No More Empty Pots

Addressing the food insecurity problems that nag poverty-stricken northeast Omaha, where access to fresh, organic produce, dairy and bread products is limited, are an array of individuals, organizations, projects and initiatives. Many efforts aim to educate residents on how to grow their own food, cook healthier and eat better. That’s part of the mission of a fairly new nonprofit player in the...

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Unsung Hero

“I didn’t set out to be the poster child for this but I want to put a face with it because I feel like a lot of the stigma is still there. People hear HIV/AIDS and they think of someone who is frail and sickly looking and I am far from that,” said Tommy Dennis.
Dennis, 26, was recently named an Unsung Hero by POZ magazine for his volunteer work with Nebraska AIDS Project. He is one of 100...

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Violent Crime Up in Omaha Last Year

On Sept. 16 the FBI released its annual Crime in the United States report, a statistical compilation of criminal offenses and arrests known to law enforcement agencies for the year 2012. The report includes data voluntarily reported by 18,290 law enforcement agencies nationwide that participate in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program.

According to the report, “the number of violent...

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Tower of Low Power

Is pirate radio finally ready to go legit? Colorado Springs Independent's Bill Forman covers the FCC's move to allow applicatons from non-profit groups that want to start their own non-commercial Low Power FM stations. Click here to read the full article on the Colorado Springs Indedpendent's website.

 

 

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Day of Dignity Oct. 12

BY Oscar Chacon, Guest Op-Ed

Editor’s Note: On Saturday, October 12, 3 p.m., a collection of community organizations will hold a Family March and Rally for Respect and Dignity at the corner of 10th and Pacific Sts. More information is available at http://www.heartlandworkerscenter.org.

Any immigrant will tell you that, of all the indignities ravaging the more than 11 million undocumented...

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Creative Humans

Betsye Paragas

Queen of Cultural Collaboration: Paragas grew Omaha’s cultural footprint

story by Cheril Lee

“My favorite thing is collaborating. I like to see the arts organizations in Omaha do things together,” enthused Betsye Paragas, director of community relations for Opera Omaha.


Over the course of her career, Paragas has worked for many arts organizations including the Omaha...

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Staying With The Family

It was 1881 when Nebraska first placed ungovernable boys and girls in a new red brick State Industrial School in Kearney with the intent of reforming them. It was not until 1892, that 57 girls were moved from Kearney to a new Girls Industrial School at Geneva.

Though programs and institution names have changed over the years, the basic plan for addressing juvenile delinquency hasn’t. In...

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90 Days Down - A Meaty Interim Looms

In January The Reader contacted some Omaha state senators to see what they were expecting in the long 90-day session ahead of them.

On June 5th senators were scattering after a session almost uniformly described as “tough.” We tried to contact the same senators. Two revealed they were considering higher office. All were focused on the summer interim session--after a break.

Tanya...

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Terry’s Movement on Immigration

“Let me start with blending what I think will happen with where I am, personally.”

As comprehensive immigration reform ... more »


If You’re Not At The Table, You’re On The Menu

“In 2008 all eyes were on the Latino vote. That year we had 19.5 million registered Latinos that were active to vote,” ... more »


Public Hearing this Thursday on Election Commissioner Changes

Senator Sara Howard's LB 235 will have its public hearing this Thursday, February 14th at 1:30 in the Government, Military, ... more »


A Second Opinion

Calculations for the cost of extending Medicaid in Nebraska as a critical piece of the Affordable Care Act have been ... more »



Meet the Chief

First, a primer on how to pronounce “Schmaderer,” the new police chief’s last name: “SHMA’ der.” Rhymes with water. “Some ... more »


A State of Homelessness

As winter takes hold the number of homeless moving into shelters is on the rise. Winter is the toughest time of the year ... more »


Ganging Up

<p>Some of the community leaders behind the first South Omaha Violence and Intervention meeting.  </p> Alberto Gonzales didn’t enter the meeting room at the South Omaha Library on March 15 so much as the room opened up and ... more »


Police reviewing gun policy following school shooting

The Omaha Police Department is reviewing its gun policy for off-duty officers after Robert Butler Jr. used his father's ... more »