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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The Saga of the MINI Cooper: Pt. 1, The Porsche Years

I’ve waited for years to write this column — a column I threatened the executives in the highest offices of MINI BMW that I’d write, but never did because, well, I was afraid to. Now that it’s gone, the story of my MINI Cooper can be told.

But before I get into the gory details, I have to admit I’ve never had much luck with cars. Before my MINI it was my Porsche.

The year was 2002. I had...

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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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Big Screen or Small Screen

Teresa and I like to go to the cinema at least once a week, specifically on weekends. But lately, the act has become nearly impossible due to the lack of quality films being released.

Last Friday rolled around, and we clicked through our Flixster app and (other than the already sold-out Wes Anderson film at Film Streams), the choices were Divergent, Muppets Most Wanted, Mr. Peabody & Sherman,...

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Lawmaker Limbo – A Trip To the Unicameral at Halftime

Lawmaker Limbo – A Trip To the Unicameral at Halftime
Tax Cut or Tax Expenditure?
by Kandra Hahn

As the 103rd Nebraska Legislature tipped over the halfway mark of its short session, a haze of tentativeness seemed to hang in the hallways and hearing rooms at the Capitol. 

Exigent issues had not, at that point, dislodged the long-predicted targets of tax change and Medicaid expansion, known...

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SXSW: Badges? You Don’t Need No Steenk-ing Badges

As I type this I’m already at South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. In fact, I’ve been here since Sunday afternoon, taking in the Interactive portion of the conference, sent to learn the latest in digital media for my day-job.

The “vacation” part of the trip — the part I’m documenting for The Reader — begins Wednesday when I switch hats and cover the music portion of the...

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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 »