Teacher arrested for sexual assault

An Omaha Public Schools teacher was arrested on sexual assault charges after turning himself in on Dec. 10. Nicholas McKeone, 26, a teacher at Ashland Park-Robbins Elementary, has been on paid leave since Nov. 19 when allegations emerged that he inappropriately touched an 11-year-old student on numerous occasions since May 1. The investigation is ongoing.

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UNO faculty grooming journalists in Afghanistan

The University of Nebraska at Omaha kicks off a three-year exchange program aimed at educating journalists in Afghanistan this week. The $1.3 million program, funded by a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, will send UNO faculty members to Kabul University to help build a fledgling journalism program. Starting next spring, students and professors from Kabul University will travel to Omaha.

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Terry unhappy with healthy foods act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010 on Dec. 2, a new law jettisoning junk food in schools and requiring them to offer healthier lunch options as a way to fight childhood obesity. Congressman Lee Terry, who voted against the measure, came away concerned about the cost of the bill which will see $4.5 billion in new spending. “I absolutely support...

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Underdog Champion

It’s not hard to see why students at Omaha South High Magnet School are drawn to Ferial Pearson — and why she’s equally dedicated to them. Pearson has a plum exterior — colorful and bright — but with a pit made of iron. Pearson, an English teacher and an advisor for the school’s Gay Straight Alliance club, was recently named “Educator of the Year” by Gay, Lesbian and Straight...

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South High teacher dies in traffic accident

Omaha South High School teacher Stacey Klinger, 45, died Nov. 3 after she was struck by a car while crossing 23rd Street after school. Witnesses say Salvador Jimenez, 32, was turning left following a stop at the intersection of 23rd and J St. when he struck Klinger. Jimenez tried to administer CPR before officials arrived and transported Klinger to the Creighton University Medical...

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Omaha teachers get free tuition

Sixty Omaha Public Schools teachers can get a free master’s degree thanks to a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant covers tuition at Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Omaha campus for teachers pursuing a degree in historical arts. More than 20 teachers took advantage of similar programs in 2002 and 2005.

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School ignores ACLU warning

The Lyons-Decatur school district will host religious speaker Keith Becker this week, despite threats of a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska who says Becker’s presentation violates the First Amendment. Lyons-Decatur made the presentation optional. But even that is a violation of First Amendment rights says the ACLU. The group toughened its stance in a second letter to...

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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 »