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Iraqi ploy
h keeps off
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Using a
bureaucratic ploy, Iraq once again pre-
vented a U.S.-led arms inspection team
from doing its job yesterday. The move
drew new warnings that Washington
will not tolerate interference in the U.N.
program to find Iraq's hidden weapons.
:'Team leader Scott Ritter, ready and
waiting at U.N. headquarters in Baghdad,
was left in the lurch when his Iraqi escorts
f4iled to show up for a planned inspection
tour of suspected weapons sites.
The move was less dramatic but no
kiss divisive than the actual blocking of
ispectors that set off the last Iraq-U.N.
crisis, when American inspectors were
eventually thrown out of Iraq in
November and arms inspections were
halted for three weeks.
Iraq's newest challenge - which
came a day after it warned it would ban
inspections by Ritter's team because it
had too many Americans - produced a
replay of last year's crisis rhetoric.
Iraq's state-run press accused
Washington of trying to "injure the digni-
ty~of Iraq," and America's U.N. ambas-
sador said Iraq was instigating a new cn
I can tell you, patience is running
out in a lot of Security Council capitals.
The Iraqis are really pushing this to the
brink," Ambassador Bill Richardson
told ABC's "Good Morning America"
The U.N. Security Council met for two
hours yesterday to discuss the latest
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U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter (right) returns with two inspectors to the U.N.
Headquarters In Baghdad yesterday. Ritter waited for half an hour for Iraqi escorts

who never showed up.
standoff with Iraq, and planned to meet
again later in the day to draft a statement.
Richardson told reporters "what we
want to see is a very strong signal from
the Security Council."
Council President Alain Dejammet of
France said all 15 members agreed they
must give "unanimous support" to the
chief U.N. weapons inspector, Richard
Butler; who travels to Baghdad this week.
"it really looks as if Iraq is looking for
any excuse not to comply with its inter-
national obligations toward the Special

Commission and the Security Council,"
said British Ambassador John Weston.
ie said that Iraq's failure to comply
with U.N. resolutions "will certainly have
consequences, and those consequences
will not be the early lifting of sanctions."
Iraq countered with its ambassador to
the United Nations, Nizar Hamdoon,
charging that the heavy use of American
and British inspectors underscores that
these countries have "the aim ofmislead-
ing the Security Council and internation-
al opinion about the facts in Iraq."

Continued from Page 1
not halt cloning research.
State Rep. Kirk Profit (D-Ypsilanti)
is attempting to passI louse Bill 4846,
which would prohibit "the making of
human beingsil production labs"'
statew ide. "This is not an effort to ban
the cloning of human parts," Profit said.
"For me, life comes from one source,
with a capital S'' Profit said. "People
are endowed with certain rights by their
creator." When that creator is a lab sci-
entist, "the whole notion of a patent on
someone's life becomes a difficult legal
and ethical issue,' Profit said.
Groups such as Michigan Right to
Life and Michigan Catholic Conference
said that they support the ban.
Human cloning "so undermines
some of the fundamental principles of
American society that the only solution
is to preempt it," Profit said.
LSA junior Aaron Freilich said he is
not sure how much control the govern-
ment should have on this issue. He also
wondered about the ever-present ethi-
cal issues involved.
"If you create (a hunan clone), just
from a cell, can you consider it a thing
or a person?" Freilich asked.
School of Public Health Prof. Toby
Citrin said too much legislation would
serve to confuse the issue further. "Knee-
jerk legislative reactions are not the way
to approach this issue," Citrin said.
Also, not everyone agrees that cloning
is an altogether bad idea, which has
prompted some to challenge a preemp-
tive ban. "This area offers many rich pos-
sibilities for the advancement of human
well-being," Cohen said. "It would be a
pity if people like Seed caused legislators
to block research in this sphere."
But cloning humans won't be easy.
"The thing that has been missed in the
press is the difficulty," said human genet-
ics associate Prof. Jerome Gorski. The
sheep clone, Dolly, was created after
about 277 tries, which is a much small-
er success rate than in-vitro fertilization.
Obstetrics and gynecology Prof.
Robert Hayashi called Seed's proposal
"It shouldn't be done on humans at
this step of the game," Hayashi said.
Hayashi fears that human cloning
could turn into the production of a
superior race, where only people who
are smart or good-looking are cloned.
"It's so far from the natural selection
concept," Hayashi said. "In- vitro fertil-
ization is more natural. It can be
refined as we begin to understand all of
the mechanisms of the natural process."
Though many scientists agree that it
currently would be dangerous to
attempt human cloning, it could defi-
nitely happen in the future.
"I think technically, it's probably do-
able," said pathology associate Prof.
Tony Killeen. "I'm r'ot at all supporting
this as an ethical medical procedure
because I don't think it is. (But) some-
body will try it - that's human nature.
"I don't see any real clinical or med-
ical needs to clone people," he added.
But Killeen said cloning animals
could be useful for pharmaceutical pur-
poses, such as breeding a strain of pro-
teins into animal milk and using the
milk to cure a human ailment.
Gregory Christman, an assistant pro-
fessor of obstetrics and gynecology, said
production of hormones in animals might
lead to better treatment of disease.
"Cloning in animal species has some
very noble goals, but for people I have a
hard time with what the goal of human
cloning is," he said. "In humans, I think
it's reprehensible."

"This is pretty striking evidence," said
North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Low inflation in '97
should remain in '98
WASHINGTON - Cars, gasoline
and chicken all grew cheaper in 1997,
producing the nation's best inflation per-
formance in 11 years. Economists say
the good news should continue this year,
permitting interest rates to stay low.
Prices edged a seasonally adjusted
0.1 percent higher in December, hold-
ing the gain for the full year to just 1.7
percent, the Labor Department said 1
That's about half the 3.3 percent
increase of 1996 and the best perfor-
mance since 1986 when plummeting oil 1
prices held the overall increase in the 1
Consumer Price Index to 1.1 percent. I
Core inflation -- which excludes
volatile food and energy costs -
climbed 2.2 percent in 1997, down
from 2.6 percent a year earlier and the 1
smallest rise in 32 years.
Such price restraint is unusual at a 1
time of robust economic growth and 4
declining joblessness, and the Clinton 1
administration pointed that out.4

Sl as U', THE ATIO N.
Smoking may increase artery hardening
CHICAGO - Both smoking and passive exposure to tobacco smoke can accel-
erate irreversible hardening of the arteries, according to the largest study eve to
examine tobacco's effects on atherosclerosis.
Smoking is one of the most important risk factors contributing to atherosclero-
sis, which causes heart attacks and strokes, according to a report to be published in
today's Journal of the American Medical Associafioii.
The new findings, according to the American Heart Association, provide strong
evidence to support bans on smoking in bars and other public places.
A team headed by epidemiologist George Howard of Wake Forest University
studied 10,914 people enrolled in a study of all risk factors for atherosclerosis.
They found that smokers had a 50 percent increase in the rate of plaque accu-
mulation in the carotid arteries, ex-smokers had a 25 percent acceleration, and peo-
ple passively exposed to smoke a 20 percent increase. The risk was even greater for
people with diabetes or hypertension.
The finding is surprising because scientists had not known that, unlike cigarette-
induced lung damage, the cardiovascular damage may be irreversible. Nor had they
previously had hard evidence that secondhand smoke could cause this type.
artery damage, the researchers said.

Dr. Sidney Smith of the University of
"Today's good inflation numbers
mean that the combined rate of unem-
ployment and inflation - the so-called
misery index - is the lowest since
1967," raid Janet Yellen, who chairs the
White House Council of Econoi*
White House Blue*
Room is vandalized
WASHINGTON - A woman touring
the White House sprayed brown paint in
the Blue Room yesterday, marring two
historic sculptures, officials said.
Tile woman, whose 3-inch paint can
had been seen but not confiscated fr4
her purse by Secret Service agents; was
being charged with destruction of prop-
erty. Officials would not identify her or
comment on a possible motive. a
White House press secretary
Mike McCurry said the woman
caused more than $1,000 damage to
the room's wall covering 'and
defaced two "rather priceless" mar-
ble busts of Christopher Columbs
and Amerigo Vespucci.

Continued from Page 1
tional initiatives: the Hope Scholarship
credit, Education IRAs, increased schol-
arships and loans, and community ser-
vice to pay for college.
The Hope Scholarship, which the
Georgia state legislature already has
passed and many other states are con-
sidering, gives a student's family a
$1,500 tax credit in each of the stu-
dent's first two years.
University Director of Financial Aid
Pamela Fowler said Clinton's proposal
will help strengthen an already thriving
federal program that granted $3,159,240
last year to 2,497 University students.
"Any increase that results in an
increased allocation in federal funds
will allow us to make more awards to
students and increase awards to stu-
dents who already have it," she said.
"This is always a positive thing for our

LSA junior Jeremy Schaefer, who has
participated in the work-study program
for three years, said federal funding
made it possible for him to afford to
atfend the University. He hopes Clinton's
new initiative will help even more stu-
dents afford to attend the University.
"It has helped me pay the bills,"
Schaefer said. "I've received roughly
S2,000 each year. This would make it
more affordable for most people in gen-
Even though both Democrats and
Republicans are enthusiastic about
Clinton's proposals to promote educa-
tion, state Rep. Mary Schroer (D-Ann
Arbor) warned that S70 million might
not materialize into lagre increases to
individual schools such as the University.
"Seventy million sounds like an
incredible amount of money" Schroer
said. "I'm on the appropriation commit-
tee and S70 million goes pretty quickly."


I I Catch a Ride to: 1

Israel: Palestinians
must meet demands
TEL AVIV, Israel - Setting the
stage for a showdown with the United
States, Israel's Cabinet adopted a 12-
page list of conditions yesterday that it
said Palestinians must meet before
Israel will hand over more West Bank
The Palestinians accused Israel of
stalling and insisted they were fulfilling
their commitments. Underscoring this
claim - and the danger of renewed
bloodshed - Palestinian security forces
uncovered nearly a ton of explosives in a
Hamas bomb factory.
President Clinton reportedly expects
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to
present a detailed plan for a troop pull-
back at a White House summit Jan. 20.
Two days later, Clinton meets Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat.
But Netanyahu's adviser, David
Bar-Ilan, said the prime minister will
likely give Clinton only a general out-
Netanyahu said Israel only wants to
ensure that the Palestinians fulfill their

part of past accords. "If they fulfill
(their obligations), no doubt we will
move forward with a redeployient"
he said
During yesterday's Cabinet session,
the ministers reviewed and approved a
12-page list of demands, most dealing
with security.
Remains of 7 war
vets are sent home
HANOI. Vietnam --The remains
seven American servicemen killed i
war that ended a generation ago were
placed in flag-draped caskets at Noi
Bai International Airport here yester-
day and carried with military honors
aboard an Air Force jet bound for
Moments later, the giant C-141
Starlifter thundered into the mist-
shrouded skies of Hanoi's winter morn-
ing, and Sen. John F. Kerry, himself a
combat veteran of the Vietnam.W
said quietly to no one in particul .
"Thirty years and going home at last."
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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