What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here's a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
Contract set on Civic Auditorium
March 5, 1947: The architectural contract for the new Civic Auditorium was to be submitted to the Auditorium Commission for consideration at a special meeting at the Omaha Club, Chairman Varro H. Rhodes announced. At a previous meeting, members of the commission selected the firm of Leo A. Daly as architects for the new auditorium. The commission empowered Rhodes to prepare a contract. If the contract were approved by the City Council and the Improvement Commission, the architects would begin conducting a survey of possible sites for the new auditorium, he said.
1975: Sugar prices at most Omaha supermarkets were dropping to their lowest levels since the previous fall. The going price was $3.97 for a 10-pound bag of beet sugar and $1.99 for a five-pound bag, according to checks with Safeway, Hinky Dinky, Baker's and Shaver's officials. That represented a drop of 32 to 50 cents on 10-pound bags and 16 to 30 cents on five-pounds, depending on the store. The current prices compared to highs of $5.99 for 10 pounds and $3.19 for five pounds in mid-December.
1993: The FBI said it would give Creighton University 3,000 of the books stolen by Stephen Blumberg, the man who filled a home in Ottumwa, Iowa, with rare volumes that he had pilfered from libraries. Raymond Means, director of Creighton's Reinert Alumni Library, said the university would receive books whose owners could not be determined. Means said the FBI selected Creighton because members of the library staff had volunteered many hours to help the agency identify the owners of the books found in Blumberg's home.
2008: Some Omaha residents were sick and tired of seeing buildings in their neighborhoods scrawled with spray-painted messages, street signs tagged with indecipherable symbols and other graffiti defacing public and private property. And they didn't mind sharing their complaints with the City Council during a public hearing on an ordinance that would stiffen penalties for graffiti violations. About 12 residents turned out to support the measure, while none opposed it. "There's numerous areas that have been hit," said Marilyn Hooper, president of the Montclair Parkside Georgetown and Trendwood Neighborhood Association. "Residential homes, utility boxes, bridge areas. It's been everywhere."