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Giving Joy


Billy and Company


Fashion Show: Christmas At Capitol


Son Shines


Houses of tomorrow


Fresh and steady beats


God help us every one.


Thanksgiving Music & Monkeying Around with Jim


Here and Abroad

Dining Section

Jams and Grane Give You Reasons to be Thankful, Return The Favor to Heartland Hope

Every Child Has A Gift

The economic forecast for the Midwest, and Nebraska in particular, is sunny with a chance of profits. For many metro area teachers, this means more choices for a second job. For others it may provide an impetus to exit education altogether.

The money rebound hasn’t made its way into the pockets of local teachers. Last year, Nebraska’s Governor, Dave Heineman, signed a rob Peter to pay Pal law...

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Is Omaha Ready For Equal Opportunity

City Council member Ben Gray has some advice for people who plan to attend the March 6 public hearing for his equal opportunity ordinance.

"Pack a lunch … and have a couple snacks just in case," Gray said.

"You're going to see more people than you've seen down at that Council in a while."

During a Saturday breakfast at Village Inn with members of Voice Omaha, Citizens for Equal...

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Building Community Through History

If you have ever participated in a neighborhood cleanup, donated to save a historic building in your area, or traveled to a city just to enjoy its history, you are a member of a specific group. You may not even know it.

These are the acts of Local Preservationists.

According to research from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, there are now 15 million Local Preservationists in the...

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Shopping in The Land of the Lost

by Tim McMahan


Somehow I keep ending up at Crossroads Mall and its vast, lonely emptiness.

Maybe it’s the memory of its once grand elegance that draws me in, a reminder that all things, no matter how wonderful, eventually come to an end. Crossroads seemed like perfect fodder for a column. But as I passed the fluorescent-bright nail salon oozing with the smell of ground skin and epoxy, I...

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The Young and the Talented: Omaha’s Design Innovators

On the eve of international designer Bruce Mau’s keynote speech at this year’s Young Professional Summit, The Reader contacted almost two dozen senior designers, professional associations and organizations to find a sampling of the some of the best young design talent in Omaha.

The six designers featured here have traveled the world to become among the best in their field,  from landscape...

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Regenerative Medicine Helps the Body to Heal Itself

Regenerative medicine is a new way of treating injuries and diseases, using specially-grown tissues and cells, along with artificial organs. The goal is helping the body to regenerate itself.

It’s an emerging field with great potential, according to the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

“These approaches can amplify our natural healing process in the...

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You Are Invited

I don’t know if I’m going to be able to do this.

Two weeks ago, I gave up the column I’d been writing for seven years that focused solely on Omaha’s indie music scene. I did it so I could begin to write this new, completely unstructured column.

The Reader’s publisher/editor, John Heaston, said I could write about anything I wanted. Anything. The sky’s the limit. It was as if a great...

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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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