In 2020, Omaha’s police got an increase in spending and a new union contract despite protesters’ pleas. Community members begged a state committee of the Nebraska Legislature to address racial injustice. Instead, a few weeks later, a petition to bring back college football during COVID-19 gathered more senators’ signatures than a bid to form aspecial session to address policing. Since Minneapolis police killed George Floyd in May, protesters in Omaha haven’t kept quiet. Officers have fired tear gas and pepper bullets at them, elected officials have shamed them and the county jail has swelled with them during mass arrests. But some wonder what good it all did.
Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown
Today we have stories about Councilwoman Colleen Brennan’s response to recent backlash, nearly 500 new COVID-19 cases in Douglas County and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gary Anthone’s stark warning about the new COVID-19 strain.
- Newly appointed councilwoman Colleen Brennan has responded to backlash she received for a controversial blog post on race.
- The Douglas County Health Department reported nearly 500 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, somewhat higher than the daily numbers in recent days.
- Planning Board members voted unanimously in favor of the Crossroads plan and the developer’s request for nearly $80 million in Tax Increment Financing.
- Nebraska’s chief medical officer, Dr. Gary Anthone, warned that a new highly infectious strain of COVID-19 may already be in the state.
- Nebraska lawmakers have kicked off a new session with plans to redraw the state’s political districts.
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Boost Crew Target
Keep Local Alive – Omaha has announced this week’s Boost Crew location, and you’re going to love it. In fact, Omahans have been loving it since 1980. Don Carmelo’s was responsible for introducing Omaha to the concept of New York Style pizza, and has enjoyed thriving locally for 40 years. This year, however, has been as hard as the previous 39 had been prosperous. Not only has the establishment suffered under the weight of the pandemic, but it has had to struggle after the May 24 loss of owner, co-founder and father Tony Magistro to esophageal cancer.
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