Changing the Model

A scrappy university that has always fought above its weight class aims to make a big dent in the national economy with collaborative leadership.

“Sixty percent of those who start a course of education, sadly, do not complete it,” Bellevue University President Dr. Mary Hawkins told the Albany Times-Union earlier this year. She cited this as a major reason workers get left behind. “If we can...

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Style Over Substance

As we drove back from the Fashion Week finale Saturday night, I tried to sum up what we just saw, what we just experienced. And I knew it would not be easy.

There’s this problem with writing about any event involving Omaha “creatives.” Unless you’re overflowing with love, adoration and affection, literally stumbling over yourself with pride while you toss bouquets at the feet of all involved,...

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From Startups to Standouts

Ken Moreano, Executive Director of Scott Technology Center and President of Scott Data Center, said the biggest creative risk he ever took was creating his own technology startup company. 

The company was based in Austin, Texas and Moreano said he had a four and a half year run but, “got my head kicked in pretty well doing the startup. It was a very expensive tuition, but then I came here in...

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Embrace Your Creative Impulse

The staff at Omaha Creative Institute knows it takes two to make art sustainable, the artist to create it and the audience to appreciate it. OCI is all about art and creativity accessible to people that aren’t necessarily a part of the arts scene.

“My background is unorthodox for the job I have,” said Susan Thomas, executive director.

Born in small-town Decatur, Thomas traveled quite a bit...

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The Crime of the Modern Water User

When environmental activist Erin Brockovich was a little girl, her father told her that water would become more valuable than oil because there would be so little of it. In the documentary Last Call at the Oasis, Brockovich and an array of scientists present a compelling case that that day may be dawning now, and not just in developing countries where water scarcity and water-borne illnesses...

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The Debasing of Grandmother’s and Godfather’s

Ever since we bought a new house and started remodeling it, weekends are spent doing things like examining backsplash samples and checking out flooring options at Lumber Liquidators. Consumerism as creativity. Hunting and gathering.

Last weekend before heading to whatever wholesale lumber barn was on the list, we headed to lunch. Since we were south near the industrial fringes of Omaha, there...

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ACA, The Uninsured and Small Business

Nearly 237,000 Nebraskans do not have health insurance, close to 13 percent of the population. The Affordable Care Act passed Congress in March 2010 to help address this issue through health-insurance exchanges, pooling risk and offering subsidies, or for those eligible, an expansion of Medicaid reimbursed by the federal government.
Nebraska has applied for and accepted almost $6.5 million in...

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The Difference in Every Election

There is a big hole in Douglas County voting.

If residents in Ben Gray, Chris Jerram and Garry Gernandt’s east Omaha districts registered and voted at the same rate as Thomas Mulligan’s district in northwest Omaha, there would be an additional 35,000 votes – enough to make the difference in every city, state and federal election held in the last 20 years.

There are 83 days left until...

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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 »