Standing in the Street Naked

“I would not want my neighbor who was mentally ill not to have the medication that he couldn’t afford,” Commissioner Marc Kraft said during a February 4 presentation by consultants Health Management Associates of Michigan on the operation and finances of the Douglas County Health Center. 

“I don’t know if he was eligible for Medicaid. But, he went to CMHC on a regular basis,” said Kraft...

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Oscar’s Dilemma: You Can’t See ‘em All

The annual Oscar telecast is Sunday night, and I have yet to see all the movies up for “Best Picture.” I bet you haven’t, either.

A few years ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Blah-blah-blah made an obvious money-grab move for the studios and upped the number of nominees for Best Picture from five to 9 or 10. It would be as if the NCAA increased the number of teams invited to its annual...

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The Next Mayor of Omaha

The mayoral election kicked into gear on Monday night with a forum featuring five candidates -- Mayor Jim Suttle, Dan Welch, Jean Stothert, Dave Nabity and Senator Brad Ashford. The group fielded questions for two hours from a packed room at the OOIC on North 24th Street. Moderated by founding members of Citizens for Fairness, Justice and Action Network -- Cheryl Weston, Willie Hamilton and...

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Dirty Dancing: Singer/Songwriter Taps into the Power of Porn

To say the video that feature’s Nebraska musician Eli Mardock’s song “The King of the Crickets” is NSFW (Not Safe for Work) would be an understatement.

Titled “Double the Pleasure,” the video opens with the sound of Mardock’s somber piano chords as two young women in bikinis -- Francesca and Caprice -- nuzzle on a cushioned wicker beach chair sipping cocktails. As they kiss, an MTV-styled...

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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, and Veterans Affairs Committee. This bill is in response to the polling place closures and lack of communication and accountability. It will (1) require an advisory committee to the election commissioner be formed in Douglas, Sarpy, and Lancaster County, (2) require notice...

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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, and Veterans Affairs Committee. This bill is in response to the polling place closures and lack of communication and accountability. It will (1) require an advisory committee to the election commissioner be formed in Douglas, Sarpy, and Lancaster County, (2) require notice...

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Beto’s Life Work

Alberto "Beto" Gonzales believes working one-on-one with youths is the best way to reach them. His work as a mentor and gang prevention-intervention specialist has earned him much recognition, most recently the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award from Creighton University.

Gonzales grew up in the South Omaha barrio he serves today as a Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands counselor. He does...

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Gun Column Generates Critical Ammo

I have been asked from time to time why The Reader doesn’t print letters to the editor, to which I always answer, “I don’t know.”

Maybe it’s a space issue, maybe it’s because no one on staff has time to read and edit letters, or maybe they just expect you to post your comments online like everyone else, to be lost in the vast miasma of social media.

I do know it’s not because they don’t get...

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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 »