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For use Saturday, Sept. 19, and thereafter.


LINCOLN — When Hasan Khalil, a 34-year-old from northern Iraq, first saw pigeons flying around the Syrian refugee camp where he spent the majority of his childhood, he never could have imagined that he would later develop a passion for training the birds. But in recent years, Khalil has spent hours training Ukrainian Skycutters and Macedonian Doneks at local parks when he isn’t running his barbershop, Golden Scissor. By Natalie Saenz, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 710 words.


FREMONT — It had to be tough. A student may have waited four years to get that great solo or leading part in a musical. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the curtain went down on the show before students got to fulfill their dreams. Now, Biannah Peji-Palm is giving students a second chance. By Tammy Real-McKeighan, Fremont Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 585 words.

For use Sunday, Sept. 20, and thereafter.


MINDEN — Eighteen sets of twins roam the halls of Minden Public Schools. Four sets are in elementary school and five in middle school. The remaining nine are freshmen, sophomores or juniors in high school. By Ashley Bebensee, Kearney Hub. SENT IN ADVANCE: 465 words.


OMAHA — The blue SUV had been parked in front of the Omaha Bike Project near 33rd and California Streets, with its windows down, for more than three months. After multiple calls to the Mayor’s Hotline failed to yield results, Chris Foster, a member of the Gifford Park Neighborhood Association, said he and his neighbors considered pulling the SUV into the middle of the street and then calling 911. By Jessica Wade, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,050 words.

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