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Oscar’s Dilemma: You Can’t See ‘em All

The annual Oscar telecast is Sunday night, and I have yet to see all the movies up for “Best Picture.” I bet you haven’t, either.

A few years ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Blah-blah-blah made an obvious money-grab move for the studios and upped the number of nominees for Best Picture from five to 9 or 10. It would be as if the NCAA increased the number of teams invited to its annual...

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The Next Mayor of Omaha

The mayoral election kicked into gear on Monday night with a forum featuring five candidates -- Mayor Jim Suttle, Dan Welch, Jean Stothert, Dave Nabity and Senator Brad Ashford. The group fielded questions for two hours from a packed room at the OOIC on North 24th Street. Moderated by founding members of Citizens for Fairness, Justice and Action Network -- Cheryl Weston, Willie Hamilton and...

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Dirty Dancing: Singer/Songwriter Taps into the Power of Porn

To say the video that feature’s Nebraska musician Eli Mardock’s song “The King of the Crickets” is NSFW (Not Safe for Work) would be an understatement.

Titled “Double the Pleasure,” the video opens with the sound of Mardock’s somber piano chords as two young women in bikinis -- Francesca and Caprice -- nuzzle on a cushioned wicker beach chair sipping cocktails. As they kiss, an MTV-styled...

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Public Hearing this Thursday on Election Commissioner Changes

Senator Sara Howard's LB 235 will have its public hearing this Thursday, February 14th at 1:30 in the Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee. This bill is in response to the polling place closures and lack of communication and accountability. It will (1) require an advisory committee to the election commissioner be formed in Douglas, Sarpy, and Lancaster County, (2) require notice...

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Public Hearing this Thursday on Election Commissioner Changes

Senator Sara Howard's LB 235 will have its public hearing this Thursday, February 14th at 1:30 in the Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee. This bill is in response to the polling place closures and lack of communication and accountability. It will (1) require an advisory committee to the election commissioner be formed in Douglas, Sarpy, and Lancaster County, (2) require notice...

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Beto’s Life Work

Alberto "Beto" Gonzales believes working one-on-one with youths is the best way to reach them. His work as a mentor and gang prevention-intervention specialist has earned him much recognition, most recently the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award from Creighton University.

Gonzales grew up in the South Omaha barrio he serves today as a Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands counselor. He does...

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Gun Column Generates Critical Ammo

I have been asked from time to time why The Reader doesn’t print letters to the editor, to which I always answer, “I don’t know.”

Maybe it’s a space issue, maybe it’s because no one on staff has time to read and edit letters, or maybe they just expect you to post your comments online like everyone else, to be lost in the vast miasma of social media.

I do know it’s not because they don’t get...

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Coming home

On its face Watie White's new public art project at an abandoned North Omaha house could be construed as a privileged white guy coming into the black community to impose his perceptions on that place and its people.

But that’s not the case with his All That Ever Was Always Is outdoor installation at 2424 Emmet Street. Enlarged digital prints of 30 narrative paintings he’s made cover the...

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