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Teenagers flash mob Love Library

Apparently, a bunch of teenagers flash mobbed Love Library on Dec. 10, according to this Youtube video. (Naughty word alert: These are definitely not Christmas carolers nor a worship group.)

They beat another group that’s planning a flash mob at Westfield Gateway mall on Saturday.


They’re not giving up on saving this building

These yard signs supporting preservation of the historic Industrial Arts Building on the former state fairgrounds are popping up around Lincoln.

Supporters of saving the Industrial Arts Building at the old state fairgrounds in Lincoln aren’t giving up their fight.
In fact, they seem to be gaining momentum. Have you seen their yard signs, which say “Sustainability + Innovation = Industrial Arts Building” with their website on the bottom?
Apparently they started putting them up a few days ago, and I’ve already seen a few around town. They also have a website and 466 “friends” on Facebook, which says they will soon be adding a billboard around 12th and K streets.
It’s like a genuine movement to preserve history — which I haven’t seen a lot of since moving to Lincoln six years ago. I was always surprised every time the City Council would consider a plan that would involve tearing down old buildings downtown and in the Haymarket, because nobody ever showed up to save them. Think about all the buildings that have been demolished in the Haymarket recently: those two buildings where WRK and UNL plan to build a hotel and Sheldon extension; the former antiques store where B&J plans another hotel; the old mattress factory which is now The Option. And farther east, downtown buildings have come down for what a project called Urban 38 — although those didn’t look historically significant, the ones slated for demolition now are quaint and historic.
I can’t think of a single project that drew concern from anybody who thinks old buildings should be preserved. I figured Lincoln just didn’t have a strong historic preservation group — but that could be changing.


Haymarket Brown Baggers closes

Looks like “The Original Brown Baggers” sandwich shop in the Haymarket has closed.
A sign on the door says “the locks have been changed” and if you have questions, call this number. Uh oh.
Brown Baggers 84th — the one at 84th and Van Dorn streets — has a different owner and is still open, however. In fact, a worker there told me they plan to open another little shop in the Wells Fargo building in January.


Should the media use alleged rape victim’s initials?

I’m perplexed by the way the Lincoln Journal Star is handling the identity of a woman who made new allegations against the man being held in connection with the disappearance of a 19-year-old Bellevue woman at Peru State College.
Joshua Keadle is jailed on charges relating to the disappearance of Tyler Thomas. The day after his arrest, another 18-year-old woman came forward and accused him of repeatedly raping her and threatening to throw her in the Missouri River.
This is a horrible story, but what keeps catching my eye in Journal Star coverage is their decision to refer to the second woman, the 18-year-old, by the initials used in court documents. I don’t know if those are her actual initials, but in my experience covering courts, they usually are.
But whether they are or not, using the initials will only lead to speculation about which Peru State student it is — further victimizing the woman.
Figuring out how to identify accusers of rape and other crimes is always tricky: The media rarely names the accuser; usually only the accused. This often prompts a newsroom debate, depending on the case. Most newsrooms have written policies on the subject — which is appropriate.
The Omaha World-Herald used the initials in an earlier story, but then today did not use them. Hopefully, they re-evaluated.


Bill Ayers in the news again

Except this time, back in Chicago — where he was denied the status of professor emeritus. This column explains why “The past is never dead.”

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