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2- The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 18, 1996
Yeltsin fires secrwi iychief Lebed


K TV announcement
ends four months in
The Washington Post
MOSCOW - A grim President
Boris Yeltsin yesterday fired the most
popular politician in Russia, National
Security Council chief Alexander
Lebed, in an attempt to settle a nasty
political brawl that has paralyzed his
administration and cast doubt on his
personal authority..
Yeltsin, appearing ill and weak a
month ahead of scheduled heart
bypass surgery, ended Lebed's four
stormy months in government with a
surprise . announcement on the 6
o'clock television news. He

denounced Lebed's blatant presidential
politicking, his bitter public feuds with
cabinet ministers and his penchant for
acting without authorization as "inad-
missible and harm-
ful to Russia."
"Of course, one
cannot tolerate this
situation any
longer," he said,
taking pen and{
paper and signing
the order to fire
In a packed news
conference two Yeltsin
hours later, Lebed
said he was unfazed by his dismissal
and planned to return to politics start-
ing as soon as Monday, including a

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possible presidential election cam-
paign in the event Yeltsin dies. "I am
no good as a bureacrat," he said. "I
cannot make a proper bow or act in a
servile manner."
Lebed's dismissal is a victory for a
loose coalition of entrenched and pow-
erful officials, some of them with pres-
idential ambitions of their own, who
resented his sudden rise to prominence
and his skill at playing the maverick,
courting the media and wooing the vot-
ers. They include Prime Minister Viktor
Chernomyrdin and the head of the pres-
idential administration, Anatoly
Chubais, who will now preside as prac-
tically unchallenged power brokers in
the government, as well as the steely,
machine-style mayor of Moscow, Yuri
The firing is not likely to have broad
policy implications for the Russian gov-
ernment, if only because it was Lebed's
bald ambition and peerless popularity
that caused such a stir - not his views
on the issues, which are vague.
The important exception, however, is
Chechnya, where he was almost single-
handedly responsible for brokering a
peace plan with separatist guerrillas this
summer in the face of opposition from
much of Russia's political establish-
ment, Without the driving force of
Lebed's personality and his determina-
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tion to end the war, prospects for con-
tinued peace in the breakaway region
are uncertain and the deal he struck
may end up as a political orphan.
In Washington, Clinton administra-
tion officials refused to comment on the
dismissal of Lebed, saying that it was an
"internal Russian matter." State depart-
ment spokesperson Nicholas Burns said
that the U.S.-Russia relationship "is a
stable one and is moving forward in a
routine way."
Republican presidential candidate
Bob Dole said in a statement that
Yeltsin's firing of Lebed "reminds us all
that the situation in Russia remains
uncertain. ... (Yeltsin's action) does
raise concern for stability and contin-
ued progress toward a peaceful resolu-
tion of the conflict in Chechnya" and
represents "further proof that our
Russia policy must be based on
American interests and respond to the
reality of events in Russia, rather than
on wishful thinking and personality
For months Yeltsin had balked at fir.
ing Lebed despite his increasingly bitter
rivalries. The former army general's
popularity with Russian voters contin-
ued to soar after his strong showing in
June's presidential elections, and Yeltsin
seemed loath to make a martyr of
Lebed by firing him.
Continued from Page 1
two recent sexual assaults, including
the rape and armed robbery of the man-
ager of a westside Subway restaurant
early Sunday morning and the sexual
assault and armed robbery of a female
University student on North Campus
on Oct. 5.
The North Campus incident, which
happened in a parking lot across from
Bursley residence hall, falls under the
jurisdiction of the University's
Department of Public Safety.
"We have worked with Ann Arbor
(police) on the investigation, and we
can't comment on the details" said
Robert Pifer, associate director of law
enforcement services.
AAPD officers also consider the
man their prime suspect in an armed
robbery of a Slauson Middle School
ernployee on Oct. 9.
But Scheel said detectives do not
have sufficient evidence to charge the
man for the two cases that occurred on
city grounds.
"I don't think we'll be able to charge
him," Scheel said. "He's still our prime
suspect, but we don't have enough evi-
"We don't think we can link him to
Slauson Middle School and the
Subway restaurant (incidents)," Scheel

Cancer killer made from cold virus
WASHINGTON - Reshuffling the genes of an ordinary cold virus turns it into
a cancer-killing smart bomb able to seek out and destroy tumor cells, researcher
report. The therapy is already being tested on humans.
A mutated version of one of the viruses that cause the common cold, was shown
in mouse studies to attack and kill human cancer cells that lack a gene called P53.
About half of all human cancers have a defective or missing P53 gene.
"The mutated virus takes over and turns the (cancer) cell into a factory to make
more virus," said Frank McCormick, a researcher at Onyx Pharmaceuticals in
Richmond, Calif. "After a day or two, the cell is killed and it releases a whole
bunch of new virus, which then infect neighboring cancer cells."
About 60 percent of human tumors grown in laboratory mice melted away after
being injected with the mutated adenovirus, said McCormick, lead author of a
study to be published today in the journal Science.
Dr. Bert Vogelstein, a Johns Hopkins University researcher who first discovered
that an altered or missing P53 gene can lead to cancer, called the report exciting
"because it exploits an alteration that is present in many different cancers."
A number of gene mutations linked to cancer have been discovered in rece*
years, but finding ways to use the genetic flaws to fight cancer "has been elusive
and very difficult," Vogelstein noted.

Gamblin toake
debut Intemet
SANTA ANA, Calif. - Gambling
over the Internet has so far generated a
lot more software than hard cash. But
that could change soon, with a handful
of companies, including Santa Ana-
based World Wide Web Casinos Inc.,
planning to launch online casinos in the
upcoming months,
World Wide Web Casinos hasn't
started the betting yet, but yesterday
announced the opening of a glitzy Web
site that by Thanksgiving, company
officials say, will offer computer users
around the world the chance to play
poker, blackjack or slot machines with
real money at stake.
Experts are urging consumers to be
cautious, but given the rapidly growing
popularity of both the Internet and
gambling, an industry that combines
the two could become a blockbuster.
One analyst has predicted that online
betting could be a $10 billion a year
industry by the year 2000.
With that kind of loot up for grabs,
companies such as World Wide Web

Casinos are scrambling for a place
along this emerging casino strip in
Six students arrested
for 20 robberies
SALT LAKE CITY - The talk in
the locker room was about cars, girls,
clothes - and, according to police,
the holdups some high school foot-
ball players committed to pay for it
Six members of the Granger High
football team, including two varsity
starters, were being held Wednesday in
juvenile detention after police say the
confessed to robbing 20 fast-food
restaurants and other stores.
"If they didn't have any money,
they'd go do a robbery, split up the cash
and go on a date;' said Sgt. Jerry
Mendez. "They spent it on the things
that high school kids spend money on
- dates, clothes, fixing up a car.
"The only thing we know they'
weren't spending it on was dope. They
weren't into drugs at all;'.he said. t

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(one block south of CCRB)
loam- "Mystery of God's Presence"
5:55pm- Meditative service
remembering Fr. Henri Nouwen
9-10:15pm-Student Gathering
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Assistant for Student Ministry
Episcopal Student Ministry at
the University of Michigan
721 E. Huron St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(313) 665-0606
The Rev. Matthew Lawrence, Chaplain
Holy Eucharist followed by supper,
Lord of Light Lutheran Church
801 S. Forest Ave.
Fridays, 3:30-5:00pm, Bible Study
at Canterbury House.
Friday Oct. 18, 8:00pm:
Friday Night Film, Heaven Can Wait
Free admission & and free popcorn.
Daily meditation and prayer,
Tues.- Fri. 9:15-10:00am.
Drop in for coffee & silence.
Spiritual Direction the first Mon.
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WED.: Evening Prayer-7 Choir-7:30
IURS.: Issues of Faith Group-7:00
John Rollefson & Meg Drum
Campus Ministers
Contemporary worship services at
9:00 am and 12 noon on Sundays.

Stam pede at soccer
match kils 78
screaming of fans drowned out the
shrieks of panic. Even as paramedics
and firemen began laying out the
corpses, fans were doing the wave.
The horror of what happened
Wednesday night was slow to dawn on
the more than 50,000 people at the
Mateo Flores stadium, a frenzied crowd
wild with anticipation of the World Cup
soccer qualifying match between
Guatemala and Costa Rica.
Only when radio stations began to
broadcast news of what had happened
did a hush fall over the crowd and the
players stop their warmups.
President Alvaro Arzu suspended
the match and declared three days of
The stampede killed 78 soccer fans,
and injured more than 100. It appar-
ently resulted from the same deadly
factors that have created soccer
tragedies before: too many spectators,
too much crowding, few ways to

escape when an incident sparks a
panic, and the panic kills.
Gunman leads
violent car chase
TOKYO - A taxi driver with a shot-
gun dragged his two children into- a
stolen car and led police on a six-hour
car chase yesterday while horrified
Japanese watched the drama on live
TV stations broadcast footage of the
gunman's car smashing through roa
blocks and cutting across farmland to
elude the police dragnet.
During the chase the gunman, identi-
fied as 45-year-old Takumi Yanagita
fired his pump-action shotgun about 30
times, and police said they returned fire.
Six policemen were injured in the chase.
The 36-mile chase ended with the
vehicle crashing into a barricade of
parked police cars. Police said Yanagita,
who was shot in the leg, was taken into
custody and will be charged with murd@
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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