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Working toward a warp drive: In his garage lab, Omahan aims to bend fabric of space

Some guys spend their spare time restoring automobiles, devoting garage space to motionless Corvettes and Camaros. David Pares is making his own warp drive. Pares’ laboratory, the headquarters for his Space Warp Dynamics endeavor, is attached to the mid-size Aksarben-area home where he lives with his wife and their cat. It is his garage. 

Mike Johanns leaves 32-year political career with reputation as gentleman intact

In January, Johanns will leave the U.S. Senate, having accomplished what is almost inconceivable in an era of muddy politics. Johanns can say — and does say — with pride that he never ran a negative ad that attacked his opponents by name on radio, television or in newspapers.

Goodfellows: Group of guys solving life problems, one cup of joe at a time

Millard group meets each day for conversation, cards and sometimes golf

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Omaha Federal Credit Union

  Omaha Federal Credit Union opened for business April 1, 1935 to serve the financial needs of the Omaha Community.  Membership is o…

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Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home

Featuring: Southwest Iowa's only on-site crematory 3 equal size chapels On-site lunch and reception area Nearly 90 off-street parking spots

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Goodfellows donations, Dec. 21

Contributions reported today boost the 2014 Goodfellows tally to $418,888.25.

Lincoln Electric System plans to utilize wind and solar farms

LINCOLN — Lincoln’s power utility has announced plans to use enough power from wind farms and a solar energy project to increase its renewable energy generation portfolio to 48 percent by 2016.

Man sentenced to 3 years’ probation in child porn case

BEATRICE — A rural southeastern Nebraska man has been sentenced to three years’ probation in a child pornography case.

State and Sioux City officials OK incentives for new plant

SIOUX CITY — State and local officials have approved $3.1 million in incentives for an Omaha soybean processor to build a $90 million vegetable oil refinery in northwestern Iowa.

4 guns confiscated at airport this year, twice that of 2013

DES MOINES — So far this year, security officers at the Des Moines Airport have confiscated four guns.

Sioux City children’s museum at mercy of winter weather

SIOUX CITY — Officials in Sioux City are keeping an eye on winter weather to help determine when a new children’s museum under construction will be ready to open to the public.

Transfers, Dec. 21

The following is a list of residential real estate transfers recorded in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties. Each listing tells the seller, the buyer, the street address and the sale price on transactions of $10,000 or more. The sale price on Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties is computed from the stamp tax affixed to the deed. Transactions that are exempt from stamp tax are not included.

Grace: 'Don’t put spaghetti between your toes'; dad lights up Internet with book of toddler talk

Martin Bruckner, an Omaha graphic designer, was inspired to create a 28-page book documenting the absurdity and humor of life with a 2-year-old. It was intended as just a sweet gift for his wife, Michelle Cartwright-Bruckner, but it has caught fire on the Internet.

Omaha police beef up efforts to avoid racial profiling

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer discussed his department's efforts in the wake of the U.S. Justice Department’s announcement of landmark updates this month to anti-profiling policies for federal law enforcement.

In auction to benefit Goodfellows, Omaha family wins McDermott statue with bid of $6,560

"I thought we needed to get a piece of history," said Ron Woita, who owns a software company. "When I learned that Goodfellows was part of it, I decided to go for it and see if we could make it ours."

How Omaha came together to help Denver woman recover her lost dog

When Bella darted off from a friend’s house on Dec. 12, 500 miles from Amy Thompson's Denver home, she began a tireless search, one she had no plans of giving up, even if it meant staying in Omaha.

55% of Nebraskans polled said they back building Keystone XL pipeline

A World-Herald Poll this week found that 55 percent of Nebraskans support building the pipeline, while 29 percent oppose it and 16 percent are unsure what to think.

Acquittal in 2013 murder case stuns victim’s family

A shooting victim’s family and friends were stunned by a jury’s decision Friday to acquit an Omaha man charged with first-­degree murder.

Drizzle produces slick streets, sidewalks; chance for a white Christmas

Some freezing drizzle overnight into this morning has led to slick streets and sidewalks with temperatures hovering around freezing in the Omaha area.

Last of ‘Purple Haze’ defendants sent to prison

Thursday, Douglas County District Judge Gary Randall sentenced Darnell Russell to 20 to 25 years in prison. Under state sentencing guidelines, he’ll serve 10 years before he’s eligible for parole; absent parole, he’d serve 12 ½ years before release.

Jon Bruning says judge too quick to toss teen’s life sentence

Attorney General Jon Bruning is challenging a judge’s order to vacate the life sentence of a York man convicted of murder when he was 14.

FROM THE NOTEBOOK

Kelly: 'Do you believe in destiny?' First love
 for woman, then love
 for city

» A retired Philadelphia lawyer and I enjoyed lunch this week at the Omaha Press Club, where I learned how he ended up moving to Omaha last year — and now loves it.

Prosecutors: OPS student's death was an accidental drowning

Demariont'e Brown-Elliott, 12, died last month at Nathan Hale Magnet Middle School after being found in the deep end of the school's pool. Chief Deputy County Attorney Brenda Beadle said no criminal charges will be filed in the case.

Police: Jimmy John's driver robbed at gunpoint

The 22-year-old victim was making a delivery near 108th Street and West Maple Road when a man approached and shot at the victim's vehicle, striking the hood, said Officer Kevin Wiese, a police spokesman.

South Sudanese in Omaha mourn their losses this holiday season

Ten thousand people have died in fighting in South Sudan, according to estimates, including at least 17 people from the Midwest. Those 17 victims include at least four Nebraskans.

Suit challenging Nebraska's denial of license to immigrants heading back to state court

Brought on behalf of the immigrants by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, the case was about to go to trial this fall before a Lancaster County district judge when Attorney General Jon Bruning had it moved to federal court. The attorney general argued the case involved federal immigration issues so it needed to be decided by a federal judge.

Councilor Pete Festersen urges interim deal on ride-sharing ahead of legislation

Omaha City Council President Pete Festersen is urging the Nebraska Public Service Commission to work with ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft to develop an agreement that would let the companies legally operate in the state while lawmakers prepare to take up the matter in the forthcoming legislative session.

2 of Santa's reindeer make special stop in Omaha

Two of Santa's reindeer were at Omaha's Bel Air Plaza for the shopping area's annual Santa's Reindeer at the Plaza holiday event on Saturday.

Antoinette 'Toni' Blazevich was a champion of her Italian heritage

Blazevich devoted a significant part of her life to nurturing that heritage, coordinating the Omaha Ethnic Folk Festival and becoming a founding member of the American Italian Heritage Society.

Police turn up stolen cars, parts at Elkhorn home

Timothy Egan has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit a felony and to a felony fraud charge.

Video: Mayor Jean Stothert rings bells for Salvation Army

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert rang bells for the Salvation Army at Village Pointe Shopping Center on Dec. 20, 2014.

Lincoln man leads police on chase to cemetery, apparently pulls gun on himself

Around 6 p.m. Friday, an uninjured driver who had reported a hit-and-run accident about two hours earlier told police he saw the suspect vehicle at a gas station along U.S. Highway 6 in Waverly, Nebraska.

11 arrested in Bluffs prostitution sting

The Council Bluffs Police Department on Wednesday conducted a covert operation at an area hotel. Sgt. Bob Christensen said undercover officers set up meetings with clients and prostitutes via the Internet.

Nebraska couple skip taxes for years, get sent to prison

Robert Androyna and Hope Androyna were sentenced Thursday in Lancaster County District Court. Robert Androyna was given two consecutive 18- to 36-month prison terms. His ex-wife was given two one-year terms to be served at the same time.

ATM taken from Iowa Events Center lands at airport

DES MOINES (AP) — An automatic teller machine stolen from the Iowa Events Center in September has been found at the Des Moines International Airport.

Sen. Grassley: Eric Holder will personally review Iowa man’s drowning

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will personally review the case of an Iowa man who drowned while in a Missouri state trooper’s custody.

Omaha man sentenced to jail for grabbing son at wrestling match

DeAndrew Stapleton, 38, of Omaha was sentenced in Madison County District Court here Friday morning to two years of probation and 120 days in jail by Judge Mark Johnson.

1 booked, 1 hospitalized after domestic violence cutting

The suspect, 28-year-old Nashua Glover, was booked at Douglas County Corrections for domestic violence felony assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony, a police statement said.

Omaha reaches labor contract deal with civilian management union

The City of Omaha has reached a labor contract agreement with the city’s civilian management union, Mayor Jean Stothert said Saturday.

Eagle viewing sites to open after Christmas

HOLDREGE, Neb. — Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District will provide eagle viewing opportunities at the J-2 hydropower plant south of Lexington and at Kingsley Dam starting next weekend.

427 receive degrees at UNK's winter commencement

"Welcome to the greatest day in the life of a university — commencement," Chancellor Doug Kristensen said as he welcomed an audience of 2,700 to the Health and Sports Center for the ceremony on Friday.

4 guns confiscated at Des Moines Airport this year

The revelation comes as the number of guns being confiscated at airports across the country is on the rise. Federal officials report a record 2,100 guns confiscated at U.S. airports so far this year.

Nebraska man gets probation in child porn case

Bradley Garton of rural Gage County was sentenced Friday in Gage County District Court. Garton pleaded guilty in October to two counts of attempting to possess and deliver child pornography.

The Record: Bankruptcies, Dec. 20

Four bankruptcy categories listed are: Chapter 7, bankruptcy involving liquidation of nonexempt assets; Chapter 11, plan permitting reorganization of financial affairs under court supervision for an individual engaged in business or for a company (asset and liability schedules are not always filed with initial petition); Chapter 12, plan permitting farmers and ranchers to reorganize their financial affairs under court supervision (asset and liability schedules are not always filed with initial petition); Chapter 13, bankruptcy that provides a plan for repaying a portion of debts over an extended time.

Lathrop slams Heineman criticism of prison investigation report

State Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha, who led the seven-month investigation into troubles in the state prison system, blasted recent criticism of the probe by Gov. Dave Heineman as “fictions and falsehoods.”

Denver VA hospital costs may may halt Omaha project, Lee Terry says

Cost overruns at a Veterans Affairs hospital project in Colorado will at least delay replacement of Omaha’s VA hospital and might stop it altogether, Nebraska’s Rep. Lee Terry said Thursday.

14 malnourished horses rescued from Nebraska farm; 15 horses rescued there in 2012

The horses were malnourished and in “poor shape,” said Mark Langan, the Nebraska Humane Society’s vice president of field operations. The horses were taken over three days — Wednesday, Thursday and Friday — Langan said. No other horses on the property are in imminent danger, he said.

A day after Nativity scene erected, atheist sign posted in State Capitol

Scott Braley, a Lincoln electrical contractor, said he felt compelled to provide an atheist message after learning about the Nativity scene, placed in the Capitol by a Catholic-associated group, the Thomas More Society.

OPS board preparing for potential charter schools bills in Nebraska Legislature

School board members don’t want to be caught by surprise by any new measures in the next legislative session, which starts next month.

Kelly: In work Dr. Robert L. Perry catered to animals, in his life he catered to people

Bob Perry was so easygoing, quipped his wife, Ione, that if they had a disagreement, “I’d get worn out arguing both sides. He wouldn’t argue.”

Locally produced food trend inspires new associate-degree program in Omaha area

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, the Omaha Home for Boys and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension kicked off an agricultural education program focused on local food production Thursday.

Jon Bruning says he's tried pot, still considers it a dangerous gateway drug

Attorney General Jon Bruning, during a news conference Thursday about his lawsuit challenging Colorado’s marijuana laws, repeatedly mentioned the dangers of pot as a gateway drug.

Iowa’s Battle of the Bulge veterans 
to be honored

Snow crunched beneath the aching feet of Harold Rathert and the men of the 9th Infantry Division as they marched on Cologne, Germany, the week before Christmas of 1944.

Paroled killer could face up to 5 years on child sex assault charges

Laddie Dittrich, 69, who won a rare commutation of his life prison term for a 1973 Omaha murder, is scheduled to go before the Nebraska Board of Parole on Tuesday. The board can revoke his parole without awaiting the outcome of the sex assault charges.

Auditors question UNL, UNMC flight upgrades, oceanfront hotel rooms

State policy dictates the university only reimburse for coach fare, assuming its available. But auditors said they found 20 first-class or business-class seats worth $95,700 for UNMC employees to take mostly overseas trips.

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