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Helping Parents and Kids

Imagine trying to communicate with your child’s teacher in a foreign language, or trying to help your child with homework in a foreign language.
Those scenarios are reality for hundreds of immigrant Omaha families with children in Learning Community schools, and a reality that the Learning Community Center of South Omaha, which just opened this past September on 23rd and M Streets, is working...

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Leftover Kasher

Like the headline says, here’s some leftover wisdom from Tim Kasher that didn’t make it into the feature story.  I thought it would be a shame to leave it on the cutting room floor.

For example, nowhere in the feature story did I explain the title of Kasher’s new album, Adult Film, and the origin of its hideous cover art. Hopefully Eric in production has a copy of the artwork to include with...

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Retired warrior, lifetime scholar and devout believer John Nagl looks back on Army career

Two years since the U.S. pulled troops out of Iraq Americans still slog it out in Afghanistan -- a full 12 years since its start. The dual wars for which so many paid a heavy price will forever be analyzed by the likes of Omaha native John Nagl, managing editor of the official U.S. Army-Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Manual.

The retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel was not only a military...

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Unknown Pleasure: A Review of Growing Season by The Gardenheads

I still get music in the mail.

Oh, it’s not like the old days when more than a dozen manila envelopes per week stuffed with CDs and assorted junk would end up stacked atop my in-box. I opened every one of them. And if they came from bands or record labels I was familiar with, they got the full treatment. If they were completely unknown but the packaging and one-sheet were interesting, they...

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Take It from a Non-Fan: Pelini Deserves a Break

Ican’t believe I’m doing this. I’m the last guy who should be writing about Husker football, the last person who should be defending the team’s coach.

In fact, while the typical Husker fan was writhing in agony over yet another blown play in the second half of the UCLA game last Saturday, I was sinking my first-ever birdie on the 5th hole of Spring Lake Golf Course (It was a fluke shot....

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The environments doctor

Dr. Wendy Ring understands that climate change is more than what the public sees on the evening news. As a rural family physician trained in both medicine and public health, she left her practice in 2011 to focus solely on the climate issues that are threatening the health of the world.
For over thirty years Dr. Ring worked as a doctor and focused her attention on taking care of people who...

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The Dilbit Disaster and Keystone XL

The day British Petroleum’s embattled and unpopular CEO resigned due to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that killed 11 men and spewed 200 million gallons of crude into the ocean, one of the largest inland oil spills and the most expensive oil pipeline spill in U.S. history barely made the news.

A million gallons of diluted bitumen oil – dilbit – from the Alberta tar sands had spilled...

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Bless Me, Ultima Screening

Sometimes a work of art so well captures the spirit of a people and time that it becomes an enduring cultural talking point. Such is the case with Rudolfo Anaya’s 1972 coming-of-age novel Bless Me, Ultima, widely considered a seminal piece of Chicano literature.

Three Omaha Chicanos who are great fans of the book look forward to a Sept. 16 screening of its film adaptation. Written and...

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