Omaha gay protection ordinance defeated

The Omaha City Council failed to pass an amendment on Tuesday offering non-discrimination protection to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. The measure failed on a 3-3 vote with Councilman Franklin Thompson — who has proposed putting the decision to a public vote — abstaining. Councilmen Ben Gray, Pete Festersen and Chris Jerram voted in favor of the ordinance. Thomas...

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Running Gun Battle Leaves Man Dead

Omaha Police found a 24-year-old dead behind the wheel of 1975 Oldsmobile Cutlass crashed into a telephone pole blocking southbound 30th Street, the result of a possible running gun battle through the streets on Saturday morning according to WOWT-MAN DEAD. Omaha police are investigating the shooting death of a 24-year-old man found slumped behind the wheel of a car, the result of a possible...

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Shooting Rounds

Investigators found a mound of shell casings and some bullet-ridden cars and homes, but no suspects near 16th and Laird on Oct. 7 after neighbors reported hearing nearly 50 shots fired. Jaron Grayer, 24, was later treated for a gunshot wound at Creighton University Medical Center. Police have made no arrests. Police arrested three teens Saturday morning after a shooting outside Cubby’s...

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Suttle supporters asked to open their checkbooks

Mayor Jim Suttle blew the dust off his campaign website last week, adding a link for supporters to contribute money to fight a recall effort. Earlier this month, Suttle called the efforts of the Mayor Suttle Recall Committee “expensive, divisive, and reckless” in a statement that will appear on recall petitions. The Committee announced it would begin collecting on Oct. 21 the nearly 27,000...

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Pipeline contributions may have violated federal law

Gov. Dave Heineman has been hands-off when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline, claiming it’s a federal issue. That didn’t stop him from getting involved in the Republican-led effort to repeal federal health care reform. But there may be something to the federal issue, after all. Sierra Club Nebraska asked the U.S. Attorney’s Office last week to investigate whether campaign contributions...

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Moving In

Homeless not hard to find, if you know where to look We parked outside what used to be Mac’s Tavern, a forgotten space just north of Cuming on a stretch of 16th Street that’s full of shuttered buildings. The doors were still locked behind iron grates, but Anne Smolsky heard laughter around back. Behind Mac’s, we found a group of eight people seated on a blanket sharing a plastic bottle...

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In Bloom

Inner-city team plants healthier neighborhoods “Oh no, Jumoke! Not the azuki!” It was early in the growing season and Jeannie Dickes’ reaction to her City Sprouts co-director Jumoke Omojola came after discovering that the beans were accidentally pulled from a plot by a fresh crop of would-be gardeners. “I have to learn to let it go,” Dickes said with a laugh. The budding gardeners...

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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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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