The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 14, 1997, Image 1

Below is the OCR text representation for this newspapers page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML.

    —smuj— *11- TUESDAY
Developing depth Rocky Mountain low October 14,1997
* After being outscored 14-7 in the second half of John Denver, known worldwide for fusing folk,
| its 49-21 victory over Baylor, NU will work on country and pop music, died Sunday evening in a SHOOTIN’
the play of its second units. PAGE 7 plane crash off Monterey, Calif. PAGE 9 Mostly sunny, high 60. tonight, low 38.
1 Johanns’ refusal disappoints gays
■ The mayor said his
Catholic faith prevented
him from declaring a
Lincoln Coming Out Day.
By Ted Taylor
Senior Reporter
3 -
He is a Catholic.
And from Lincoln Mayor Mike
i Johanns’ point of view, that should
f be the only explanation necessary to
* those who ask why he refused to
& sign a proclamation last week
1 declaring Saturday as Lincoln
| Coming Out Day. . -'r
“As a matter of personal choice,
4 I could not sign that proclamation,”
i he said Monday after a morning
3 hews conference launching his
gubernatorial television ad cam
paign, wlpch specifically points out
that his 19-year-old son graduated
from a Christian high school.
Johanns alsd did not sign a
proclamation for agay event in June.
“I hoped they would appreciate
that I have my o$m personal views
and values just asNhey do,” he said.
But that isn’t enough for mem
bers of Lincoln’s gay and lesbian
community, who are still looking for
a better explanation as to why the
leader of their ci|y - and potential
leader of the stat<f— sent a message
of nonacceptance by not saying any
thing at all.
“It sends a message that gays and
lesbians are not valued in this city,”
said Alison Knudsen, president of
the UNL’s Gay Lesbian Bisexual
Transgender Resource Center.
“I understand and respect his
religious beliefs,” she said, “but he
might have to - in a society founded
on the separation of church and state
- leave religion out of his job as a
public servant.”
Saturday was recognized across
the country as National Coming Out
Day, commemorating a 1987 march
on Washington, D.C., which cele
brated lesbian and gay rights and
promoted honesty about being gay,
lesbian or bisexual.
Matt LeMieux, executive direc
tor of American Civil Liberties
Union in Nebraska, agreed it was
Johanns’ responsibility as the leader
of a community to be accepting of
all its citizens.
“Obviously we aren’t asking him
Please see JOHANNS on 3
Mayor officially starts
television ad campaign
By Ted Taylor
Senior Reporter
He’s not officially a candidate
for governor, but Mayor Mike
Johanns officially launched a
statewide television ad campaign
Monday aimed at helping him get
dectedto the state’s top job in 1998.
Standing in front of a “Johanns
for Governor” sign in his south
Lincoln “Johanns for Governor”
headquarters, flanked by members
of his “Johanns for Governor” staff,
the mayor, without making a formal
announcement of his gubernatorial
intentions, said the media cam
paign would help put any wonder
ing minds to rest.
“Let there be no doubt,” he said
looking into six television cameras,
“that I will be a candidate for the
Please see ADS on 3
j Nebraska
f restrictions
By Brian Carlson
Assignment Reporter
Nebraska won’t be among the 22 states
bound by new restrictions on air emissions, the
Environmental Protection Agency announced
~X recently.
The restrictions would have forced the state
to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides, which
contribute to air pollution such as smog. But
the EPA ruled Nebraska did not contribute sig
nificantly to air pollution in the eastern half of
the United States.
Gov. Ben Nelson lauded the decision
Monday, saying he was pleased that the state
would not face additional federal regulations.
t The ruling will help keep energy costs low in
Nebraska, he said.
“But even more important than that is what
t this means to our citizens,” he said. “It con
firms once again that the air they breathe is
* safe and of high quality.”
The EPA’s announcement followed a two
year study of ozone transport in the 37 eastern
most states. Several eastern states had com
plained that polluted air from other states was
blowing into their skies, making it difficult for
them to control air pollution.
Randy Wood, director of the Nebraska
Department of Environmental Control, said
the study not only showed Nebraska was not
responsible for pollution problems on the east
ern seaboard, but also that it has not con
tributed significantly to pollution problems in
cities such as Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas
City, Mo.
“It’s been a long, hard-fought battle,” Wood
said. “It was like pulling teeth to get some of
these other states to agree with us.”
The EPA project used a complex modeling
system to study the sources and destinations of
air pollution. The air pollution that was studied
stemmed mostly from coal- and gas-powered
plants, but the project also measured emissions
Please see ET ZHHONS on 6
Photo Illustration by Ryan Soderlin/DN
Informed consumers can avoid
leaving used lot with a lemon
By Brice Sullivan
Staff Reporter
Craig Patak was eager to buy a new used car. When he found a
1992 Pontiac Lemans, he thought he had found a quality automo
Patak, a senior broadcasting major, took the car for a test drive
and purchased it the same day. The car did not include a warranty.
Within a month, he discovered some mechanical problems.
First, the seat belts did not work properly. Then the starter broke.
“I don’t know if I’d call it a lemon,” Patak said, “but there were
Please see USED CARS on 6
Read the Daily Nebraskan on the World Wide Web at http:/