The Second Generation of Renewable Fuels

The renewable fuels industry changes constantly. Because the field is affected by politics, commodity prices, and high-tech research, it’s difficult to make long-term predictions about ethanol and other “renewable fuels,” but Omaha seem likely to be at the center of those developments. Ethanol is a chemical produced by the fermentation of sugars found in grains […]

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Omaha Girls Rock, V. 2.0

Isa Luzarraga is nine years old. Her favorite bands are The Runaways, White Stripes, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Foster the People and Karmin, whose lead singer is her babysitter’s cousin. Her favorite song is by 4 Non Blondes, and one of her favorite things to do is sing. So it should be no surprise that […]

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Voting Updates

As ethnic and progressive groups have galvanized in response to Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps’ decision to shut down almost half of the polling places in Douglas County ahead of this year’s elections, a quick analysis of his decisions has raised serious concerns that this is another Republican Party attempt to suppress minority and […]

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Hang the DJ

When Brent Crampton, DJ and co-proprietor of hot new dance club House of Loom, asked me to come down on a late Friday afternoon and host a three-hour guest DJ session, I said “no.” What do I know about DJing? Moreover, why would anyone want to hear what I played? “I’d hate to clear the […]

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Garry Gernandt’s unexpected swing vote won approval of equal employment protection for LGBTs

After weeks of public testimony and closed door meetings on the hotly contested equal employment ordinance giving legal protection to gay and transgender residents, the Omaha City Council decided the issue March 13. Three-term District 4 (South Omaha) representative Garry Gernandt surprised many when he reversed his position and cast the swing vote in favor. […]

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