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On the Light Side

May 31, 1988

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ For Jim Donoho and Nancy Collins-Donoho, who had known each other 14 years when they wed on the 14th floor of the State Capitol at 4:14 p.m. on Feb. 14, a reception could only be held once in a blue moon.

The two Lincoln residents tied the knot in February, but celebrated with a reception Sunday night as the celestial composition neared its unique ″blue moon″ status.

″It’s a rarity that coincides with the fact that our relationship seems to be rare in this day and age when people don’t have long-lasting relationships,″ Collins-Donoho said.

The second full moon in the same month, known in folklore as a ″blue moon,″ occurred at 6:53 a.m. EDT today, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington. The last full moon was May 1.

The term blue moon is applied because of the rarity of the situation, which occurs once every two or three years, but the moon does not ecessarily appear blue.

Donoho, 36, and Collins-Donoho, 31, met years ago while working at different businesses in Lincoln.

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Train commuters have felt the future of railroading and it’s making them uncomfortable - and a little motion sick.

NJ Transit Corp. has introduced new seats on about 200 trains that some commuters hate about as much as their commute.

They say the seats, which do not adjust like the old ones, force them to ride facing the back sometimes, do not offer enough head support and have wimpy armrests or none at all. The seats don’t even have hand grips on the sides for people who would rather stand.

Some suspect a plot against the passengers is afoot.

″They made the seat purposely lower on the aisle so the commuter will shove in and use the more comfortable middle seat. I guess they figure nobody wants the middle seat,″ said commuter Albert Papp.

He also complained when the seats force the passenger to ride backward ″the forces are reversed,″ he said. ″A lot of people apparently don’t care for that, it can even make them motion sick.″

The commuters plan to voice their complaints Wednesday at a meeting of the statewide transportation agency.

The seats recently were installed and NJ Transit officials say they aren’t inclined to spend the money to replace them. But they scheduled the meeting to discuss what kind of seats to place in 300 other cars that will be bought or refurbished in the next three years.

The commuter dissatisfaction surfaced in an NJ Transit-sponsored survey of 2,800 riders.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A carpenter-turned-author says he’s not anti-television, even though his first published book is about a boy who discovers the library when his television set explodes and he has no programs to watch.

″I’d just like to see (TV) play a less important part in our lives,″ said Dan West of Minneapolis.

West’s 28-page children’s book, ″The Day the TV Blew Up,″ is being published by Albert Whitman & Co. of Niles, Ill.

Abby Levine, senior editor at Whitman, said she thought the story was ″very witty. I liked the subject very much because it obviously is a problem with children watching television to the exclusion of all else. But I liked the way (the character) Ralph found out how to love books. It wasn’t too didactic.″

The 37-year-old West, who has three children ranging from ages 4 to 9, said he sent out three or four stories to different publishers before this one was accepted.

West, who rises early each day to put in some writing time before going to work, has been a carpenter for 11 years. He works for his father, mostly remodeling and building additions to homes in south Minneapolis and Richfield.

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