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June 2022, Photographer Mike Machian May 14, 2022. This unidentified woman was among hundreds of people who showed up at a reproductive rights rally at Omaha City Hall. The gathering was one of a nationwide wave of more than 100 “Bans off Our Bodies” protests. The event was to rally support and provide a plan […]

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A Flurry of Fraud: City Clerks Have Recently Stolen Money from 17 Nebraska Towns

Over and over again, Steve Sharp told the village clerk that she deserved a raise.  Whenå Sharp was elected chairperson of the village board in 2010, Mary Terry had already worked as Cedar Creek’s village clerk and treasurer for nearly a decade. Terry controlled Cedar Creek’s finances, records, utilities and more. “Her answer was always […]

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What To Do If You’re Denied Public Benefits

This is the final story in a series, published in The Reader and on omahajobs.com, that spotlights the experiences of low-income, working families in Omaha. Leah Cates, who has written the “Omaha Jobs” columns since July 2021, is headed to graduate school, and Arjav Rawal is set to take the reins. But before she leaves, […]

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Flood’s Software “Glitch,” Kids’ COVID Vaccines, History Nebraska Funds Probe

Read past Reed Moore daily newsletters HERE’S YOUR RUNDOWN Happy National Bald Eagle Appreciation Day Reed Moore notes that, according to A-Z Animals, Nebraska reintroduced bald eagles about 20 years ago, and their population has rebounded to 209 birds as of April. Today’s news: Got little kids? Coronavirus vaccinations for children as young as 6 months are slated to be available in […]

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The Bard and Diversity, Too

A year ago, Nebraska Shakespeare reeled from pressure to disrupt hidebound traditions and to more boldly embrace diversity, equity and inclusion. As if being on the wrong side of a cultural reckoning wasn’t bad enough, its signature Shakespeare on the Green festival in Elmwood Park became a casualty of COVID-19 in 2020 — and of […]

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Highway Plan and ARPA Spending: What’s Happening in Your Local Government on June 21

Every week, The Reader picks out noteworthy agenda items from the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and the Omaha City Council. Visit the county and city’s websites to view the full agendas. Highway Plan: The Douglas County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday, June 21, on the proposed One and Six Year Highway Plan 2023-2028. Douglas County engineer […]

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Sister Marilyn Ross, 1939-2022

  Mention Omaha affordable housing and Habitat for Humanity likely comes to mind. But another player in the market is Holy Name Housing Corporation. Sister Marilyn Ross was the face of that nonprofit for three decades, 27 years as CEO, during which time it invested $65 million into inner-city housing. A life of service was […]

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‘It’s a blessing to be here this year’: How Omaha Residents Celebrated Juneteenth

COVID-19 put Omaha’s official Juneteenth celebrations on hold for the past two years, but this weekend the North Omaha community came back in full force. The weekend brought parade-goers to North 24th Street, the sweet smells of barbeque brisket fries and homemade sweets in a sea of Black-owned businesses at Taste of North Omaha and even a steampunk tea party debut.