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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Scott Frost’s air travel became legendary in December 2017, when he was pulling double duty as the head coach at both Central Florida and Nebraska. During one particularly long night, he flew across the country to see a star quarterback in California he wanted in Husker red, then made it back to Orlando, Florida, to run another practice for the Peach Bowl. Frost and his staff continue to fly the friendly skies, compiling a consensus top-20 recruiting class for 2019 in large part because of air travel.
The final months of a recruiting cycle require coaches to travel all over the country. Since Nov. 25, Scott Frost has spent more than 55 hours on a plane, visited 20 states and covered more than 20,000 miles. The World-Herald wants to bring you along on that journey.
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The standing-room-only crowd at a recent the three-hour session negotiating session between the Omaha Public Schools and its teachers union underscored how the district’s current budget woes — largely driven by catch-up payments to the district’s badly underfunded pension system — are causing some teachers to worry they could face wage freezes and other concessions.
The ripple effects of the Omaha School Employees' Retirement System shortfall could be felt for years by students, teachers and, with the possibility of higher property taxes on the table, taxpayers.
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A broker and others familiar with downtown real estate trends expect retailers — including specialty clothing, novelty shops, service retailers and even a grocery store — to increasingly fill north downtown gaps as more apartment dwellers come to the area and daytime workforces multiply.
At the moment, a new vintage home décor store called Prairies in Bloom is rather lonely at 17th and Cuming Streets.
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StratCom’s new headquarters is among the costliest and most expensive building projects ever undertaken by the Defense Department. Its price tag is just slightly less than the bill for the Pentagon itself, which cost $83 million when it was built in 1941, equal to $1.4 billion in current dollars.
The first of StratCom’s more than 3,500 military and civilian employees are expected to move into the new 916,000-square-foot building in early spring.
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One hundred and fifty years ago this spring, a German immigrant named Jacob Andra crawled down into a water-eroded pocket of a Dakota sandstone bluff under Lincoln. Over the next four years — using pickaxes, shovels and wheelbarrows — he and a few helpers dug out a 5,600-square-foot cave with 500 feet of tunnels.
Was Lincoln's Robber's Cave a hideout for Jesse James? A site for KKK initiations? A stop on the Underground Railroad? The site for countless keg parties? A new book looks into the truths and legends of Nebraska's man-made cave.
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Two apps offering residential snow removal via Android and Apple phones, Lawn Love and SnoHub, are expanding now into the Omaha market. A third app, Shovler, serves the area already with individual snow shovelers.
Next time it snows, a pair of national technology companies want people in Nebraska's largest city to save their backs and grab a smartphone.
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Mayor Jean Stothert announced Friday that landlord Kay Anderson will face 100 misdemeanors relating to violating city code and not fixing repairs at the apartments at 34th Avenue and Lake Street after squalid conditions were found.
If convicted, landlord Kay Anderson could spend up to 50 years in jail. Each count carries up to six months in jail and a $500 fine. His lawyer says, "If they could do this to my client, they could do this to any property owner."