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Murder

August 31, 2005 at 3:09am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

A Lincolnite was shot and killed around 12:30a.m. this morning. Robert Herndon was murdered by two men who had come to his house, but it is not clear if Herndon knew the men. Herndon’s girlfriend witnessed the murder.

Often these situations involve gang activity or a drug deal gone wrong. So far no motive has been suggested.

A Star City Hooker

August 31, 2005 at 2:21am By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I just had my first encounter with a Lincoln prostitute.

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New at Lincolnite: Big Decisions

August 29, 2005 at 4:24pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The Articles section of the website isn’t technically ready to go live just yet, but I have posted my first article in my weekly (give or take) column called The Front Porch. The summary:

My wife and I are parents in need of a child in a world filled with children in need of parents. When the old fashioned approach didn’t work as advertised, the decision about what to do next came a lot easier than we expected.

Comments on this blog entry are closed; comments may be posted at the article.

Go Gary Walker, Go!

August 26, 2005 at 2:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I really respect Gary Walker. He’s the owner of the freedom flyer, a large bus that sits outside the Hi-Way Diner on Highway 2. The bus serves as the Hi-Way Diner’s “unofficial” smoking section, since paternalistic Lincolnites have decided that smoking in restaurants is evil. Unfortunately, the bus runs afoul of another law that restricts using recreational vehicles to supplement a business. (I don’t get it either.) Mr. Walker is fighting the issue all the way through—which probably means he’ll end up in jail for a couple days.

There is good news in all of this. Apparently the City of Lincoln is now nearly crime free! It must be, or else why would Lincoln’s prosecutorial community be spending tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to press such a tiny issue?

Anyway, good for Gary Walker for standing up to an unjust law. Most anti-smoking ban types in Lincoln just sat back and whined (paging Bob Ihrig), while Mr. Walker actually got creative. Good for him!

As an aside, has anybody eaten at the Hi-Way Diner recently? Has the joint cleaned up at all? The last time I was there—probably a half-dozen years ago or more—it was a tad on the icky side. I’m all for character in my local diners, but the Hi-Way Diner had character literally crawling in the carpets.

Evans Speaks Out

August 24, 2005 at 12:16am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Lincoln Board of Education member Doug Evans isn’t pleased with a $40,000 addition to a $250 million budget. The money would support two bus routes added after parents in the Everett and Clinton Elementary School areas complained that their children have to make an unreasonably dangerous trek to and from school each day.

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Goofy Menu Bug Fixed?

August 24, 2005 at 12:11am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I fixed a bug that made the primary website menu (Articles, Blogs, Classifieds, Directory, etc.) display incorrectly in some browsers. At least, I hope I fixed it. Can any Opera and Safari users let me know if the menu is behaving properly now? (Paging Abe of Lincoln...)

Lincolnite Sports Blog On the Way

August 23, 2005 at 7:31pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

A while back I asked a friend if he would be interested in doing some sports-related blogging here on Lincolnite. At the time he wasn’t able to commit to it because he had about 12 different jobs and neither blogging nor sleeping fit into his schedule. Now, however, his load has lightened somewhat and he has agreed to share his sports wisdom with his fellow Lincolnites.

There’s one catch: this new sports blog needs a name. He and I are brainstorming names as I write this, but I figure I should give you all a say in the matter as well. What do you think? What would you call a sports-related blog by a Lincolnite who happens to be a huge Minnesota Vikings fan? Any ideas?

Favicon

August 22, 2005 at 12:48am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I finally added a favicon Lincolnite favicon to the site. Look up in your URL bar. I’n't it cute?

And there was much rejoicing. (Yea.)

LJS: Better Late Than Never!

August 19, 2005 at 2:28pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Three weeks after the AP first reported on Brice Mellen, the Lincoln Journal Star finally got around to featuring him in today’s edition. Better late than never, I suppose, but c’mon, it’s not as though the LJS had more pressing topics to cover in the mean time. Why so late?

Website Changes

August 19, 2005 at 4:52am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I made a few updates to the website this evening. They include:

  • Minor cosmetic changes
  • Implemented a search feature (cosmetic modifications forthcoming)
  • Implemented a few site membership functions (ditto on the cosmetics)

As always, your comments are appreciated.

Friday Night Spotlight: Get Thee to Memorial Stadium

August 19, 2005 at 4:42am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Everybody who’s anybody knows that the place to be on the Friday evening before UNL classes start is Memorial Stadium. Why’s that? Why, it’s the site of the post-band camp performance by your beloved Cornhusker Marching Band, of course! The annual exhibition gives new and experienced band members alike the chance to perform in front of a large crowd (in the 8,000 to 10,000 range, usually) in preparation for the upcoming season, and it gives band fans a chance to see the band’s progress after only one week of rehearsals. The band usually performs Pre-Game and portions of their first half-time show, and they show off a few of the musical and marching fundamentals they’ve learned so far. The exhibition also features the famous Drill Down, a fun competition in which band members try to be the last to goof up as marching commands are thrown at them progressively quicker.

Gates open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:00pm. Enter Memorial Stadium through Gate 3 or Gate 11.

Both The Missus and I are band vets, so we try to get to the exhibition every year. It’s a good time and it’s free. You can’t go wrong with that combination, right? Here’s a tip: the band usually practices their warm-up and march to the stadium prior to the show. If you want to catch that—I recommend it, especially if you haven’t seen it before—it will probably begin around 6:15pm or 6:30pm outside Westbrook Music Building, which is behind (West of) the Lied Center. On game days they typically begin their warm-up routine outside Westbrook approximately one hour before game time, with their march to the stadium 15-20 minutes later.

Koso’s Going Down

August 18, 2005 at 2:34pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Matthew Koso doesn’t stand a chance, now that Attorney General Jon Bruning has “leaked” that Koso has done the nasty with underage girls other than the one he married. In a fit of petty irresponsibility Bruning indicated that there are “many credible reports” to suggest Koso has mssed around with several young girls, and that such activity was “an open secret” in Falls City. I have two responses to that.

First, why the heck is our Attorney General spreading hearsay and rumors? If he is going to charge Koso with crimes he should charge Koso with crimes. It is completely out of line for a major government official to engage in the equivalent of schoolyard scuttlebutt. If the rumors turn out to be false, I hope Koso nails Bruning to the wall. (And if they turn out to be true, good luck in prison Mr. Koso. You’ll be there for a good, long while.)

Second, it was an open secret? What the hell is wrong with Falls City residents?! If anything deserves a good WTF, it’s that. That’s right up there with the open secret in Crete that parents provide copious amounts of alcohol (and, erm, “more”) to their teenagers and dozens of their closest friends on a regular basis.

West O is Blighted

August 18, 2005 at 2:22pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

It’s official: West O Street is blighted. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody who 1) has noticed that Lincoln is on pace to declare every area of town blighted by 2010, and 2) has experienced the unattractive blandness that is West O. Of course, if unattractive blandness is our standard, then most of Cornhusker Highway should be next on Lincoln’s blight list. Along with a good chunk of North 27th Street. And [insert your example here].

Work in Progress

August 17, 2005 at 1:28am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I will be playing with several different pieces of the website over the next couple days. You may have already noticed that the blog archives are now available (Hint: look in the column on the right). Other changes will be coming as well. My apologies for any hiccups as I play around with a few things.

You Know You Will

August 16, 2005 at 4:10pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Go ahead, admit it. You’re planning to watch Tommy Lee Goes to College tonight at 8:00pm. Oh sure, you claim that you’re just watching it to see if you see somebody you know. But I know the truth. You want to watch it. It’s ok; it doesn’t make you a bad person.

Unless you order the DVD version of the show. That would be pretty weird.

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