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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.


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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...

entered on 12/19/12 at 05:11 PM | read more »

Broadcast Battle

For 25 years CTI-22 has been “broadcasting the community” on Cox Channel 22 in Omaha from its studio at the OIC building on North 24th Street. 

The facility and the channel have been synonymous with two things – the Reynolds family and a mixture of programming that runs from returned State Senator Ernie Chambers and a series of activist minority programming to a community calendar and wide...

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The Project, Pt. 1: Love It or List It?

I suppose it’s time to talk about the house.

In the background during all the misadventures noted in this column over the past year was (and is) the ongoing drama of our remodeling job. We’d been saving our money literally for years to remodel our current home. It’s a great house, don’t get me wrong -- a fantastic house located on one of the best streets in Omaha, the undecipherable J.E....

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Free Radical Ernie Chambers

It's fitting a new book taking the measure of Nebraska politico legend Ernie Chambers is out just as this old social justice warhorse has proven he still owns the people's will.

In the Nov. 6 general election the 75-year-old Chambers demonstrated the pull he still maintains by decisively beating incumbent Brenda Council to regain his old state legislative seat. Public disclosure of Council's...

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A Second Opinion

Calculations for the cost of extending Medicaid in Nebraska as a critical piece of the Affordable Care Act have been incomplete and probably overstated, said experts at committee hearings of the Nebraska Legislature last week.

No voice in Nebraska has spoken louder against the Medicaid extension than Governor Dave Heineman’s, saying it would cost “hundreds of millions of dollars” and “lead to...

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The Club Is Open: Cursive Takes Over O’Leaver’s

Sunday as I was leaving Lowe’s on Dodge Street with Matt Maginn I ran into my brother-in-law Steve headed on his way in. In years past I would have introduced Matt to Steve as “the bass player of Cursive, one of the most important rock bands that Omaha and/or Nebraska has ever produced.” But instead I said, “Steve, this is Matt, the new co-owner of O’Leaver’s.”

Yes, you read that right....

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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