09/29/21 • Nebraska vaccine data • Nationwide case trends

Ken Ludwig Makes Murder Funnier

There’s much to anticipate when a theater company as accomplished as the Omaha Community Playhouse tackles an Agatha Christie favorite such as Murder on the Orient Express as adapted to the stage by Ken Ludwig, a playwright famed for some of the funniest modern comedies.

Theater review by Warren Francke. Published in The Reader.

Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

Happy National Coffee Day

The bean is love as far as today’s news is concerned: Omaha has more inequality than 80% of the 100 cities measured in an ABC News Equity Report, the state’s redistricted map makes it to a final vote, and the OPD, LPD and U.S. Marshals Service Metro Fugitive Task Force spearhead an operation to stop local gang activity.

Harper’s Index Facts of the Day

  1. Date on which China announced that it would allow couples to have a third child: 5/31/21
  2. Percentage of women surveyed in the central Chinese city of Xi’an who say they would like to have three children: 8

Sources: 1. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (Beijing)
2. Chinese National Bureau of Statistics (Beijing)

Want to get vaccinated in Douglas County this week? Here are upcoming clinics.

Around Omaha

  • ABC News data journalists drop an exclusive Equity Report analyzing inequities in housing, health, education, policing and environment in the 100 biggest metro areas in the U.SAccording to the report, Omaha has more inequality than 80% of the 100 cities measured.  
  • The Omaha Police Department, Lincoln Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service Metro Fugitive Task Force (MFTF) spearhead a four-month operation to stop gang activity in the Omaha metro, resulting in 231 arrests.
  • 3 News Now reporter Alyssa Curtis dives into local food insecurity.
  • Omaha “Candyman” Adam Backora has been a College World Series mainstay for over two decades, giving out cotton candy and snow cones for Sno Floss, his family’s business since 1959. Now he says it’s time to stop.
  • Broadway World interviews Kayli Jamison, who’s playing Jellylorum in the Orpheum Theater’s production of CATS.
  • Shambhu Singh, chef and co-owner of Maharani Indian Kitchen at Inner Rail, cooks for the prime minister of India.

Around Nebraska

In Your Local Government:

Douglas County Funds Tenant Assistance Program, and Habitat for Humanity Buys City Property

A program to provide volunteer attorneys to residents facing eviction receives $410,000 in government funding during Tuesday’s Douglas County Board of Commissioners meeting. The Omaha City Council also meets to approve the sale of several city-owned properties to Habitat for Humanity.

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

Reed Moore’s Thing To Do: 
Grab Crazy Gringa Hot Sauce while you can, and volunteer for Farnam Fest

Dining roundup by Sara Locke. 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 going to public gatherings.
Find more dining content here, and check out local guides on our Things To Do page.

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