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Change, it’s been a long time coming for northeast Omaha

Quality-of-life metrics assessing the state of African-American northeast Omaha paint a stark picture. Pockets experience some of America's worst poverty and gun violence. Disparities contradict Omaha's high best-place-to-live rankings.

Riot-scarred landscapes remain untouched decades later. Urban renewal brought distrust and dislocation. Combined with education, employment, income,...

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Douglas County Historical Society’s new lecture

As a part of their Second Sunday Lecture Series, the Douglas County Historical Society will be hosting a lecture on Omaha's immigration history July 12.

The discussion will be led by retired Creighton University professor of history Dennis Mihelich, who will be analyzing the rich history of Omaha's immigrant population. He will discuss immigration patterns and the effect of world crises on...

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The Champ Goes to Africa

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Senior contributing writer Leo Adam Biga, winner of the 2015 Andy Award for international journalism from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, chronicles recent travels he made in Africa with two-time world boxing champion Terence Crawford.

Expanding his vision

Terence "Bud" Crawford's rise to world boxing stardom reads more graphic novel than storybook, defying inner city odds...

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Who’s teaching your classes?

With her unruly dark hair and her usual uniform of a sweater and jeans or a mid-length skirt paired with her gray Chuck Taylors, Sam Chesters could easily pass for an undergrad. An animated and articulate speaker, she explained her schedule this last spring semester while enjoying the recent nice weather out on her friend’s back porch.

Chesters said she most recently taught two English...

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South Omaha Magnet High School

Before kids even get to high school they are assigned a career cluster code in middle school. Antonio Perez, career counselor at South Omaha Magnet High School, those codes are run through a college and career readiness software system called Naviance so students may be matched up with potential career options.

But that’s not all, career counselors go into the classrooms, conduct lessons and...

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Making It Rain

Using buckets and a wet/dry vac to remove ankle deep rainwater out of the basement of The Reader’s South Omaha location with then-news editor and cartoonist Neal Obermeyer, my last day as TR’s managing editor was highlighted by the same kind of charm that I’d both become accustomed to, and had genuinely come to appreciate. To keep an alternative newspaper afloat, after all, sometimes you have to...

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Everything Old is New Again:

For those interested in renovating or restoring an older property, whether an amateur or experienced, whether you want to do it yourself or hire someone else to do the work for you, the 2015 Restore Omaha Conference provided a wealth of resources.

With 29 vendors in attendance, visitors had the opportunity to talk with professionals about everything from plumbing and windows to wood and...

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Gabrielle Union having it all between her own series, new film, producing, marriage and family

My, how time flies. It seems only yesterday Omaha's own Gabrielle Monique Union first caught our attention on the big screen with her scene-stealing turn as the diva rival to Kirsten Dunst in the wickedly funny high school cheerleader comedy Bring It On

Hard to believe that was 15 years ago. 

Now 42 and firmly established as a Black Hollywood star, red carpet fashion plate and natural beauty...

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