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suspects in the Oklahoma City bomb
One source who works in a federal
building in downtown Omaha and
spoke on the condition of anonymity
said the sketches were of two men
who had been in the federal building
(Mi the Friday before the blast. The
source said they resembled Timothy
McVeigh and “John Doe No. 2.”
Another source, who also works in
a federal building and spoke on condi
tion of anonymity, said the compos
ites did not appear to resemble the two
The Omaha World-Herald reported
Tuesday that the sketches were made
by the Omaha Police Department at
the request of the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms.
Reason for dollar’s fall argued
WASHINGTON — While the
United States and other economic
powers squabbled over whois to blame
for the weakness of the dollar, Presi
dent Clinton let it be known that he
doesn’t favor increasing American
interest rates to support the U.S. cur
The dollar’s sharp plunge this year
was at the top of the agenda for
Tuesday’s meeting of finance offi
cials from the world’s seven richest
industrial countries — the United
States, Japan, Germany, Britain,
France, Canada and Italy.
The finance ministers and central
bank presidents were expected to is
sue a joint statement at the end of their
meetings, pledging to intensify efforts
at global cooperation.
However, currency traders said they
would be surprised if anything came
out ofthe session beyond vague prom
ises of future economic coordination.
The market skepticism was cited as a
chief reason the dollar drifted lower in
advance of the communique.
A central reason for the pessimism
was an unusual amount of squabbling
among the Group of Seven countries
before the session began.
Germany and Japan, concerned that
the dollar's sharp decline will hurt
their export industries, urged the Fed
eral Reserve to boost U.S. interest
rates as a way of making the dollar
more attractive to foreign investors.
However, the Clinton administra
tion has rejected that suggestion, fear
ing that further Fed rate increases
would raise the chances of a U.S.
The president himself entered the
debate, saying that he believed in
creasing U.S. interest rates to bolster
the dollar was “of questionable value.”
“We aren’t going to do ourselves
any good to spark a recession here at
home by raising interest rates fur
ther,” Clinton said.
Instead of focusing on interest rates,
the president pledged to bolster the
dollar’s value by blocking any con
gressionally passed tax cuts that widen
the budget deficit. He blamed much of
the market uncertainty on the House
passed $200 billion tax cut package.
“Once the financial markets see
that I am serious, that we’re not about
to have a $200 billion tax cut... that is
basically an add-on to this deficit...
then they will stabilize and go for
ward,” he said.
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wanted to be there. She wanted to
She never got a chance. Shortly
after she arrived, she was struck on the
head by concrete from the collapsing
building. Within hours, she was hos
pitalized. Within five days, she was
dead. She was 37 years old.
Then, she went to the rescue once
more: Her great heart was implanted
in a sick man’s chest.
On Tuesday, her husband Fred, her
children—ages 10 to 17—and other
family and friends bid farewell to
Rebecca Anderson in her hometown
of Fort Smith, Ark. As they mourn,
they also find solace knowing she died
doing a good deed.
“Rarely do we go out of life doing
what we want,” Anderson said, puff
ing on a cigarette, his eyes red with
tears and fatigue. “She gave her life
doing what she wanted to do.”
“I wish,” he said, “I had half the
compassion and heart that she had.”
Rebecca was just beginning a new
life when tragedy struck. Divorced,
she started nursing school about three
years ago and then went to work at the
Brookwood Nursing Cento:.
Her personal life was flourishing,
too, thanks to a husky, blue-eyed truck
driver she’d met through a mutual
friend. Their first date was Oct. 2,
1993—Rebecca’s 36th birthday. He
had scouted out a restaurant that served
her favorite dish, Alaskan king crab.
The next day he brought her gladiolas.
Nine months later, they stood hand in
hand at the church altar.
Both Andersons had work off last
Wednesday and were watching televi -
sion when their house shook. Immedi -
ately, Rebecca grabbed some clothes
and told her husband they needed to
Though they’d been wed less than
nine months, Anderson knew his wife
was a determined woman. He would
take her to the blast sight, and then go
off, looking to help where he could.
“If I told her no, I wouldn’t have
made a difference,” he said wistfully.
“Nobody could change her mind. If
she told me it was important, it WAS
Before leaving, she called a friend
and co-worker, Ava Muzny.
“I told her to be careful and call me
that ni^ht,” Muzny recalled.
Nearly 2(H) miles away, in Fort
Smith, her younger sister, Lori
Hughen, watchedthe horror on televi
sion. She kept an eye out for Rebecca.
“I thought I’d see her there putting
on Band-Aids,” she said, smiling
though tears as she huddled with
Rebecca’s 15-year-old daughter,
It was only after Rebecca’s death
that Anderson pieced together what
happened: After public appeals — a
photo of his wife fainting appeared in
a local newspaper — witnesses told
him Rebecca was hit by a large slab of
concrete while helping rescuers near
She sat down, someone went to get
help, then she got up again and began
walking. She went a short distance,
her eyes rolled into her head; then she
fainted, her head smacking against the
When Anderson arrived at the hos
pital, he said, a doctor showed him X
rays, indicating a severe blow to the
back of her head and small hemor
rhages. When he entered his wife’s
room, she recognized him.
“I said, baby, 'what happened?”’
he recalled. “She said, 'I don’t re
That night, she lost consciousness.
Five days later, she was gone.
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Nelson wants grads to stay
by Heoecca oilmans
For 25 English students, a writing assign
ment to show how letters make things happen
brought an unexpected result—a visit from the
Ben Nelson spoke with a business writing
class at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Tuesday about the “brain drain” in Nebraska.
Earlier this semester, the students wrote let
ters about what affected their decisions to stay
in or leave Nebraska after graduation. They
used the governor as a hypothetical audience.
When the letters were sorted, the “leaving”
pile was larger than the “staying” pile, said Jill
Morstad, who teaches the class.
Making people see what Nebraska has to
offer is the way to stop them from leaving the
state, Nelson told the class.
“It’slikethechicken and egg theory,"Nelson
said. “If people stay here, then there is likely to
be jobs here.
One member of the class, Ryan Hensler, said
jobs weren’t the only factor.
“We go away on spring break and see those
cities and think ‘Man, I really want to live
here,’...a lot ofkidsjust say Nebraska isnot that
dynamic,” Hensler said.
Nelson agreed that some students would
leave, no matter what.
“Nebraska isn’t going to be competitive if
you really love the ocean or the mountains,”
“The question is, ‘Where do you want to
raise your family and live day-in, day-out?’”
Morstad said many students whowrote about
leaving planned to return to Nebraska after they
got their career going.
“They also said they would be proud to be
from Nebraska, no matter where they moved
to,” Morstad said.
Investigator approved to case
From Staff Reports
A private investigator has been approved for
death row inmate Robert Williams, and the
costs will be paid by the county. Williams
requested the appointment last week.
John Vanderslice, one of the lawyers ap
pointed to represent Williams, asked die court
to appoint investigator Rod Yokel of Lincoln.
Documents filed by Williams lawyers had
argued an investigator was needed to interview
past jurors and other witnesses who might have
information regarding allegations of juror mis
conduct raised in his defense.
Williams came within three hours of his
scheduled execution March 21. A stay was
issued by the Nebraska Supreme Court, and his
case was sent back to Lancaster County District
Court for a hearing.
McElroy’s hearing is delayed
From Staff Reports
A hearing to determine if Arthur McElroy is
a danger to himself and society will have to wait
until an evaluation at the Lincoln Regional
Cento* is completed.
McElroy was found not responsible by rea
son of insanity in a March ruling. His charges,
including attempted second- degree murder,
stemmed from a 1992 incident in which McElroy
allegedly walked into a UNL classroom with a
loaded semi-automatic rifle and attempted to
fire. The gun jammed.
A two-page document filed in Lancaster
County District Court earlier this week stated
that an evaluation, not to exceed 90 days, at the
center would be conducted.
Lawyers from both the county attorney’s
office and the public defender’s office agreed to
the evaluation and delay. Following a March 31
ruling that McElroy was not responsible by
reason of insanity, a hearing was set for May 4.
The documents conclude by stating that
McElroy “shall be held in locked and secure
confinement by the Lincoln Regional Center”
during the course of his evaluation.
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