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North Omaha mural that depicts three people smiling.

The duality of development: Gentrification and revitalization in Omaha

By Haley Elder, Audrey Hertel and Jordan Opp Jenny Synowiecki vividly remembers spending her summer days playing in her dad’s backyard, a wooded area where...
Khalil Sultani sitting on a rock at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

Fasting and schoolwork: Muslim students at UNL share Ramadan challenges

Pushing your mind to focus when your body hasn’t had any food or water all day is a difficult task, one that Muslim college...
A woman smiles in front of a wall covered in rainbow graffiti.

New Lincoln Calling executive director strives for representation on stage and behind the scenes

A haze of smoke fills Jake’s Cigar Bar on a Wednesday afternoon around 5 p.m. People file into the local hot spot in waves,...
A statue of Chief Standing Bear at Centennial Mall in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Standing Bear museum proposal provides opportunity to showcase, preserve Native history

Stacy Laravie says the history of Standing Bear is a true Nebraska story.  Standing Bear, a former chief of the Ponca Tribe in Nebraska, was...
Tamana Ayubzai, salon owner standing outside of her business in front of a sign on the wall.

Afghan refugee finds her niche with successful Lincoln business

Tamana Ayubzai came to Lincoln in 2000 as a frightened seven-year-old girl.  Ayubzai, her mother and her five siblings fled Afghanistan after her family was...
Two women work on laptops while sitting at a table.

Nebraska organization looks to increase diversity among state’s lawyers

A new non-profit may be the key to increasing diversity in Nebraska’s legal professions, officials say. The Nebraska Legal Diversity Council was formed in late...

Resettlement efforts continue despite housing issues, agencies anticipate increase in volume

Far from what used to be home, refugees from all over the world have found their way to Nebraska, a stark difference from what...
A man stirs a sauce pan over a kitchen stove.

More than a meal: Omaha couple unites connection with cooking

For North Omaha native and chef Wes Zollicoffer and his wife, Candy, food isn’t just an aspect of their business, Feeding Royals, a private...
Nebraska State Capitol Building

Bill would address discrimination against LGBTQ seniors

For more than 50 million American adults over 65, finding long-term senior care can be an imposing task. For the 2 million who identify as...
Mona Zuffante, the public health administrator for the Winnebago Comprehensive Healthcare System, receives her vaccine.

Community, traditions key to Winnebago Tribe’s COVID-19 vaccination success

Before Nebraska’s Winnebago Tribe began its COVID-19 vaccination efforts in December 2020, the reservation’s health care system allowed a representative of the Wolf Clan,...