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Kris Denton:

“It is vital not only for our students to see what is available in our community but it’s also vital for the community to see how fantastic our kids are,” said Kris Denton.

Denton knows how important education and community are. The Omaha North graduate now works with kids from the same neighborhood she grew up in, first as a 5th grade teacher at Minne Lusa and now as a teacher and Magnet...

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At Age 5, the Maha Music Festival Is All Growed Up

Was this year's Maha Music Festival a success?

The concert, held last Saturday at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village, drew 5,100 people. If that number seems light -- especially compared to your typical CenturyLink Arena concert -- consider that you cannot hear any of the bands that performed at Maha on your local FM radio. None. They don't call it "indie rock" for nothing.

Tre Brashear, one...

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Mousetrap’s Back, But Don’t Call it a Reunion

For regular readers of this column, a quick synopsis of who/what is punk rock band Mousetrap:

To use the word “seminal” to describe their impact on the Omaha music scene would be an understatement. Almost every significant Omaha band I’ve interviewed -- whether they play punk, hard rock or even singer-songwriter stuff -- has name-checked Mousetrap as an influence. That includes all of Saddle...

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Making community

More than 600 folks turned out Saturday for the 16th Annual Community Block Party hosted by Apostle Vanessa Ward and her husband Keith Ward. As usual this multi-generational celebration of community in a northeast Omaha neighborhood once known as Death Valley went off without any trouble.

During this street festival-reunion-revival Apostle, cordless mic in hand, is everywhere preaching her...

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Staying With The Family

It was 1881 when Nebraska first placed ungovernable boys and girls in a new red brick State Industrial School in Kearney with the intent of reforming them. It was not until 1892, that 57 girls were moved from Kearney to a new Girls Industrial School at Geneva.

Though programs and institution names have changed over the years, the basic plan for addressing juvenile delinquency hasn’t. In...

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In Memoriam

Special to The New York Times

If you're a devotee of public television then chances are you saw the work of the late nonfiction filmmaker Gail Levin. The Omaha native and longtime New York City resident died July 31 in a NYC hospice care facility at age 67 after a long fight with breast cancer.

Outside Ken Burns and Errol Morris, documentary filmmakers are rarely household names. Levin...

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Mentoring Campaign Seeks to Address a Wider Audience

"I asked one young girl for her opinion on what a mentor was,” explained Girls Inc. Executive Director Roberta Wilhelm, “She said, ‘A mentor is someone who isn’t paid to be with me.’”

Across the state 80,000 youth and 30,000 in Omaha live below the poverty line. For these young people in Omaha there are currently only 3,000 mentors. A new $20,000 campaign aims to recruit 500 new mentors by...

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New Building Codes Up for City Council Vote

With 2012 standards coming up for a city council vote in August, Omaha still operates under the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). These energy codes are the minimum requirements for new or remodeled homes, adopted by every state and municipality as part of their building codes.
 
“The Omaha City Council will be reviewing the 2012 IECC for adoption as early as August 16 with...

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