An anti-drug war manifesto documentary frames discussion

The much-feted 2012 documentary The House I Live In provokes dialogue wherever it plays for its critique of America's domestic War on Drugs. Following a January 22 Film Streams screening before a full house, a local panel discussed the film's potent themes.

Director Eugene Jarecki’s (Why We Fight?) film indicts the war as failed public policy that's wasteful, unjust and morally bankrupt for...

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Nebraska Legislature 2013

Among the 168 legislative bills that hit the Clerk’s desk on January 23, the tenth and last day for individual senators to introduce new legislation for the 2013 Session, were a couple of heavyweights bills. Omaha senators led or were instrumental in introducing them.

The Reader sought out conversations with Omaha-area senators and, despite full committee hearing and meeting schedules at the...

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About Taxes

Scarcely had Governor Heineman revealed half of his idea to eliminate income tax in favor of a somehow broader sales tax, than professor Richard Pomp, tax teacher and writer, and former tax change commission member, arrived in Lincoln to offer a few tax basics.

Invited by the Open Sky Policy Institute, the professor offered serious advice in homey and humorous terms. The Institute is a...

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Finding Her Voice

When she dreamed of rap stardom back in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas, Tunette Powell went by Short Stack. Today, Tunette will do. After years of search and struggle and a need for attention she fed with men, the 26-year-old Bellevue Neb. resident is more comfortable than she's ever been in her own skin and with her real identity.

Recently married and the mother of two young children,...

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Figure Skating and Saxophones and When a Sport’s a Sport

Sports, for the most part, is a macho business that exists on a macho concept of one guy being better than the other guy.

If you don’t have that competitive streak in you, you can’t be successful at sports of any kind. The drive to prove that you’re the better man or woman is at the heart of it, or to prove your team is the right team, the better team, the one that has its shit together,...

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Robinson Looks Back at a Decade of Change

Bishop Gene Robinson is retired.
Sort of.

On January 5, Robinson retired from his position as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire. In 2003, he became the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church. His election triggered a worldwide debate about the role of gays and lesbians in the church. In 2004, a group of conservative Anglican and Episcopal leaders went as far as to...

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When New Horizons dawned for African Americans in Omaha

It took the civil rights movement to bring segregation in the United States into sharp relief. The South was the epicenter of the racial equality battle but American-style apartheid as well as attempts to dismantle it were everywhere, including Nebraska.

Omaha prides itself on hospitality yet African Americans here could not always live or or work or play or attend school where they wanted...

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Gun laws will never change (and you’re (probably) going to be OK)

The arguments for or against gun control are as useful as the arguments for or against abortion or legalizing marijuana or conservative vs. liberal or tax vs. spend or cats vs. dogs. You’re either for or against, and no one cares because their side of the argument is so galvanized that they’ll never change their minds.

Or maybe the avalanche of Facebook messages, the ones that sprouted up the...

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Terry’s Movement on Immigration


If You’re Not At The Table, You’re On The Menu


Public Hearing this Thursday on Election Commissioner Changes


A Second Opinion



Meet the Chief


A State of Homelessness


Ganging Up

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


Police reviewing gun policy following school shooting