2 The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 17, 1998
Plane crashes in Taiwan; 205 dead
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -A China Airlines jet trying
to land in fog crashed into a country neighborhood
yesterday, ripping the roofs off houses before skidding
into a rice paddy and erupting in flames. Authorities
said all 196 aboard and nine people on the ground
Firefighters went house to house in the blackened
neighborhood, putting out the flames licking doors
and windows and searching for survivors.
Searchlights illuminated a life raft from the Airbus A-
300, wrapped around a broken tree stump. Seats from
.he plane were scattered in the dirt, one with a body
trapped beneath it.
China Airlines said the dead included the gov-
wrnor of Taiwan's Central Bank and other key
financial officials; four Americans; and many
Taiwanese families returning from vacations in
Victims on the ground included a 2-month-old
Witnesses said the plane hit several hundreds yards
short of the runway at Chiang Kai-shek airport, 25
miles west of Taipei. It tore through homes along a
highway before coming to rest in flames in the rice
"It caie down - I heard a loud explosion and
a fireball. And then I thought the chances for any
survivors were slim," said a vendor in the area,
who identified himself only as Mr. Yang.
The fiery impact scattered charred bodies and body
parts throughout the area. Authorities sealed off t
neighborhood, leaving families of passengers to c
gregate at hospitals and the airport. Relatives br
into tears and fell into one another's arms as the ext
of the disaster hit them; one woman collapsed tot
"They all went to Bali on a trip - and they are
dead," said one woman, whose four children were
Rescue workers on the scene said they h
given up looking for survivors, but the depu
director-general of Taiwan's Civil Aeronaut
Administration, Chang Kuo-cheng, said he s
hoped to find survivors among the 182 passeng
and 14 crew members.
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the Clinton to comply with investigation
)ke WASHINGTON - President Clinton has publicly pledged to cooperate with
ent the investigation of his dealings with a former White House intern - but that has
the not prevented him from utilizing one of the best tools available to those who find
themselves the target of a criminal investigation.
all Lawyers representing Clinton have negotiated what are known as "joi
on defense" agreements with others involved in the case. In effect, the lawyers for a
least some of the subjects of independent counsel Kenneth Starr's investigation
ad have agreed to form what is akin to a joint defense team.
uty The arrangements have provided Clinton with detailed knowledge of testimo-
ics ny Starr has gathered, helping the White House anticipate and parry the prosecu-
till tor's moves, according to people familiar with the matter.
ers Already, lawyers representing the president are saying privately that they
expect Starr to challenge their deployment of the joint defense agreements as he
investigates whether Clinton had an intimate relationship with Monica Lewinsky
and encouraged the former intern to cover it up.
The joint agreements have enabled the president's defense team to learn,
for example, what questions were posed and what answers were provide
during recent appearances before a federal grand jury of several Clinton
Deliberations beg- 1995, because the girl had a one-
time fling with Graham. They were
in midshipman case seniors in high school at the time..
FORT WORTH - Jurors began
deliberating yesterday on whether for- Legislation could
mer Naval Academy midshipman Diane
Zamora was a sociopath who killed a cub paparazzi
teen-age romantic rival or a helpless
bystander manipulated into confessing. WASHINGTON - Ever since
Defense attorney John Linebarger Britain's Princess Diana died in a Paris
told jurors in his closing argument that tunnel as her chauffeur tried to outrun the
Zamora's then-fianc6, David Graham, paparazzi, the nation has been torn
was responsible for the killing of 16- between its appetite for candid pictures
year-old Adrianne Jones. Linebarger of famous people and its distaste for the
described Graham, a former Air Force methods used to get them. Lawmakers
Academy cadet, as a "macho G.l. Joe" have tried for years to rein in a tabloid
who dominated Zamora and persuad- media and still protect the public's rig
ed her to take the blame, to know, each time running afoul of th
"There is no evidence to suggest First Amendment.
that Miss Jones was hit over the The Personal Privacy Protection Act,
head with anything but the butt of a to be introduced today, would preserve
gun (that) we know was in the hands the age-old right to photograph celebri-
of David Graham, not Diane ties in public and sell the film, but would
Zamora," Linebarger said. "She did- crack down on actions that could jeopar-
n't help. She didn't assist. It was dize their safety in the process.
David Graham." Zamora and Unlike earlier proposed laws, this one
Graham are accused of killing does not attempt to regulate what the
Jones, of Mansfield, in December media use or whom they photograph.
India faces intense coalition of 14 centrist, leftist and region-
al parties formed after the 1996 election
Parliamentary race to keep the BJP out of power. In I1 pre-
vious elections, no more than two bl
PATNA, India - Millions massed at competed at the national level.
polling places yesterday to participate in The collapse last December of the
the most competitive election in inde- coalition government of Prime Minister
pendent India's 50-year history and the I.K. Gujral forced an election three years
second parliamentary vote in the world's ahead of schedule.
largest democracy in less than two years.
The last published opinion polls C1
indicated that the vote - to be held .c.
over four days between now and 19 ives in Somalia
March 7 - will yield an indecisive
result, leading to another coalition MOGADISHU, Somalia- Fighti
government. During yesterday's between feuding factions of a leading
first phase, with 40 percent of clan has killed at least 12 militiamenin
Parliament's 545 seats at stake, the last two days in a southern Somali
voter turnout dipped below the his- town, hospitals reported yesterday.
torical average of 60 percent. Four gunmen were killed Sunday and
Preliminary reports said at least 17 another eight were killed yesterday in
people were killed in election-related vio- what appeared to be killings between Eyr
lence, 15 of them in the impoverished and and Suleiman sub-clans in Afgoe.
sometimes lawless eastern state of Bihar. Both belong to Habr-Gedir, a major
India's 600 million eligible voters face group of the Hawiye clan led by Hussein
a choice among a long-ruling but now Aidid, a U.S. citizen and former Marine
declining Congress party, the emergent reservist.
Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) and the United Front, a secularist - Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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