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Witch Trials

Would You Have Survived the Salem Witch Trials?
Madeline Lumley

A wave of hysteria washed over the people of Salem village in Massachusetts from 1692-93. They were convinced the devil possessed the bodies of women, children and even some men to carry out satanic actions on the innocent, devout Puritans of Salem…

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Milk

Got milk? Maybe you shouldn’t.
Madeline Lumley

A tall, cold glass of milk: It’s about as American as blue jeans and baseball. And for many, it’s a staple of an everyday diet. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends adults drink three cups of low-fat or non-fat milk every day (unless, of course, someone is lactose-intolerant). If you were to drink those three cups of milk per day, you’d drink 1,095 cups per year — a little over 68 gallons…

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Library

Get Your Book On
Lauren Horsch

There are a lot of weird national holidays and celebrations, but this week we’ve been celebrating a group of people and services that help us survive academia—and life, for that matter. National Library Week is dedicated to honoring those information superheroes helping you with everything from getting your first library card to getting that crucial piece of information for your master’s thesis…

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Wiki

Wiki Wednesday: Adrianne Wadewitz
Rachel Weeks

Adrianne Wadewitz, an influential Wikipedia editor and Omaha native, died April 8 from head injuries sustained a week earlier in a rock climbing accident. The prolific Wikipedian — as regular Wikipedia contributors are called — fell 15-to-20 feet when her anchor failed while rappelling a rock formation in Joshua Tree National Park in southeastern California. Wadewitz, 37, said rock climbing created “a new narrative about herself, beyond that of a bookish, piano-playing Wikipedia contributor.”

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Lollapalooza

Summer in Chicago
Samantha Baker

Summer: A time for new experiences, exploring and most of all, fun. And what could possibly be more fun than going on adventures around the great city of Chicago? With countless festivals, events and parades occurring throughout the summer, there’s always an excuse to celebrate the season in the Windy City.

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UX Design

User Experience Designers: the Unnoticed Superheroes of Today
Kylie Rush & Samantha Baker

There’s a little blue “unsubscribe” button in the upper right-hand corner of a website. Everything from the color, the size and the location evokes a certain response from the user. But say the link was red and at the bottom of the page. Those alterations could entirely change the way the user interacts with the site and how it makes them feel…

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Trees

Do it for the Trees
Erin McHenry

The Midwest isn’t just fields. There are some trees, too. And it’s a day like today that we can celebrate the sprawling forests we’ve grown to love. It also helps that Earth Day has its roots in the Midwest…

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Epilepsy

Medical Marijuana Saves the Lives of Children
Hali Ortega

It was bedtime for Zaki. His mother, Heather Jackson, went through the routine of pulling together a makeshift bed next to her own and tucking her 10-year-old son into the blankets. He couldn’t sleep in his parents’ bed tonight — Dad had to work in the morning…

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Toki

Q&A with Rapper Toki Wright
Bailey Berg

Toki Wright has quite the résumé. The Twin Cities-based rapper has recorded with Atmosphere, opened for Brother Ali and was a coach on MTV’s “Made.” With roles that run the gamut from wordsmith and rap professor to community organizer and humanitarian, he’s got a lot on his plate. Think Mag sat down with Wright during the sound-check for the first show of his latest tour, “Pangaea,” to discuss spoken word, originality and his impressive head of hair…

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An Unexpected Passion

An Unexpected Passion
Taylor Soule

A volunteer embraces a grinning child in a brochure photo. Inside, “Fun Facts” provide a peek into a nonprofit’s now-global impact. It all looks so … carefree, even perfect. Before the tender snapshot made it to the glossy brochure, though, a small group of people gathered in an office…

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Kelsey

Kelsey Saboe | Omaha, Nebraska

What do you love about Omaha?
“The fact that it’s a big-little city. You can do the six-degrees of separation here, everyone somehow knows everyone or is a friend of someone.”
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Word

Word of the Week: Justice
Taylor Soule

A call for “justice” typically indicates something grave and unlawful. Well before “We want justice!” became a slogan for the wronged, it was a slogan for the thirsty. The 11th-century Latin word “iustitia” — an ancestor of “justice” — refers not to righting a wrong, but to, well, a tall one, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, justice was defined as a: “vessel containing a lawful amount of ale or wine, flagon.”

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