07/19/21 • Nebraska vaccine data • Nationwide case trends

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About the Bourdain Refrain

Roadrunner, the Anthony Bourdain documentary, is ghoulish.

Written by Ryan Syrek. Published in The Reader.

Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

Happy National Get Out of the Doghouse Day!

It usually starts with an apology for today’s news: Forty-one percent of Omaha police officers and 27 percent of Omaha firefighters aren’t vaccinated against the coronavirus, local students and principals tour Civil Rights historical sites in the southern U.S., and the Nebraska DHHS and federal CDC don’t agree on whether students exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine.

~ Harper’s Index Fact of The Day ~

  1. Percentage of Americans who believe that climate change is causing home values in their area to decline: 21

Source: Redfin (Seattle)

Around Omaha

Around Nebraska

  • This Lincoln Journal Star editorial tackles “draconian” voting restrictions.
  • Officials in Lincoln say their removal of a homeless encampment was justified, but local advocates raise concerns.
  • According to this Slate article, Nebraska joins Texas and seven other states in opposing the DACA program, which a federal judge just ruled illegal.
  • Read about the disagreement over proposals for new horse-racing tracks — which may lead to more casinos — in the state.
  • As students prepare to return to in-person learning, the state Department of Health and Human Services and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disagree on whether students exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine, leaving individual school districts to decide on the matter.
  • Nebraska won’t request reimbursement for the state patrol troopers it deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border last month.

This Week in Your Local Government

  • City Budget Presentation: Mayor Jean Stothert will present the 2022 city budget during Tuesday’s Omaha City Council meeting. A public hearing on the city budget will then be held on Aug. 3.
  • TIF Projects: The council will vote on four proposed projects requesting tax increment financing (TIF): a $167,623 request to turn a single-family home at 406 Woolworth Ave. into a five-unit rowhome, a $1.7 million request to repurpose an office building with “historic character” at 1402 Jones St., a $920,000 request to rehabilitate three buildings and create 18 apartment units at 15th and Farnam streets, and $17.5 million for the controversial Warhorse Casino at 6303 Q St.
  • Executive Deputy Chief of Police: The Omaha Police Department has requested approval to create an executive deputy chief with 6% specialty pay. Chief Todd Schmaderer said during the July 13 public hearing that it would not create a new position, nor would it increase the police budget. The executive deputy would be chosen from the five deputy chiefs and would take over as chief in the event Schamderer is unable to perform his duties.
  • County Board: The Douglas County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday to hold a hearing on the 2021/2022 county budget. The board will also receive a monthly report from the department of corrections before touring the corrections facility later Tuesday.

See the full Omaha City Council and Board of County Commissioners agendas for Tuesday, July 20.

Reed Moore’s Things To Do

Find more on our Things To Do page.

Discover North O!

~ North O! Historic Locations ~
Malcolm X Memorial Foundation

  • 3448 Evans St.
  • (800) 645-9287
  • info@malcolmxfoundation.org
  • Mon. – Fri.: By appointment only, Sat.: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun.: By appointment only

Located just five minutes northwest of 24th and Lake streets, the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation is a 17-acre park honoring the life and legacy of Malcolm X, who was born in Omaha in 1925. Complete with a historical marker and replica of Malcolm’s birth home, the Malcolm X birthplace has become a valued resource for the community 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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