What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
omaha to have a new hospital for children
December 2, 1943: Gifts of $100,000 by The World-Herald and $15,000 by its stockholders toward the construction of a children’s hospital in Omaha were announced by Henry Doorly, publisher of newspaper. The hospital, to be called the Children’s Memorial Hospital, would be built on ground leased from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. It would be entirely independent of the university and not a state institution.
1974: Democrat Wayne Ziebarth of Wilcox asked the state courts to delay the certification of Republican Virginia Smith of Chappell as winner of last month’s 3rd District congressional race. A hearing was to be held by Lancaster County District Judge Dale Fahrnbruch on the petition filed by Ziebarth’s Lincoln attorney, Douglas Duchek. The petition, according to Duchek, was an attempt to assure that the status quo is maintained until the courts determine whether Ziebarth’s demand for a recount of his close race with Smith should be handled under state procedures or whether Ziebarth’s only option was a challenge through the U.S. House of Representatives.
1995: In response to a request from the state’s bar association, the Nebraska Supreme Court suspended the law license of former Omaha Mayor Walt Calinger. The bar association had charged Calinger with neglecting a worker’s compensation case that he handled in 1985. The claim Calinger filed on behalf of his client was dismissed as a result, the association said. The court said Calinger failed to appear before the court at two hearings. The disciplinary action against him was decided on testimony and evidence offered at an Aug. 15 hearing. The court accepted the recommendation of a referee who heard the case and recommended the one-year suspension.
2007: Lincoln’s BryanLGH Medical Center dismantled its heart transplant program. The decision leaves the Nebraska Medical Center, which revived its program two years ago, as the state’s only institution performing such transplants.