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Grace: Immigrant students aim to make path they walked smoother for next ones

Thrive Club, an after-school group at five Omaha public high schools, is aimed at migrant students who are either new to Omaha or who work or have parents working in an agricultural field such as meatpacking. Once they get to America, the learning curve is steep.

‘Pearls’ will shine again: Replacing globes and bulbs will cost around $90,700

The Omaha City Council on Tuesday approved a bid from Kriz-Davis Co. of Omaha to replace the damaged globes of Abbott Drive’s “String of Pearls.” Many of the 700 light globes were shattered in spring hailstorms, including one on June 4.

Forecast: Winds, cold today; sunny, 40s on Tuesday

And Thanksgiving day looks to be partly sunny with a high in the lower 30s, forecasters said.

One homeowner stands in way of Iske Place flood buyout

If it comes down to it, he says he’ll sell, but he’s not convinced that he’s being offered a fair price — and he…

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Iwo Jima: New mystery arises from iconic image

You have seen this photo because it's one of the most famous photos in American history. But what if we've had the story partially wrong all these years?

Unions, Mayor Stothert at odds over city electrical and air conditioning boards

Stothert declined to reappoint the sitting union representative to the board. And she didn’t consult with union management when she picked a replacement.

Program trains Latinos in LGBT issues

Training teaches Spanish speakers how to help those shunned by the macho culture.

Goodfellows: Memorial donations 
 'a Christmas tradition' for Lincoln man

Dan Vodvarka of Lincoln has been giving to Goodfellows since the early 1990s. He began by donating in memory of his oldest brother, Jim, and later added his parents, Bud and Mae Vodvarka, to his memorials.

Man critically injured in Omaha cutting

The man was injured about 1:35 a.m. Monday at an apartment near North 37th and Dodge Streets.

Black-white disparities continue in Iowa juvenile justice system

Iowa remains among the top states in the nation for disparities between whites and blacks in key areas, despite efforts over the past two decades to make progress, the committee said in its new report.

New casino a big boon for downtown Sioux City

Hard Rock complex has reinvigorated district, attracting more people to shops, bars, restaurants

UNL planetarium to host two laser and music shows

Young zebra dies in routine castration at Scottsbluff zoo

The zebra, named Olaf, was born earlier this year. He was getting ready to undergo the routine procedure of castration on Friday when the accident happened. 

3 Iowa high school students arrested after threats found on social media

Three Southeast Polk High students have been arrested on charges of threat of terrorism, harassment and intimidation with a dangerous weapon after threats were posted on a social media site, leading to increased security at the school for days.

Fayette police chief on leave following bus flap

A northeast Iowa police chief remains on leave after he was ticketed for passing a stopped school bus.

Residents question proposed transmission line across state

A proposed 500-mile transmission line to carry electricity from wind turbines in northwest Iowa to customers in Illinois is encountering significant resistance from farmers and other landowners across the state.

The Record: Commercial real estate transfers, Nov. 24


The Record: Bankruptcies, Nov. 24

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.

The Record: Marriages, divorces


No injuries in Omaha home invasion

Authorities said the break-in happened about 1:35 a.m. near North 59th Street and Northwest Radial.

City unions resistant to restructured pension plan

Pensions have dominated the debate about employee costs in Omaha. The city's unfunded pension deficit is staggering: a projected $825 million as of the end of last year. That's more than Omaha's entire annual budget, and it's enough to cost every Omaha resident roughly $2,000.

Gift of warmth

Residents at Omaha senior living community meet to tie fleece blankets to donate

The blankets, along with toys and books the residents gathered, will be donated to the Open Door Mission’s Lydia House.

Election 2014

Flood of money in Iowa's U.S. Senate race topped $41 million

The ad blitz doubled spending from four years ago and is likely to be repeated across the nation.

Suburban Scene, Nov. 23

Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders intends to revive talks of a new library during her second term.

Group that protested liquor license now protests the bill

Those who protested a Lincoln movie theater’s application for a liquor license this year are now protesting the bill they’ve received to cover the cost of the protest hearing.

Lincoln's Indian Center mulls different fundraising options

A Lincoln community center that served as a popular tailgating spot may have to raise its rental fees and hold a larger flea market to replace lost football parking revenue.

Good Deeds, Nov. 23

Following are fundraisers, donations and other charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to or call 402-444-1040.

Goodfellows: Family focus makes ReRuns R Fun natural fit for partnership

The nonprofit ReRuns R Fun donates every cent it makes after covering operational costs to various local, national and even international charities. The World-Herald's Goodfellows recently joined the list.

Admiral denies role in counterfeiting casino chips

An admiral linked by Navy investigators to counterfeit casino chips denied Sunday that he played any role in making them.

Costly unknowns

Property tax relief, prison woes may tip balance in Nebraska state budget

Some multimillion-dollar unknowns threaten to capsize Nebraska's next two-year state budget.

Warren Watch: Luckily, Buffett son wasn’t counting on windfall

Warren Buffett’s older son may be doing well with philanthropy, but an Omaha real estate mogul he’s not.

Robbery suspects shoot at donut shop employee before getting away

No injuries were reported Sunday after suspects in an Omaha donut shop robbery fired a gun in the direction of an employee attempting to follow them.


Huskers drop out of both college football polls

Nebraska's 28-24 loss to Minnesota Saturday helped knock the team off the AP and Coaches top 25 polls in week 14.

'Shared parenting' bills to come up in session

A coalition of fathers and family-law attorneys will once again ask lawmakers to change Nebraska's parental custody laws, which they argue are unfair to men.

Closings and schedules for Thanksgiving holiday

Government offices and other public services will follow these schedules Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday: 

Pheasants being released in 9 Nebraska areas

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is releasing rooster pheasants in nine wildlife management areas in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Research says regulations helping small hog farms

Researchers say environmental regulations have slowed the growth of large hog farms and helped some smaller ones survive.

Higher Education: Visit by 2nd candidate for NU president is set

Hank Bounds, commissioner of higher education for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, will visit the state Dec. 7-11.

Transfers, Nov. 23

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.

City OK’d halfway house at Gold Coast mansion in fear of a lawsuit, but it got one anyway

The Omaha City Council gave a green light to Santa Monica House to begin treating women at what’s now the Renaissance Mansion, 401 S. 39th St. Now neighbors opposed to the conversion are suing.

CrossFit for kids? No barbells or deadlifts, but lots of fun and games for Omaha youths

CrossFit Kids was created in 2004 and has spread to 1,800 gyms worldwide. It's still a niche locally, though. Of the 13 CrossFit affiliates in the area, four now offer kids classes, plus one in Lincoln.

Nebraska's 89.7% public school graduation rate just misses Heineman's 90% goal

The Omaha Public Schools continued to edge up. In 2014, 80.7 percent of high school students graduated within four years, up from 77.8 percent in 2013, 75.5 in 2012 and 72.9 percent in 2011.

Greyhound bus ride led to act of heroism by Omahan Stanley Barba when gunfire broke out

In 1967, Barba, a postal clerk and father of five, was a passenger on the bus, headed to visit family. He heard a pair of shots ring out. Two men lay dead, killed by a crazed fellow passenger. Barba jumped up and disarmed the shooter.

DNA evidence links fired Offutt admiral to fake poker chips

DNA evidence found on three counterfeit $500 poker chips passed at the Horseshoe Casino last year strongly suggests that Navy Rear Adm. Timothy Giardina actually made them, Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber said.

Tax incentives OK'd for $63M Council Bluffs 'robotic' warehouse

XTL Inc. still has to receive rezoning approval from the Council Bluffs City Council for a 51-acre site at the northwest corner of Highway 275 and South 24th Street. The complany plans to hire 50 employees at the facility.

After Omahan ‘Cork’ Kaluza's near-death experience with parachute, rowdy bar patrons didn't scare him

South Omaha native Lewis J. “Cork” Kaluza, who died one year to the day after the death of his wife of 50 years, also was a retired, self-employed building contractor.

'Start of a new path' as hundreds get new homes on National Adoption Day

Not new to the adoption process, one family adds children Nos. 17 and 18.

5 killed, 3 hurt when truck and SUV hit head-on near Sloan, Iowa

The Iowa State Patrol has released the names of five people killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday near the town of Sloan in Woodbury County.

Goodfellows: Neonatologist sees how small efforts make big difference

In her medical practice, Dr. Ann Anderson Berry sees how unexpected events can have a large impact on a family’s financial health.


Kelly: With their union at Union Station, couple keep train-car wedding on track

Cate Kratville of Omaha married Jim Wrinn of Milwaukee last Saturday night on the back platform of a passenger car at the Durham Museum, the former Union Station.

Iowa egg production reaches record high in October

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said egg production in Iowa was at a record high in October, at 1.41 billion eggs.

Des Moines man sentenced to up to 5 years in stabbing

A 28-year-old Des Moines man has been sentenced to up to five years in prison for a stabbing in Clear Lake in September.

Offutt Air Force Base's Kenney Gate will reopen after construction

Offutt Air Force Base’s Kenney Gate will reopen Monday morning after having been closed for nearly a month because of construction, according to a 55th Wing press release.

Sioux City Council considers winter recreation park

Residents in northwestern Iowa could soon have their own winter wonderland.


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