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Brian Barber/Daily Nebraskan
Whooping cranes begin trip
Record number to migrate through Nebraska in future
The annual migration of the
world’s only wild flock of whoop
ing cranes is under way, and their
stops in Nebraska and other states
have taken on new importance,
wildlife officials said.
A record number of whooping
cranes will migrate through Ne
braska within the next six weeks,
officials said.
As many as 133 whoopcrs could
be winging south, 3,500 miles from
breeding grounds in Wood Buffalo
National Park in Canada to winter
ing grounds at Aransas National
Wildlife Refuge along the Texas
Gulf Coast.
That number compares with 16
when the endangered species
reached its lowest number 46 years
ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service said.
Although the number in the wild
flock is increasing, the number in
an experimental group is decreas
ing, officials said.
Whooping cranes generally lay
two eggs but nurture only one in
each nest. For several years, Cana
dian wildlife biologists have taken
one egg from nests and have flown
them to Grays Lake refuge in Idaho
to be placed in nests of sandhill
cranes there.
Sandhill cranes have raised the
whooper chicks, but no male and
female whoopers have mated to
produce chicks.
Of the 12 eggs transferred to
Grays Lake this year, two chicks
survived to fly. That group, total
ing 27 whoopers last year, is down
to about 22, officials said. The
Grays Lake whoopers migrate 850
miles south to Bosque del Apache
refuge in New Mexico.
If the experimental group of
whoopers docs not survive, pro
tecting the main flock and its habi
tat becomes more important, said
Ron Klalaske, regional vice presi
dent of the National Audubon
Society, and Ross Lock, Nebraska
Game and Parks Commission non
game specialist.
In Nebraska, most whoopers in
the main flock fly between Grand
Island and Lexington and through
the Valentinc-O’Ncill area, offi
cials said.
Their favorite habitat is the
Platte River, the Rainwater Basin
Loup River drainages and some
Sandhills lakes.
The flock is expected in Ne
braska between now and Nov. 15.
Federal law forbids people from
shooting whoopers. Officials cau
tioned people against frightening
the birds into wires of other ob
Whooping cranes are white
with black wing lips and a red
crown. Their wing spans may reach
7 feet. Adults are 5 feel tall.
Sharp aftershock
shakes quake area
LOS ANGELES — A sharp after
shock from last week’s severe earth
quake jolted Southern California be
fore daw n S unday, causing at least one
death and dozens of injuries, damag
ing buildings, knocking out power and
sending jittery residents into the
The quake, centered in suburban
Rosemead, Calif., about eight miles
northeast of downtown Los Angeles,
registered at 5.3 on the Richter scale of
ground motion, said Don Kelly of the
U.S. Geological Survey in Golden,
At the California Institute of Tech
nology the quake was measured at 5.5,
according to a spokesman, Robert
“It was pretty wild,” said Mark
Rosenker, who was on the 18th floor
of the Century Plaza Hotel in Los
Angeles. “Let me tell you, it does get
you up.”
The 3:59 a.m. quake was the 22nd
aftershock registering more than 3.0
or more within four hours.
Power outages occurred in numer
ous areas, and many residents, some in
bathrobes, gathered outside apart
mcnts and houses, waiting for more
shocks. Others, camped out in a down
town parking lot, said they had been
there since Thursday.
“We are glad we stayed out here,”
said a man who identified himself
only as Hector. “At least here we feel
Mildred Robbins, 66, of Arcadia,
Calif., was pronounced dead at 5:14
a.m. at Arcadia Methodist Hospital
after going into full cardiac arrest, said
administrative supervisor Terry Pis
enti. Efforts to revive her failed.
More then 60 other quake-related
injuries, mostly cuts from broken
glass, bruises from being hit by falling
objects and anxiety-related chest
pains and bieathing problems, were
reported at area hospitals.
“All the lights went out. It felt like
the sky was falling. I thought the
whole house was coming down,” said
Marta Jimenez of suburban Monte
The Jimenezes moved a mattress
and cushions onto their lawn and set
up camp, listening to a portable radio.
Many neighbors did the same.
Crime down 20 percent
since 1981, government says
WASHINGTON — Americans
were victimized by an estimated 34.1
million crimes last year, a decline of
three-quarters of a million from 1985
and down more than 7 million from
the peak year of 1981, the government
reported Sunday.
The survey of about 100,000
people in 50,(XX) households by the
Bureau of Justice Statistics found that
the rale of violent crimes dropped 6.3
percent last year compared to 1985
and has fallen 20 percent since 1981.
The survey counts crimes whether or
not they were reported to the police
and uses the results to estimate the
number of criminal incidents nation
Criminologists say the five-year
downward trend is due to the aging of
the baby-boom generation, the move
ment of people bom after World War
II out of the age group most prone to
commit crimes, those from 15 to 24.
As the children of baby-boomers
come of age in increasing numbers
later this decade, crime levels should
begin turning upward because of the
“sheer number of children entering
their teen-age years,” said Marvin E.
Wolfgang, professor of criminology
and law at the University of Pennsyl
Curfew imposed in the Tibetan capital
LHASA, Tibet — Chinese authorities im
posed a curfew Sunday and tried to stop at least
one busload of foreign tourists from leaving
this Tibetan capital after pro independence
demonstrations that killed at least six people.
Dissidents proclaimed the six as martyrs.
They put up signs saying those who died in
Thursday’s demonstration “died for all the
Tibetan people, not for themselves.”
Nineteen policemen were seriously
wounded in that demonstration, staged to pro
test the arrests of participants in an earlier, Sept
27 demonstration.
Buddhist monks at the Sera Monastery out
side Lhasa said they hoped to stage another
protest on Wednesday, the 37 th anniversary of
the day that Chinese communist troops moved
into Tibet to annex it in 1950.
The monks also said in a taped interview
with three French tourists that the 20 monks
who staged Thursday’s protest had not returned
to the monastery and were believed to be h id ing
from police.
In London, a representative of the Tibetans’
exiled spiritual and civil leaders, the Dalai
Lama, called the protests “the tip of the ice
“It doesn’t matter now harsh the Chinese
may come down on them. It will continue until
we can find a lasting solution which is accept
able to the Tibetans,” Tsc Wang Top Eyal, the
Dalai Lama’s deputy representative in Europe,
said in an interview' on the British Broadcasting
Corp.’s “World This Weekend” radio program.
The Dalai Lama lied to India in 1959 al ter a
failed uprising against the Chinese.
Meanwhile, an American diplomat in Ch
engdu, the nearest large city to Tibet, said two
Americans detained in Lhasa al ter the Sept. 27
demonstration were released and believed to be
still in the city.
A 10 curfew was imposed on Tibetans
in Lhasa, although foreigners were allowed to
move about past the curfew. Travelers pooled
medicine to give to wounded Tibetans who
feared going to hospitals for treatment.
Chinese authorities, however, posted warn
ings at several hostels that foreigners should not
become involved in the unrest, said William
Milberger, tourist from San Francisco.
The nation’s leading newspaper, the
People's Daily, carried a detailed story and
pictures of last week’s demonstration. The
evening television news for the first time
showed film of the protest. It showed a crowd
surging through Lhasa’s Jokhang Temple
square and tossing stones at police and the
police station there.
Editor Mike Reilley
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Managing Editor Jen Deselms
Assoc. NewsEditors Jann Nyffeler
Mike Hooper
Page Editor Jeanne Bourne
Wire Editor Linda Hartmann
Copy Desk Chief Joan Rezac
Sports Editor Jeff Apel
Arts & Entertain
ment Editor Bill Allen
Asst Arts &
Entertainment Editor Charles Lieurance
Graphics Editor Mark Oavis
Asst Graphics Editor Tom Lauder
Photo Chief Doug Carroll
Night News Editors Curt Wagner
Scott Harrah
Art Director Brian Barber
General Manager Daniel Shattll
Production Manager Katherine Policky
Publications Boaid
Chairman Don Johnson.
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Reagan hails trade pact
between U.S., Canada
WASHINGTON — President
Reagan hailed a tentative U.S.-Cana
dian trade agreement Sunday that
would eliminate all tariffs between
the two countries as a historic pact
beneficial to both nations’ econom ies.
“Now, in addition to sharing the
world’s largest undefended border,
we will share membership in the
world’s largest free trade area,” Re
agan said in a statement released at the
White House.
Treasury Secretary James Baker
III and Canadian Finance Minister
Michael Wilson said at a joint news
conference they were confident the
agreement would be approved by the
U.S. Senate and Canadas parliament.
Both described it as a “wimwin situ
ation,’’ good for both countries.
U .S. T rade Represen tali ve Clayton
Yeutter said some tariffs would be
dropped upon implementation of the
treaty and others would be phased out
over five to 10 years.
Baker said the tentative agreement
also eliminates other trade barriers
and will improve trade in agriculture.
He called it a “political signal against
Baker described the negotiations,
which he said culminate a 100-year
effort to reach trade agreement be
tween the two countries, as “taxing
and at times overwhelming.”
U.S. and Canadian negotiators had
settled on the general framework for
the pact linking the world’s two larg
est trading partners just before the
midnight Saturday deadline that had
been set for submission of the agree
ment to Congress.
Either side gave many details of
the agreement at the news conference.
“There is a lot of text,” Baker said.
“I would characterize it as an agree
ment in principle. We still have to
cross some t’s and dot i’s. We are
continuing to clean up loose ends.”