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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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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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