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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Print Deep, Web Daily

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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