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Out like a lamb?
Just when you thought it was spring... Wintery weather struck again Sunday night and
Monday morning with snow, iceand high winds, wind-chill temperatures reached 40 below
in some areas. Relief is on the way, though, as temperatures will reach into the 40s and 50s
Media play roles in democracy
By Michaela Pieler
Showing a political candidate’s
positions instead of his personal life
presents a challenge to the American
media, a UNL journalism instructor
told international students Monday
Voters no longer make their deci
sions on the basis of party affiliation
but on the candidate as an individual,
said Charlync Berens, faculty mem
ber of the University of Ncbraska
Lincoln’s news-editorial department.
“We know enough about the can
didates’ families, their favorite food
and about the question whether Bill
Clinton can lose any more weight,” she
Berens participated in a panel dis
cussion, which was part of the Inter
national Affairs office’s American De
mocracy Program for international
students. Other panelists included
Mike Stricklin, UNL journalism pro
fessor; Kathleen Rutledge, city editor
of the Lincoln Journal Star; and Kent
Wolgamott, entertainment writer for
the Journal Star.
Journalists must keep in mind
which role they play in a democracy,
Rutledge told about 30 people in the
Voters cannot attend all political
meetings, she said, so the media must
“We have to ask questions on be
half of the public,” she said. “We have
to make sure public officials arc do
ing what people want them to do.”
Journalists in a democracy apply
their own intelligence and experience
to analyze events for their readers.
“We are not just stenographers,”
Only citizens with some back
ground knowledge can make informed
voting decisions, she said.
“How else should they know whom
to vote for?” she said.
Yenbo Wu, director of international
student programs at IA, asked the
panel how journalists could claim their
information always was objective.
Berens, former co-publisher of the
Seward County Independent, said the
media never could be objective.
“We don’t live in a vacuum,” she
said. “All we can do is try to be fair
and always show our reader more than
Opinion statements should be re
stricted to the editorial pages of a
newspaper, she said.
Stricklin said extreme news, how
ever, had a better chance to be re
“The media tends to focus on the
extreme* like on Pat Buchanan,” he
said. “Bizarre tales are always more
likely to be told. Journalists have a
Law & Order
leads to drug bust
The Lincoln-Lancaster County
drug unit made the first arrest Friday
in one of the city’s largest narcotics
Lincoln Police Lt. Duaine Bullock,
who is leading the investigation, said
police seized 5 pounds of amphet
amines from a location near 48th and
Van Dorn streets. Its estimated street
value is $200,000.
“That’s probably the largest I can
remember seeing in Lincoln,” he said.
Undercover police bought 3
pounds of amphetamines from Ger
man Muralez, 28, who was arrested
on suspicion of delivery and posses
sion of narcotics, Bullock said.
Muralez was arraigned in
Lancaster County Court on Monday
and charged with possession of con
trolled substance with intent to deliver.
He is being held on $50,000 bond.
Police then served a search warrant
for a garage near 70th and A streets,
where they found 2 pounds of amphet
amines, Bullock said.
The Lincoln Police Department,
Nebraska State Patrol, Lancaster
Sheriff’s Office and Omaha Police
have worked on the investigation for
the past few months, Bullock said.
Bullock refused to give details
about the investigation, which is still
pending, but said police would prob
ably make more arrests this week.
A Lincoln teen-ager was stabbed
during an argument at a pool hall on
North 27th Street on Saturday
My Duong, 23, entered the pool
hall with a large knife and allegedly
lunged at 17-year-old Viet Tran, ac
cording to police reports.
Tran dodged the blow but still suf
fered a cut to his back, police reports
Police later apprehended Duong,
who fled the scene. He was arrested
on suspicion of second-degree assault.
Burglars broke windows to get in
side two businesses on South Street
on Friday night.
Burglars broke into Hillis Phillips
66 Service Station, 600 South St., and
took a battery starter kit and cash from
the register for a total loss of $310.
Nothing was taken from Tina’s
Cafe, 616 South St., but burglars did
$500 damage to the front glass door.
_ — Chad Lorenz
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