A Man for All Reasons

Being from a legacy family carries expectations. Retired broadcaster John Webster, 70, grew up knowing he was part of a historical line. Even though making his own mark as a Webster was expected, it wasn’t a given. “I’m a fifth generation in Omaha on my dad’s side and sixth generation […]

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The high price of juvenile justice

As Douglas County pushes for construction of a $120 million justice complex downtown, conflict and controversy have emerged over greater good and expediency versus accountability to stakeholders. The 10-story tower courthouse annex would house a combination of county adult and juvenile courtrooms, judges’ chambers, public defender and probation offices and […]

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M’s Fire *Update*

Ice scabs over the charred remains of M’s Pub Sunday morning, serving as a beautiful and terrifying tribute to the decades of tradition The Old Market lost in Saturday’s fire. With the blaze finally contained, we know that the basement of M’s partially collapsed late afternoon Saturday, while the apartment and restaurant ceilings collapsed in the […]

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Fire Destroys M’s Pub

Firefighters have worked in shifts throughout Saturday, battling not only the 3 alarm fire that engulfed M’s Pub, but also the single degree temperatures that have made working outside unsafe. It remains unclear what caused an explosion, which blew out the front window of the building on 11th and Howard around 2:45pm, but witnesses in the area reported the smell […]

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Making It Rain

Using buckets and a wet/dry vac to remove ankle deep rainwater out of the basement of The Reader’s South Omaha location with then-news editor and cartoonist Neal Obermeyer, my last day as TR’s managing editor was highlighted by the same kind of charm that I’d both become accustomed to, and had genuinely come to appreciate. […]

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