Breaking Bread and Barriers

Omaha Table Talk digs deeper on race People don’t physically break bread any more, but that’s OK — it’s the idea that matters, says A’Jamal Byndon, director of Omaha Table Talk. Coming together and opening up remain the defining characteristics behind the organization, which hosts its seventh-annual series of dinner table discussions about race and culture Oct. 21. “When you’re...

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Omaha teachers get free tuition

Sixty Omaha Public Schools teachers can get a free master’s degree thanks to a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant covers tuition at Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Omaha campus for teachers pursuing a degree in historical arts. More than 20 teachers took advantage of similar programs in 2002 and 2005.

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School ignores ACLU warning

The Lyons-Decatur school district will host religious speaker Keith Becker this week, despite threats of a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska who says Becker’s presentation violates the First Amendment. Lyons-Decatur made the presentation optional. But even that is a violation of First Amendment rights says the ACLU. The group toughened its stance in a second letter to...

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Wrong Message

They thought they had won. After months of meetings, rallies, redesigns and petitions, the group of Dundee residents fighting a proposed CVS pharmacy slated for 49th and Dodge thought the uphill battle was over. On Aug. 31 the Omaha City Council listened as the group voiced their concerns. Members looked at the maps showing the homes that would be destroyed to make way for the store, saw the...

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News Briefs (Sept. 14-21)

News Events Meet Meister and Boyle: Thursday, Sept. 23, 5 p.m., Castle Barrett, 43rd and Leavenworth. Meet the candidates on the Democratic gubernatorial ticket. Sustainable Agriculture Listening Session: Friday, Sept. 24, 2:30 p.m., MCC-Institute of Culinary Arts, 5730 N. 30th St. Lecture to advance environmentally sound agriculture. Symposium for Maternal...

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Becker won’t back down from ACLU

A Christian advocate from Kearney, Keith Becker said he won't change the religious message in his anti-alcohol presentations to schools, despite threats of a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberty Union of Nebraska, which says the endorsing religion in schools violates the First Amendment. “The Todd Becker Foundation has visited over 150 public schools in Nebraska and our reputation testifies...

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Riding Omaha: Meet Carlos Morales, the city’s new point person on biking

Omaha's desired brand as a progressive, livable, eco-friendly burg with enhanced mobility options took a step forward with city government's recent hiring of Carlos Morales as the city's first bicycle pedestrian coordinator. Morales started the City Planning Department position Sept. 7. He came to Omaha from Los Angeles, where he was assistant coordinator for the Los Angeles Department of...

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Terry’s Movement on Immigration

If You’re Not At The Table, You’re On The Menu

Public Hearing this Thursday on Election Commissioner Changes

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