Now I know that I never understood much about the fragility of life, how truly and almost comically fleeting our time here is. I didn’t truly understand that things can change as quickly as two ravenous kittens can snarf a half can of Purina.
World-Herald readers were motivation to keep finding new stories and provided more than a few of the column ideas that had a big impact.
As work continued to restore the mansion, a dilemma loomed: How in the heck could the Joslyn Castle of 2019 re-create the wall mural that the Joslyn family commissioned in the early 20th century?
After a tornado destroyed nearly half of Pilger's homes, bulldozed its entire business district and killed two people, the town wasn't able to rebuild the school or many homes, but it has some new homes, businesses and a bustling community center.
With this year's reports of crowding on the mountain, Alex Harz realizes how lucky he was to spend 45 minutes at the summit alone with his Sherpa. He says it changed his life forever.
Vincent Chiodo made and lost a fortune, dodged manslaughter charges not once but twice, became the Italian government’s man in Omaha, and 101 years ago, built his crowning achievement.
Before Rick Singer became notorious as the mastermind behind the college admissions scandal that saw rich-and-powerful Americans pay him millions to sneak their kids into top colleges, he was an Omaha coach notorious for his outbursts.
The issue of when a sale is taxed has been thrust into the limelight in the Nebraska Legislature during an ongoing debate about how to lower Nebraska's sky-high property taxes.
You could say the lawyer, author and operator of a New York art school needed to leave Omaha to become Michael Rips. In another way, Omaha created Michael Rips, especially the part of the city we call the Old Market.
His neighbor expected a usual meandering tale from the tiny adorable man with the thick Polish accent. But he didn't expect to hear this one.
This fascinating new life expectancy calculator developed by a University of Nebraska Medical Center professor will provide different results just from changing one variable ... your zip code.
Convicted felons taking a college creative writing course from a University of Nebraska at Omaha professor sometimes write advice that may have kept the younger versions of themselves out of prison.
We had saved for years to travel for our fifth anniversary. How will this vacation of our dreams fare when compared to the months of anticipation? How can this trip possibly live up to the hype?
Don Ferree Jr.'s insane jog-and-ride experiences accidentally identify some of the weaknesses in our bus system — weaknesses that Curt Simon, Metro’s director, can easily ID, too.
Buck’s Shoes in Fremont has been selling loafers, heels and sandals to Nebraskans since we drove Model Ts. It’s the sort of place we need to mourn when it dies.
Author Carson Vaughan's first book is about one of the strangest but truest small-town stories you will ever hear. Alexander Payne says it "suggests a metaphor for mankind in general."
Robert Smith was a one-time grocery store owner, longtime clerk of the district court, crusading reformer Republican politician and patriarch of what became a powerful Omaha legal family that includes his granddaughter, U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp. He also took down the political machine that ruled Omaha for 30 years.
This isn't a flood story. It is, rather, a Roger Welsch story about a flood. The story is thus filled with the characters Welsch has met or noticed in the past week, small-town Nebraskans doing small-town Nebraska things to pull each other back from the water's edge.
Land into water. Dreams into nightmares. A normal week — last week — dissolving into this one. Worries about the damage, both the kind you can see and the kind you can't. Wondering if they will ever move back into their little white home on the water. Wondering if they should.
Despite the city's attempts to respond, it's still a mess.
Why do thousands of people push their way through a dank hallway to sit beneath an atmospheric layer of fish smoke? What attracts them, moths to the Holy Name fish flame, year after year after year?
Mike knew, or thought he knew, that Omaha’s restaurant tax is 2.5 percent, and local and state sales tax is 7 percent, totaling 9.5 percent. So why did he pay 10 percent?
Shelly is the owner of a majestic inflatable peacock. She's determined to sled down the Memorial Park hill on said gigantic inflatable peacock, and maybe she'll tell us something about childhood and memories, illness and dreams.
"30 Americans” features some names that casual art aficionados will recognize: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Carrie Mae Weems and Kehinde Wiley, who painted Barack Obama’s presidential portrait.
Night to Shine, a series of proms held Friday night for special-needs teenagers around the globe, is built to deliver big moments.