Image provided by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE
About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (April 19, 2000)
Two women killed
after language dispute
LINCOLN PARK, Mich. (AP) -
A man who had been summoned to a
meeting at his senior citizen apart
ment house because of complaints
from neighbors about his vulgar lan
guage opened fire with a rifle
Tuesday, killing two women, authori
ties said. • » I
A third woman was critically
The man was taken into custody
in the middle of the afternoon, Fire
Chief Ernie Moon said.
A man was seen being taken out
of the building on a stretcher, but
there was no immediate word if that
was the suspect or another victim.
The suspect’s name was not
released, and no immediate charges
Police had spent several hours
searching the 14-story building for
the gunman after the noon shooting.
Other tenants were told to stay in
their apartments during the search of
Youngsters on the playground of
an elementary school nearby were
hurried inside and kept there until
parents arrived to pick them up.
Apartment officials had sum
moned the man to a meeting after
other residents complained of inap
propriate language, said Phyllis
McLenon, deputy director of the
Housing Commission in the suburb
10 miles south of Detroit.
McLenon did not explain what
she meant by inappropriate lan
At the meeting, the man “was
very dissatisfied and making threats.
... He kept saying he wouldn’t have
this character assassination and that
he would take care of it,” she told
WDIV-TV. “He was very upset and
was very upset with some of the
ladies who were complaining about
The man said he had a continuing
problem with the women, she said.
McLenon said the man left the meet
ing and was gone for about 10 min
utes, and then the building’s mainte
nance man warned by radio that the
man was coming back shooting.
One woman was shot in the face
in the building, office and another
was shot in the doorway, McLenon
said. Some people ran to a bathroom
or scrambled under a desk to hide.
“He came in looking for us,” she
Police did not say if the women
who were shot were the ones who
had complained. More than 110 peo
ple live in the building, McLenon
A tiring day
_■ Nate Wagner/DN
KIRK WIOTA, a sixth-grader from Cathedral of the Risen Christ School, laughs at the expense of his group’s
guide. Children scattered all over UNL’s East Campus to partake in the College of Agricultural Science and
Natural Resources Kids Day on Tuesday afternoon to learn more about agriculture.
Medieval society stays true to historical facts, traditions
WAR from page 1
The tournament included
medieval fighting, dancing, singing
“We’re hoping for visibility,”
Raible said before the event. “The
more people we have to have fun with,
the more fun we’re going to have.”
The event also was designed to
encourage attendance at the Medieval
Ball to be held Thursday night in the
Nebraska Union Ballroom.
Raible said the ball would include
lessons in medieval dance, jugglers,
singers, an arts and crafts table, $5
costume rentals and free pictures
taken and e-mailed to those in atten
Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 'at
the door. The ball will run from 8 to
To group members, these two
events are just part of a lifelong dedi
cation to the society.
Members meet at least once a
week to plan tournaments, practice
fighting and create costumes and
other art, said Jay Trease, president of
the student group.
The rest of the year consists of
more tournaments like the one held
Tuesday night and more get-togethers
with different activities, such as
equestrian jousting and feasting.
“Anyone can be a member,” Raible
said. “But we ask that anybody who
Trease, a visiting student, has been
a member of the group for about four
years. He saw a demonstration after he
graduated from high school and said
he has been hooked ever since.
“I’m not certain why I was initial
ly interested,” Trease said. “A lot of it
is just the learning. There are always
fun people to talk to and hang out
“It’s a place where chivalry and
honor are the rule, not the exception,”
he said. “It’s rare when you meet
someone on die street who would drop
everything to help you. It’s rare to
meet someone in SCA who wouldn’t”
Raible has been a member for 11
years. The first six years, all he did
He has since begun to fight, make
shoes and write Old English poetry.
“You can go any direction you
want,” he said. “To me, fighting and
the arts and sciences is just an added
The extreme trust in the people
involved and the overall atmosphere
are what draw him back, Raible said.
Besides the people and the art, the
combat re-enactments are popular
among many members and spectators.
Practice is held for the battles, but
nothing is staged.
All fighting is done on the honor
system, Raible explained.
Members carry blunt sticks made
^ It’s a place where chivalry and
honor are the rule, not the exception.”
UNL graduate student and society member
of rattan, the same wood used to make
some lawn furniture.
There is strapping tape underneath
a layer of duct tape to prevent splinters
should the duct tape split
These sticks act as swords in com
bat, Raible said. A line of black tape
on each side of the stick symbolizes
the sword’s blade.
When warriors in combat get hit
where the black tape lies, they can no
longer use that part of their bodies.
Because if die blade had been real,
the blow would have been what Raible
calls “a good hit.”
Members are instructed on proper
stances, the correct way to throw a
blow and what the legal targets are.
It is legal to strike a fellow warrior
only above the knees and wrist.
Those in combat are expected to
follow those guidelines, but other than
that, there is no official plan, Raible
“Our combat is very much a com
petition,” he said. “We don’t know the
outcome, and we’re very much con
cerned with historic facts.”
Woman reports man
masturbating near bike trail
While walking Monday on a bike
trail near 36th Street and Pioneers
Boulevard, a 38-year-old woman
reportedly saw a man masturbating.
The woman was walking east on
the bike trail about 5:20 p.m. when
she passed a man with |x>th hands in
his pants, which were unzipped,
Lincoln Police Sgt. Todd Beam said.
Although the woman did not
report seeing the man’s penis, she did
say that skin was exposed
unzipped pants, Beam said.
The man was described
between the ages of 17 and 22,5 feet
9 inches to 6 feet tall, with a skinny
build, Beam said.
He was reportedly wearing khaki
pants, a Nike wind breaker and a
Police: Man allegedly tries
to steal woman’s purse
A 29-year-old woman walking to
a house on South 18th Street reported
that a man assaulted her and tried to
steal her purse Monday.
The woman was walking up to
the sidewalk of the house at about
10:20 p.m. when a man reportedly
grabbed her, put his hand over her
mouth and tried to take her purse,
After a short struggle, the woman
escaped with her purse and without
injury, Beam said.
The man was described as about
5 feet 7 inches tall and wearing tan
pants and a brown leather jacket.
Compiled by staff writer Derek
<insert favorite lyrics here>
Powered by Open ONI