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2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 24, 1997

Flames
engulf
vacated
restaurant
By Rachel Edelman
Daily Staff" Reporter
A fire broke out at Magic Wok
restaurant on East William Street on
Friday afternoon. Two fire trucks
quickly arrived to the scene, and fire-
fighters worked to extinguish the fire,
which caused no injuries.
"There was fire damage to the roof
and second floor," said Ann Arbor
Fire Department Chief George
Markus.
The roof was in the process of being
renovated by two construction work-
ers. One worker was laying down a
patch of rubber for a new roof when a
bird's nest in the roof's gutter caught
fire. The fire, which was called in at
12:05 p.m., was ignited by a torch,
which the workers used to heat the
new roof and weld it down.
"It just all of a sudden caught on
fire," said Ann Arbor resident Dan
Hill.
As onlookers watched from below,
firefighters cut through multiple lay-
ers that had been built over Magic
Wok's original roof.
"We had to open walls and ceil-
ings,' Markus said. "At one point,
we had about 28 personnel at the
scene"
The second floor of the building
suffered water damage as well
when the sprinkler system was acti-
vated.
Magic Wok has been closed for sev-
eral months. Owners of the store
would not comment on the fire.
Employees and customers at the
two businesses adjacent to Magic
Wok, A-1 Alterations and The Burro,
were evacuated. Markus said "minor
smoke damage" was done to the
stores.
The Burro suffered water damage
as well.
"There was flooding caused by the
fire hoses. There was also smoke dam-

KEVIN KRUPITZER/Daily
An Ann Arbor firefighter extinguishes flames on top of an empty building locat-
ed at 613-615 East William St. The fire broke out around noon on Friday.

age, but we dealt with it through air
filters and de-humidifiers," said
Douglas Allen, an employee at The
Burro.
"I just saw the smoke and the
fire. I smelled it. It smelled like a
cigarette burning," said Xing He,
owner of A-1 Alterations. He was
working in the tailor shop when the
fire began.
The two construction workers at the
scene said they were unsure why the
roof was being redone.
"We've been working here for three
or four months," said Mike Johnson,
owner of Highlander Construction.
"The entire ceiling is gone on the sec-
ond floor. They pulled it down
because of the fire."

Johnson said his company was con-
tracted by Campus Management, a
private business that owns Magic
Wok.
"Magic Wok is not open as far as I
know," Johnson said.
Many gathered on East William
Street as firefighters worked to extin-
guish the fire.
"I was at the toy and bike shop
(on East William) when I saw the
commotion here," said Ann Arbor
resident Jim Pog. "I didn't know
that the fire happened here. I
thought it was on the other side of
State Street."
- Dailv Staff Reporters Jeffrey
Kosseff and Susan T Port
contributed to this report.

Top Cuban
exile dead
at age 58
MIAMI (AP) - Jorge Mas Canosa,
the top Cuban exile leader who built a
powerful political network and monop-
olized U.S. policy toward Cuba, died
yesterday. He was 58.
His son, Jorge Mas Jr., announced
his father's death in a news conference,
where he was joined by more than 30
board members and officers of the anti-
communist Cuban American National
Foundation his father headed.
"Unfortunately he will never set foot
in a free Cuba," Mas Jr. said, his lower
lip quivering and his eyes welling with
tears. "But his spirit and the legacy that
he has left us will."
Dr. Alberto Hernandez, Mas' physi-
cian who will also be the foundation's
interim chair, said the exile leader died
of respiratory and cardiac failure caused
by cancer. He also suffered from Paget's
disease, a hereditary bone affliction.
The death of Mas leaves the exile
community looking for a new leader,
Mas, who many said wanted to be
president of Cuba, rose to power utiliz-
ing hefty political contributions. He
modeled his organization after the typ-
ical American political action commit-
tee and delivered thousands of Cuban
exile votes to the Republican Party.
"Jorge has been a very important
part of shaping U.S.-Cuba policy for a
number of years, formulating and pass-
ing important legislation," said U.S.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R-Fla).
The legislative achievements include
the 1996 Helms-Burton Act, which
made the U.S. embargo on Cuba law
and provided for lawsuits against for-
eign companies doing business with
properties illegally confiscated after
the communist revolution.
Mas pushed for the 1992 Cuban
Democracy Act, also known as the
Torricelli Bill, which tightened the
embargo on Cuba. The controversial
Radio Marti and TV Marti, which is
not seen on the island due to jamming,
are also creations of Mas. He served as
the chair of the board for the U.S.
Information Agency stations that
beams uncensored news to Cuba.
"Without Jorge Mas Canosa, none of
that legislation would have been enact-
ed into law," Ros-Lehtinen said.
He was also chair of the president's
advisory committee for the Office of
Cuba Broadcasting, which oversees the
operation of Radio and TV Marti.
He was accused of overreaching and
controlling the daily operations of the
station to push his agenda.
A year-long investigation conducted
by the U.S. Information Agency indi-
cated that interference in station prac-
tices by Mas undermined U.S. immi-
gration initiatives related to Cuba.
The report said Mas placed cronies on
the Radio Marti staff to assure his polit-
ical viewpoint was represented in broad-
casts and that he arranged for reprisals
against staff members who refused his
orders. However, an investigation by the
State Department's Inspector General
earlier said there was no evidence he
arranged reprisals against the staff.
President Clinton, in Vancouver,
British Columbia, for a summit with
Asia-Pacific leaders, praised Mas.
"Jorge was a born leader and organiz-
er whose tenacity, strength of conviction
and passion I greatly admired. He galva-
nized his community, his adopted coun-
try and people around the world for the

cause of freedom and democracy in
Cuba,"Clinton said in a statement.
Even his detractors recognize the
power he wielded.
"Had it not been for Jorge Mas
Canosa, we probably would have had
normal relations with Cuba. He has
almost single handedly blocked all
that," said Wayne Smith, who headed
the U.S. Interest Section in Havana dur-
ing the Carter administration.
The official Cuban news agency,
Prensa Latina, described Mas in an
obituary yesterday as "a promoter and
partisan of all actions against the revo-
lutionary government of Cuba."
Mas built a small family telecommu-
nications business into a publicly trad-
ed $475 million company. MasTec and
its earnings catapulted both Mas and
his son onto the list of the Top 10 rich-
est Hispanics.
. -

AROUND THE NATI I2
NASA makes plan for risky spacewalk
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -The space shuttle Columbia kept a respectful dis-
tance from a tumbling satellite Saturday as NASA devised a plan for two astronauts
to go out and grab the out-of-control craft in a risky spacewalk.
"We sure have a lot of work ahead of us!' Mission Control informed the six-
member crew. "Time to roll up our sleeves."
It's been more than five years since astronauts last hauled in a satellite with their
gloved hands. It took three men to capture that satellite, which was three times
size of this one and never meant to be touched in space.
While this spacewalk would be easier, it's dangerous nonetheless.
NASA managers said they would decide yesterday whether to have astronauts
Winston Scott and Takao Doi attempt the rescue during a scheduled spacewalk tonight.
Scott and Doi trained before Columbia's flight to seize the Spartan satellite, a 5-
foot cube that weighs 1 1/2 tons on Earth. But no one expected it to be spinning,
so the men practiced catching only a relatively still spacecraft.
After meeting Saturday, managers were leaning heavily in the direction of the-res-
cue attempt, even though it would mean scrapping most of the space station-build-
ing tests that had been planned for the six-hour excursion. Those tests already have
been delayed a year; they were supposed to be conducted last November by
other astronauts, but a jammed hatch on Columbia forced a cancellation.

Septuplet mom goes
home; babies better
CARLISLE, Iowa - Septuplet mom
Bobbi McCaughey left the hospital and
returned home yesterday while her
seven babies stayed behind in intensive
care, continuing to impress doctors with
their resilience.
Even the last-born of the seven -
Joel Steven - who had been listed in
critical condition shortly after
Wednesday's birth and was dubbed
"underdog" by doctors, was taken off a
ventilator yesterday and upgraded to fair
condition.
"Last week we had very high
expectations for these babies, and to
this point, they have fulfilled all of
those expectations remarkably well,"
Dr. Robert Shaw, director of the
Iowa Methodist Medical Center, said
yesterday on CBS' "Face the
Nation."
McCaughey, 29, arrived yesterday
afternoon at her home in Carlisle, 10
miles south of Des Moines, with her
husband, Kenny. Hospitalized for more

than a month, she walked into her
home slowly and without anyone's
help.
The McCaugheys made worldwide
news when their septuplets were born by
Caesarean section nine weeks prema-
ture. Doctors have said the babies will
be hospitalized into January.
Vietnamese protest
rights violations
SANTA ANA, Calif. - In one of the
largest rallies ever attended by
Vietnamese expatriates, more than 5,000
people turned out yesterday morning to
protest what they say are widespread
human rights violations and religious
persecutions in their native land.
The protest march, held at Santa
Stadium, followed a one-hour Cathojac
Mass during which worshippers com-
memorated the Vatican's canonization of
117 Vietnamese martyrs.
Although such a service has been hold
every year since 1989, organizers said
yesterday's event took on special signifi-
cance because it came in the wake of
incidents of civil unrest in Vietnam.

& AROUND THE WORLD

L' "'

U.S. officials say
Iraq must cooperate
WASHINGTON - Bolstered by a
strong endorsement from U.N. weapons
experts, American officials stressed yes-
terday that Iraq has no hope of seeing
economic sanctions lifted as long as it
balks at total access for inspectors trying
to ferret out biological and chemical
weapons.
"It is clear that there is a massive
amount of work that has to be done there,
especially in the chemical and biological
inspection areas," President Clinton said
in Vancouver, British Columbia, at a
trade summit of Pacific rim nations.
Clinton said he is determined that
weapons inspectors be free to carry out
their mission.
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright,
in Vancouver with Clinton for an Asia
Pacific economic crence, said "we
expect there will be firm action to com-
pel compliance" if Iraq resists.
"It is very clear that they have not
complied with Security Council resolu-
tions' she said.
Baghdad's United Nations ambas-

sador countered that sanctions should be
lifted now. The Iraqis have destroyed
their weapons themselves, he said.
"The sanctions will stay in place.
There is no hope of them being lifted",so
long as Iraq continues to obst*
weapons instructors and ignore U.N.,rer-
olutions imposed after the Persian Gulf
War, Defense Secretary William Cohen
said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
U.S. and Pacific
nations open trade
VANCOUVER, British Columbia
- Gathering against the nervewrack
backdrop of Asia's economic ensis,
President Clinton and other Pacific Rjm
leaders pledged fresh rescue efforts
Saturday and reached a modest agree-
ment to stimulate open markets for such
export items as toys and gems, chemi-
cals and telecommunication equipment.
"Asia buys nearly a third of what we
sell abroad, supporting millions of
high-paying American jobs," Clinton
said.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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