A Secretive Hedge Fund
Is Gutting Newsrooms

As Reed Moore reported yesterday, Alden Global Capital offered to buy Lee Enterprises, which owns several newspapers across the Midwest, including the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star. The New York-based hedge fund is known for gutting newspapers until there’s little left, as this Atlantic piece shows through the story of The Chicago Tribune. As one World-Herald editor put it: “The grim reaper is coming…”

By McKay Coppins. Published in The Atlantic.

Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

Happy Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day

Today’s news applauds those who are double-jointed, can stand on their hands or curl their tongues: Kellogg’s has plans to begin hiring permanent replacements for striking workers, UNO is home to a counterterrorism-research hub, and UNL’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications publishes a statement apologizing for how it’s conducted the Global Eyewitness program.

Reed Moore is taking the rest of this week off for the holiday, but will be back with fresh news on Monday, Nov. 29.

Harper’s Index Facts of the Day

  1. Date on which forest fire smoke was first detected at the North Pole: 8/2/2021
  2. On which rain was first detected at the highest point of Greenland’s ice cap: 8/14/2021

Sources: 1. Santiago Gassó, University of Maryland
2. Ted Scambos, University of Colorado Boulder

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

Around Omaha

Around Nebraska

In Your Local Government

The Omaha City Council has a long day as it meets to discuss climate change, affordable housing and a legislative package for the upcoming session. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners also meets to receive a weekly COVID-19 update from Douglas County Health Director Lindsay Huse.

Read local government reporter Anton Johnson’s full article for The Reader here.

Reed Moore’s Thing To Do: 
The Hip Hop Nutcracker

The adaptation pumps new energy into an old format.

Event Pick by Matt Casas. Published in The Reader.

As the delta variant spreads through the community, remember to get fully vaccinated and mask up — even if you’re fully vaxxed — before checking out shows.
Find more music content here, and check out local guides here.

The Daily Funny

Comic by Koterba. To see more daily funnies, click the image.

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