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WASHINGTON (AP) — Shaky
U.S. efforts to maintain a united front
against Saddam Hussein hit another
snag Sunday. Kuwait, the nation saved
in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, tempo
rarily withheld permission for 5,000
additional American troops to be sta
Administration officials stressed
they fully expected Kuwait to approve
the deployment soon, but critics
jumped on die delay as another ex
ample of the administration failing to
hold together the Gulf War coalition.
“What kind of a lack of consulta
1 tion with our allies is this that we
| would end up in this kind of a
t muddle?” House Speaker Newt
| Gingrich asked on NBC’s “Meet the
“This situation is in terrible disar
ray. The credibility of the United States
is at stake,” Sen. John McCain, R
Ariz., said in ABC’s “This Week With
Defense Secretary William Perry,
during a visit to Kuwait Sunday, said
he had sought permission for the troops
from the emir, Sheik Jaber al-Ahmed
al-Sabah. He was told the matter would
be taken up by the emirate’s defense
committee, Perry said.
It previously was announced in the
United States that 5,000 troops from
Fort Hood, Texas, would leave for
Kuwait, but with'soldiers packing on
Saturday, the operation was put on hold
until permission was granted.
President Clinton, asked by report
ers about the Kuwaiti deployment, said
the decision was made public “before
we had done our regular consultation
and the Kuwaitis had done their regu
lar review. As far as I know, there is
nothing irregular or troubling here.”
“It is my expectation that we will
hear very shortly that they will be de
lighted to accept these troops,” Gen.
John Shalikashvili, chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on ABC.
Already, 1,200 American troops are in
Kuwait for training exercises with the
The U.S. military response over the
past several weeks to Iraqi President
Saddam’s military adventures in north
ern Iraq has been shadowed by inabil
ity to obtain the support and participa
tion of most Western and Middle East
ern countries who joined the coalition
to drive Iraq out of Kuwait in 1991.
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LIZA MENDOZA, instructor for the Zapatos Alegres dance-group, leads the Mexican
Bottle Danceon Sunday at the Hispanic Heritage Festival.
! Hispanic Heritage Festival
celebrates culture, children
Dances, stoiwtelung and
face painting entertain
families to make the cel
ebration a success.
This year’s Hispanic Heritage Festival
had a distinct family feel. During the open
ing ceremony, one child from each Hispanic
country carried that country’s flag.
Another family-oriented feature was the
children’s area, staffed by 35 student volun
c 1 teers from UNL’s Teachers College. The
children’s area included bilingual
storytelling, balloon painting and other
crafts, as well as face painting.
“We want families to enjoy this with their
children,” said Kris Miller, a UNL curricu
lum instructor. The bilingual storytelling is
important because, she said, they want to en
courage children to practice their Spanish
Many of the children are bilingual al
ready, Miller said.
Ten years ago, the celebration originated
as a small fur in the back of the Hispanic:
Center, said Hispanic Center volunteer Lon
Sorenson. Few several years after that, it con
sisted of one dance group and a few booths
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Senator supports Hagel,
By Chad Lorenz
President Clinton’s poor deci
sion making in the Iraq conflict is
just one reason why Washington
needs military-minded leadership,
a Republican Senator from Arizona
Sen. John McCain said he wants
candidate Chuck Hagel to win the
Nebraska senate seat so the Repub
licans can preserve majority lead
ership and continue progress on the
‘To lose majority would bring
many much-needed reforms to a
halt,” McCain said.
The last poll of Nebraska vot
ers showed Hagel 21 points behind
Democratic candidate Ben Nelson.
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to handle terrorist attacks
By Erin Gibson
on East Campus.
“Managing the Conse
quences,” will train about 150 government of
ficials, police and fire departments, emergency
personnel and business leaders to handle the
aftermath of a terrorist attack in the Heartland.
“Until the bombing of the federal building
in Oklahoma City, the threat of terrorism
seemed very distant,” Nelson said in a state
“Unfortunately, the reality is that a terrorist
attack can occur anytime anywhere, and we
must ensure that Nebraska is ready to handle
The conference will be at the Clifford Hardin
Nebraska Center for Continuing Education and
is sponsored by the Nebraska Emergency Man
agement Agency (NEMA) under a grant from
the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
NEMA public information officer Tim
Hergenrader said the terrorist threat is present
in Nebraska, and that terrorist attach pose
unique problems for government and emer
“It’s similar to the aftermath of a hurricane,”
Hergenrader said. “But the crime scene is very
Mass casualties and intense media attention
compound the difficulty of dealing with an at
tack, he said.
Extremist and militia groups in northeast and
northwest Nebraska, including Posse Comita
tus, could pose a threat, Hergenrader said. The
groups oppose taxes and other government “in
terference” in their lives.
“The purpose of a terrorist attack is to dis
rupt government functions and people,”
Hergenrader said. “If we learned something
■ ' flUB’Okfihoma City, we learned that there are
people who will go to any extreme do to that.”
The conference will prepare emergency per
sonnel to handle an attack in any locale, he said.
Lincoln Police Sgt. Ann Heermann said
police are trained to deal with emergency situ
ations, but not specifically a terrorist attack.
“Police do a lot of the same things at any
crime scene,” Heermann said.
She said the threat of an attack is probably
less in Nebraska than in more populated regions.
“But, after Oklahoma City, you could never
rule it out,” she said. “It’s as random as any
UNL Police Chief Ken Cauble said two ser
geants from the UNL police force will attend
Memorial Stadium on game days could pro
vide an opportunity for disaster, he said.
Dara Troutman, press secretary for Nelson,
said the governor is acting responsibly by hav
ing the conference.
The conference marks the next step in a con
tinuous process of preparedness against terror
ism, she said.
After the Persian Gulf War, security mea
sures were stepped up in federal and county
buildings across Nebraska, Troutman said.
The Oklahoma City bombing further awak
ened Nebraskans to the threat of terrorism, she
“It was an unfortunate awakening,”
Troutman said. “It showed us that we aren’t
Regents OK construction bid
Minnesota firm to build transplant center
By Erin Schuue
% 4 Senior Reporter
The NU Board of Regents approved PennCo
Construction of Eagon, Minn., as the construc
tion firm for Omaha’s Lied Transplant Center
at its meeting Friday.
PennCo Construction was chosen even
thoi^i the company's bid was $2.8 million
mile than the university originally planned to
spend. All three companies that made estimates
on the project bid over the projected cost of
^ Regent Charles Wilson of Lincoln proposed
an extensively debated amendment to approve
PennCo without approving die budget increase.
NU President Dennis Smith warned that ap
proving the Wilson amendment would, in ef
fect, kill the proposal to hirePennCo.
That would mean a search for new bids and
construction delay s until a new company could
be hired. H
Smith said a delay in construction would
mean $8,000 per day in inflationary construc
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