08/17/21 • Nebraska vaccine data • Nationwide case trends

12 Latin American Dishes to Try in Omaha

El Perico‘s Karlha Velásquez presents a sampling of emblematic dishes
from various Latin American countries, and where you can find them in Omaha.

Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day

Today’s news says it’s purr-fectly OK to ignore superstitions: State Sen. Terrell McKinney suggests nonprofits can harm underserved communities, UNO’s Center for Afghanistan Studies director, Sher Jan Ahmadzai, works to get individuals associated with the Kabul office of the center out of the country, and the nation takes note of Sen. Ben Sasse’s condemnation of both Trump and Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan crisis.

Harper’s Index Facts of the Day

1. Number of individuals responsible for three-quarters of the anti-vaccine content on Facebook: 12
2. Percentage of U.S. employers requiring that their workers get the COVID-19 vaccine: 4

Sources: 1. Center for Countering Digital Hate (Washington); 2. ManpowerGroup (Milwaukee)

Around Omaha

  • Nonprofits might sometimes harm underserved communities, according to state Sen. Terrell McKinney. He represents a North Omaha district with Nebraska’s highest poverty rate.
  • COVID-19 and Back to School:
    • Elkhorn parents argue over whether the school system should mandate masks; the schools will stay mask-optional, but that’s subject to change as they remain in contact with the Douglas County Health Department.
    • Millard makes masks optional but plans to reevaluate in under a month.
    • Omaha Public Schools elementary students return to classes — all wearing masks.
  • Cases of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) are on the rise among children in the community. Read one family’s story about its infant’s battle for her life.
  • Meet Darlondo Hill, the Westside alum who’s back to teach and coach a new generation of students.
  • Track the rise in Douglas County’s coronavirus cases with 3 News Now‘s local COVID-19 stats roundup.
  • Learn about Blume Goods, the local female-owned business that dresses up dogs.
  • Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska will offer a new cookie in 2022: Adventurefuls.

Around Nebraska

  • My sisters literally are running for their lives“: Afghan-Americans from Nebraska respond to the Taliban takeover.
  • Sen. Ben Sasse’s condemnation of both Trump and Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan crisis makes national news; read about it in The HillNPR and Spectrum News NY1.
  • The Kabul office of UNO’s Center for Afghanistan Studies has employed 10 people and trained thousands of others. Now, as the Taliban regime regains power, those people might be in danger of retribution. The Center’s director is trying to get them out of the country.

This Week in Your Local Government

Reporter Anton Johnson is sitting in on the Child & Youth Services CommitteeHuman Resources Committee and Omaha City Council meetings today.
Follow Anton at @AntonIsWriting for live tweets, and to catch up on important items from today’s agendas.

Reed Moore’s Things To Do: 
Being Single in Omaha Guide

~ Volunteer at a food pantry ~

Food pantries serve an essential role throughout the country, and Omaha is no exception. Plenty of individuals and families in this city survive on pantries, and even more so in the early days of the pandemic. Pantries could not feed the hungry without volunteers; that’s why it’s important to volunteer for Food Bank for the Heartland.

Maybe you’ll meet another kindhearted volunteer who is single. But helping others is a reward in and of itself. There’s always something to learn from serving others, no matter where you are in life.

You can register to volunteer by checking out the event calendar on Food Bank for the Heartland’s website. Sign up, have fun and help the community.

On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 24, Reed Moore features an item from Matt Casas’ Being Single in Omaha Guide. 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 these activities.

Find more local guides on our Things To Do page.

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