April 8: UNL women’s basketball coach resigns

Want to sound smarter to friends, professors and parents?  We harvested the cream of the crop of the past week’s news and handpicked what to keep an eye on next week.


Yori quits, denies mistreating players


Connie Yori resigns after 14 seasons with the Huskers amid investigations of player mistreatment. (Photo by Rebecca S. Gratz/Omaha World-Herald)

Connie Yori, Nebraska women’s basketball head coach, resigned Tuesday after denying allegations of bullying and mistreatment of players. Nebraska’s athletic department investigated claims of players’ dissatisfaction with the coach’s methods. (Omaha World-Herald)





Pope Francis speaks in Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican City. (Photo by Ettore Ferrari, EPA)


Pope suggests more flexibility for divorced Catholics

On Friday, Pope Francis released a new proclamation that allows priests to decide whether civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion. The document focuses on how to create long-lasting marriages rather than the treatment of divorcees. (NBC News)

UNL welcomes chancellor: Green succeeds Perlman

Ronnie Green was named the successor to Chancellor Harvey Perlman on Wednesday. He plans to grow the university’s population to over 30,000 students and increase UNL’s presence in The Big 10 conference. (Lincoln Journal Star)

Biggest leak in data journalism – The Panama Papers

Just over a year ago, an anonymous source submitted classified documents from one of the world’s largest  law firms detailing offshore tax information. The leaks show how the wealthy, including some world leaders and business owners, can exploit secret tax havens. (The Guardian)

Nebraska Legislature strikes down medical marijuana

Nebraska bill LB 643, which would allow medical marijuana to become accessible to patients with chronic illnesses, failed by three votes on Tuesday. The bill would have allowed patients to use medical marijuana in liquid, pill or oil form. (Lincoln Journal Star)

Greece expected to begin refugee deportation

After a deal between Turkey and the EU last month, Greece plans to deport incoming refugees that have not been approved for asylum. Protests are complicating the situation, making it hard for Greece to follow through with deportations. (Reuters)

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo unveils elephant exhibit

On Wednesday, the Omaha zoo showed off its newest members of the animal kingdom. The elephant enclosure comes complete with 30,000 square feet of space and a wading pool. The elephants came from Africa, arriving in Nebraska on March 11. (Omaha World-Herald)

Supreme Court rejects changes to voting districts

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday to uphold “one person, one vote” practice, which allows all citizens to be counted when drawing election districts. This can skew voting power by including people who are ineligible to vote or cannot make it to the polls. (New York Times)

Tickets sales for 2016 Olympics in Brazil are down

Massive protests and fighting to impeach Brazil’s President, Dilma Rosseff, have negatively impacted ticket sales for the 2016 Olympics. The Brazilian minister of sports, Ricardo Leyser, is pushing ticket sales despite the country’s struggling economy. (CNN)

Mississippi allows businesses to refuse LGBTQ clients

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law on Tuesday that will allow businesses to refuse service to gay couples for religious reasons. It also defines a person’s gender as the anatomy at their time of birth and allows businesses to decide who has access to their bathrooms. (The Washington Post)




Clinton and Sanders to debate in Brooklyn (U.S. Uncut)

UNL Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film to present ‘She Kills Monsters’ (UNL)

Scientist prepare to drill into Gulf of Mexico’s floor (NPR)

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