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Wildfire closes in on Yellowstone
Scenic highway is cl
RED LODGE, Mont—A Cast
moving wildfire dosed the scenic
Beartooth Highway to
Yellowstone National Park and
threatened up to 150 houses
Monday, some of them million
dollar trophy homes in the
Elsewhere, a firestorm in an
Idaho forest destroyed most of the
buildings at a guest ranch, and a
second guest ranch was ordered
The fire near Red Lodge
became the No. 1 firefighting pri
ority in Montana, but ground
crews with shovels might not be
on the job before Hiesday because
so many other blazes across the
West are demanding their atten
"Even if we got everything we
want, it may not be enough,”
Forest Service Ranger Rand
Herzberg told exasperated resi
dents. "This is going to be a tough
The Willie fire — so named
because Willie Nelson was head
lining a music festival in Red
Lodge — started Sunday when a
osed; another firestc
motorcycle crashed and caught
fire a few miles south of town on
the Beartooth Highway that leads
into the northeastern comer of
Yellowstone. The fire quickly grew
to 3,000 acres on the west side of
the highway, which was closed on
Many tourists had to find
another way out of the park after
the closure of the 65-mile route to
Flames were just feet from
some of the evacuated houses.
A few of die houses evacuated
were worth as much as $1 million,
but most were middle-class
homes, said Sheriff Luke
Gusty wind in Idaho on
Sunday turned one of die blazes in
the Frank Church-River of No
Return Wilderness into a firestorm
that raced six miles and burned 21
of the 29 buildings at the Pistol
The area had been evacuated
long before, and no injuries were
reported. The fire was one of a
group of blazes that have black
ened about 142,000 acres.
Elsewhere, fire lines were
rm hits Idaho ranch
Tver? if we got every
thing we want, it
may not be enough.
This is going to be a
tough one, folks."
Forest Service ranger
widened in the Black Hills of
South Dakota, where a blaze has
consumed 64,900 acres. Gusts
readied 40 mph Monday at Rapid
City, about 25 miles northeast of
Authorities established a 24
hour hot line for people with
information on anything suspi
cious in the area of Jewel Cave
National Monument, where the
fire started on Thursday. Officials
have said an arsonist may be to
Mount Rushmore National
Memorial was at least 13 miles
from the fire's eastern edge.
Nebraska prisoners'cases compared to Mandela's
KALLV from page 1
Mitchell, the other headline
speaker, organized the “Free
Angela Davis" campaign and co
founded the National Alliance
Against Racism and Political
Both women have worked
together on several campaigns to
free political prisoners and fight
for human rights since Davis’
Mitchell compared we Langa’s
and Poindexter’s case to that of
Mandela, who was imprisoned
for 27 years. She said it is difficult
to maintain public interest when
a case spans several decades.
International attention from
Amnesty International, the
United Nations and other coun
tries is key to a successful cam
paign to free Poindexter and we
Langa, Mitchell said.
When examining this case,
Mitchell said it is important to
remember that we Langa and
Poindexter could not afford to
hire their own attorneys.
Morrison, who was one of the
public defenders in the case, said
that the justice system is flawed,
and the only way to remedy those
flaws is if the public demands the
"If we had known the truth, if
the jury had known the truth in
the Poindexter and Rice case, they
never would have spent a day in
jail,** Morrison, now 95, said.
Both the U.S. District Court
and the Eighth Circuit Court of
Appeals agreed that the case
should be re-heard in light of the
new evidence, but the U.S.
Supreme Court decided that fed
eral courts should not decide evi
dentiary appeals from state
courts. The Nebraska Board of
Pardons has refused to hold a
hearing in die case.
A crowd of about 175 people
gathered in front of the capital’s
north steps for the rally inducting
many local activists.
Elizabeth Goodbrake, a UNL
senior and member of both
Nebraskans for Peace and
Nebraskans for Justice, said Davis’
’ speech was inspiring.
"(The rally) Offered renewed
hope that we can keep working to
free them,” Goodbrake said.
After the rally Mitchell and
Davis visited we Langa in prison.
What was supposed to be a one
hour meeting stretched to two,
and both women called it inspira
"I told him (we Langa) as we
left, *you defy all the stereotypes,’”
After 30 years in prison we
Langa still maintains a strong
connection with the community,
concern for others and a sense of
humor, she said.
Poindexter is imprisoned in
Minnesota where he completed
his high school and college edu
cation and earned a master’s
Both Davis and Mitchell
encouraged local activists to
organize an all-out campaign to
free Poindexter and we Langa.
The Sleep Inn was robbed
early Sunday morning by a man
who pretended to have a gun.
Shortly after 3:30 a.m. the sus
pect entered the 3400 NW 12 St.
hotel with a blue bandana over his
face and threatened the derk with
his hand under his sweatshirt like
a gun, Lincoln Police spokesman
Rich Mackey said.
The suspect made the derk he
on the floor before fleeing on foot
with $262 cash and $100 in travel
The suspect was described as
a white man, in his early 20s, 5
foot-11-inches tall and 195
with alcohol poisoning
Late Friday night a freshman
was taken to the hospital with
alcohol poisoning after he passed
out on die way back to Schramm
Police were called when 18
year-old Brent Englemaris friend
could not revive him, University
Police Assistant Chief Mylo
Bushing said. The student was
treated and released.
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A Lincoln man assaulted his
ex-girlfriend early Sunday morn
ing with a metal pipe, police said.
Hie 46-year-old woman went
to Kevin Ginger's 6853 Leighton
Ave. house about 2 a.m., Mackey
During the visit Ginger, 39,
invited the woman into the garage
where he assaulted her, Mackey
Ginger was arrested for first
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tors as region six president
Cauble’s colleagues within the
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attitude as reasons for his success.
"You have to be flexible in this
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At the University of Nebraska
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always carrying his cellular phone
and his willingness to help.
Lewis said that the late Melvin
Jones, former vice chancellor for
business and finance, tried to take
advantage ofthal one day when he
locked himself out of the office.
Jones called and found Cauble at a
conference in Florida, still answer
ing his phone.
Theft and alcohol-related
problems top the list of concerns
for Cauble and most university
police officers, so Cauble spends
much of his time trying to educate
students to make better decisions.
Every year Cauble talks to
University Foundations classes
about how to set personal limits for
drinking and lesson the risk of
Before he retires, Cauble said
one of his goals is to see an entire
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