The way Nebraskans learn about history and social issues is outdated. That’s what sources told The Reader earlier this year. Now critical race theory has become a national conversation, but what do the students think?
Read our cover story from March to find out.
Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown
Happy National Take Your Dog to Work Day!
Today’s news wants to know who’s a good boy: The Delta COVID-19 variant is popping up more in Douglas County on its way to becoming a dominant strain, Gov. Pete Ricketts’ commission on African American issues receives criticism for supposed conservative bias, and with $400 million on the line to revitalize downtown Omaha some start to ask, “What do we get out of this?”
~ Harper’s Index Facts of The Day ~
- Percentage by which streaming video in standard rather than high definition reduces its carbon footprint: 86
- By which turning off the camera during a Zoom call reduces its carbon footprint: 96
Source: Renee Obringer, Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)
- Seven more cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 appear in Douglas County.
- Local health experts say the COVID-19 Delta variant is on its way to becoming a dominant strain of the infectious disease.
- $400 million is on the line to revitalize downtown. Now the question is, “What will be the return on investment?“
- Omaha’s Mahogany Prime is named Nebraska’s best steakhouse by Microsoft Network.
- Start planning for the Fourth of July with this list of displays, parades and firework shows.
- Rent rises 5% in Omaha compared with pre-pandemic numbers. It’s a big jump from an average 1% increase in years prior.
- Omaha nonprofit I Be Black Girl awards $50,000 in grants to small businesses with the goal to support Black women, girls and femmes.
- Bill Moos, who took the reins of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s athletic department less than four years ago and hired Scott Frost to lead the school’s football team, announces his retirement.
- Lincoln continues funding a mental health organization that gives police officers an alternative to incarcerating someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
- Gov. Pete Ricketts’ new Nebraska Commission on African American Affairs hasn’t met yet, but it’s already receiving scrutiny for having a conservative bias. Of its 14 members, five are Republicans and nine are registered nonpartisans. There are no Democrats on the commission.
- Parts of Nebraska are recovering from intense storms that dropped heavy rain in mere minutes, up to 6 inches in some towns.
- A Nebraska state senator representing Lincoln will run for Lancaster County Clerk.
- Despite the state’s low unemployment rate, Lincoln businesses and restaurants are still struggling to find employees.
- The City of Lincoln is asking the public’s opinion on four candidates for the top law enforcement position.
- Some groups want to see Amtrack routes expanded in Nebraska, but adding new lines carries a big price tag.
Reed Moore’s Things To Do
Benson Soap Mill
Saturdays at Old Market | Sundays at Baxter Arena
Benson Soap Mill has tasked itself with cleaning Omaha from the bottom up. This business is determined to transform natural and discarded products into something unique and enjoyable, in the form of soap.
In the face of environmental damage, Benson Soap Mill uses a sustainable approach to making beauty products, a model that will hopefully inspire other businesses to follow suit. Plus, the company’s products are highly affordable.
Benson Soap Mill will be at both Omaha Farmers Market locations each weekend. For more information about which stories carry its products, check out the website, linked above.
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