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2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 21, 1996



Powerful earthquake rocks
remote northwest China

BEIJING (AP) - Women, children
and the sick squeezed into tents to es-
cape the cold, but many of the thou-
sands of homeless from an earthquake
that killed 28 in the forbidding deserts
of far northwestern China had no shel-
ter yesterday night.
Tuesday's magnitude-6.9 quake cut
a vicious swath through settlements
along the centuries-old trade route
known as the Silk Road. In one village,
residents worked through the night to
patch a fractured dike.
The temblor and 68 aftershocks -
some reaching magnitude 5.1 -
knocked out communication links to
almost all the settlements, and the death
count is predicted to rise as wreckage
reports trickle in.
About 15,000 buildings were toppled
in the Xinjiang region quake, govern-
ment seismologists said yesterday, and
at least 78 people injured, nine seri-
ously. About 10,000 were left home-
Jiashi county, the hardest-hit area, is
about 43 miles east of Kashgar, an an-
cient bazaar town. The earthquake was
centered close to Artux, 15 miles north

of Kashgar.
Many people were at home when the
quake struck at 10 a.m.
Seventeen of those killed were chil-
dren under the age of eight, said Bake
Aji, director of the Kashgar Seismol-
ogy Bureau.
"They were home watching televi-
sion and couldn't get out fast enough,"
Bake said.
Most houses in the region are one-
story dwellings made of baked mud
bricks and topped by wooden beams
and mud that could cause heavy casual-
ties if they collapsed.
A rescue worker in Jiashi told The
Associated Press by telephone, "There
are no buildings left standing."
"Nobody can stay in their own homes
because some have completely col-
lapsed and others are damaged too seri-
ously to be safe," a local reporter said in
a telephone interview broadcast on na-
tional television.
The reporter said simple tents were
going up to house women, children and
the sick and elderly, but there would be
no shelter for others.
Roads in the county had large cracks,

but traffic could still get through, the
report said. But fissures more than 1 1/2
feet wide opened up along a 2,000-foot
section of a dike at a small reservoir.
More than 6,300 head of livestock,
mostly sheep, were reported killed.
In Kashgar, local officials said at
least several hundred homes were dam-
aged by the tremor.
But local residents said yesterday
that there was little visible damage.
Robert Kerr, an American student who
declined to give his hometown, said he
saw "a few minor cracks" in buildings
in the city center.
The quake-struck area is about 2,000
miles west of Beijing, near China's
border with Kyrgyzstan and Kazakstan.
It is a vibrant commercial crossroads
along the old Silk Road that once con-
nected East to West. Most of its inhab-
itants are Muslim ethnic minorities, in-
cluding Uygurs, Kyrgyz and Tajiks.
Tuesday's quake followeda6.1-mag-
nitude quake along the Mongolian bor-
der last week and a7.0-magnitude earth-
quake in southwestern Yunnan prov-
ince on Feb. 3, which killed more than
300 people.
Continued from Page 1A
"It would be very nice to get a con-
tractsignedby April1. It'sineveryone's
interests to get things signed."
Dexter also stressed April I asGEO's
target deadline for signing a contract.
"We do not intend the possibility of
mediation to preclude reaching an agree-
ment before hand," Dexter said. "We're
still working very hard to come up with
proposals that both meet the bulk of our
interests and meet the few interests the
University has communicated to us."
Sell said the University's priorities
should be focused more on its people
instead of on its physical image.
"This University has the money," he said
"It should spend it not on building buildings
and planting grass, but on people."
"We would like to see everyone get
raises, but it's GSIs and staff assistants
we worry about," Sell said.
Dexter said if mediation does not
result in a contract agreement, then GEO
would consider fact-finding.
"Basically, we have two classes of al-
ternatives," Dexter said. "We sign a con-
tract that is bad or continue to fight for
these issues. (This) includes fact-finding,
(which is when) a third party investigates
more fully than a mediator."

Continued from Page IA
know when to say 'enough is enough.'
We have to know when to leave the
party," she said.
A faction of those attending White's
lecture have recently left SAPAC, but
arrived at the event donning buttons
with the word "Resist!" on them.
"There was an employee, a woman
who used to work for SAPAC and was
fired ... and I am wearing this in sup-
port of her," said Heba Nimr, an Ann
Arbor resident.
A group of peer educators left
SAPAC last month in the aftermath of
an employee's termination and in the
midst of accusations of racism and
breaches of confidentiality within
Ann Arbor Tenants Union director
Pattrice Maurer, who attended the event,
said the buttons were worn by "those of
us who believe that we should resist
oppression even within an organiza-
Janelle White, the employee
whose termination sparked the con-
troversy, invited Evelyn White to
speak during her employment at
Janelle said Evelyn's book, "Chain,
Chain, Change," helped her personally
and inspired her to contact the author
about the event.


Continued from Page 1A

Menendez brothers
guilty in second trial
LOS ANGELES-Ajury in the retrial
of Erik and Lyle Menendez found the
brothers guilty of first degree murder,
rejecting their claim that years of sexual
and emotional abuse lead them to shoot
their parents in 1989 after a confrontation
in their Beverly Hills mansion.
The Menendez brothers could face
the death penalty for their crimes be-
cause the Van Nuys Superior Court jury
found them guilty yesterday of special
circumstances of lying in wait and mul-
tiple murder. Hearings in the penalty
phase will begin Monday. The two face
aminimum punishment oflife in prison
without parole.
Erik, 25, and Lyle, 28, sat stone-
faced as a clerk read the verdicts to a
courtroom packed with the defendants'
family and friends,journalists and spec-
tators. After the jurors announced their
verdict, Erik Menendez stood up, sighed
heavily and looked at his grandmother,
seated in the spectator section, and
mouthed the words, "I'll be all right,"
and then, "I love you." His brother
made no eye contact with anyone as the

Christopher clarifies U.S.NATO position
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -Secretary of State Warren Christopher reassure
East European nations yesterday that "NATO enlargement is on track and it wil
Christopher stressed that the Clinton administration is not veering from a policy t
expand the military alliance, despite Russian opposition that has been intensified b
new nationalist pressures in advance of its presidential election in June.
Christopher, who has sharply criticized Russian legislators' non-binding
last week that renounced the breakup of the Soviet Union, urged Russia yester a
to take "its rightful place in the new Europe."
"We must work to avoid the danger of three Europes: a prosperous stable west
a center on its way to NATO and the (European Union), and an east consigned t
isolation and crisis," Christopher said. "Integration (of East European countries
will neither determine, nor be determined, by events in Russia. But we have a
interest in integrating, not isolating, Russia."
U.S. officials later said the speech had been "well received" by representative
of the 12 former Eastern Bloc nations seeking membership in the alliance
Diplomats from the two countries most likely to qualify to join NATO - Polan
and the Czech Republic - privately indicated that the no-nonsense talk, m
during Christopher's first visit to the region, finally "firmed up the U.S. positi

two were lead away.
Superior Court Judge Stanle
Weisberg issued a gag order barrin
discussion of the case by lawyers, ju
rors, witnesses and family membe
until sentencing is decided.
Judge says presider
can tape testimony
LITTLE ROCK - A federal judg
ruled yesterday that President Clinto
will not have to travel to Little Rock t
testify in the trial of his two forme
Whitewater partners but instead ma
give a videotaped deposition from th
White House.
U.S. District Judge George Howar
Jr. said forcing Clinton to testify in
son would be "unduly burdensome t
the president. The order came in re
sponse to a request by defendants Jam
and Susan McDougal that the presiden
be forced to testify in person at thei
federal fraud and conspiracy trial.
Thejudge also denied the president'
request that attorneys present question
in advance to avoid improper inquiry o
endangering natioial security.

pus spend probably 80 percent of their
time chasing money down and only 20
percent of their time around program
selection and program planning,"
Cianciola said.
Wainess announced at Tuesday's
MSA meeting that WOLV is officially
"on board" the proposal.
Lorber said the plan would benefit
the station financially. However, Lorber
said the station would still solicit funds'
from other sources to maintain its bud-
get of $36,000.
Wainess' term as MSA president will
end before the next meeting ofthe Board
of Regents in April.
He submitted a letter to the board and
said he hopes his predecessor will offi-
cially present the proposal to the re-
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U.N.: Iraq may have
hidden missiles to
fire at Israel, Kuwait
tions commission suspects Iraq has hid-
den between six and 16 ballistic missiles
capable of being fired at Israel, Kuwait
or Saudi Arabia with warheads contain-
ing lethal nerve agents or germ weapons,
U.N. and U.S. officials said yesterday.
U.N. investigators believe the me-
dium-range missiles probably are be-
ing stored on Iraqi trucks and shuttled
between military installations underthe
command of a government organiza-
tion determined to keep them out of
sight, according to Swedish Ambassa-
dor Rolf Ekeus, who chairs the U.N.
Special Commission on Iraq.
Ekeus saidthe commission's new con-
cern about these missiles helps explain its
recent confrontations with the Iraqi gov-
ernment, including five attempts last week
by Iraqi authorities to deny U.N. investi-
gators' access to government buildings
suspected of harboring launchers or other
evidence related to the missiles.

Those confrontations provoked tw
censures of Iraq by the president of th
U.N. Security Council, including a state
ment yesterday criticizing the "untc
ceptable" delays faced by commissio
personnel in inspecting three facilitie
near Baghdad that are controlled by
Iraqi Republican Guard.
Burmese satirists
sentenced to prison
RANGOON, Burma - Four dissi
dents who staged asatire about Burma'
military government are the latest tar
gets of its crackdown on followers o
democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Suu Kyi's party, the National Le
for Democracy, said yesterday that
dissidents were sentenced to seven yea
each in prison. Two of the four we
actors and the other twohad organizedth
Jan.4performance,which coincided wit
Burma's annual celebration of its ind
pendence from Britain in 1948.
The performance was held at the hom
of Suu Kyi, who won the 1991 Nob
Peace Prize forher long struggle again.
the military's repressive rule.
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