May 22, 1947: Another $150,000 would be needed to update Omaha's Municipal Stadium and bring its seating capacity to 25,000. Arthur Weaver, Public Improvements Commissioner, made this report. “The Stadium structure itself, in all probability will be completed by Thanksgiving,” Weaver said. It would seat 10,000. “Of course Omaha does not want an incomplete stadium,” Weaver said. The extra money would be needed for parking lots, 15,000 portable bleacher seats, landscaping, drainage, sidewalks, a sprinkling system and lights.
1974: Mayor Zorinsky changed his mind and said he would appoint a public safety director soon. The decision came after a meeting with City Council President Robert Cunningham, who opposed Zorinsky's plan to appoint himself as permanent safety director. Deputy City Atty. Frederick Brown said the mayor's plan might be in conflict with the intent of the City Charter, which the attorney said apparently was that he appoint someone other than himself. The mayor said the position was unnecessary, although the City Legal Department said the position was mandatory under the charter.
1986: Dundee resident Arthur Umscheid summed up his reaction to the City of Omaha's first major revision of its zoning ordinances in 40 years when he quoted Shakespeare to city planners. “I'm a little curious, after having lived here 49 years, whether this is “much ado about nothing,'” the retired Creighton University history professor said. Umscheid criticized the lack of enforcement that he said occurs under the current zoning ordinances. City planners said comments such as Umscheid's typify those they've heard during the briefings they've held in the northeast quarter of Omaha this week.
2006: An Omaha man got an important lesson in fire safety: Don't bring gasoline into the house. Emergency crews were called to 3137 S. 52nd St. just before 10 a.m. to help a man who had second-degree burns on his hands, face and feet, said Battalion Chief Steve Wagner. Apparently, he had been siphoning gasoline out of a boat in his driveway into a gas can then dumping the gasoline down a toilet in a utility room, Wagner said. The toilet was less than a foot away from a water heater. An explosion erupted from the toilet, burning the man, Wagner said. He then tried to stomp out the fire, causing the burns to his feet.