08/02/21 • Nebraska vaccine data • Nationwide case trends


‘They Pulled It Off’:
Maha Makes Its Return in 2021

Maha celebrated 13 years in Omaha and its first festival in Stinson Park
since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down live music and gatherings in 2020.

Story by Chris Bowling, Emma Schartz, Sam Crisler and Bridget Fogarty.
Published in 
The Reader.



Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

Happy National Coloring Book Day

Today’s news says it’s OK to go outside the lines: Local organizations help with rent assistance following the federal eviction moratorium’s expiration, legislative candidates in Nebraska spend more and more money on their campaigns, and the country’s first Native American female physician will be honored via restoration of a historic Walthill hospital.



~ Harper’s Index Facts of The Day ~

1. Number by which the sperm count of the average human male is declining each year: 5,000,000.
2. Year in which human sperm counts will reach zero at the current rate: 2045

Source: Shanna Swan, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (NYC)



Around Omaha

  • Local organizations, including the Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless, offer assistance following the federal eviction moratorium’s expiration.
  • NOISE Omaha takes a deep dive into the history of the Omaha 54: Fifty-four Black student-activists who staged a sit-in and were arrested in the late 1960s — and were recently honored by the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Black Studies Department.
  • The Visiting Nurse Association will hold a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Wednesday, Aug. 4, featuring gift bags for the first 100 people, plus free coffee, donuts, milk, juice and musical entertainment. For a full list of local vaccine clinics happening this week, click here.
  • Native Omaha Days’ 23rd Biennial Homecoming Parade showcases drill teams, congressional candidates, local organizations and more.   
  • Henry Louis Gates Jr. — a celebrated scholar, historian, literary critic, filmmaker and PBS host — is slated to serve as the featured speaker for this year’s Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
  • An eight-foot bulge on Offutt Air Force Base’s runway will soon be gone.

Around Nebraska

  •  A historic Walthill hospital will be restored to honor the work of the country’s first Native American female physician: Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte.
  • Nebraska legislative candidates continue to spend more and more money on their campaigns; last year, the average was $144,658.
  • Wildfires in Canada and the western U.S. undermine air quality throughout the country — including western Nebraska.

This Week in Your Local Government

  • Omaha city budget: The Omaha City Council will not meet for its regular meeting Tuesday. Instead, the Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2022 city budget at 6:30 p.m.
  • County Board American Rescue Plan: The Douglas County Board of Commissioners will vote to approve the American Rescue Plan Act Strategy Committee’s recommendations for spending funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. The Board will also hold a Health and Human Services Committee meeting on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to receive public input on COVID-19 recovery assistance.

See the full Omaha City Council and Board of County Commissioners agendas for Tuesday, August 3.


Reed Moore’s Things To Do

Being Single in Omaha Guide

Not everyone can or wants to be in a relationship for a variety of reasons — and people should respect that. For those cool, calm souls, there is a humbling, even liberatory experience to be had alone.

And if you live in Omaha, you may have noticed that there tends to be a lot of couples. You might even see them taking up too much space on the sidewalk. But the best single minds circumvent comparisons, work on themselves and have good times.

Use this city and that creative mind of yours to survive and thrive as a single person in Omaha. Take any of these ten ideas for a spin; you just might have some fun.

On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 24, Reed Moore will feature one item each day from Matt Casas’ Being Single in Omaha Guide. Stay tuned tomorrow for the first activity.

Find more local guides on our Things To Do page.



The Daily Funny (Click drawing to see more.)

The CDC now recommends wearing a mask in high-transmission areas even if you’re vaccinated against COVID-19, which might dissuade some unvaccinated people from getting the jab. But it’s necessary because vaccinated individuals can spread the coronavirus to people who are immunocompromised and/or unvaccinated, including children — after all, people who are vaccinated can carry a viral load that’s similar to that of the unvaccinated.  

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