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bbird blast fails to
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FURUBIRA, Japan (AP) - A third northernmostmain island, about 550miles
amite blast failed yesterday to re- north of Tokyo, when the boulder slipped
moveahuge boulderthat trapped people off the mountainside and pierced the roof
in a highway tunnel in northern Japan. ofthehighway tunnel,trappingthe bus in
Crews were planning another blasting a shower of rubble.
attempt, but little hope was held out of Thecause ofthe accident was not clear,
finding anyone alive. but some officials speculated that the slab
Anyone who survived the massive of rock may have broken free because of
cave-iniwould now have spent three days a fissure in the mountainside developed
and nights in freezing temperatures in over years by water seeping into cracks
theirsmashedbus inside the snowy moun- and freezing, forcing the cracks to widen.
tain at the edge of the sea. Rescuers can The three blasts broke away large
.the vehicle, but they can't reach it. chunks near the base of the boulder,
It's been going on so long, and they which officials believe weighs 50,000
have blasted the rock so many times," tons, but more than half of it remained
lameited Ryoko Honma, a resident of standing upright on top of the tunnel.
the nearby fishing village of Furubira, The rescue drama has dominated na-
where many ofthe 19 people trapped on tional news coverage since Saturday,
the bus are from. "It seems useless to when the bus was caught, and trauma-
keep watching and hoping." tized Furubira, a tight-knit fishing vil-
Having failed in previous attempts to lage in northern Japan, where many of
topple the giant boulder into the sea the 5,000 residents knew at least one of
withtdynamite blasts, workers decided the 19 people on the bus. Another person
Mtry"to completely crush the slab of was believed trapped in a passenger car.
rck with two blasts yesterday. Local residents maintaining an anx-
But the first blast, around midday, ious vigil, meanwhile, were increas-
only took out another chunk from the ingly angered by what they saw as the
giant boulder, which is the size of a 20- slow pace of rescue efforts.
story building. Workers were planning "They've wasted so much time, it's
another blast later in the day, and were disgusting," Masahiko Watanabe said,
hopingto clearaway the resulting rubble referring to the long delays between the
in order to get to the trapped bus, which blasts Sunday and Monday and an II-
had 19 people aboard. hour stretch after the accident Saturday
The accident occurred on the rugged when rescue officials deliberated over
windsweptcoastline ofHokkaido,Japan's how to proceed.

The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 14, 1996 - 5
Fune held for
S U.S. soldier kiled
in peace nussion

KENTON, Ohio (AP)-Just70miles
north of the base where the Bosnian
peace accord was negotiated, the first
American killed in the peacekeeping
mission was buried yesterday.
Army Sgt. Donald Dugan, a 38-year-.
old career soldier, died Feb. 3 in northern
Bosnia, after picking up ammunition that
exploded in his hands.
"The Army was Donald's life and I am
happy that he was doing what he liked
doing most when he died - his job with
the Army," said his widow, Miriam.
"He truly believed in the mission in
Bosnia and was happy when he left.
This is the way I will always remember
him," she said.
Dugan's three daughters and son also
attended the funeral at St. John United
Church ofChrist. Gov. George Voinovich
was among the 300 mourners.
Dugan was born in this northwest
Ohio city and grew up on the family

dairy farm 10 miles away, near
Ridgeway, a village ofabout 400 people.
A bone-chilling wind later whipped
graveside flowers at Grove Cemetery,
where an honor guard fired a 21-gun
salute. Soldiers removed the U.S. flag
from the casket and presented it to Mrs.
Dugan.
In a statement, the Dugan family ex-
pressedhope for alasting peace in Bosnia
- and regret that U.S. troops were sent
to enforce it.
The family "would like to urge the
U.S. government to give more consider-
ation before sending troops into another
hostile country forpeacekeeping action,"
the statement said.
Dugan was killed about 25 miles north
of the base in Tuzla where the U.S.
peacekeeping effort is headquartered.
The peace agreement was signed in
November at Wright-Patterson Air
Force Base near Dayton.

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A flock of Japanese media stand by at the entrance of the Yoyohama tunnel in
Yoichi city as workers make another attempt to blast off the giant boulder at the
other side of the tunnel in Furubira, northern Japan, yesterday. At least 19 people
have been trapped in the tunnel for four days.

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MAGELLAN
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"The benefits will more than make
up for the loss with an increased oppor-
tunity to compete for federal funds,"
Richstone said.
President James Duderstadt said he
Wnsure where the remaining funding
will come from, but some will come
from private donations and other areas
of the University.
"We haven't worked out the final
details ofthe funding," Duderstadt said.
Richstone said travel costs and com-
petition for observation time limit the
availability of telescope use, but all stu-
dents will be able to access and learn
from the technology. The astronomy
artment plans to use the telescope in
classroom through the Internet.
"This is a very important invest-
ment in the future of outstanding sci-
ence education and learning at Michi-
gan," said Edie Goldenberg, dean of
the College of LSA.
Professors and graduate students
who will have hands-on experience
are chosen by the telescope allocation
committee in the astronomy depart-
nt. The observers and time are based
VALENTINE
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out to dinner.
While she said she was excited at the
idea of spending her first Valentine's
Day with her boyfriend, she said that
she might celebrate the day differently
t weren't on a Wednesday.
'If it was on the weekend, it'd prob-
ably be more of a big deal," she said.
But not all students plan on spending
the day with a loved one.
LSA sophomore John Roberts, a
member of Sigma Chi fraternity, said
he is not sure if he will celebrate the
holiday.
"(Sigma Chi) has a date party that I
may or may not go to," he said. "It's a
*sh party where the girl doesn't neces-
sarily know who she's going with."
Roberts added that just because one
is not involved in a relationship doesn't
mean that Valentine's Day has to be a
sad holiday.
"If you're seeing somebody, it must
be nice," he said. "But if you're not
seeing somebody, it shouldn't be a hard
time or a bad time for you."
Mechele Chau, a Nursing sophomore,
dthat sinceherfriends are single, they
on n spending the holiday together.
"We're going to hang out and watch
movies, my friends and I," Chau said."I1
like (Valentine's Day). It's a fun holi-
day. It's fun to give cards (to friends)."
But not all students expressed such
positive opinions of the holiday, saying
that it is too commercialized.
"It's kind of a Hallmark holiday,"
said LSA senior Mike DeNardis. "It's
a reason to spend a couple hundred
lars."
Jd&eHadeed, an LSA junior, expressed
a similar opinion.
"It's a nice time for people to be
together, but it's a little bit too commer-
cialized," he said. "But I guess every
other holiday is commercialized also."

on proposals and other criteria,
Richstone said.
The site in Chile, which was origi-
nally chosen in the 1970s, offers one of
the driest climates on earth, along with
ideal observing conditions of clear
weather, isolation from city lights and
stable atmospheric conditions, said Ray
Bowers of the Carnegie Institution.
"It's a wonderful place for as-
tronomy," Bowers said.
The Southern Hemisphere allows as-
tronomers to have year-round access to
the Magellanic Clouds, nearby clusters of
galaxies and the centerofthe Milky Way.
The University has long had links
to MIT through a consortium in Kitt
Peak, Ariz., where the W.A. Hiltner
telescope and McGraw-Hill telescope
are located.
The former head of the University
astronomy department and original
Magellan Project manager, Al Hiltner
has been one of the major links between
the University and this project.
Richstone said.
There have been a number of former
University astronomy faculty and stu-
dents involved with the project in
various ways after leaving the Uni-
versity.

Magellan Project
Timeline.
1970s: The site in Chile is chosen
for an observatory.
1985; Carnegie and others first
discuss the telescopes.
1987: Former University astronomy
Prof. Al Hiltner is made initial
project manager. Carnegie
Insitution, University of Arizona and
Johns Hopkins University form a
consortium for Magellan Project.
1991: Johns Hopkins drops out of
the project.
1992: Initial mirror of 6.5 meters is
contructed.
1995: Structural construction of
Magellan I reaches advanced
stages; mirror emerges from oven.
1997: Telescope mount and mirror
cell scheduled to be completed and
installed.
1998: Magellan I primary mirror
scheduled to be installed.

CONDOMS
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here to provide a service every day."
Regardingawareness, Beauchamp said,
"National Condom Day shouldn't be dif-
ferent than any other time of the year."
University groups such as AIDS Edu-
cation Issues on Us also laud the work
of groups like ASHA.
AEIOU, which is running a similar
National Condom Week around cam-
pus this week, also hopes to provide
resources. The organization, sponsored
by the Michigan Student Assembly,
has set up booths in residence halls and
in the Fishbowl, Diag, Union and else-
whereto handout material about AIDS.
"My goal is to heighten AIDS aware-
ness and bring issues to students on this
campus," said AEIOU member Trisha
Miller.
Miller also said that having events
like National Condom Day fall around
Valentine's Day is good because
"People are thinking about relation-
ships and possibly becoming sexually
active at this time."
To get the ASHA brochure, call
ASHA HealthLine at (800) 972-8500.

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