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The Voices Of Occupy Omaha

Chris Rock once joked that a man is basically as faithful as his options. The same logic could apply to politics.

Last month, hundreds of Occupy Omaha protesters marched through downtown Omaha. Since then, members have been marching every Saturday at 11 a.m. on Gene Leahy Mall, through the Old Market, to the Federal Reserve building at 24th and Farnam.

But everything from falling...

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What’s Possible Here?

What’s possible for our city? Speakers at the 2011 TEDx Omaha event offered many answers to that pressing question.

TEDx Omaha is an independently organized event affiliated with the well-known TED conferences in California and Scotland.

The second TEDx Omaha was held on October 15 at Creighton University, with a theme of “What’s Possible?”

Eleven local speakers addressed that theme in...

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Project Censored 2012

Now in its 35th year, Project Censored, a media research program at Sonoma State University, has examined the coverage of news and information to identify what it calls Modern Censorship -- "the subtle yet constant and sophisticated manipulation of reality in American mass media outlets."

Every year the program releases its list of the Top 25 Censored stories -- "important national news...

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Summit Helps Omaha Take an Extra Step in Active Transportation Planning

“Forty-two years ago America put a man on the moon, making transportation history. But at that time, Neil Armstrong could not walk safely to work.” Jim Oberstar, former Minnesota congressman and keynote speaker at the 2011 Heartland Active Transportation Summit, set the stage for the importance of safe modes of alternative transportation in front of over 200 registrants at the Scott Conference...

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Food For Thought

The uneasy place which race inhabits in the collective American psyche leaves most discussions of the subject to academics, activists or attorneys. But its reality permeates much of the social-cultural fabric. 

Rhetoric about race is common. Conversation, less so. In these politically correct times, with a topic so tinged by the emotional weight of the past, no one wants to offend; therefore,...

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Master Transportation Plan Gets a Makeover

In a wave of bike helmets and Velcro gloves, over 70 cyclists pedaled to a public forum hosted by the City of Omaha Planning Department. The two hour presentation discussed a proposed revision of Omaha’s Transportation Master Plan.

The cling of bike shoe clips and rattling car keys could be heard as motorists, walkers, bus riders and others filled 250 seats in the Scott Conference Center....

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<p>  Urban Village's Scott Semrad and Gerald S. Reimer</p>

Building a Village in Midtown

“The location in Midtown wasn’t a problem as far as getting renters to move inwards,” said Scott Semrad, part owner of midtown-based Urban Village. “We had the product, but it was trying to push the location of that product that was the problem.”

It was a gorgeous day at Delice in Midtown Crossing. The hustle of the area was exciting; young professionals grabbing lunch, ladies enjoying their...

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Beating The Odds

New test scores from Nebraska’s public schools recently showed a big drop in math scores, as the state adjusts to new testing requirements. In the first of a series of reports on how Omaha schools are performing, we stopped by South Omaha to talk to a principal who’s beating the odds.

As Principal John Campin walks the brightly colored halls of Gomez Heritage Elementary School, he points out...

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