Since the start of 2007, 102 Omaha police officers have exchanged their badges for lucrative pension packages. Omaha lost one-eighth of its sworn officers and the force lost a quarter of its years of experience. As a result, it's taking longer for officers to respond to 911 calls for things such as fights and purse snatchings. And the effects of the mass retirements will be felt for years.
It's still a mismatch between No. 3 Kansas and Nebraska, but Saturday night's 79-58 KU victory wasn't like the total mismatch at the Devaney Center last season. The Huskers were still within 12 with 11:52 to play at 53-41. Then came an eight-possession stretch that sunk any upset hopes in front of 13,099 raucous fans at the Devaney Center.
Photo gallery: Kansas 79, Nebraska 58
Big 12: Mizzou throttles Texas
Big Ten: Hawks stun No. 6 Spartans
A new generation of young people who came of age after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks appears to be massing into a powerful voting bloc in 2008. These young men and women say the Iraq war, health care and the economy are driving them to the caucuses and primaries. Many say they are looking for candidates who are authentic and devoid of "political spin."
The effect of the writers strike on tonight's stripped-down Golden Globes overshadows the lack of a favorite in any category this movie awards season.
Video: Economic impact of scaled-back Golden Globes
When members of Congress steer millions in federal dollars to their home states through earmarking, budget watchdogs howl. Where's the scrutiny and accountability, they complain. Now congressional leaders are on the offensive, criticizing federal agencies for taking a little off the top of the earmarked funds before they are distributed.
Flight Metaphor, Danger is My Middle Name, Bartlett, 9 p.m., Sokol Underground, 2234 S 13th St., $8, 346-9802 or myspace.com/brazenmedia
Josh Audiss, Jake Bellows, Orenda Fink, Matt McLarney, Dan McCarthy, Joe Knapp, Derek Andersen, Ben Komar, 9 p.m., The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St., $7, www.waitingroomlounge.com. Benefits the Octopus Garden Art Alliance.
Todd Glass, 7 p.m., Funny Bone Omaha, 17305 Davenport St., $10, 493-8036 or funnyboneomaha.com
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Tom Shatel: Kansas has the look of a champion.
Michael Kelly: No one hear Ezekiel's sad cry.
World-Herald Editorial: Nebraska Legislature is short on time and money this year.
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