26 Days Until Big Reveal

Beginning in January, this publication, Omaha’s longest-running alternative weekly newspaper, will be cutting its carbon footprint almost in half, expanding coverage significantly and increasing circulation, all by converting to a monthly print and daily online publishing schedule. This format change is intended to pair long-form journalism and community engagement to explore how a new brand of...

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New Americans

The Meaning of Thanksgiving: When strangers are neighbors

While bountiful fall harvests are celebrated around the world, Thanksgiving in the United States has a twist fundamental to its nature that has defined our country’s growth – a uniquely American ideal that welcomes strangers, making us a beacon for hard-working, freedom-loving people everywhere.

Pilgrim leader Miles Standish and his...

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One Obvious Market Solution Where Nebraska Plays A Big Role in Fighting Climate Change

A strong Nebraska industry could play an outsized role in addressing climate change . . . .

Climatic events have accounted for 72% of global insurance claims and insured losses from 1980 to 2012, totaling $0.97 trillion (Munich Re, 2013). Estimated … losses are increasing at ~6% a year in real terms (Lomborg, 2010). The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change estimated total...

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5 Things You Might Need to Say to Someone Who Denies Climate Change in Nebraska

From Understanding and Assessing Climate Change, Implications for Nebraska, a UNL report from the Department of Natural Resources and Agriculture. Page numbers in parentheses.

1. Really?! Are You Just Trying To Get A Rise Out of Me?

Rural Nebraskans are knowledgeable about and sensitive to climate issues. The Nebraska Rural Poll (2013) tells us:

• At least two-thirds of rural Nebraskans have...

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<p>The science behind understanding climate change is almost 200 years old and will not change</p>10 Things You Need To Know About Climate Change in Nebraska

Days before Neligh, Neb. natives and unlikely activists Art and Helen Tanterups invited 8,000 people to their 100-year-old family farm, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln issued the most damning and comprehensive look at climate change’s impact in Nebraska yet. The report was presented to a group of 300 at a lecture on the Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln.

The larger group went to hear...

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Omaha North superstar back Calvin Strong overcomes bigger obstacles than tacklers

Omaha North running back sensation and recent South Dakota verbal commit Calvin Strong put up sick numbers last season leading his school to its first state football title in the playoff era. His 3,008 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns set state and metro single season Class A records, shattering anything done by past star Omaha prep backs such as Gale Sayers and Ahman Green.

Despite measuring...

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True Crime

The remote farming community of Murdock, Nebraska, seemed to be the least likely setting for one of the heartland’s most ruthless and bloody double murders in decades. In fact, the little town had gone more than a century without a single homicide. But on the night of Easter 2006, Wayne and Sharmon Stock were brutally murdered in their home. The murders garnered sensational frontpage headlines...

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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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Terry’s Movement on Immigration

“Let me start with blending what I think will happen with where I am,… more »

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

“In 2008 all eyes were on the Latino vote. That year we had 19.5… more »

Public Hearing this Thursday on Election Commissioner Changes

Senator Sara Howard's LB 235 will have its public hearing this Thursday, February 14th… more »

A Second Opinion

Calculations for the cost of extending Medicaid in Nebraska as a critical piece of… more »


Meet the Chief

First, a primer on how to pronounce “Schmaderer,” the new police chief’s last name:… more »

A State of Homelessness

As winter takes hold the number of homeless moving into shelters is on the… more »

Ganging Up

<p>Some of the community leaders behind the first South Omaha Violence and Intervention meeting.  </p> Alberto Gonzales didn’t enter the meeting room at the South Omaha Library on March 15… more »