The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 23, 1988, Page 2, Image 2

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2 lN ^ \J ^ ^ Edited By BoB Ne SOn Tuesday, February 23,1988
Officials order treaty pace increase
MOSCOW — The United States
and Soviet Union told their negotia
tors Monday to draft anti-cheating
and other key provisions of a new
arms agreement within a month so
the treaty can be signed this spring.
Defense Minister Dmitri T.
Yazov said the Soviets would begin
withdrawing shorter-range SS-12
missiles from East Germany and
Czechoslovakia late this month as a
display of goodwill. The missiles
must be eliminated under the inter
mediate-range arms pact signed in
Secretary of State George P.
Shultz reported progress on human
rights and emigration, and professed
not “the slightest doubt” that Soviet
leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev would
make good on his pledge to pull
Soviet military forces out of Af
A joint statement said progress
was made toward banning chemical
weapons and verifying nuclear test
limits set by unratified 1974and 1976
treaties. A report by the official news
agency Tass, however, quoted Gor
bachev as telling Shultz the U.S.
stand on a chemical weapons ban
“hampers the working out of an inter
national convention.”
Addressing a news conference
about arms negotiations, Shultz said
it was “extremely important” to ac
celerate work in Geneva if President
Reagan and Gorbachev are to sign the
treaty at their fourth summit, planned
for May or June in Moscow.
He spoke after two days of talks
with Gorbachev and Foreign Minis
ter Eduard A. Shevardnadze. Shultz
said anti-cheating measure espe
cially were “an extremely important
thing to gel nailed down” in a pact on
strategic, or long-range, nuclear
Shevardnadze told his own news
conference later the meeting pro
duced headway toward agreement to
cut strategic nuclear weapons, which
he said “can be accomplished” be
fore the summit.
Both men said their Geneva nego
tiators were instructed to work out the
key elements in time for their next
meeting, March 22-23 in Washing
Church officials take up Swaggart’s case
ALEXANDRIA, La—Television
evangelist Jimmy Swaggart was
summoned to appear before elders of
the Assemblies of God on Monday,
one day after he delivered a tearful
confession of sin and stepped down
from the pulpit.
“I think he is a man of integrity. I
think he made a mistake. I don’t think
it’s a fatal mistake,” Cecil Janway,
district superintendent of the 2 mil
lion-member Assemblies of Cod,
said late Sunday.
The evangelist flew from his head
quarters in Baton Rouge to Alexan
dria where he was expected to meet
with the district presbytery. Jan way
said the group would report its find
ings privately to the general council
of the country’s largest Pentecostal
denomination, in Springfield, Mo.
Swaggart did not describe his
misconduct Sunday in his confession,
which drew gasps and tears from his
An overflow crowd packed his
7,500-seat family worship center af
ter reports that church officials had
been given photographs purporting to
show Swaggart and a known prosti
tute going into and out of a motel
The Washington Post reported
Monday, quoting a source who spoke
to a Jimmy Swaggart World Minis
tries board member, that Swaggart
said he did not engage in sexual inter
course with the woman but “paid her
to perform pornographic acts.”
The evangelist had confessed to a
fascination with pornography stem
ming from his boyhood, the source
Cal Thomas, a columnist who
once worked for the Rev. Jerry Fal
well and has written about the evan
gelical movement, said the same
thing Friday on ABC-TV.
The Rev. William Bibb, pastor of
the First Assembly of God Church in
Baton Rouge, said the
denomination’s rehabilitation proc
ess usually calls for a minister to stop
preaching for a year.
UPI ‘frozen’ while company’s future studied
WAS HINGTON—The new managers of United Press International
said Monday that “everything is frozen” at the wire service for at least
two months w hile they study the company s future.
Paul Steinle, UPI’s new president, said that the new management
team has not decided on what course to follow with the financially ailing
C0IWhile Steinle would not deal in specifics, he said he believes that
America’s news executives “want two wire services” but he said he still
needs to talk with people in the news industry because he and others want
UPI to become a “market-driven company.”
Meantime, he said, “everything is frozen with no hinngs or firings
or changes in its services scheduled for at least two months.
Proponent says lottery would benefit education
Slate Sen. Stan Schellpeper of Stanton says a statewide lottery could j
generate much needed revenue to fund education.
But Schellpeper was the only person to speak in support of Legisla- j
tive Resolution 252, a proposed constitutional amendment to allow
voters to direct the Legislature to set up such a lottery with proceeds !
going to education. Seven people spoke against the measure.
Schellpeper said lotteries have been around for a long time and arc
in use in 28 states and the District of Columbia. He said the people who
participate in other forms of gambling — namely horse racing and
pickle cards — aren’t the same as those who would play the lottery, so
those already legalized forms of gambling wouldn’t be hurt by the
lottery. j
Reagan renews attack on Democratic welfare bill
WASHINGTON—President Reagan Monday renewed his attack on
a Democratic welfare reform bill and cautioned the nation’s governors
against looking to Washington for solutions to the problems of child
care. .
His remarks were a disappointment for governors lobbying for
Senate passage of a welfare reform bill, including Massachusetts Gov.
Michael Dukakis, a Democratic presidential hopeful.
Dukakis told reporters on the White House lawn, “A number of us arc
disappointed that die administration won’t support the governors’
welfare reform bill and 1 think we are going to push very hard to get them
to do that.”
Court rejects fundamentalist attack on school text
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court
dealt a blow to religious fundamentalists
-* Monday when it killed a challenge to the re
quired use of “godless” textbooks in Tennessee
public schools.
Ending one of the most widely publicized
frecdom-of-religion cases in recent years, the
justices, without a recorded dissenting vole,
rejected an appeal by seven families.
Monday’s action left intact a federal appeals
court ruling that said it was constitutional to
require fundamentalist Christian children to
read the objectcd-to books.
Beverly LaHaye, president of Concerned
Women for America, a conservative group that
aided the families’ legal battle, said following
Monday’s ruling, “a dark cloud of religious
oppression looms over America’s school
houses today.”
“Religious tolerance in our nation’s class
rooms has been dealt a devastating blow,” Mrs.
LaHaye said.
Mike Farris, a lawyer for Concerned
Women, called on bom-again Christian fami
lies in the school district involved to remove
their children from public schools.
“I hope ... there is a mass exodus from the
public school system tomorrow, or at least by
next fall,” Farris said.
But Tennessee Attorney General W.J. Mi
chad Cody praised the court action, saying,
“Any alternative disposition would have been
the cause of chaos in the school system."
The Court was at full strength for the first
time in eight months with the addition of An
thony M. Kennedy.
The Tennessee textbook controversy began
in 1983, when the Hawkins County Board of
Education adopted a new reading list for stu
dents in grades one through eight. Pupils ini
tially were allowed to read from other text
books if they desired, but the school board later
eliminated that alternative.
Ail county schoolchildren were required to
read the chosen textbooks or leave public
The seven families sued the county school
board in late 1983, listing more than 300 objec
tions to the assigned readings.
The law suit objected on religious grounds to
themes or passages in, among other, such works
as “The Wizard of Oz” and “Cinderella," sci
ence fiction by Isaac Asimov, fairy tales by
Hans Christian Andersen and stories by anthro
pologist Margaret Mead.
The lawsuit said the objcctcd-to books vio
lated the families’ beliefs by teaching evolu
tion, secular humanism, the occult, feminism
and other beliefs, theories or philosophies they
consider gtxllcss.
Act of heroism
forgotten by hero
who helped rescue an elderly
woman from one of Amtrak Train
i No. 342’s smoke-filled cars in
I Nebraska over the weekend says he
didn’t remember his act of heroism
until someone told him about it
A Saturday fire in Hastings killed
a crewman, injured 19 others and
damaged two cars on the 14-car
. California Zephyr.
Among the weary passengers
I getting off the train in Salt Lake City
Sunday morning was Pete Trimble.
“I didn’t even remember (rescu
ing the woman) until someone told
; me I was the guy that went back in,”
said Trimble, who was traveling to
California on a business trip.
Trimble said he was in his sleep
ing compartment when the 2:35
a.m. fire broke out on the train as it
> pulled into the Hastings station.
‘‘I heard someone next door yell
get dressed fast,” Trimble recalled,
i *‘I opened the curtain and saw smoke
in the hallway.”
Trimble, who was riding in the
car immediately behind the burning
crew car, rushed outside and said he
heard knocking on the train win
dow. Thinking a child was trapped
inside, he warned a firefighter.
While the firefighter ran for
additional equipment, Trimble and
! another man ran inside the smoke
filled car to find an elderly woman.
As they rushed her outside, the
Andy Manhart/Daily Nebraskan
woman was overcome by the fumes
and fainted.
Trimble said he wasn’t scared
until he had left the burning train and
realized what had happened.
Susan Juvdirc, another passenger
debarking in Salt Lake City, said
authorities handled the fire well, but
she was unhappy with a near 10
hour delay.
“It seemed to have been handled
pretty well, but they could have kept
us better informed about the delay,”
she said.
However, Amtrak Supervisor
Leon Batanian said scheduling in
formation was readily available to
those who asked.
Nineteen Amtrak employees and
Eassengers were taken to a Hastings
ospital where 12 were admitted
and seven were treated and released.
Captors give demands
BEIRUT, Lebanon — The kid
nappers of a U.S. Marine officer re
leased a videotape Monday in which
he recited their demands, including
withdrawal by Israel from its border
“security zone” in south Lebanon.
Lt. Col. William R. Higgins, who
appeared to be reading from a text
written by his captors, said President
Reagan “has to take responsibility for
the crimes he has committed against
the oppressed people in the region.”
Higgins was abducted last
Wednesday on a highway south of
Tyre, the ancient port 50 miles south
of Beirut.
A group calling itself the Organi
zation of the Oppressed on Earth,
which claimed responsibility for the
abduction, released the 70-second
The kidnapping increased friction
between two Shiite Moslem forces
vying for domination in south Leba
non; the moderate Amal militia,
which is trying to rescue Higgins, and
Hezbollah, or Party of God, which is
loyal to Iran.
Albion wrestler Bill Ransen’s
name was misspelled in a cutline in
Monday’s Daily Nebraskan.
In the article, “Inmates show gang
youths prison life,” Jasper Falkner is
the chairperson of Project Youth, the
program which was scheduled last
Saturday. Project Youth, part of the
Seventh Step Foundation, started in
1979, not 20 years ago.
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Managing Editor Jen Dasalms
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Page Editor Diana Johnson
Wire Editor Bob Nelson
Copy Desk Editor Joan Rezac
Sports Editor Jett Apel
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Asst Arts &
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Graphics Editor Tom Lauder
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Photo Chief Mark Davis
Night News Editors Joeth Zucco
Scott Harrah
Art Director John Bruce
General Manager Daniel Shattll
Production Manager Katherine Pollcky
Manager Marcia Miller
Asst Advertising
Manager Bob Bates
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Chairman Don Johnson,
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Professional Advisor Don Walton
473- 7301
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