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HERE’S YOUR RUNDOWN
Happy National Greasy Foods Day
Grease is the word, so Reed Moore is going to a greasy spoon for bacon wrapped in bacon with a side order of bacon.
- Skulls, coffins and hearses are just some of the items at Voodoo’s Odd Shop.
- The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office completes its body camera rollout.
- Although Nebraska’s test scores are sliding, our students still did better relative to the nation.
REED MOORE’S FEATURED STORY
Little Shop of Oddities
An Omaha man finds peace collecting skulls, coffins and hearses.
To listen to this story as an audio feature, click here.
By Annie Albin. Published in The Reader.
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By the numbers:
- Mayor Jean Stothert will have two cataract surgeries in the coming weeks. The first is scheduled for today, Oct. 25, while the second is set for Nov. 22. Stothert’s office says she’ll work from home after both procedures.
- Council Bluffs’ River’s Edge struggles to attract businesses. The development opened just before COVID hit, and the interchange of I-480 and I-29 has been under construction for a year and a half.
- The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office completes its rollout of body cameras. All uniform patrol, K-9 and court security deputies have cameras, as well as those serving fugitive warrants.
- A woman claims that as a child, she was forced by her father to help dispose of bodies on land west of Tabor, Iowa, in Fremont County. Local and state investigators say there’s no evidence to support the claim.
- A shredder may be responsible for the fires in southern Lancaster County that destroyed three homes and injured two firefighters. The first fire, near Firth, is contained. The second, south of the Lancaster-Gage County border, is still smoldering. (https://balonlatino.net/)
- The National Assessment of Educational Progress releases its findings, and Nebraska turns in lower scores than usual, but better relative to the rest of the nation. The report card says Nebraska’s math and reading scores slid less than the nation over the last three years.
- The Dawson Public Power District and the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District vote to merge, pending state approval. Supporters of the new district say the move aligns hydropower generation during the irrigation season with peak power demands.
- The University of Florida Faculty Senate will consider a no-confidence vote against U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse. Sasse, the sole finalist to become UF president, will face a vote from the school’s Board of Trustees and then the Florida Board of Governors.
REED MOORE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT
The City Council and Board of County Commissioners are meeting today, Oct. 25, and local government reporter Anton Johnson is sitting in. Follow Anton on Twitter at @AntonIsWriting for live tweets from the City Council, and read his preview of what’s on tap this week. Tune in here to the Omaha City Council beginning at 2 p.m.
FACT OF THE DAY
From Harper’s Index
Percentage by which American men are more
likely than women to support nuclear power: 47
Source: Gallup (Washington)
Comic by Jen Sorensen.