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NATION/WORLD

Palestinians launch hunger strike

The Washington Post
JERUSALEM - Hundreds of Palestinian prison-
ers demanding to be freed from Israeli jails launched
a hunger strike this weekend in an intensifying protest
that has inflamed Jews and Arabs alike days before
President Clinton is to arrive here on a peace mission.
With Clinton scheduled to land Saturday for a
three-day visit, the Israeli-Palestinian peace agree-
ment he brokered in Maryland in October is badly
frayed. Violent street clashes have dominated media
images in recent days, angry words are flying, and
Israel has officially suspended further pullbacks from
the occupied West Bank, a centerpiece of the U.S.-
mediated deal.
U.S. diplomats are openly expressing worry that
even if Clinton manages to patch things up while he is

here Dec. 12-15, the peace pact could easily fall apart
again after his departure in the current climate of
intense distrust. "It's hard to imagine that in this envi-
ronment the trip can yield the reconciliation that
Clinton had hoped would result from his visit" a U.S.
official said.
On both sides, the drift toward confrontation
appears so strongly driven by domestic politics that
neither Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
nor Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has had the stom-
ach to stand up to his constituency.
For Netanyahu, as always, the issue is maintaining
his wobbly governing coalition and ensuring his polit-
ical survival. He faces vitriolic right-wing opposition
to further West Bank withdrawals, as well as a sched-
uled vote as early as today to dissolve the Israeli par-

liament and call early elections. Mindful of the risk,
Netanyahu declared last week that there would be no
new Israeli pullbacks until the Palestinians fulfilled a
handful of new demands.
Arafat, too, has problems at home. The deal he
agreed to at the Wye River Plantation six weeks ago
calls for the release of 750 Palestinian prisoners in
Israeli jails but says nothing about which ones. The
Israelis hold more than 2,000 such inmates.
When Israel released the first batch of 250 last
month, the Palestinians were outraged that they
included 150 common criminals. The deal, said Arafat
and his aides, was for political prisoners to be freed.
Surely they did not bargain for days at Wye for the lib-
eration of car thieves, said Ahmed Tibi, a Palestinian
spokesperson.

AROUND THE NATION
Supporters pay Clinton legal bills
WASHINGTON - Michiganians donating to President Clinton' defense fund
say they consider it unfair that expensive legal bills were draining Clinton's
finances while he continued to serve the country.
"I don't usually respond to appeals (for money) but it seemed he was being t
ed unfairly," said Thaddeus Byczkowski of Fennville, Mich., who contributed
to the fund.
"He has mounting legal bills," said the homemaker. "I feel he's being hounded.
It seems some people are trying to undo his election."
Three-hundred 27 Michiganians contributed to President Clinton's defense fund
in the first six months of its existence, ending in late August. All but a handful con-
tributed between $10 and $100 and nobody contributed more than $1,000, accord-
ing to a computerized review of the records.
The money will help pay Clinton's legal expenses from the now-settled
Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit and Independent Counsel Kenneth
Starr's ongoing investigations of the Monica Lewinsky matter and
Whitewater.
Nationally, the fund took in $2.2 million during its first six months, truss
reported, as some 17,000 donors gave an average of $130 each. The largest group
of contributors - 4,717-- were retirees.

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staff and players, including this year's
seniors, to explain his resignation and
what the near future holds for him and
the team.
"I think the team, especially the return-
ers, are pretty sad to be losing such a
great coach," graduating senior Jane
Stevens said, calling Giovanazzi "a coach
who really cared for his players as indi-
viduals."
"It was a very emotional meeting," she
said.
The Wolverines complied a 104-116
overall record and a 59-81 Big Ten record
under Giovanazzi.
Michigan enjoyed the program's best
season duringGiovanazzi's tenure. The
21-12 overall record during the '97 sea-
son led to a third-place tie in the Big Ten,
posting a 13-7 conference record.
That season also marked the program's
first bid to the NCAA tournament, where
Michigan defeated Temple in five games
to advance past first round. The
Wolverines lost in a four-game match to

Texas A&M in the second round.
"To have him leaving is heart-wrench-
ing almost," junior Maggie Cooper said.
"It was very sad. I think everyone would
agree that it was a shock, and I think
everyone is pretty upset about it."
There were several all-Big Ten athletes
to emerge from Giovanazzi's program.
Shareen Luze won the Big Ten Medal of
Honor, recognizing the conference's top
scholar athlete, during the '97 season.
There also were 40 Academic All-Big
Ten citations awarded while he coached.
Several record-breaking athletes have
played during the Giovanazzi years,
including all-time assist leader Linnea
Mendoza. Graduating seniors Karen
Chase and Linsey Ebert also hold the all-
time kill and block assist records, respec-
tively.
His players say Giovanazzi's most
important accomplishments is the excel-
lence he achieved while leading the pro-
gram and maintaining a relaxed, yet
highly competitive, atmosphere.
"It really was a pleasure playing under
him," senior Chereena Tennis said.

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Astronauts connect
first two station parts
SPACE CENTER, Houston -
Endeavour's astronauts connected the
first two building blocks of the inter-
national space station yesterday, cre-
ating a seven-story tower in the shut-
tle cargo bay.
It was the first time that the
Russian-built Zarya control module
and the made-in-America Unity
chamber had ever touched. It looked
to be a perfect and, hopefully, long-
lasting fit.
"We have capture of Zarya," com-
mander Robert Cabana announced
the moment the two pieces came
together.
"Congratulations to the crew of the
good ship Endeavour," replied
Mission Control. "That's terrific.
The 240-mile-high construction
job began two hours earlier with
Nancy Currie's capture of Zarya
(Russian for Sunrise) using the shut-
tle robot arm. "We're halfway home,"
Cabana said.

Then came the hard part: stacking
the two giant cylinders in the cargo
bay.
Sacajawea contender
for new dollar coin '
WASHINGTON - Sacajawea, the
Shoshone teen-ager who accompanied
explorers Meriwether Lewis and
William Clark to the Pacific Ocean two
centuries ago, gazes serenely from a pro-
posed design for the new dollar coin.
She looks over her shoulder, as if
ready to go. Her infant son sleeps on her
back. It's among six finalists for the
gold-colored coin that Americans will
find in their pockets starting in 2000.0
No one knows exactly what 16-year-
old Sacajawea, who joined the Lewis and
Clark expedition in 1804, looked like.
But all the proposals, according to U.S.
Mint Director Philip Diehl, "are realistic
depictions of Native American women."
"They are attractive, but they are not
romanticized,"he said.
Starting today, Americans can see the
designs on the Mint's Internet site ad
select their preferences.

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AROUND THE WORLD

Sentiment grows for
extraditing suspects
TRIPOLI, Libya - Perched on a
fence above the city's seafront, with
nothing better to do"all"day than watch
the cars go by, the jobless man showed
no hesitation when asked whether his
government should surrender two sus-
pects wanted in the bombing 10 years
ago of Pan Am Flight 103.
"The Lockerbie case should be
resolved and those two men should be
extradited," said Khaled Sadq, a univer-
sity graduate who has remained unmar-
ried because he said he could not find
work to support a spouse.
Although many in the West remain
highly skeptical of the intentions of
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, a
visit to Tripoli this weekend showed
signs that sentiment is building for
turning over the two suspects who have
been blamed by the United States and
Britain for the terrorist bombing that
killed 270 people over the Scottish vil-
lage of Lockerbie.
"A solution to this crisis is within
reach," state-run Libyan Radio said

yesterday, quoting an unidentified for-
eign ministry official one day after
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's
visit to Libya to attempt to win
extraditions.
British Foreign Secretary Robin
Cook was briefed by Annan about his
talks with Libyan officials, including
his meeting with Gadhafi.
Venezuela elects
Chavez president
CARACAS, Venezuela - Former
Lt. Col. Hugo Chavez, who stage*
bloody coup attempt against the gov-
ernment six years ago, was elected
president of Venezuela yesterday -
dealing a stunning blow to the political
and economic establishment that has
ruled the country during 40 years of
democracy.
With 65 percent of the vote counted,
Chavez had 56 percent compared to 39
percent for Yale-educated businessper-
son Henrique Salas Romer, according
to official results from the Natio
Electoral Council.
- Compiled fom Daily wire reports

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