Winter weather woes justify flexible attendance policy

Winter weather headlines conjure a grim collage of dangerous moments on Omaha's glacial highways. And yet, despite the hazards, school isn't canceled every time the roads become impassible, and you're expected to show up.


Black Swan: A future American classic

Any film fan worth their salt can usually predict who's going to be nominated for the major award shows. This year is no different, and although it usually leads to some epic battles, one thing most people can agree on is that when the nominees are announced later this month, the best actress category will probably sound a little like this: "And the nominees are...Natalie Portman, Natalie Portman, Natalie Portman, Natalie Portman and Natalie Portman."


Mayor’s record admirable, recall deplorable

Mayor Jim Suttle continues to perform at one of the toughest jobs in Omaha, even in the midst of a battle for power.


Hot Spots

Looking for somewhere new to spend those nights off of work? Gateway staff members share some of their favorite Omaha hot spots:


Cursive’s Domestica and Mama, I’m Swollen

With the hopeless, hauntingly introspective lyrics of Tim Kasher and a slew of almost always cataclysmic melodies, Omaha's own Cursive has a dexterous ability to depress the happy-go-luckiest fellows, make the most virtuous of men question their beliefs, and break down the most perfect of relationships to a web of lies and boredom.


Buying into a worn gimmick

 

On the golden age of Hollywood, it was no secret that studios ruled the game. They made their money by making what were considered cutting-edge movies at the time. 3-D movies were some of their biggest attractions and they made the studios a lot of money. After awhile though, the gimmick lost its shine and 3-D wasn't nearly as popular as it once was, often becoming associated with the double bill at a drive-in.


Millard South shooting result of failures

Much discussion has arisen about the Jan. 5 shooting at Millard South High School by parents, pundits and the press. As students, we feel obligated to lift our own voices and say what we think.


Dial it down a notch

 

 

Today, our nation is in mourning. On Saturday afternoon, on a clear Arizona day, a lone gunman opened fire on a small crowd gathered to meet their elected representative.  Eighteen people were hurt in the attack, six of whom have since died, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl. U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat from Arizona's 8th District, lies in a hospital recovering from a gunshot wound to the head.