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Best of the weekend: Telling Fred Hoiberg's story, trying to make sense of Nebraska's sales tax — and 5 other can't-miss stories

Best of the weekend: Telling Fred Hoiberg's story, trying to make sense of Nebraska's sales tax — and 5 other can't-miss stories

BestOfWeekend

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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Parts of the Fred Hoiberg story have been told and retold. The origin story of the folk legend of Ames is fit for a Hollywood script. A golden boy who grew up in a small house in the shadow of Hilton Coliseum, who restored ISU to order as both a player and coach. The twist in this story is that Fred’s legend was destined to be written in Nebraska red.

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Flooding at Offutt Air Force Base destroyed expensive electronic equipment used to process classified data along with several crew training simulators, prompting an emergency request by the Air Force for $234 million to replace them.

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Why do we pay sales tax on washing machine repair but not car repair? Why do we pay tax when we buy a ticket to a movie or concert but not when we buy a ticket to the Henry Doorly Zoo? And why in the world is there currently a sales tax exemption for something rather creepily called: “Dating and social escort services”?

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Some Omaha residents are talking trash about the city’s proposed plan to pick up garbage, yard waste and recyclables for the next decade. But just how does Omaha's service  compare to that of numerous other cities across the region?

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A walk through the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium's Asian Highlands exhibit follows two bubbling streams in shade from trees older than the zoo itself. Lifelike rockwork and ancient ruins create a sense of place within the exhibit that floods the senses. “The level of detail in this exhibit is greater than we’ve ever done before,” said zoo director Dennis Pate. “The more you come, the more you’ll see.”

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School is nearly out, the sun is shining and the outdoor concert series are firing up.

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Business is big at Creighton University, and a $20 million investment in the university’s business building will make it bigger.