What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
‘Sesame Street’ readies kids for kindergarten
November 22, 1970: “Sesame Street,” the innovative educational television program, had been hailed by some educators as a high-speed freeway to learning for preschool children. But the charming “street” may have limited access, some Omaha-area teachers feel. The World-Herald interviewed teachers and administrators in the Omaha, Council Bluffs and Bellevue school districts and District 66 in an effort to determine whether any effects of watching the first year of “Sesame Street” were evident in kindergarten pupils. Their answers seemed to indicate that children who watched the program regularly start kindergarten knowing more than children who have little preschool exposure to numbers or the alphabet.
1943: County officials making plans for modernization of courthouse bookkeeping agreed that some from of pre-written tax receipts should be adopted, said Commissioner H.B. Bergquist, county board member on the plans committee. Under the present system, the taxpayer must wait while a receipt is prepared when he comes to the courthouse to pay his taxes. The pre-written receipt would help eliminate this waiting period.
1984: The Eppley Cancer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha was awarded $226,000 by the National Institutes of Health. The grant was being used to pay for and install an updated magnetic resonance spectrometer. The medical center chancellor’s office also provided $60,000 toward purchase of the instrument.
2000: State prison inmates cannot see their own medical records, the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office said in an opinion requested by the Corrections Department. State Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha said he disagreed with the interpretation of the law and would introduce a bill in the next legislative session making it clear that prisoners can access their medical records. The opinion came after the Attorney General’s Office in April also denied access to prisoner medical records requested by the state’s Ombudsman’s Office.