2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 14, 1997
NAHARAYIM, Jordan (AP) -
Grabbing a comrade's assault rifle, a
Jordanian soldier fired on Israeli junior
hiigh school girls taking a field trip yes-
terday to a Jordan River island known
,as a symbol of Mideast peace. Seven
'girls were killed and six were wounded.
Still shooting, the gunman chased the
screaming students down a grassy river
mbankment while his fellow soldiers
yelled "Madman, madman" before
Overpowering him. He was in the cus-
tody of Jordanian security officials.
It was unclear whether the gunman,
army driver Lance Cpl. Ahmed Mustafa,
had political motives or was mentally
unstable. But the shooting on the island
of Naharayim - known as the "Island of
Peace" - came at a time of deep crisis
between Israel and Jordan over the
impasse in Mideast peacemaking.
Israeli leaders indirectly blamed
Jordan's King Hussein for creating the
climate that made such violence possi-
-,ble. "Words and a difficult atmosphere
can also lead to violence" Defense
Minister Yitzhak Mordechai said.
Earlier this week, Hussein sent a
harsh letter to Benjamin Netanyahu,
accusing the prime minister of, endan-
gering Mideast peace with his tough
policies toward the Palestinians.
"When I warned a few days ago of the
AROUND THE 14ATION
House votes for ultimatum on Mexico
WASHINGTON - Frustrated .with losses in the war on drugs, the House voted
yesterday to give Mexico 90 days to improve its anti-drug efforts or face possible
sanctions. But support for the slap at both Mexico and President Clinton was fad-
ing in the Senate.
The 90-day provision, passed as a compromise to immediate rejectior
Clinton's certification of Mexico as "fully cooperative" in the war against dru ,
brought several key Democrats back into Clinton's camp. They objected to the new
version's strong criticism of administration drug policies.
Even if the Senate adopts the House resolution, yesterday's 251-175 vote fell far
short of the two-thirds needed to override a presidential veto.
In Florida for a golfing weekend, Clinton issued a statement saying the vote was
"the wrong way" to guarantee cooperation from Mexico. He said the Zedillo gov-
ernment has increased drug seizures, arrests, crop eradication and the destruction
of drug labs.
"President Zedillo recognizes the enormity of the problem Mexico faces
and he has been courageous in carrying this battle forward," the statem t
said. "He deserves our support - not a vote of 'no confidence' that willo
make it more difficult for him to work with us and defeat the scourge of
An Israeli girl is being conforted by her friends at the Feirst school in the central Israeli town of Belt Shemesh after hearing
about the shooting incidents that her schoolmates were involved in yesterday.
danger of the possibility of violence, I
never thought it would lead to this," the
king said in Spain, where he cut short a
trip to return home. He bristled, however,
at suggestions he was somehow respon-
sible, saying he has the right to warn of
the dangers to peacemaking.
The shooting also was "aimed at me,
my children, the people of Jordan,"
President Clinton called the shoot-
ings a "senseless denial of a future for
these children" and said, "I condemn
this act in the strongest possible terms."
Clinton advised against directly link-
ing the shooting to new tension in the
region. The president called Netanyahu
from Air Force One en route to North
Carolina to express condolences.
The shooting happened sometime
after I1 a.m., when the students from
the Feirst School, a modern Orthodox
school in central Israel, arrived at the
They were visiting Naharayim, an
island that Israel returned to Jordan under
the two countries' 1994 peace treaty. It is
a popular tourist spot for Israelis, and a
sign at the entrance reads "Island of
Peace." The gunman lived close by in the
Jordanian town of South Shuna.
He had been sitting in his jeep when
the school bus pulled up on a grassy hill
and about 40 eighth graders filed out
see the sweeping river valley view.
Without warning, he grabbed an assault
rifle from another soldier in the jeep
and started shooting.
"He came very close to us, face to
face," said teacher Rosa Chemy. "He
continued to fire, except at the moment
when his ammunition clip finished."
"We all panicked," said Oranit
Burgauker who was shot in the shoul-
der. "We were on the hill, and everyone
started running down. Everyone lay
down so they wouldn't be hit"
On the verge of tears, speaking from
her hospital bed in Israel, Oranit said a
Jordanian soldier lifted her up and put
her on the back of a red truck. She said
she jumped off the truck, ran to an
Israeli bus, and fled from the scene with
some of the others.
Police make arrest
n Cosby slaying
LOS ANGELES - Police arrested
one man and were questioning two oth-
ers in the roadside slaying of Bill
Cosby's son, Ennis Cosby, police Chief
Willie Williams said late Wednesday.
Cosby was shot to death Jan. 16,
while changing a flat tire on his
Mercedes-Benz convertible near a free-
way offramp in the hills above the city's
San Fernando Valley.
Williams, who announced the arrests
at a hastily called news conference, said
the Cosby family had been informed
three hours earlier. The chief did not
release the names of the suspect or the
others who were being questioned.
"We're not releasing any information
on the reasons why (the arrest was
made) at this time, but we are very
comfortable, based on our work with
the district attorney," Williams said.
He said Cosby family members were
pleased by the development, which he
credited to "a lot of hardwork and a lit-
tle bit of luck:'
Following the brief news conference,
the Cosby family issued a statement
thanking the Los Angeles Police
"We realize how tough it must have
been on them every day. We felt ce
and had every hope that they wA
find the suspect and that the process of
jurisprudence would unfold," the fami-
Studies boost theory
of lfe onMars
In a major boost for scientists trying to
prove that forms on an Antarctic Martian
meteorite could be evidence of ancient
extraterrestrial life, two separate grg
of researchers have pulled the rug out
from under one of the main arguments
against the fossil life hypothesis.
Working with specks of the Mars rock,
two groups at the California Institute of
Technology and the University of
Wisconsin demonstrated that globules in
the rock grew at temperatures as balmy as
boiling water, and never got hotter than
350 Celsius, a tolerable environment for
life forms that like it hot.
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Nomination of CIA
director turns ugly
WASHINGTON - An already con-
tentious nomination of Anthony Lake
as CIA director erupted into a partisan
shouting match yesterday as
Republicans challenged his judgment
on a 1950s spy case, and a Democrat
declared the hearing outrageous.
Lake declared in the course of the
hearing that he regarded leaking to the
media "as being very clearly in the
same category as spying" and said he
intended "to try to find the leakers, just
as I intend to try to find the spies."
But conservatives questioned
whether Lake himself had leaked sensi-
tive material in the past. He assured
them he never had and never would. "I
think I am known for that,"he said.
Lake also ducked questions about
apparent Chinese attempts to win
access to the Oval Office through cam-
And the former national security
adviser declined to comment on the res-
ignation of one of the two aides who
received an FBI briefing on Chinese
political contributions and failed to
inform him. "I'm not sure whether he
resigned or retired," he said of National
Security Council aide Edward Appel,
himself a special agent.
Lake said Appel was "in his 40s, I
Lake also said he was concerned by
news reports linking Arkansas busi-
nessman James Riady with alleged
"front" companies for Chinese intelli-
gence services. But he said he could not
confirm the reports.
Lake did acknowledge that Chinese
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missiles and China's sales of missile-
related equipment were a threat to U.S.
interests. "I think they are real,'he said.
The third day of nomination hearings
degenerated quickly. Sen. Bob Graham
(D-Fla.) said the committee members
were "not distinguishing ourselves" in
conducting a "bipartisan, rational hear-
ing on the qualifications of this nomi-
nee." He then declared "outrageous"
holding a public session on less than 24
Graham went on to criticize
Republicans for spending too much
time looking into the "rearview mirror"
and not enough "looking out into the
windshield of what was going to hap-
pen in the future."
Committee Chairman Richard
Shelby (R-Ala.) interrupted to say that
"sometimes you have to look in the
rearview mirror to keep from being run
over by a truck." Then ranking minority
member Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) inter-
rupted to object to the interruption, and
more shouting began.
"Mr. Chairman, I have to object;
Kerrey said. "Look, I have not inter-
rupted Sen. Inhofe earlier."
Shelby retorted, "You've interrupted
everybody here." Kerrey said he had
Later, Lake had to defend his view on
whether the late Alger Hiss was indeed
a spy, as alleged by Whittaker
Chambers, a former Communist agent.
Conservative Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)
bore down on Lake, calling "disquiet-
ing" Lake's statement that he could not
back up a flat conclusion that Hiss was
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when nightfall comes, they descend on
Bird experts, or ornithologists,
agreed that as the season changes, most
of the crows will find new homes.
"Yes, it's a problem, the flock is
going to break up soon though," said
University pest control specialist Dale
But Hodgson said even though the
crows will soon leave for the year, they
will be back next November. He said
the University has toyed with the
notion of using scare tactics to deter the
birds' future campus appearances.
Hodgson said dispersing the birds
when they first start to roost is very
important. Officials have talked about
using big balloons shaped like owls or
owls' eyes to make the crows "feel ner-
Hodgson said that while crow drop-
pings are certainly a nuisance, they are
not likely to cause serious health prob-
"For there to be a large problem as
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asks for interention
TIRANA, Albania - Albania tum-
bled into anarchy yesterday as this cap-
ital city resounded with gunfire, armed
bandits roamed the countryside, and
frightened citizens - some on don-
keys, some pulling wheelbarrows -
stormed food warehouses and arms
depots in a panic.
Uniformed police and military per-
sonnel apparently abandoned Tirana, a
day after a new government took up the
daunting task of restoring order in a
country split by deadly turmoil. It was
unclear, however, whether plainclothes
security forces were still operating.
President Sali Berisha, whose once
firm grip on power has been weakened
by seven weeks of street protests trig-
gered by the failure of pyramid invest-
ment schemes, called in opposition
politicians to tell them that he is no
longer in control of the military.
Within hours, Berisha and newly
named Prime Minister Bashkim Fino
asked for international military inter-
vention in a statement read on state
The appeal, made to the European
members of NATO, was an effort
guard the integrity of Albania, rest
peace and safeguard the institutions in
this dangerous situation;" according to a
statement read on the nightly newscast.
Militants kill at least
12 in southern Eg t
CAIRO, Egypt - Four gunmen
opened fire on people walking alo
dirt road yesterday and killed at least
of them, security officials said. Islamic
militants were suspected in the mas-
The assailants emerged from a sugar
cane plantation in the village of Nag
Dawoud in Nag Hamadi province, 300
miles south of Cairo,,officials said.
They began shooting randomly in
the mostly Christian village and then
fled, the officials said, speaking on con-
dition of anonymity.
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