10/1: Vandalism, Mask Mandate and UNL Homecoming
Nebraska at a Glance is a weekly update designed to bring you headlines and brief updates from across the state. Our Nebraska News Service team will provide a weekly roundup of news and events on Friday mornings.
Mask mandate for Lancaster County extended to Oct. 28
The Lancaster County mask mandate that went into effect Aug. 26 had been set to end Sept. 30. However, Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced Tuesday that it has been extended to Oct. 28.
Update on Memorial Stadium and Fiji vandalism cases
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department has identified a white, college-aged man who was dressed in all black as the person linked to vandalism cases at the Memorial Stadium and Fiji house on Sept. 19. Security cameras showed the man vandalizing the Husker Legacy Statue and Phi Gamma Delta’s front door with spray paint, according to Officer Mike Dailey. The man spray-painted a message on Fiji’s front door that read, “Rapits welcome.” He also drew an arrow and another “s” to correct the spelling mistake. Both cases remain open.
UNL Homecoming Week is underway
Homecoming week has kept students busy with events like the traditions race, cornhole tournament, and the election for homecoming royalty. Participants in the homecoming competition have incorporated this year’s theme- “The Good Life”- into their lawn displays and banners. Still to come are the homecoming concert, parade, and home game against Northwestern. The game’s kickoff time is 6:30 p.m. and homecoming royalty will be crowned at halftime. Read the full homecoming schedule here.
“Canterbury Cannibal” now lives in Lincoln neighborhood
Lincoln residents were notified that Dale Bolinger, known as “Canterbury Cannibal,” is now living at South 29th Street following his release from Lincoln Regional Center. In September 2014, Bolinger was sentenced by England’s Canterbury crown court to nine years in prison after he was found guilty of sexual grooming and confessed to 10 other sexual-related crimes. He told the police he had had cannibalistic fantasies since he was 6. Bolinger, a U.S. citizen, was released on good behavior in 2018 and lived in Blair for a while before being transferred to Norfolk and later Lincoln Regional Center. He is among 1,971 registered sex offenders in Lincoln. Eight hundred and thirty of them are in the community while the rest are either in state prisons or regional centers.
American Red Cross in urgent need of blood donations
The American Red Cross is planning blood drives in Nebraska as blood supplies run dangerously low. This year records the lowest national blood inventory since 2015. A statement released by the Red Cross on Sept. 27 said that they will need to collect around 10,000 additional blood products each week over the next month to recover from the shortage. Donors of all types – especially type O – are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767). Nebraskans living in Colfax, Cuming, Dodge and Madison counties will have the opportunity to donate blood at blood drives in the coming weeks. See the full schedule here.
Redistricting maps to be finalized
Nebraska’s redistricting maps passed a second vote on Sept. 28. The plans included everything from the congressional map to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents map. The maps are expected to enter a final vote on Sept. 30.
Walter Scott Jr. dies at 90
Walter Scott Jr., an Omaha-born philanthropist, died Sept. 25. Scott was known for donating money to projects in Omaha, such as the Scott Technology Center. These donations were done under his nonprofit organization, the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation. Scott was also the former chairman of the Kiewit Corporation, one of the biggest construction groups in America. Scott’s legacy can be found in many places around Omaha, including the Henry Doorly Zoo and Joslyn Art Museum.
Barry’s Bar & Grill reopens
Barry’s Bar and Grill announced on Facebook that it will be reopening this Friday at 3 p.m., and there will be guest DJs Friday and Saturday nights. The bar, located at 235 N 9th St., had closed during March of 2020 amidst the pandemic and is now run by a new owner, Mark Suleiman.
Contributors: Hanna Christensen, Ramey Vachal, Chin Tung Tan, Jonathan Grant