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He served his country for 27 years — and then he kept helping

Mark Coffin is an Army veteran who decided to dedicate his time to serving his community after he retired from the military. He didn’t want to work a government job and “chase a paycheck.”

Man on a mission: Loss of son put Omahan on a path to help save other kids' lives

Almost 12 years have gone by since Bill Collins’ son Harley died on a basketball court at McMillan Magnet Center. The doctor told Collins his son might have survived had there been a defibrillator on-site. Within a month of his son’s death, Collins launched a campaign to get defibrillators into all Omaha-area schools. 

Black Friday store hours in the Omaha area

Business hours, deals and doorbusters for Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. 

Project SEARCH is extending hotels' hospitality

It started largely as a way to fill high turnover jobs at his hotel complex. But something bigger ignited when s…

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Risen Son Christian Village

Welcome to Risen Son Christian Village, another quality Christian Homes community.  Nestled on several acres of beaut…

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Sideline Sports & Tees

Provides screen printing, custom t-shirt printing (sometimes same-day fulfillment), sports accessories, along with a full line of High School,…

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Omaha lung cancer patient working to raise awareness

On Sept. 28, 2010, Omahan Candi Troia was so uncomfortable that she went to the emergency room. “It felt like a baby elephant was sitting on my chest,” she recalled. That's when she was diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer.

Omaha man, 28, dies after two-car wreck in Benson

Zachary A. Redden of Omaha was westbound on Maple Street in a 1999 Saturn SL2 when it crossed the center line near 64th Street and collided about 6:15 p.m. with an eastbound 2008 Jeep Liberty, police said.

Man, 37, stabbed during fight in north Omaha

A 37-year-old man was stabbed Wednesday during a fight in north Omaha, police said.

Gifts to Goodfellows let couple remember their loved ones, including Von Maur victim

In 2007, Bill and Connie Bray's tribute was particularly poignant. They gave $58 in memory of John McDonald and his ’58 Chevy. McDonald died that year in the shooting that left eight dead, plus the shooter, in the Von Maur department store at Westroads Mall.

Democratic official calls for special prosecutor to probe Nebraska prison scandals

Party Chairman Vince Powers said testimony from Parole Board Chairwoman Esther Casmer conflicted with accounts given by Gov. Dave Heineman last month. 

Nancy’s Almanac, Nov. 27, 2014: Storm in 1983 was one of the worst Thanksgiving blizzards on record

The Nov. 26-28 storm blanketed the central U.S., from Colorado to Wisconsin, in 1 to 2 feet of snow. Sidney, Neb., received the most snow, according to the National Weather Service, with 27 inches.

Nebraska’s pioneer homestead files get global access

The state’s digitized records of settlers who claimed 160-acre homesteads from public land starting in 1862 are the first to be available at, the world’s largest online genealogical database. The records were added this week.

‘Bark Friday’ to help fund new animal shelter in Council Bluffs

From Friday through Dec. 31, shelter supporters’ donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to a total of $20,000, thanks to an anonymous donor, said Michelle Miller, a member of the board of directors.

Married 58 years, and they've donated blood nearly the entire time

Paul and Colita Kwiatkowski have donated blood nearly every other week for half-century.

The Thankful Edition: 2014

All around you, in towns big and small, people are quietly performing selfless deeds to make our community stronger. The good life? You bet. Today we’d like you to meet just a few of these everyday heroes.

Plenty to do at Homestead National Monument over holiday weekend

Among the activities is the Winter Festival of Prairie Cultures, which opens Friday and runs through Dec. 31.

The Record: Commercial real estate transfers, Nov. 27


Hansen: Life in Omaha continues to amaze, and I'm thankful

Before I attempt my annual climb to the top of Stuffing Everest on Thanksgiving, I would like to do something we all did in grade school. During Thanksgiving week, people asked us: What are you thankful for? And we actually thought for a moment, and then we answered.

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?

For Creighton U. President Timothy Lannon, 'fire' in belly to do his job subsided after he became ill

Lannon, who began planning his retirement about a year ago when he fell ill during Thanksgiving Mass, had intended to finish the academic year in June.

Photos: Mutual of Omaha employees assemble, deliver Thanksgiving food baskets

Tuesday morning, hundreds of Mutual of Omaha employees and Omaha North students worked together to assemble and deliver Thanksgiving baskets full of food to people in need.

Mentally ill inmates need more help, experts warn state legislative panel

Jails and prisons have become the largest mental health treatment centers in the nation as treatment centers have been closed and services have degraded, a panel of state legislators was told Tuesday.

Forecast: Warmer by Friday and Saturday

Thursday should be partly sunny with a high around 30, forecasters said, and Thursday night looks to be partly cloudy with a low in the lower 20s.

Thwarted beer thief gets thirsty waiting for police to arrive

A teenage boy caught trying to steal an 18-pack of beer made the most of the situation by drinking one of the cans while waiting for police to arrive.

Man struck by car near 42nd and Ames is critically injured

The man was hit about 12:15 a.m. near North 42nd Street and Ames Avenue.

Ex-StratCom official says DNA tying him to fake poker chips doesn’t prove his guilt

A report by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service shows Rear Adm. Timothy Giardina’s DNA underneath the adhesive paper on one of the three fake poker chips discovered at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs early in the morning of June 16, 2013.

Nikko Jenkins mailed razor blade to Ernie Chambers; Corrections investigating

The Nebraska Department of Corrections is looking into how convicted killer Nikko Jenkins got hold of a razor blade and mailed it to a state senator.

Man, 26, critically injured in shooting

The shooting occurred about 2 a.m. near North 25th Avenue and Bristol Street.

Events set in Omaha, Lincoln in response to Ferguson decision

The first local demonstration will be during a traditional holiday event — the lighting ceremony at Gene Leahy Mall on Thanksgiving.

Man serving life for Omahan’s 1976 slaying dies in Iowa prison

The State Department of Corrections said Kenneth Boyd, 65, died Monday. He was assigned to the hospice care unit at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville. Boyd’s death was due to complications from renal failure.

Police probe possible shooting at 39th and I

Police said accounts of the incident do not mesh and their investigation is continuing.

Man, 80, critically injured in Pottawattamie County crash

The accident occurred about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 22338 Pioneer Trail southeast of the Bluffs.

Council Bluffs man sentenced for child porn possession

U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose sentenced Anthony J. Wesolowski, 42, to 60 months of incarceration for the offense and ordered him to serve 10 years of supervised release afterward. 

Flood warning issued for part of Hall County

The warning is scheduled to expire at 3 p.m. Saturday.

I-80 road work from Lincoln to Goehner to begin Monday

The project is expected to be completed by the end of January, the Roads Department said.

Police investigate 2 robberies Tuesday night

Police said the robberies occurred at 7151 Cass St., 8:23 p.m., Walgreen drugstore, and at 1202 S. 13th St., 7:02 p.m., Casey’s General Store.

Snow-packed roads in western Iowa lead to accidents

An Iowa State Patrol dispatcher said six to eight accidents were reported by 4 a.m. in Cass and Adair Counties.

State patrol wrote 390 citations during Husker home game enforcement push

Special law enforcement efforts during the 2014 Nebraska football home games resulted in 390 traffic citations and warnings being issued by troopers from the Nebraska State Patrol.

Bill R. Benson, prominent businessman and accomplished golfer, 'always tried to do the right thing'

Benson, 75, died at home in Omaha on Monday of pancreatic cancer.

Crash near North Platte kills one, injures two

Michelle Heisz, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene. Vicky Allen, 59, and Heisz’s 3-year-old daughter were hospitalized in critical condition. The child was later flown to Omaha for additional medical treatment. 

Papio-Missouri River NRD goes to court to buy couple’s land

The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District has gone to court to forcibly buy property from a husband and wife whose northwest Omaha farmland will eventually be at the bottom of a lake.

Harman, longtime UNMC faculty member and doctor behind free radical theory, dies at 98

Dr. Denham Harman 98, a legendary figure in science for his 1954 proposal of the Free Radical Theory of Aging, died Tuesday at Lakeside Hospital after a brief illness. He was 98.

Pilger bank president to be honored for courage during Nebraska-Iowa Heroes Game

A bank president from Pilger, Nebraska, and a Winterset, Iowa, teenager will be recognized Friday for their remarkable acts of courage.

Goodfellows: Omaha Concord Club helps during the CWS, donates during the offseason

When the time comes for The World-Herald’s annual Goodfellows campaign, a club that helps out with the College World Series has stepped up to the plate for more than 20 years.

Construction will close part of 180th Street for six months

Beginning Dec. 1, 180th Street from Schram Road to Murray Trail will be closed for about six months for grading, bridge construction and paving.

Ricketts keeps current policy research chief, state budget administrator

Pete Ricketts said that Lauren Kintner will continue as the governor’s policy research director and as general counsel to the governor. Gerry Oligmueller will stay on as state budget administrator, a position he has held since 1995.

One person critically injured in north Omaha stabbing

One person was critically injured after a stabbing in north Omaha Wednesday afternoon.

East Coast weather cancels flights leaving from, arriving at Eppley Airfield

Chris Martin, operations manager at the airport, said United Airlines canceled the 11:43 a.m. flight to Newark. The four other flights between Omaha and weather-affected East Coast airports were not affected Wednesday, he said.

Nine teens cited for underage drinking in Blair

Authorities say nine teenagers were cited for underage drinking last weekend at a home in Blair, Nebraska.

The Hall

The Hall: Gretna leaders to get pay raise

City leaders in Gretna are getting their first pay increase in six years.

$220,000 in federal funds to help second phase of Council Bluffs housing project

Known as Beacon Place 2, the project proposed by NeighborWorks Home Solutions consists of a new 60-unit multifamily apartment building.

Man found under girl’s bed enters no contest plea

 Dangelo Madkins, 25, entered his plea Tuesday to a charge of terroristic threats. The plea deal dismissed charges of stalking and criminal trespassing.

3 Republicans will seek Joni Ernst’s seat in Iowa State Senate

Once Ernst, who won a U.S. Senate seat this month, resigns from her State Senate seat, Gov. Terry Branstad will call for a special election to fill the vacancy.

Norfolk family overwhelmed by outpouring of support after fire

From the outside, the Norfolk, Nebraska, house looks fine.

WB Ames Avenue curb lane to close

City of Omaha traffic engineers say at 9 a.m. today, the westbound curb lane of Ames Avenue, from 65th Street to 65th Avenue, will be closed.

National News (AP)

Prosecutor’s strategy adds to controversy in Ferguson case

In most cases, a grand jury is a supple tool in the hands of a prosecutor bent on an indictment. But the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, is no ordinary case, and some l…

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Brazil's Rousseff names banker as finance minister

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff named a former treasury secretary with a reputation as a fiscal conservative as finance minister, her office said Thursday, in a move t…


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