The Project, Pt. 3: The Letting Go

This is part three of a series that ran in the Dec. 20 and Feb. 28 issues of The Reader. Read Part One and Part Two.

So we got the house.

And it wasn’t easy. It took weeks and weeks of negotiation, and even after our counter offer was accepted, there was a question as to whether the sellers would actually part with the place. Clearly they didn’t want to sell. But as frustrating as it was to...

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Think globally, act locally

David Corbin, Ph,D, Emeritus professor, Health Education & Public Health, UNO

Before he retired from 31 years of teaching in Omaha, David Corbin packed a lot of traveling into his youth, getting college degrees in New Mexico, Ohio and Pennsylvania, playing guitar professionally on cruise ships in Puerto Rico and teaching college in Saskatchewan, Canada. 

Corbin is a board member of the...

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Ashford reflects on lost mayoral bid

State Sen. Brad Ashford's poor showing in the April 2 Omaha mayoral primary isn't deterring him from future elected office bids.

The one-time Democrat and long-time Republican ignored advisors and ran as an independent against major party-backed opponents. He garnered 13 percent of the vote in a low turnout, off-cycle election. Though officially a nonpartisan race the two candidates who...

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Remembering Roger Ebert

I always liked Siskel better.

Nothing against Roger Ebert, it's just that Gene Siskel seemed like a nicer guy. He seemed more relaxed, more like he was having fun, more like me. And his opinions about film more closely matched my own.

Plus, Ebert always seemed to be one beat behind Siskel, always catching up, always trying to meet Gene’s level of relaxed argument, but never quite getting...

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Putting the “N” in Nerve

The woman behind the successful media enterprise of the Omaha Star helped inspire two of today’s leading women in media -- Chicago Crusader publisher-editor Dorothy Leavell and Radio One chairperson and Omaha native Cathy Hughes.

In this fluid transmedia age of the internet, a weekly newspaper, the Omaha Star, celebrates 75 years as the oldest continuous black-female founded and owned...

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Douglas County Health Center is not closing

The Board of Trustees for the Douglas County Health Center voted on March 26 not to close or sell the facility, which apparently they had no intention of doing in the first place.

Trustee Mary Ann Borgeson told a near capacity crowd in the legislative chamber, “It was not our intention to close or sell DCHC. The reason we put this item on the agenda was to kill it - to put all rumors and all...

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Omaha on Earth Day

Editor’s Note: In advance of the 22nd Annual Earth Day Omaha on Saturday, April 20 in Elmwood Park, The Reader organized and interviewed the event’s speakers. This is the first of two installments, featuring speakers focused on local issues.

Patrick Leahy, Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District

Patrick Leahy has a “gene” in his DNA for protecting Omaha’s urban watershed. His...

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It Began with Jodie Dallas

Yesterday morning while getting ready for work, NPR ran the following story on 91.5 KIOS FM, which began like this:

As the Supreme Court prepares this week to hear two cases testing the constitutionality of gay marriage, there’s one undeniable fact surrounding the debate: Americans’ views on gay marriage are changing dramatically. Steve Inskeep explored why with NPR’s Shankar Vedantam.

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


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