If it feels hotter, that’s because it is

After the hottest start to a year ever recorded in the United States, local activists gathered to point out the obvious from a symbolic spot.

Career National Weather Service meteorologist John Pollack is devoting his retirement to educating the public about climate change, suggesting ways to lower carbon emissions. Standing in front of the “high and dry” Salute to Labor statue on the...

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Anatomy of an Election

It takes months of planning, last minute details and tight organization to make an election go smoothly. “Election Day is the part that everybody sees,” said Election Commissioner Dave Phipps in his office at the Douglas County Election Commission on 115th and Davenport Streets. “Nobody wants to really know what happens and how you get to that point.”

“They just want to know that they can go...

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2012 Douglas County Poll Closing Analysis: Process, Methodology And Analysis

Read the full story here.

2012 Voter File:

The initial voter data for 2012 obtained by The Reader was not useable for this initial analysis because it did not have polling location for each voter listed. It did have a large amount of voting data that would prove useful later.

The Reader obtained a new file with voters and polling places linked below. This file contained 314,969 voters and...

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Regenerative Medicine Helps the Body to Heal Itself

Regenerative medicine is a new way of treating injuries and diseases, using specially-grown tissues and cells, along with artificial organs. The goal is helping the body to regenerate itself.

It’s an emerging field with great potential, according to the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

“These approaches can amplify our natural healing process in...

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Environmental Alchemy

When it rains in Omaha, it pours raw sewage, industrial waste and toxic chemicals into nearby waterways. The city’s century-old sewer system is designed to either put it there or into your basement. Neither is an inviting option. But that design is changing thanks to a federal mandate from the Environmental Protection Agency. The oldest part of the city — nearly everything east of 72nd St....

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What I Learned at The Gateway

I was thinking of skipping The Gateway reunion.

The Gateway is the student newspaper at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where I received my degree in Journalism (with a minor in English) waaay back in 1988. I was once-upon-a-time the editor of The Gateway for a summer and fall semester, which, I suppose, makes me part of its history.

This Friday, The Gateway is celebrating its 100-year...

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Keystone Kills

EDITOR’S NOTE:

This marks the 1st of a 3-series on local environmentalism by focusing on climate change and some of the stories behind the recent headlines on the Keystone XL pipeline from InsideClimateNews.org, the Pulitzer-award winning online news outfit.

The urgency on climate change is yesterday. Nothing better outlines how limited our time is than the Meinshausen Report, what Inside...

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First Quarter 2014 Album Review Round-up (Gidd-yup!)

The quarter ended yesterday, which means it’s time for a review of First Quarter 2014 albums. For my money, there’s already been more good albums released in the first three months of this year than in all of 2013. With that in mind, I’m limiting these write-ups to recommendations. Here goes…

Top of the list is the new Beck album, Morning Phase (Capitol/Virgin EMI). Marketed as a return 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 »