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Omaha Sushi Directory

Check out food writer Sara Locke’s guide to some of Omaha’s favorite sushi establishments, published in The Reader.

As Omicron sweeps the community, opt for takeout or delivery,
not dining in the restaurant.



Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

Happy National Take a Poet to Lunch Day

Today’s news thinks poetry is not only music to the ears, but also food for thought: Douglas County hires its first officer of diversity, equity and inclusion, the Omaha Public Power District sees a 780% year-over-year uptick in applications to install solar panels, and as the Nebraska Legislature kicks off a 60-day session, Reed Moore’s got you covered for all the goings-on.


Harper’s Index Facts of the Day

  1. Percentage of restaurant workers who say the past year has taken a toll on their mental health: 78
  2. Chance that a small restaurant was unable to pay rent in September: 1 in 2

Sources: 1. Black Box Intelligence (Dallas); 2. Alignable (Boston)


Reed Moore’s COVID-19 Roundup

As announced in the Wednesday, Dec. 29, bonus newsletter, in light of the Omicron variant, Reed Moore will replace the “Thing To Do” section with a COVID-19 spotlight featuring coronavirus-related content. The Reader believes it’s irresponsible to promote events when hospitals are nearing capacity, some community members refuse to get vaccinated and Omaha still doesn’t have a mask mandate. As cases continue, The Reader won’t promote any events — be they concerts, plays, art-gallery openings or stand-up comedy — that don’t require masks, vaccination and social distancing.

For nationwide COVID-19 case
and vaccination trends, click here.


Around Omaha

  • Douglas County hires its first officer of diversity, equity and inclusion: Meet Marisa Hattab.
  • “The idea is to reuse the former rail corridor for recreation, active transportation and access to natural resources”: Construction on the Omaha Beltline Trail is slated to start in the spring.
  • GOP Congressman Don Bacon, who represents Omaha’s 2nd District, files for reelection.
  • The Omaha library’s lease-agreement vote is moved to Jan. 20.
  • The Omaha Public Power District sees a 780% year-over-year uptick in applications to install solar panels on private property.
  • Mayor Jean Stothert talks distribution of American Rescue Plan Act funds.

Around Nebraska


The Daily Funny

Click the image to see the full Doonesbury comic by 
G.B. Trudeau, plus more daily funnies.


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