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The town of Battle Creek, 10 miles west of Norfolk, serves as an example of what critics are up against if they try banning Native American mascots in Nebraska schools. The town clings to its association with Braves despite a rising national tide to do away with Native American mascots.
A state panel wants Nebraska lawmakers to examine the replacement of Native American mascots at nontribal schools throughout the state.
In December 2016, Deborah Lowndes was called in to speak with Omaha police regarding her orthopedic surgeon, Mark Dietrich. It was there she learned that nurses and hospital personnel had watched Dietrich slip a gloveless hand under blankets near the private parts of three unconscious females, ages 13 to adult. And that during her surgery, OrthoNebraska had included in the operating room a staff member whose only job was to watch Dietrich.
The first Deborah Lowndes knew anything was amiss, she was sitting across from an Omaha police detective. He began relaying allegations that during routine hip surgery, Dr. Mark Dietrich had touched Lowndes' breast and vagina while she was under anesthesia. "Wait, what?" Lowndes thought, in the ultimate wait-what moment.
Business and finance intersect in a big way with the information superhighway, and enterprising individuals are getting better at figuring out how to use technology to assist business. And while the blending of technology and business can be challenging, Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha have created programs that focus on that combination.
Technology and finance are intersecting, and Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha are among colleges with new programs to train students for jobs that require both skills.
Area residents have eagerly awaited the arrival of "Hamilton," the extraordinarily popular sung-through musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. And while it's a gift for the Omaha area that the musical is opening at the Orpheum on Tuesday, it's also a gift for actor Nik Walker who plays Aaron Burr. Walker has sung the same words and executed the same dance moves hundreds of times in his three years playing Burr, but to him, there's nothing mundane about it.
The show is physically, emotionally and psychologically taxing, but Nik Walker says Burr is the role of a lifetime.
An estimated 10,000 Nebraskans currently on food stamps — about 6% of all recipients — would lose their benefits under a Trump administration proposal to tighten eligibility under the food assistance program.
Despite the Trump administration’s suggestion that the current system allows millionaires to use food stamps, most of the estimated 3.6 million people who would lose assistance nationally are living below or just above the federal poverty line and have no more than modest amounts of savings, said Sarah Lauffer of Mathematica, the New Jersey-based public policy research organization that completed the study.
This summer, Mayor Jean Stothert floated the idea of a long-term plan to ramp up street maintenance in Omaha using $200 million in bonds over five years. At the same time, the chamber started an initiative to create a “bold” transportation plan for the metro area. And with two discussions advancing, Stothert made the case Friday that street maintenance must be the top priority.
“You can’t talk about a streetcar or a bike lane on a street that’s full of potholes," Mayor Jean Stothert said. "So we have to take care of our roads first.”
Former Omaha pastor Vernon Goff doesn’t think it makes much sense to celebrate life at a funeral. Especially his own. He wouldn’t be there to enjoy it. So, the 90-year-old came up with a new idea. He and his wife, Alice, 89, are just going to skip the sad part and celebrate while they're still alive.
A funeral doesn't make sense to this 90-year-old Omahan and his wife, so they're celebrating his life while they're still around to celebrate.
Sen. Ben Sasse recently refused to be an honorary chair for Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection effort because doing so would be a pledge to never disagree with the president. At least, that’s the suggestion from the Nebraska Republican’s campaign staff. Other members of the state’s congressional delegation, however, have expressed puzzlement at the idea.
Sen. Ben Sasse's spokesman James Wegmann has said that while Sasse will support the “Republican ticket,” he opted not to be an honorary chair for President Donald Trump because he was told doing so amounted to “a pledge to never disagree.” Rep. Don Bacon said, “I not only did not pledge, I had verification that that wasn’t the expectation at all."
The World-Herald has complete coverage of NU's 34-31 overtime loss to the Buffaloes from every angle.
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Rain clouds and a bit of a rainbow roll over the Millard, Nebraska, sky on Aug. 16, 2016.
The sun sets behind a center pivot located north of Red Cloud, Nebraska, on Thursday, July 27, 2006.
Storm clouds hide the sun as it sets over Nebraska's Sand Hills on July 7, 2009, near Thedord, Nebraska.
A summer storm passes north of Rose, Nebraska, on Sunday, June 10, 2007.
A rainbow forms over U.S. Highway 12, just east of Valentine, Nebraska, as storms roll over the area on July 25, 2017.
The sun sets behind an approaching storm as a car heads west on U.S. Highway 34 near Union, Nebraska, on April 24, 2016.
Icicles form on vines in downtown Omaha on Feb. 24, 2017.
Railroad tracks are illuminated by the setting sun on May 3, 2017, east of Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
The sun sets behind Chimney Rock on May 3, 2017.
Members of the Boats, Bikes, Boots & Brews group head to shore as the sun sets after an evening out on Lake Zorinsky on April 22, 2015.
Icicles hang from the horse carriage parking sign in the Old Market on Jan. 15, 2017.
Wheat, ready for the combine, is silhouetted by the setting sun as the wheat harvest on the Lagler farm near Grant, Nebraska, was in full swing on July 7, 2005.
A layer of fog covers the Missouri River near the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge on Feb. 5, 2015.
A setting sun creates a pink haze on a windmill and the Sand Hills southwest of Rushville, Nebraska, on Sept. 22, 2007.
Pigeons scatter at sunset as the St. John's steeple is silhouetted against the Woodmen tower in downtown Omaha on Oct. 3, 2014.
The sun bursts behind the clouds over the North Platte River east of Bridgeport, Nebraska, on July 26, 2006.
Steve Jobman, a farmer south of Minatare, Nebraska, cuts alfalfa after sunset on June 2, 2004.
Wheat waves in the wind in a field west of Dalton, Nebraska, on July 18, 2001.
The moon rises over the northern cross of the St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha on Feb. 10, 2017. On this night, there was a full moon, a lunar eclipse and comet 45P passed by the earth.
As the wind speed picks up, a woman holds onto her hood while crossing 16th Street along Dodge Street in Omaha on Feb. 24, 2017.
From left: Melody Borcherding, Kseniya Burgoon and Michael Beltz scoop out a vehicle on Jan. 23, 2018, in Norfolk.
Jeff Bachman harvests soybeans and prepares to transfer them as the sun sets on a field near Ayr, Nebraska, on Oct. 19, 2008.
As the sun sets, sandhill cranes arrive to roost in the Platte River at the Rowe Sanctuary & Iain Nicholson Audubon Center south of Gibbon, Nebraska, on March 12, 2008.
A pair of sandhill cranes pass in front of the moon shortly after sunrise at the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary near Gibbon, Nebraska, on March 13, 2012. Sandhill cranes, which mate for life, can live between 20 and 40 years.
A windmill is dwarfed by storm clouds near Crawford, Nebraska, on May 3, 2017.
An early November storm system rolls through the Great Plains, but Omaha only receives rain, which collected on freshly-fallen leaves on Nov. 11, 2015.
Cattle head up to a well to get a drink at the end of the day near Sparks, Nebraska, on Aug. 21, 2015. Smoke from the wildfires in the western states created a haze.
The moon rises above the corn as farmers harvest the last of their fields in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa on Nov. 5, 2014.
Two riders help round up part of the 750 head of cattle branded at the Lute Family Ranch, located south of Hyannis, Nebraska, on May 12, 2005. Mick Knott, who runs the ranch, owns about half the cattle, and the Lute Foundation owns the rest. The work started about dawn and finished about noon.
The rising sun illuminates a tree and a windmill in a snow-covered field located on U.S. Highway 20 between Rushville and Chadron, Nebraska, on March 1, 2017.
The College Home Run Derby was held at TD Ameritrade Park and was highlighted by The World-Herald's annual Independence Day fireworks display on July 2, 2015.
Fog rises from the Missouri River and covers the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge on Jan. 5, 2010.
The weekend's perfect weather colored the clouds at sunset south of Wymore, Nebraska, on Oct. 23, 2004.
Deer chill out at Chalco Hills Recreation Area on Feb. 22, 2018.
A leaf is covered in a dusting of snow near 138th and Hickory Streets on Dec. 18, 2014, in Millard.
A runner emerges from the edge of the rising sun on Sept. 11, 2015, at Zorinsky Lake Park and Recreation Area in Omaha.
Nearly 45 minutes after sunset, an orange and blue glow is seen setting behind the Omaha skyline flanked between trees in Council Bluffs on Jan. 11, 2018.
Rain drops collect on a flower following early showers on May 10, 2017, in Millard.
The promise of rain is fleeting for the seven windmills on the Watson Ranch north of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, on U.S. 71 on May 16, 2004.
A crescent moon sets behind the UNO bell tower on Nov. 6, 2013.
Ralph Remmert is depicted in the mural "Fertile Ground" near 13th and Mike Fahey Streets in north downtown Omaha on June 19, 2017.
Ralph Kohler, 94, keeps his eyes to the sky for ducks and geese as the sun rises over his hunting pond east of Tekamah, Nebraska, on Nov. 30, 2011. Kohler has been a professional guide for most of his life, and he is preparing for the spring season.
The sun rises over St. Paul Lutheran Church, located three miles north of Republican City, Nebraska, in March of 2004.
Geese are silhouetted in the color and clouds as the sun sets at Zorinsky Lake on Feb. 21, 2016.
The sun rises on Chimney Rock on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, near McGrew, Nebraska.
Cranes walk through the shallow water of the Platte River shortly before sunset near The Crane Trust, which is close to Wood River, Nebraska, on March 13, 2012. The river provides cranes with a safe place from predators for rest at night.
A bespangled vest awaits a rider during Nebraska's Big Rodeo on July 25, 2013, in Burwell, Nebraska.
Horses stand in the snow on Feb. 22, 2018.
Residents of the Nebraska Panhandle enjoyed unseasonably mild temperatures and cloud cover on Aug. 12, 2004.
Members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association hold their hats as 2013 Miss Burwell Rodeo Olivia Hunsperger passes by during the opening ceremonies on July 27, 2013, in Burwell, Nebraska. "This may be a small town, but it's got a big rodeo, and it's got a really big heart," Hunsperger said.
A break in the clouds highlights downtown Omaha as seen from Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs, as severe storms passed through the Omaha Metro area on June 5, 2014.
John Wanief waits for the bus in a shelter at 120th Street and West Center Road as cold rain pours down in Millard on Nov. 11, 2015.
Flocks of waterfowl fill the sky as the sun rises over Ponca, Nebraska, on March 3, 2018.
A red tail hawk perches on a light stanchion backed by the moon and overlooking the property near the Indian Creek development in Omaha on Feb. 27, 2018.
A woman walks with two dogs in Memorial Park near Dodge Street as many sledders go down the hill in Omaha, Nebraska, on Feb. 2, 2016. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD
The sun sets over Sidney, Nebraska, on June 2, 2015.
The rising sun shines on a snow-covered hill located north of Chadron, Nebraska, on March 1, 2017.
Storm clouds are illuminated by the setting sun as people exit a football camp in Lincoln on Friday, June 16, 2017.
Sharon Vencil walks her dogs, Blackie and Whitie, along the Field Club Trail on March 6, 2018, in Omaha.
The morning sun burns off a layer of fog just north of the Chimney Rock.
The sun rises behind one of seven wind generators as a windmill pumps water for cattle just northwest of Kimball, Nebraska, on Sept. 17, 2002.
A slightly less than full moon known as a waning gibbous is seen near the colorful Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge on June 22, 2016.
A combine fills a truck with corn during harvest near Wahoo, Nebraska, on Oct. 22, 2015.
Birds take flight at Ponca State Park on March 3, 2018.
Michael Martin of Chadron, Nebraska, fishes for pike at the Chadron Reservoir on May 2, 2017.
The headlights and taillights on vehicles pass by water droplets on a windshield of a car as high winds, hail and rain hit Omaha on March 23, 2016.
The sun silhouettes Cecilia Cathedral as it shines through the rain clouds hanging around Omaha on Aug. 12, 2016.