BestOfWeekend

The World-Herald creates lots of important journalism — stories, photos, video — that is both timely and compelling. But we also know our readers are busy.

Here is a convenient roundup of some of our best work from the last several days that's worth checking out.

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In 1955, roughly half of all black workers made a morning commute to South Omaha. Most businesses wouldn’t hire them, but muscle and grit mattered more than race in the city’s dominant industry. Meatpacking.

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"Having seen photographs of a mural with popping color, solid design and interesting details, like an Irish lace altar cloth, I had to see for myself how something that delicate could be rendered on the side of a 107-year-old brick wall," writes Erin Grace.

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At 100 years old, a vacant Omaha building that once was the state’s biggest Buick dealership is about to get a makeover that should help recharge a static downtown corner.

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Omaha Performing Arts is preparing again for a possible downtown expansion. Its plans could involve a new building northeast of the Holland Performing Arts Center.

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“I can see the clients, and the enthusiasm and the change in the city,” Dave Utterback said. “It’s exciting to see and be a part of.”

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There’s more interest in classes for kids at the Rose Theater than there is room to accommodate them. Rose leaders knew the education program either had to stop growing or find a bigger space. So they found a bigger space.

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The most recent issue of Inspired Living Omaha magazine is all about gardens. So sit on the patio overlooking your garden, take out the issue, relax and enjoy some fine reading. 

402-444-1503; nigrin@owh.com

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