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- Omaha-based Fusion Medical Staffing will become the anchor tenant of the Waterford office park near 192nd and Dodge.
- A Lincoln-based startup accelerator is putting $3.7 million into helping 24 Nebraska companies launch.
- Four months after passing a Fairness Ordinance, the Lincoln City Council will vote on whether to repeal it Monday, June 13.
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‘Anastasia’ Is Nostalgic Fairytale Bliss at the Orpheum
The new musical “Anastasia” by Terrence McNally, with lyrics by Lynn Athens and music by Stephen Flaherty, is just as fantastic as the film — a dreamlike production with a myriad of history and fantasy woven together. The opening ballroom dancing scene (choreography by Peggy Hickey) is purely magical as all the nostalgia comes flooding back.
By Natalie McGovern. Published in The Reader.
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The World Health Organization says it is open to investigating new evidence that COVID-19 originated from a lab leak in China, a reversal of its stance that such a lab leak was highly unlikely. A new report released by WHO on Thursday, June 9, says there are key pieces of data that are still missing from the full picture of how the pandemic began. U.S. intelligence communities have said it is unlikely that the full picture will come without more cooperation from China.
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- Omaha-based Fusion Medical Staffing will become the anchor tenant of the Waterford office park near 192nd and Dodge. The long-term rental agreement is for 115,000 of the office park’s 180,000 square feet. It’s one of the largest office lease deals in the Omaha area in recent history, and an indicator that physical office space remains relevant even in the hybrid-work era.
- The Gallagher Family Foundation donates $1.2 million to renovate the eponymous park in Benson. Planned improvements to Gallagher Park include a new playground, giving the public pool a facelift, and upgrades to the Memorial Fountain Plaza.
- A Singapore-based company, Ocean Network Express, is suing Omaha-based Union Pacific over two stolen shipments. The lawsuits center on an amino acid shipment worth $166,000, and 360 pieces of solar panels worth $16,000. The two stolen shipments are a fraction of the $5 million in thefts Union Pacific reported last year.
- The City Council will consider a redevelopment agreement for the intersection of Saddle Creek and Hamilton, home to many popular establishments, including Sgt. Peffer’s Pizza and Hay Jay Coffee. Developer Joshuwa Hannum, who owns the coffee shop along with his wife, wants to redevelop the neighborhood with a 160-unit apartment building and infrastructure improvements.
- WarHorse Gaming has received provisional casino licenses for locations in Lincoln and Omaha. The provisional licenses allow the company, owned by Ho-Chunk, Inc., to begin securing financing and ordering slot machines and other games. The Lincoln facility may have machines running this fall if all goes smoothly.
- A Lincoln-based startup accelerator is putting $3.7 million into helping 24 Nebraska companies launch. NMotion will provide $100,000 to each startup that earns a place in the accelerator program. The company is also opening an office in Omaha, in the Millwork Commons neighborhood.
- Four months after passing a Fairness Ordinance, the Lincoln City Council will vote on whether to repeal it Monday, June 13. The ordinance, passed in February, was aimed at banning employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or military status.
- This spring, the Winnebago tribal council went from seemingly banning recognition of same-sex marriages to voting unanimously to add its recognition to the tribal code. For the Flatwater Free Press, Tim Trudell profiles how the tribal council changed its mind after listening to the community.
PORTRAIT OF A PET
Meet Humboldt, a 10-month-old Labrador retriever. Because he’s so cute, the Nebraska Humane Society will give a free half-hour of in-shelter training to make sure you can give him the proper TLC. If you have younger kids or other pets, Humboldt will need to meet them first. Click here to learn more about how to adopt him.
FACTS OF THE DAY
From Harper’s Index
1. Percentage of Americans who think the Supreme Court
acts in a “serious and constitutionally sound” manner: 37
2. Who cannot name a case decided by the Supreme Court: 46
Source: C-SPAN/Pierrepont (Washington)
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