Saint Francis Ministries won a state contract to take over Douglas and Sarpy counties’ foster care system. Controversy followed. Now the questions are: How will they find their footing? And what effect will this have on Nebraska’s neediest kids?
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Happy National Chocolate Ice Cream Day!
Two scoops on a waffle cone for today’s news: Proposed health education standards are slated to undergo changes, LPS and OPS receive a combined $255.4 million in federal aid, and locals walk four miles in honor of Zachary Bear Heels, who died in police custody.
~ Harper’s Index Facts of The Day ~
- Percentage of No. 1 pop songs that credited a single songwriter in 1990: 40
- Percentage of No. 1 pop songs that credited a single songwriter in 2020: 0
- Percentage by which the average length of a hit single has fallen since 1990: 24
Sources: 1 and 2 Billboard (NYC); 3 Charlie Harding and Nathaniel Sloan (Los Angeles)
- More than 75 people walk four miles to remember Zachary Bear Heels on the anniversary of his death at the hands of police officers.
- Two summer concert series — The Omaha Summer Arts Festival and Music at Miller Park — start their seasons.
- Here’s a look back at “No Man’s Land” in late 19th-century Omaha.
- The Olympic swim trials bring business to restaurants in downtown Omaha.
- More than one hundred underserved students celebrate their high school and college graduations with Partnership 4 Kids, a local mentorship program.
- June is slated to be hot.
- Omaha Public Schools will receive $194 million and Lincoln Public Schools $61.4 million in federal “rescue” money.
- Following criticism about proposed revisions to health education standards — including teaching kids about gender identity and sexual orientation — state education officials suggest a second draft will contain changes.
- As the federal government targeted Japanese-Americans during WWII, one Nebraskan stood up for the rights of his neighbors.
This Week in Your Government
- Inauguration Day: Mayor Jean Stothert will be inaugurated for her third term Monday evening, along with all seven Omaha City Council members. Three newcomers will be sworn in: District 2’s Juanita Johnson, District 3’s Danny Begley, and District 5’s Don Rowe.
- Juneteenth proclamation: Tuesday’s City Council meeting will begin with a presentation about Juneteenth, a celebration of emancipation from slavery held on June 19. Juneteenth became a paid holiday for the Omaha Police Department after the City Council approved a police union contract last fall, a choice that was criticized by opponents of the contract.
- Music festival liquor license: The City Council will vote on a special liquor license for the Brokedown Palace, a Grateful Dead-themed bar at 8805 Maple St., to host an outdoor music festival called Run for the Roses, June 24 to 26.
- TIF projects: A construction project near 72nd and Dodge streets, Clove Apartments, is seeking $4.4 million in tax-increment financing to build a five-story apartment building at 7837 Dodge St. and 8004 Farnam Drive. The City Council will hold more hearings on TIF in coming weeks.
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