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Problems Easy To Spot

In the seven weeks since nearly 29,000 citizens consented to potentially recall Mayor Jim Suttle, headlines in Omaha have read like a political thriller. But among the fraud allegations, busing controversies, court dates and political bickering, the two questions that started it all continue to get lost: What’s wrong with Omaha, and how do we fix it? Dave Nabity has an idea. “I think our...

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Teaching Peace

Some stories are inescapable. They get passed from friend to friend, mentors to mentees, supporters to skeptics. They end up on nightstands and in carry-ons of the unsuspecting with no other directive than to simply “read this.” Greg Mortenson’s life is one of those stories. His 2006 book Three Cups of Tea details a failed bid to climb K2, the world’s second tallest mountain, and how...

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Immigrant rights group receives state’s Trail Blazer award

The Fremont group that spent much of 2010 opposing the city's immigration ordinance was rewarded for its efforts at Nebraska's Martin Luther King Celebration at Lincoln's capitol building on Jan. 14. One Fremont One Future was awarded the Dr. Mathew O. Ricketts Trail Blazer award. Named after Nebraska's first black state senator, the award recognizes "those who have made a difference in...

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Millard South principal released from hospital

Principal Curtis Case was released from the hospital Jan. 12, one week after he was shot by a student at Millard South High School. There is no timetable for Case to return to school. He released a statement on Jan. 13 saying "I still need time to heal."

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Voter busing prompts investigation

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine asked the Nebraska State Patrol on Jan. 13 to investigate the actions of anti-recall group Forward Omaha after the mayor's supporters bused homeless people to the Douglas County Election Commission to vote on the recall and offered them employment on election day. On Jan. 12, Forward Omaha provided transportation for voters — many of them homeless and living...

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New budget leaves out tax increases

Gov. Dave Heineman outlined a two-year state budget on Jan. 13 that would close Nebraska's projected $986 million revenue shortfall without raising taxes. The governor's budget proposes cutting up to 500 state jobs, nearly 400 of which have been unfilled for more than a year, for a savings of $672 million and maintaining current levels of state aid for schools and cities. The state would...

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Anti-recall group buses homeless to polling place

Anti-recall group Forward Omaha transported three busloads of people Jan. 12 — many of them homeless — from the Siena Francis House to the Douglas County Election Commission to vote in the recall election of Mayor Jim Suttle. Voters on the bus were also offered the chance to work for $10 per hour, going door to door to encourage people to vote on election day Jan. 25. Forward Omaha officials...

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No hens in Bellevue

A proposal to allow hens within Bellevue city limits was defeated by a 4-0 vote, with two councilmembers absent, at the City Council meeting on Jan. 13. The Council could reconsider the motion at its Jan. 24 meeting.

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