Buffett wins Medal of Freedom

Omaha's most famous citizen can now add the nation's highest civilian honor to his already distinguished resume. The White House announced Nov. 16 that Warren Buffett is among 15 honorees who will receive the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at a ceremony early next year. The award is presented annually for "especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests...

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Omaha man gets life sentence for actress’ murder

Patrick Bauldwin, 46, received a life sentence on Nov. 17 for the Feb. 26, 2006 murder of local actress Passinetta Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was found strangled and savagely beaten in her home at 41st and Lake more than four years ago. Bauldwin, who was once engaged to Fitzgerald, was arrested in June of 2009. Investigators determined that Bauldwin's blood was present on the clothing Fitzgerald...

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MCC boosts sustainable energy program

Metropolitan Community College is poised to train the next generation of sustainable energy and renewable technology workers, after receiving a $318,000 grant from the Nebraska Energy Office. The school plans to complete a new solar training lab — heated entirely through solar power — by 2011 at its South Omaha campus. MCC will begin offering degree and certificate programs in solar and...

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Protest at South High funeral ends without incident

More than 100 people showed up at St. Anthony Methodist Church on Nov. 12 to help block a protest during the funeral for Omaha South High School teacher Stacey Klinger. The Kansas based Westboro Baptist Church announced last week that its members planned to picket Klinger’s funeral, saying the teacher, who died in a traffic accident Nov. 3, was “cut off by an angry God for teaching...

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Papillion street named after fallen soldier

The Papillion street where Army First Lieutenant Mark Noziska grew up will now carry his name in memory of his service in Afghanistan. Mayor David Black unveiled the new street sign Nov. 15, commemoratively renaming S. Polk Street as 1st LT Mark Noziska Lane. Noziska, 24, died in an explosion on Aug. 30, one month after arriving in Afghanistan. Since 2001 5,710 soldiers have died in Iraq and...

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Nelson could be a target for Republicans seeking health care reform

As the last Democrat left in Nebraska's congressional delegation and with a potential 2012 reelection bid hanging in the balance, Sen. Ben Nelson is expected to be one of the primary targets for Republicans seeking piece-by-piece reform of President Barack Obama's health care bill. Nelson enraged Republicans with his decision last December to support the measure. Now the GOP may need him as...

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City sees fifth homicide in four days

Omaha was home to another homicide Wednesday, the fifth in the city since Sunday. Officers patrolling in the area of 31st and Seward heard gunshots late on Nov. 10 and found Adrian Lessley, 25, dead at the scene at 3113 Lincoln Blvd. Another shooting victim, Jason Marion, 34, was transported to Creighton University Medical Center and is expected to survive. Jeromie Wade, 28, was arrested and...

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Questionable chicken slaughter stopped at Nebraska farm

The plan to kill 70,000 unwanted adult hens by feeding them through a grinder at a Carroll, Neb., poultry farm has been stopped, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Dan Paden, senior research associate in PETA's Cruelty Investigations Department, told The Reader on Thursday that Nebraska State Patrol Troop B area commander Capt. Brad Rice confirmed TWJ Farms no longer...

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Terry’s Movement on Immigration

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