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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Outside consultation is not banned by Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos. But it is allowed only via special request, which must be approved at multiple levels of the athletic department. Discouraging outside consulting and pushing in-house resources exclusively runs counter to the history at Nebraska. And according to industry insiders, it is rare among athletic departments around the country.

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The cost of living in the Omaha metro area historically rated as a bargain nationally — a spending power so strong it could keep more money in your pocket or buy you more at the store. As recently as 2013, Omaha’s cost of living was fourth-lowest among the country’s largest metro areas. But Omaha’s economy has quietly experienced a shift.

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You might say it’s in the homestretch. The former Omaha horse racing grounds-turned-Aksarben Village is on track to gain several structures with offices and residences that will bring the mixed-use campus close to the grand finish envisioned nearly 15 years ago.

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A much warmer future awaits the next generation of Nebraskans as a result of climate change, according to state and federal scientists.

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For the first time in its history, the Joslyn Art Museum is showing a major exhibition focused solely on the work of African-American contemporary artists.

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For some Omahans, the construction that starts Wednesday at the Gene Leahy Mall is bittersweet. Some mourn the months-long loss of trees and on-street parking. Others just miss the park they knew. 

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“What we thought was the worst day became the best day. We wouldn’t change any of it at all,” said newlywed Maddison Tejral after last month's blizzard delivered an unwelcome wedding gift. 

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It’s a common refrain, heard in schoolyards and on sidewalks. By itself, it’s an argument, a simple statement of fact asserting the right to do and say anything, within reason. “It’s a free country.”

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