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2008-06-24 02:30:28

By Veronica Stickney, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Jun. 23--I update this column each weekday with what's happening in your neighborhood, school or family. So please let me know about events important to you and your family or friends, and check back often to see what's going on. Send your events and story ideas to me at connect@owh.com or Omaha World-Herald, 1314 Douglas St., Suite 700, Omaha, NE 68102. Event to plant seeds of awareness in kids Eco-minded families: A workshop Saturday,...

2008-06-21 09:00:37

By Khristopher J. Brooks, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Jun. 21--David Garcia, Kendre Barnes and Tai Hoang are high school students who've decided that the best place to spend part of their summer vacation is in a classroom. The three 17-year-olds, along with 37 other soon-to-be high school seniors, are part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Summer Scholars Program, which is designed to encourage students to attend college and to think about a career path while they're still in high...

2008-06-19 15:00:31

By Qianna Bradley, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Jun. 19--For some students, the words summer and school don't go together. But students at Madonna School, which serves children with special needs, could hardly wait. For the first time in its 48-year history, the school near 72nd Street and Sorensen Parkway is offering summer school. The three-week program ends June 27. The students go daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. About 38 students are participating in summer school. During the...

2008-05-25 06:00:00

By Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. May 25--EWING, Neb. -- For nearly a century, the sandy soil around Goose Lake concealed a secret: Freed black slaves once had struggled to settle the harsh plains. That mystery might have remained buried if not for the chance discovery of a cast-iron toy pistol and the relentless searching of a retired Internal Revenue Service agent. And on Memorial Day, Dennis Vossberg's pursuit of the ghosts of Bliss, Neb., will be in the spotlight. Dozens...

2008-02-24 06:00:24

By Jeffrey Robb, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Feb. 24--When school is in session for the Conrad kids, the living room of their northwest Omaha home is often their classroom. Lessons last as long as needed to complete the day's tasks. Mother Natalie Conrad is the teacher to her three school-age children. Natalie and Chris Conrad's family is part of the 6,000-student home-school network across Nebraska. And the family is a small part of a debate in the Nebraska Legislature pitting...

2008-02-15 09:00:47

By Todd Cooper, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Feb. 15--Two witnesses had battled their fears in agreeing to testify against a gang member accused of gunning down Kenny Miller outside a north Omaha convenience store in November 2006. Their resolve apparently didn't last. After the two men backed out, prosecutors dismissed first-degree murder charges Thursday against Jimmy Levering, 18, in connection with the 24-year-old Miller's death. Deputy Douglas County Attorney Kim Pankonin said...

2008-01-23 06:00:39

By Christine Laue, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Jan. 23--The Watanabe mansion, one of Omaha's largest and most notable homes, is for sale. NP Dodge's Jeff Rensch, the listing agent for the Regency mansion at 9800 Harney Parkway South, said Tuesday that he could disclose the sale price only to legitimate buyers. "It's priced to sell," Rensch said. "It's a great value for somebody." The home of philanthropist Terry Watanabe, former owner of Oriental Trading Co., has an assessed valuation of...

2007-10-21 06:00:21

By Rick Ruggles, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Oct. 21--Browsers and buyers packed the Storz mansion estate sale Saturday in Omaha. For sale were beds, trinkets and tables. Engravings, linens and a hand-carved Buddha. There were watercolors and oil paintings, a bear sculpture and photographs of the Storz family up for sale. Old advertisements for Storz beer read, "Brewed for the light modern taste" and "Refreshing as the whole outdoors." An ad of a man holding a can of Storz and winking...

2007-09-24 06:00:19

By Lynn Safranek, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Sep. 24--Two Omaha men will go on trial Tuesday as suspects in one of the largest marijuana-trafficking conspiracies ever investigated in Omaha. The trial in U.S. District Court for Dale Giles and Charmar Brown is expected to last three to five weeks, with more than 70 witnesses and 1,000 pieces of evidence. A jury will hear testimony intended to expose the extravagances of big-time drug dealers -- diamond jewelry, Gucci watches and luxury...

2007-08-31 15:04:12

By Leslie Reed, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Aug. 31--LINCOLN -- The Nebraska Supreme Court said today it would not enact sentencing guidelines designed to ease prison crowding and keep the state from having to build a new prison. In a unanimous decision written by Judge William Connolly, the high court said the proposed guidelines would violate the separation of powers doctrine. It is the Legislature's responsibility, the court said, to define crimes and to set punishments. "That power...