People gather at the Indian Center in Lincoln on June 19, 2020, to celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday recognizing the end of slavery. Photo by Colby Woodson
People gather at the Indian Center in Lincoln on June 19, 2020, to celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday recognizing the end of slavery. Photo by Colby Woodson

Monday, JUNE 22, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE

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Each week, I’ll highlight the top Nebraska news and sports stories produced by Nebraska News Service journalists. We start by looking at the Juneteenth rally in Lincoln. Then, read about how Nebraska businesses are preparing to reopen after Gov. Pete Ricketts loosened restrictions. Listen to the UNLimited Sports Daily podcast where reporters discuss the canceling of the Saltdogs 2020 season. Read about how Nebraska gymnast Sam Phillips is igniting change in men’s gymnastics. Finally, learn about the lack of women in sports media careers.   

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Lincoln rally celebrates Juneteenth
By Katie Anderson | June 20, 2020

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People gather at the Indian Center in Lincoln on June 19, 2020, to celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday recognizing the end of slavery. Photo by Colby Woodson

Juneteenth, which is short for June 19th, is a holiday celebrating the liberation of slaves in America. The Lincoln community gathered at the Indian Center in Lincoln on June 19 to celebrate. 

Speakers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln discussed the history of slavery and the origins of Juneteenth. As they reflected on the day’s origins, they shared what Juneteenth meant to them. 

Read more: https://nebraskanewsservice.net/?p=75806

The Saltdogs cancel 2020 season
By Brent Bartels| June 20, 2020

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The Lincoln Saltdogs logo over a sunset of Haymarket Park.

The Saltdogs recently announced that they will not be playing baseball as part of the American Association in 2020. 

Brent Bartels sat down with general manager Charlie Meyer and director of media relations Michael Dixon to discuss the decision and what fans can expect to see. 

Listen Here: https://nebraskanewsservice.net/?p=75505

Nebraska gymnast Sam Phillips calls on student athletes to ignite change
By Brennan Merkle | June 19, 2020

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Photo above is Nebraska’s Sam Phillips. Photo courtesy of Huskers.com

Sam Phillips just finished his first season on the Nebraska men’s gymnastics team. Phillips has been a gymnast since he was 5 years old. 

Phillips is one of two Black members on the team out of 18.  Phillips believes that speaking up against racism is something that needs to be done. He encourages Black athletes to use their social media platforms to educate and reach new audiences. 

Huskers coach Chuck Chmelka says Phillips is a key member of the team and has a bright future.

Read more: https://nebraskanewsservice.net/?p=75680

Nebraska businesses prepare for further reopening
By Luna Stephens | June 19, 2020

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Gov. Pete Ricketts recently announced that the state’s COVID-19 restrictions are being loosened. An image of the coronavirus is shown above.

On June 15, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced that most Nebraska counties will enter another phase of reopening beginning June 22. Some business owners are excited to open their doors to customers, but they are also aware of the need to maintain safety guidelines. 

Read more: https://nebraskanewsservice.net/?p=75764

Lack of women in sports media careers still a prominent issue
By Emma Hastings| June 19, 2020

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Hail Varsity reporter, Erin Sorensen, walks alongside Nebraska football players entering Memorial Stadium on game day. Photo credit: John S. Peterson/Hail Varsity.

Sports play a significant role in the culture of the United States. Recent reports show that there is a lack of women in sports media careers. In this story, women pursuing sports media careers in Nebraska share their experiences and observations about the industry. They encourage young women to pursue their passions in sports despite the lack of diversity in the field. 

Read more: https://nebraskanewsservice.net/?p=75712

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