What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here's a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
TRUCK PLATES ARE GONE
Feb. 23, 1972: Douglas County had run out of license plates for commercial vehicles, and Treasurer Sam Howell was angry. "We've got some trucking firms, and I won't mention any names, who have threatened lawsuits if they don't get the plates in time to continue doing business, and I can't say I blame them," Howell said. He said several thousand commercial plates were ordered from the State Motor Vehicles Department, which gets them from the Nebraska Penal Complex, where they are made. "I've been on the phone to Lincoln all morning on this," Howell said. "It's a comedy of errors. They just moved a press used for making plates, but they can't use it because the concrete it is set in hasn't settled. And then they said there is a shortage of the metal they use."
1991: The City of Omaha asked the Douglas County District Court to order Refuse Resource Recovery Systems out of the city-owned recycling center. The city also seeks payment of back rent and damages totaling $256,696.26 in the civil court complaint. Vicki Meinhardt, press secretary to Mayor Morgan, said that a court hearing on the eviction portion of the complaint is scheduled for March 7. Mayor Morgan wants Refuse Resource to move out so a new company can move in and restart the municipal recycling program.
2006: An ordinance restricting where sex offenders may live received a lukewarm reception from the Ralston City Council. Several council members expressed concerns about the proposed ordinance, which would ban some registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools, day-care centers, parks or libraries. The ordinance would effectively make all of Ralston off-limits. The council voted to table the ordinance until March 7. "I have a real problem with running people out of town," said Councilman Craig Alberhasky. "Some of these people are probably rehabilitated. I just can't see myself supporting it."