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Aisha Okudi’s story of inspiration and transformation

Entrepreneurial African missionary Aisha Okudi, 37, laid the foundation for her thriving business and ambitious humanitarian work during a period when she and her children were sometimes homeless. She'd been through worse. 

Regardless of how bad things have gotten, she's remained focused on her mission because she considers her story of transformation a testimony to her faith in a Higher Power...

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New York State of Mind

I subscribe to Time Out New York and have for years. The weekly slick keeps me up to speed on all things Gotham, with sections on art, fashion, books, film, dance, theater and music. Not only does it prepare me for my annual visit to the Big Apple, it points out hot New York trends destined for Omaha in the next year (or two).

A new TONY feature is a top-10 list that closes each issue. Last...

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Going for the Gold (Record) at The Indie

A caveat before I begin this week’s column: My wife and this column’s unofficial editor-in-chief is one of the organizers of The Indie 5K, 10K and Kids’ Dash to which I’m about to write. Surely favoritism to be assumed when the columnist is writing about his wife’s work. If another local columnist tried to pull this off, I would be standing right alongside you, pointing an accusatory finger,...

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Bud Crawford’s tight family has his back as he defends his title in his own backyard

When Terence "Bud" Crawford defends his WBO lightweight title June 28 at the CenturyLink Center, he'll fight for himself, his tight-knit family and a boxing community that's not seen anything like this since 1972.

Forty-two years ago heavyweight champion Joe Frazier came to town to battle local Great White Hope Ron Stander. Omaha was thrilled to host boxing's ultimate event, but Stander never...

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B-cycle in Omaha, Pt. 2: Overcoming Obstacles

Note: This is the second of a two-part series that focuses on Omaha’s B-cycle program. Part 1 appeared in last week’s issue of The Reader.

Again, the three strikes against bicycle commuting in Omaha (vs. Austin) outlined in last week’s column: 1) Brutal winters, 2) mountainous terrain and 3) unsafe streets. 

For answers on how Omaha’s B-cycle program can overcome these obstacles, I went to the...

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Maya Angelou

Editor’s Note: In anticipation of Maya Angelou’s planned June 9 appearance in Omaha, Walter V. Brooks of the Omaha Star had the opportunity to interview the cultural icon. Angelou passed away May 28. This was one of her final interviews.

The words “icon” and “living legend” are thrown about America with such frequency now, they’re all but meaningless. But Dr. Maya Angelou, 86, represents a span...

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B-cycle in Omaha, Pt. 1: We’re Not in Austin Anymore

Before I get to Omaha’s B-cycle bike-sharing program, some background on how I became a B-cycle evangelist.

Like you, I was confused at what B-cycle was for. I assumed (as most people who I’ve talked to unfamiliar with the program) that B-cycle is designed for joy rides. You see the racks, you figure people who don’t own bikes check them out and pedal around for the day, maybe spend the...

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Nebraska: Come Be Our Plus One

I suppose there’s no need to pile on. I’ve yet to meet anyone who likes the new “Nebraska Nice” marketing campaign. 

And thanks to social media, we all get to know that no one likes the new ads. Social media has made a portion of our society who do nothing but dwell on the negative all too visible. Before, the only people they could whine to was their immediate friends and anyone dumb enough to...

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