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Best of the weekend: The zoo’s animal poo, your Netflix subscription, Kiewit’s new HQ and 4 more must-read stories

January 21, 2019

The World-Herald creates lots of important journalism — stories, photos, video — that is both timely and compelling. But we also know our readers are busy.

Here is a convenient roundup of some of our best work from the last several days that’s worth checking out.

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The World-Herald recently looked into the roots of the massive $771 million shortfall in the troubled OPS pension fund, and here’s what we found out.

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Nathan Phillips, the Native American man who’s at the center of a viral video that was taken in Washington, D.C., this weekend, is originally from Nebraska and is an elder in the Omaha Tribe.

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A World-Herald investigation found evidence of a cozy relationship between leaders of the Omaha Public Schools pension fund (OSERS), Atlantic Asset Management and other firms, featuring wining and dining of trustees and their spouses and a special fund in which OSERS solicited checks from firms it did business with to pay for trustee retirement parties.

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Developers of the newly designated Builder’s District that will ultimately stretch a dozen city blocks in north downtown Omaha and feature Kiewit Corp.’s headquarters as an anchor are busy carving out their footprint. And the revival that’s expected to bring more than $300 million in investment is ramping up at a pace that’s stunning some longtime residents and merchants.

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A growing, bipartisan group of Nebraska state lawmakers seems to genuinely want to lower your property taxes. And some think that the only real way to do so is a tax shift that would, among other things, squeeze more money from the state’s richest people.

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There have been an ungodly number of movies since the oldest surviving film (1888′s “Roundhay Garden Scene”) announced the arrival of the moving image — about 330,000 known feature films and another 80,000 short films. So where are they? Certainly not on streaming, writes Micah Mertes.

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Here are six Nebraska state senators to keep an eye on this year. None of them is a newcomer to politics in general, though one is a first-term lawmaker.

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The zoo has stored its animal waste in a gigantic pile down a southern hillside for decades. But instead of melding into the hillside, zoo animal poo now goes back into landscapes, garden beds and, in some cases, hay fields.

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