Leo Adam Biga

Occupation: Freelance writer Interests: art, culture Personal page: I write stories about people, their passions, and their magnificent obsessions. My blog site,, is a showcase of my cultural journalism. I contribute stories to newspapers and magazines, including

Aug 8, 2017 12:00 AM News

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Food insecurity in northeast Omaha is a question of access, education and poverty. more

Jul 7, 2017 12:00 AM News

"I've been in a hundred struggles in my life, lost almost all of 'em, but I was never afraid, and that's what I want people to understand." more

Jun 2, 2017 12:00 AM News

A new approach to addressing community needs is taking root as the public sector stumbles. more

May 16, 2017 12:22 PM News

Payne's 'Downsizing' may be next big thing on world cinema landscape more

Apr 27, 2017 12:08 PM Film

With the end of Obamacare at the top of the national conversation, The Reader talked to the major stakeholders about life before and potentially after the Affordable Care Act. more

Mar 14, 2017 12:54 PM News

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Debra Kaplan

Some 700,000 young Americans, including 3,000-plus in Nebraska, enjoy protections under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, but under Trump the work permits and other benefits could end. A diverse coalition supports their retainment. more

Feb 7, 2017 11:00 AM News

Trump's Wall


America's welcomed newcomers escaping dangers and threats for as long as it's been a nation. Refugees and asylees continue coming and a broad array of community support coalesces to make their resettlement and ultimate self-sufficiency a reality. more

Feb 1, 2017 9:21 AM News

Breaking the cycle of poverty in Omaha more

Dec 7, 2016 9:44 AM

Exploring interfaith realities isn't always the provence of groups or unrelated individuals. Interfaith couples such as Sharif Liwaru, who is Muslim, and Gabrielle Gaines Liwari, who is a follower of Jeuss, must find ways to navigate their journey. more

Nov 2, 2016 12:00 AM News


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Don Curry banks on his "healthy" version of soul food catching on at his niche Omaha Rockets Kanteen and Southern Pitch food truck. His niche concept is wed to a Negro Leagues baseball passion that permeates his brick and mortar and mobile eateries. more

Nov 2, 2016 12:00 AM Eat

A force of nature named Dick Holland died at 95 on August 9. The philanthropist's passing triggered warm, appreciative tributes from leaders of organizations he supported as well as individuals who worked with him or just admired his frank... more

Aug 18, 2016 2:30 PM News

Borne from outrage over violent African-American deaths, the grassroots Black Lives Matter movement espouses a social action platform to end systemic violence against and mass incarceration of a people. BLM's loose-knit activists advocate d... more

Aug 11, 2016 7:54 PM News

When family owners of the Bohemian Cafe announced in May the restaurant was for sale and would close September 24, it marked another casualty among classic eateries calling it quits. An eventual surge in customers wanting to indulge Czech-G... more

Aug 11, 2016 7:37 PM Eat

If there is an Omaha Cinema Culture, it cuts across consumer, exhibitor, artist and aspirational experiences. Being far from traditional film centers poses certain barriers, but rich offerings and showplaces exist. Natives pursue and some a... more

Jul 15, 2016 6:22 PM Art

The private doodles Ciara Fortun used to make have evolved into working sketches for collections she now produces for Omaha Fashion Week shows. After debuting at OFW with a formal women's wear show in March, she's unveiling a new collectio... more

Jul 11, 2016 5:48 PM Art