2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 6, 1997 - N T O I O L
U.N. inspectors warn Iraq to not
tamper with surveillance cameras
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Taking advantage of a
halt to U.N. arms inspections, Iraqis have hidden sen-
sitive equipment and tampered with U.N. surveillance
cameras, a senior U.N. official said yesterday.
The chief U.N. weapons inspector, Richard Butler,
said his teams would try to inspect two sites today, "to
establish the whereabouts of material which has been
Butler suspended U.N. weapons inspections in Iraq
last week after Baghdad ordered the expulsion of
American members of his team. Butler said the
inspections would go ahead as planned Monday, but
they have been scrubbed for three straight days
because Iraq refused to admit American inspectors.
The inspections are meant to verify whether Iraq
has destroyed its weapons of mass destruction. That
was a condition for ending the 1991 Persian Gulf War,
in which a U.S.-Icd coalition drove Iraqi forces from
The United Nations also maintains surveillance
cameras at sensitive sites suspected of producing
illegal weapons. The inspectors are trying to deter-
mine if Iraq has complied with U.N. orders to destroy
all long-range missiles and weapons of mass destruc-
In a letter to the Security Council, Butler said there
was evidence that the Iraqis have been tampering with
surveillance equipment since the field inspections
have not taken place.
"Significant pieces of dual-capable equipment, sub-
ject to monitoring by the (inspectors') remote camera
monitoring system have been moved out of view of
the cameras," Butler said.
"The equipment includes, for example, gyroscope
rotor balancing equipment which could be used to bal-
ance prohibited missile gyroscopes," he added.
In the letter, Butler, an Australian, noted that move-
ment of the equipment is prohibited without U.N. per-
mission "and the equipment concerned is subject to
continuous camera monitoring precisely because of its
easy adaptation to prohibited activities."
He said it would "take only a few hours" to adapt
some of the sensitive equipment "to produce seed
stocks of biological warfare agent."
"Furthermore, it appears that cameras may have
been intentionally tampered with, lenses covered and
lighting turned off in the facilities under monitoring,"
Status quo remains after elections
WASHINGTON -- As the dust settled from Tuesday's elections in Virginia.
New Jersey and New York, rejoicing Republicans yesterday chanted a mantra of
"It's the taxes, stupid:' and despondent Democrats muttered: "No. it's the mone':
But while Republicans glimpsed favorable omens for 1998 in their exploitatidn
of the tax issue and Democrats complained that their rivals had used a big fund-
raising edge to buy the elections, pollsters and political analysts perceived anoth
They said Tuesday's contests turned on a host of local issues that carried no broader
resonance, plus one overarching trend that did: voter satisfaction with the status quo.
That trend, the analysts said, bolstered Republicans because the four biggest
prizes at stake -- the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey, the New York City
mayoralty and a New York congressional seat - were all held by their party going
into the election.
If this incumbent-friendly trend continues into next year, when the 435 House
seats, one-third of the Senate and 38 governorships will be in play, it will bolster
Republican efforts to maintain their majorities in Congress and the statehouses.
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court's ruling, she cannot see any rea-
son why the University would withhold
instructor and course evaluations upon
the request of FOIA.
"The Michigan Supreme Court has
said teacher evaluations are public. I
can't think why, in the.college level,
teacher evaluations would be different,"
Lowenstein said all students have a
right to the evaluations since they are
", can't possibly understand how
history and English are considered
-public documents but not physics,"
Lowenstein said. "It doesn't make
sense to withhold some and release
University professors said they
thought that making the records avail-
able to the public will not affect how
students view professors.
"1 don't think that it's going to make a
whole lot of difference;' said American
Association of University Professors
Chapter President Thomas Moore.
But Moore, a biology professor, said
the ruling might help employees
because it will give them access to doc-
uments they previously were unaware
of, but which were intended for them.
Economics Prof. Jim Adams said the
evaluations began about 30 years ago.
While he said their purpose was to help
professors improve their teaching,
Adams said that having all the depart-
ment evaluations made public would be
more beneficial for students.
Adams, an LSA executive committee
member, also contends that those who
are upset with the potential release of
the evaluations fear that students will be
more attracted to just popular classes
instead of ones with substance.
Physiology Prof. Louis D'Alecy, chair
of the Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs, said that the ruling
hopefully will cause departments to look
at themselves more carefully.
"We have to be tending to our own
house," D'Alecy said, adding that pro-
fessors should be taking a closer look at
"I think there should be peer access
to these things for sure," D'Alecy said.
D'Alecy said he fears that the evalu-
ations could potentially cause problems
"If a student has a personal distaste
for a professor, they could respond with
unwarranted and unfounded responses
on their evaluations," D'Alecy said.
"That can be very damaging to some-
one's professional career."
Chief Freedom of Information
Officer Lew Morrissey said the
University has five business days to
respond to the FOIA request. Morrissey
said that if the University does not grant
permission to make the files public, it
will have to use an exception that is
allowed under FOIA.
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Legislators are hoping to curb the
number of instances involving date-rape
drugs by insisting on harsher sentences
for rapists. Last year, Congress enacted
legislation that increases the penalty for
rapists who sell and use Rohypnol and
other controlled substances.
King said that Rohypnol has been
around since 1983, but has only been
traced to sexual assault cases in the last
couple of years.
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nitely worth the wait."
Although Council offers students
the advantage of cheaper student
fares, other travel agencies also can
find students some of the same prices
through "last-minute deals" offered
"The risk you run with last-minute
deals is that there won't be any space
left on the flights that you want," said
William Mitchell, manager of Conlin
Travel on the corner of East William
and Maynard streets.
Mitchell recommends that students
"book early" when possible.
It is better to check with a travel
agency then call the airlines directly
because an agent can do a scan of all
the airlines for the best price, Mitchell
LSA first-year student Rachel Knopt
said her parents arrange her flights
"If my dad doesn't use his frequent
flyer miles, then my parents buy the
TWA student package which usually
comes in a block of four or five tick-
ets," Knopt said. "Together the tickets
cost about S500 and with them you
can fly anywhere in the Continental
LSA first-year student Jeff Liou said
he uses the online travel service
"Travelocity" to find his tickets home
"I've found the cheapest tickets
through my online searches, but you
have to be careful what kind of ticket
you buy," Liou said. "I bought a non-
refundable flight from Detroit to Tulsa
for $256 over Thanksgiving, which I
thought was a good deal but then the
fare went down to $206."
LSA sophomore Marilee Fiebig said
that when she flies home to Maryland,
she takes advantage of special deals
offered by Northwest Airlines during
"My parents usually start looking a
month before school starts for tickets
for Thanksgiving," Fiebig said. "That
way we find tickets for $200 instead of
the usual $400."
Fiebig also recommended special
cyberfares offered by Northwest that
are available on the Internet every
"I have friends from Maryland who
have flown home for the weekend for
only $99," Fiebig said. "I've never done
it myself, but I might"
One option for cheap international
travel is to fly as a courier. Companies
pay a large percentage of the cost of the
passenger's ticket in exchange for the
passenger's baggage space. Sending
packages by commercial plane is often
cheaper and more reliable for these
Because the goods are never han-
dled by the passenger, there are no
security issues with flying as a couri-
er. But because of how couriers oper-
ate, Bill Nolting, director of the
University's Overseas Opportunities
Office, said he knows few students
who actually have taken advantage of
"Courier tickets usually allow only a
week or two week stay and their flights
go in and out of cities on the West or
East Coast;" Nolting said. "Another
disadvantage is you can't always deter-
mine exactly when you're traveling and
you might not find out until an hour
before your flight leaves."
Clinton tries to win
votes for trade bill
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton pulled out the stops yesterday ;
in a final drive to win votes for his
controversial fast-track trade bill,
offering concessions to Republicans
on issues from school testing to cen-
With Cabinet members blanketing
Capitol Hill, Clinton worked the tele-
phones himself in a last-ditch effort to
win the 218 votes needed for passage
when the trade measure goes to the
House floor tomorrow.
The aggressive horse-trading
between the White House and lawmak-
ers, involving a bevy of issues.unrelat-
ed to fast track, is unusual even by
Washington standards and reflects
Clinton's sense of urgency about the
At day's end, both administration
officials and congressional sponsors
said they still were unsure just how
tomorrow's House vote on fast track
would turn out. The Senate is expected
to pass the bill handily.
The bottom line is, neither side has
218 at this point," Commerce Secretary
William Daley told reporters at a White
House briefing. "Everyone is working
extremely hard,"lhe said.
Defeat of the fast-track proposal
would be a visible setback for the
administration, sending an adverse sig-
nal to U.S. trading partners that some
officials fear could have an impact on
global financial markets.
WASHINGTON - Long a stepchild
in American medicine, the ancient
Chinese needle therapy acupuncture got
a limited endorsement yesterday from
federal experts for treatment of some
types of pain and nausea.
A committee of medical experts
selected by the National Institutes
Health cited "clear evidence" that
acupuncture effectively treats pain after
surgery or dental procedures and con-
trols nausea and vomiting caused by
cancer chemotherapy or pregnancy.
"We came to the clear-cut decision
that the treatment ... really did work" for
those limited uses, said Dr. David
Ramsay, president of the University of
Maryland at Baltimore.
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Yeltsin fires Security
MOSCOW - President Boris Yeltsin
yesterday fired Boris Berezovsky, a
wealthy magnate who was deputy secre-
tary of the Kremlin's Security Council,
in the latest fallout from the struggle
between Yeltsin's young reformers and a
group of rich tycoons.
Berezovsky, who built an auto,
media, aviation and oil empire in the
last years of the Soviet Union and dur-
ing the frenzied early years of Russian
free-market capitalism, held the securi-
ty post for only a year. He was instru-
mental in carrying out negotiations
with the secessionist region of
Chechnya. The Security Council deals
chiefly with internal security matters,
not foreign policy.
Berezovsky's ouster was significant
for what it says about the tug of war over
the shape of Russia's emerging market
economy. Yeltsin's two reformist first
deputy prime ministers, Anatoly Chubais
and Boris Nemtsov, have vowed to break
the grip of a coterie of well-connected
business magnates, often referred to as
Russia's new oligarchs.
Chubais and Nemtsov have insisted
they no longer will tolerate the old rules
of back-room deals and insider privati-
zation of state companies in which tl
oligarchs often gained lucrative state-
owned businesses for a small price.
looms in Russia
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia- Under
the chilly brick archways of the Right-
Bank Market here, the Russian-style
dance of death that experts say is bring
ing an AIDS epidemic to this huge coun-
try is in full swing.
Since 1995, the human immunodefi-
ciency virus that can develop into AIDS
has started spreading into the huge drug-
taking community here with little aware-
ness of the dangers of infection from
sharing needles and the home-brewed
"black" opiate mixed with human blood.
"The epidemic has begun," said
Mikhail Narkevich, the health ministry
National AIDS Program Coordinato.
-- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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