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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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Brewing Up Discussion

A journey of faith rarely follows a linear path. Eric Elnes' path took him from a fishing boat in Alaska, through a cross-country walk across the United States, and eventuallyplaced him at Omaha's Countryside Community Church, 8787 Pacific St., where he's been senior pastor since 2008.

On Sundays at 5 p.m., the church hosts a free, interactive discussion on biblical-related topics. The latest...

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South Omaha Graffiti Kits

“We want people to feel empowered to be a part of the solution,” said Gary Wasdin, Executive Director for the Omaha Public Library, of the new graffiti kits available at the South Omaha branch.

Wasdin said the South Omaha graffiti kits project was launched in partnership with the Neighborhood Center. The graffiti kits provide South Omaha residents with tools to help fight the graffiti problem...

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The Compact Disc is Alive and Well (for now)

Billboard Magazine last week presented the final music sales numbers for 2012, and it appears to be filled with woe for the future of the compact disc.

The CD, which first became commercially available in 1982, has seen a steady decline first with the emergence of Napster (the first effective mp3 distribution device) in 1999 and then with the launch of Apple’s iTunes (and the invention of the...

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The Year in Music: 2012 (or 1969?)

Every year at about this time for more than a decade, I’ve written a “Year In Review” article for The Reader that looks back at the events of the past 365 days and outlines the trends and direction of the coming year in popular music. This year, Music Editor Chris Aponick is handling those duties, but if I was writing a YIR article, the main message would be this:

Imagine that it’s 1969.

A...

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One Does Not Bear Arms Against A Rabbit

Gun violence and the wide availability of assault rifles are rightfully in the center of debate following last week’s massacre. We are an unusually armed country, with almost enough guns for every single person.

An important overview is offered by the nonprofit investigative news outfit Propublica and their “The Best Reporting on Guns in America.” Their summary introduces Jill Lepore’s New...

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