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Omaha Baseball Village security cracks down on fake IDs


If you want to enjoy an adult beverage after a College World Series game, you better have your ID. Advertisement

And it better be legitimate. Staff with First Response Security say they’ve confiscated more than 40 fake licenses from one Omaha Baseball Village entrance just in the last couple days.

“You get all these random states like New York, Alaska, Wyoming, where we don’t see those as much, so they think the chances of them getting away with it will be higher,” First Response Security officer Alex Freburg said.

Freburg, and the other officers manning the entrances to the beer garden near The Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill, have gone through extensive training to pick out the real from the fake. Freburg says some are just plain obvious– photos that are too dark, cheap laminate that wrinkles when bent, and poor-quality plastic.

“We didn’t put much pressure on this one at all and it snapped, just like that,” Freburg said, holding up a broken ID. Security officials say another red flag that leads to catching fake IDs are recycled wrist bands, held together with tape or even gum.

Bob Batt, Chairman of the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission, says he’s grateful these officers are being so vigilant. Not all establishments are as committed to fighting underage drinking, he said.

“We could use the Mattress Factory as the gold standard, so we’re very impressed,” Batt said. Large sporting events are notorious for attracting underage crowds, Batt said. Ordering a fake license is as easy as a few clicks online.

“They come out of China,” Batt said, “you send them $150 to $200, some come out good, some are pretty bad.”

The security officers outside of the Old Mattress Factory Beer Garden say they’ll find them either way.

10 Politically Themed Movies You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer

From “Detroit” to “The Big Sick,” this year’s offerings are refreshingly topical.

10 Politically Themed Movies You Don't Want To Miss This Summer

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Summer is typically the season of mindless blockbusters, but this year’s slate offers more than its fair share of political intrigue.

Here are 10 such films that are worth a closer look.

1. “Pray for Rain” (June 16)

10 Politically Themed Movies You Don't Want To Miss This Summer

A journalist (Jane Seymour) returns home to her drought-stricken California town, now overtaken by gangs whom she suspects killed her father.

“He butted heads with some politicians and environmentalists, but nothing pointed to anything other than an accident,” the local sheriff tells her.

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2. “The Big Sick” (June 23)

This romantic comedy explores the intersection of terrorism and health care, two subjects that will dominate the news cycle for months to come. On top of that, the main character (Kumail Nanjiani) is an Uber driver. Could this film get any more topical?

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3. “The Beguiled” (June 30)

Sofia Coppola’s remake, which earned her the Best Director award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is already steeped in controversy[1] for its white-washing of the original 1966 novel, set in the Civil War. Coppola claimed[2] she “wasn t really looking at the [Confederacy’s] political aspects,” even as a national debate rages over the removal of confederate monuments.

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4. “Dunkirk” (July 21)

This WWII epic is tells the true story of the code-named Operation Dynamo, in which 300,000 Allied troops were evacuated from Dunkirk, France following the Battle of France in May 1940. It’s director Christopher Nolan’s shortest film[3] yet, clocking in at just 107 minutes.

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5. “Menashe” (July 28)

Due to strict religious tradition, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish widower and grocery store clerk (Menashe Lustig) has his son taken from him after the death of his wife.

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6. “The Dark Tower” (August 4)

The hybrid science-fiction/fantasy/western/horror film starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, produced and based on the book by Stephen King, features this telling nod to contemporary American life.

“Do they have guns and bullets in your world?” Elba, a protective gunslinger, asks Lucas Hanson (Nicholas Hamilton) from Mid-World, a dystopian parallel universe.

“You’re gonna like Earth,” Hanson says in response. “A lot.”

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7. “Detroit” (August 4)

Director Katherine Bigelow’s heavily anticipated new film follows the 1967 Detroit riot, and the horrifying chain of events that preceded it, from the perspective of a security guard (John Boyega).

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8. “Wind River” (August 4)

Rookie FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) is called to investigate a murder on Wyoming’s Wind River Indian Reservation after U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) finds the body of a teenage runaway on a frozen lake. Wind River is one of the most remote areas of the U.S. and remains the sole reservation in the nation self-governed by two separate tribal governments[4].

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9. “The Glass Castle” (August 11)

“Rich city folk in fancy apartments,” Rex Walls (Woody Harrelson) tells his children. “But their air is so polluted they can’t see the stars.”

The Glass Castle is based on the 2005 memoir by Jeannette Walls, which spent nearly five years[5] on the New York Times bestseller list. The film shifts back and forth between Walls’ reflections on her poverty-stricken childhood to her present-day ruminations on the wealth inequality within her own family.

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10. “Bushwick” (August 25)

Texas has seceded from the United States and a new civil war has begun, yet gentrification continues apace.

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Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor[6].


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Remembering Otto: Hometown saddened by student’s death after release from N. Korea

Remembering Otto: Hometown Saddened By Student's Death After Release From N. Korea

Hometown saddened by student’s death after release from N. Korea (WKRC)

WYOMING, Ohio (WKRC) – It’s still fresh in the minds of many people who live or work in Wyoming… the images of Otto Warmbier in North Korea pleading for mercy, contrasted against his arrival last week at Lunken Airport.

Now, learning that the student has died is troubling and heartbreaking.[1]

Carlos Jeff has lived in Wyoming for two years.

“I lost two sons myself. So I can just imagine what his parents feel like, especially not really knowing what happened to their son,” said Jeff.

“The community really feels that. I think a lot of people in the United States feel that and it’s really a sad thing,” said business owner Max McKay.

Blue and white ribbons are tied to trees, poles, and businesses throughout the area. They are the colors of Wyoming’s High School. There are also signs of support for Otto and his family.

There are still questions surrounding what happened[2] to the 22-year-old and how he ended up in a coma. North Korea said he got botulism and then was given a sleeping pill. Doctors at University of Cincinnati Medical Center say they found no evidence of botulism.

Lyndon Karns lives in Wyoming. Although he doesn’t know the family, he is still upset by how Otto was treated in North Korea. “You want to take action. As a parent of older kids that are grown, his age, there’s just part of your heart that wants to do something.”

As much as there is a sense of closeness in Wyoming, there is also a profound sense of loss, even with people who never met Otto Warmbier.

“You know, you’re supposed to bury your parents, not your children,” Jeff said.


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