Educator Tackles The Other

Ferial (Mohamed) Pearson's work with GLBT and other high-risk youths at South High Magnet School earned her the 2010 Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network's National Educator of the Year award and the 2011 National Education Association's Creative Leadership in Human Rights honor.

Pearson, now with the Avenue Scholars Foundation, continues her advocacy work among kids struggling with...

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Global warming expert: Flooding caused by climate change

This summer has seen its fair share of drastic conditions around the country, including record flooding along the Missouri River. Overlooking its swollen banks at Omaha’s riverfront landing, one scientist has a simple explanation for the past three months of flooding. While many consider the flood man-made, Dr. James Hansen sees clear signs of carbon build-up in the atmosphere.

"We’ve had...

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Fremont Builds Anti-Immigrant Defense Fund to $1.1 million

by Lindsey Peterson

The City of Fremont is budgeting for another year of judicial sparring in the case of its illegal immigration ordinance. Passed and then soon halted last summer, the ordinance aims to punish those renting to and hiring illegal immigrants. Now tied up in U.S. District Court, the city is currently being represented by Kansas Secretary of State and Federation for American...

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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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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