What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
fire, police envoys silent
October 8, 1946: Omaha police and firemen were making no public statements in regard to their promised pay increase. Indications were that they would remain silent until the $160,000 to finance the wage boosts had been collected. Spokesmen for both fire and policemen appeared at the City Council meeting but left without addressing the council. The controversial pay hike was not mentioned.
1887: Immanuel Medical Center’s charter was signed and work began on building the first hospital located at 36th and Meredith Streets in Omaha. Just a week before, the Sisters of Mercy in Council Bluffs started what is now Mercy Hospital-Alegent Creighton Health.
1972: Arrests for peddling smut in Omaha had dropped off in recent months but City Prosecutor Gary Bucchino said that the battle was alive and well. Bucchino reported that two appeals of convictions for selling obscene materials were before the Nebraska Supreme Court and a third was on its way. “There probably won’t be any more arrests until these cases are decided,” the prosecutor said.
1992: Gov. Ben Nelson said that the public should have been notified before the City of Omaha began dumping raw sewage into the Missouri River. Nelson said he telephoned State Department of Environmental Quality officials and ordered them to develop a notification policy to prevent future problems. Boaters, water-skiers and others complained after encountering raw sewage in the river over the weekend. The department did not face formal sanctions over the incident because failing to notify the public did not constitute a violation of existing policy or law, Nelson said at a press conference.
2002: The impact of budget cuts on flowers and office staff was discussed at a hearing before the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Academic Planning Committee. Properly maintaining gardens and plant life around campus may not be as significant to some people as it should be, said Ted Hartung, representing the Friends of Maxwell Arboretum on UNL’s East Campus. Proposed elimination of three currently vacant positions within the university’s landscape services department would threaten the upkeep and integrity of the gardens, some of which were created as memorials, he said.