Omaha time capsule: Realty board to seek city housing ban -
Published Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 4:25 pm
Omaha time capsule: Realty board to seek city housing ban

February 23, 1939: Members of the Omaha Real Estate Board voted to carry the fight against additional public housing projects here or extension of present projects to the city council. The board turned a deaf ear to arguments in favor of the extensions advanced at the meeting by members of the housing authority and some board members. The board voted to request the council to refuse permission for any additional housing development and to ask that the council levy taxes on present housing projects “in the same amount as if these properties were privately owned.”

1975: The 5,000-pound patient was reported resting comfortably but Tiny, Henry Doorly Zoo's Indian rhino which underwent surgery for an abdominal obstruction, was still given only a 50-50 chance to recover. Dr. Lee Simmons, zoo director, said from Ames, Iowa, where Tiny underwent the history-making surgery at Iowa State University veterinary clinic, the animal is “acting better all the time.”

1995: The U.S. Postal Service was about a year away from opening a “postal store” in Omaha that would provide stamps and mailing products, said Roger Humphries, a Postal Service spokesman. No site had been chosen. Humphries said he did not know whether the store would be a new facility or whether the Postal Service would renovate an existing branch. He said another example of customer-friendly service would start in August, when Omaha post offices would begin accepting credit cards.

2007: Elkhorn conceded it had no more options, no legal maneuvers left to hang hope on, no more appeals to file. City of Elkhorn leaders who fought annexation for two years said the fight was finished. Omaha would annex Elkhorn within the next several days. The U.S. Supreme Court denied Elkhorn's request that the annexation be frozen, snapping any thread of optimism Elkhorn had of staving off the takeover. Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey's staff immediately declared itself ready to move in.

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