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It’s very superstitous...
Some might call them crazy, but the Nebraska
women’s softball team members’ superstitions are a
perfect fit for the No.7 team in the nation. PAGE 7
Clay and canvas
Against all odds - including location and popula
tion -Lincoln’s art community has learned to
thrive through cooperation. BACK PAGE
April 14, 1998
Sunny Came Home ... And Then Left
Cloudy, high63. Chance of rain tonight, low 45.
City Council votes
to change zoning
By Ryan Brauer
Land near Wilderness Park might be a
mall after all.
After two hours of testimony from an
overflow crowd Monday, the Lincoln City
Council voted 7-0 to pass annexation and
rezoning measures for land near Wilderness
The measures will extend the land avail
able for corporate development in Lincoln by
annexing 125 acres west of South 14th Street
and Pine Lake Road.
Measures also will rezone the area from
agricultural land use to 1-3. the official title
given to a restricted industrial-employment
About 75 opponents to the plan who wore
stickers reading “Plan a sustainable Wilderness
Park” spent all morning outside the County
City Building protesting the proposed develop
ment of the Wilderness Park area.
City Councilman Jeff Fortenberry said the
council realized the sensitivity of the issue and
was not surprised by the community response.
“It's a very hard issue,” he said. "You try to
look for a win-win situation, but sometimes
concessions must be made.”
Fortenberry’ said he was impressed with
the show of support by the opposition and the
passion with which it delivered its arguments.
“1 think they accomplished something,”
he said. "We are very close to closing a deal to
purchase a 17-acre buffer zone in response to
Kent Seacrest. a Lincoln attorney repre
senting potential developers of the Wilderness
Park area, said developers own 17.27 acres of
land between Wilderness Park and the annex
ation that they intend to offer as a buffer zone
for the protection of the park.
City Councilman Curt Donaldson said
resolving the buffer-zone issue was one key to
the outcome of the vote.
“Despite all the urging to delay,” he said
“the extra two weeks allowed us to resolve the
two key issues: the buffer zone and flood con
Residents from both the Malone neigh
borhood and Lincoln's Historic Haymarket
District said they were concerned about
effects of development on the Salt Creek flood
Mike Morosin, former president of the
Malone Neighborhood Association, said he
felt development of the area would lead to
flooding in his neighborhood.
“Many old neighborhoods in Lincoln will
be at peril,” he said.
Donaldson said the City Council agreed to
prev ent flood-storage loss.
"If they fill in one place, they'll expand it
at another,” he said.
Sarah Shaw, a Univerisity of Nebraska
Lincoln sophomore env ironmental studies
major and member of the campus group
Ecology Now!, said her group and other
opponents to Wilderness Park-area develop
ment thought going into the meeting the City
Council would approve the measures.
“We feel the City Council didn’t heed the
warnings presented in our testimony,” she
Please see PARK on 3
Man faces charges
of first-degree murder
By Josh Funk
A homeless man was charged Monday
with first-degree murder in connection
with the death of an elderly Lincoln
w'oman last week.
Austin Dehaas, arrested in Kimball
Sunday, faces charges of first-degree
murder and the use of a weapon to commit
a felony for the stabbing death of 61 -year
old Barbara Reid. Lincoln Police said.
Police contacted the Kimball police
department Sunday after obtaining an
arrest warrant and learning that Dehaas
had friends in the area, said John Colburn,
Lancaster County chief deputy attorney.
Kimball police said they arrested
Dehaas on the Lincoln warrant at a
friend's house there.
Reid was found dead in her apartment
at 1900 F St. Saturday by her son-in-law
Douglas Hicks, according to the arrest
Hicks told police he went to the apart
ment to check on Reid because he and his
wife had been unable to contact Reid for
After a locksmith let him in, Hicks
found Reid lying in her bed with the cov
ers pulled over her face.
When Hicks looked at her face he saw
she was dead and called police.
Lincoln Police Sgt. Jim Spanel, the
investigating officer, found Reid wearing
only a blood-stained sweatshirt with an
apparent stab wound in the middle of her
Preliminary autopsy results Monday
morning found that the chest stab wound
was the cause of death, Colburn said.
Police are unsure of the exact time of
death, but complete autopsy results
should be available in a few weeks,
Upon further investigation, a knife
believed to be the murder weapon was
Please see MURDER on 3
THE FACE OF SEN. DIANNA SCHIMEK of Lincoln is reflected in a breast cancer awareness picture
that hangs in her office. Schimek, a longtime proponent of better breast cancer treatment avail
ability, was diagnosed with breast cancer in December.
/-M . -
not slow her
to refocus, prioritize
By Brian Carlson
One of the Legislature's leading proponents of better
access to cancer treatment has spent the 1998 session
adjusting to the disease herself.
And for Sen. DiAnna Schimek of Lincoln, the
demands of legislative service coupled with the stresses
of breast cancer have posed not an insurmountable chal
lenge. but an opportunity to refocus her life.
As the 1998 Legislature concludes its business
today, Schimek will have completed her first legislative
Please see SCHIMEK on 6
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