Environmental Alchemy

When it rains in Omaha, it pours raw sewage, industrial waste and toxic chemicals into nearby waterways. The city’s century-old sewer system is designed to either put it there or into your basement. Neither is an inviting option. But that design is changing thanks to a federal mandate from the Environmental Protection Agency. The oldest part of the city — nearly everything east of 72nd St. —...

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Schalisha Walker’s journey finding normal after foster care sheds light on service needs

Before a Feb. 27 packed house at the Holland Performing Arts Center a woman strode on stage to introduce playwright-poet-performance artist Daniel Beaty.

Schalisha Walker, 25, was unknown to all but a few in the audience. She was there to not only introduce Beaty but to deliver a personal message about the hundreds of foster care youth who age or drop out of the system each year in Nebraska....

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Aisha Okudi’s story of inspiration and transformation

Entrepreneurial African missionary Aisha Okudi, 37, laid the foundation for her thriving business and ambitious humanitarian work during a period when she and her children were sometimes homeless. She'd been through worse. 

Regardless of how bad things have gotten, she's remained focused on her mission because she considers her story of transformation a testimony to her faith in a Higher Power...

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New York State of Mind

I subscribe to Time Out New York and have for years. The weekly slick keeps me up to speed on all things Gotham, with sections on art, fashion, books, film, dance, theater and music. Not only does it prepare me for my annual visit to the Big Apple, it points out hot New York trends destined for Omaha in the next year (or two).

A new TONY feature is a top-10 list that closes each issue. Last...

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Going for the Gold (Record) at The Indie

A caveat before I begin this week’s column: My wife and this column’s unofficial editor-in-chief is one of the organizers of The Indie 5K, 10K and Kids’ Dash to which I’m about to write. Surely favoritism to be assumed when the columnist is writing about his wife’s work. If another local columnist tried to pull this off, I would be standing right alongside you, pointing an accusatory finger,...

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B-cycle in Omaha, Pt. 2: Overcoming Obstacles

Note: This is the second of a two-part series that focuses on Omaha’s B-cycle program. Part 1 appeared in last week’s issue of The Reader.

Again, the three strikes against bicycle commuting in Omaha (vs. Austin) outlined in last week’s column: 1) Brutal winters, 2) mountainous terrain and 3) unsafe streets. 

For answers on how Omaha’s B-cycle program can overcome these obstacles, I went to the...

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Maya Angelou

Editor’s Note: In anticipation of Maya Angelou’s planned June 9 appearance in Omaha, Walter V. Brooks of the Omaha Star had the opportunity to interview the cultural icon. Angelou passed away May 28. This was one of her final interviews.

The words “icon” and “living legend” are thrown about America with such frequency now, they’re all but meaningless. But Dr. Maya Angelou, 86, represents a span...

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B-cycle in Omaha, Pt. 1: We’re Not in Austin Anymore

Before I get to Omaha’s B-cycle bike-sharing program, some background on how I became a B-cycle evangelist.

Like you, I was confused at what B-cycle was for. I assumed (as most people who I’ve talked to unfamiliar with the program) that B-cycle is designed for joy rides. You see the racks, you figure people who don’t own bikes check them out and pedal around for the day, maybe spend the...

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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