After years of exploring grief, Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast is ready to chase joy with her new album Jubilee. She plays Omaha at the Maha Music Festival on July 31.
Story by Chris Bowling. Published in The Reader.
This week, The Reader will feature three of the Maha headliners in preparation for Saturday’s festival. Today’s article is first in the series.
Stay tuned for more in the coming days.
Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown
Happy National Aunt and Uncle Day
It’s all about family for today’s news: Nebraska Medicine’s COVID-19 ICU beds are full, Gov. Pete Ricketts issues a disaster declaration following the July 9-10 storms, and 47 state school boards oppose the Nebraska Department of Education’s first draft of proposed health education standards.
~ Harper’s Index Fact of The Day ~
- Minimum portion of the U.S. rental-car fleet that has been sold off during the pandemic: 1/4
Source: Neil Abrams (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)
- The COVID-19 ICU at Nebraska Medicine is once again full.
- Following the July 9-10 storm, the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) begins an in-house review exploring its technology, physical operations, and more.
- With its $4.5 million renovations, The Benson Theatre Project strives to make community theater more accessible.
- Black and Pink, a national abolitionist nonprofit based in Omaha, holds a ribbon- cutting celebration at its new North Omaha headquarters.
- Fifty-eight years ago today, ten Black young people — all NAACP Youth Council members — swam in the Peony Park pool for the first time.
- A 2021 Heartland Challenge grant is awarded to No More Empty Pots — a North Omaha nonprofit supporting local food security and food entrepreneurs — and 10 other organizations.
- The Nebraska Department of Education, in collaboration with educators, proposed a first draft of health education standards that include educating students on topics such as gender identity and transphobia. Forty-seven state school boards oppose the draft, which you can read here or access via the Health Education Standards Development section of the Nebraska Department of Education website.
- Gov. Pete Ricketts issues a disaster declaration two weeks after the July 9-10 windstorms.
- Two carbon-capture pipelines may stretch through Nebraska in years to come, but activists have concerns, according to this article in Minnesota’s The Journal.
This Week in Your Local Government
- Land Bank Appointment: During the July 13 meeting, the Omaha City Council laid over the appointment of former Omaha City Councilmember Ben Gray to the Omaha Municipal Land Bank after several of his former constituents in District 2 spoke in opposition. The vote to approve fell short of the five-vote supermajority required for appointments. The Council will vote again during Tuesday’s meeting.
- TIF for Blackstone Plaza: The City Council will vote on nearly $6 million in tax-increment financing for Blackstone Plaza. The project will renovate the former Kiewit Plaza Building at 3555 Farnam St. for retail and restaurant space.
- County Board: The Douglas County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on financing Creighton University construction projects, including a new health sciences education facility and a 400-bed residence hall, during Tuesday’s meeting.
Reed Moore’s Things To Do
~ North O! Tasty ~
Pettit’s Pastry – Bakery, 502 N. 16th St.
Big Mama’s Kitchen – Soul Food, 2112 N. 30th St., Accelerator Suite 201
Time Out Foods – Fried Chicken, 3518 N. 30th St.
Jackson’s Take-Out – Soul Food, 6209 Ames Ave.
JET Sports Bar – Bar & Grill, 7444 N. 30th St.
Dripped + Draped – Coffee, 6015 Maple St.
Cajun Kitchen – Soul Food, 2819 N. 30th St.
Mixins Rolled Ice Cream – Ice Cream, 1405 Jackson St.
Bills BBQ and Package Liquor Store – BBQ, 4414 N. 24th St.
Jim’s Rib Haven – BBQ, 3801 Ames Ave.
Ital Vital Living – Juice Shop, 2323 N. 24th St.
Emery’s Cafe – Soul Food, 2118 N. 24th St., Suite 101
Best Burger. – Fast Food, 2112 N. 30th St.
Lutfi’s Fried Fish – Fried Fish, 7440 N. 30th St. & 2527 N. 72nd St.
A Taste of New Orleans – Seafood, 6023 Maple St.
Smokin Doezha’s Wangs & Thangs LLC – Grill, 3030 Martin Ave.
Chaima’s African Cuisine – African, 5060 S. 107th St.
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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