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Best of the weekend: Here are 7 stories that you don’t want to miss

November 12, 2018

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 some of our best work from the last several days that’s worth checking out.

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Omaha slept soundly on that chilly November night, 100 years ago. Then, a few minutes before 2 a.m., the Union Pacific railyard whistle echoed throughout the city. The Omaha World-Herald heard first, and called the railroad to let them know: German military commanders in Europe had agreed to peace terms with the U.S. and its allies. A celebration ensued in the streets of Omaha.

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Clifford T. Ryan died 100 years ago Sunday. He died on the final day of World War I. He quite likely died as the last Nebraskan to die in that war. And that, somehow, is still not the worst part.

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If you look at Thursday’s World-Herald map, it’s clear that outside Omaha, Lincoln and just a handful of other places, most Nebraskans not only said no, but hell no, to expanding Medicaid.

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Before Nov. 6, progressive groups pointed to Kara Eastman as a case study for why the progressive wing of the Democratic Party can win in swing or even right-leaning districts. Now, some establishment Democrats are pointing to her as a case study for why they can’t.

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Blame fast-changing weather for Friday’s slick roads, Omaha city officials said, standing by their snow-clearing operation as the early morning conditions snarled traffic, led to hours-long commutes and caused dozens of crashes.

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“Music is always the answer for me,” retired teacher Marilyn Hinkle said, and “it’s a way all people and people with disabilities can share in their communities.”

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Steve King won re-election Tuesday, surviving after doing a bunch of things that made it more likely he would lose. King’s opponent, J.D. Scholten, out-hustled and out-raised the longtime Republican congressman, and then lost after doing many things that made it more likely he would win. Why?

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