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Long before Gutzon Borglum befriended Teddy Roosevelt, tiffed with Adolf Hitler and entrenched himself in a political battle within the Ku Klux Klan, the eccentric sculptor of Mount Rushmore was a little boy who tried to run away to Omaha with his dog.
The story of Gutzon Borglum's Nebraska beginnings and a legacy-making project that went sour before a monumental triumph.
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With each letter he receives from the City of Omaha detailing the hundreds upon hundreds of building code violations that pushed 500 refugees from their homes, the clock starts ticking for owner and landlord Kay Anderson.
The City Planning Department sent out the first notice of property violations on Sept. 26, and a flurry have followed since, leaving Anderson sounding equal parts defiant and defeated as he decides what to do with a property that’s been shut down and slapped with a total of 1,962 violations.
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"The whole building physically shook. It was loud. It sounded like 100 M-80s going off at the same time," said a a receptionist at a business near the Wardrobe Spa, which collapsed Sunday morning after an explosion and a fire.
No one was injured in the explosion and fire at the Wardrobe Spa, a dry cleaners at 16869 Audrey St.
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A dispute over a rogue car wash driveway at Buchanan’s Service Center in Dundee is testing the theory that it’s better to beg for forgiveness tomorrow than to ask for permission today.
Owner Steve Buchanan recently had the driveway installed without acquiring a building permit or the proper zoning from the city. That has him in hot water with the City of Omaha.
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A sampling of Thomas D. Mangelsen's work is on view in a traveling exhibition at the Durham Museum that premiered in Omaha last month. It features 40 “Legacy Reserve” photographs, carefully culled highlights of the some 4 million photos he’s taken over a 40-year career.
“Catch of the Day,” taken in 1988, is emblematic of Thomas D. Mangelsen’s singular approach to wildlife photography. “I can’t emphasize how much Nebraska and the Platte River changed my life,” he said.
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Susan Kiscoan — awaiting her day in court for trespassing — died in her cell from Addison’s disease, a rare condition that jail officials knew she had.
Omaha police arrested Susan Kiscoan for trespassing — a misdemeanor that typically results in a $25 fine or a day in jail. For Kiscoan, it effectively became a death sentence