I Heard the News Today, Oh Boy…

“What do you think of all that business in Boston?” I asked. “I guess they shot one of them last night.”

The young lady, an acquaintance who I don’t know very well, didn’t look up from the magazine she was flipping through. “Really?” she said, disinterested. “I haven’t been keeping up with that. It’s too depressing.”

Too depressing? I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. The biggest manhunt...

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Wounded Knee 1973 still a battleground for some per new book

Journalist and author Stew Magnuson's new book Wounded Knee 1973: Still Bleeding finds virtually every survivor of that 71-day occupation on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in S.D. sullied in some way.

The book by this Omaha native, who did a Peace Corps stint before a freelance correspondent career, explains how what began as a symbolic stand protesting historic wrongs to native peoples...

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The Project, Pt. 3: The Letting Go

This is part three of a series that ran in the Dec. 20 and Feb. 28 issues of The Reader. Read Part One and Part Two.

So we got the house.

And it wasn’t easy. It took weeks and weeks of negotiation, and even after our counter offer was accepted, there was a question as to whether the sellers would actually part with the place. Clearly they didn’t want to sell. But as frustrating as it was to...

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Think globally, act locally

David Corbin, Ph,D, Emeritus professor, Health Education & Public Health, UNO

Before he retired from 31 years of teaching in Omaha, David Corbin packed a lot of traveling into his youth, getting college degrees in New Mexico, Ohio and Pennsylvania, playing guitar professionally on cruise ships in Puerto Rico and teaching college in Saskatchewan, Canada. 

Corbin is a board member of the...

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Ashford reflects on lost mayoral bid

State Sen. Brad Ashford's poor showing in the April 2 Omaha mayoral primary isn't deterring him from future elected office bids.

The one-time Democrat and long-time Republican ignored advisors and ran as an independent against major party-backed opponents. He garnered 13 percent of the vote in a low turnout, off-cycle election. Though officially a nonpartisan race the two candidates who...

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Remembering Roger Ebert

I always liked Siskel better.

Nothing against Roger Ebert, it's just that Gene Siskel seemed like a nicer guy. He seemed more relaxed, more like he was having fun, more like me. And his opinions about film more closely matched my own.

Plus, Ebert always seemed to be one beat behind Siskel, always catching up, always trying to meet Gene’s level of relaxed argument, but never quite getting...

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Putting the “N” in Nerve

The woman behind the successful media enterprise of the Omaha Star helped inspire two of today’s leading women in media -- Chicago Crusader publisher-editor Dorothy Leavell and Radio One chairperson and Omaha native Cathy Hughes.

In this fluid transmedia age of the internet, a weekly newspaper, the Omaha Star, celebrates 75 years as the oldest continuous black-female founded and owned...

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Douglas County Health Center is not closing

The Board of Trustees for the Douglas County Health Center voted on March 26 not to close or sell the facility, which apparently they had no intention of doing in the first place.

Trustee Mary Ann Borgeson told a near capacity crowd in the legislative chamber, “It was not our intention to close or sell DCHC. The reason we put this item on the agenda was to kill it - to put all rumors and all...

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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 »