2 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 20, 1998
Western leaders set date for start of trade
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SANTIAGO, Chile - Leaders of the Western
Hemisphere's 34 democracies overlooked political
and economic uncertainties yesterday and forged
ahead with a bold plan for hemispheric duty-free trade
by 2005. They directed negotiations to begin in
The assembled leaders, at the second Summit of the
Americas, directed negotiations, covering nine dis-
tinct areas of trade, to be held in Miami for the first
"Here in Santiago the ground has been broken for
the largest free trade area in history," Chilean
President Eduardo Frei told the concluding summit
session, where all 34 leaders signed the Declaration of
he combined economies would total S9 trillion, he
"Our journey from Miami to Santiago was ... from
words to deeds" President Clinton said. "Today we
launch comprehensive negotiations for a free trade
area of the Americas."
Clinton, who hosted the first Summit of the
Americas in Miami in 1994, said the work to complete
a free-trade zone from Alaska to Cape Horn will be
Clinton cautioned that democracy was still fragile
in some parts of the hemisphere.
"We must continue to stand fast for democracy ...
with no holdouts and no backsliders."
Communist Cuba, the only country in the hemi-
sphere not invited to Santiago remained a point of con-
"There is a country that is missing," Brazilian
President Fernando Henrique Cardoso told the con-
cluding session. "They have a social commitment.
They are very much concerned with education and
with health care. Why should we not make steps
toward democracy there? These are changes that are
welcomed by all so that tomorrow in the future we can
say that our Americas are just one. It is a brotherhood
of countries and united."
Clinton also said the nations needed to find ways
for ordinary citizens to feel the benefits of economic
development and political reforms.
"For all our progress, we all admit that too many of
our citizens have not yet seen their own lives
improve," he said.
The leaders signed the pact one by one. As each
country's name was called, the leader walked down a
long red carpet to the front of the ornate chamber of
the Foreign Ministry, sat and signed the document.
One dead, six wounded in shootout
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Police traded shots with a gunman early yester-
day on a street crowded with young people visiting this beach community for
Black College Reunion weekend. The gunman was killed and four officers and
two bystanders were injured.
The shootings happened outside a hotel in an area jammed with people
coming out of nightspots on one of Daytona Beach's busiest weekends of tle
"It's about midnight, and that's a high-impact time," said police Sgt. Clem
Malek. "The bars are really going at that time."
Two officers were escorting the man off the street when he shot them in the
chest, said police Sgt. Clem Malek. Both officers were wearing bulletproof
In the exchange of gunfire, two other officers also were shot. Two bystanders
were injured, one by flying glass and one by either glass or bullet fragments.
Neighborhood resident David Riccio estimated that he heard about 30 shots.
One bullet slammed into the wall of a restaurant across the street.
Authorities won't know who shot whom until everyone's gun is tested, said
spokesperson Stacey Hall of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The man who was killed was not carrying any identification.
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SPACE CENTER, Houston -
Astronauts aboard space shuttle
Columbia removed the fetuses of
nine pregnant mice yesterday so they
can be examined to determine how
the nervous system develops in
The experiment, one of 26 being
performed on the two-week
Neurolab mission, should help sci-
entists learn whether gravity is
required for normal brain develop-
The answer is critical in determining
whether animals and humans could be
born in space, enabling space colonies
to be established.
"These experiments are going to
answer very basic and very important
questions that are particularly relevant
not only to humans but to animal
health here on Earth as well as in
space," NASA scientist Louis Ostrach
said. "The value of these experiments
Before the dissections, crew members
injected the pregnant mice with cell
markers to label the brain cells in their
embryos. This allows scientists to track
the developnent and migration of the
cells and compare the results with data
collected from mice that developed on
Fog causes multi-car
pileup in Virginia
WAYNESBORO, Va. - A two-car
accident in heavy fog on a mountain
highway yesterday was the start of a
chain reaction of fender benders involv-
ing 65 vehicles.
No one was killed but 40 peopJ
were treated at area hospitals f
injuries that were not considered life
threatening, state police Capt.
Howard Gregory said.
The accident that started it all hap-
pened shortly before l p.m. on Interstate
64 atop Afton Mountain, about 95 miles
west of Richmond. Cars slammed into
the mess for about 20 minutes before
ARoUND THE WORLD
Wife of former
Beatle dies at age 56
LONDON -- Linda McCartney,
the American photographer wife of
former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney
has died from cancer, the star's pub-
licist said yesterday. She was 56.
McCartney died on Friday in
Santa Barbara, Calif., Geoff Baker
said. Her husband and children were
"The blessing was that the end
came quickly and she didn't suffer,"
a statement from Paul McCartney's
office said. Two days before her
death, Linda and Paul went horse-
back riding, "which was one of her
main passions," the statement said.
The couple announced in
December 1995 that McCartney, a
keen vegetarian who marketed her
own range of meat-free dishes, was
being treated for breast cancer.
Yesterday's statement said that the
treatment appeared to be working
well, but in March, the cancer was
found to have spread to her liver.
The statement said Paul
McCartney would issue an
announcement later in the week and
asked that people wanting to send
flowers should give a donation to
charities involved in can
research, animal welfare, "or
best of all - the tribute that Linda
herself would like best: Go veggie."
One kied, 3 oters
wounded in dispute
MAON, West Bank - A long-run-
ning dispute over farmland near this
Jewish settlement turned deadly yests
day when an Israeli settler was shot a
killed by Palestinians and three other
people, including a Palestinian man,
The confrontation in the hills about 12
miles southeast of Hebron began when
several settlers tried to force a group of
Palestinians to leave a piece of land that
both sides claim. The two groups quar-
reled and, according to Israeli army offi-
cials, one of the Palestinians grabbed a
settler's gun and opened fire. 0
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