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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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The Broadcast Battle Continues

At the March 11 meeting of the CTAC board, a new name for public access television was announced along with a new operator. Instead of “CTI-22” running channel 22, now it will be known by the letters KPAO -- or Public Access Omaha, (pronounced K-Pow, like a cartoon punch) – operated by Jim Nelson Media.

The station’s new website, http://www.pubicacessomaha.tv , is up and running and includes...

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This Quarter’s Music Roundup, Brought to You in Spotify

Time for the usual roundup of what I’ve been listening to, this time stretching back to the beginning of the year. And for your information, all of it is available right now via Spotify.

I’m not trying to endorse the service, which is systematically fleecing just about everyone involved in the music industry. I'm just letting you know how I've come across the music, and it’s a lot different...

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Consumer Politics in the Facebook Era

Social media has breathed new life into the old concept of boycotts.

Case in point: I was perusing my Facebook newsfeed last weekend when I came across a post by someone urging his "friends" to follow him in boycotting Hy-Vee grocery stores. The reason: Hy-Vee (apparently) advertises on the the Rush Limbaugh radio show.

The comment was linked to an online petition at signon.org with this...

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<p>From left to right: Sharif Liwaru, Sarah Moore, Nikole Roach of UNO's Attendance Collaborative</p>

Showing Up

“Attendance is one area where 90 percent does not equal an A,” according to Sharif Liwaru, Elementary Schools Director at UNO’s Attendance Collaborative. That is because a 90 percent attendance rate equals 20 days of absence -- the number that triggers a referral to the County Attorney as mandated by LB 933. 

“A kid missing a couple days of school every couple of weeks may not seem like a lot of...

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