Time Capsule - Omaha.com
Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 1:00 am / Updated at 8:43 am
Time Capsule

What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.

City of Omaha may appeal decision on police pension

December 26, 1942: The city would appeal to the Nebraska Supreme Court to reverse the ruling handed down by District Judge Frank Dineen “splitting” the police pension plan, city officials indicated. City Attorney Harold Linahan said he thought the Omaha City Council undoubtedly would authorize an appeal. Linahan said the new pension plan, designed to save the city money, would save “a very few dollars” if it operated under Judge Dineen’s ruling.

1967: A $715,000 federal grant to help finance a collector sewer system to handle packing house waste was awarded to the City of Omaha. Its approval came five days before construction bids received by the city were due to expire. “Now we can set contracts,” said Robert Kutak of Omaha, attorney for the Omaha Pollution Control Corporation, who was in Washington. “Now we can utilize the highly favorable bids,” he said.

1990: The State Fire Marshal’s Office was investigating a fire at a large hog-confinement operation that destroyed two buildings and left more than 1,200 sows and piglets dead. Five fire departments responded to the fire at National Farms. The farm is situated northeast of O’Neill. Firefighters from Page, Inman, Ewing, O’Neill and Chambers battled the blaze until the fire burned itself out. O’Neill firefighter Ron Ludemann said a pig barn and sow farrowing house were lost in the blaze, along with about 1,200 sows and an undetermined number of piglets. Assuming about eight piglets per sow, the loss could be up to about 10,800 pigs.

2004: The Lancaster County Board said in a lawsuit that a resident was operating a motocross track in violation of zoning regulations. The lawsuit filed in District Court said Dr. David Samani, a Lincoln orthopedic surgeon, had violated regulations by using land zoned for agricultural use near Denton for a practice track. The lawsuit sought a permanent injunction against Samani and the Husker Off-Road Riding Club, a group that Samani helped start to promote motocross, which involves racing motorcycles around dirt tracks with hills and jumps.

Omaha woman, 30, battling breast cancer for third time
For World Book Night, some Omahans prepare to hand out free reads
Annie, My 12-year-old grandson insists on sleeping with Grannie
Primer: Hand-brewing coffee at home
Archives: So many wonderful old Omaha photos
Earth Day: A change in habits can help the planet
‘Wonder Bread Years’: Tickets on sale now for salute to baby boomer generation
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium going greener
Annie Mailbox: My daughter will quit smoking if I lose weight
Win a Mommy Makeover!
Why two hotshots ditched six-figure salaries for a life of less
Jeff Corwin hopes to build connection with nature at Nebraska Science Festival
Annie, when that girl's hitting the bottle, look out
Blair High senior shows his love of pi by memorizing 1,381 digits
Jon Stewart might be real king of late night
'Tis soon Talk Like Shakespeare Day; hence be mirthful!
Can't find your pet? Social media is there to help
Easter Sunday temperatures climb into 80s in Omaha area
From fashion to baskets, a guide to the latest Easter trends
Families from area shelters treated to meal at Old Chicago
Mizzou alumni aim to attract veterinary students to Henry Doorly Zoo
This Friday, celebrate Arbor Day where it all began
Annie, my boyfriend of 3 years won't invite me to his mobile home
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Swoosie’s voice a joy in memoir of stage, family
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