The Big Stories

Longreads by The World-Herald


Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

RED SUMMER REVISITED

In 1919, Omaha's courthouse was burned, three men were killed and Omaha's mayor was lynched, nearly to death.
A new novel explores the tempestuous years leading up to one of the city's darkest days.

By Micah Mertes

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

A mother feels the clock ticking in her efforts to halt a rare disease she knows too well

STORY BY MARA KLECKER | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEGAN FARMER | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Mara Klecker

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Transgender Offutt airman – finally 'able to live as my true self' – finds support, acceptance during transition

For years Ashleigh Buch hid the fact that she was transgender. The Offutt airman reported to work each day as a man, telling colleagues little about her life. Off the base, in her Omaha apartment, above, she lived as a woman, donning wigs over the hair she kept trimmed short. But as part of a wave of social change to hit the military, the Air Force instructor’s days of appearing one way at work and another at home are over. STORY BY STEVE LIEWER | PHOTOS BY SARAH HOFFMAN | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Steve Liewer

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Hunt

For area hunt club, it’s more about the rituals and the horses than going after a fox (or coyote).

By Blake Ursch

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Battle of Bluejays

In our "Battle of Bluejays" bracket, we're asking for your take on the greatest Creighton men's basketball players in program history.

By World-Herald staff

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Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017

After controversial update, this is how they're teaching sex ed at OPS

Pssst. Have you heard what they’re teaching kids about sex in Omaha Public Schools? What you heard, it turns out, may not be true. STORY BY JOE DEJKA AND ERIN DUFFY | ILLUSTRATIONS BY MATT HANEY | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Joe Dejka and Erin Duffy

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Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017

This is how they're teaching sex ed at OPS

STORY BY JOE DEJKA AND ERIN DUFFY | ILLUSTRATIONS BY MATT HANEY | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Joe Dejka and Erin Duffy

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Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

Omaha's last outlaw

Few know the story of the criminal Pat Crowe and his once-famous kidnapping scheme, but Omaha author Andrew Hilleman wants to bring the legend back to life. Hilleman knew the story would be a great basis for a novel because, “You just couldn’t make this stuff up.”

By Micah Mertes

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Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

Return of the Dundee

Film Streams hopes to renovate and reopen the Dundee Theater by the end of 2017. In addition to reviving the 300-seat screen, the building will boast a few new coming attractions: a restaurant, a bookstore and a second screen. Here's what it will look like, and here's what it could mean for Omaha.

By Micah Mertes

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Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

100 years of Creighton basketball

A century removed from its first official contest, Creighton is among the most viable — and visible — programs in the rugged, basketball-fueled Big East. The Jays have a nationally ranked team, and they play home games in front of packed houses in an enormous, modern arena. They’ve become relevant in the battle for top recruits. It seems like all of this unfolded overnight. It didn’t. Today we examine the characters and events that paved the way for a cozy, small-school program to grow into a big-time hoops machine.

By Jon Nyatawa

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Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016

After tragedy, the flood: Dear Mr. and Mrs. Foltz ...

Sam Foltz’s death prompted an outpouring of support that helped heal his family’s broken hearts. More than 1,000 letters, cards and gifts prompted something just as remarkable: a mother’s mission to say thank you.

By Dirk Chatelain

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Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

Moses' story fills tablet

Elkhorn South star, adopted from Sierra Leone, finds love here, someday hopes to reconnect with birth father

By Dirk Chatelain

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Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016

Durham Museum's Byron Reed Collection: A rare peek at Omaha's treasure

A vault in the far corner of the museum's lower level is home to some 9,000 historical items collected by one of city’s founding fathers.

By Courtney Brummer-Clark

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Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

GOODWILL LOYALIST WANTS ANSWERS ON EXECUTIVE PAY — 'HOW ARE YOU GOING TO FIX THIS?'

“I’m shocked, I’m so disappointed, I’m so disgusted, I’m a social worker!” she yelled rapid-fire, then gathered herself for a moment. “I don’t even have words for this,” she said. “But I’m sick. This just makes me sick.” COLUMN BY MATTHEW HANSEN | ILLUSTRATIONS BY MATT HANEY | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Matthew Hansen

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Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

'OUTRAGEOUS AND WRONG': COUNTY OFFICIALS WONDER WHETHER GOODWILL OMAHA STILL DESERVES TAX EXEMPTION

Goodwill Omaha’s executive pay is causing some county officials to raise new questions about whether the organization’s thrift stores should remain exempt from property taxes. STORY BY HENRY J. CORDES | ILLUSTRATIONS BY MATT HANEY | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Henry J. Cordes

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Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

FAMILY TIES AMONG GOODWILL OMAHA EXECUTIVES RAISE TRUST CONCERNS

Several leaders of Goodwill Omaha are related to others in management. Regardless of the quality of their work, an official with a national charity watchdog said nonprofit organizations that rely on donations from the public should avoid questions of favoritism that could lead to public doubt. STORY BY HENRY J. CORDES | ILLUSTRATIONS BY MATT HANEY | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Henry J. Cordes

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Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

MORE THRIFT AT OTHER GOODWILLS

A World-Herald analysis of IRS tax filings found Goodwill Omaha spends a higher percentage of its budget on CEO compensation than almost any large Goodwill affiliate in the country. STORY BY HENRY J. CORDES | ILLUSTRATIONS BY MATT HANEY | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Henry J. Cordes

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Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

EX-WORKERS COMPLAIN OF GOODWILL OMAHA'S PROFITS-FIRST CULTURE

Interviews with the former employees reveal a deep frustration that starts with money — specifically, the six-figure salaries for the CEO and other executives — but then dives much deeper into what they see as the nonprofit’s broken culture. COLUMN BY MATTHEW HANSEN | ILLUSTRATIONS BY MATT HANEY | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Matthew Hansen

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Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

GOODWILLS FACE FEW LIMITS ON CEO PAY

Big salaries, bonuses and lucrative retirement packages are funded in large part by revenue from the charity’s signature thrift stores. So that compensation doesn’t need approval from governments or private donors. STORY BY HENRY J. CORDES | ILLUSTRATIONS BY MATT HANEY | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Henry J. Cordes

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Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

LOW WAGE FOR DISABLED WORKERS AT GOODWILL OMAHA HAS FEWER DEFENDERS

Some Goodwills and other organizations have stopped paying workers with disabilities less than the minimum wage. Despite the lucrative salaries of its top executives, Goodwill Omaha continues the controversial practice. STORY BY HENRY J. CORDES | ILLUSTRATIONS BY MATT HANEY | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Henry J. Cordes

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Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016

GOODWILL OMAHA: NO CULTURE OF THRIFT

High executive pay at Goodwill Omaha — higher than at other Omaha nonprofits, and higher than at most comparable Goodwills around the country — hurts the organization’s ability to carry out its mission. STORY BY HENRY J. CORDES | ILLUSTRATIONS BY MATT HANEY | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Henry J. Cordes

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Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016

GOODWILL OMAHA: A DEEP BENCH OF WELL-PAID EXECUTIVES

Goodwill does need to attract and retain leaders who know the business world, but local experts on nonprofits are taken aback at the generous level of compensation. After all, the Omaha charity is a nonprofit. STORY BY HENRY J. CORDES | ILLUSTRATIONS BY MATT HANEY | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Henry J. Cordes

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Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016

GOODWILL OMAHA REPACKAGING DEAL BENEFITS FROM CHEAP LABOR

A Goodwill Omaha effort to raise money by repackaging hair rollers for a private company appears to violate federal rules for “Made in America” labeling. COLUMN BY MATTHEW HANSEN | ILLUSTRATIONS BY MATT HANEY | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Matthew Hansen

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Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

'WHO COULD HAVE DONE THIS?'

Quick links: The victimsFirst set of slayingsWandering investigationSecond set of slayingsA close shaveThe task forceThe defenseStrange evidence bedfellowsNo love lostThe victims' familiesThe defendantHis familyThe judge STORY BY TODD COOPER | ILLUSTRATIONS BY MATT HANEY | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Todd Cooper

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Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016

OWNING HIS WORLD

Leo Pluhacek wanted a ‘normal’ life, an independent life like his older brother’s. But with epilepsy, he is learning to deal with what comes in his quest for independence. BY ERIN GRACE | WORLD-HERALD COLUMNIST | PHOTOS BY SARAH HOFFMAN

By Erin Grace

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Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016

College football's greatest myth

Home-field advantage has plummeted across the sport's major conferences, especially in the Big Ten. What’s turning it upside down?

By Dirk Chatelain

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Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016

The Big Red Ballot Box

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Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

In Atticus Finch’s skin

BY BETSIE FREEMAN | PHOTOS BY MATT DIXON | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Betsie Freeman

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Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016

Rare breed gets a lift in Nebraska

By Blake Ursch

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Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016

Meet the 2016 Super Six

By Sam McKewon

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Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016

Back in the saddle

BY RICK RUGGLES | PHOTOS BY RYAN SODERLIN | THE WORLD HERALD

By Rick Ruggles

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

The final road trip

For 27 years, Jim Bochnicek and the rest of the Jimmy B Orchestra have loaded onto a bus and traveled from small town to small town, playing big band classics in crowded ballrooms. As the band plays its final dance, it pays homage to a passing era as Jimmy B gets ready to retire his drumsticks. By Michael Kelly | World-Herald columnist | Photos by Matt Dixon

By Michael Kelly

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

An all-too-sudden farewell

Like the gift left from his hunting buddies, Husker punter Sam Foltz was a Golden Boy with small-town roots

By Tom Shatel / World-Herald columnist

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Rolfzen twins at the peak

Reaching great heights and handling the pressure are reasons Kadie and Amber Rolfzen are named the 2016 winners of the Fred Ware Award, presented Sunday for the 36th time by The World-Herald.

By Rich Kaipust

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

'My name is Carolyne.'

When an American couple adopted an infant from a Russian orphanage, it seemed that fortune had smiled upon the 13-month-old girl. But within three years, Carolyne's adoptive parents in Nebraska gave her up to the state. Authorities placed Carolyne in emergency foster care with an uncertain future. But one family's tragedy was another family's blessing. STORY BY JOE DEJKA | PHOTOS BY MEGAN SMITH AND CHRIS MACHIAN | THE WORLD-HERALD

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

IN HIS ARM IS THE BEAUTY OF THE GAME

When he pitches, Chase Caspersen isn't thinking about the scar running up his arm. He isn't thinking about the chemo, or the doctors, or the doubt. When bone cancer threatened his arm six years ago, no one was sure if he would ever throw a baseball again. Now, the 15-year-old fifth-generation ballplayer is defying the odds, playing the game he loves. BY MICHAEL O'CONNOR | PHOTOS BY MEGAN FARMER | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Michael O'Connor

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Princes of the city

Almost nobody saw this day coming. June 1, 1991, when Omaha’s cozy, laid-back 42-year summer tradition suddenly feels brand-new. Look up. A plane overhead pulls a banner: “Go Creighton Bluejays!” They’re down in the first-base clubhouse, the hometown team.

By Dirk Chatelain

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Monday, June 20, 2016

A priest, the governor and a Creighton baseball star can all be found in the stands of the most lovable sporting event ever held in Omaha: The Dundee Wiffle Ball Classic.

BY MATTHEW HANSEN | PHOTOS BY SARAH HOFFMAN | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Matthew Hansen

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Mike McLaughlin didn’t expect to be a single dad to 17-month-old twins at the age of 68. But that’s the role he’s embracing after his wife died within days of giving birth.

STORY BY BETSIE FREEMAN | PHOTOS BY BRENDAN SULLIVAN | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Betsie Freeman

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME

Everything you need to know to enjoy this year's College World Series. Quick links: Schedule of gamesWhat's newParkingBus serviceStadium guidelinesFan FestRoad to Omaha RunFAQsPuppy predictionsNew food

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Casualties of war

By Steve Liewer

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

The man across the table

Drew Wilson looked across the table at the homeless shelter and saw a familiar face. It couldn't be, could it? Dad? BY ERIN GRACE | WORLD-HERALD COLUMNIST | PHOTOS BY SARAH HOFFMAN

By Erin Grace

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

The battle continues

By Steve Liewer

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Taste of Omaha: New events, but food remains the star

Activities will run on the Omaha riverfront all weekend. Organizer Mike Mancuso said one of the festival’s main goals is to expose Omahans to new flavors and styles of cuisine.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Horses of Honor Omaha: Trail of Heroes

A salute to the fallen officers of the Omaha Police Department

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Breaking the sound barrier

He's one of Nebraska's most accomplished high school students and one of the state's elite soccer players. But Papillion-La Vista South senior Adam Dejka stands out for one more reason — his silence.

By Dirk Chatelain

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Into Africa

By Chris Peters

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

He'll be there

Omaha dad Tim Cacioppo has ALS. Despite his diagnosis, he's doing everything he can to keep his family's life as normal as possible, while imparting life lessons now and preserving some moments for later. STORY BY MICHAEL O'CONNOR | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Michael O'Connor

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

OLIVIA OROZCO'S GOT MAMA'S EYES

Hector Orozco still wears his wedding ring a year after losing his wife and mother of his child. He reflects on one year without Kerrie.

By Alia Conley

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Time to dim the lights

Earlier releases are just a warmup. The summer movie season starts ... now! BY MICAH MERTES | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Micah Mertes

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Still must-see TV: Don't give up on scheduled programming just yet

By Micah Mertes

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Monday, April 18, 2016

HOMETOWN GOES HOLLYWOOD

Omaha is no Hollywood, but during the past week the hometown of director Alexander Payne got a front row seat to movie-making.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

GOAL ORIENTED

Hockey isn't an official high school sport in Nebraska, but one metro school is home to 40 of the best youth hockey players in the country. At Douglas County West, players find the schedules, teachers, and environment they need to make it to the next level. STORY BY HENRY J. CORDES | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEGAN FARMER | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Henry J. Cordes

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

The bullets stopped

From 2010 through 2014, 57 gun crimes occurred in north Omaha’s Bedford Place. The 10-block area had the highest total in the city. In 2015, the gun violence ended. But why? STORY BY MATT WYNN | PHOTOS BY MATT MILLER | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Matt Wynn

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

OFFICER DOWN

Deuel County Deputy Sheriff Mike Hutchinson was ambushed and shot four times at close range while serving an arrest warrant in Big Springs on Dec. 3. He is alive today because of a series of extraordinary coincidences, good fortune, and the heroic efforts of others. STORY BY DAVID HENDEE | PHOTOGRAPHS BY MATT DIXON | THE WORLD-HERALD

By David Hendee

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Fred Piccolo isn't trying to be hip. He has just been barbering so long that going to a barber went out of style and then came back into vogue.

By Matthew Hansen, World-Herald columnist / Photos and video by Brendan Sullivan, The World-Herald

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

As Irish as she can be

In the most Irish town in Nebraska, an Irish-American named Patricia will celebrate her 100th birthday with a very Irish party that will include stories, poems and a toast or two. Patricia Sullivan Donohoe was born in O'Neill in 1916, taught in one-room school houses and continues to thrive at home on land her Irish immigrant forbears homesteaded.

By Erin Grace / World-Herald columnist / Photos by Sarah Hoffman

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

The fate of Cobra Ball 664

18 men in an Air Force crew of 24 survived a 1981 crash at Shemya — an island off Alaska, where the Bering Sea collided with the Pacific Ocean. Tuesday at Offutt, the Air Force will salute the 6 who didn’t.

By Steve Liewer

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Friday, Feb. 26, 2016

And the Oscar will go to ...

World-Herald movie guy Micah Mertes takes on the Academy Awards. Who will win, who should win, who might win. There's a whole lotta uncertainty heading into Sunday's ceremony.

By Micah Mertes

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Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

A day with the champ

More than 10,000 people attend Terence "Bud" Crawford’s fights in Omaha. Nearly a million others, sometimes more, tune in to watch the champ showcase his gifts on Saturday nights on HBO. But very few get to see him — or any other world-class boxer — hone his craft during a grueling training camp that precedes fight night. The World-Herald did that, joining Crawford for a full day (and a few hours) during the third of his six weeks of training.

By staff writer Tony Boone; photos by Sarah Hoffman / The World-Herald

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Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

This time, she's determined to stay clean

How bad did it get for Erica Brown-Zamudio, an on-and-off meth addict of 16 years? Three times child welfare officials took her kids. Her probation officer was ready to make the call to send her back to jail, killing any chance of getting her boys back. But given one last shot, something changed. Two years later, she knows she’s not out of this. But there is hope, for her and others facing the same struggle.

By Casey Logan

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Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016

The lure of Cuba

THERE IS A CUBA THAT WORDS CANNOT CAPTURE. THIS IS THAT CUBA.

By Matthew Hansen

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Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016

The agricultural divide

FORMER GOV. DAVE HEINEMAN MADE THE MOST SURPRISING OF ACQUAINTANCES — CUBAN DICTATOR FIDEL CASTRO — DURING A TIME WHEN NEBRASKA WAS MAKING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS' WORTH OF AG DEALS WITH CUBA. TODAY, THAT TRADE RELATIONSHIP IS BROKEN, AND AG LEADERS SAY ENDING THE EMBARGO WILL FIX IT.

By Matthew Hansen

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Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

The rock revolution

FOR DECADES, ROCK MUSIC WAS BANNED IN CUBA BY FIDEL CASTRO. BUT A BEATLES' TRIBUTE BAR IS REVIVING ROCK 'N' ROLL IN HAVANA. STEP INSIDE THE SUBMARINO AMARILLO, THE CITY'S HELTER-SKELTER ROCK CLUB.

By Matthew Hansen

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Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

The underdog

THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS HAVE NEVER BEEN REPAID FOR THE HOMES, LAND AND PROPERTY FIDEL CASTRO SEIZED IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION. FIFTY-SEVEN YEARS LATER, THEY ARE STILL FIGHTING TO REGAIN WHAT THEY LOST, AND AN OMAHA WOMAN HAS BECOME OF THE LEADERS OF THIS FIGHT.

By Matthew Hansen

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Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

The migration

CUBANS ARE FLEEING THEIR HOMELAND AND ENTERING THE UNITED STATES AT A RECORD PACE. TODAY, TWO 30-SOMETHING CUBANS WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU A STORY THAT VEERS FROM RURAL CUBA TO OMAHA'S EPPLEY AIRFIELD. OCTAVIO AND NIURIS WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU ABOUT WHAT THEY LOST BY LEAVING, AND WHAT THEY FOUND.

By Matthew Hansen

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Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

The dreamers

YOU THINK IT'S HARD TO START A SMALL BUSINESS? TRY IT IN HAVANA. THERE, TWO YOUNG WOMEN HAVE STARTED THE COUNTRY'S FIRST INDEPENDENT DESIGN STORE AND GOTTEN INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION. THEY HAVE ALSO FELT THE BLUNT FORCE OF THE CUBAN STATE.

By Matthew Hansen

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Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

A special thanks

By Matthew Hansen

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Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

The photographs

BY RYAN SODERLIN | THE WORLD-HERALD

By Ryan Soderlin

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Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

Q&A: Changes in Cuba

By Matthew Hansen

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Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

The New Cuba

OUR VIEW OF CUBA IS WARPED BY THE COLD WAR, DISTORTED BY A HALF-CENTURY-LONG EMBARGO, BLURRED BY THE DIFFICULTY OF TRAVELING TO CUBA AND MEETING REGULAR CUBANS ON THEIR OWN TERMS. STARTING TODAY, THE WORLD-HERALD AIMS TO PRESENT A CLEAR-EYED PICTURE OF CUBA IN 2016: THE COUNTRY'S RAPID CHANGE, ITS UPSIDE-DOWN ECONOMY, ITS FRUSTRATED YOUNG ADULTS, ITS NEWFOUND FREEDOMS AND THE HOPE AND FEAR OF THE FUTURE.

By Matthew Hansen

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Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015

2015 Midlander of the Year: Bruce Lauritzen

By Steve Jordon

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Friday, Dec. 25, 2015

TINSEL & TRADITIONS

World-Herald archive photos tell the stories of holiday displays and traditions of yesteryear.

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Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015

#BSTRONG: AN UNBREAKABLE SPIRIT

Paul Beranek's tenacious style turned Ravenna into a basketball force.
As cancer takes his life, his sons are picking up his legacy.

By Dirk Chatelain

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Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015

Omaha's ghost signs: Love letters to the city's past

The businesses may have long exited the buildings, but their names live on, faded or hidden on the painted brickwork adored by history fans. Quick links: Skinner Macaroni buildingEggerss O’Flyng buildingBaum Hydraulics buildingHappy Hollow Coffee building

By Barbara Soderlin

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Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015

'Star Wars' memories

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Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

THE TEACHER

JJ Ventura, age 41: "I think a lot of OPS teachers, we care a lot about our kids. We know a lot of them have hardships, and we try to help."

By Erin Duffy

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Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

THE BUILDER

Steve Skidmore, age 62: “I was one of those kids. If we have the ability to help them, why would you not?”

By Cindy Gonzalez

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Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

THE MENTOR

Rachael Johnson, age 21: “I started to realize that I’m not an inspiration because I broke my neck. I’m an inspiration because I’m me.”

By Matthew Hansen

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Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

THE COACH

Gannie Clark, “over 60,”: "You get attached! You see the need. You can see the need. It's not that easy to throw your hands up."

By Erin Grace

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Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

THE VOLUNTEER

Win Finegan, age 76: “It’s OK to cry as long as you aren’t the person who has to be consoled.”

By Rick Ruggles

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Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015

How the Omaha zoo gets its animals

By Chris Peters

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Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015

At the end of his rope, Kevin Swartz was reborn as Ashley

Two decades before there was Caitlyn Jenner, a Nebraska farmer made a similar journey

By Erin Grace

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Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015

Goodfellas investigation

By Alissa Skelton

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Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015

Omaha's masterpiece

Before October 2005, there was a hole in Omaha's art scene. The Holland Performing Arts Center filled it beautifully.

By Betsie Freeman

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Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015

Addiction’s innocent victims

Fetal alcohol syndrome is rampant among children born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

By Paul Hammel

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Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015

KATRINA EVACUEES<br>REBORN IN OMAHA

Some stay, some will go home, but no one was untouched

By Erin Grace

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Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015

2015 Omaha Fall Arts Preview

If you're looking for what to do around Omaha in the coming seasons, you've come to the right place. Quick links: Classical & JazzDanceFilmOpera Pop musicSpeakersTheaterVisual arts

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Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015

Defying the silence of ALS

My childhood doctor has ALS. But Dr. Tom is breaking his imposed silence to shout, again, for patients.

By Matthew Hansen

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Why is Nebraska recycling in the dumps?

Due to a low participation rate and lack of an official push, it's as if residents are tossing money into a landfill.

By Henry J. Cordes

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fighting the Cold War from the top of the world

In 1951, during the height of the Cold War, Omaha's Peter Kiewit Sons' Inc. led work on one of the most ambitious building projects in military history. The task: Build an airstrip in frigid Greenland in just 100 days.

By Steve Jordon

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Pilger, Nebraska: The town too tough to die

A look at several town landmarks damaged in the deadly tornado that hit Pilger, Nebraska, one year ago today.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Fragile Minds: Hope

People with severe mental illness struggle with the complexity of their disease and with a confusing system that doesn’t always help. The following is the third in a three-part series by Erin Grace.

By Erin Grace

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Fragile Minds: Adrift

People with severe mental illness struggle with the complexity of their disease and with a confusing system that doesn’t always help. The following is the second in a three-part series by Erin Grace.

By Erin Grace

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Fragile Minds: Despair

People with severe mental illness struggle with the complexity of their disease and with a confusing system that doesn’t always help. The following is the first in a three-part series by Erin Grace.

By Erin Grace

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

The mystery mailman of Omaha

By Chris Peters

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

THE POWER OF GARTH

By Kevin Coffey

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Tracking a beast

As a powerful tornado made its way through the Omaha area, the gutsy tornado tracking of Police Officer David Campbell, among others, helped keep the death toll to three.


Also read: 'Out of tragedy there was a rebirth'

By Nancy Gaarder

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

1975 tornado: 'Out of tragedy there was a rebirth'

Tougher building codes and interfaith cooperation are just part of the legacy of the 1975 tornado that slammed Omaha. Some have called Omaha's rebound, spurred by thousands of volunteers, a textbook tornado recovery.

Also read: Officer tracks the beast, provides live-saving reports

By Nancy Gaarder

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Friday, May 1, 2015

The Intersection

Nearly four months after suffering the unimaginable, the Hughes family is trying to heal and find a new normal.

By Emily Nohr

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Revisiting early Omaha

Louis Bostwick's photos are an essential part of the Durham Museum collection. Together, the images tell the story of a city in the early decades of the 20th century.

By Michael O'Connor

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Rate hikes jolt Nebraska's power edge

Nebraska loses its longtime spot among the top 10 low- cost electricity states.

By Henry J. Cordes

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Food Prowl: Who serves the Omaha area's best onion rings?

The Food Prowl team was faced with the task of finding Omaha's best onion rings. The results are in, but the winner isn't actually in Omaha.

By Sarah Baker Hansen

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

NU looks to Mississippi native for growth by leaps and Bounds

Former co-workers say Hank Bounds fixes what’s broken with a combination of high expectations, modesty and a low tolerance for failure. He gets it done.

By Kate Howard

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Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015

Queen of Hearts

Love is all around this time of year with woman’s vast valentine collection.

By Lexie Heinle

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Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015

Omaha's secret nuclear reactor

A nuclear reactor operated by the VA Medical Center in Omaha from 1959 to 2001 is believed to be the only one of its kind in the country inside a hospital.
Either this year or next, all its pieces will be gone for good.

By Steve Liewer

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Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015

'Absolute, 24-hour-a-day terror'

For at least two decades, serial stalker Dammon Haynes terrorized women. He seemed unstoppable. Then someone stopped him.

By Erin Grace

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PREPARING FOR THE POPE

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