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The Meaning of Thanksgiving: When strangers are neighbors

While bountiful fall harvests are celebrated around the world, Thanksgiving in the United States has a twist fundamental to its nature that has defined our country’s growth – a uniquely American ideal that welcomes strangers, making us a beacon for hard-working, freedom-loving people everywhere.

Pilgrim leader Miles Standish and his...

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One Obvious Market Solution Where Nebraska Plays A Big Role in Fighting Climate Change

A strong Nebraska industry could play an outsized role in addressing climate change . . . .

Climatic events have accounted for 72% of global insurance claims and insured losses from 1980 to 2012, totaling $0.97 trillion (Munich Re, 2013). Estimated … losses are increasing at ~6% a year in real terms (Lomborg, 2010). The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change estimated total...

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5 Things You Might Need to Say to Someone Who Denies Climate Change in Nebraska

From Understanding and Assessing Climate Change, Implications for Nebraska, a UNL report from the Department of Natural Resources and Agriculture. Page numbers in parentheses.

1. Really?! Are You Just Trying To Get A Rise Out of Me?

Rural Nebraskans are knowledgeable about and sensitive to climate issues. The Nebraska Rural Poll (2013) tells us:

• At least two-thirds of rural Nebraskans have...

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<p>The science behind understanding climate change is almost 200 years old and will not change</p>10 Things You Need To Know About Climate Change in Nebraska

Days before Neligh, Neb. natives and unlikely activists Art and Helen Tanterups invited 8,000 people to their 100-year-old family farm, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln issued the most damning and comprehensive look at climate change’s impact in Nebraska yet. The report was presented to a group of 300 at a lecture on the Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln.

The larger group went to hear...

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Coming to work at The Reader before our first issue in March 1994 meant heading to a 2-bedroom loft at Alahambra Apartments on 49th & Dodge Sts., preferably after its newlywed residents were up and the boundless husky pup had been taken for a walk. That route took me right by one of Omaha's first gas stations, at the time being transformed into vegetarian restaurant icon McFoster's, a flurry of long-haired activity...

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New American Cinema auteurs-colleagues David O. Russell and Alexander Payne to gab in Omaha

Alexander Payne is in a position to ask any world class film figure to be his guest of honor at the Film Streams Feature event, the art cinema's annual big fundraiser. Laura Dern, Debra Winger, Steven Soderbergh, Jane Fonda and the principal cast of Nebraska have all come at his invitation to appear on stage at the Holland Performing Arts Center. 

For the Monday, Nov. 10 Feature VI Payne will engage writer-director...

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2nd District Congressional race gives voters two distinct styles

At the end of the day, voters want a choice. If nothing else, the tight Nebraska 2nd Congressional District race pitting incumbent Lee Terry against challenger Brad Ashford gives voters a distinct option. 

Pre-election surveys indicate a neck-and-neck battle between these local boys made good from high-profile Omaha families. Politicos have long viewed Terry as a vulnerable target. He nearly lost to John Ewing in...

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Bud Crawford’s tight family has his back as he defends his title in his own backyard

When Terence "Bud" Crawford defends his WBO lightweight title June 28 at the CenturyLink Center, he'll fight for himself, his tight-knit family and a boxing community that's not seen anything like this since 1972.

Forty-two years ago heavyweight champion Joe Frazier came to town to battle local Great White Hope Ron Stander. Omaha was thrilled to host boxing's ultimate event, but Stander never had more than a...

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Terry’s Movement on Immigration


If You’re Not At The Table, You’re On The Menu


Public Hearing this Thursday on Election Commissioner Changes


A Second Opinion



Meet the Chief


A State of Homelessness


Ganging Up

<p>Some of the community leaders behind the first South Omaha Violence and Intervention meeting.  </p>


Police reviewing gun policy following school shooting