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Israel marks first
anniversary of
Rabin's death

Test emerges to predict breast cancer
WASHINGTON - Federal scientists are still wrestling with how to ethically
use an explosion of genetics research, even as a company announced yesterday it
soon will sell the most comprehensive genetic test yet to predict breast cancer.
The test is the latest entry in a race to bring to consumers the rapid discoveries
of disease-causing genes.
But while the great gene hunt does promise better health care in the future
patients today are struggling with the ramifications of learning they have diseased
genes - when there's little they can do about it.
"We're going to have a lot of people potentially faced with information that is
puzzling and frightening and no one to explain it to them" said Dr. Francis Collins,
chief of the federal Human Genome Project and a critic of selling gene tests before
doctors better understand them.
A study published in Friday's edition of the journal Science provides what Collins
calls proof of genetic discrimination: Some 47 percent of people asked on health
insurance applications about genetic diseases were subsequently rejected for coverage.
"This is what genetics is all about right now, this contrast between rapid and
exciting scientific advances that carry enormous promise to alleviate suffering
and yet the potential for this information to be used in ways that injure people

Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - A year after the
assassination of Prime MinisterYitzhak
Rabin, an ever-divided Israel flocked to
his graveside, the site of his murder and
school auditoriums yesterday, trying to
resume a truncated soul-searching over
the meaning of the peacemaker's vio-
lent death.
The memorials to Rabin - on the
anniversary of his death according to
the Jewish calendar - were sad, if
somewhat ritualized in a country that
has lived from crisis to tragedy for
almost half a century.
Students donned the white shirts they
wear on Israel's
Holocaust cN_
memorial day Each
and radio sta-
tions played a he knows
Hebrew transla-
tion of Walt truth,"
Whitman's "O
Captain! My - Rabbi
Captain!" writ- Shalom Ha
ten after the
assassination of
President Lincoln.
Parliament held a special session in

Israeli students light candles at the site where former Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin was assasinated last Nov. 4.
Prospective Teacher Education Meeting
Thursday, November 7, 1996
6:00 p.m.,
Whitney Auditorium
Room 1309 School of Education Building
Call 764-7563 for more information.


memory of the Nobel laureate prime
minister gunned down Nov. 4 by a
Jewish law student opposed to his poli-
cy of trading land for peace with Israel's

Arab neighbors. Throughout the coun-
try, hundreds of thousands of candles
were lit for the slain Rabin.
Yet, the mourning showed once again
that the national unity that Israelis had
hoped would emerge from their shared
trauma is as illusive as ever. The only
point of agreement between left-wing
and right-wing, religious and secular
seemed to be that the divisions among
Israelis are at least as deep as they were
before the assassination.
"Each side feels he knows the truth,"
Rabbi David Hartman of the Shalom
Hartman Institute said in an interview.
"The rhetoric is uncompromising. That
hasn't changed.
But then nothing
ide feels changes after
(huge) events.
the God gave us the
T e ni
and people
)avid Hartman turned around to
man Institute worship the
Golden Calf."
During the
state memorial at Mount Herzl ceme-
tery, Leah Rabin stared coldly ahead as
right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu laid a wreath on her hus-
band's grave. She is unforgiving,
believing that Netanyahu's harsh
speech contributed to a climate of vio-
lence that led to her husband's slaying .
Netanyahu's government, in turn,
refused a family and Labor Party
request to make the anniversary an offi-
cial day of mourning. Two leftist mem-
bers of parliament walked out on the
prime minister's speech appealing for
national unity.
"The murder of Yitzhak Rabin must
remind us of a basic truth: peace begins
at home;' Netanyahu said. "The choice
before us today is to seal the rift and unite
or widen the division and disintegrate."
But Israelis do not even agree on the
definition of "unity." When left-leaning
and secular Israelis speak of it, they
mean pulling together the Jewish peo-
ple and safeguarding the state of Israel.
They, like Rabin, believe in trading cap-
tured land for peace.
When religious and right-wing Israelis
plaster bumper stickers on their cars call-
ing for the "Unity of Israel," they mean
the people must unite around Jewish land
in Erez Israel - Greater Israel.

Collins warned.
Findings show
animals on Earth
twice as long ago
The animal kingdom arose on Earth at
least a billion years ago, twice as long
ago as previously believed, researchers
who used a molecular stopwatch to time
life's earliest evolution said yesterday.
Experts said the finding appears to
undercut theories, based on fossils, that
suggest modern forms of life evolved
more rapidly.
In particular, it renews a spirited
debate over one of life's most extraordi-
nary episodes, a carnival of creation
called the Cambrian explosion. It is
widely believed that during this period,
which began about 545 million years
ago, almost all the main lines of the ani-
mal types known today - from bur-
rowers, grazers and predators to the ear-
liest vertebrate ancestors of humanity
- suddenly appeared.
The new research, published in today's
edition of Science, suggests that animal
life started well before the Cambrian
explosion and that the pace of natural

selection, in fact, is far more gradual,
indicating that evolution acted no differ-
ently at the dawn of animal life than it
does among species today, experts said.
Although life began on Earth about
3.8 billion years ago, there is little physi-
cal evidence to show how it evolved unto
the Cambrian period, when the remains
of countless creatures can be found pre-
served as fossils in rock formations.
Study: 'Mediap
premiums rising
WASHINGTON - Millions of
retirees have been hit in the past year
with stiff, double-digit increases in thj
premiums they pay for medical insu
ance purchased to cover the health care
costs that Medicare won't pick up,
according to a report released yesterday.
Prudential, the biggest single seller
of so-called Medigap insurance, raised
its premiums an average of 23 percent
over the past year, while Blue Cross
Blue Shield raised premiums on many
of its policies by 10 percent, according
to the consumer group Families USA.

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Christian Reformed Campus Ministry
1236 Washtenaw Ct. 668-7421
(one block soutth of CCRB)
loam- "A Flower of the Field"
Rev. Mark Vermaire, guest speaker
6:30pm-Pizza party/Halloween Concert
9-10:15pm-Student Gathering
Rev. Don Postema, Pastor
Ms. Kyla Ebels
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. 25, 8:00pm:
Fri. Night Film, Jesus of Montreal
Free admission & and free popcorn.
Sun. Oct 27 The Miserable Offenders
5pm Lord of Light Lutheran Church
801 S. Forest
Daily meditation and prayer,
Tues.- Fri. 9:15-10:00am.
Drop in for coffee & silence.
Spiritual Direction the first Mon.
of every month. 2:00- 6:00pm.
3301 Creek Dr. 971-9777
SUNDAY: 9:30 a.m. English,
11 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. Korean
801 S.Forest (at Hill St.) 668-7622
SUNDAY: Worship at 10 a.m.
WED. Evening Prayer-7 Choir-7:30
THURS.: Issues of Faith Group-7:00
John Rollefson & Meg Drum
Campus Ministers
Contemporary worship services at
9:00 am and 12 noon on Sundays.

Taliban militia
bombed north of
Kabul positions
KABUL, Afghanistan - The
Taliban Islamic militia took the war
against its enemies to the skies yester-
day, scrambling MiGs to attack posi-
tions north of Kabul. In one village, 20
civilians, mostly women and children,
were reported killed by a Taliban bomb.
Fierce pounding from the Talibs'
artillery, rocket batteries and Soviet-
made tanks appeared to have repulsed
the forces of Ahmad Shah Masood, the
ousted Afghan government's defense
chief, along two major roads north of
the Afghan capital, and denied them the
commanding heights overlooking
Kabul airport.
The Talibs kept Kabul-based corre-
spondents away from the battle line, but
on the sere plain north of the airport,
shepherds said the hard-line Muslim
fighters had advanced overnight about
a mile closer to Bagram air base, which
is in the hands of Masood's Jamiat-i-
Islami force.

"I have seen a lot of Taliban tanks
and vehicles passing north on this
road," shepherd Gul Muhammad said.
Poland relaxes law
on abortion
WARSAW, Poland - By just an
eight-vote margin, Polish lawmakers
yesterday relaxed this country's contro-
versial abortion law, allowing women to
end pregnancies until the 12th week if
they are financially or emotionally
unprepared to have a child.
The law, which reverses restrictioti
imposed almost four years ago at the
behest of the Roman Catholic Church,
was approved despite a groundswell of
public protests from Catholic officials,
including Pope John Paul II.
"It is a victory for the poorest and
least educated women in our country,
said Wanda Nowicka, who heads the
Federation for Women and Family
Planning, a Warsaw group that pushed
for the changes.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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