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Stop the violence
Gandhi’s grandson calls for peace
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The grandson of the late “Mahatma”
Gandhi urged more than 250 people gath
ered in a Lincoln church Sunday night to
cooperate and get involved in their commu
Arun Gandhi, whose grandfather was the
Indian spiritual leader Mohandas
Karamchand Gandhi, spoke at the Vine Con
gregational Church, 1800Twin Ridge Road,
as part of a 10-week series on India.
“find out what you can change in your
self and in other people,” said Gandhi, au
thor of four books and co-founder of the
M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in
He talked about the importance of get
ting involved to solve problems, instead of
simply being charitable.
“They (problems) are all aggravated be
“We must ask ourselves, are
ive progressing toivard
civilization, and if so, why
are we becoming so violent?”
grandson of "Mahatma” Gandhi
cause none of us have the time to devote,”
Echoing the philosophy of his grandfa
ther, Gandhi said people should use nonvio
lent methods to reach their goals.
‘To understand the philosophy of nonvio
lence, you need to understand the ramifica
tions of violence first,” he said. “We all need
to be more considerate, compassionate and
“Physical violence is the cumulative ef
fect of all passive violence suffered for years.
We must get rid of passive violence.”
Gandhi, editor of “World Without Vio
lence: Can Gandhi’s Dream Become Real
ity?”, said the philosophy of nonviolence was
not just a strategy used for protests.
“Nonviolence has to begin with us. We
must practice it with our own children and
create a relationship based on mutual re
spect,” he said.
“We must ask ourselves, are we progress
ing toward civilization, and if so, why are
we becoming so violent?” Gandhi said.
“The blame ultimately lies with us,” he
said. “Don’t ever aspire to change the whole
world. We don’t have the capacity.
“Instead, be content to change yourself,
your family, and your neighborhood. We
need to understand our limitations.”
By Chad Lorenz
A major explosion caused by a leak in a gas
stove Saturday morning blew off the front of a
two-story house and severely burned a Lincoln
James J. Walsh, 89, was in critical condition
Sunday night with third-degree bums on 80
percent of his body. He is being treated at the
bum unit of St. Elizabeth Community Health
Walsh, who was conscious when help ar
rived, told fire officials he had been trying to
light a gas stove when his house at 3121 N. 47th
St. exploded, Lincoln Fire Investigator Bill
A gas line connected to the kitchen range
had been leaking overnight and had filled the
house with gas, Moody said.
The gas spread flames throughout the house,
which caught entirely on fire, Moody said.
Firefighters worked for almost three hours to
contain the blaze, he said.
The house and its contents were destroyed,
and the loss was estimated at $83,000, Moody
“Obviously there was nothing salvageable,”
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forced to dump
sewage in river
OMAHA (AP) — It is revolting but legal.
Some 216 million gallons of raw sewage
from Nebraska’s largest city will pour directly
into the Missouri River this week as the Papillion
Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant works on its
chlorine system and repairs sluice gates.
Over four days beginning Tuesday morning,
when people in and around the city flush their
toilets, there is a chance it will go directly into
Apparently it will not make any measurable
difference to the environment or public health;
it is less than a dirty drop in the bucket.
“The dilution power of the river is enormous,
though it is extremely difficult to measure and
document changes in the Missouri over time be
cause the river itself is so variable,” said Allen
Schlesinger, a biology professor at Creighton
University who has studied the river for years.
“There are certainly conceptual concerns, but
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Candidates trie for votes in Iowa caucuses
By Tom Raum
The Associated Press
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — On the eve
of the Iowa caucuses, GOP candidates
hopscotched the state Sunday, court
ing the one-out-of-five Republicans
that polls suggest are undecided.
With Bob Dole’s lead appearing to
have stabilized, the real battle formed
around who would be second.
As the rivals moved from town
meetings and rallies to TV talk shows,
publishing heir Steve Forbes emerged
as everyone else’s favorite target.
“Forbes is falling, despite his mas
sive amount of negative ads,” asserted
former Tennessee Gov. Lamar
Alexander, who hoped to benefit from
any Forbes decline.
Texas Sen. Phil Gramm, trailing in
the single digits but insisting he not
be counted out, ridiculed Forbes fcr
complaining about anonymous phone
calls against him. “He can dish it out,
but he can’t take it.”
Dole tried to take the high road,
declining to criticize Forbes directly.
But his campaign continued to air ads
on Sunday calling the publisher “un
tested ... and more liberal than you
The Senate majority leader said he
was content with polls showing him
with a lead in the high 20s, far behind
the 37 percent he finished with in
1988, when there were more candi
dates in the race.
“I want to finish first. We hope it’s
a strong first,” he said during a visit
to a Des Moines diner. “And some
body else will finish second, and then
we’ll go on to New Hampshire where
somebody will finish second.”
Despite personal appearances, the
candidates spent the pre-caucus day
fighting over the airwaves—both on
live television interview shows and
with a blizzard of radio and TV ad
Forbes, who has spent about $4
million in Iowa, even bought 30
minute spots that were running on TV
stations on Sunday around the state.
The “infomercial,” called “Steve
Forbes: A Thie Vision and an Honest
Voice,” included testimonials from
prominent Americans, clips of him as
a child and a taped 3-year-old tribute
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Caucus voters undecided
by Tea Tayior
After turning into a “non-event”
in 1992, this year’s Iowa caucus will
be — at the very least — interest
ing, Political Science Professor
Robert Sittig said Sunday.
Sittig said that while today’s
caucus may not clearly indicate
who will run against President
Clinton, it could send a couple of
“In the past, it has put a whole
bevy of candidates in a tailspin of
which they couldn’t recover,” he
“If you go there and make the
effort and still get low points, you
can imagine how hard that is to ex
plain to the next set of voters.”
Sittig cited Texas Sen. Phil
Gramm as (me who could be hurt
the most if he doesn't do well.
“He is going from contender to
hanger-on, Sittig said. “He may be
history after Monday night.
“It will put two or three of them
right behind the eight ball, and you
won’t hear much from them any
More than 130,000 Iowans are
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