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Omaha turns out largest U.S. vote on Sudanese referendum

More than 99 percent of Sudanese citizens in Omaha voted to split their home country into separate nations as part of Southern Sudan Referendum vote last week. In all, more than 8,000 Sudanese natives voted in eight cities throughout the U.S. Omaha had the highest turnout nationwide with 3,076 voters casting ballots. The result in Omaha mirrored that of the rest of the U.S. vote with 99 percent...

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Cyberbully ban considered in Nebraska

Elkhorn Sen. Lavonn Heidemann introduced a bill (LB123) Jan. 18 that would expand the disciplinary powers of Nebraska schools in cases of cyberbullying. Current state law allows schools to punish students for harassment via email, text message or other forms of social media only if the bullying occurred on school grounds or at school events. The new proposal would allow school administrators to...

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Police union president backs Mayor Suttle

A new anti-recall group emerged Jan. 18 to support Mayor Jim Suttle, one week before he faces the city's second recall election in more than two decades. The Taxpayers Putting Omaha First committee is made up of Omaha police union president Aaron Hanson and local attorneys Dan Stockman and Mike Dowd. The group says it has raised about $12,000 to fight the recall with nearly a quarter of the...

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Omaha Senator proposes alternative to immigration bill

Omaha State Senator Brenda Council is looking to Nebraska's Congressional delegation for a little help when it comes to sorting through the controversy of local immigration law. On Jan. 18, Council introduced a resolution to Fremont Sen. Charlie Janssen's Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act. Janssen's Arizona-style bill, LB48, would require police officers to check a suspect’s resident status...

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Problems Easy To Spot

In the seven weeks since nearly 29,000 citizens consented to potentially recall Mayor Jim Suttle, headlines in Omaha have read like a political thriller. But among the fraud allegations, busing controversies, court dates and political bickering, the two questions that started it all continue to get lost: What’s wrong with Omaha, and how do we fix it? Dave Nabity has an idea. “I think our...

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Teaching Peace

Some stories are inescapable. They get passed from friend to friend, mentors to mentees, supporters to skeptics. They end up on nightstands and in carry-ons of the unsuspecting with no other directive than to simply “read this.” Greg Mortenson’s life is one of those stories. His 2006 book Three Cups of Tea details a failed bid to climb K2, the world’s second tallest mountain, and how...

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Immigrant rights group receives state’s Trail Blazer award

The Fremont group that spent much of 2010 opposing the city's immigration ordinance was rewarded for its efforts at Nebraska's Martin Luther King Celebration at Lincoln's capitol building on Jan. 14. One Fremont One Future was awarded the Dr. Mathew O. Ricketts Trail Blazer award. Named after Nebraska's first black state senator, the award recognizes "those who have made a difference in...

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Millard South principal released from hospital

Principal Curtis Case was released from the hospital Jan. 12, one week after he was shot by a student at Millard South High School. There is no timetable for Case to return to school. He released a statement on Jan. 13 saying "I still need time to heal."

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