Fact

As 15 percent of the country awaited a bill that would offer them affordable health care, more than 800,000 federal workers were sent home without pay. That catch 22 is better known as the government shutdown – a decision made after President Barack Obama refused to make changes to the nation’s health care law.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), notoriously known as Obamacare, is the elephant in...

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Radio Days

They say music is like a time machine...

While other kids were spending their Saturdays, summers and winter breaks goofing off with the rest of their high school friends, I spent mine standing behind a cash register at my mom and dad’s store in Fremont, Nebraska.

The store was called Fremont Salvage. It was located just north of the Holiday Lodge on a dirt road off Highway 30 behind a...

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Helping Parents and Kids

Imagine trying to communicate with your child’s teacher in a foreign language, or trying to help your child with homework in a foreign language.
Those scenarios are reality for hundreds of immigrant Omaha families with children in Learning Community schools, and a reality that the Learning Community Center of South Omaha, which just opened this past September on 23rd and M Streets, is working...

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Leftover Kasher

Like the headline says, here’s some leftover wisdom from Tim Kasher that didn’t make it into the feature story.  I thought it would be a shame to leave it on the cutting room floor.

For example, nowhere in the feature story did I explain the title of Kasher’s new album, Adult Film, and the origin of its hideous cover art. Hopefully Eric in production has a copy of the artwork to include with...

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Unknown Pleasure: A Review of Growing Season by The Gardenheads

I still get music in the mail.

Oh, it’s not like the old days when more than a dozen manila envelopes per week stuffed with CDs and assorted junk would end up stacked atop my in-box. I opened every one of them. And if they came from bands or record labels I was familiar with, they got the full treatment. If they were completely unknown but the packaging and one-sheet were interesting, they...

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Take It from a Non-Fan: Pelini Deserves a Break

Ican’t believe I’m doing this. I’m the last guy who should be writing about Husker football, the last person who should be defending the team’s coach.

In fact, while the typical Husker fan was writhing in agony over yet another blown play in the second half of the UCLA game last Saturday, I was sinking my first-ever birdie on the 5th hole of Spring Lake Golf Course (It was a fluke shot....

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The environments doctor

Dr. Wendy Ring understands that climate change is more than what the public sees on the evening news. As a rural family physician trained in both medicine and public health, she left her practice in 2011 to focus solely on the climate issues that are threatening the health of the world.
For over thirty years Dr. Ring worked as a doctor and focused her attention on taking care of people who...

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Bless Me, Ultima Screening

Sometimes a work of art so well captures the spirit of a people and time that it becomes an enduring cultural talking point. Such is the case with Rudolfo Anaya’s 1972 coming-of-age novel Bless Me, Ultima, widely considered a seminal piece of Chicano literature.

Three Omaha Chicanos who are great fans of the book look forward to a Sept. 16 screening of its film adaptation. Written and...

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Terry’s Movement on Immigration

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Public Hearing this Thursday on Election Commissioner Changes

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A Second Opinion

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Meet the Chief

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A State of Homelessness

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Ganging Up

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