Like practically everyone else on Earth on a July night in 1969, Peggy Whitson was glued to her TV set, watching a miracle of science and man happen right before her eyes. Like practically everyone else, she, too heard the famous words — “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind” — and felt the beginning of a dream for her own life.
Columnist Erin Grace has covered a variety of beats since she started at The World-Herald in 1998 — from education to City Hall and from the city's western suburbs to its inner-city neighborhoods. Follow her on Twitter @ErinGraceOWH. Phone: 402-444-1136.
Omaha artist Judith Welk, 79, died Sunday at her home in Dundee after being diagnosed with cancer in January.
The search would take years of dogged pursuit. It would take the invention of the Internet and the fall of the Iron Curtain. It would take serendipity and unwavering faith.
Pro tip: If you plan to go to a watch party, get there early.
Nearly all of the mourners were virtual strangers and included Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse and scores of Dan Quick's fellow veterans.
This bike-commuting thing is still very vanguard for Omaha, which has a much smaller cycling commuter community than other cities where cycling is embraced and respected by motorists.
Leaning over the bench, the judge told the 16-year-old girl seated before him that she held a winning lottery ticket in her hands. But it was up to her to cash it in, and not toss it away.
An Irish mural is the latest in a series of murals popping up on the backs of grocery stores and the sides of bars and bakeries in a part of town that has been Nebraska’s Ellis Island.
“I feel great that I have a tattoo that my mother and my daughter have,” Renee Nadrchal said. “It’s a connection for us. I’m not over my disease. It’s a disease you have for life. But I’ve come so far.”
Last year, Omaha's homicide rate fell dramatically to a nearly 30-year low. Even so, people are still killed or injured in shootings, and each of those events has a ripple effect through families, neighborhoods and communities.