablet) to see when each turnover happened, who the opponent was, which player committed the turnover, the game circumstances and more. Move left to right, count them in order or pick at random, then leave your comments below and follow the discussion.

Freddie Gray's OPS board resignation letter

The Jan. 23, 2013 resignation of Freddie Gray from the Omaha school board elevated Marian Fey to the board's presidency. Gray submitted a three-page resignation letter, two pages of which listed her accomplishments. Her departure capped a stormy year marked by two superintendent searches, and a failed vote last summer to remove Gray as president over her handling of the Nancy Sebring email controversy.

Council's proposed fire contract, 2011-2014

After six years and numerous, expensive court battles, the City of Omaha is poised to approve a fire contract. Almost a year and half ago, Mayor Jim Suttle submitted a fire contract of his own, only to have it voted down by the council. This is a copy of the latest contract. You can also read the version Suttle proposed.

Darin Erstad contract

View an interactive PDF of Darin Erstad's contract signed by the Nebraska baseball coach during the summer of 2012. Click the highlighted portions to see brief explanations summarizing the legalese or to get insight on a specific segment of the document. Click the links at right (i.e. "Length of contract") to jump to key points in the agreement.

Arbitrator's ruling: Omaha Police Department vs. Omaha police union

A labor arbitrator has reinstated two Omaha police officers, Jackie Dolinsky and Aaron Pennington, who were fired in 2011 after a controversial arrest, a decision that largely concludes months of legal battles over the incident. Sharon K. Imes, a Wisconsin-based arbitrator, said city attorneys did not submit persuasive evidence that Officer Aaron Pennington used excessive force during a forceful May 29, 2011, arrest outside Creighton University Medical Center.

2011-12 Omaha Gang Assessment

A report by two researchers at the University of Nebraska at Omaha that assesses the city's street gangs and the efforts to fight them. Several current and former law enforcement officials, Mayor Jim Suttle's office and leaders of north Omaha's Empowerment Network condemn many of the report's conclusions. The Empowerment Network -- which requested the study -- may commission a new study from different analysts.

How did you meet?

A regular series about Midlands couples. Tell us how you met. We might feature your story in the paper.

Warren Buffett's letter to publishers and editors

Warren Buffett pledged a "hands-off" policy for the newspapers his company plans to buy. "You should treat public policy issues just as you have in the past," he wrote in a letter to publishers and editors of the Media General Inc. daily newspapers due to become part of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. "I have some strong political views, but Berkshire owns the paper — I don't. And Berkshire will always be non-political."

Tim Miles contract

View an interactive PDF of Tim Miles' contract signed by the Nebraska men's basketball coach on May 4, 2012. Click the highlighted portions to see brief explanations summarizing the legalese or to get insight on a specific segment of the document. Click the links at right (i.e. "Length of contract") to jump to key points in the agreement. Get the full story here.

State Auditor's report on Gretna spending

State Auditor Mike Foley's audit of the city of Gretna.

Bellevue Police Department corporate card

Bellevue Police Department financial records, including some of John Stacey's expenses.

John Stacey's travel and training requests, May 2011 through May 2012

City of Bellevue financial records on John Stacey's expenses.

John Stacey's travel expenses, May 2011 through May 2012

City of Bellevue financial records on John Stacey's expenses.

Bluejays Taking Flight

The Creighton men’s basketball team is projected by some as a preseason Top 10. But what do the Jays need to do to join the likes of Xavier, Gonzaga, Butler and a few others as perennial mid-major hoops powers? We asked dozens of college hoops reporters from around the country for their opinions. And what do you think the Bluejays need to do to join the college hoops elite? Share your thoughts via the #JaysTakingFlight hashtag on Twitter, and see what local, regional and national media members had to say below (Hint: Click Billy Bluejay's head).

Senator Ben Nelson asks for Election Commissioner investigation

A letter from U.S. Senator Ben Nelson to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for an investigation of the Douglas County Election Commissioner. Nelson had heard from constituents concerned about voter suppression after polling places were closed and other actions.

Omaha Public Facilities Master Plan

Two consultants have developed a new Public Facilities Master Plan for the City of Omaha.

Nebraska Stadiums

Need help finding a stadium in the state of Nebraska? We've got you covered with this interactive map of high school and college facilities from across the state. Is there something we are missing? Let us know by emailing sports@owh.com.

2012 Nebraska All-State boys and girls basketball teams

The decidedly modern — fluorescent shoes, anyone? — blended with the antiquated — yes, that’s a tile floor — when the 2012 All-Nebraska basketball players met in the lane at Holy Name Fieldhouse in north-central Omaha. At the time of its opening in 1950, the 2,000-seat gym that cost $200,000 to build was the largest at any high school in town. Holy Name’s Ramblers, who beat Sioux City Heelan in the gym’s first game, used the rounded steel-rafter facility until the high school closed in 1989. Check out each of the boys and girls All-Nebraska honorees below. Hover over each high school star to see key information. Want to congratulate the 2012 honorees? Like the photo — and leave a comment — on the Nebraska Prep Zone Facebook page!

Downtown Omaha event map

Discover the area surrounding the CenturyLink Center, TD Ameritrade Park and downtown Omaha — including restaurants, arts & entertainment venues, hotels and local retail outlets. Also, click on any location to get more information. Trying to get to a specific location? Click on a pin and click "get directions" for the best route from your location. See something missing from this map? Please e-mail us here. Double-click the map with the left mouse button to zoom in, double-click the right mouse button to zoom out. A search bar is located at the bottom to help locate specific places of interest.

Jays converge on Omaha

How did the Bluejays go from losing long-time coach Dana Altman to the NCAA tournament in two years? View an interactive timeline of the events that brought this season’s CU team together. Click "Next" at the top-right of the timeline to move through each moment that leads up to March 2012.

Creighton Madness

Fans flocked to the Bluejays early this season, when it seemed like every hoops expert in the land fell hard for the blue and white. A 10-1 start put a target on Creighton and created a situation ripe for a letdown. A big one never really came, though a three-game February losing streak sent the national experts looking for another “it” team. Through it all, good team chemistry and a pair of home wins in front of their charged-up fans helped the Jays get back on track. Get a deeper look at the cohesive group of student-athletes who have lifted the Jays to their first NCAA tournament since 2007. World-Herald photographer Alyssa Schukar shot a series of photos — including the one below — of the Bluejay men's basketball team and some of its biggest supporters at D.J. Sokol Arena on the campus of Creighton University. Hover over each CU player to see key information. Are you one of the fans in the photo? Tag yourself in the photo on the Bluejays Today Facebook page!

Ben Gray's anti-discrimination ordinance

Councilman Ben Gray has submitted his ordinance protecting gay and transgendered people from discrimination. It will be on the council's agenda for the first of three times this Tuesday. A public hearing will be held Tuesday, March 6. The vote will be Tuesday, March 13.

Mayor's press release

The Mayor's Office issued this press release on the city's 2011 budget shortfall.

City Council statement

The City Council's press release on the city's 2011 budget shortfall.

Chamber supports council resolution

The Greater Omaha Chamber offered a letter of support for the resolution supporting inclusive workplaces in the city.

Super Bowl: Through the years

The Super Bowl is a yearly media madhouse. See how The World-Herald sports section's front pages portrayed each of the Super Bowl victories won by those players celebrated in our Mt. Rushmore of Super Bowl QBs. From 1967 to 2005, as the football games themselves have evolved, so have the front pages that brought the results to the readers.

Civic Auditorium timeline

World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel asked readers for their favorite memories of the Civic Auditorium. We combined their submissions with a few key events or moments in the auditorium's history. Because many of the reader submissions are based on personal experience or because of incomplete records of the auditorium's events, some details were not able to be confirmed (and are only as accurate as the readers' memories). Some submissions were edited for space.

TD Ameritrade Park: Before and after

Move the slider from side to side to see TD Ameritrade Park before and after construction. The first photo (left of the slider) was taken June 18, 2009 as early construction work was done on the future ballpark's site. The later photo (right of slider) was taken nearly two years later on March 30, 2011, just three weeks before the stadium's opening collegiate game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the host Creighton Bluejays. Photos by James R. Burnett/The World-Herald.

2010 Midlanders of the Year

This is the 47th year that The World-Herald has named Midlanders of the Year. Sometimes the selections have been individuals. At other times, collective notables have been chosen. As The World-Herald honors those who worked so long, so valiantly and so successfully to battle Missouri River floodwaters last summer, we can highlight only a few whose dedication made a difference. The people featured here represent so many, many more. We thank you all, and we salute your efforts.

2012 Republican presidential candidate bios

Iowans have heard them debate repeatedly. They've heard many similar arguments about abortion, same-sex marriage and the economic stewardship of President Barack Obama. As the Jan. 3 caucuses approach, though, Iowa Republicans are wondering: Where do the candidates differ on issues important to GOP voters? For more on race for the presidency, check out our Election 2012 page on Omaha.com

(Published December 24, 2011)

2011: The Year in Review

Here's our review of the year that was. Our biggest news stories, our most-watched videos, the most exciting sports news and the top entertainment picks from our local critics. We'll continue posting new lists in here throughout the week, so check back.

12 Days of Cookies

It's time again for our 12 Days of Cookies series, this year sponsored by Roberts Dairy Foods. Bakers submitted their family favorites and online visitors voted on which cookies they wanted to see in the series. The series started on Dec. 13 and will run through Dec. 24. Check back each day to see the latest recipe.

Carl Pelini's Florida Atlantic contract

Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini is the new head coach at Florida Atlantic. The FAU Board of Trustees approved a five-year, $2.49-million deal for Pelini, who will start with a base salary of $450,000 with a 5 percent increase each January through 2016.

Lauren Cook's pretrial diversion program agreement

Spells out the requirements that NU volleyball player Lauren Cook must follow in order to have her felony hit-and-run charge dismissed.

Interactive: Keystone XL pipeline

Our new Keystone XL pipeline interactive map shows important points along the pipeline route from Canada to the Gulf Coast. We've also explained how the oil is extracted and outlined the arguments for and against building the pipeline in Nebraska.

Read more about the pipeline at omaha.com/topics/pipeline

MISA financial records: Polikov's motion; attorney's response

Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov said he believes a judge will order a Bellevue school administrator to hand over financial records of a nonprofit organization formerly run out of the school district's offices. Polikov asked the judge to compel Kyle Fairbairn to comply with a two-month-old subpoena seeking the records of the Military Impacted Schools Association. The organization is run by former Bellevue Superintendent John Deegan. Polikov issued the subpoena after Fairbairn failed to comply with numerous requests for MISA financial records by the State Patrol and State Auditor Mike Foley. The patrol and the auditor are investigating MISA as part of a wider probe that relates to Deegan and other Bellevue school officials who worked in his administration.

Beatrice State Developmental Center Investigation

Read the report accusing eleven staff members at the Beatrice State Developmental Center of abusing disabled residents or failing to report abuse. The internal investigation by the center found that direct care staff hit, pushed or choked seven residents.

2011 nonconference football game contract - Wyoming

Nebraska will pay opponents a combined $1.075 million for its three home nonconference games this fall, and Nebraska will receive $300,000 for its trip to Wyoming, according to contracts acquired by The World-Herald in an open records request. NU will pay Tennessee-Chattanooga $475,000 for its visit to Lincoln on Saturday, and Fresno State and Washington will each receive $300,000.

2011 nonconference football game contract - Washington

Nebraska will pay opponents a combined $1.075 million for its three home nonconference games this fall, and Nebraska will receive $300,000 for its trip to Wyoming, according to contracts acquired by The World-Herald in an open records request. NU will pay Tennessee-Chattanooga $475,000 for its visit to Lincoln on Saturday, and Fresno State and Washington will each receive $300,000.

2011 nonconference football game contracts - Tennesseee-Chattanooga and Fresno State

Nebraska will pay opponents a combined $1.075 million for its three home nonconference games this fall, and Nebraska will receive $300,000 for its trip to Wyoming, according to contracts acquired by The World-Herald in an open records request. NU will pay Tennessee-Chattanooga $475,000 for its visit to Lincoln on Saturday, and Fresno State and Washington will each receive $300,000.

Unfair labor practice petition against City of Omaha

The Omaha Firefighters Union filed a "prohibited practice" complaint against the City of Omaha and several councilmembers. The move follows the Council meeting Tuesday where a proposed contract with the union was amended, but ultimately not passed.

Suttle letter to council regarding fire contract

A letter from Omaha mayor Jim Suttle to the city Council urged the council to reconsider proposed amendments to the contract with the city's fire union. The mayor also said he would veto a contract including any changes.

Rosenblatt Stadium war memorial plaque

City of Omaha proposed 2012 budget

The administration of Mayor Jim Suttle introduced its proposed budget before the city Council on July 19. The council is scheduled to vote on the budget at its meeting on August 23.

CIR overhaul bill

One of the Legislature's main goals in the 2011 session was to overhaul the Commission of Industrial Relations, the board that settles disputes between governments and public labor unions. LB397 achieved that overhaul.

Proposed Contract with Omaha Fire Union, 2009-2013

This is the proposed contract between the City of Omaha and the firefighter union. The contract is searchable and includes annotations by World-Herald staff. Click the highlighted portions to see brief explanations summarizing the legalese or to get insight on a specific segment of the document. Click the links at right (i.e. "Sick leave," "Longevity pay," "Healthcare") to jump to key points in the agreement.

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