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Today’s Highlights:

  • Ryan Syrek calls “Air” a slightly clumsier cousin of “Moneyball.”
  • Attention is renewed on the lack of a proper downtown grocery store.
  • A brush fire which burned nearly 700 acres near Lake Waconda is 85% contained.

Nothing but Net Profits

“Air” is a Michael Jordan movie with less than 1% Michael Jordan in it. It’s also a love letter to a multibillion-dollar company, asking audiences to embrace Nike as an upstart underdog.

Film review by Ryan Syrek. Published in The Reader.


Around Omaha

The redevelopment of the riverfront and Mutual of Omaha’s headquarters has renewed attention on the lack of a proper grocery store in downtown Omaha.

Two school superintendents get contract extensions. Papillion La Vista’s Andy Rikli also received a pay raise of 2.3%, while Bellevue will consider Jeff Rippe’s salary next month.

Crews battle a three-alarm fire at the abandoned Legacy Crossing apartments. The property manager called a fire in yesterday, April 10, around 1:30 p.m. The fire department says part of one of the buildings has collapsed.

Douglas County Engineer Todd Pfitzer is setting his sights on developing the road networks of northwest Douglas County, particularly the busy intersection of 168th and State Street.

Upcoming Events

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

Around Nebraska

A brush fire near Lake Waconda is 85% contained. The fire began in Iowa and jumped the river near Union in Cass County, where it burned roughly 697 acres.


  • First-round debate will begin Wednesday, April 12, on a ban that would outlaw abortions before most women know they’re pregnant.
  • A higher-than-expected fiscal analysis of the proposed income tax cuts may prompt revisions of the legislation to ensure it’s matching property tax relief dollar-for-dollar.
  • Sen. Ray Aguilar, recovering from two knee surgeries, says he’ll continue to balance his situation with advancing key pieces of legislation.

Local Government

The City Council and County Board of Commissioners are not meeting this week.

Follow Anton Johnson and Omaha Documenters on Twitter for more coverage of what local government is (or isn’t) up to.

Fact of the Day

From Harper’s Index

Percentage increase since 2020 in the number of
expletives used on corporate earnings calls: 60

Source: AlphaSense (NYC)


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