The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 14, 1994-- 3
DETROIT (AP)-The tourist sea-
son is under way on one of Michigan's
most popular islands.
Not pricey Drummond Island. Not
storied Mackinac Island. Not remote
Isle Royale. At least not for the thou-
sands of visitors to Belle Isle.
Most visitors to the island park in
the Detroit River are young and from
Detroit. Unlike the more famous is-
lands, Belle Isle is close to home and
costs little more than a few dollars'
worth of gasoline.
"Traffic is the biggest problem,
but other than cruising, we really don't
have a lot of problems with those
kids," said police Cmdr. C.L. Logan,
who oversees a precinct station on
The Strand is a hot spot for young
people who know it as The Strip.
"The girls sit on their cars, then
people slow down to look at the girls
and exchange phone numbers. Every-
body who has a nice car or nice truck
comes out to show it off," Logan said.
The socializing becomesdisruptive,
however, along Jefferson Avenue and
the bridge connecting it to the island.
"Sometimes they will stop at a
light and just stay there, and all the
cars will back up," said Sgt. Bernard
Reed. "They all have on the same
'The girls sit on their
cars, then people slow
down to look at the
girls and exchange
S- C.L Logan
Belle Isle police officer
radio station. They get out of their
cars and they dance. It's like a tailgate
Police beef up Belle Isle patrols in
the spring and summertto combat the
snarled traffic and the cruising.
Plainclothes officers on foot and
mounted officers on horseback look for
illegal activity as they scan the crowds.
Parking isn't allowed after 11 p.m.,
so many people simply circle Belle Isle
in their cars. When it gets so crowded
that traffic backs up, police limit access
or order all vehicles off the island.
"The biggest problem is late in the
afternoon when my residents are trying
S to make their way home and they can't
get through," said Sandra Najduk, man-
ager of an apartment complex just east
of the bridge.
"The traffic coming off the island
and going on to the island is sojammed
up. ... On the weekends, if you're
trying to get past the island, you're
out of luck."
Jerry Seman, who manages a
JeffersonAvenue partystore, welcomes
the traffic. "We wait for it," he said.
Police have made no arrests in the
Sunday night drive-by slaying of a
23-year-old Detroit man on the is-
land. But they say such violence is
rare. Tickets for illegal parking, block-
ing traffic, underage drinking, loiter-
ing, urinating in public and blasting
music from cars are far more common
than arrests for violent crimes, police
"What we really try to focus on is
the loitering and the parking because
when this occurs, they tend to mingle,
get in confrontations and start pulling
guns," Officer Mack Stewart said.
WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD
message no trouble,
Light shines through the glass roof over Angell Hall Computing Center last night.
easing feaurs ofspirlig ifltion
By JAMES M. NASH
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
The computer hacker who inter-
cepted a University student's pass=
word last week and then distributed a
racist e-mail message actually had
much simpler methods at his disposal.
With relatively little technical
knowledge, computer users can forge
e-mail messages in the name of anyone
- even University President James J.
Duderstadt or President Clinton.
So says Dave Schroeder, a Uni-
versity Medical Center computer con-
sultant who sent bogus e-mail mes-
sages to The Michigan Daily in the
names of the two presidents.
Officials from the University's In-
formation Technology Division (ITD)
acknowledge the ease of grafting a new
name onto an e-mail letter. But until
new communication software replaces
current versions, the security breach
will likely remain open.
"I could post thousands of mes-
sages to Usenet as Daily.
News@um.cc.umich.edu with no
hacking' experience whatsoever,"
Schroeder wrote yesterday in an e-
mail message. "Forging e-mail is a
little more involved, but can be ac-
complished by a few simple steps.
"The victim's password, or any-
thing else about their account, need
not be even known by the person
forging the mail," Schroeder added.
In a phone interview yesterday,
Schroeder said he sent the messages
to shed light on a problem that has
remained largely hidden.
ITD officials disagree on how to
alert users to the problem. Once people
are aware of how easy it is to send e-
mail in someone else's name, many
computer users may choose to do so,
some ITD officials argue.
The solution lies in software pack-
ages that are less prone to tampering;
said Keri Gluski, the University's
system projects coordinator.
"We expect to move toward com-
munication packages that have more
secure (password) authentication,"
Gluski said. "Right now, it is very
easy to send a message that at least
superficially looks like it came from
Many of the current communica-
tion packages - such as Nuntius and
Newswatcher - allow users to enter
a new name in the "from" field, which
identifies the sender. In many cases,
ITD experts can trace the message to
a specific computer.
But some hackers can foil investi-
gators and send messages that are
impossible to trace.
ITD officials said computer hack-
ing is on the rise, coinciding with the
end of the semester. According to
ITD, students are more likely to send
messages when they are under stress.
Man' kils 2,
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK,
N.C. (AP) - A man stormed into a
fiber optics plant yesterday and
opened fire with a 9 mm handgun,
killing two former co-workers and
wounding two others. The man later
"We looked out over the plant
floor - we saw people just running at
random. And it was just a pop, pop,
pop. We never did see the guy," said
Sid Gregory, an employee at
Sumitomo Electric Fiber Optics Corp.
Authorities evacuated the build-
ing and spent more than six hours
searching the grounds of the Japa-
nese-owned plant before finding the
killer's body behind cabinets on the
WASHINGTON (AP) - Con-
sumer prices rose moderately last month
and Americans spent less than expected
at stores, easing fears of spiraling infla-
tion and an overheating economy.
Helped by the smallest increase in
health care costs in a decade, the Con-
sumer Price Index increased 0.3 per-
cent in March - matching February's
rise, the Labor Department said yester-
The Commerce Department re-
ported that retail sales were up 0.4 per-
cent last month, a figure economists
said is a sign of healthy but not worri-
Hours after the report, financial
markets did not seem encouraged. Stock
prices were lower in early afternoon
trading after bonds failed to hang on to
Inflation has been mild for more
than three years, the best stretch in three
decades. The cost of living was up 2.7
percent last year, following a 2.9-per-
cent rise in 1992 and 3.1 percent in
But recent surging economic growth
has sparked inflation fears and led the
Federal Reserve to increase short-term
The Labor Department said in-
creases in clothing prices and housing
costs-primarily rent-accounted for
about half of March's CPI upturn, which
was generally in line with economists'
Before February's 0.3-percent rise,
the index had been unchanged in Janu-
ary for the first time in more than four
The annual inflation rate was up 2.5
percent for the first quarter of 1994,
compared to 2.7 percent for the same
period in 1993. When volatile food and
energy costs are excluded, the index
still rose 0.3 percent for March and just
2.9 percent from a year ago.
The latest figures were on top of
the government's reassuring report
Tuesday that wholesale prices in-
creased 0.2 percent in March and at a
3.9-percent annual rate for the first
quarter of 1994.
Serbs detain U.N. army
observers; 2-month cease
fire in Sarajevo broken
govina (AP) - Two days after com-
ing under NATO attack, Bosnian
Serbs lashed back yesterday, detain-
ing U.N. military observers in the
Gorazde area and cutting off natural
gas to Sarajevo. Four rockets landed
in the capital, shattering a two-month
Russian special envoy Vitaly
Churkin said the Serbs were ready to
stop attacks on the besieged Muslim
enclave of Gorazde. Two weeks of
relentless Serb assaults on the en-
clave 35 miles southeast of Sarajevo
provoked NATO air strikes Sunday
Following the NATO air strikes,
the Serbs suspended peace talks with
the United Nations and threatened to
shoot down NATO planes. Fighting
has ebbed since Monday's raid, and
international negotiators have pressed
the warring sides to return to peace
The NATO allies said yesterday
they were ready to strike again if
Serbs resume shelling the enclave,
which was designated a U.N. "safe
haven" last year.
Churkin met yesterday with
Bosnian Serb leaders in Pale, a Serb-
held suburb of Sarajevo.
"I got assurances from the Bosnian
Serb leadership that it was not in their
intention to conduct offensive opera-
tions in the Gorazde area or shell the
town," he told reporters. "Of course
they expect similar restraint from the
Serbs have consistently denied
attacking Gorazde, despite reports of
Serb offensives from U.N. observers.
Churkin suggested any truce could
be followed by a "political settlement
... if all sides exercise restraint." He did
not say whether he was expressing a
personal opinion or relaying Serb will-
ingness to negotiate a settlement.
The Serbs are more likely to ac-
cept a proposal made by the Russians
than anything U.N. negotiators put on
In Gorazde, Serbs were restricting
the movements of 58 U.N. military
observers, U.N. officials said yester-
A handful of U.N. observers in
northern Banja Luca have also been
confined to their quarters, and the
Two U.N. peacekeepers stand atop an armored vehicle outside Sarajevo yesterday. Serbs placed more restrictions
on U.N. personnel including limiting their freedom of movement resulting from recent airstrikes in Gorazde.
United Nations has lost communica-
tion with some of them, officials said.
In New York, U.N. official Joe
Sills said the Serbs also continued to
hold 11 French relief workers de-
tained in their barracks outside
Sarajevo since the weekend.
A Dutch U.N. military observer
and his interpreter, who were heading
from the eastern enclave of Zepa to
Sarajevo through Serb-held territory,
were missing for a second day. U.N.
spokesperson Maj. Rob Annink said
the United Nations suspected they
were being confined somewhere.
Serbs also stopped U.N. convoys
from passing through Serb territory
to Sarajevo. No relief flights have
arrived in Sarajevo since Sunday, said
Peter Kessler, an official for the U.N.
High Commissioner for Refugees in
Zagreb, Croatia. Donor countries ap-
pear reluctant to risk flights because
of fears of Serb attacks.
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