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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 19, 1996)
l November 1911996
I No nuts here
v Scott Bruhn^DN
ONE SQUIRREL'S search for winter food proved to be futile — at least for a little while — Monday
afternoon as it went nut-gathering atop a fence near Memorial Stadium.
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By Matthew Waite
Snow and freezing rain mean more
accidents on Lincoln roadways, and
more work for the city’s police offic
In fact, Lincoln drivers slam into
each other twice as much on snowy
days as clear ones, according to Lin
coln Police Department records taken
from snow days at the end of 1995 and
Lincoln Police Sgt. Ann Heermann
said officers know what snow means
“It’s part of the job,” she said.
“They are prepared for it. They take
out extra accident reports and they re
alize that’s what they are going to do
Records show a daily average of 25
to 35 accidents. On days that it snowed,
the average jumped to 64.6 accidents.
On days of freezing rain, the aver
age number of accidents was on the
high side of die daily average range:
35 accidents versus the 25 to 35 acci- ,
dent average range.
Please see ACCIDENTS on 6
Man arrested after
home damaged by fire
By Chad Lorenz
l Police arrested a Lincoln man on
suspicion of aiibn Monday morning in
connection with a fire that severely
damaged the inside of his home.
Police arrested Virgil Moats Mon
day while the fire was still burning at
his two-bedroom house at 844 Peach
Chief Deputy Dean Staberg said
' Mo&svtent to a nearby laundromat and
tried to get change for a pay phone to
call firefighters. A woman at the
laundromat stepped out of the
laundromat, saw smoke coming from
the house and called firefighters her
self, Staberg said.
Fire investigator Bob Fiedler said
Moats-seemed to be “heavily medi
cated” on prescription medicine when
fire authorities contacted him. Fiedler
would not elaborate on Moats’ medi
Preliminary investigation showed
suspicious circumstances behind the
cause of the fire, he said.
‘It appears it was intentionally set,”
The fire started in a mattress in a
bedroom at the back of the house,
When firefighters arrived, they
could see a column of dense smoke ris
ing from the house from six blocks
away, Staberg said. Smoke was pour
ing through the windows and from un
derneath the eaves of the house,
Firefighters attacked the blaze from
the front of the house, while two oth
ers sprayed water from both sides to
protect the adjacent houses, he said.
Evergreen bushes along the east side
of the house had already started to
bum, he said.
While firefighters were inside, they
heard a series of explosions and saw
flames burst from the basement,
Stabeig said. The fire apparently had
reached some rifle or shotgun ammu
nition in the basement, he said. No one
Once the fire was under control,
firefighters dumped pails of smolder
ing debris out the window where it was
Fiedler estimated $8,000 damage to
the house itself and $10,000 damage
to its contents.
Moats shares the house with his
brother, Roger Moats. Roger Moats '
had left Lincoln for Denver earlier
j Travels open student’s
[ eyes to other cultures
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By Chad Lorenz
During her travels around the globe, Jen
Thompson has learned that home isway far from
the rest of the world.
The United States is so far from countries
like Ecuador and India, even the American tour
\ ists can’t truly see the people or the culture sur
| > America is so far and so detached from other
nations, she said, its people couldn’t possibly
| imagine the lives of foreigners.
Not until they see the world's people as Th
ompson has — face to face.
“We are American, and we see the world
from the United States,” Thompson said.
K"r" ~ .^ '
The 22-year-old Spanish major has been to
21 different countries on five continents, includ
ing popular destinations such as France, Ger
many and England. But she has also landed in
not-so-touristy locales such as Vietnam, Cam
bodia and Russia.
Since age 10, Thompson has md and lived .. :
with people of several other races audcukures.
On her first expeditions with her family, her ^
father would take them on the typical tourist
routes through North America. They’d follow
their schedule and visit the most popular attrac
tions without interacting much with the people,
she said. -l ’ ^ *.
Those eariy experiences were appropriate,
she said, because she needed some sheltered
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