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Drive-in restaurant reports
Tuesday morning burglary
Several thousand dollars was
taken from a south Lincoln restaurant
early Tuesday morning.
Someone broke into King’s Drive
In, 923 South St., and stole an undis
closed amount of cash, Lincoln
Police Officer Kathy Finnell said.
Police estimated the break-in
occurred sometime between 2 a.m.
and 8 a.m. Tuesday.
The burglars caused approxi
mately $30 damage to the window
As of Tuesday afternoon, Lincoln
Police had no suspects.
Teen sets linen on fire
at Developmental Services
A 14-year-old resident at the
Nebraska Developmental Services
set some bed linen on fire Saturday.
The boy reportedly threatened to
bum the building down after an argu
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A resident staff member called
Lincoln Police around 10 p.m.
When police arrived, the fire was
extinguished. The boy was referred to
the county attorney.
The damage was estimated at
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LPD crashes several parties
over weekend, cited minors
The Lincoln Police Department
had a busy weekend with party
Police officers busted several
gatherings this weekend as part of
their ongoing effort to curb wild par
ties in the city.
Around 1 a.m. Saturday, nine
officers were summoned to a party of
more than 100 people at 2300 block
of Q Street, Police Chief Tom Casady
The party resulted in four disor
derly house charges and two minor in
possession of alcohol charges,
Also this weekend, police cited 12
other minors for possessing alcohol,
four people for driving under the
influence and two people for con
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Two of the minors cited for drink
ing had more than a. 12 blood alcohol
Man attacks UNL student
in Crib on Monday night
A UNL student was repeatedly
kicked in the face in the Crib of the
Nebraska Union late Monday night.
University Police Sgt. Mylo
Bushing said a man jumped from his
chair and attacked a student around
The man repeatedly kicked the
student many times in the face,
Witnesses said the victim did not
say anything to aggravate an attack.
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Census Bureau reveals
sampling plan for 2000
■ The new sampling plan
will cover areas other than
reapportionment to count an
estimated 4 million people
missed in the 1990 Census.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
Census Bureau will unveil a plan
today to use sampling for counting
Americans in the 2000 census for all
purposes except congressional reap
portionment, a Clinton administra
tion official said.
The Supreme Court last month
rejected the administration’s effort to
employ statistical sampling for gen
erating figures used for determining
how many House members each state
Census Bureau Director Kenneth
Prewitt is scheduled to make a “major
announcement” today at the National
“He’s going to put out a summary
plan and a framework,” the adminis
tration official, who spoke on condi
tion of anonymity, said Tuesday
The plan that Prewitt was set to
submit to his superiors at the
Commerce Department would allow
the bureau to generate an official
number based on the sampling mod
els after an actual count was conduct
ed for the purposes of reapportion
ment, the official said.
Those sample-augmented num
bers would be used for a variety of
other purposes, including the distrib
ution of more than $180 billion in
federal funds each year.
The debate over the once-in-a
decade measurement triggered a bit
ter partisan fight in 1998 and the
administration’s latest sampling plan
is likely to reignite it.
Rep. Dan Miller, R-Fla., chair
man of the House Census subcom
mittee, backed by the GOP leader
ship, has introduced an $800 million
package of measures aimed at
increasing accuracy without using
After the 1990 Census missed an
estimated 4 million people, many of
them minorities, the National
Academy of Sciences endorsed sta
tistical sampling for the next count.
But Republicans complained that
reapportioning the 435 House seats
based on sample-based numbers
could work to the advantage of
Democrats. They challenged the
administration’s earlier plan before
the Supreme Court, arguing that it
violated a constitutional requirement
for “actual enumeration” of all
Americans every 10 years.
In year-end budget talks last
October, the two sides were so far
apart on the census that they finally
decided to approve money for the
Commerce Department, which con
tains the Census Bureau and other
agencies, only through June 15.
The first sampling plan devel
oped by the administration called for
counting the first 90 percent of the
populace by traditional means, but
accounting for the last hard-to-reach
10 percent by sampling.
Avalanches kill eight in Europe
INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) -
Tons of snow tumbled down upon a
small village in the Austrian Alps on
Tuesday, killing at least eight people.
It was one of dozens of avalanches to
strike Central Europe as the region
endured its worst snowfall in 50
Tens of thousands of travelers
were stranded in train stations, traffic
jams and isolated resort towns across
France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria
as the avalanches buried homes, roads
At least 59 people have died in
Alpine avalanches across Europe this
Tuesday’s avalanche in Galtuer, an
Austrian town in the Paznaun Valley
near the Swiss border, struck shortly
after 4 p.m.
“We were drinking hot mulled
wine, when suddenly it started,” hotel
operator Franz Wenko told Austrian.
television. “The lights went out. It
was dark. There was only dust and
snow. We got out of there as fast as we
The Austrian Press Agency said
eight deaths had been confirmed late
Tuesday night and up to 30 people
remained missing. But a German
emergency doctor vacationing in the
town said the situation was still uncer
“No one can guess how many
people are still buried,” Ulrike
Koehler told German television ZDF
by telephone. “Chances of survival
are getting worse and worse.”
She said the avalanche slammed
into houses, stopping just short of a
church in the village center. Children
We were drinking
hot mulled wine,
when suddenly it started
Austrian hotel operator
who had been playing in the street
were among the dead.
No outside help has £g.%ehed
sGaltuer, a town of 700, because an
earlier avalanche had blocked the
main road in and bad weather pre
vented helicopters from flying.
Firefighters, tourists and residents
joined in the search for survivors,
some digging in the snow with their
bare hands. Some of those rescued
.were reported to be critically injured.
An emergency hospital, staffed by
about 10 vacationing doctors, was set
up in an indoor tennis hall. The volun
teers appealed for the government to
send in emergency medical supplies -
but officials said they would have to
Snow was falling heavily Tuesday
night, with another 20 inches expect
ed by morning. The army and other
rescuers put off attempts to reach
Galtuer until Wednesday.
Where helicopters could fly, res
cuers flew in food and tons of mail to
entire valleys that had been cut off by
heavy snow. Some 20,000 tourists
were stranded in Tyrol province, and
thousands of others in Vorarlberg.
In northwestern Italy, a mass of
snow and debris tore through the
small village of Morgex on Tuesday,
killing a 52-year-old woman in her
home and injuring three others.
Over the border in the Swiss state
of Valais, new avalanches thundered
down repeatedly into a mountain val
ley Tuesday, propelled by fresh snow
and winds gusting up to 95 mph.
Rescuers in Evolene, Switzerland,
found five more bodies Tuesday from
avalanches on Sunday. Three people
were still missing.
The Netherlands’ tourism board
said it is considering advising Dutch
skiers to stay home. “There hasn’t
been this much snow in 50 years,”
said spokesman Bas Kuik.
Chaos extended far beyond the
Alps. Two Czech tourists were miss
ing and feared dead after they were
caught in an avalanche Sunday in
Romania’s Carpathian mountains,
200 miles west of Bucharest.
One of the heaviest snowfalls of
the century paralyzed travel in west
ern and southern Germany, stranding
tens of thousands of passengers at
train stations and bringing traffic on
the country’s famous autobahns to a
Israeli women forced to prove disabilities
RAANANA, Israel (AP) - The bed
is unmade, the bread is unsliced, the
potatoes are unpeeled, and Penina
Muchtar is all apologies.
“I can’t do any of these tasks,” the
distraught 47-year-old homemaker said
- but medical records alone won’t get
her a disability pension in Israel.
Suffering after spinal surgery that
has left her unable to bend, sit or stand
well, she must first fail a series of gov
ernment-designed housewife tests to
prove she cannot run her home.
Women who have run the gauntlet
of chores complain the test is humiliat
ing - but the National Insurance
Institute says there’s no other way to test
their disability claims.
The 18 household chores include
making a cup of tea, slicing bread,
washing and ironing laundry, mopping
the floor and cleaning out closets - all
tested in simulated rooms.
Up to three officials watch closely,
grading speed, confidence and exper
tise. The results are assessed by a team
of doctors and occupational therapists.
Medical records and a physical exami
nations also are used.
Insurance institute officials defend
the test as “progressive” because it com
pensates 12,500 non-working disabled
married women each year, even though
they don’t contribute to the fund as
The test is only for married women;
men can’t qualify for homemaker dis
ability and single unemployed women
must apply for disability through their
most recent jobs. All workers who
request disability are evaluated using
medical evaluations and do not take a
Tests on specific household chores
are necessary because housewives are
not expected to switch professions
because of their disability, according to
Haim Ring, the director of the Beit
Levenstein Rehabilitation Center where
the tests are conducted.
Gina Stopler, lawyer for the
Jerusalem-based Association for Civil
Rights, said it is the assumption behind
the policy - that every unemployed mar
ried woman is a housewife - that is dis
Under the law, any married woman
who has not worked for four years and
wishes to apply for a disability pension
must do so as a housewife, regardless of
her prior profession.
Bakal said he is knows that not all
women who take the test are house
wives, but said he is doing the best he
can to compensate women under the
limitations of a 1974 disability law.
“She may never have hung laundry,”
Bakal said. “It doesn’t matter. The alter
native is to give her nothing.”
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