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"I heard the plane go by and it made
this sound, there was a big boom,"
Fleming said. "My house started to
shake. Then I saw a whole bunch of
smoke coming up."
Fleming's older brother also saw the
"It sounded like a plane buzzed by,
riding real low," said David Fleming. "I
looked out the bedroom window and
saw black smoke coming out of the
trees by the river."
"There's no way this could've hap-
pened," said Gary Sampson, a Grape
resident. "We've been here 20 years and
we've never had this experience"
Sampson was in his house when he
heard the plane crash.
"I was at the kitchen window, I had
just come up from the basement, when
I heard the jet motors;' Sampson said.
"The next thing I heard a big explosion
and saw smoke and fire"
Residents could only guess at why
the plane had crashed.
"Those commuter planes are known
to have problems, they're susceptive to
icing;' said Helser, who lives in Grape.
"I suspect it just iced up."
LSA junior Erik Willer lives near Ida
and was surprised to hear of the plane
crash. "That was my first concern -
was where it landed," Willer said. "As
far as major tragedy there's nothing like
this that's ever happened."
"I ... don't think Dan Rather has ever
said Ida, Michigan, until tonight,"
"The only positive out of this is see-
ing the speed with which the emer-
gency response was made," Helser said.
-Daily Staff Reporter Alice Robinson
contributed to this report.
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woman yelled to security guards who
would not let her through. "If this were
your family ..."
Hogan said friends and relatives of
flight 3272 victims gathered at a hotel
near the airport where counselors were
Meanwhile, the expected seven inch-
es of snow left many other flights at the
airport delayed or cancelled.
LSA junior Carrie Del Greco, who
stood outside the gate waiting for her
friend's United Airlines flight to arrive
from India, said the airport seemed
Del Greco said the snowy weather
worried her and the crash of the Comair
flight only increased her tension.
"My mom freaked out and called
the airport and wanted to know if his
flight was the one that crashed," Del
Greco said. "We've been waiting here
for a few hours and the flight's still
While Del Greco's friend eventually
returned to Ann Arbor, the passengers
of flight 3272 never made it to their
As that plane approached Detroit,
calm winds and light snow contributed
to the 1.75 miles of visibility, said
Charles Curran, Comair senior vice
president, during a televised news con-
"This is one of those tough, tough
days," Curran said.
Curran said there had been no reports
of trouble when the flight took off, and
the crew was rested. Capt. Dann
Carlsen, a Comair pilot since February
1990, had been off from work on
Wednesday. Also on the flight were
First Officer Kenneth Reece and flight
attendant Darinda Ogden.
The crew had made one round-trip
earlier in the day to Detroit.
The Embraer 120 is a Brazilian-built
turboprop that can carry up to 30 pas-
sengers. There have been three fatal
crashes in recent years involving the
same model, a plane popular with
regional and commuter airlines.
Comair owns 40 such planes.
The plane was purchased by Comair
in February 1992, and there were no
maintenance problems at that time,
Curran said. The plane was last inspect-
ed Nov. 20.
According to The Associated Press,
Comair has had just one other plane
crash, when in 1978, eight people were
killed in a passenger plane.
- Daily Staff Reporters Stephanie
Powell and Jenni Yachnin contributed
to this report.
Senate probe to view Schwarzkopf logs
WASHINGTON - The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee yesterday wonper-
mission to examine the personal Persian Gulf War logs of retired Gen. Norman
Schwarzkopf in its search for clues on whether U.S. troops were exposed to chem-
icals or other toxic agents during the 1991 war.
Schwarzkopf, the venerated senior commander of allied troops, said he would
allow congressional and Pentagon investigators to look at the volumes "to their
hearts' content." But he angrily rejected implications that he would have cove
up information on such exposures.
News of the request came on the first day of the 105th Congress's hearings on
the issue, and offered fresh evidence that Capitol Hill critics, including committee
chair Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and ranking minority member Sen. Jay
Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) suspect the military still is concealing facts that bear on the
search for causes of the so-called Gulf War syndrome.
"This is a very serious matter, and a very serious log, which was evidently not
at the disposal of (the CIA or the Department of Defense)," Rockefeller said at the
Gulf War syndrome is the generic term for the variety of illnesses and ailments
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"It is a time of inner reflection and
devotion to God," Zahr said.
Students and other residents in the
area attend Ann Arbor's only mosque
- at the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor
- on a regular basis, said Carolyn Al-
Qadi, principal of the Michigan Islamic
"On a regular Friday, there are about
300 to 500 people packed in here and
on holidays there are over 1,000 peo-
ple," AI-Qadi said.
In addition to praying five times a
day, Muslims also say a special prayer
during Ramadan. The Tarawih prayers
are nighttime prayers that are to be
done after the regular daytime
For Tarawih prayers, Muslims do a rit-
ual of bowings in sets of eight, 12 or 20.
The person leading the prayer will also
read one-thirtieth of the Koran, Islam's
holy book. During Ramadan, Muslims
will do a complete reading of the Koran.
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Zahr also said Ramadan is a time to
appreciate what God has given to peo-
"The goal is to experience hunger
and the feeling of what it is like to be
unfortunate," he said.
LSA sophomore Bisan Salhi will
also be participating in the fast and has
done so since she was 13.
"It is important because everyone
loses track of things with their every-
day activities," she said. " It is a time
for you to re-evaluate the important
values that go along with being a
Salhi also emphasized that she has a
different motivation than some other
"You should fast for yourself," Salhi
said. "It is supposed to be a spiritual
Ramadan commemorates the time
when Mohammed brought the Koran
to the people. Muslims believe this
was a message sent from God that
told the people the criteria for right
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including viewpoints that are strange,
unorthodox or unpopular. The network
administrators place no official sanc-
tions upon the expression of personal
opinion on the network."
Without sanctions, "he should be
protected to say whatever his opin-
ion," said Virginia Rezmierski, asso-
ciate to the vice provost for informa-
tion technology at the University of
Rezmierski said there are almost no
laws governing a private entity's use of
the Internet, which would allow
Northwestern to censor its pages.
"If they are private, they can basically
do what they want to do," she said,
adding that Northwestern may even have
the right to read others' e-mail.
That is not the case with public insti-
tutions, which are bound by the First
Amendment, Rezmierski said.
However, Internet material must still
have certain standards.
"The University has a set of gate-
way policies," said Sandra Colombo,
project area manager for Information
Resources and Access Products.
These gateway policies are a compi-
lation of existing university policies.
"We are trying to make these avail-
able to the campus," Colombo said.
Users must, of course, follow federal
and state law when using the University
server, keeping obscene material such
as child pornography off the pages.
The University of Michigan is in the
process of making it clearer to Internet
users which pages are "official pages"
of the University and which are "per-
that thousands of Gulf war veterans have
Grapes may have
A new suggestion from cancer
researchers is: Go for the grapes.
In searching for chemicals that can
prevent cancer, scientists in Chicago
have found that ordinary grapes contain
resveratrol, a possible anti-cancer agent.
The chemical is also found, in smaller
amounts, in wine, but because of the
overuse of alcohol, the researchers think
the best source is just a bunch of grapes,
especially red ones.
"Of all the plants we've tested, and
all the compounds we've seen, this one
has the greatest promise" as a natural
weapon to protect against cancer, said
pharmacologist John Pezzuto, of the
University of Chicago. Resveratrol was
found in more than 70 different plants,
but it is especially prominent in grapes.
The researchers also tested wine, and
found resveratrol to be most prominent
in red wine, but also present in rose and
white wines. Their report appears in
this week's issue of Science magazine.
Wine scientists were not greatly
impressed with the new results, however.
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According to wine chemist Andrew
Waterhouse, resveratrol "is not a new
compound. It was discovered in 1924,
and was identified in grapes in 1974."
Reich says income
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WASHINGTON - Three days after
President Clinton proclaimed the
United States "on the cusp" of revers-
ing its worst social problems, his outgo-
ing Labor secretary sent up an unusual-
ly public word of caution, warning yes-
terday that the continuing gap between
rich and poor "threatens to blight an
otherwise promising future."
With pointed references to the pr-
ident's campaign rhetoric, Rob
Reich, a trusted member of Clinton's
inner circle and one of his administra-
tion's more liberal Cabinet secretaries,
reminded Clinton not to overlook the
"unfinished agenda" created by
inequality within the U.S. economy.
"The bridge to America's future must
first traverse the chasm of inequality"
Chernomyrdin decided against abandon-
ing his vacation to take up the reins of
leadership dropped by the ailing Yeltsin.
Chernomyrdin called Yeltsin at the
Central Clinical Hospital and discussd
matters of national concern for ab
Robotic insects are a
wave of the future
TOKYO - A big brown cockroach
crawls across the table in the laboratory
of Japan's most prestigious university.
The researcher eyes it nervously, but
doesn't go for the bug spray. He grn
This roach has been surgically implant-
ed with a micro-robotic backpack that
allows researchers to control its move-
ments. "The potential applications of this
work for mankind could be immense,"
said Professor Isao Shimoyama.
Within a few years electronically con-
trolled insects could be used for sensitive
missions - like crawling through earth-
quake rubble to search for victims.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
MOSCOW - In a campaign to allay
fears that Russian President Boris
Yeltsin is on his death bed, government
officials and Kremlin doctors struck a
not-to-worry pose yesterday as the frail
leader of this nuclear-armed power lay
in the hospital with pneumonia.
But the moves to temper reaction to
the latest warning that the Yeltsin
administration may be nearing an end
backfired with the business world and
the president's shrill opponents.
After a swell of investor confidence
sent Russian stock prices soaring by
as much as 30 percent earlier this
week, the markets were aflutter yes-
terday after word spread that the pres-
ident's health woes had once again
sidelined him from the Kremlin. The
most nervous sectors were those
involving foreign business interests,
which lost 7 percent to 10 percent of
their values, the Interfax Financial
Information Agency reported.
Perhaps as a counterpoint to the mar-
ket jitters and mutterings of political
rivals, Prime Minister Viktor
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