In Memoriam

Special to The New York Times

If you're a devotee of public television then chances are you saw the work of the late nonfiction filmmaker Gail Levin. The Omaha native and longtime New York City resident died July 31 in a NYC hospice care facility at age 67 after a long fight with breast cancer.

Outside Ken Burns and Errol Morris, documentary filmmakers are rarely household names. Levin...

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Mentoring Campaign Seeks to Address a Wider Audience

"I asked one young girl for her opinion on what a mentor was,” explained Girls Inc. Executive Director Roberta Wilhelm, “She said, ‘A mentor is someone who isn’t paid to be with me.’”

Across the state 80,000 youth and 30,000 in Omaha live below the poverty line. For these young people in Omaha there are currently only 3,000 mentors. A new $20,000 campaign aims to recruit 500 new mentors by...

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New Building Codes Up for City Council Vote

With 2012 standards coming up for a city council vote in August, Omaha still operates under the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). These energy codes are the minimum requirements for new or remodeled homes, adopted by every state and municipality as part of their building codes.
 
“The Omaha City Council will be reviewing the 2012 IECC for adoption as early as August 16 with...

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The Bee Problem: Don’t Freak Out, Do Something

A few months ago I received an unsolicited email from an advocacy website called Avaaz.com that warned about “the global bee emergency.”

“Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food,” said the website, the text sat beneath a large photo of a honey bee floating in front of a flower. “But a global ban of one group of pesticides could save bees from extinction.”...

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Organization seeks to turn food desert into oasis

Addressing the food insecurity problems that nag poverty-stricken northeast Omaha, where access to fresh, organic produce, dairy and bread products is limited, are an array of individuals, organizations, projects and initiatives. Many efforts aim to educate residents on how to grow their own food, cook healthier and eat better. That's part of the mission of a fairly new nonprofit player in the...

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Omahans witnessed history at 1963 March on Washington

When Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s turn to speak came at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, it was near the end of a long program on a hot August day featuring addresses by civil rights leaders and performances by musicians.

Omahans Robert Armstrong and Dan Goodwin were among the estimated quarter of a million people gathered 50 years ago on the National Mall for the historic...

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On a Clear Day You Can See My Sinuses

I held the clear plastic bottle filled with warm saline solution up to my right nostril, leaned over the sink, closed my eyes and thought, “It’s come to this?”

My family has always been plagued with bad sinuses. One of my earliest childhood memories was of my mother whispering in the darkened hallway outside the closed master bedroom, “Be quiet. Your father has one of his headaches.”

I...

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Can’t keep a good man down

Father Roy Bourgeois is a troublemaker.

The 74-year-old has been roiling the waters for four decades as a social justice activist. Having the courage of his convictions has cost him dearly, including prison and ostracism.

During an Aug. 3 talk at First United Methodist Church, 7020 Cass St., he'll address human rights issues he's devoted his life to. In the eyes of the Catholic hierarchy,...

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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 »