Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 21, 1991 · 7
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-,! ;..:s' MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1991 LINCOLN, NE, JfH IRMAI FROi.1 PAGE 1 C 37r- From ff2ii were evacuated from the hotel, but It was spared. ,., ; v The blaze, reported about 11 am Sunday, was kicked up by winds gust-ing from 35 to 40 mph and heated by unseasonable ' temperatures that soared to a record 89 degrees in downtown Oakland.' ' Weather conditions were better Monday as forecasters predicted slightly lower temperatures and mild winds. .-; . Morning commuter traffic was a disaster. The fire forced the closure of two highways that connect suburban Contra Costa County to Oakland, and Bay Area Rapid Transit trains also were halted. At least 50 people, including three firefighters, were treated at hospitals for burns, smoke inhalation and other injuries, officials said. The cause of the fire was not known. Mayor Elihu Harris said it did not appear to be arson. It was the most destructive fire in California since a wildfire destroyed 560 homes and other buildings in Santa Barbara County in June 1990. In 1923, a brush fire in Berkeley destroyed 584 homes. . ; A brown pall extended over Oakland to San Francisco, 15 miles across the bay. Ash fell at San Francisco's Candlestick Park during a football game between the 49ers and the Detroit Lions, j .. .. Before evacuating, many homeowners climbed to their, roofs with garden hoses in desperate attempts to save their homes. Others didn't get the chance. v "The fire exploded all around us. I thought it was all over," said Curtis Karplus, who had to leap-off his 6-foot balcony with his wife, Rosemary. "I looked out the window and saw a wall offire." Jocelyn Grote fought back tears as she sat in a parked car. v "We stuffed all our clothes in bags our pictures, our files, anything and everything we could grab," she said. "There were big clots of fire streaming over the house. When we left the fire was just on the treetops in our Pf Vr i ioVhmIl- Detail , iokm ' Area A "n SSan ft ST , Francisco rr fT""-' I JOAKLAND Oakland San V V ' Francisco A From pagel Hostage In a statement Sunday, the U.N. Information Center in Beirut said Israel would free a number of Lebanese and predicted an American would be released within 24 hours. It was the first such announcement by the world body. - ; U.N. sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said U.N. special envoy Giandomenico Picco was believed to be in Beirut awaiting a hostage release. U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker . Monday again called for the Immediate, unconditional release of all hostages." He spoke after he and U.S. State Department official Michael Verga met with Shiite militia leader NabihBerrL Fawaz was transported to the ' southern Lebanese port of Tyre. He told reporters there that he had been imprisoned for five years. , v "I was captured during a major attack on a Zionist outpost in the (security) zone five years ago. I was wounded and that is how the Zionists -captured me," he said. Fawaz said he was held in Ramleh prison with Sheik Abdul-Karim Obeid. "Sheik Obeid an I were five cells apart," Fawaz said. "Sheik Obeid used to lead the prayers at the prison everyday." Obeid was kidnapped by Israeli commandos from his home in southern Lebanon in July 1989. Hezbollah has demanded his freedom. : Israeli officials said the target of Monday's Israeli raid was in Jibchit, about nine miles north of the Israeli border and not far from the place where three Israeli soldiers were killed Sunday. , - Lebanese police said two Israeli jet fighters fired at least three rockets Into a house used by Hezbollah. They aid three civilians were wounded in Israel's 16th air raid into Lebanon this year. ' ''V. "' Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir told reporters the release of Source: S.F. Chronicle backyard." . . A caravan of packed Volvos, Audis, Mercedes and BMWs made its way out of the area. Other residents stood on their chimneys, scanning the horizon, trying to guess the fire's next . move. Helen Kwak drove down a road as flames burned on either side of the. street "I tried to soak the house as best I could but it still burned," she said. . - f-. . ,--s Thousands spent the night in shelters, including 1,000 students evacuated from a dormitory at the University of California, Berkeley. ; Many evacuees said they didn't know what they would find when the flames finally were snuffed. ; ' "What can you do?" asked 26-year, resident Henry Schacht ''You just have to pray that a miracle happened and your house is saved." , the Arabs was "only another step in the series of efforts we are making in connection with the U.N. secretary- general to bring about the release of our people and ... hostages." The South Lebanon Army corn-minder, Maj. Gea Antoine Lahad, said the prisoner release was intended to help free Western hostages. At home, the relatives of Steen, 52, and Turner, 44, tried not get their hopes up too high. The teachers were abducted at gunpoint from the cam- - pus of Beirut University College on Jan. 24,1987." r - 1 expect everything and anything," ' - said Turner's Lebanese wife, Badr, : from Boise, Idaho. On Friday, the kid- nappers invited her to Lebanon to visit her husband. ' Steen's wife, Virginia, said: "I've been through this so many times before. All we can do is waft and see what happens." ' ;. Wesleyan names students inducted into honoraries - Eight male and 11 female students ' at Nebraska Wesleyan University have been inducted into Blue Key and Cardinal Key honoraries. ' The national honoraries recognize junior and senior men and women for ' scholarship, participation and leader-: ship in campus affairs, service and good character. 7 New members of Blue Key are: Colin Weekes, Alliance; Chris Got-schall, Atkinson; Ashley Phillips, Fremont; John Posplsll, Friend; Dave Enters Don Routh, Lincoln; Steve Mo-Loird, Mitchell S.D.; Brent Johnson Torrlngton, Wvo. New members of Cardinal Key are:' - Troev Haines,' Benkleman; Krlstl Pranoe, Elkhorn; Jennifer Clark Ger-Ing; Amy Embury, Holdrege; Marcy Fletcher Heather Keith, Heather Paine, Lincoln; Jodl PendarviS AAerna; Julie Groesser, Karl Orr, Omaha; Amy Boron, Seward; Kelll Kapustka, Shelton. , FREE feS PUMPKIN KmtJ:t?s $20 purchase . Over 360 Bulkfbods . Herbs, Teas, Coffees .Health Care Products Bakery .Vitamins . - . ra riAli Produce i-resnrw" . ,oc. From panel No.844- Bosiacci to receive counseling merail Club of Omaha, . . . C The Camerail Club of Omaha, which has a membership of 625 photographers and railroad fans, sponsored Sunday's trip. ' . The 350 railroad buffs on the train ranged from children on their first train ride to avid "mileage counters." Mileage counters . , , . Mileage counters are ! hardcore train buffs who attempt to ride every mile of track in the nation, keeping charts and maps of their accomplishments.' ' ' ' . "Before I check out I want to ride every mile of the railroad track in the world," said William Crawford of Ne-hantMass. . Crawford figures that about 40 of the 100 bona fide mileage counters in the nation were there on Sunday. "We will go anywhere" to ride "rare mileage," Crawford said , ' Crawford, an engineer at General Electric, spends 20 to 25 days a year riding trains. "My wife is very, very tolerant of my lunacy," he said, laughing. 'Endangered' line ' The lure on Sunday for these fans was the belief, or the rumor, that this particular line is "endangered." "There is talk of selling it or ripping it up. And if it is rare or endangered that's when you have to go now. That's when you mortgage the home and skip work (to ride the train)," said Naurine Lennox, a professor of social work at, St Olaf College in Northfield,Mina No. 844 is a Union Pacific passenger steam engine that has never been retired and is still used for special or commemorative-trips. . It is based in Cheyenne, Wyo., and is manned by nine full-time employees who work and maintain it between its 10 or so trips a year. - No. 844, built in 1944, was the last passenger steam engine built for Union Pacific. On Sunday, it used 35,000 gallons of water and 4,000 gallons of heavy oil during its 162-mile trip. Its top speed was 70 mph, and it averaged about 40 mph. . Regular engine . No. 844 was replaced at Marysville with a regular locomotive because there was no place to turn the engine around. The 14 passenger and service cars it pulled included a lounge car, a museum car and a water car. , , For Union Pacific, the train is a historical and public relations bonanza. "We think it is important to keep a part of our history operating," engineer Steven Lee said. The locomotive, thick black smoke streaming down its side, whistled past cornfields and train "chasers" men and women who followed the train all day by motor vehicle. Relaxing time : , l ; j ; v ' Inside, the relaxed , passengers lounged in a dining car or toured the museum car, as conductors in dark suits filed through the cars. ; For many passengers it was a time to bemoan the decline of the railroad empire and the loss of passenger trains. : "You have the freedom to move around on a train. True, it takes you a while to get across the United States on a train, but if you have the time, it's a luxury " said retired Union Pacific manager Jim Ehernberger of -Cheyenne, Wyo. . Omaha police probe man's beating death OMAHA (AP) Police were investigating the death of an Omaha man who was beaten with tree branches. James Moore, 43, was beaten after a disturbance Wednesday at a convenience store, police said. Moore . died Friday, authorities said. ; Four people were questioned in connection with the incident police said Saturday. J while on parole " ByJoteneDaib ' :'. 1 . JoumalWrtter Paul A. Bonacci of Omaha was pa-1 roled from prison Monday pending approval of a program allowing him to live in the community while receiving psychological counseling. The state Board of Parole voted 54 to parole Bonacci, who had been accused of lying to a grand jury investigating the Franklin Federal Community Credit Union, to live with the Rev. John Morrow, 1001 Superior St in Lincoln. Board Chairman Ron Bar-tee said Bonacci is also to receive regular counseling from Dr. Beverly Mead, an Omaha psychiatrist. Bonac-ci's attorney John DeCamp said Mead has taken an interest in Bonac- ' ci's case and wants to help him deal with his multiple personality disorder. - ' The board officially paroled . Bonacci but detained him pending the dismissal of three perjury counts against him. The three . perjury charges brought against Bonacci by the Douglas County Grand Jury were to have been dismissed by the Doug- NE Radial plan wins 3rd award Lincoln's Radial Reuse Project has . won a national award its third in three years for using the right of way for a street that was never built as a park that has spurred development - - , The 1991 award for urban enrich-;-' ment was given to Lincoln by the National League of Cities and CH2M Hill, a national engineering consulting firm. The award carries a cash prize of $1,000 to support a non-profit com-' ' munity organization. City officials said they hope to put the cash back . into the reuse project The project has revitalized a four-; mile corridor intended for the voter-killed Northeast RadiaL The reuse project focused on 75 , acres of city-owned land along a right of way for the radial, which was to connect downtown and northeast Lin-cola The right of way passed through three older neighborhoods of low- and ; moderate-income housing. - In the past 10 years, the project has developed into a linear park, including a bike path, that has spurred residential, commercial and industrial development and has allowed for expansion, of the University of Ne-braska-Lincom. ., . The bike path and five small parks have been finished. Another park, in the Malone neighborhood, and eight acres of mixed-use housing totaling 72 units are yet to be built The housing also will be built in the Malone neigh-' borhood. The project should be finished within two years, city officials ; said. " The housing project is between 22nd and 23rd streets from R to U streets. It will include single-family homes, townhouses and apartments, said Diane Morgan, a planner in the city Urban Development Depart-" menL Category 1200 An Mm wuMun Scrrtct of UnraislckpfaoMiS) Hewlett-Packard LaserJet Printers are At Midwest Computer Systems 1 If you have been looking to buy a laser printer for your home or small business. Midwest Computer Systems has a HP LaserJet NIP Printer for you. Multi-sized paper capabilities PostScript option for PC and Macintosh Prints fonts and graphics faster than any other printer in its class ' :. Resolution enhanced, 300 dpi for the sharpest print. ; 8 internal scalable fonts One-year warranty The HP LaserJet IHP Printer Shawn wKh Option! Ltwtr Cmitti Tray Call or stop in for a demonstration today. $1099.00 HEWLETT PACKARD . Aulkorixid Ditltr A Midwest (Computer Systems (402) 486-2885 rom prison las county attorney's office in June, but as of Monday the parole board had not received formal notice the charges had been dismissed ' " Douglas County Attorney Jim Jan-' sen said the charges officially have been dismissed. , - The grand jury accused Bonacci of lying during his testimony concerning allegations of child sexual abuse in connection with the failed Franklin Community Federal Credit Union in Omaha. The Douglas County attorney's office announced in June it was . dismissing the perjury .charges against Bonacci, partly because of Bonacci's mental state. Constant abuse r ' .1 Bonacci was sentenced in June 1990 to five years in prison for three counts of sexual assault on a child, charges unrelated to the Franklin investigation. Bonacci will be on parole until late September 1992. V i During Monday's hearing Morrow said he has been visiting Bonacci for the past five months. He said Bonacci's multiple personality disorder was caused by constant severe sexual abuse which began when Bonacci was 4 years old and continued until he went to prison. ' f ' Morrow is affiliated with the Nebraska Leadership Conference, which describes itself as a non-profit organization formed to educate Nebraskans about sexual and ritual abuse. , . Morrow, who has eight grown children of his own, said Bonacci is not a threat to the community, but is himself a victim. ; ... Roy Stephens, a private investigator who said he investigates missing and sexually exploited children, said that in spite of the crime, he sees Bonacci as a victim. "It is obvious Paul has been a severe victim of abuse," he said. 1 view Paul as a victim surrounded by circumstances he could not controL" DeCamp said Bonacci's prison record is clean and that continued instutionalization would be the worst thing for him. 1 suspect that he poses less threat to the community outside than 99 percent of the general popula-. tion," DeCamp said. . : Don McCalL parole board vice' chairman, said he is not concerned that Bonacci is a threat to society but that society may be a threat to him. "Our concern is not only for the state . of Nebraska, it's also for Paul," Mo. Call said. . , ; ; -. Not a problem solver -v.: Bonacci said continued incarceration at the Lincoln Correctional Center would not help him solve his problems. He told the board he wants to- , get out of prison so he can involve: himself in groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and with adults who are recovering ' from being molested as children. 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