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The Reader Names New Managing Editor

The Reader is proud to announce that David Williams has returned to us as Managing Editor and Digital Services Coordinator.

Something of a serial procrastinator, Williams did not begin writing until later in life and was first published in his late 40s when he sat in the dark scribbling notes for theater, opera and dance reviews. He has previously served as editor of both Metro Magazine and ...

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Check Climate Change with Capitalism

Internationally renowned climate scientist and area native Dr. James Hansen is on a mission.

Thirty-five years after he and other scientists first reported that burning fossil fuels was creating a greenhouse effect that was warming the planet, the former head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and current professor at Columbia University is pressing for an immediate solution.

The...

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Crime and punishment questions still surround 1970 killing that sent Omaha Two to life in prison

When Mondo we Langa died at age 68 in the Nebraska State Penitentiary last month, he'd served 45 years for a crime he always maintained he did not commit. The former David Rice, a poet and artist, was found guilty, along with fellow Black Panther Ed Poindexter, in the 1970 suitcase bomb murder of Omaha police officer Larry Minard. With his reputed accomplice now gone, Poindexter remains in...

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From Patient to Provider

Robert Donlan is sitting across from an artificial fireplace, wearing jeans covered in paint.  “I have found it best to always keep a light burning. I have no interest in being in the dark anymore,” reads an excerpt from Open Door, a play he wrote chronicling his battle with schizoaffective disorder.
Donlan refers to his illness as “a mixed cocktail of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.” He says...

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Mental Health

Whether it’s the homeless woman you pass every day going to work, the new mother or a neighbor battling cancer, mental illness hides itself in many forms and behind many other conditions. Mental illness has been a pervasive issue in both rural Nebraska and metropolitan areas like Omaha.

When Nebraska dismantled its regional system over a decade ago, it never fully funded the replacement,...

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Bright Future

Thinking about installing solar panels on your home? There are some key questions you need to ask yourself first including: What is the current cost of your electric bill? How much electricity are you using on a daily basis? How much solar energy do you need to generate to offset that usage?

The number and placement of solar panels on your home will depend on the size of your house, the kind of...

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Omaha Loves Obama

“Thank you, Omaha. That's so nice, thank you. Go, Mavericks!” President Obama says.  The commander-in-chief was welcomed last Thursday by more than 11,000 people who were crowded at UNO’s Baxter Arena.

People anxiously waited outside in line for hours to see the President on his visit to the metro area. UNO distributed tickets at various locations two days before which had sold out last Monday. ...

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M’s Fire *Update*

Ice scabs over the charred remains of M's Pub Sunday morning, serving as a beautiful and terrifying tribute to the decades of tradition The Old Market lost in Saturday's fire. With the blaze finally contained, we know that the basement of M's partially collapsed late afternoon Saturday, while the apartment and restaurant ceilings collapsed in the very early hours of Sunday morning. While everyone...

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