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- The Omaha Library Foundation will form an advisory committee, but some Omahans worry the decision will grant a private philanthropy group more control over the public libraries.
- Omaha native and LGBTQ+ advocate Dominique Morgan will represent Nebraska as the grand marshal of New York City’s 2022 Pride Parade.
- The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services begins to distribute a fourth round of pandemic EBT for eligible families.
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The Food and Drug Administration authorizes the first COVID-19 shots for infants and preschoolers. That means kids under 5 — roughly 18 million youngsters — are eligible for the shots next week, about 18 months after the vaccines first became available in the U.S. for adults.
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- The Omaha Library Foundation, the board that oversees the city’s libraries, votes to approve the formation of an advisory committee, but some Omahans are concerned the committee grants too much control to a private philanthropy group. “It has been clear from the beginning that the library and library users are not driving this process,” said one resident, the Omaha World-Herald’s Jessica Wade reports.
- Omaha advocate Dominique Morgan is the 2022 grand marshal of the New York City Pride Parade. She’s the first Nebraskan and first formerly incarcerated person to hold the title in the 55 years of NYC’s iconic parade.
- As the College World Series commences, doctors caution visitors on CWS crowds and the spread of COVID-19 in Douglas County.
- For college baseball, Omaha is a mecca — but the road to get here isn’t always easy. Here’s a rundown of how the eight teams playing in the College World Series made it to Omaha.
- Listen to how City Sprouts, Omaha’s original community garden, keeps on growing in this podcast from NOISE.
- A research team in Mead finds pesticide contamination in the home of a town resident. Contamination is also found in the air, top water and topsoil. The culprit? The AltEn ethanol plant, which was shut down in 2021. Reed Moore from the Nebraska Examiner.
- Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology has returned a tomahawk that once belonged to Standing Bear to Nebraska’s Ponca Tribe. “It felt like a relative was coming home,” said one representative of the tribe following the repatriation ceremony.
- It’ll be a hot one this weekend. From Lincoln up through Fargo, North Dakota, temperatures will reach triple digits, according to CNN.
- The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services begins to distribute a fourth round of pandemic EBT for eligible families on Thursday. Officials determine the benefits based on a student’s COVID-19-related absences per month.
- The Food Bank of Lincoln has opened its new headquarters, strengthening the organization’s efforts to bring meals to the 57,000 people in Southeast Nebraska facing food insecurity.
FACTS OF THE DAY
From Harper’s Index
Percentage of No. 1 pop songs that credited a single songwriter in 1990: 40
In 2020: 0
Source: Billboard (NYC)
This Fact of the Day is a throwback for Friday.
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