November 14, 1937: Mayor Dan Butler announced a determination to make of Omaha “not a closed town, but a decent town.” Not that Omaha already wasn't decent as towns go, but, he said, there was opportunity for improvement. “I'm a liberal,” he said. “I do not favor prohibition, but that's where we're heading for again if laws are not strictly observed, and unless they are changed to make them more enforceable.” He said he would insist on a change in the Omaha dance hall ordinance to divorce dancing from liquor.
1962: The Nebraska Education Department said it would request an increase of $1,520,508 in state tax funds to finance its activities in the two-year period beginning July 1. State Education Commissioner Floyd Miller said the additional money is “a must if the State Board of Education and the department are going to carry out their leadership role.” In recommending salary increases, the department had been guided mainly by the “going salaries” of persons it wants to hire as replacements, Miller said.
1988: The University of Nebraska at Omaha's College of Business Administration announced the formation of a National Board of Advisers. The board has been formed to develop and deliver programs and activities for the College of Business Administration. “It's our hope that the newly formed board will become and remain knowledgeable of our programs and prospects for the college,” said Larry Trussell, dean of UNO's College of Business Administration. “We also hope the board members will assist in the review of programs and long-range planning and will serve as resources for specific assistance.”
2002: On first glance, the Henry Doorly Zoo's latest work-in-progress might seem like just a bunch of concrete, plaster, wires and steel bars. But with a little imagination, you can trek through the forests of Madagascar, explore a Louisiana swamp or wander through a cave dripping with stalagmites and stalactites. An estimated 500 people did just that when the Omaha zoo unveiled its latest project — the Kingdoms of the Night — to its patron members. When the exhibit opened in April 2003, beneath the Desert Dome, it was the largest nocturnal exhibit in the world, said zoo director Dr. Lee Simmons.