What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here's a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
December 4, 1936: Work on the superstructure of Logan Fontenelle homes (housing project) was to start in the coming days. The word “go” was received by Everett Dodds, project manager, from H.A. Gray of Washington, D.C., director of the housing division of PWA. The $1,283,000 contract for the superstructure work was awarded Nov. 16 to the Peter Kiewit Sons company of Omaha.
1965: Two city officials had denied that their departments were at fault in the handling of arrests in criminal appeal cases. Denials by City Attorney Herbert M. Fitle and Public Safety Director Francis E. Lynch followed a report by District Judge Rudolph Tesar that was critical of the Omaha Police Department. Fitle said that in all but two of a series of cases questioned by the judge, a check showed the legal department had done its job. Lynch said earlier he would not accept blame unless it was proved that the police department had been given official orders to make arrests.
1990: A limited form of open enrollment would be allowed by the Omaha Public School District in 1991-92, the board decided. The board voted 6-4 to participate in open enrollment, also known as parental choice, as both a sending and receiving district, with restrictions on transfers to protect schools' racial balance. Board members and administrators acknowledged that the restrictions will result in little choice for either resident or non-resident students.
2006: Omaha received $2 million from the federal government in 2005 to expand after-school programs. Now, the city was asking program providers and parents to help decide how to spend it. Youth program providers and agencies, such as the Boys and Girls Club, Campfire USA and the Hope Center, were being asked to fill out surveys that would assist in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of each program.