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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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Coming to work at The Reader before our first issue in March 1994 meant heading to a 2-bedroom loft at Alahambra Apartments on 49th & Dodge Sts., preferably after its newlywed residents were up and the boundless husky pup had been taken for a walk. That route took me right by one of Omaha's first gas stations, at the time being transformed into vegetarian restaurant icon McFoster's, a flurry of long-haired activity...

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Abide applies holistic approach to building community

Former Bellevue West hoops star and Creighton University point guard Josh Dotzler has lived through the saga of Abide, the northeast Omaha ministry his parents started in 1989.

Twenty-five years ago Ron and Twany Dotzler stepped out on faith to move their large multi-cultural family – he's white and she's black – from the suburbs to the inner city to pursue a community-focused calling. Gangs were first asserting...

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New American Cinema auteurs-colleagues David O. Russell and Alexander Payne to gab in Omaha

Alexander Payne is in a position to ask any world class film figure to be his guest of honor at the Film Streams Feature event, the art cinema's annual big fundraiser. Laura Dern, Debra Winger, Steven Soderbergh, Jane Fonda and the principal cast of Nebraska have all come at his invitation to appear on stage at the Holland Performing Arts Center. 

For the Monday, Nov. 10 Feature VI Payne will engage writer-director...

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2nd District Congressional race gives voters two distinct styles

At the end of the day, voters want a choice. If nothing else, the tight Nebraska 2nd Congressional District race pitting incumbent Lee Terry against challenger Brad Ashford gives voters a distinct option. 

Pre-election surveys indicate a neck-and-neck battle between these local boys made good from high-profile Omaha families. Politicos have long viewed Terry as a vulnerable target. He nearly lost to John Ewing in...

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Terry’s Movement on Immigration


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


Public Hearing this Thursday on Election Commissioner Changes


A Second Opinion



Meet the Chief


A State of Homelessness


Ganging Up

<p>Some of the community leaders behind the first South Omaha Violence and Intervention meeting.  </p>


Police reviewing gun policy following school shooting