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Los Angeles Tunes
LONDON - For nine hours, fire-
fighters from two countries battled their
worst nightmare - a stubborn blaze
under the, English Channel in the new
rail tunnel linking Europe with Great
Britain. When it was over yesterday
morning, there were melted rails,
burned wires, severe damage in the
"Chunnel," and embarrassing questions
on both sides of the water.
Choking from smoke and fumes, 31
truck drivers and three crew escaped
from a Britain-bound freight train that
burst into flames Monday night about
10 miles from Calais, a third of the way
through the 31-mile tunnel.
'Three separate inquiries in Britain

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and France were launched yesterday to
find out what happened and why in
what was the worst incident since the
Chunnel opened two years ago.
By last night, all the eight injured
passengers and crew were on their way
home. But the tunnel itself was closed
amid a traffic chaos on both sides of the
channel that was compounded by gales
and snow.
Some limited Chunnel service may
resume today, but officials said it would
be months before full operations are
again possible.
There was praise for the rescue
operation and for firefighters who
braved searing heat and choking dark-
ness. But the incident raised new ques-

tions about the trouble-plagued
Chunnel. As travelers and truckers jos-
tled for space on airplanes and ferries,
Eurotunnel shares slumped yesterday
in London trading.
"A few more minutes and it would
have been a catastrophe,"said truck dri-
ver John Williams, who was trapped in
a smoke-filled lounge car with the other
Le Shuttle - as the French term the
Chunnel express - has carried almost
1 million trucks without serious inci-
dent and there was no sign of trouble
Monday night when the train left Calais
carrying 29 trucks, most 44-ton 18-
wheelers and each in its own lattice-
sided rail car.
Because the cars are open-sided, truck
drivers make the 20-minute journey
through the 31-mile tunnel in a special
lounge car, unlike motorists who remain
with their cars in enclosed rail cars
designed to withstand fire for at least 30
minutes. Inflammable and hazardous
cargoes are banned in the tunnel.
Monday's blaze apparently began
near the rear of the train in a truck car-
rying polystyrene, a plastic-like pack-
ing material. Fanned by the speed of the

train, it quickly spread to five other
trucks. In all, 15 trucks and the rear
locomotive would be damaged before
the fire was quelled.
Smoke enveloped the train without
warning, filling the lounge car with a
noxious vapor that choked the truck dri-
vers. Truckers told British reporters that
they laid on the floor with wet napkins
to their faces for 20 minutes.
When the train stopped, the quick-
thinking crew evacuated passengers into
a service tunnel that runs parallel to the
two main rail tunnels. A France-bound
passenger train picked up the injured;
eight were kept in hospital overnight in
Calais with smoke inhalation.
"If the disaster plan really worked
well, people would have been evacuated
'without being exposed to noxious
smoke. I'd hate to think of this happen-
ing to a trainload of tourists," said Colin
Brown of the Consumer Association.
Critics on both sides of the chan-
nel immediately raised questions that
likely will be echoed by company
and government investigators. With
emergency fire bays installed at
either end of the tunnel, why did the
train stop?

Govt. to pay for human experinments
NEW YORK - The U.S. government will pay $4.8 million for injecting 12
human guinea pigs with uranium and plutonium without their knowledge as part
of a Cold War-era radiation experiment.
"Never again," Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary said in announcing the settle-
ment yesterday. "Never again should tests be performed on human beings."
O'Leary said $400,000 apiece will go to the families of the 11 victims who at
now dead, and a woman still living in upstate New York. Doctors believe the deaths
of the 11 were not directly related to the experiments.
"This settlement goes to the very heart of the moral accountability the govern-
ment owes its citizens," the outgoing energy secretary said at a meeting of the
American Public Health Association.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs said the government has yet to compensate about
20,000 other people used for biochemical experiments in the 1940s, '50s and
The 12 victims in the settlement were injected in the 1940s - 11 with plutoni-
um, one with uranium - to see how the human body would react to an atomic
bombing. The tests sprang from efforts to develop atomic weapons.
At the time, scientists claimed that the people were terminally ill anyway'and
would not survive 10 years, but a number of them lived longer.

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these rights to research assistants.
Despite the shortfall, the union did not
appeal and said they would not strike if
the UC universities accept the ruling.
The UC Regents have appealed the
ruling, and now three of the nine
University of California campuses have
striking TAs.
Monday, 2,000 TAs, readers and
tutors went on strike at UCLA. Tuesday,

500 TAs went on strike at UC-San
Diego. Prudham estimated that UC-
Berkeley's 1,200 TAs will join them
today to complete the cycle.
"The idea was for the strike to grow
every day, showing power," Medearis
The unions had voted to strike last
spring if the university failed to recog-
nize their rights. The strike is scheduled
to last four days.
"The people in this union are con-
cerned teachers who see the steadily
increasing class sizes and workload as
damaging to the quality of education
for students," said ASE member
Katrina Pearson. "And it's really frus-
trating that the administration has
forced us to strike."

executive charged
with obstruction
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The for-
mer Texaco executive who secretly
taped himself and his colleagues belit-
tling blacks and plotting to destroy evi-
dence in a race-discrimination suit was
charged yesterday with shredding docu-
ments in the case.
Richard Lundwall, whose disclosure
of the tapes was a gigantic embarrass-
ment for the nation's 14th-largest cor-
poration and led to the biggest race-dis-
crimination settlement on record, is the
first executive to face charges irr the
The tapes "coi roborat; Lundwall's
admissions regarding his participation,
together with other officials, in an
effort to corruptly destroy, conceal and
withhold" documents for the lawsuit,
FBI agent Joseph Mangan said in court
Lundwall, 55, of Danbury, Conn.,
could get up to 10 years in prison and
$250,000 in fines if convicted of

obstruction of justice.
"I think it's truly ironic that the only
person accused is the individual who
came forward with the tapes," said
Lundwall's attorney, Christopher Riley.
Institute urges fight
on sexual 'seases
WASHINGTON - Sexually trans-
mitted diseases are diagnosed 12 mil-
lion times a year in the United States -
including a staggering 3 million cases
among teen-agers, the Institute of
Medicine reported yesterday. It urged a
national attack to wipe out the largely
hidden epidemic.
The nation spends just $1 to prevent
sexually transmitted illnesses for every
$43 spent treating them, the report
found. The tab reaches $10 billion a
year not counting the massive costs of
AIDS, the best known of these dis-
Left untreated, sexually transmitted
diseases can cause infertility, cancer,
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JERUSALEM - Two Israeli border
police were arrested yesterday after.
Israeli television aired an amateur
videotape showing them beating and
kicking six Palestinian workers.
The Oct. 10 incident - captured in
graphic footage that showed one officer
kicking a worker in the head and his
colleague sitting and bouncing on the
bent head of a second detainee sitting
cross-legged on the ground - created
an uproar yesterday after its broadcast
on Israel's Channel 1.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu condemned the officers'
behavior, saying: "I am not prepared to
accept it. I will not tolerate it, and peo-
ple who behave like that are not fit to be
in our security forces."
Palestinian Authority President Yasser
Arafat, saying the incident was "shame-
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mete out appropriate punishment.

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Pope may visit Cuba
ROME - In a strategic reconciliation
between two longtime antagonists, Pope
John Paul II yesterday met with Fidel
Castro and accepted the Cuban lead.
invitation to visit Cuba next year.
The Vatican hopes the 1997 trip will
revive the church in Cuba after almost
four decades of Communist rule. In
negotiations leading up to the meeting
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