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On a contem porary calendar, this translates to early to mid-November. The 15th day is Diwali, the main day of celebration. The day after Diwali is the beginning of the new year on the Hindu calendar. The holiday is usually celebrated in early morning or late night. Celebra tions and myths surrounding the cel ebration vary across regions. In the northwest parts of India, the religious mythology tells the story of the Lord Krishna killing a demon named Narakasur, who represents evil. People usually associate the Lord Krishna myth with Diwali. The mythology is different in the eastern part of India, where the god dess Kalipuya is worshipped as a sym bol of discipline. The Indian Student Association celebrated Diwali Night on Nov. 3, and the Hindu Temple of Nebraska cel ebrated the holiday on Nov. 16. Kwanzaa honors social, spiritual needs during week KWANZAA from page 1 and drinks from the cup. Every one says “harambee” — which means “let’s pull together”—and drinks from the cup. Throughout the week-long celebration participants greet each other with “Habari Gani,” which means “How are you?” Because Kwanzaa is cel ebrated in December, it is often considered a substitute for Christ mas. But Cedric McClester, au thor of “Kwanzaa: Everything You Always Wanted to Know but Didn’t Know Where to Ask,” says it is better described as a cultural affirmation. He said Kwanzaa is a time for African-Americans to reflect upon their African past and American present. 7 1 Radio listeners make donations to family GIFTS from page 1 furniture they needed. The radio station has not been in touch with the family and is not releas ing its name, but it has talked to a char ity organization that will help distrib ute donations to the family. Telephone operators at the studio quit counting donation calls at 500. Generous callers wanting to offer time or donations ate up all the music pro gramming slots on the 102.7 FM sta tion. * “We had to throw the rest of the show out the window,” Tooker said. Randy Robbins, operations man ager at the station, said he arrived at work only to find a big surprise — a huge mishmash of all kinds of dona tions in the lobby. “I said, ‘Gee, Dan, what’s all this stuff in the front lobby all over the place?”’ Robbins said. He said he was amused and pleased by the announcer’s on-the-spot philanthropy. Robbins said people expect radio stations to have contests and play good music, “but just how good a commu nity member are we?” “That kind of stuff is real impor tant to us. We live here, too.” Donations slowed late Tuesday af ternoon but people were still coming by the station to drop off donations, and interested donors were still leaving their phone numbers. The station plans to throw a lis tener-appreciation party on Dec. 21. Listeners with large donations, such as couches, will meet those who have volunteered to offer their trucks to move the items. They will then deliver the large stash of goods to the family, and be treated to a reception at bw-3, a res taurant downtown on P Street. Tooker’s approach to helping the family encouraged listeners, Robbins said. But Tooker won’t take the credit. “I threw it up against the wall,” he said. “But now everyone else is mak ing it stick.” Raid unveils illegal aliens working in Omaha OMAHA (AP) —-Immigration agents raided the city’s garbage-haul ing company at daybreak Tuesday and arrested 78 suspected illegal aliens, about half the work force. A law enforcement officer appar ently fired a shot at the tires of a car fleeing from Deffenbaugh Industries during the raid. No one was hurt and the car got away. The immigrant workers—most of them from Mexico and two from Cen tral America—admitted they were in the United States illegally, said Jerry Heinauer, state director of the Immi gration and Naturalization Service. Those arrested were taken to the Dawson County jail in Lexington, where Heinauer said there would be room to hold them until a federal air craft could return them to Mexico on Thursday. U.S. Attorney Tom Monaghan and INS officials would, not comment on whether Deffenbaugh would face charges in the hiring of illegal immi grants. INS officials said Deffenbaugh was not notified of the raid, but the com pany cooperated with authorities once the operation began. The plant had about 150 workers on site during the raid. In a statement issued by Deffenbaugh, James Godfrey, general manager of the company, said: “These workers had previously provided the company with apparent proper identi fication to secure employment with the company. Deffenbaugh Industries be lieves that they have followed all ap plicable federal and state regulations in the hiring of its workers.” Omaha Public Works Director Don • ! ' Students offered discounts from Internet providers INTERNET from page 1 age plans: 15 hours for $6.50; 40 hours for $10; and unlimited hours for $19. NAVIX claims it will not charge customers who use its ser vice for less than five hours a month. The special rates are $ 10 to $ 15 less than the regular rates. Either company will enable stu dents to access their e-mail and use software for the World Wide Web. Both companies use 28,800 baud modems. Also, Internet Nebraska allows its subscribers to post their own web page. “We are pumped up to be able to serve students, and we will be ready to go in January,” said Eric Erlandson, director of operations for Internet Nebraska. Despite initial student com plaints, Michalecki said university officials feel confident that elimi nating the modem pool will benefit students. “Once people get past the idea that they have to pay for something that was free, they will see the Internet opening up to them and re alize that what they got free wasn’t very much.” Elliott said the city was aware of ru mors of undocumented workers at the company but did not investigate or contact the INS about the rumors. He said the city was unaware of the planned raid. The city’s garbage collection was delayed Tuesday, while temporary workers were hired. Bob Sink, manager of environmen tal quality with the city’s Public Works Department, said about two-thirds of the company’s 3S trucks were running. Typically, each truck is manned with a driver and two helpers to pick up trash. “Apparently, the individuals that were sequestered by the INS were their helpers. All of their drivers are still there,” Sink said. Heinauer said the Deffenbaugh in vestigation began in January after the INS received at least four tips that there may be illegal workers at the company. That same month, Deffenbaugh took over the city’s seven-year garbage con tract. Jerry Younger, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Union Local 554, said it could have been some of the union pickets at the plant that provided those tips. The union is picketing DefFenbaugh because of the company’s reluctance to negotiate with employ ees who joined the Teamsters. “It seemed to be common knowl edge that this company had plugged into the pipeline, bringing illegals in to work like some of the meatpackers have doner Younger said. “It doesn’t really surprise us. We certainly be lieved they were in there.” Heinauer confirmed a shot was fired at a fleeing vehicle during the raid. Witnesses said it appeared that two people were in the car. Tuesday’s raid was the first time that an immigration agent had fired his gun during an immigration raid in Ne braska, Heinauer said. The INS will conduct an internal investigation in the shooting as it does any time a weapon is discharged.