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2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 16, 1998


Starr to lay out case to Congress-

first time in his four-year investigation,
Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr
will publicly lay out his case against
President Clinton - in a congressional
forum riven with partisan politics.
Starr's motives and tactics, as much
as the president's actions, will be the
focus of the House Judiciary
Committee hearing set for Thursday.
Democrats plan to portray the inde-

pendent counsel as a right-wing prosecu-
tor on a rampage against Clinton in con-
cert with the president's political oppo-
nents. For Republicans, the hearing rep-
resents the best opportunity for Starr to
make his case forcefully against Clinton.
In his impeachment report to the
House, Starr accused the president of
1I offenses that he considers impeach-
able and alleged a pattern of lies by
Clinton and his loyalists in the Monica
Lewinsky case.
Former Iran-Contra prosecutor
Lawrence Walsh, a strong critic of Starr
for pursuing the Lewinsky allegations,
said, "I think his actions deserve all the
scrutiny he's getting, but I'm not at all
sure Starr won't do well.

"The sympathy of the public during a
televised hearing is with the witness....
I think of the appearance of Oliver
North, who ran away with the congres-
sional hearing in Iran-Contra."
Starr is no stranger to tough ques-
tions in a tense environment. As
President Bush's solicitor general, he
took them for years from Supreme
Court justices. Nonetheless, he is vul-
nerable on several points:
He aggressively investigated the
Lewinsky matter before getting formal
authorization from the Justice
Department, having Lewinsky's friend,
Linda Tripp, wear a body wire Jan. 13
to record a conversation with the former
intern. Attorney General Janet Reno

didn't approve an expansion of Starr's
mandate until Jan. 16.
When Starr's prosecutors con-
fronted Lewinsky Jan. 16, she asked to
speak to her lawyer. Fearful that targets
of their probe might be tipped off,
Starr's investigators told Lewinsky any
deal for immunity from prosecution
was null and void if she called her attor-
ney. Justice Department regulations say
a person's lawyer must be present for
discussions involving an immunity
Tripp, the prosecutor's star witness
who triggered the Lewinsky probe by
secretly taping the former intern's
admissions of a presidential affair, is
herself under scrutiny.
Continued from Page LA
Sword, who pushed his team-lead-
ing tackle total to 96 with 11 Badger
wrap-ups, led Michigan's brick-wall
defense. The performance was so
dominant that, for the eighth straight
week, the opposition left the field
trembling and devastated, stripped of
all confidence.
"Michigan's defense stopped us,"
Wisconsin offensive lineman Dave
Costa said. "They're probably the best
defense we've seen."
Despite contentions that the
Badgers' opponents weren't of the
highest caliber, defensive coordinator
Jim Herrmann's crew kept refining its
Wisconsin tailback Ron Dayne, the
260-pound core of the Badger
offense, was stuffed time and again by
the Wolverines, as the holes he usual-
ly pounds through disappeared in
rapid succession. Averaging 218.9
rushing yards entering the Michigan
game, the Badgers struggled to amass
just 58 Saturday.
"The defense did not let Dayne get
any big gains," said Michigan coach
Lloyd Carr, who improved his career
record against top 10 teams to 9-0.
"He is a big guy and (our defense) did
a nice job."
Expected excuses, ranging from a
Dayne ear infection to a lack of pass-
ing game, poured out of the
Wisconsin lockerroom. But according
to Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez,
his team just got whipped.
"I want to take my hat off to
Michigan because they played an
excellent football game;' he said. "We
knew going in that they were a good
football team and they did nothing to
tell me anything different.
"They beat us in all phases of the
As the Wisconsin running game
disappeared from public view,
Michigan's version ran on the confer-
ence's best defense as if the teams
traded jerseys. Both Clarence
Williams and Anthony Thomas
rushed for more than 100 yards - the
first time that's happened at Michigan
since the Baylor game last season.
The Wolverines pushed forward
behind their suddenly gelling offen-
sive line, amassing a season-high 257
yards on the ground and running over
Wisconsin's undefeated record and
Rose Bowl dreams.
In the game's final minutes, as the
clock on perfection slipped from their
grasp, the Badger faithful were left
with only a disheartening "We scored
first" chant.
Sure enough, the fear of losing
struck Michigan early, when
Wisconsin quarterback Mike Samuel
stretched the limits of his arm, con-
necting with wide receiver Chris
Chambers for an 80-yard touchdown
pass. The catch, a fingertip grab of

the highlight variety, came on
Wisconsin's first play of its third
series and silenced a majority of the
"largest crowd watching a football
game in America."
Michigan's answer - a nine-play,
58-yard march culminating with a
Jerame Tuman end-zone grab - tied
the score to end the first quarter and
set the stage for the rout.
After patiently watching Williams
control the ball in the first quarter
with a combination of sweeps and off-
tackle runs, Thomas grabbed hold of
the second quarter and held on tight.
The first time he touched the ball
all day, Thomas decided not to let go.
He spotted a hole in the left side of
the line and roared through it, acceler-
ating down the Badger sideline for a
65-yard touchdown and a 14-7 lead.
Thomas added a relatively easy sweep
around the right side in the half's last
minute, putting the game beyond the
reach of Wisconsin's inept offense.
But the second run had fans abuzz.
The hole, large enough for a Dayne-
sized back to coast through, emerged
after Michigan fullback Aaron Shea
provided the lead block of his life=-
wiping out three Badgers.
"I've never blocked three guys at
once before,' said Shea, who was

Census Bureau plans to put data on Web
WASHINGTON - The Census Bureau is laying ambitious plans to post the
bulk of its 2000 census data on the Internet, rendering paper-bound copies of the
nation's statistical profile relics of 20th-Century record-keeping.
The plan, likely to provoke a new profusion of private-sector packaging of gov-
ernment information, caps a nearly decade-long effort by the Census Bureau to
wean the public and media from relying on government demographers to crud
the numbers and divine the bottom line from a mass of raw data.
Given the potential for distorting information - and the increased costs to news
organizations and academic researchers that historically relied on the Census Bureau
to parse the numbers - the bureau's plans have drawn relatively little opposition.
Critics fret about whether the quality and veracity of government data could be
compromised by marketers who may enhance the materials to tailor it for business
clients. Others express concerns about using the Internet as a venue for the dis-
semination of federal statistics without a national policy for cyberspace informa-
tion storage and retrieval.
"What the Census Bureau is doing is just the tip of a much bigger iceberg," said
Gary Bass, executive director of OMB Watch, a Washington-based organization
that monitors public access to government records. "The government doesn't h
a plan for regulating its data. (Federal officials) can't, or shouldn't, be putting it
there willy-nilly because what they are releasing affects us all."

Astronomers primed
for meteor shower
Professional and amateur astronomers
throughout the world will be up early
tomorrow to view what many believe
will be one of the most significant mete-
or storms of this century.
Most of the particles will burn up
more than 60 miles above the Earth,
posing no danger to earthbound
observers. The hundreds of satellites
orbiting above the atmosphere, howev-
er, will be sandblasted by the thousands
of particles hurtling through space.
The Leonid meteors, so named
because they seem to emanate from the
constellation Leo, will make their
annual November appearance in the
predawn hours tomorrow and
Wednesday. The meteors will appear in
a moonless sky that will afford watch-
ers in dark areas nearly ideal viewing
conditions, if the weather cooperates.
The view from the United States,
however, won't compare to that in north-
eastern China, Mongolia and Japan -
areas where scientists are expecting

thousands of meteors to pass overhead.
"Unless Mother Nature has a surprise
in store for us, in perfect conditions we
might see on the order of one per minute
if we're lucky. If we were in Japan or
China, it will be about a hundred times
that, or more," Jet Propulsion Laboratory
astronomer Donald Yeomans said. *
Black power' activist
Kwame Ture dies
Kwame Ture, who as Stokely
Carmichael made the phrase "black
power" a rallying cry of the civil rights
upheavals of the 1960s, died yesterday
in Guinea, a member of Ture's All-
African People's Revolutionary Pai
said. He was 57.
Sharon Sobukwe, a member of the
organization in Philadelphia, said Ture
died of prostate cancer. She learned of
his death from Amadou Ly, an AAPRP
member and one of Ture's closest
friends, who was with him when he died.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson said he visited
with Ture three times at his home in
Guinea during a trip to Africa last week.



Arafat hints at
armed conflict
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat yesterday hinted at armed
conflict with Israel, warning darkly that
"our rifle is ready;' and repeating that
he will declare statehood next year.
A senior adviser to Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said
Arafat's comments were a "declaration
of war on the peace process." David
Bar-Illan told The Associated Press that
Netanyahu "views such statements
with the utmost severity," and would
bring them up when his Cabinet meets
later this week.
The escalation of rhetoric came as
U.S. envoy Dennis Ross sought to jump-
start the latest Mideast peace accord.
In the West Bank, a Jewish settler was
slightly injured in a drive-by shooting
close to Palestinian-held territory.
Shlomo Dror, a spokesperson for Israel's
liaison unit to the Palestinians, blamed
the shooting on Palestinian militants
bent on derailing the peace process.
"There are some Palestinians there
who want to stop this process;" Dror

told The Associated Press. He said the
Israeli army was searching the area.
Soldiers and protesters also clashed
when a group of Palestinians tried to
prevent a bulldozer from beginning
work on a bypass road for Jewish
tiers. The road will require the confis-
cation of 40 acres of Arab land in al-
Khader, near Bethlehem.
Rioting follows fatal
student protests
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Mobs set
buildings on fire, looted shops, a
attacked police Saturday, wh
20,000 protesters escalated their pro-
democracy campaign in Indonesia's
At least 16 people have died during
the past two days, when the military
opened fire on students who repeat-
edly tried to march to the Parliament.
Hundreds more were injured in the
worst violence in Jakarta since riots
that led to the ouster of former
President Suharto in May.
- Compiledfrom Daily wire reports.
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