Javi’s one-year anniversary is worth celebrating Taco Tuesday once again today, says Dish writer Sara Locke in this week’s dining roundup.
Published in The Reader.
Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown
Happy National Fajita Day
Today’s news digs a fiesta of flavors: The city’s pediatric hospital beds are full, 33 inmates in Lincoln are positive for the coronavirus, and NPR publishes in-depth coverage of U.S. worker deaths from environmental heat exposure, including in Nebraska.
Harper’s Index Facts of the Day
1. Percentage of countries in which China’s image has improved since the beginning of the pandemic: 56
2. Percentage of adults worldwide who believe the United States is a “threat to democracy” in their country: 44
3. Who believe China is: 38
Sources: 1. International Federation of Journalists (Brussels); 2. & 3. Latana (Berlin)
- Omaha Public Schools reveals modifications to its proposed district-wide career preparatory program for high schoolers.
- Check out the latest installment in Leo Adam Biga’s Black Legacy Families series for NOISE Omaha. This edition spotlights the Eure family’s activism and contributions to the local arts community.
- Meet the five winners of Smith Diversity Foundation’s college scholarships.
- Omaha jewelry store Borsheims partners with Lexi Sun, a senior volleyball player for the Huskers. The partnership is possible as a result of the NCAA’s new NIL (name, image and likeness) policy.
- The Reach program, which supports small and new businesses, takes precedence over the Douglas County Tenant Assistance Project at the Omaha City Council meeting.
- Pediatric hospital beds in Omaha are full, as kids get sick with RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) and influenza. Two children are hospitalized with COVID-19.
- “They can’t help you if they don’t know of you”: An Afghanistan veteran tells local vets to get professional mental-health support if they need it.
- Without protective federal legislation, U.S. workers are dying from environmental heat exposure — including in Nebraska. Read about it in NPR.
- The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, which has around 70% of its usual workforce, slashes hours and services at parks and pools around the state.
- At Lincoln’s Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, 33 inmates are positive for the coronavirus.
- Twenty-one people in Omaha and Lincoln overdose on drugs laced with fentanyl, resulting in eight deaths and prompting state officials to issue a warning about drug overdoses.
- The state should welcome refugees, including those from Afghanistan, according to this editorial by the Omaha World-Herald editorial staff.
In Your Local Government
The Omaha City Council met Tuesday to debate amendments to the 2022 City Budget and 2022-2027 Capital Improvement Plan. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners Child & Youth Services Committee also met to discuss juvenile justice and school attendance.
Reed Moore’s Things To Do
Reed Moore presents ~ Wade-In Wednesdays ~
On Wednesdays throughout the rest of the summer, Reed Moore will feature pools from Matt Casas’ A Guide to the Best Public Pools in Omaha. Enjoy the plunge!
As the delta variant spreads through the community, remember to get fully vaccinated (if you’re 12 and older) before checking out these pools,
and social distance while you’re there.
Oak Heights Swimming Pool
~ 10205 U St. | (402) 444-4265
For those looking for a chill pool south of I-80, look no further. Sure, Poseidon may not have created the Oak Heights Swimming Pool. But it possesses an otherworldly quality, especially for the kids.
Oak Heights is one of the best public pools for small children. With a leisure pool (featuring a mushroom play structure and slide) and zero-depth entry, they can have a blast splashing safely.
But it’s also a rad place for kids of any age. Kids and adults have ample space to swim laps or sit in shady spots on pool chairs between dives.
No floats are allowed. The pool chairs fill up fast, so make sure to grab yours from home.
Gallagher Swimming Pool
~ 2936 N. 52nd St. | (402) 444-4270
The Gallagher Swimming Pool is another sweet spot for small children. It’s also a spacious pool that folks of any age can enjoy, and it’s usually not too crowded, which makes it a perfect place for a family to swim in peace and perhaps ponder the importance of water in this life.
Cute structures for the kiddos, including a giant mischievous rabbit next to a cool-looking rock slide, are plentiful. There is also a zero-depth entry for them to get their feet wet. Plus, there are a ton of comfy lounge chairs for you to cheer them on from the sidelines.
Just keep in mind that anyone who enters the pool area must wear swimwear, even if not swimming. Don’t show up in jeans and then have to trek all the way back home. Show up prepared.