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NATION/WORLD

More than 20 die in Italian ski lift accident

TRENTO, Italy (AP) - A U.S. military plane on a
low-level training flight over the snowy Alps sliced
through a cable-car line yesterday, sending a gondola
full of skiers crashing hundreds of feet to the ground.
At least 20 people inside the car died.
The car was flattened by the 240-to-300-foot drop.
It "opened up like a cardboard box," one police offi-
cial said, and bodies were in pieces.
Officials at the U.S. air base in Aviano in northern
Italy, where the Marine EA-6B Prowler was based,
said all low-level missions by U.S. military aircraft in
Italy have been suspended.
- President Clinton, on a visit to New Mexico, issued
a statement saying he was "deeply saddened" by the
accident and that the United States will cooperate
fully with the Italian government to find out what hap-
pened.
The pilot and his three-member crew returned safe-
ly to Aviano, 60 miles east of the resort, said Brig.
Gen. Tim Peppe, commander of the base's resident

31st fighter wing. The plane sustained minor tail dam-
age.
Peppe, speaking at a news conference at Aviano, did
not speculate on a cause, though he discounted engine
trouble.
RAI state television showed the crushed wreckage
of the yellow cable car resting on the snow below its
route. The cable trailed off like a twisted thread, but
officials would not say how far from the car the cable
had been cut.
The line's other gondola was heading down at the
time and the accident left it stuck and dangling.
Rescuers pulled out its operator, the only person aboard.
In Washington, U.S. Defense Secretary William
Cohen told the Senate Armed Services Committee
that the pilot "was apparently unaware that he had
struck a cable or injured anyone."
Base officials said U.S. pilots fly dozens of training
missions over Italy every day. The plane is a surveil-
lance aircraft attached to the NATO force overseeing

the Bosnian peace.
The accident occurred at 3:15 p.m. local time unde
sunny skies at a ski resort in the Val di Fassa area o
the Dolomite Mountains near Trento. The cable ca
was traveling from the town of Cavalese, 80 miles
northeast of Trento, to the top of Cermis mountain
site of a popular local ski resort.
The cabin had just begun its ascent from the base a
Cavalese, at an altitude of about 3,000 feet, and was
heading toward a mid-station when it fell, said AlessiO
Dezugliana, an employee of the Alpe Cermis ski area
"You couldn't guess the shape of the car anymore,
said Andrea Russo, a police official who arrived at the
scene an hour after the accident.
"All the four walls of the car had opened up likez
cardboard box. The bodies were all laying beneath th
sheet metals. Most of them were torn apart," he said.
One of the victims was the car's Italian operator
The rest were skiers, at least six of them German, sai
police Officer Robert Cavada in Cavalese.

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The University of Michigan
Program for the Study of Complex Systems
3rd Annual Nobel Symposium
The Program for the Study of Complex Systems is pleased to pre-
sent this series of non-technical talks by faculty discussing the sig-
nificance of the 1997 Nobel prizes: who won each prize, what their
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Moderator: UM Professor Carl Simon (Mathematics, Economics,
Public Policy and Complex Systems)
Who are these people and why are they
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AROUND THE NATION
f Court rejects appeal; Tucker executed
r
s HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Karla Faye Tucker, the pickax killer whose born-again
, Christianity sparked a worldwide debate over redemption and retribution on ldeath
row, was executed yesterday for hacking a man and woman to death during a 1983
t break-in.
S Tucker was declared dead by injection at 6:45 p.m. She became the first womran
a executed in Texas since the Civil War, and the first nationwide since 1984.
. In her final words, Tucker expressed love for her family and husband and apdl-
ogized to her victims' families.
c "I hope God will give you peace with this," she said.
"I am going to be face to face with Jesus now. I love all of you very much," she
a said. "I will see you all when you get there. I will wait for you."
e Richard Thornton, husband of victim Deborah Thornton, witnessed the execu-
tion and spoke to his wife as it proceeded, saying that with Tucker's death, the
r. world was a better place. Other witnesses held hands and cried.
d Outside, hundreds of people and hordes of news reporters waited for word about
the execution. When prison officials and witnesses emerged, many cheered.
The execution came less than an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected nm
I Ith-hour appeal and Republican Gov. George Bush refused to grant a 30-day
reprieve.
t
' Scientists pinpoint Opportunistic Infections. They will
also be published this week in the jour-
s first AIDS case nal Nature.
S "This is to date the oldest known
CHICAGO - Scientists have pin- HIV case," said Dr. David Ho, head of
pointed what is believed to be the earli- the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research
est known case of AIDS -- an African Center at Rockefeller University and
d man who died in 1959 - and said the co-author of the study.
e discovery suggests the virus first infect-
ed people in the 1940s or early '50s. Clinton pushes for
,t Where AIDS came from is still a
mystery, although experts assume an nuclear test-ban treaty
ancestor of the virus crossed from
monkeys or other primates into people LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -Trying to
t at some point. But whether this keep the focus on his program rather
e occurred in recent decades or centuries than his problems, President Clinton
y ago is a matter of debate. yesterday chose a national laboratory
Now, researchers say they have con- as the backdrop for his appeal for-a
ducted genetic analysis of an HIV sam- test ban treaty "to make sure that th
d ple that appears to date from early in world is safe from the threat of
t the epidemic. They believe it is an nuclear weapons."
. ancestor of the viruses that have infect- The White House has supported:a
ed more than 40 million people world- comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty
wide, most of them since the early in hopes that such an accord would
1980s. make it harder for rogue states to gain
Dr. Toufu Zhu of the University of nuclear weapons and limit the deel-
Washington in Seattle presented the opment of more sophisticated arms
findings yesterday at the Fifth by nations that already have a nucfar
Conference on Retroviruses and capability.
V
ARROUND TH E.WO
U.S seeks su port States, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi
Arabia, Bahrain and the Palestinian
f use otayAuthority are of one mind," Albright
said at a joint news conference wit
CAIRO -- Secretary of State Moussa, shortly before she departe
Madeleine Albright failed yesterday for Washington last night. "This crisis
to win Egyptian backing for was created by (Iraqi President)
American military action against Saddam Hussein's defiance of the
Iraq. But the Egyptian foreign minis- Security Council."
ter, Amer Moussa, appeared to tem-
per Egypt's blanket rejection of mili- -
tary force, warning Iraq that its fail- u Is reluctant to
ure to cooperate with U.N. weapons allow use of bases
inspections could result in "grave
consequences." WASHINGTON - Saudi Arabia'
After a week in which Egypt openly reluctance to allow U.S. use of its a
has voiced its opposition to any kind of bases for attacks on Iraq does not shut the
military strike against Baghdad, door on President Clinton's options. The
Moussa's measured comments last U.S. could still deliver a powerful blow
night marked a clear softening in tone using warplanes from aircraft carriers
on the part of a key U.S. ally in the and bases elsewhere in the Persian Gulf.
Middle East. The Saudis told Secretary of State
They added to the impression that Madeleine Albright they favor using
Albright has achieved at least partial "all diplomatic means" to resolve the
success during her tour of the region, standover U.N. inspections of Iraq's

winning qualified support, if not out- weapons programs. They withheld per-
right cooperation, from several of mission to use their bases to launi
Washington's most important Arab attacks.
allies.
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