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On abstracting a PDF-to-CSV pipeline

Purifying the Sea of PDF Data, Automatically   “I’ve been working on a pattern for purifying this sea of data, so even as agencies pour in more dirty PDFs, I automatically get pure, clean CSVs. I don’t have a full, generic solution to solve this problem concisely and elegantly, but I want to share this pattern […]

Javascript templating like an adult human in the world

From the time I was born until Monday night, this was how I made HTML templates in javascript: [crayon-553d7ef6450e9792475139/] Ha yes I know it is 2015 and my templating method is to concatenate a giant string of HTML and stuff it into a div. I’m a reporter, I have simple needs, this approach has worked just fine for […]

#NICAR15

No one from The World-Herald made it to NICAR this year, sad face toaster knife. Luckily, Chrys Wu is continuing her annual tradition of aggregating slides, links and tutorials from the conference.     There’s a lot to love here. I’m still working through all the presentations, but my favorites so far include: Robert Gebeloff’s slides on how […]

#OWHPieDay gets a web presence

Remember Wednesday? Yeah, lots of stuff happened Wednesday, sure, it was great, but the best thing was Pie Day at the World-Herald. What is Pie Day, you ask? Well so the way it works is, people in the newsroom bring pie — lots of it — and then we eat it! It’s every year in January on the Wednesday following National […]

Dataomaha.com year in review

So the other day I was checking the output of a Python script against the current year — [crayon-553d7ef645623348235472/] — and sure as Shemp it returned “2015,” because that’s what year it is, dingus. (Related: There is a Python package called Dingus, though tbh I’m not 100% sure what it does?) Point is I’d forgotten it was a new year. But […]


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Shareable bits of awesome from The World-Herald Sports department

Nebraska football recruits

Check out Husker football rosters all the way back to 1984.

Omaha homicide map

Map showing locations of recent homicides in Omaha, details about the crime and information about each victim.

Fort Calhoun Management Invoices

A running total of payments from the Omaha Public Power District to Exelon Corp. to manage the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station.

Pie Day!

Every January, the Omaha World-Herald newsroom celebrates Pie Day. (Just what it sounds like.)

White Christmas in Omaha?

Everyone wants snow for the holidays. But how often has there been at least 1" on the ground for Christmas Day? (Answer: About a third of the time.)

What Side Of The Street?

Hey Mayor, what side of the street am I supposed to park on?

Black Friday 2014

Hours, deals and doorbusters for stores in the Omaha metro area.

Analysis: Minimum wage referendum

Following a 2014 petition drive to raise the minimum wage, the World-Herald obtained signatures from the three largest counties — Douglas, Sarpy and Lancaster — and ran the numbers to see how petition-signers compared to registered voters as a whole.

Election results, 2014

Results from Nebraska's 2014 general election.

Holiday lights map

We're putting together a list of the best holiday lights in town. Search locations by address or zip code to find ones near you or add your own!

Remembering the Fallen - Nebraska and Iowa's War Dead

We're honoring troops killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with this tribute that includes biographical information, photos and archived stories.

Medicare payments to Nebraska doctors

Twenty-five Nebraska physicians received at least $1 million in Medicare payments in 2012, and a Hastings eye specialist took in nine times that amount, according to federal data. Find out how much your provider got paid.

Military surplus equipment database

Thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country receive surplus military equipment under the Pentagon's 1033 program. That includes 179 agencies in Nebraska and Iowa, which collectively hold 1,890 surplus items — including assault rifles, night vision sets and armored trucks.

Omaha Crime Report

Tracking the latest crimes reported in your neighborhood so you can stay safe. Updated daily.

Douglas County restaurant inspections

Browse a map of Douglas County restaurant inspections from 2014. The map includes the county's rating and date of review for more than 2,500 local restaurants.

Doug McDermott awards and scoring chart

A look at the points scored, awards earned, lists climbed and games played during Doug McDermott's Creighton career.

College World Series: Through the years

Our growing home for historical information about past NCAA baseball championships, which have been played in Omaha since 1950. Read about every year, every team and every game played in the CWS.

Nebraska 100

A panel of sports experts selected the 100 greatest athletes in Nebraska history.

Prep Zone scoreboard

Daily scores and results from Nebraska high school sports.

Husker football gameday

Every gameday, the World-Herald picks the team with the upper hand and predicts the final outcome. In 2013, we invited fans to do the same.

Interactive documents

Read and comment on an ongoing collection of documents in the news. Some documents contain annotations to explain complex language or add context.

University of Nebraska employee vehicle and membership gifts

Fifty staffers, from the university’s top leadership down to assistant coaches, get their memberships to country clubs, golf clubs or health clubs paid for by the University of Nebraska Foundation. Eighty get cars, collectively valued at $2.25 million and ranging from economical sedans to luxury SUVs, donated through college-affiliated nonprofits. While a few staffers took one or the other, a majority of them get both.

Panorama photos

Explore massive panorama images from the 2013 College World Series and other local events. Spot details and friends from across the stadium!

Severe weather: Metro area tornado siren map

This map shows siren locations and coverage estimates used by county planners. Enter your address to find your neighborhood siren.

Tornado touchdowns in Douglas County

Details about the 20 tornadoes that hit Douglas County from 1950-2012.

Big Red Bracket

The Blackshirts. The walk-on program. The tunnel walk. The Fumbleroosky. Nebraska fans relish countless moments and traditions. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Bob Devaney's arrival at Nebraska, the World-Herald is on a mission to see which memories Husker fans cherish most.

Doug McDermott shot chart, 2011-2012

The World-Herald broke down and charted all 480 of Doug McDermott’s shots in the 2011-2012 season. Where did he score? How often did he use the backboard? Now you can find out.

Curbwise.com

Curbwise.com is the one-stop shop for the latest on real estate in Douglas, Sarpy and Lancaster Counties. See the latest housing sales and check valuations and property information for your house and others nearby.

Big Ten football recruits

Our database of Big Ten football recruits from 2002 to 2011. Sort and filter the map to show players from a specific team, recruiting class, state or hometown to see which areas and schools are hotbeds for football talent and which teams have recruited specific areas to their advantage.

Nebraska holes in one and course records

This database shows holes in one and course records officially reported by golf courses to The Omaha World-Herald. Recent holes in one are added as we get them, and we're combing the archives to add aces from the past.

Douglas County suppliers list

Douglas County Paid Supplier Report shows purchases made by the county from January 01, 2010 to December 31, 2010.