2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 19, 1996
Bus explodes in
London; 6 injured
LONDON (AP) -An explosion tore
through a double-decker bus in central
London last night, injuring at least six
people and showering the street with
shards of glass and twisted metal.
There was no official confirmation
of deaths. At least six people were be-
ing treated for injuries last night, the
ambulance service and a hospital
Police said they had received no warn-
ing about the explosion, and there was
no immediate indication of who might
have been responsible. However, sus-
picion immediately fell on the Irish
On Feb. 9, the IRA broke its 17-
month cease-fire with a truck bomb that
devastated the Docklands business cen-
ter in east London, killing two people
and wounding scores.
Last week, police defused a bomb in
a telephone booth in central London.
Ambulances and five fire engines
rushed to the Aldwych area of central
London last night, emergency services
Scotland Yard said the explosion oc-
curred on Wellington Street near the
Strand at 5:38 p.m. Ann Arbor time. It
The red double-decker remained up-
right on its four wheels, but the blast
had turned the top into just a few
mangled shreds of metal. The bottom
was gutted by fire, and all of the win-
dows all blown out.
The explosion site, near the Waldorf
Hotel, would have been filled with
theatergoers on any othernight but Sun-
day, when most London stages are dark.
Eyewitness Anthony Yates, 26, said
he believed at least three people were
"I was walking down the road and I
saw a big white flash in the sky," Yates
said. "I looked and then I saw a double-
decker bus but there was nothing left of
it, it was completely blown to pieces."
Yates continued: "When the bomb
went off, a taxi drove into the bus.
"The NatWest bank outside is badly
hit. The bus driver and the taxi driver
both looked dead."
He said: "There's a guy lying outside
the bus saying 'my legs,my legs.' There
was another guy with blood coming
from his jaw."'
Lawyer Raymond Levy was in his
car only 30 feet from the blast.
"I thought there was only the bus driver
on board and when I got out ofthe car and
got to the bus, he had got out but there
were flames everywhere," Levy said.
"The engine was still running and I
was very worried that the petrol would
With the help of a cab driver they
opened the hood of the bus and turned
off the engine, he said.
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Hartford said the quality of service
would probably decrease if food ser-
vices were privatized.
"I haven't been terribly impressed
with the sustained quality of privatized
services," Hartford said. She said "lots
and lots of students complained about
the quality" in places where services
Hartford said not enough students
live in the residence halls to sustain an
arrangement like the one in the Michi-
gan Union, where chain restaurants have
"It would have to be open to the
public, and we don't want to do that for
security reasons," Hartford said.
But Zeller said that within the next
five years, University Housing may be-
gin relying on privatized services.
"We have been focusing in on the
issue," he said. "The housing depart-
ment is coming out with a strategic
John Anthony, an Engineering se-
nior and Baits resident, complained
about the increase.
"I think it's ridiculous," Anthony said.
"This is the one university that can get
money from the government, from the
The regents voted 6-1 in favor of the
increase, with Newman casting the op-
Regent Rebecca McGowan (D-Ann
Arbor) did not attend the meeting.
- Daily Staff Reporter Ann Stewart
contributed to this report.
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governor's proposal that the "Tuition
Tax Credit be repealed and the money
spread over schools."
"(The TTC) is not working in the
way people had hoped," he said.
Moving the bill from the Senate to
the House will be a "hard sell," said
state Sen. Joe Schwartz (R-Battle
Creek), chair of the subcommittee for
higher education. State Sen. Alma
Wheeler Smith (D-Salem Twp.) was
more optimistic, however, and said the
bill may be in the House by the end of
"It'll get sold," Smith said.
The money allocated to the Univer-
sity will be used for renovation, new
management programs and undergradu-
ate education enhancement, Duderstadt
The University's upcoming capital
outlay plans - using money from the
state and other sources to build and
renovate buildings-will include reno-
vation projects in Mason and Haven
Halls and in the LSA, Frieze and Perry
Provost J. Bernard Machen said a
new Value-Centered Management pro-
gram, which ties funding for different
schools within the University to the
tuition students bring in, will be a major
step toward cost awareness and decen-
tralized management at the University.
"Both units and support services will
be scrutinizing how services are pro-
vided," Machen said. "(VCM) will in-
crease everyone's awareness ofthe costs
that exist on this campus."
Machen said the program would en-
courage entrepreneurship within the
schools to recruit students.
Representatives from Wayne State
University, the Michigan Education
Association and the American Asso-
ciation of University Professors also
spoke in favor of the budget proposal.
Wayne State University President
David Adamany suggested the state
consider a formula for funding public
universities that would base allocations
more on the success of internal pro-
grams than the "institutions" them-
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Investigators seek clues to train wreck
SILVER SPRING, Md. - Federal investigators combing through the twisted
wreckage of a deadly railway crash Saturday began focusing on whether the
engineer of a commuter train missed a warning signal to slow down.
The engineer jammed on his emergency brakes 15 seconds before the nearly
head-on crash with Amtrak's Capitol Limited, said John Goglia of the National
Transportation Safety Board.
The MARC commuter train was going 63 mph when its operator hit the brak
1,100 feet before the Friday night collision that killed 11.
The train had slowed to 40 mph by the time it struck the Amtrak train, which was
coming in the opposite direction at 30 mph, Goglia said.
"Clearly the focus is moving toward the operator since we have found absolutely
no difficulties anywhere else," Goglia said.
All three members of the commuter crew are presumed to have died in the crash
that sent a fireball into the sky that was visible for miles in this Washington suburb.
"If there's a problem, it's going to be with the MARC train," Goglia said in an
interview, adding that the Amtrak train "was cleared all the way."
The commuter train should not have been going faster than 30 mph if the warning
signals were operating properly and the engineer observed them, Goglia said.
groups seek changes
WASHINGTON - Faced with a Re-
publican-led Congress that they view as
hopelessly hostile to theirinterests, some
key environmental groups are moving to
change their tax status so they may par-
ticipate directly in electoral politics.
Conservation organizations, includ-
ing Friends of the Earth and the Oregon
Natural Resources Council, have
formed political-action arms to help
elect House and Senate members who
are receptive to their agendas.
Other groups, including The Wilder-
ness Society, are considering making
the same change, which reduces their
ability to collect tax-deductible contri-
butions but allows them to contribute to
political campaigns and spend money
independently on behalf of candidates.
Historically, most environmental or-
ganizations - with the exception of the
Sierra Club, which the IRS stripped of
its ability to collect tax-deductible dona-
tions 30 years ago during the club's
high-profile campaign to block the con-
struction of dams in the Grand Canyon
- have engaged in education and lob-
bying activities but have notparticipated
in partisan politics.
However, with the recent congressional
attacks on many of the nation's environ-
mental statutes, some conservation groups
are concluding they must fight to defeat
their enemies and elect their friends.
2 killed i niltay*
SAN DIEGO - An F-14D "Tom-
cat" fighter jet crashed into the Pacific
Ocean during routine flight exercises
off the Southern California coast yes-
terday, killing the two crew members, a'
Navy official said.
The jet was part of the Fighter Squad-
ron I 1, which was taking part in a two-
week operation with the USS Carl Vin
said Doug Sayers, spokesperson t
Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego.
The crash happened at about 12:30
p.m. 120 miles off the coast, he said.
The circumstances of the crash were
not immediately known.
"I don't know what the plane was
doing, how close or how far it was from
the carrier," he said.
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resolve key disputes
in Rome peace talks
ROME - Balkan leaders promised
yesterday to stick by the peace plan that
halted the Bosnian war, resolving a
number of disputes that threatened to
scuttle the accord.
The announcement came after 25
hours of intense negotiations at an
"We prevented a situation that could
have jeopardized the Dayton agree-
ment," said Richard Holbrooke,the U.S.
assistant secretary of state who led ef-
forts to reach the peace agreement last
December outside the Ohio city
The Bosnian Serbs agreed to resume
contacts with NATO, which they had
suspended after the arrest and extradi-
tion of two Bosnian Serb officers sus-
pected of war crimes.
"Nothing was given in exchange for
this. They did this on their own,"
Holbrooke said NATO will assess
Bosnian Serb compliance with the con-
ditions of the Dayton accord by the
weekend and then consider lifting eco-
nomic sanctions against them.
Holbrooke said the sides repeated pre-
vious assurances on a number of issues
that forced the new summit, and produced
agreements~on several smaller issues.
Israeli political party
JERUSALEM - Israel's opposition
Likud Party kicked off its underdog
election campaign yesterday with a sur-
prise move, accusing Prime Minister
Shimon Peres of setting out to divide
Jerusalem during final peace negoti
tions with the Palestinians. 6
Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of
the right-of-center Likud, called the
upcoming national election "a referen-
dum on Jerusalem." He charged that the
government is holding secret talks in
Europe on the status of Jerusalem,just
as it secretly negotiated the peace agree-
ment with the PLO in Oslo in 1993.
Likud has purchased highway bill-
boards and newspaper ads declaring
that "Peres will divide Jerusalem."
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