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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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I read it for the articles… really.

There’s this perception among my friends that the only beer I drink is Rolling Rock.

I shouldn’t be surprised at this, as since the late-1980s, the only beer I’ve ordered when seeing bands at music venues is Rolling Rock. In fact, it’s the only beer I mention by name in columns and reviews and show write-ups. It’s as if I was sponsored by Rolling Rock (considering the amount I’ve drank, I...

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Great Migration stories

The July 31-August 5 Native Omaha Days will feature metro-wide black heritage celebrations that on the surface don't seem to have much to do with the American South. But when local African American families gather for the biennial Days most can point to someone in their family tree who migrated from the South.

The same holds true for almost any black family gathering of any size here. Whatever...

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Air Pollution Hits Omaha

While Nebraska does not yet have severe air quality issues, increasing levels of ozone have put us in an uncertain situation. The Clean Air Act requires the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards, which measure the levels of six pollutants, including ozone. This Act has set acceptable standards for ozone quantity at 75 parts per billion.

In the last...

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Beneath the Worlds of Wayne

I guess you could call it the pre-show warm-up.

Wayne Brekke, the guy behind the Worlds of Wayne podcast, hadn't clicked the “record” button yet. Maybe he was checking mic levels or warming up his voice or just trying to finish his vodka on the rocks before the show began.

Wayne’s been doing the podcast for seven years -- a long time, very likely longer than any podcaster in Omaha. Last...

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Fighting For the Little Guy

A Democrat who’s successful in Republican counties, Hassebrook has begun building his state-wide campaign for Governor in 2014.

“I’ve represented 15 counties in northeast Nebraska on the UNL Board of Regents,” he said. “It’s nonpartisan, but I am the only Democrat that has served in nearly 30 years.” His straightforward priorities of education and advancement, with an emphasis on rural...

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