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Today’s Highlights:

  • Omaha mourns a legendary jazz drummer and mentor.
  • ParkOmaha is revamping its metering system.
  • U.S. Sen. Pete Ricketts makes his maiden speech.

Omaha Loses Jazz Legend, Mentor

Ernest “Curly” Martin was far more than a celebrated drummer.

By Paul B. Allen IV. Published in The Reader.


Around Omaha

ParkOmaha is revamping its metering system in an attempt to decrease congestion and move away from penalizing drivers. The first two or three hours will cost $1 an hour, but rates will progressively go up the longer a vehicle stays parked.

La Vista Police Chief Bob Lausten is on a leave of absence after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop in Mills County, Iowa. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy unsuccessfully attempted to pull over a truck, registered to Lausten, that was going 100 mph on Highway 34.

A Douglas County judge dismisses the lawsuit brought against Catholic Charities by an employee who says she was traumatized by an active-shooter drill. The judge said the state’s Workers’ Compensation Court is the right venue for deciding the case.

Yoshitomo’s head chef, David Utterback, is a finalist to win the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Midwest. The winner of the award will be announced in June.

Longtime Reader fans will remember Cameron Logsdon for this video we did together about redlining. Recently, he’s been a big hit on social media for his celebrity impressions — enough to land him an interview with the Today Show in Australia.

Upcoming Events

Be sure to get the updated booster shot before heading to any of these events.

Around Nebraska

U.S. Sen. Pete Ricketts makes his maiden speech, focusing on inflation and the southern border.


  • Lawmakers give first-round approval to school safety legislation, developed after a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and advanced just days after another school shooting in Nashville.
  • The Education Committee votes to advance a major increase in school funding, while the floor begins debating income tax cuts.

Local Government

Public Meetings Next Week, Courtesy of Omaha Documenters:

Fact of the Day

From Harper’s Index

Percentage of U.S. colleges that no longer
require standardized test scores: 82

Source: FairTest (NYC)


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