07/28/21 • Nebraska vaccine data • Nationwide case trends

Khruangbin on Global Influences,
Shaking Out the Cobwebs and
the Truth Behind the Wigs

The Houston trio is set to bring its universal sound to
Maha Music Festival on Saturday.

Story by Sam Crisler. Published in The Reader.

This week, 
The Reader is featuring three of the Maha headliners in preparation for Saturday’s festival. Today’s article is second in the series. 
Stay tuned for the final feature on Friday.

Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

Happy Buffalo Soldiers Day

Today’s news likes to study history: A drag queen story hour at the Lincoln Children’s Museum is canceled following death threats, Gov. Pete Ricketts pushes back against the CDC’s new guidance for fully vaccinated individuals, and listen to an interview with UNMC’s new American Indian Health director and endowed professor.     

~ Harper’s Index Facts of The Day ~

  1. Number of Fortune 500 companies that paid no federal taxes last year: 40
  2. Estimated percentage of earnings that the top 1 percent of U.S. earners do not disclose to the IRS: 21
  3. Amount of lost revenue this represents each year: $175,000,000

Source: 1. Harper’s research; 2 & 3. Daniel Reck, London School of Economics

Around Omaha

  • The Hightower Reff Law Firm team is comprised of eight female attorneys who are committed to providing empathic service and supporting progressive causes.
  • Construction will soon start on Joslyn Art Museum’s Rhonda and Howard Hawks Pavilion, slated for completion in 2024.
  • Check out this interview with Dr. Siobhan Wescott, the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s new American Indian Health director and endowed professor.
  • Omaha’s Cunningham Lake will reopen on Aug. 5, following three years and $23 million worth of renovations.
  • A building on the University of Nebraska Omaha campus will become a museum showcasing artwork from Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak.
  • Read about the efforts to make Omaha’s Blackstone district safer.
  • Check out these resources for, and opportunities to assist, the local homeless community in the summer heat.

Around Nebraska

  • A drag queen story hour at the Lincoln Children’s Museum is canceled following threatening messages, including death threats.  
  • Gov. Pete Ricketts pushes back against the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new recommendations that individuals fully vaccinated against the coronavirus wear masks in high-transmission areas and K-12 schools. Read his statement here.
  • Gubernatorial race update: Theresa Thibodeau, a former Republican state senator, will no longer be candidate Charles Herbster’s running mate.
  • Sarpy County public defender Tom Strigenz is asked by the Sarpy County Board to resign following allegations of sex with a subordinate on county property.

In Your Local Government

Both the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Omaha City Council met on Tuesday, July 27. The Omaha City Council failed to approve former council member Ben Gray to the Omaha Municipal Land Bank, and Health Director Lindsay Huse discussed mask requirements and vaccinations with the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.

Read Anton Johnson’s full roundup for The Reader here.

Reed Moore’s Things To Do

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Find more on our Things To Do page.

Discover North O!

~ North O! Historic Locations ~
Aframerican Bookstore

Filled with books, African clothing and trinkets, the independent, African-American-owned Aframerican Bookstore is a gem nestled in the heart of North Omaha.

On Mondays through Thursdays for the rest of July, Reed Moore will feature one item each day from Mark McGaugh’s Discover North O! guide.

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