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Lance Armstrong has finally admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France, making the confession during an interview with Oprah Winfrey.  A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press of Armstrong's admission, which will be aired on Winfrey's network later this week.  The confession was a stunning reversal, after years of public statements, interviews and court battles in which he denied doping and zealously protected his reputation.


The Creighton men’s basketball team jumped from 13th to twelfth in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and moved up from eleventh to tenth in the USA Today Coaches poll released yesterday.  The 16-1 Bluejays won two games in the last week, routing Drake at home last Tuesday 91-61 and then defeated Missouri State 74-52 on the road last Friday.  Louisville is the new number one in the AP Top 25.  Indiana, Duke, Kansas, and Michigan round out the top five.  Creighton will be in action next when they host 9-8 Northern Iowa on Tuesday at 7:05.  In other Creighton men’s basketball news, for the fifth time this season and tenth time in his career, Doug McDermott has been named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week. 


The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated their high school basketball rankings today.  In the boys basketball polls, the 12-2 Lutheran High Northeast Eagles moved up from second to first in the Lincoln Journal Star and improved from third to second in the Omaha World Herald in Class “C-2”.  In the girls rankings, the 10-3 Norfolk Lady Panthers are ranked ninth in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” in the Omaha World Herald while remaining tenth in the Lincoln Journal Star.  The 8-3 Norfolk Catholic Lady Knights have reappeared in both media’s rankings at tenth in Class “C-1”.


Local Schedule:  LHNE at Pierce (G&B BB-6:15); Gretna at Nfk Cath (GBB-6:30); Nfk High at Millard West (WR Dual-7:00); NECC at Mt. Marty JV at Yankton, SD (WBB-7:00); Northern Iowa at Creighton (MBB-7:00); Augustana at WSC (W&M BB-6:00).


This Evening:  The Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys basketball team visits Pierce in a 6:15 doubleheader starting with the girls game.  Pregame coverage at approximately 5:55 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.



Charles Chaplin made his screen debut in “Making a Living” in 1913


News Briefs:

Governor Dave Heineman is scheduled to be in Norfolk this afternoon.  The governor delivers his State of the State Address from the State Capitol's Legislative Chamber this morning, then will visit several Nebraska communities including Norfolk.  Governor Heineman will highlight his priorities identified during the State of the State.  His talk is set for 4:45 today at the Airport Services Building at the Norfolk Regional Airport.  


More than 120 vendors will be on hand for the Northeast Nebraska Farm and Equipment Show tomorrow and Thursday at the Chuck M. Pohlman Ag Complex at Northeast Community College.  The event will also include 12 educational seminars.  There is no admission charged for the show which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. tomorrow and 9:00 to 4:00 Thursday.


Travelers on Highway 81 north of Norfolk are asked to watch out for crews from the Nebraska Public Power District today and tomorrow.  Electrical conductor is being strung between transmission structures on both sides of Highway 81 about a mile north of Norfolk.


Mini iPads will soon be standard equipment at Norfolk Junior High School.  The Norfolk Public Board of Education voted last night to purchase 600 of the devices for use by students in the Junior High.  The purchase will be funded in part through a Cooperative Technology Bond Fund that includes schools in Wayne, Hartington and Crofton.


Authorities say seven bullet holes have been found in an exterior wall of an elementary school in northeast Omaha. Omaha television station KETV reports that a teacher found the damage to the gymnasium wall at Martin Luther King Junior Elementary School last week. At least one bullet penetrated to the interior and hit a television. Police say the bullets were likely fired during the holiday break and no one was hurt.


A lawmaker has introduced a bill that would make it illegal for any child younger than 8 years old to ride on a motorcycle in Nebraska. Lincoln Senator Bill Avery introduced his bill yesterday that would insert the age requirement into state law.


A Nebraska state lawmaker has proposed legislation that he says would help revitalize small-town main streets. Senator Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha proposed a state tax credit yesterday to encourage preservation and restoration of historic buildings in Nebraska. The Nebraska Job Creation and Mainstreet Revitalization Act would offer a tax credit for restoring, rehabilitating or preserving historically significant and income-producing properties.


The Nebraska Attorney General's Office says its Medicaid Fraud Unit recovered more than $20 million from fraudulent claims in 2012. Attorney General Jon Bruning says the money will be used to reimburse Medicaid for losses and cover legal fees for individual cases.


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Imagine how long it took Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s mother to sew his name in his clothes before sending Hank to camp.


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