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Haitian f
y :everely overloaded ferryboat capsized
;-en passengers rushed to one side as
irJ vas coming into port on Haiti's cen-
drit coast yesterday, killing as many as
4Q people trapped inside the vessel,
-survivors said. Hundreds more made it
4 shore.
-The 60-foot boat was certified to
-sgfely carry between 80 and 260
.'#ople, according to varying esti-
dates. About 700 had been jammed
aboard, police and coast guard offi-
,4als said.
- Thousands of Haitians wailed in grief
on the pebbled beach of this fishing vil-
lage as U.N. divers and a half-dozen fish-
ing boats searched 200 yards offshore
for victims. Others helped carry bodies

erry sinks; 400 feared dea

from coast guard boats to shore.
U.S. Coast Guard and U.N. helicopters
hovered above the spot where the ferry,
The Pride of Gonave, disappeared in 75
feet of water as hundreds of its passen-
gers screamed below-decks.
"The boat was overloaded. When it
maneuvered to disembark, everybody
ran to one side and the boat tipped
over," said survivor Benjamin Joseph.
The brand new ferry - it had gone
into service only 10 days earlier - had
no life jackets, and doors that were bolt-
ed shut prevented many passengers
from escaping, Joseph and other sur-
vivors said.
The ferry sank early this morning in
the Saint Marc Channel off Montrouis,
50 miles northwest of Port-au-Prince,


Haiti's capital. It had left from Anse-a-
Galets on Gonave Island, about 12
miles to the southwest.
Haitian coast guard crews pulled 24
survivors and four bodies from the water,
said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Steve Banks in
Port-au-Prince. By evening, U.N. divers
had retrieved 25 more bodies.
"We've gone from a rescue operation
to a recovery operation," Banks said.
The United States announced it was
giving $25,000 to help relatives of dis-
aster victims. U.S. Ambassador William
Swing released a statement expressing
"our deepest regret on the occasion of
this tragic accident"
There were conflicting reports about
the numbers of victims and survivors.
Haitian police and coast guard offi-

cials said about 700 people were on the
ferry. An estimated 400 people made it
to shore, leading Haitian authorities to
believe as many as 300 people had per-
ished, Banks said.
But Joseph and other survivors said
they believed about 400 people went
down with the ferry and that 60 people,
at most, made it to shore.
The 60-foot vessel was certified to
carry only 80 passengers, Banks said.
But the U.N. chief of operations in
Haiti, Claude Hamel, said it was autho-
rized to carry 260 people.
As it reached Montrouis, the ferry
turned so that passengers could transfer
to rowboats to go ashore. Passengers
rushed to one side of the ship, causing it
to capsize.

Jones' lawyers withdraw from lawsuit,.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - In a sign of turmoil among her advisers, the two top
lawyers for Paula Corbin Jones sought yesterday to withdraw from her sexual
harassment lawsuit against President Clinton - citing "fundamental differences"
on the case.
Jones' spokesperson in Los Angeles brushed off their request to a Little I4
judge - "If they quit, they quit" - and accused the lawyers of misleading Jones.
Joseph Cammarata and Gilbert Davis expressed "full confidence" in the legal
merits of Jones' claims in papers filed in U.S. District Court here but cited "fun-
damental differences of opinion which have arisen ... as to the future course of this
Cammarata and Davis, who filed a $700,000 lawsuit against Clinton on JoIes'
behalf three years ago, said they would further explain their reasons to a judge,
preferably in private.
The rift developed after Cammarata and Davis urged their client to consider set-
tling the claim against Clinton for $700,000 and a vague apology for any damage
done to Jones' reputation. The attorneys thought these were potentially the best tes
they could get from Clinton - whose attorneys had not made a formal offer d
it represented close to what Jones sought when she sued, said officials familiar with
the case but not tied directly to Cammarata and Davis.

.Amenca Online to buy out CompuServe

NEW YORK (AP) - America Online has struck a
deal to acquire CompuServe's 2.6 million users, creating
a cyber-behemoth that would be the Internet onramp for
60,percent of Americans logging on from home.
If approved by government regulators, the deal will
allow America Online to swallow its closest competi-
or and add to its base of nearly 9 million subscribers,
already the biggest in the industry.
Under the complex, three-way deal announced yes-
terday, WorldCom, the nation's fourth-largest long-
distance telephone company, will buy money-losing
CompuServe for $1.2 billion and then sell its online

business to AOL.
For its part, WorldCom will become a giant in its
corner of the Internet, getting the AOL division that
provides Internet access mainly for large businesses.
AOL will operate CompuServe as a separate busi-
ness, and online subscribers may notice little difference.
AOL, which features more entertainment services,
such as games and chat lines, than CompuServe, said
it doesn't plan to change CompuServe's online format,
which is geared more toward business professionals.
Pricing will also stay separate, with AOL still charg-
ing $19.95 for unlimited access and CompuServe's


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fees ranging as high as $27.95 a month.
More immediately, some AOL users may have an
easier time getting online. AOL will get access to an
additional 100,000 modems from WorldCom, helping
it avoid the bottlenecks that frustrated subscribers
with busy signals earlier this year.
Wall Street embraced the news. AOL stock was up
$6.75 per share at $76.68 in afternoon trading on the
New York Stock Exchange.
On the Nasdaq, WorldCom was up $2.31 1/4 to
$33.91 1/4, while CompuServe was down 37 1/2 cents
to $13.12 1/2.
Continued from Page 1
The problem, some say, is not lack of
student support, but the way the stu-
dents made their request.
"My viewpoint is simply that we
need some clarification on what it is
that the students do want," Shatz said.
"Do they want one class, or is it that
they want something else?"
Friedrichs said that students request-
ed a preliminary sign language class
taught by a part-time instructor because
they thought it would more likely get
approval than an entire sign language
"You get student support in a tempo-
rary class, (then), if you get high enroll-
ment ... it can become a permanent part
of the department, Friedrichs said.
Many say students all over campus
are eager to start signing - all they
need is the listing in the course book.
Smith said there has always been a
tremendous response to sign language
classes offered in various locations on
campus. "We taught it last year for free
to medical students and the room was
RMfilled," she said.
Smith also noted that there is cur-
rently a wait list for the University
ILActivities Center class in sign lan-
E guage.
Friedrichs said Faller may not have
made a fully informed decision on the
issue. "I don't think he realized, per-
sonally, how much student support
there is behind an American Sign
Language program."
Arfa said that although many
hearing-impaired students choose
not to communicate through sign
language, an American Sign
Language class is still vital because
it would open up the gates of com-
"It would make this campus more
accessible for a small number of hear-
ing-impaired students who have a diffi-
cult time communicating orally and
rely on sign language;' Arfa said in a
written statement.
In the upcoming winter semester, as
in the past, Linguistics 361, Sign
S Language Studies, will be offered. This
M course teaches students to analyze "the
nature of sign language from a linguis-
L' tic point of view," but does not set aside
5 time for students to practice signing,
said Prof. Karen van Hoek.
NO Those who worked to ensure that
a program would begin this fall say
they are not giving up hope that a
program will begin in the future.
"We're nowhere near giving up on
this project," Friedrichs said. "It's
S going to happen - it's just a matter of
,, when."

Clinton, GOP align
welfare benefits
WASHINGTON - The mantra of
welfare reform is work. But do welfare
recipients in job-training slots deserve
the same benefits and rights as other
It's a debate that will stretch into the
fall as the Clinton administration
argues that work is work, while states
and Republicans warn that such blanket
protections could be tremendously
As the rhetoric heats up, some worry
the matter will become too politicized
to find an acceptable compromise.
There's no question that a welfare
recipient who gets hired for a regular
private sector job is entitled to all labor
At issue is work either created by the
government for those who cannot find
work on their own, or special so-called.
"workfare" slots offered by community
service groups and private employers
for people still collecting welfare.
Congressional Republicans promise
Mir shuts down
after computer fails
MOSCOW - The Mir onboard
computer, which seems to have a mind
of its own, broke down again yesterday
and forced the crew to shut down most
of the space station's equipment.
. Russian and American space offi-
cials downplayed the seriousness of the
computer crash, the third aboard Mir
since mid-July. The station was able to
maintain its orientation toward the sun,
and its power supplies were in much
better shape than during the previous
Ground controllers said they hoped
to repair and restart the computer today.
In the meantime, they said, the crew
was in no danger.
"Why do these malfunctions hap-
pen?" asked Vladimir Solovyov, the
chief of Russia's Mission Control. "Do
you know why your car breaks down?
... It's hard to say what the reasons
might be."
Space agency spokesperson Valery
Lyndin may have put it best: "The com-

they will continue their fight to exempt
this "workfare" from a host of labor
laws, a battle they lost over the summer.
The Clinton administration touched
off the debate in the spring by ruling
that these workers are covered by*
Fair Labor Standards Act, entitling
them to the minimum wage and job-
safety protections.
Sixteen cats killed
in high school prank
FAIRFIELD, Iowa - On the night
of the slaughter, 16 cats were blyid-
geoned to death and a cultural dive
was laid bare.
Three high school students, young
men who'd never been in trouble,
allegedly hatched the plot in a parking
lot over at the Hy-Vee food store. They
are accused of driving off, first topick
up two baseball bats and then to sneak
into a certain white house with blue
trim at the edge of town - a haveni for
strays founded by a couple who h4d
moved to central Iowa from s
puter has become capricious again
Capricious is as good a word as'any
to describe the Mir's endless, and end-
lessly vexing, journey around the
for the past eight months or so. Te
space station has spun from one mishap
to the next - from a fire to oxygen
system breakdowns to a collision with
a cargo ship.
Russian politician
fears lost bombs
MOSCOW - Alexander Lebed,w
former Russian general and presidential
hopeful, has been broadcasting his claim
this week that Russia has lost track of
100 nuclear bombs the size of suitcases,
"A very thorough investigation 'is
necessary," Lebed told reporters yster-
day. "The state of nuclear security in
Russia poses a danger to the whole
world." The general's allegations are
roundly denied by Russian officials,
who contend that all of Russia's nuc
weapons are safely under control. ;
- Compiled fom Daily wire reports.

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