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Raising the Political Bar

(The author is registered as a participant in the 2012 Ready to Run program)

“The way we teach our girls and boys to devalue women is exactly why women make up only 18 percent of America’s top leaders in business, the military, religion, media, culture and entertainment,” said Jennifer Siebel Newsom, director of the documentary "Miss Representation."

“All this while global monitoring...

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Certainty in The Hand of Fundamentalists

In the first sentence of Frank Schaeffer’s most recent memoir Sex, Mom and God, he promises to explain how his family helped push the Republican Party into the embrace of the Religious Right and also chronicle his family’s “complicity in several murders.”

Schaeffer grew up home-schooled in a fundamentalist evangelical enclave in Switzerland known as L’Abri, which was run by his mother Edith...

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The Privilege Pass

“I want to see your sources. Our library doesn’t have these sources.”

A college professor was scrutinizing one of Franklin Thompson’s papers during his post-graduate studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in the mid-90s. Now an Omaha City Councilman and University of Nebraska at Omaha professor who lectures on multicultural education and race relations, Thompson recalled battling...

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A State of Homelessness

As winter takes hold the number of homeless moving into shelters is on the rise. Winter is the toughest time of the year and emergency shelters are focused on the most basic needs. The seasonal surge will test a budding framework helping Omahans without a place to go to recover their lives and find a home.

On the evening of Jan. 25, from 10 p.m. to midnight, seasoned outreach staff will hit...

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Mr. Morfeld Goes to Lincoln

Adam Morfeld walks briskly into a hip coffee shop in downtown Lincoln a few blocks from the Nebraska State Capitol building. He skips the baristas and slides into a seat at a window table. It’s the first day of 2012 and while the rest of the cafe’s patrons stare half-heartedly into laptop screens and ceramic coffee mugs, Morfeld is radiating with energy.

“I’ve already been here once this...

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Innovation in Higher Education

Innovation is not limited to the for-profit sector.  Omaha’s colleges are both reacting to social changes and trying to lead those changes, through a variety of new initiatives.

Researching Human Capital at Bellevue University

The Human Capital Lab at Bellevue University measures the impact of corporate investments in employee learning.

Mike Echols is Bellevue’s executive vice president...

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Lawmakers call for state to take control of child welfare

The state of Nebraska should take back responsibility for managing child welfare cases from private contractors. And it should create a new department to handle children’s services. Those were the recommendations of a legislative committee investigating the state’s efforts to reform the child welfare system. Read more.

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Arizona Sheriff Commits Worst Racial Profiling in U.S. Histor

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office didn't just commit racial profiling of Latinos, according to the findings of the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation. Rather, Arpaio oversaw the worst pattern of racial profiling by a law enforcement agency in U.S. history, a DOJ expert concluded. Read More.

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