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P.A.C.E. still connecting with the community thanks to sports

By Karlha Velásquez Rivas Violence has been one of the cancers of society. During the pandemic, it has, unfortunately, seen an increase in many homes during the confinement, as well as on the streets. This could lead to an increase in other crimes in society. In South Omaha, the Police Athletics for Community Engagement program […]

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P.A.C.E. still connecting with the community thanks to sports

By Karlha Velásquez Rivas Violence has been one of the cancers of society. During the pandemic, it has, unfortunately, seen an increase in many homes during the confinement, as well as on the streets. This could lead to an increase in other crimes in society. In South Omaha, the Police Athletics for Community Engagement program […]

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Omaha Residents Return to their Ancestral Roots in Search of a Food Sovereignty

By Karlha Velásquez Rivas Humans have strayed from the nutritional makeup of hunter/gatherer or early agrarian societies. With industrialization and technological development, increases in processing protein and vegetables and the use of agrochemicals, cancer became more common, along with high rates of hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes. In Omaha, a group of people and non-profit […]

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Douglas County Rental Assistance Goes Live Monday

On Monday, Douglas County residents can apply to receive rental assistance from the county. Continued conversations on the program which would pay out four months of rent or $4,000, whichever residents reach first, took place during the county’s Health and Human Services meeting Thursday morning. The project is part of a $10 million program created […]

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COVID-19 Takes Libraries From the Omaha Homeless Population

The facilities used to be a place of solitude and refuge, whether for a few minutes while waiting at the bus stop or a few hours during extreme weather. By Addie Costello Carl Mitchell squinted as he peered down the sun soaked streets for signs of his bus on the afternoon of July 2. Mitchell […]

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Kimara Snipe: South Omaha has demonstrated the true power of a united neighborhood

By Karlha Velásquez Rivas *This is a translated version of a Spanish story that ran in El Perico. The conversation originally took place in English and has been edited for length. Kimara Snipe is a Communications Manager and Youth Specialist at the Nebraska Civic Engagement Table and a library specialist at the Omaha Public Library […]

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County Board Debates Rent Assistance, Earmarks Utility Help Funds

Tensions flared as commissioners clashed on how to dole out funds as well as whether to increase the allotment from $10 million to $35 million. They also earmarked $4 toward utility assistance as MUD and OPPD plan to end moratoriums on service disconnects. By Chris Bowling The red light glared as the clock ran out, […]

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From clothing to masks: Latina seamstresses join the fight and make masks for CHI Health

By Karlha Velasquez Rivas The pandemic has brought many issues. While some can’t work, others have found a way to earn a living during the crisis that rushed in like an avalanche… and are making masks. Facemasks have become one of the ways to avoid the spread of the novel Covid-19 virus, which is why […]

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The use of nicotine-containing products in times of COVID-19

By Marcela Carvajal We are living in a time when information in the media related to the prevention of tobacco use and other nicotine-containing products has been relegated to the background. With the increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases worldwide, substantially affecting our community in Nebraska, it is critical to report on the measures that have […]

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