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Reinhard suing assistant
By Lindsay Young
Senior staff writer
An associate professor under
scrutiny for alleged mishandling of
American Indian remains has filed a
lawsuit against a UNL archaeology
and anthropology assistant
Karl Reinhard, an associate
anthropology professor, filed suit in
Lancaster County District Court on
Oct. 9 against Stan Parks, a staff
assistant in UNL’s anthropology
Reinhard is under fire for
allegedly violating state and federal
law by studying American Indian
remains without tribal permission.
Recently, Reinhard was cleared
of state charges after a State Patrol
investigation concluded the univer
sity did not violate state law.
The patrol’s results were sent to
U.S. Attorney Tom Monaghan to
determine whether the investigation
presented evidence of violation of
the federal Native American Graves
Protection and Repatriation Act of
Lincoln attorney Robert Griinit
also is investigating whether the uni
versity violated state laws or univer
Issues being investigated arose
after American Indian remains were
found in Bessey Hall last fall.
The situation has received local,
state and national attention.
Neither Parks nor Reinhard
returned phone calls to the Daily
Nebraskan on Monday.
Attorney Ruth A. O’Loughlin of
the Lincoln firm Polsky, Cope
Knapp and Shiffermiller is repre
senting Reinhard. NU attorney John
Wiltse has been working with Parks
but is not his official attorney.
Reinhard alleges Parks made
false statements to the media,
including the Lincoln Journal Star
and the Omaha World-Herald; on the
Internet; and to others, according to
affidavits filed in court.
Statements Parks allegedly made
that Reinhard contends are false
■ Reinhard threatened to termi
nate Parks if he did not change
■ Parks observed Reinhard
place a hat on a child’s skull and
snap the jaw open and shut as if the
skull were talking. - •
■ Reinhard took remnants of
small shoes and walked and danced
them around a table.
■ Bones found in Reinhard’s
room, 109 Bessey Hall, were the
remains and artifacts from the col
lections Parks inventoried and
turned over to Reinhard.
In the affidavit, Reinhard also
said Parks made false statements
regarding unprofessional and threat
ening behavior, not returning certain
tribal material and discrimination.
The affidavit stated Parks made
those statements with malice and
intent to hurt Reinhard.
Reinhard is asking for compen
sation for damage to his reputation,
for emotional distress and mental
suffering and for costs of the suit.
Two men stabbed in fight
Two men were stabbed in a conve
nience store fight over the weekend,
and police were still looking for the
The stabbing happened at 12:30
a.m. Sunday at the Kwik Shop, 2811
N. 48th St., after a fight broke out in
the parking lot, Lincoln Police Sgt.
Ann Heermann said.
Two men, ages 18 and 19, told
police they stopped at the Kwik Shop
to ge*gas and uge4he pay phbne.
While fhe'*l 9iyear“Old 'Wacs on the
phone, another man Started yelling at
him from across the lot.
The 19-year-old hung up the
phone and confronted the yelling man.
The argument quickly became
physical, and the 19-year-old sus
tained six cuts to his left arm, chest
and left side, though he told police he
did not see a weapon.
The 18-year-old, who is a
University of Nebraska-Lincoln fresh
man, saw the fight erupt from across
the parking lot and rushed in to help
In the fight, the 18-year-old was
stabbed five times in his chest, arm
and left hand, including one wound
that caused his lung to collapse.
Both victims were taken to
BryanLGH East Medical Center,
where the 19-year-old received stitch
es for his wounds, and the 18-year-old
received stitches and treatment for his
The 18-year-old was listed in fan
condition Monday night.
The two victims described their
attacker as a white male approximate
ly 5-feet 9-inches tall and 150 pounds.
Police seize marijuana plants
A search warrant yielded 60 small
marijuana plants for the narcotics task
force Sunday night.
Lincoln police served a search
warrant around 8:30 p.m. at a home
on the 1400 block of North 26th Street
where they suspected a marijuana
growing operation, Heermann.said.
Inside they found 60 small, starter
plants, grow lights, a scale and
Police arrested two men who live
at the house, ages 23 and 27, for pos
session of a controlled substance with
the intent to deliver, and they cited a
third man, age 25, who did not live at
the house, for drug paraphernalia.
Police bust gambling ring
Lincoln Police capped a three
month investigation Saturday break
ing up a local gambling operation.
The technical investigations unit
served a warrant at Sparkle and Brite
Auto Cleaners, 4830 Wilshire Blvd.,
where it was believed the gambling
operation was-located, Heermann said.
Inside police found records of
$9,600 in bets that had been placed for
that day and $7,500 cash.
The records and cash were seized,
and the 47-year-old man in charge of
the operation was arrested on first
degree gambling charges.
Juveniles connected to thefts
Two arrests made Friday night
helped University police clear several
As part of a special enforcement
project, police caught two boys in the
act of breaking into cars in a universi
ty parking lot, Sgt. Mylo Bushing said.
After watching the two juveniles
break into a car in the 19th and Q
streets parking lot, the officer stopped i
the tWb bear f^H and Avbry" Streets •
In the glove box, police found a
marijuana pipe and cited the driver.
Interviews led police to another
car the two had broken into that night,
and one of the boys had a cell phone
reported stolen from another car sev
eral months ago.
One of the boys is from Grand
Island, the other from Lincoln. Both
were referred to the juvenile attention
center for their involvement in the
Compiled by senior staff writer
Hoppner, supporters predict victory
MOPPNER from page 1
Johanns supported 413 during
May’s primary election and signed a
petition to put the measure on today’s
ballot. After the primaries, however,
Johanns said he took a closer look at the
measure and changed his mind
Hoppner has criticized Johanns’
flip-flop, saying that it indicates the
Lincoln mayor will not stand up for
Nebraskans’ best interests.
He said the governor’s race was
about leadership and taking a stand on
issues that affect Nebraskans.
“(Nebraskans) want someone who
will stand with them with the funda
mental issues that concern them,” he
He said he has strongly opposed
413, while Johanns “has taken a walk on
the issues that concern Nebraskans.”
Former Gov. Morrison said
Nebraska needs a governor who can
lead the state into an uncertain 21st cen
He said economic instability caused
by the fall of Asian markets and agricul
tural overproduction would present real
problems for state leaders.
“They’re the concerns of every gov
ernor of every state in this union,” he
Morrison said Hoppner is the only
candidate with experience in the private
and public sectors who can lead the
He said the Hoppner-Bataillon team
is the best ticket Democrats have ever
offered thp state.
Bataillon said she brings female
sensibilities to the Democratic ticket
and said she would be the eyes and ears
for the executive office if elected today.
She said she would use leadership
skills demonstrated by former Gov.
Exon, as well as build on what she
learned as a professional nurse.
The Democratic team ended its
Monday campaigning after stops in
Omaha, South Sioux City and Norfolk.
Hoppner said intemalpolls revealed
strong support for his campaign in
Lincoln and in Lancaster County.
He also said canvassing showed his
campaign would do well in Omaha
precincts and in jural Nebraska
JOHANNS from page 1
less government, lower taxes, protecting
our families, building our economic
future and demanding greater responsi
bility of our citizens,” he said.
Johanns appeared with fellow
Republicans Dave Manrstad, nominee
for lieutenant governor; Attorney
General Don Stenberg; State Treasurer
Dave Heineman; Kate Witek, nominee
for state auditor; and Hagel.
Hagel praised the 1998 GOP field.
“At a time when politicians; politics
and government are suspect - and for
damn good reasons - it’s rather refresh
ing to be able to field a team like the
team we have assembled hoe,” he said.
Hagel promised that the GOP can
didates would tackle difficult issues, not
shirk tough decisions and provide a
“government worthy of the people of
the state ofNebraska.”
Following weekend criticism from
his' Democratic opponent, Bill
Hoppner, Johanns reaffirmed that he
doesnot support state funding for a con
vention centra in Omaha.
Hoppner said he would consider a
request for state funding for the project
Johanns said he supports construc
tion of die convention centra but said it
should be funded % Omaha sales taxes.
“If we start opening up the general
fund for that type of thing there ^ no end
to it” he said.
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Homeless mm attacked on campus
By Josh Funk
Senior staff writer
University police are looking for
two men who attacked a homeless man
as he slept on campus Saturday night.
The homeless man was sleeping
on a campus ventilation grate between
the University Health Center and :
Bancroft Hall when he was attacked by
two men armed wfth prick&^arly
Sunday, University Police Mylo
Around 3 a.m., the homeless man
was awakened by the two men step
ping over him.
The man sat up and told them he
did aot want any trouble.
The victim thought the two men
had left when they started to throw
bricks at him, Bushing said.
The bricks hit him in the face, foot
and leg, cutting his lip, which later
required seven stitches. -
Bushing said the attack upset him
when he read the report
“This type of thing is senseless,”
The victim was taken to
BiyanLGH West Medical Center
where he was treated for his injuries,
and doctors called police to report the
attack. I '
The victim described his attackers
as white men, both approximately 5
feet 9-inches tall with brown hair. One
man was heavyset with closely
cropped hair, and the other had a mus
Anyone with information on the
attack should call University Police at
(402) 472-3555 or Crime Stoppers at
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