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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 8, 1994)
■ No. 1 Nebraska faces Texas Tech tonight, Page 10
Arts & Entertainment
■ Crosby, Stills & Nash weathers 25 years, Page 12
PAGE 2: U.S. and Japan negotiate trade barriers
September 8, 1994
Brick layers Paul Yates and Bob Jansen from Seedorff Masonry Incorporated put up a brick wall at Dillard’s Tuesday
afternoon. Construction at Gateway is expected to be completed by the fall of 1995.
Gateway Mall takes on new look
By Paula Lavigne
Palm trees,skylights and tile floors highlight
ed the first phase of the renovation and expan
sion of Lincoln’s Gateway Mall.
The complex, located at 61st and East O
streets, will be finished by the fall of 1995.
Built as a strip mall in 1960, Gateway ex
panded to an enclosed mall in 1972. The Richard
E. Jacobs Group of Cleveland purchased the
mall in 1985.
Scott Vyskocil, the mail’s manager, said the
new renovations were necessary to update the
appearance of the mall.
“We wanted to enlarge the mall and add new
stores,” he said.
One major change to the mall’s structure was
the enclosure of the “garden mall” area. The
garden mall site was an open courtyard with
store fronts on both sides.
The concrete in the enclosure was replaced
with an earth-toned, porcelain-tile floor. The
new courtyard area also features 18 skylights
and scattered shrubbery.
The food court was expanded to 450 seats.
and parking lots have been enlarged and
reconfigured, Vyskocil said.
The renovations have made way for a variety
of new stores at Gateway, including Bath &
Body Works, Compagnie Internationale Ex
press, Helzbcrg Diamonds, Hot Sam’s Pretzel
Bakery, Structure, Camelot Music, Gadzooks
and Victoria’s Secret.
The Olive Garden and Montgomery Ward
Auto Center also arc new additions to the mall.
Gateway Mall currently features five depart
See GATEWAY on 8
By PeDra Janssen
A man who escaped from an Arkansas county
jail was captured in downtown Lincoln Wednes
day after his vehicle hit a University of Nebraska
Postal Service van, police said.
Capt. Byford Bruce of the Lancaster County
Sheri IT’s Department said the two vehicles collid
ed at 11 th and P streets about 9:30 a.m. Wednes
Lincoln Police Sgt. Ann Hecrmann said that
when the accident occurred, police cruisers were
chasing Chad Beers, 25, the wrong way on a one
way street. Police were pursuing Beers in connec
tion to an attempted convenience store robbery
near Bennet early Wednesday.
Law enforcement authorities gave this account
of the incident:
At 2 a.m. Wednesday, Beers tried to rob the
Bennet Comer Shop, located at the intersection of
Nebraska Highway 43 and Nebraska Highway 2,
about 10 miles southeast of Lincoln.
Beers entered the store and demanded money
from store employees. When the employees re
fused to hand over the money, he struck one of the
employees on the left shoulder with a crescent
Afterashort scuffle with the employees, Beers
fled in a white pickup truck. He look no money.
The vehicle later was identified as a public
works truck owned by the city of Lawrence, Kan.
Police believe Beers stole the truck there.
After the attempted robbery, the vehicle was
seen heading toward Lincoln.
About 9 a.m., the sheriffs department re
ceived a call from a KOLN-TV reporter who had
spotted the truck at 27th and Randolph streets.
The reporter knew police were looking for the
The deputy investigating the robbery was near
that area when the report came in. The deputy
soon spotted the truck and chased it.
The deputy was chasing Beers weston P Street,
See ACCIDENT on 7
Witek’s candidacy status
remains an uncertainty
By Brian Sharp
Kate Witck thought a legality ques
tion about her Republican candidacy for
1 icutcnant governor had been answered.
Allan Eurek, the Democratic candi
date for secretary of state, is frustrated
that nothing has been done.
And Secretary of State Allen
Beermann is waiting to find out if he has
the right to make a decision — again.
Wednesday morning, Eurek filed a
protest with Beermann about Witek’s
candidacy. The protest alleges that Witek
has not established the required five
year residency in Nebraska in order to
run for lieutenant governor.
The deadline for establishing resi
dency for the 1994 election was Nov. 8,
1989. Witck was in the process of mov
ing from Denison, Iowa, when the dcad
linc expired, she said.
Witek said she had signed a pur
chase agreement on her Omaha home
in October 1989. She had sold her Iowa
home that same month, she said. But
the deed for her Omaha home was not
dated until November, she said, because
of unfilcd paperwork.
Eurek said he didn’t think the deed
was signed until December.
Before ruling on Eurek’s challenge,
Beermann said some questions needed
to be answered.
Beermann said the first question was
whether he or the courts had jurisdic
tion to rule on the issue. The attorney
general’s office is researching that is
sue, he said.
If jurisdiction is established,
Bcermann said, the decision would be
made “between the immediate and any
“It’s not unheard ofor totally unique
(to have candidacy challenges),"
Bcermann said. “It is in terms of this
Most challenges arc filed in Febru
ary or March, Bcermann said. Given
thelalcdatcofthischallengc, the statute
of I imitations on a candidacy challenge
may have expired, he said.
The statue cites two 10-day periods
in which challenges can be filed,
Bcermann said. The first, he said, was
following Witck’s February announce
ment that she was running for office.
The second period was after the candi
dacy board certified Witek in June.
Once jurisdiction and the timing of
the complaint arc considered, Bcermann
said he must decide whether Eurek
could even file the challenge. The stat
ute says state party committees must file
complaints, Bcermann said. Eurek filed
the challenge under the Eurck/Sccre
tary of State Committee.
Eurek said he first brought up the
See WITEK on 6
Sign displays federal debt
By Matthew Waite
At 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, the
federal debt stood at
$4,680,569,372,940 and was grow
ing at a rate of $9,600 per second.
That and another figure, which
calculated each family s contribu
tion to pay off the debt, ticked away
on a 20-foot-long sign at Broyhill
PI a/a. The sign was sponsored by the
University of Ncbraska-Lincoln stu
dent government and the Concord
Coalition, a nonpartisan organiza
tion designed to inform the public
about the federal debt and ways to
stop its growth.
Tim Potter, the Nebraska coordi
nator for the Concord Coalition, said
the group took the sign to college
campuses across the nation to make
students aware of the federal debt.
“The main purpose (of the cam
pus visits) is to get the youngsters in
college to realize we’re having fun
spending the money, and they’re
going to have to pay it off,” said Don
Nelson, a Nebraska businessman and
member of the coalition.
The sign has gone to universities
in Champaign and Peoria, 111.;
Johnson City. Tcnn.; Richmond, Va.;
and Washington, D.C. A driver will
take the sign to Des Moines, Iowa,
and Denver this week.
Potter said the numbers on the
sign were estimated using federal
spending trends from the last 10
Andrew Loudon, president of the
Association of Students of the Uni
versity ofNebraska, said the debt was
not only a federal issue but a gener
“It affects everyone who is going
to walk by herc,bccausc we are going
to have to pay it off,” Loudon said
while standing at the exhibit.
The Social Security system will
be bankrupt by 2029, Loudon said.
He said that scared him, because he
would be 58 years old when the
Loudon said no one in his gener
ation was a member of Congress, so
any efforts to curb the deficit and
Social Security shortfalls would have
to come from older representatives.
Nelson said that if the federal
government were to pay just for de
fense, interest on the debt and entitle
ments— such as Medicare and So
cial Security—a budget deficit still
The government would have to
eliminate the deficit to pay off the
debt, Nelson said.
The deficit is the difference be
tween what the government makes
and spends each year, he said. The
government borrows money to pay
off the deficit. That borrowed money
adds up along with interest payments
to form the federal debt.
Nelson, 50, said his youngest
daughter, Jennifer, 21, would have to
pay three times the amount of payroll
taxes she does now for her to receive
the same Medicare and Social Secu
rity benefits his 86-year-old mother
He said too few taxpayers would
be contributing to the the Social Se
curity system to keep benefits and
taxes at the same level.
The problem will have to be sol ved
soon by negotiation, he said.
“Will this get solved by them
throwing tea into the harbor or by
negotiating?” he asked.
John Mitchell, who was hired to
drive the sign to different college
campuses, said he had seen many
different reactions to the sign. He
said most people just shook their
Mitchell, who is from Virginia,
said the number on the sign wonied
“I’ve got a 12-year-old son to
worry about,” he said. “1 think there
is something that ought to be done.”
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