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In Remembrance of Marshall Taylor

On July 18, 2020, I was privileged to be the master of ceremonies at the Celebration of Life honoring the passage to the heavens for Marshall Taylor. So many people came forth to speak of this man, his life’s works and his contributions to the African-American people of North Omaha, one of the smallest populations […]

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Watermelon, Man!

Watermelon, Man! by Michael Braunstein I only met Herbie Hancock twice (so far). More on that later. Seems that one cannot listen to sports or talk radio, watch cable television for more than 30 minutes, without hearing or seeing a commercial for “low T.” And that means you all know what “low T” is. Yep, […]

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Protesters Need to Turn Out at the Polls, City Council Proposes Mask Mandate, Teachers Retire Early to Stay Safe and More Top Local News for Monday, August 3

8/03/20 • Day 43 of Phase III • Nationwide case trends Support us by becoming a member and following us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Black Lives Matter. So Does Voting How will the recent protests against police brutality affect the country’s future? Tim McMahan believes that the greatest changes will come if all the young protesters show up to vote. View […]

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‘Reframed Edition’

Now in its 7th year, the New American Arts Festival is a joint project of Lutheran Family Services and Benson First Friday. Its Reframed edition, reimagined for the pandemic, is scheduled to kick off on Friday, August 7 in a combination of virtual and in-person opportunities. Lutheran Family Services, an agency dedicated to assisting immigrants […]

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Who Dares to Rent the Rental?

Editor’s note: We need your help! Support content like this by becoming a Reader member here. When I heard that Dave Franco directed an Airbnb-based horror movie, I got all twitterpated! Doesn’t that just sound, like, extra-special-super bad?! What if I also told you that this was the lesser Franco’s directorial debut and that it tries to […]

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Omaha Facility Runs COVID-19 Vaccine Trials, ACLU Helps Arrested Protesters, Airport Expansion Paused and More Top Local News for Friday, July 31

7/31/20 • Day 40 of Phase III • Nationwide case trends Support us by becoming a member and following us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook ‘They Awoke a Sleeping Giant’: The Fight Is Far from Over for Omaha Protesters On Thursday afternoon, 96 arrested protesters gathered at Culxr House on North 24th Street Thursday afternoon to organize and connect with ACLU of Nebraska […]

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‘They Awoke a Sleeping Giant’: The Fight Is Far from Over for Omaha Protesters

By Chris Bowling While Calvin Graeve sat in his orange jail jumpsuit, he alternated between fear and anger. He cried and lashed out at guards watching over him and about 120 other protesters arrested Saturday night in Omaha. One of the few things that kept Graeve grounded, was a melody he couldn’t get out of […]

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Bemis Center Reopening, Abortion Ban Stalling, Meatpacking Plant Safety Bill Rejected and More Top Local News for Thursday, July 30

7/30/20 • Day 39 of Phase III • Nationwide case trends Support us by becoming a member and following us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Art Center Reopens with Chance to View Two Shows Cut Short by COVID The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts announced its closure due to the pandemic, but the center has announced its availability to view in person […]

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Black Lives Matter. So does voting

June 22, 2020 – Planning for the July issue of The Reader started with the protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd at the beginning of June. The issue’s topic: Inequity, though that seemed too narrow. Why not broaden it to the real issue — social justice, or the state of race relations in […]

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Increased Number of Evictions for People of Color, Police Receive Funds for Night Vision Equipment, Meatpacking Workers Fight for Safer Conditions and More Top Local News for Wednesday, July 29

7/29/20 • Day 38 of Phase III • Nationwide case trends Support us by becoming a member and following us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Evictions and Race in Omaha: New Study Draws a Connection, Offers Solutions The findings, the first step in an ongoing study, show evictions tend to occur in areas with worse school attendance and higher rates of COVID-19 […]

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Evictions and Race in Omaha: New Study Draws A Connection, Offers Solutions

Kleatha Livingston felt like she’d done everything right. She moved into a good neighborhood in West Omaha with better schools for her four kids. She had a job as a social worker helping adults struggling with disorders like ADHD and OCD. She paid her rent on time. She took care of her home. So why, […]

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Corrections and Protesters, UNMC Report Says School Unsafe, Legislative Crunch Time and more Top Local News for Tuesday, July 28

7/28/20 • Day 37 of Phase III • Nationwide case trends Support us by becoming a member and following us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook From Moment to Movement  On June 11 the Omaha Chamber of Commerce released “We Will,” a promise from more than 150 business leaders to stand against racism and promote substantive change through a series of actions. View our guide to local resources at TheReader.com Good morning, […]

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Leo’s Last So-Long

Leo’s To Go In a Facebook post made on July 24th, Leo’s Diner at 6055 Maple announced their permanent closure. Initial plans to use the quarantine downtime to renovate the beloved diner and reopen on August 1st shifted, and the owners have made the decision to sell. “Hello Everyone. We just wanted to give you […]

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