You might call Omaha a big small-city or a small big-city. Lots of us, though, think Omaha is a right-size city — as Goldilocks might say, not too big and not too small. Just right.

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When you talk about the future, you’re talking young people. So who better to outline 2016 and beyond than young professionals?

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Omaha today sits in the midst of a two-state metropolitan area, a long way from its days as “Omaha City” in 1854. The term “Omaha metro area” has come to include a number of smaller cities that still embrace their own identity. And within the city limits are neighborhoods that once stood on their own.

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Aksarben Village and Midtown Crossing, developments that reinvigorated long popular neighborhoods, continue to grow as hubs for visitors, workers, shoppers, diners and residents.

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People from elsewhere might not think of Omaha as a top place for parks, recreation and an active lifestyle, but various outside studies indicate that we know how to keep moving and enjoy life.

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Think Whole Person Healthcare, which opened July 6 in a gleaming new six-story building at 7100 West Center Road, brought together 24 primary-care physicians in a mega-clinic that serves about 48,000 patients.

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So you’re getting ready to race your first triathlon. You’ve done the training, you’ve logged the miles, you’ve missed parties with non-triathlete friends. You’re ready to race!

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Why do Omahans go crazy over big events? Without top-level pro sports, not to mention mountains or beaches, we are drawn to what gives us a little national attention. Truth to tell, we enjoy our moments in the sun.

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That the 2016 USA Swimming Olympic Trials have evolved into a bucket list event for swim geeks and casual sports fans alike is a testament to how well the past two trials in Omaha were received.

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The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s $82 million Baxter Arena in 2015 was the fourth new arena to open in the Omaha area in the past 13 years. A fifth opened down the road in Lincoln two years earlier.

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When you swipe your credit card at a store anywhere in the developed world, chances are the payment’s electronic path goes through Omaha.

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Most of us go through several financial stages in our lives, starting with total dependency on others during childhood. We asked four financial planners to offer advice for some of life’s economic stages.

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Major life changes — moving, vehicle purchases, starting a family — require plenty of thought. Insurance coverage should be part of the process, agents say.

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For a technology still in its infancy, mobile banking has had an outsized impact on the way Americans conduct their day-to-day banking transactions.

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Many businesses want to know as much about you as possible so they can sell their products and services or target ads at you, and the thieves just want to steal from you.

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Retirement is more than a math problem. There are many other things involved. The following will give you an idea if you're ready or still have some work to do.

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Among its peers in similarly populated areas, the academic medical industry in Omaha had the largest economic impact on the communities it serves. 

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Students in the Aksarben/Horatio Alger Career Scholarship Program and in the Pottawattamie Promise Scholarship Program have completed their first term of college classes, and the retention rate for their next term outpaces that of the general population.

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Unless you’re one of those lucky families whose kid receives a full ride, chances are the scholarships and grants schools offer will fall short of what your child actually needs. And that means you might want to start negotiating.

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If colleges and universities start helping students find jobs when they’re seniors, they’ve waited too long, say career advisers at two Midlands four-year schools.

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