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Swimming Upstream

“Conscience laundering.”

That’s how Peter Buffett, Warren Buffett’s son, described the “sprinkling” of charitable contributions by the wealthy.

“As more lives and communities are destroyed by the system that creates vast amounts of wealth for the few, the more heroic it sounds to ‘give back,’” wrote Peter Buffett in his New York Times editorial “The Charitable-Industrial Complex” in 2013.

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Stalvey’s personal chronicle of social awareness a primer for racial studies

With America in the throes of the 1960s civil rights movement, few whites publicly conceded their own prejudice, much less tried seeing things from a black point of view. Lois Mark Stalvey was that exception as she shared her journey from naivety to social consciousness in her 1970 book The Education of a WASP

Her intensely personal chronicle of becoming a socially aware being and engaged...

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Book

A WASP’s racial tightrope resulted in enduring book

You've got to be taught to be afraid                                                                                                                                                        Of people whose eyes are oddly made,                                                                                                                                                And people whose skin is a...

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Down and out but not done in Omaha

Muddying Omaha's high quality of life rankings are pockets of chronic poverty and growing new poor populations.

Identifiable impoverished sections, homeless communities and shelters exist, but most poverty here is insidious and invisible. It's even in the suburbs. Thus, the title of a new documentary, Out of Frame: Unseen Poverty in the Heartland. It premieres November 12 at 6:30 p.m. at...

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Sam Meisels leads early childhood mission through Buffett Institute

Since Sam Meisels arrived in 2013 to head the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, he's become the academic-based advocate ally to the socially conscious philanthropist who hired him, Susan A. Buffett.

The dynastic wealth of the Buffetts has always had a progressive bent, Billionaire investor Warren Bufffett's first wife, the late Susan Thompson Buffett, gave generously to liberal causes. 

The...

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Change, it’s been a long time coming for northeast Omaha

Quality-of-life metrics assessing the state of African-American northeast Omaha paint a stark picture. Pockets experience some of America's worst poverty and gun violence. Disparities contradict Omaha's high best-place-to-live rankings.

Riot-scarred landscapes remain untouched decades later. Urban renewal brought distrust and dislocation. Combined with education, employment, income,...

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Douglas County Historical Society’s new lecture

As a part of their Second Sunday Lecture Series, the Douglas County Historical Society will be hosting a lecture on Omaha's immigration history July 12.

The discussion will be led by retired Creighton University professor of history Dennis Mihelich, who will be analyzing the rich history of Omaha's immigrant population. He will discuss immigration patterns and the effect of world crises on...

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The Champ Goes to Africa

EDITOR'S NOTE: 

Senior contributing writer Leo Adam Biga, winner of the 2015 Andy Award for international journalism from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, chronicles recent travels he made in Africa with two-time world boxing champion Terence Crawford.

Expanding his vision

Terence "Bud" Crawford's rise to world boxing stardom reads more graphic novel than storybook, defying inner city odds...

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