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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Act-
ing as his own lawyer after another
*change of heart, a man accused of
killing an abortion doctor warned the
jury at the start of his trial yesterday
that those who countenance abortion
"will answer to God."
"May God have mercy on us all,"
Paul Hill declared in his opening state-
ment in federal court.
Hill then asked no questions of
prosecution witnesses who said they
*saw him or a man looking like him
outside a clinic at the time of the July
29 shotgun slayings of Dr. John
Bayard Britton and bodyguard James
The 40-year-old former minister
is the first person to stand trial under
the federal law enacted earlier this
year against injuring or otherwise in-
terfering with anyone entering an
abortion clinic. Conviction could
bring a life prison term.
Hill is also awaiting trial in state
court on charges of murder and at-
tempted murder; if convicted there,
he could get the electric chair.
Hill, a former pastor in the Pres-
byterian Church in America and the
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, took
over his defense after U.S. District
Judge Roger Vinson refused to let
*him argue the killings were justifi-
Hill's lawyers had wanted to em-
ploy a necessity defense, arguing that
Hill killed to prevent the greater evil
of abortion. Before the slayings, Hill
had openly advocated killing abor-
"There are legal alternatives, cer-
tainly legal alternatives far less intru-
sive and far less evil," the judge said,
saffirming an earlier ruling.
Vinson also ruled the defense
had failed to provide evidence that
abortions performed at the clinic
were illegally done on viable fe-
In a brief opening statement, Hill
said: "During this trial, you will see
this government is unjust as it does
not protect human life. To the extent
that we participate in this evil, we will
answer to God. May God have mercy
on us all."
Hill originally had a public de-
fender. Last month, he changed his
mind and was allowed to represent
himself. Last week, Hill asked that
two standby lawyers appointed to
advise him be allowed to represent
h After yesterday's switch, the de-
wfense lawyers again will act as standby
attorneys, advising Hill.
Nine prosecution witnesses testi-
fied they saw Hill firing a gun, stand-
ing near Barrett's body or leaving the
clinic parking lot immediately after
"I heard the pop-pop and I thought
this truck had backfired," said Dor-
othy Disney, who was driving by at
Othe time. She said she saw Barrett's
truck and body, and then a man who
matched Hill's description a few feet
"He had a weapon in his hands,"
Disney said. "He was staring down at
Two Honolulu City and County lifeguards walk down an empty Waikiki Beach, Hawaii. The beach was evacuated
following a tsunami warning issued yesterday following an earthquake in Russia that jolted Japan.
Quakekill 6i usa
sparks fiear of tidal wave
By MAUREEN SIRHAL
For the Daily
From Germany to Australia, Malay-
sia to Tokyostudents have crisscrossed
the globe taking advantage of study-
abroad programs sponsored by the Uni-
Each year about 500 University stu-
dents work or study abroad.
"This is somewhat of a tradition
here at the University," said Bill
Nolting, director of International Op-
portunities with the International Cen-
Last night, the International Center
and Career Planning and Placement
(CP&P) sponsored the "Getting an In-
ternational Internship," panel discus-
sion to help interested students with the
process of obtaining study and work
opportunities in different countries.
With Nolting as host, seven student
panelists discussed their experiences
working abroad and the challenges in-
volved in finding an internship.
"It's a challenge to find and obtain
an internship that is career-related, over-
seas and paid," Nolting said.
More than 100 students attended
the presentation. This was more than
expected, Nolting said.
"In the past we've usually had about
50 turn out for this program," he said.
Although the program highlighted
the experiences of graduate students,
many of the participants in work/
study and internships are under-
Some of the groups who spon-
sors these international opportuni-
ties include various University-
sponsored internships, exchange
programs through such groups as
AIESEC and the State Department,
Students can tap into various Univ
versity resources for help in finding
internships, including the Interna-
tional Center and CP&P.
In addition to those formatting
their career path, the event gave
other students the unique opportu-
nity to live in another country and
work for the simple enjoyment of
travel or supplemental income for
those wishing to study.
Dating back to John F.
Kennedy's idea of volunteer work
abroad, these programs have been
popular to gain experience working
in a foreign area, to sharpen trans-
ferable skills and to help determine
career choice. The key word to most
that have had the experience seems
to be networking.
More information about the in-
ternships and work/study opportuni-
ties is available at the International
TOKYO (AP) - A major under-
seaearthquakekilled atleast 16people
in Russia's remote Kuril Islands late
yesterday, jolted Japan and triggered
fears of tidal waves on both sides of
A quake with a preliminary mag-
nitude of at least 7.9 hit near the
sparsely populated Kuril Island chain
north of Japan. At least 176 people in
northern Japan were injured by bro-
ken glass and falling objects, but only
three of the injuries were considered
A 6.0 magnitude aftershock was
felt early today in the same area. There
were no immediate reports of addi-
tional damage or injuries.
The first quake sent 10-foot-high
tidal waves smashing into the Kurils,
destroying moorings and hurling small
boats onto land. The waves were
smaller and less destructive farther
from the epicenter.
By early today, about 40 small
tsunami waves had been observed in
Japan. Most were less than 3 feet
high, although one was 6 feet. There
were no reports of any damage.
Hawaii closed its public schools
and beaches early yesterday'and or-
dered residents of coastal areas to
evacuate. The tsunami warning was
lifted about six hours later.
In Moscow, Russia's Ministry for
Emergency Situations said the bodies
of at least 16 people were found on
three islands in Kuril chain. Most
were killed by falling debris, ministry
spokesman Anatoly Streltsov said.
In some parts of the Kurils, 18-
inch cracks were visible in the earth
after the quake, Streltsov said.
Viktor Sankov, spokesman for
Russia's regional government on
Sakhalin Island, said all of the dead
were believed to be Russian military.
About 50,000 Russians, including
several thousand troops, live in the
Japanese authorities said an air
force plane sent to survey damage
was missing with two pilots aboard.
The quake - which lasted more
than a minute - was centered 13
miles beneath the Pacific Ocean floor,
near the southern end of the Kuril
chain. Japan's Central Meteorologi-
cal Agency estimated the quake's pre-
liminary magnitude at 7.9, making it
the strongest to hit the region in 26
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Defense see' y gets earful
about life after cutbacks
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE,
Germany (AP) - It was supposed to
be the standard slide presentation by
the general for the VIP from the Pen-
tagon. Instead, Defense Secretary Wil-
liam Perry got an earful about the
strains of military life in an era of
Pilots are overworked and
undertrained, he was told. Spouse and
alcohol abuse are increasing. Child
"Should I be concerned, or deeply
concerned?" Perry asked Brig. Gen.
John Dallager yesterday after being
told that 21 of 23 air combat control-
lers had been unable to meet training
requirements and needed waivers to
remain on duty.
Perry, a mathematician and high-
tech entrepreneur who has been in
office eight months, visited
Spangdahlem during a European tour
undertaken in connection with NATO
The base is eight miles east of
Bitburg, in western Germany near the
Dallager, commander of a fighter
wing, told Perry that reports of spouse
abuse among the base's 11,915 civil-
ian and military personnel are up 9
percent in the past year.
Child abuse is up 20 percent, he
said; alcohol abuse is up 11 percent.
Pilot training, he said, has declined
sharply, and so has readiness to fight
The general showed slides but they
involved the human strains of meet-
ing the base's commitments.
The general told the secretary
about Tony and Louisa Clift, both
senior airmen. They are getting out of
the Air Force because they are so
He told about Capt. Timothy J.
Hogan, an A-10 fighter-bomber pilot
who spent nearly two-thirds of the
past 22 months deployed away from
the base and his family. Hogan's wife,
Linda, told an Air Force interviewer
she feels like a single parent.
Dallager conceded that the in-
creases in reported violence and other
domestic problems could be the result
of better monitoring now that the base
is "starting to take care of people."
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