Belfast is a reminder Ireland did extremist religious strife before it was cool.
Film review by Ryan Syrek. Published in The Reader.
Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown
Singles Awareness Day
Today’s news reminds us that being single doesn’t mean being alone: Citizens protest in the Capitol about the slow-moving cleanup of toxic grain piles at the infamous Mead AltEn plant, a local woman might face criminal charges after giving birth to a boy outdoors in 15-degree weather, and COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are trending downward — but state health care leaders say hospitals are still spread thin.
Harper’s Index Fact of the Day
Amount per month the president of Spain has proposed
paying adults to move out of their parents’ homes: $292
Source: La Moncloa (Madrid)
Reed Moore’s COVID-19 Roundup
As announced in the Wednesday, Dec. 29, bonus newsletter, in light of the Omicron variant, Reed Moore will replace the “Thing To Do” section with a COVID-19 spotlight featuring coronavirus-related content. The Reader believes it’s irresponsible to promote events when hospitals are nearing capacity and some community members refuse to get vaccinated. As cases continue, The Reader won’t promote any events — be they concerts, plays, art-gallery openings or stand-up comedy — that don’t require
masks, vaccination and social distancing.
- COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are trending downward, but hospitals are still spread thin, according to state health care leaders.
- Here is a list of N95 masks approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
On Feb. 14, Reed Moore’s mask mandate graphic incorrectly stated the mandate had been in effect for 33 days (in the email, not website, version of
the newsletter); the correct number of days was 34.
- In an opinion piece for NOISE, writer, artist and lifelong Omaha resident Michaela Wolf asks, “Why were early decisions about the relocation of W. Dale Clark library and development of the property made behind closed doors?”
- The president and CEO of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Dennis Pate, plans to retire.
- A local woman might face criminal charges after giving birth to a boy outdoors in 15-degree weather.
- Latest in the Legislature: Citizens protest in the Capitol about the slow-moving cleanup of toxic grain piles at the infamous Mead AltEn plant. Senators debate a bill that would let counties boost their minimum wage. A bill from Sen. Terrell McKinney would let Omahans elect public library board members. Gov. Pete Ricketts is hoping for income tax cuts. State Sen. Steve Lathrop says he won’t run for reelection.
- Gov. Pete Ricketts’ proposed Colorado-Nebraska canal continues to create controversy.
- Indicted GOP Rep Jeff Fortenberry wanted his trial moved to Nebraska. It didn’t work out.
- Gov. Pete Ricketts won’t comment on whether the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was “legitimate political discourse.”
This Week in Your Local Government:
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The Daily Funny
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