Special to focus on Bennett's contributions to the genre.
Omaha, Nebraska – In the 20th Century, American songwriters penned tunes that became the standard for vocalists around the world. These songs have been interpreted and reinterpreted in many different ways for many decades by countless vocalists.
Tony Bennett is in that rare class of artist who actually took part in their original interpretation.
Omaha, NE – Six Von Maur employees and two customers were killed when a teenage gunman went on a shooting rampage. Thursday, 15 days after the shootings, Von Maur officially resumed business at Westroads Mall. But city officials, Von Maur employees and about 200 anxious shoppers paused to remember the victims during a ceremony Thursday morning outside the store's first floor main entrance. Omaha Public Radio's Katie Knapp was at Westroads for Von Maur's reopening.
Omaha, Nebraska – "Joy to the World 2007" is a rich, hour-long live performance of holiday jazz hosted by pianist Bob Thompson. Produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting since 1993 in Charleston, W. Va., it is performed before a consistently sold-out audience at Charleston's Cultural Center Theater. "Joy to the World" has traditionally been the kickoff to the holiday season in Charleston.
Omaha, NE – The Von Maur Victims Fund was set up by the United Way after the December fifth shootings. The fund is dedicated to the victims and was set up to help their families. United Way of the Midlands announced today in a news release that Von Maur has donated $500,000 to the fund, bringing the balance to $843,000. An initial payment of $5,000 has been sent to the victims and their families, with a victims fund advisory committee providing oversight. Von Maur is scheduled to reopen Thursday morning.