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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 17, 1990 - Page 3
AT&T 'Glitch'

PSC Diag shanty
razed by vandals



By Gil Renberg
Daily Staff Reporter
Campus Palestinian and Muslim
groups remain outraged at the recent
destruction of the Diag shanty built
to protest the treatment of Palestini-
ans, to show solidarity, and to in-
crease awareness of Palestinian is-
sues on campus. The shanty, which
was discovered in ruins by two Pub-
lic Safety officers on Jan. 7, was
demolished by unknown vandals.
Sgt. Kevin McNulty of the Pub-
lic Safety Department said he and his
officers found no leads as to who the
vandals were, and the investigation
has been closed. He said the actual
date of the destruction is unknown,
although it clearly happened on or
before Jan. 7.
Muzammil Ahmed, first year
Medical student and member of both
the Muslim Student Association
(MSA) and the Palestine Solidarity
Committee said the destruction of
the shanty "could have just been ran-
dom violence." However, he accepted

phone system

March, has been the subject of re-
peated attacks. It has previously been
vandalized, burned, spray-painted and
urinated upon, Ahmed said. Some of
the graffiti had been anti-Arab, he
Nuha Khoury, Rackham Graduate
student and PSC member, said she is
The destruction of the
Palestinian shanty
shows that there is
no tolerance on
campus for
-Nuha Khoury, a PSC
"disgusted" by the repeated attacks
on the shanty. "It shows that there is
no tolerance on campus for Pales-
Ahmed and Khoury agreed that
the destruction was a violation of
their right of freedom of speech. The
vandals "are attacking not just a
shanty but the right of expression,"
Ahmed said.
"The shanty is going to stay
there," said Khoury. She said the

American Telephone and Telegraph
Co. blamed its largest service outage
ever on a computer glitch in a new
system designed to bolster its long-
distance network, and moved quickly
yesterday to make amends with cus-
"It was certainly the most far-
reaching service problem we've ever
experienced," AT&T Chair Robert
Allen said.
AT&T discovered the problem
about 2:30 p.m. EST Monday, and
did not correct it until nine hours
later. More than half the long-dis-
tance calls placed on its nationwide
network during the trouble did not
go through, the company said.
AT&T said it traced the glitch to
a computer in New York City that
helps direct calls through the vast
telephone network. Allen said it was
not caused by a computer virus or
The company said the problem
stemmed from a bug, or "logic"
problem, inadvertently written into
the software, or computer program.
The program spread to more than
100 switching centers.
"It was almost like a nightmare
waiting to be dreamed," said AT&T

spokesperson Burke Stinson. "It
was there all the time but the condi-
tions were not right."
In a briefing at the company's
sprawling Network Operations Cen-
ter in this New York City suburb,
Allen announced plans to offer: a
discount day when all of AT&T's
approximately 80 million customers
can make calls at reduced rates.
Allen called the plan a small
compensation to customers who
couldn't do business or reach friends
and relatives during the outage. The
company had not decided the dis-
count and date, but Allen said AT&T
is filing an emergency petition with
the Federal Communications
Commission to approve the mea-
Allen said he could not estimate
the losses to AT&T or its customers
from the trouble. Airline reservation
centers, telephone marketers and
others who depend on telephones
were especially affected, officials
have said.
The failure, however, may hive
been somewhat muted by the Martin
Luther King holiday, which reduced
the load of government, business and
banking calls.



"the possibility of the act being ar
anti-Arab statement.
& The construction and maintenance
of the shanty was a joint venture b}
PSC and MSA. The shanty, whict
was one of several symbolic struc
tures on the Diag, featured slogan
advocating Palestinian liberation.
The shanty, three years old thi
Grad student attacked
in front of the Union
* A 34 year-old University PHAd
candidate in computerscience was
assaulted with a wine bottle by three
men in front of the Union last Sat-
Surday night.
The victim, who was unavailable
forcomment, left the Union at.
11:50 Saturday night after picking
up some papers, Ann Arbor police
reports said.
- At the bottom of the Union's
steps the victim and a group of three
men in their 20's bumped into each
dther. After a brief argument, a
igember of the group brandished an
empty wine bottle and broke it over
the victim's head.
The student was treated for severe
head lacerations at the University
hospital and summarily released.
Although the police have a firm
suspect, no arrests have been made.
Two Ann Arbor
businesses receive
bomb threats
Last Sunday the Molly Maid
housekeeping business on S. State


The Palestinian shanty, a symbol of Palestinian suffering and solidarity,
was destroyed over the holidays.

PSC has not met to decide when to
rebuild it yet. However, she did say
that one option would be to leave
the shanty in its current condition -
torn apart, with pieces strewn about
and no parts remaining standing.

Ahmed promised the shanty will
be rebuilt.
A shanty built in protest of
apartheid in South Africa was also
vandalized during the same week the
Palestinian shanty was razed.

St. received a a telephone call an-
nouncing that a bomb would arrive
in an envelope the following day,
police reports said.
Although the threat has yet to be
fulfilled, Ann Arbor's Campus Inn
received a similar call last Monday.
An unknown male stated, "I'm not
going to call again, but there is a
bomb in the building," and hung up,
police reports said.
No bomb was found after a thor-
ough search, the report added.
Student reports sexual
assault at the U - Club
A University student was sexu-
ally assaulted at the U club by an ac-
quaintance at 1:00 on Monday morn-
ing, police officials said. The victim
was sitting on the stage when a
male, known to her, approached her,
jumped on top of her and began
"thrusting her in a sexually lewd
manner," the report said. The victin
is deciding whether or not to pres
charges against her assailant who
could be charged with criminal sex-
ual conduct.

Two residents are
threatened with guns
An Ann Arbor resident was walk-
ing East Bound on Packard Rd., last
Friday night, when a light blue car
pulled up beside him. The driver, a
young male, asked the complainant
if he "wanted to become a statistic,"
pointed a semi-automatic pistol at
his head and told him he was going
"to blow him away," police reports
said. The assailant then drove off.
There are no suspects.
The previous night, the police
reported an armed robbery in which a
young male held up a pizza delivery
truck with a small pistol. He
reportedly took the driver's wallet
and a submarine sandwich. There are
no suspects.
By Mike Sobel
Use and Read
9Yt 0i*9i4tt] WaV Classifieds

Judge: officials did not
execute prison reform

eral judge found state officials in
contempt yesterday for failing to
comply with portions of court-
ordered prison reform.
U.S. District Judge Richard
Enslen, however, did not find Gov.
James Blanchard or state Attorney
General Frank Kelley in contempt
for allegedly attempting to defy his
orders. Enslen didn't impose sanc-
The case deals with prison re-
forms ordered by Enslen, including
improved medical care and access to
the court system, after 1981 prison
riots. Enslen ordered the reforms
after the U.S. Department of Justice
found that the state was violating
constitutional rights of inmates.
' Enslen found the state in con-
tempt yesterday for not supplying

required projections for state prison
populations and for suppressing in-
formation needed to check compl-
ance. He ordered an independent con-
tractor - not state corrections offi-
cials - to provide the population
Enslen also modified the compli-
ance reporting methods, requiring
more audits of prison conditions.
Enslen also admonished the at-
torney general's office for not being
as cooperative as it had been in the
past in complying with his orders,
but said imposing financial sanc-
tions would only detract from the is-
Assistant Attorney General Susan
Przekop-Shaw said she was disap-
pointed with the judge's ruling, but
pleased that he did not find Blanchard
or Kelley in contempt.

Woman reports rape
Police reported a local rape on
Lake Lila Dr. at 8:00 Sunday morn-
ing. A young, unmarried couple,
who had been living together, were
in the process of breaking up when
the boyfriend forced his partner to
have intercourse with him, the report
said. The boyfriend recently fled to
St. Croix, the report added.

Bank pleads guilty to
"laundering drug money

} TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - U.S. Dis-
trict Judge W. Terrell Hodges ac-
cepted pleas from two divisions of
the Luxembourg-based Bank of
Credit and Commerce International
and found them guilty, but has not
set a date for formally imposing the
Theiplea did not affect co-defen-
dants. in the $32 million money-
laundering case, including six top
BCCI banking officers and two
Colombians the government claims
Ywere part of the Medellin cocaine
cartel. Their cases opened with pre-
trial motions yesterday in a trial ex-
pected to last five months.
Under the agreement signed yes-
terday, BCCI, S. A. and BCCI Over-
seas Ltd. are to forfeit $14 million
in assets frozen earlier by the gov-

ernment. Prosecutors claim that rep-
resents profits made from the sale of
cocaine in American cities and laun-
dered in a series of complicated
worldwide banking transactions.
The banks are also to receive
suspended fines and five years proba-
tion supervised by the Federal Re-
The cash forfeiture was the
largest ever by a financial institution
in the United States, said David
Runkel, spokesperson for the U. S.
Justice Department in Washington.
A two-year sting operation, Op-
eration C-Chase, began in Tampa in
1986 after an undercover agent
conned his way into an international
money laundering network. After
that, agents helped launder profits
from cocaine sales to Columbia
through Panama, investigators said.

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* Winter Open House, January 18, 7-8pm
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What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Women Worshipping in the
Christian Tradition - 7 p.m. at
Canterbury House
Students Fighting Anti-
Semitism - mass meeting at 7
p.m. at Hillel
Michigan Student Television
Network - mass meeting in the
School of Education's Schorling

tic Tomography" - Dr. Larry
Shepp of AT&T laboratories
speaks at 4 p.m. in 451 Mason;
coffee served at 3:30 in 1443 Ma-
"Gorbachev and Glasnost:
Promises, Promises" - Prof.
Sue Hulett, a visiting scholar who
teaches courses in international re-
lations, speaks at the Brown Bag
at noon in the Lane Hall Com-
m Rnnm

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