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Say Yes!

“AA ‘yes’ vote fixes the parts of Fremont’s ordinance that are not working for our community,” said Virginia Meyer, a local Fremont activist from the organization Fremont Yes!. Meyer and fellow colleagues are just some of the many residents that are concerned about the special election to be held in Fremont on February 11.
Fremont residents have been given the opportunity to vote on the...

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The Fact and Fiction of Sick Birds Die Easy

The first thing that crossed my mind after watching Sick Birds Die Easy, the new film by Nik Fackler, was wondering how much of it was real and how much was made up.

“I’d say 70 percent is real, and the rest is a narrative,” said Fackler during a conference call that included two of the film’s co-stars. “It’s a mixture of both. The film starts as a documentary and then melts into a narrative...

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It Takes a Village

Nebraska Crossing Outlets has been open for a few months, and this being the third week of January, it’s safe to say we’re well past the holiday season. With our Saturday wide open and the holiday crowds (hopefully) gone, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than visiting the new shopping Mecca conveniently located between Omaha and Lincoln.

Someone much wiser than me once said that...

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Opening Pandora’s Box (and Finding Matt Whipkey Inside)

Is Pandora the new “radio”?

And by that I’m asking, could digital music streaming services such as Pandora replace terrestrial radio stations, especially after car stereos become “internet ready,” allowing drivers to punch in a website from their dashboards?

While I can’t answer that in this column, I can say that Pandora at least gives unsigned musicians a glimmer of hope that a stranger...

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Taxes and Medicaid and Mountain Lions? Oh, My!

As state senators assembled for the second, shorter, 60-working-day session of the 103rd Nebraska Legislature on January 8, 2014, many observers expected that tax reform and Medicaid extension would be high on the list of priorities, as they had been since the body had adjourned the previous June. 

And mountain lions. Omaha Senator Ernie Chambers, protector of every threatened species, had...

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Collective Activism

Precisely at 10 a.m. on June 20, 1952, a stylishly dressed middle-aged black woman named Mildred  Brown urged the Omaha City Council to “do all in their power to see that Negroes were hired as bus drivers and therefore end the lily-white hiring practices of the Omaha & Council Bluffs Street-car Company.” Speaking slowly, enunciating each word and standing at her tallest, five feet, five inches,...

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Mejor que las aves enojado y aplastado dulces

Learning to speak Spanish or any foreign language is a classic New Year’s resolution, but what drove me to take on the task was an obsession with iPhone games.

Before we get to that, let me point out that this is not the first time I’ve tried to learn Spanish. My first attempt came in Mrs. Ladd’s class. Spanish was mandatory at Ft. Calhoun High School. It also was the only foreign language...

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Vinyl Sales Help Homer’s Buck Industry Trend

After spending the last two weeks writing about the current state and predicted future of the music industry, it’s time for a dose of reality in the form of the 2013 Nielsen SoundScan numbers.

Billboard Magazine reported last week that album sales suffered an 8.4 percent decline in 2013, CD sales declined 14.5 percent, even digital music sales declined last year for the first time since the...

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