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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Omaha on Earth Day

Editor’s Note: In advance of the 22nd Annual Earth Day Omaha on Saturday, April 20 in Elmwood Park, The Reader organized and interviewed the event’s speakers. This is the first of two installments, featuring speakers focused on local issues.

Patrick Leahy, Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District

Patrick Leahy has a “gene” in his DNA for protecting Omaha’s urban watershed. His...

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It Began with Jodie Dallas

Yesterday morning while getting ready for work, NPR ran the following story on 91.5 KIOS FM, which began like this:

As the Supreme Court prepares this week to hear two cases testing the constitutionality of gay marriage, there’s one undeniable fact surrounding the debate: Americans’ views on gay marriage are changing dramatically. Steve Inskeep explored why with NPR’s Shankar Vedantam.

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The Broadcast Battle Continues

At the March 11 meeting of the CTAC board, a new name for public access television was announced along with a new operator. Instead of “CTI-22” running channel 22, now it will be known by the letters KPAO -- or Public Access Omaha, (pronounced K-Pow, like a cartoon punch) – operated by Jim Nelson Media.

The station’s new website, http://www.pubicacessomaha.tv , is up and running and includes...

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This Quarter’s Music Roundup, Brought to You in Spotify

Time for the usual roundup of what I’ve been listening to, this time stretching back to the beginning of the year. And for your information, all of it is available right now via Spotify.

I’m not trying to endorse the service, which is systematically fleecing just about everyone involved in the music industry. I'm just letting you know how I've come across the music, and it’s a lot different...

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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 »