Haven’t registered to vote yet and want to participate in the midterms? Head to your election commission office before Oct. 28. Check out pages 10 and 11 of The Reader’s October issue for what you need to know.
HERE’S YOUR RUNDOWN
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- Reader film critic Ryan Syrek says The Rock leaves a lot to be desired in “Black Adam.”
- Mayor Jean Stothert will hold her first town halls since COVID hit.
- Grass fires south of Lincoln force evacuations and destroy homes.
REED MOORE’S FEATURED STORY
The Rock is a helluva movie star and arguably a cautionary tale about body dysmorphia. But what he isn’t is capable of nuance or range.
By Ryan Syrek. Published in The Reader.
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- Mayor Jean Stothert will host a series of town halls in November, her first since COVID hit. Four are scheduled, with two in West Omaha, one in South Omaha, and one in Millwork Commons. Stothert says she wants to provide updates on the “great momentum” in Omaha.
- Omaha Public Schools continues to search for bus drivers, with one parent saying the process is getting old. The district has struggled to find drivers, with buses not showing up and creating added stress for parents.
- A $28 million arts center is planned for South High to address overcrowding for the theater department. The arts center has been in the works since 2015, when OPS officials began brainstorming for ways to address the school’s space shortages.
- North End Teleservices is expanding its presence to a lot on 24th and Lake. The new headquarters will include a mixed-use development to the tune of $40 million, with the goal of spurring growth along the North 24th Street corridor.
- Two firefighters are injured and three homes are destroyed in a grass fire south of Lincoln that forced evacuations. The fire, which stretched from Cortland to Firth, was started by high winds, dry land, low humidity and record-high temperatures for October.
- On the Campaign Trail: Elections for the Nebraska Legislature have brought in a lot of cash, with many candidates raising over $100,000. At play is the fate of the Legislature’s filibuster, which the Republicans are using as a rallying point in their campaign.
- Wood River is getting child care, a senior center and a library — all under one roof. The building, which was decimated by the flood three years ago, is getting a repurposing under the name Legacy Station. The project is in the fundraising stage, bolstered by a grant from the state.
- The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District is planning a mergerwith the Dawson Public Power District. But some farmers are objecting to the change, saying a merger means they lose clout and that electricity costs will take precedence over water management.
REED MOORE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT
- Google Fiber Agreement: The Omaha City Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 25, to vote on an agreement with Google Fiber to install infrastructure for broadband services in Omaha’s right-of-way.
- Millard School Resource Officers: The Douglas County Board of Commissioners will meet to vote on an agreement to renew the contract between the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department and Millard Public Schools. Commissioner Maureen Boyle moved for it to be laid over last week, arguing that the county shouldn’t pay for the contract.
Every week, Anton Johnson picks noteworthy agenda items from the Omaha City Council and Douglas County Board of Commissioners. See the full City Council and Board of Commissioners agendas for Tuesday, Oct. 25, and tune in here to the Board of Commissioners at 9 a.m. and City Council at 2 p.m.
FACT OF THE DAY
From Harper’s Index
Portion of American workers who would rather
find a new job than return to the office full-time: 2/3
Source: ADP Research Institute (Roseland, N.J.)
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