Two days after I posted this: Two of My Favorite Cities in the News Omaha was in the news for a very different reason.
The number of shooting tragedies in the last dozen or so years is amazing, sad, and perplexing but they've always felt quite distant. This one is tangible in several ways.
I only lived in Omaha for a few months but I visited Westroads Mall several times. I believe that one of my roomates, Wendy, worked at the Champps restaurant at the time. I'm not sure if I've been in the Von Maur or not but it's certainly possible.
One of my fraternity brothers, Jon, has an even more personal connection to the tragedy according to his blog:
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims.