Common Sense Adds to Truancy Law

It’s a plan that builds on an older plan. Last year, LB 800 was signed into law. That enacted sweeping reforms in truancy prevention and juvenile justice – if a child was truant for more than 20 days of the school year, the county attorney would get involved, and the parents and children might find themselves in court or facing fines. That led to an influx of truancy cases that county attorneys...

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Inviting Nebraska Dreams

by Lindsey Peterson

Crete, located in southeast Nebraska, is a town not unlike many other rural towns. It faces an increasing immigration population and a burdened education system. And, like others, it’s scrambling to find ways to handle an influx of students and parents who don’t speak the language.

What does make Crete different is the lack of picket lines, protests and media coverage....

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A Family Thing

With Native Omaha Days over, another traditional African-American summer gathering, the Bryant-Fisher Family Reunion, begins.

The biennial Native Omaha Days began in 1977. But it’s a newbie compared to the historic annual reunion that dates to 1917, when Emma Early Bryant Fisher inaugurated the event with a family picnic at Mandan Park near her South Omaha home. The picnic was held there for...

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Overarching plan for North Omaha development now in place

Recent adoption of the North Omaha Village Revitalization Plan into the city master plan gives direction and impetus to energizing a stagnated, disinvested area never fully recovered from decades-ago civil disturbance and urban renewal.

Unanimous approval by the Omaha Planning Board and City Council sends a strong signal to public-private funders and developers the plan provides an officially...

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Rev. Everett Reynolds in memoriam

Rev. Everett Reynolds was not from Nebraska but he's remembered as someone who made a significant mark here. 

The St. Louis, Mo. native passed earlier this week in Omaha at age 83. 

As a United Methodist minister and community leader he led congregations, worked with parolees, headed the local chapter of the NAACP, founded Cox Cable television channel CTI-22 and advocated for civil rights. ...

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Omaha Cycling Getting Up to Speed

Balancing breakfast is always easier when you’ve got to bicycle to work. Pounding down the “Works” breakfast at Radial Cafe is a recipe for disaster while summiting the hills in Omaha. It is not easy to be sick on a bicycle, particularly when maneuvering through rush hour traffic.

Why cycle? Control your portions, save on gas, get those calves swollen and be the sweaty envy of your co-workers...

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Shedding light on city development: Early success with online involvement tool EngageOmaha.com

Last Saturday I stood in line at the farmer’s market, while a woman beside me clicked the tiny keys on her phone with the fervor of a child opening a gift. Interested in her eagerness, I snuck a glance. She was “tweeting” a plug for the new crop of yellow squash. Within minutes, her phone was beeping like a car alarm, nearly as brash and startling.

This is the world of social media, where...

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Returning To Society

As the revolving doors of America's overcrowded prisons spin ever faster, sending more ex-offenders back into society, reentry has become a major focus nationwide, including Nebraska.

America has 2.2 million individuals incarcerated in prison, compared with approximately 1.6 million inmates in the Communist China, a nation with an overall population four times that of the United States.

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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