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A few notes from last week...

Nostalgia and my prurient curiosity were the reasons we switched channels between Game 5 of the NBA finals and the Miss USA beauty pageant Sunday night.

I remembered the pageant growing up, seeing a teary-eyed Bob Barker (Burt Parks hosted the Miss America pageant, a completely different animal) serenade a teary-eyed Miss Wherever as she strolled down the...

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Once upon a time an urban dead end became the Old Market

In a state with few destination attractions, Omaha's Old Market arts-entertainment district packs them in. The draw is not any one or two venues, but a collective of shops, restaurants, bars, galleries and creative spaces, along with the historic character of those places.

Designer Roger duRand opened one of the first businesses there, the head shop The Farthest Outpost, with Wade Wright in...

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want (But you can get what you need)

Maybe it was because of the rain, but no one was shopping at the Benson Farmers Market last Saturday morning, except for us. Then again, there was no one shopping at said farmers market two weeks ago when the weather was fine.

And I can’t blame them, because there ain’t much there to “shop.” Of the handful of tents that lined Military Avenue, one sold baked goods, another bedding plants, one...

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Getting straight

Compassion in Action's move to the former Wesley House campus at 2001 North 35th Street is symbolic for CIA founder-executive director Teela Mickles.

Her nonprofit serving men, women and children touched by the judicial and penal system will return community-based human services to a site that housed Nebraska's oldest social service agency.

The Wesley House Community Center was a United...

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90 Days Down - A Meaty Interim Looms

In January The Reader contacted some Omaha state senators to see what they were expecting in the long 90-day session ahead of them.

On June 5th senators were scattering after a session almost uniformly described as “tough.” We tried to contact the same senators. Two revealed they were considering higher office. All were focused on the summer interim session--after a break.

Tanya...

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Second Quarter Roundup: Listening to the Last Three Months

I write this column on my birthday, which makes it hard to not be overly introspective. The best way to avoid that: Write the second quarter reviews round-up of CDs / albums / downloads listened to over the past three months, and hope any life-choice ennui and/or regrets don’t find their way into the criticism. I’m just happy I can still listen to new music with an open mind at this “elevated”...

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River’s Edge Is a Game Changer

When I mentioned to the editors of this esteemed publication that I was planning on writing a review of River’s Edge Park this week, they were mortified. The Reader is sponsoring Bluffs Bash there June 7-8, and the last thing they needed was for my dumb ass to go and band-mouth the property.

Come on, guys, give me some credit. From the moment I saw the plans I knew the park was a...

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Millennial Fever is Back

This happened a few years ago. I was called into the office because a new YouTube video had just been placed online that unveiled the secrets of the “Millennial Generation,” and my boss wanted to show it to the head of our HR department on my just-acquired iPhone -- my iPhone 1.0.

We rushed up to her office, and I slid my iPhone across her desk while telling her how to watch the video. “Just...

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