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True Crime

The remote farming community of Murdock, Nebraska, seemed to be the least likely setting for one of the heartland’s most ruthless and bloody double murders in decades. In fact, the little town had gone more than a century without a single homicide. But on the night of Easter 2006, Wayne and Sharmon Stock were brutally murdered in their home. The murders garnered sensational frontpage headlines...

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New York State of Mind

I subscribe to Time Out New York and have for years. The weekly slick keeps me up to speed on all things Gotham, with sections on art, fashion, books, film, dance, theater and music. Not only does it prepare me for my annual visit to the Big Apple, it points out hot New York trends destined for Omaha in the next year (or two).

A new TONY feature is a top-10 list that closes each issue. Last...

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Going for the Gold (Record) at The Indie

A caveat before I begin this week’s column: My wife and this column’s unofficial editor-in-chief is one of the organizers of The Indie 5K, 10K and Kids’ Dash to which I’m about to write. Surely favoritism to be assumed when the columnist is writing about his wife’s work. If another local columnist tried to pull this off, I would be standing right alongside you, pointing an accusatory finger,...

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B-cycle in Omaha, Pt. 2: Overcoming Obstacles

Note: This is the second of a two-part series that focuses on Omaha’s B-cycle program. Part 1 appeared in last week’s issue of The Reader.

Again, the three strikes against bicycle commuting in Omaha (vs. Austin) outlined in last week’s column: 1) Brutal winters, 2) mountainous terrain and 3) unsafe streets. 

For answers on how Omaha’s B-cycle program can overcome these obstacles, I went to the...

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Bud Crawford’s tight family has his back as he defends his title in his own backyard

When Terence "Bud" Crawford defends his WBO lightweight title June 28 at the CenturyLink Center, he'll fight for himself, his tight-knit family and a boxing community that's not seen anything like this since 1972.

Forty-two years ago heavyweight champion Joe Frazier came to town to battle local Great White Hope Ron Stander. Omaha was thrilled to host boxing's ultimate event, but Stander never had more than a...

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Great Migration stories

The July 31-August 5 Native Omaha Days will feature metro-wide black heritage celebrations that on the surface don't seem to have much to do with the American South. But when local African American families gather for the biennial Days most can point to someone in their family tree who migrated from the South.

The same holds true for almost any black family gathering of any size here. Whatever the occasion,...

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<p>  From left to right: Sharif Liwaru, Sarah Moore, Nikole Roach of UNO's Attendance Collaborative</p> Showing Up

“Attendance is one area where 90 percent does not equal an A,” according to Sharif Liwaru, Elementary Schools Director at UNO’s Attendance Collaborative. That is because a 90 percent attendance rate equals 20 days of absence -- the number that triggers a referral to the County Attorney as mandated by LB 933. 

“A kid missing a couple days of school every couple of weeks may not seem like a lot of days gone, but...

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<p>  Zach Wahls and Moms</p> My Two Moms

With gay marriage being assailed during an Iowa House Judiciary Committee public hearing in 2011 Zach Wahls offered counter testimony that not only charged the proceedings but the national dialogue about the issue.

Raised by same sex partners, Wahls made the case that sexual preference has nothing to do with effective parenting. He used himself as a case in point. The 21-year-old University of Iowa student and...

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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