Gordon-Rushville High School state speech champion Michael Barth performs his winning speech for the taping of an NET Television program.  The Nebraska School Activities Association had originally asked Barth to change his selection of poems because they dealt with gender identity and they felt it was too controversial.  After much criticism, the NSAA reversed its decision.  Watch Barth perform his poetry, and watch his discussion with the head of the NSAA about the controversy in this NET News story:  http://bit.ly/1q0AOW5.

Gordon-Rushville High School state speech champion Michael Barth performs his winning speech for the taping of an NET Television program.  The Nebraska School Activities Association had originally asked Barth to change his selection of poems because they dealt with gender identity and they felt it was too controversial.  After much criticism, the NSAA reversed its decision.  Watch Barth perform his poetry, and watch his discussion with the head of the NSAA about the controversy in this NET News story:  http://bit.ly/1q0AOW5.

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This weekend marks the start of one of the greatest natural spectacles in the world, when some 500,000 sandhill cranes descend on the Platte River Valley near Kearney, Nebraska. This is around 80% of the entire global population of sandhill cranes, and they stop off in the state to plump up on the plentiful food before continuing their migration north through to Canada, Alaska, and even as far as Siberia.

To celebrate this astounding avian event, there is the Crane Watch Festival (March 21 to 30) in Kearney and alongside Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival (March 20 to 24). Like the birds themselves, participants often travel long distances themselves, eager to view the swooping wings and crowded congregations of cranes. The birds have long used the Platte River area as a breeding ground, with crane fossils in the area dating back 10 million years. The sandhill cranes are most abundant from late March through to April and are joined by the migration of millions of other birds, including Whooping Cranes, shorebirds, and eagles. 

If you can’t make it to Nebraska, there’s an online Crane Cam at the Roe Sanctuary to see the river roost (Audubon advises checking in a sunrise and sunset for optimal online voyeurism).

For more on Nebraska’s great crane migration, visit Atlas Obscura…

What did not get asked in court was as important as any of the questions David Kofoed did answer.

No one asked him under oath if he, rather than the killer, was responsible for the presence of the murder victim’s blood in the trunk of Chris Edward’s car.

That will have to wait for a new trial. If there is a new trial. That will be the decision of District Court Judge Russell Derr.