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Howdy, Omaha — it’s Jeremy. 

It’s mid-June, it’s 92 degrees outside and that can only mean one thing: the College World Series is upon us. 

All eight teams that will take to Charles Schwab Field this year come from the South, so if y’all are fixin’ for some baseball, I reckon there’ll be some twangs and drawls downtown. 

Now if college baseball had a hall of fame to celebrate its rich history, you’d think the home of the sport’s biggest tournament since 1950 would be a good place to put it, right? 

Well, a nonprofit spearheading the venture disagreed. They passed over Omaha and picked a Kansas City suburb with no obvious ties to college baseball.

In our feature story this week, contributing writer Greg Echlin dug into Omaha’s failed bid to become college’s Cooperstown. It includes a cameo from Huskers and Royals legend Alex Gordon that you won’t want to miss. 

Read Greg’s story here (or click the photo above). 

Weeks ago, contributor Jonathan Orozco reached out to the Joslyn about interviewing Kehinde Wiley, a famous painter whose work would anchor the art museum’s much-anticipated reopening in September. He never got that interview.

That’s because the museum quietly postponed Wiley’s exhibit featuring portraits of South Sudanese immigrants in Omaha after three men accused the artists of sexual assault, which Wiley denied on Instagram and through his representatives.

Orozco and Omaha reporter Chris Bowling broke the story, which you can read here.

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An iconic Omaha restaurant, resurrected

Reinventing an Omaha restaurant — especially one that’s incredibly recognizable — is a tough order. But that’s what Ooh De Lally is doing in Dundee with its reinvention of Marks, the beloved second-floor restaurant that closed two years ago. Marks was known for its mac and cheese, and Ooh De Lally is, so far, mostly known for its mission of creating culinary careers for formerly incarcerated adults. Perhaps, though, the two can coexist.

Read my latest review here (or click the photo above.)

What I'm Into

Omaha’s own DJ Crabrangucci is kicking off this College World Series season at Slowdown’s outdoor stage on Saturday. Last weekend I danced the night away as she spun hits for the River City Mixed Chorus’ spring concert afterparty, and now I can’t wait to hear more Crabrangucci beats!

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