07/15/21 • Nebraska vaccine data • Nationwide case trends

No Going Gently into the Good Night for Ernie Chambers

Though term limits have exiled Ernie Chambers from the Nebraska Legislature a second time, he has not stopped playing the prickly social justice conscience for this conservative white state.

Written by Leo Adam Biga. Published in The Reader.

Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

Happy National Give Something Away Day!

Today’s news reminds it’s better to give than receive: The City of Omaha and Douglas County declare disasters as a result of the weekend storm, University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty members push back against a resolution opposing critical race theory, and residents of Grand Island protest for justice in Cuba.

~ Harper’s Index Facts of The Day ~

  1. Number of trees lost each year as a result of the consumption habits of the average person in China: 0.5
  2. In the United States: 5
  3. In Sweden: 22

Source: Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (Kyoto, Japan)

Around Omaha

  • The City of Omaha and Douglas County declare disasters following the weekend storm, making them eligible to request assistance from the State of Nebraska via the Governor’s Emergency Fund.
  • Between 7,500 and 29,000 gallons of wastewater leak into Zorinsky Lake.  
  • To be fully vaccinated by the start of school, kids need to get their first COVID-19 vaccines now.
  • Learn about Partnership 4 Kids, the mentorship and goal-setting nonprofit preparing youth from under-resourced communities for their futures.
  • Take a deep dive into Black music and culture with NOISE Omaha.
  • A teenager being treated in Omaha uses her crochet work to raise awareness for and educate people about rare diseases and chronic illnesses.  
  • Find out who pleaded guilty in the case of a fatal 2015 railcar explosion.

Around Nebraska

  • The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Faculty Senate Executive Committee pushes back against a University of Nebraska Board of Regents resolution opposing critical race theory.
  • Grand Island residents protest for justice in and aid for Cuba.
  • Two weeks ago, Nebraska stopped daily public reporting of COVID-19 statistics. Now the state is kicking off a website with weekly coronavirus updates — including statistics such as case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths.  
  • A United Health Foundation report reveals racial disparities in the health status of Nebraskans.
  • Conservative state Sen. Brett Lindstrom will run in the 2022 Nebraska gubernatorial election.

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Discover North O!

~ North O! Historic Locations ~
24th & Lake Jazz District

The historic jazz district of North Omaha located at the intersection of 24th and Lake streets was once a thriving hub of jazz clubs and small businesses. With the new cold-pressed juice and smoothie bar Ital Vital Living, plus Fair Deal Village MarketPlace, which offers a fresh grocery store and locally owned boutiques, the heart of North Omaha is set to beat again.

For the rest of July, Reed Moore will feature one item each day from Mark McGaugh’s Discover North O! guide.

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