Is Omaha Ready For Equal Opportunity

City Council member Ben Gray has some advice for people who plan to attend the March 6 public hearing for his equal opportunity ordinance.

"Pack a lunch … and have a couple snacks just in case," Gray said.

"You're going to see more people than you've seen down at that Council in a while."

During a Saturday breakfast at Village Inn with members of Voice Omaha, Citizens for Equal...

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Shopping in The Land of the Lost

by Tim McMahan


Somehow I keep ending up at Crossroads Mall and its vast, lonely emptiness.

Maybe it’s the memory of its once grand elegance that draws me in, a reminder that all things, no matter how wonderful, eventually come to an end. Crossroads seemed like perfect fodder for a column. But as I passed the fluorescent-bright nail salon oozing with the smell of ground skin and epoxy,...

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You Are Invited

I don’t know if I’m going to be able to do this.

Two weeks ago, I gave up the column I’d been writing for seven years that focused solely on Omaha’s indie music scene. I did it so I could begin to write this new, completely unstructured column.

The Reader’s publisher/editor, John Heaston, said I could write about anything I wanted. Anything. The sky’s the limit. It was as if a great...

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Certainty in The Hand of Fundamentalists

In the first sentence of Frank Schaeffer’s most recent memoir Sex, Mom and God, he promises to explain how his family helped push the Republican Party into the embrace of the Religious Right and also chronicle his family’s “complicity in several murders.”

Schaeffer grew up home-schooled in a fundamentalist evangelical enclave in Switzerland known as L’Abri, which was run by his mother Edith...

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The Privilege Pass

“I want to see your sources. Our library doesn’t have these sources.”

A college professor was scrutinizing one of Franklin Thompson’s papers during his post-graduate studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in the mid-90s. Now an Omaha City Councilman and University of Nebraska at Omaha professor who lectures on multicultural education and race relations, Thompson recalled battling...

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Arizona Sheriff Commits Worst Racial Profiling in U.S. Histor

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office didn't just commit racial profiling of Latinos, according to the findings of the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation. Rather, Arpaio oversaw the worst pattern of racial profiling by a law enforcement agency in U.S. history, a DOJ expert concluded. Read More.

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The Voices Of Occupy Omaha

Chris Rock once joked that a man is basically as faithful as his options. The same logic could apply to politics.

Last month, hundreds of Occupy Omaha protesters marched through downtown Omaha. Since then, members have been marching every Saturday at 11 a.m. on Gene Leahy Mall, through the Old Market, to the Federal Reserve building at 24th and Farnam.

But everything from falling...

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Rev. Everett Reynolds in memoriam

Rev. Everett Reynolds was not from Nebraska but he's remembered as someone who made a significant mark here. 

The St. Louis, Mo. native passed earlier this week in Omaha at age 83. 

As a United Methodist minister and community leader he led congregations, worked with parolees, headed the local chapter of the NAACP, founded Cox Cable television channel CTI-22 and advocated for civil...

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