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PETA questions poultry practices at Nebraska farm

On its official website, Wayne County, located in northeast Nebraska, bills itself as “livestock friendly.” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is disputing that claim after learning that TWJ Farms — a poultry farm in Carroll, Neb. — has allegedly slaughtered as many as 140,000 live adult chickens this year by feeding them through a grinding machine. Based on whistleblower...

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Religious group to protest at South teacher’s funeral

In a press release that ended with the words "God Hates Nebraska," the Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church announced it would picket outside the Nov. 12 funeral for Omaha South High School teacher Stacey Klinger, who died last week after being hit by a car. The group claims Klinger was "cut off by an angry God for teaching rebellion to the youth of this nation." The WBC is infamous for...

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Underdog Champion

It’s not hard to see why students at Omaha South High Magnet School are drawn to Ferial Pearson — and why she’s equally dedicated to them. Pearson has a plum exterior — colorful and bright — but with a pit made of iron. Pearson, an English teacher and an advisor for the school’s Gay Straight Alliance club, was recently named “Educator of the Year” by Gay, Lesbian and Straight...

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South High teacher dies in traffic accident

Omaha South High School teacher Stacey Klinger, 45, died Nov. 3 after she was struck by a car while crossing 23rd Street after school. Witnesses say Salvador Jimenez, 32, was turning left following a stop at the intersection of 23rd and J St. when he struck Klinger. Jimenez tried to administer CPR before officials arrived and transported Klinger to the Creighton University Medical...

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Two dead in shooting at 63rd and Boyd

Xavon Watson, 18, and Lendale Kyles, 21, died after being shot Nov. 7 near 63rd and Boyd St. Police have made no arrests. There have been 29 homicides in Omaha this year. There were 26 homicides at this time last year.

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A Firm Grip

If you underwent triple bypass heart surgery, you wouldn’t want your doctor’s hands to cramp, or lose his grip of an instrument. During an average surgery lasting two to four hours, surgeons not only suffer the consequences of standing in one place for an extended time, but also the occasional slippery scalpel handle. Guru Instruments was created to solve this problem through ergonomic...

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VIP at your MD

Larry Kavich does not regret spending an extra $4,000 to be a part of what could be the evolution of primary healthcare. “Hey, a Corvette is not for everyone,” says Kavich, a 65-year-old Omahan and owner of All Makes Office Equipment. “But I’ve yet to find myself uncomfortable with the extravagance of this purchase.” Kavich’s Corvette, in this instance, is Dr. Joel Bessmer, a...

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Spin Doctors

Size does matter when it comes to electronics. Consumers seem to prefer ever-smaller devices, but making things too small could lead to major technological problems in roughly 10 years. Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are working on both aspects of the size issue. The decreasing size of devices such as cell phones, mp3 players and computers can be credited to transistors,...

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