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2 - fhe Michigan Daily -- Tuesday, October 20, 1998
Attack threatens Middle East peace talks

Continued from Page 1
He said Secretary of State Madeleine Albright had
met with Arafat and there were "informal contacts"
between Israelis and Palestinians, as well.
Palestinian sources said Israeli Foreign Minister
Ariel Sharon had met with two senior Palestinian offi-
'vials, Mahmoud Abbas and Ahmed Qurie.
The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity,
said the Palestinians continued to press for release of
hundreds of prisoners held by Israel and for full con-
trol of about 14 percent of the 27 percent of the West
Bank that Israel already has agreed to relinquish.

The swath of land is now under joint security con- trust is deep. The going has been tough. But the par-
trol. ties must consider the consequences of failure and

Current negotiations are based on Israel's willing-
ness to surrender a further 13 percent of the territory,
with 3 percent designated as a nature preserve.
Security would be jointly controlled by Israel and the
Rubin said attacks had caused temporary setbacks
to peacemaking in the past, and "we are going to work
a hard as we can today" on an agreement.
Clinton deplored the attack before leaving
Washington and acknowledged negotiators were hav-
ing a tough time.
"The issues are difficult;" Clinton said. "The dis-

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enefits of progress."
or Netanyahu adviser, David Bar-Illan, said
ttack in Beersheba, which injured more than
re Israelis, was the 10th in a series over seven
nd that the Palestinian Authority had done
about most of them.
disagreed. He said the Palestinians had
its security arrangements.
y, if the Israelis do not show up for commit-
ngs, there will not be committee meetings,"
d. But, he added, "we are continuing to work
s we can today."
Continued from Page i2
We will "ask for blessing from God,
asking for blessing and prosperity
throughout the new year," added Sumit
Carnick, an LSA junior and member of
the Hindu Student Council.
This event follows the tradition of
Hindu storytelling, in which people
gather to listen and watch a storyteller
pass down an important part of their
culture, Carnick said.
Along with the cultural history, cul-
tural food will be served.
"Diwali is like Christmas; its a big
family day," LSA sophomore Vasu
Mahavisno said. Where there is family,
there is food, he said.
The meal includes Dahl, a type of
gravy, naan, which is like pita bread
and aloogobi, a mixture of vegetables.
The meal will be completely vegetarian
and eaten only after it has been blessed.
Mahavisno said he is preparing two
trays of rice mixed with gee - a type
of butter.
"It is fattening, but it tastes so good,"
Mahavisno said.
Continued from Page 12
sions, a written statement provided by
Provost Nancy Cantor warned students
to not let the days interfere with class-
room activities.
"Members of the University commu-
nity need to express their opinions
about this important issue,' Cantor
said. "Staying away from class, howev-
er, is not the right way to do so. We
encourage all of our students to take
part in this week's activities while
keeping up with their classroom com-
But some graduate student instruc-
tors and professors are accommodating
students who desire to participate.
Amber Peters, a biology GSI, said
she will allow students to turn in
assignments at a later time in order to
permit students to attend the demon-
strations and workshops.
"College is an important time to
think about values," Peters said.
"This is a good way to show what
they feel."


Last minutes deals secure budget
WASHINGTON - White House and congressional negotiators yesterday put
what they hoped were the finishing touches on a massive year-end spending mea-
sure and prepared for a final House vote this evening, after another round of last-
minute dealmaking.
Although leaders held celebratory news conferences late last week to announce
that they had finished work on the huge budget deal, negotiations continu
through the weekend and into yesterday afternoon.
In a flurry of eleventh-hour haggling, negotiators took some provisions out, put
some provisions in and continued to battle fiercely over others.
Kept in were nearly $2 billion of increased payments to Medicare home health
care providers and a disability program for Persian Gulf War veterans that a senior
GOP aide said will cost from $1 billion to $6 billion over 10 years.
Also preserved was legislation to repeal a government directive requiring
peanut-free zones on some airline flights. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) chair
of the Senate Appropriations transportation subcommittee, said the directive,
designed to protect people with peanut allergies, was not based on scientific
"These guidelines represent why so many people have come to resent and4@
trust government," he said.

Class-action suit by
smokers begins
MIAMI - The first class-action
lawsuit brought by smokers against the
tobacco industry went to trial yesterday
with the plaintiffs' lawyer accusing cig-
arette companies of trying to confuse
people about the dangers of smoking.
As many as 500,000 sick Florida
smokers are seeking $200 billion in
damages from the nation's five largest
cigarette makers.
"The evidence will show, ladies and
gentlemen, that this is an industry that
has never accepted their responsibility
- corporate responsibility - for the
devastating health consequences
caused by cigarettes," lawyer Stanley
Rosenblatt said in his opening state-
ment to the jury.
The only previous class-action law-
suit against the industry to make it to
trial was that of flight attendants who
claimed secondhand smoke made them
sick. In that case, also handled by
Rosenblatt, the tobacco industry agreed
to a $300 million settlement to estab-

lish a research foundation.
The tobacco industry has also
agreed to pay four states a total of $37
billion to settle lawsuits over the costs
of treating sick smokers. Florida was
among those states, but nothing in its
settlement prevents individuals fro
Panel calls for more
research protection
WASHINGTON - A presidential
advisory commission that studies
bioethical issues is expected today to
call for increased protections for
research subjects who have mental dis-
orders and whose decision-maki
capacity may be impaired.
Acknowledging the critical impor-
tance of research into mental dior-
ders, the National Bioethics Advisory
Commission nevertheless described
current safeguards as inadequate and
said that more needs to be done to
ensure that those who participate in
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German cabinet
signals turn to left
BERLIN -Three weeks after he led
the Social Democrats to victory with a
centrist campaign message,
Chancellor-elect Gerhard Schroeder
unveiled a legislative program and a
Cabinet yesterday that portend a sharp
leftward turn for Germany.
After negotiations that were surpris-
ingly free of discord, the Social
Democrats and their coalition partner,
the environmentalist Greens party,
wrapped up plans for significant
reforns in Germany's tax, social and
energy, policies. They also have vowed
to loosen strict nationality laws, which
could enable up to 3 million foreigners
to obtain German citizenship.
Since last month's election, much
public attention has focused on the
backstage jostling for key posts in
Schroeder's government. As the dust
settles, the emerging powers in his
Cabinet reflect a dramatic shift in the
conservative mind-set that has shaped
government policy for the past 16
years, a transformation that augers

important changes in Germany's politi-
cal character.
During his successful campaign to
oust Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Europe's
longest-serving leader, Schro ed
soothed voter fears by insisting"
would tame his party's powerful leftist
wing by carving out a "new middle" in
German politics.
100 whales buried
after beachings
HOBART, Australia - Park
rangers buried about 100 pilot wham
yesterday that defied frantic rescu
efforts to save them after they beached
themselves on the island of Tasmania.
During the ordeal that began
Saturday, the whales frustrated res-
cuers' attempts to keep them in deep
water, returning repeatedly to the dead-
ly shallows off the island state south of
Authorities estimated they were
successful in rescuing 40-80 of the
stranded mammals.
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