Last month, The World-Herald’s Henry Cordes reported that new COVID-19 cases in Nebraska nursing homes dropped dramatically after widespread vaccinations within the facilities. It took 11 more days for the august New York Times to report essentially the same thing.
A couple days before Henry scooped The Times on that story, The World-Herald’s Kelsey Stewart reported that flu had all but disappeared during the pandemic, with just five cases reported this season in Douglas County through early February. Twelve days later, the Associated Press reported the same thing nationally.
This column, then, is for two purposes:
• To brag about Henry and Kelsey scooping national media and telling those stories from uniquely local angles. Local and regional news is our raison d’etre, our great pride and our service to the community.
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