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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The Hudkins family was good at violence, both real and imaginary.

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What allegedly happened in a summer cabin in 1988 between adult and child, between priest and penitent, speaks to the gut-punch Catholics are feeling as the international clergy abuse crisis unfolds in Omaha.

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When Matthew Eledge and husband Elliot Dougherty started talking about starting a family, Matthew’s mom chimed in with an offer. “I just said, ‘Oh, wow, if you ever need a carrier .... I enjoyed being pregnant, I’d do it in a heartbeat,’ ” Cecile “Cele” Eledge recalled.

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Every day, Omaha is being forced to dump about 65 million gallons of raw, untreated sewage into the Papillion Creek, near the mouth of the Missouri River.

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Tom Dennison’s machine bought mayors and owned police chiefs, stuffed ballot boxes and bribed juries, silenced rivals by tarring them in the press or by terrifying them at the barrel of a shotgun. The machine did all this while great gushing rivers of profit flowed to it from booze, gambling and prostitution.

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.

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A Facebook post from the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Saddle Creek Road advertised two 2-liter bottles of Fanta for $2. Thanks to an awkward photo, the post spread around the world on March 13

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I’ve always said that Iowa State should be the model. If the good folks in Ames can do college hoops, they should be able to figure it out in Lincoln, USA. But I had no idea an actual Cyclone would grow up one day to do the honors.

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Business leaders in Nebraska say many employers are struggling to find the workers they need and often fill jobs outside Nebraska, costing the state thousands of lucrative jobs.

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