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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...

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Air Pollution Hits Omaha

While Nebraska does not yet have severe air quality issues, increasing levels of ozone have put us in an uncertain situation. The Clean Air Act requires the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards, which measure the levels of six pollutants, including ozone. This Act has set acceptable standards for ozone quantity at 75 parts per billion.

In the last...

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Beneath the Worlds of Wayne

I guess you could call it the pre-show warm-up.

Wayne Brekke, the guy behind the Worlds of Wayne podcast, hadn't clicked the “record” button yet. Maybe he was checking mic levels or warming up his voice or just trying to finish his vodka on the rocks before the show began.

Wayne’s been doing the podcast for seven years -- a long time, very likely longer than any podcaster in Omaha. Last...

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Fighting For the Little Guy

A Democrat who’s successful in Republican counties, Hassebrook has begun building his state-wide campaign for Governor in 2014.

“I’ve represented 15 counties in northeast Nebraska on the UNL Board of Regents,” he said. “It’s nonpartisan, but I am the only Democrat that has served in nearly 30 years.” His straightforward priorities of education and advancement, with an emphasis on rural...

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A Good Walk Spoiled

About 18 years ago I wrote a feature on golfer Tom Sieckmann for a local lifestyle magazine. I ran across the article recently while boxing up old press clippings during my move. There was Sieckmann on the magazine cover, leaning back in a cheap plastic lawn chair next to a bucket of golf balls, a driver leaning on his left shoulder like a lazy rifle.

Throughout the 2,000-word profile, I...

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The Project, Pt. 4: The Dream Home

This is the fourth and final part of a series that ran in the Dec. 20, Feb. 28 and April 18 issues of The Reader. Read Pt. 1, Pt. 2, and Pt. 3.

They say going through a house remodel is the most stressful thing a couple can live through, more stressful apparently than surviving a life-threatening illness or financial ruin. Yet months into our project and we were having the time of our lives.

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Kids Eat Free: Pull Up A Seat

Only 10 percent of the children in the state of Nebraska who are eligible for the summer meals program actually take advantage of it.

Hunger Free Heartland is out to change that by spreading the word about its Summer Food Service Program.

Sue Arment, Director for Hunger Free Heartland, says the program is open to kids ages 1-18. There are no ID checks and no paperwork or documentation is...

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Dark Side of the Runway or There She Is, Miss American Idiot

A few notes from last week...

Nostalgia and my prurient curiosity were the reasons we switched channels between Game 5 of the NBA finals and the Miss USA beauty pageant Sunday night.

I remembered the pageant growing up, seeing a teary-eyed Bob Barker (Burt Parks hosted the Miss America pageant, a completely different animal) serenade a teary-eyed Miss Wherever as she strolled down the...

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