The Wounds of Whiteclay: Part 1

Editor’s Note: University of Nebraska-Lincoln professors Joe Starita, Bill Frakes and Rebekka Schlichting worked with nine journalism students to shine a “blazing light on the darkest spot in Nebraska,” according to Starita. The results of that effort – “The Wounds of Whiteclay”...
Posted On 17 Nov 2017

Heartland Workers Center Imagines Change

The Heartland Workers Center 2nd Biennial Political Convention kicked off last Sunday at the Stockyards exchange building. Over 200 people attended the convention including a number of political and community leaders. The overall theme of the convention: Imagining Change. The...
Posted On 17 Nov 2017

Miss Nebraska Latino – A new beauty pageant for the city: Part 1

Music plays loudly, repeating the same beat over and over, and they walk while picturing that among the imaginary crowd is that one person that will give them a perfect score. They walk while wearing five-inch heels, and as one watches it is easy to imagine the camera flashes,...
Posted On 17 Nov 2017

Krist to follow independent path in bid for governor Part 2

Krist said if the state can’t fix the mess, then a federal ACLU suit could compel the U.S. Department of Justice to step in and determine what inmates get released. A new corrections facility could be mandated. “The last thing the people of Neb. want is another $400...
Posted On 17 Nov 2017

Kumar and Voto Latino dig down on civic engagement

With millions of young Latinos now voting or soon reaching voting age, national nonprofit Voto Latino (VL) works to help Generation Zs and millennials assert their voice and stake their hold in America. VL president and CEO Maria Teresa Kumar was in Omaha Nov. 2 for a roundtable...
Posted On 17 Nov 2017

Sgt. Wondra shares seven actions that can save your life during a shooting

On the night of Sunday, October 1st, Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old white male opened fire from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, killing 58 people and injuring another 527. The victims of what is now considered the largest shooting in the...
Posted On 03 Nov 2017

Harmonious Connections: A Key Player in the Community

A world-traveling, highly acclaimed concert pianist debuts this month with the Omaha Symphony. He’s been living among us now for nearly two years, but this is his first public concert. What took him so long? Answer: he’s been exceptionally busy with the responsibilities as...
Posted On 03 Nov 2017

Ortega follows path serving more students in OPS

Rony Ortega has gone far in his 15-year career as an educator. He worked in suburban school districts in Elkhorn and Papillion before recruited to the Omaha Public Schools by former OPS staffer and veteran South Omaha community activist, Jim Ramirez. Ortega. who’s married...
Posted On 20 Oct 2017

The celebrations for the Day of the Dead in Omaha began with a presentation from Abstract Mindz

Even though many consider Friday the 13th to be a day of bad luck, which prompts them to stay home and not do anything that might put them at risk of, say, having an accident, for plastic arts group Abstract Mindz, said date turned out to be the complete opposite. The twelve...
Posted On 20 Oct 2017

Nebraska Dreamin’

I recently took my 2 and 6 year-old daughters to a local credit union to open savings accounts. It was an exciting day for us all, especially for 6 year-old Zoey. We had their birth certificates and social security cards and when the bank officer asked for the numbers my wife...
Posted On 13 Oct 2017