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"It is necessary to keep some per-
spective. This will pass and become
part of history," Laracey said. "This
looks like an important occasion, but I
don't think that it will make any huge
impact on the functioning of the office
or its integrity. Regardless, we will have
a new president in two years."
But students in the class are looking
to the impeachment trial to have a sig-
nificant impact on the cpurse.
"I think that the trial will make the
class a lot more interesting and more

relevant to everyday life," LSA senior
Josh Meyers said.
Political science professors at
other universities plan to give the
trial a little more weight in their cur-
"I will make references to it, of
course. I have students analyze
newspaper articles, so we will be
trying to link the ongoing events to
the themes of the class," said James
Eisenstien, a political science pro-
fessor at Pennsylvania State
University. "We will use the trial
events to teach theories. I will draw
examples from impeachment to

bring home points about American
David Rohde, a
political science
professor at
' Michigan State
University, said he
will refocus his
class only by
teaching that
impeachment has
become a reality.
"If I were teach-
Clinton ing two years ago,
impeachment was
only a theory. Now it is actual and will

have to occupy more time," Rohde said.
The historical significance of the trial
also is destined to affect American his-
tory classes as well, some professors
"The debates over impeachment
have given students a feeling of
immediacy and invigorated class
discussions," said history Prof.
Rebecca Scott, who chairs the
University's department. "It really
gives legitimacy to discussions
about the separation of powers,
along with checks and balances. The
faculty will link the events of the
trial to the material of the course."
.Continued from Page 1
}s. But an hour and a half later, the
three students were set back again
when the car did another 180 degree
turn in the middle of the freeway even
though they were driving at a low
After being towed out of the median
a second time, Kwon said she decided
to stop for the night.
"I was willing to keep going," she
said, "but (my passengers) wanted to
She drove at 20 miles per hour until
they arrived at Findlay, Ohio where the
three students found the last available
hotel room in the city.
Kwon's car survivied the trip without
any damage, and the passengers were
not injured.
Kwon said while the experience was
definitely very scary, it was also inspir-
ing to see how many people stopped to
help out when her car was stuck in the
"The whole incident revived my
hope in humanity," she said.
Aimrlinles 1in
U.S. :mark
free year
WASHINGTON (AP) - Two years
after the ValuJet and TWA 800 crashes
raised questions about safety, U.S. air-
lines closed out 1998 with a little
noticed milestone: None of their 615
million passengers died in an accident.
It appears to be the first year since
the dawn of commercial aviation for
such an achievement.
There have been at least two other
years when no one died in the crash of a
U.S. jetliner, most recently 1993. But
since the National Transportation Safety
Board began compiling statistics in
1967, such zeros have always been offset
by deaths in smaller, generally propeller-
driven commuter airplanes.
In 1998, no passenger died in an acci-
dent involving a scheduled U.S. com-
mercial airplane anywhere in the world.
That silent achievement stands in con-
trast to the public outcry after the TWA
and ValuJet crashes in 1996 killed a
combined total of 340. The same year a
United Express commuter accident in
Quincy, Ill., killed all 12 aboard.
Government, aviation safety and air-
line officials were heartened by the lat-
est news, but they were also quick to
say that even in years when there are
passenger deaths, the nation's aviation
system remains the safest in the world.
"When there is an accident, it's just
by the grace of God whether there are a

lot of people killed or not," said Stuart
Matthews, president of the Flight
Safety Foundation, an industry trade
group. "The truth is, these are very ran-
dom things."
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Annan unaware of reported spying
UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Kofi Annan said yesterday he
was unaware of a reported effort by U.N. weapons inspectors to help
Washington eavesdrop on Iraqi military communications - but acknowl-
edged that such cooperation could seriously harm U.N. disarmament work
around the world.
The reports, if confirmed, would bolster Iraqi claims that the inspectors work*
for the benefit of U.S. intelligence agencies and would raise anew doubts about the
fate of the top inspector, Richard Butler, in the aftermath of the U.S. and British
airstrikes against Iraq.
Iraq's U.N. ambassador, Nizar Hamdoon, said the reports in The Boston
Globe and The Washington Post supported his country's claims and put into
question the whole history of U.N. weapons inspections and Iraq's cooperation
with them.
"If this has been established now as a fact, then the whole issue of Iraq's com-
pliance would have to be dealt with differently," Hamdoon said, calling the reports
the "nail in the coffin" for the U.N. inspections program.
Iraq has long called for Butler's resignation, accusing the Australian diplomat
being a puppet for Washington's efforts to maintain eight-year-old sanctionsw
Iraq indefinitely under the guise of weapons inspections.

Postal service raises
stamp prices 1 penny
WASHINGTON - The cost of
sending most letters will rise by a
penny to 33 cents on Sunday despite a
four-year run of strong profits by the
U.S. Postal Service.
Postal officials said the increase is
needed because rising costs are eating
into income.
"After four years, we needed a small
increase that was just enough to contin-
ue our investments to maintain quality
customer and delivery service' said
Frank Brennan, postal vice president
for corporate relations.
It will also cost more to mail news-
papers, magazines and most packages,
although the price of mailing heavier
letters will fall.
Sunday's increase had been expected
to take effect last summer. It was post-
poned at the urging of the Postal Rate
Commission and Congress, which
noted the continuing strong profits
being rung up by the Postal Service.
Indeed, the post office made a profit

of $550 million for the fiscal year that
ended in September, following three
years of profits of more than $1 billion.
The Postal Service still faces about $4
billion in losses accumulated since 1971.
John Robinson of the National
Minority Business Council denounc
the increase, saying the Postal Serviced
not offer "one good reason" to justify it.
Ford to install air
bag release sensors
DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. has
found a way to make air bags inflate
more safely with a computer that sens-
es the car's speed, the weight and posi-
tions of the people inside, and t
severity of the crash.
Some elements of the new system
will begin appearing on cars and
light trucks at no extra cost begin-
ning with year 2000 models that
will arrive in showrooms later this
year, Ford said. Within three years,
all elements of the system should be
on all new Fords sold in the United


Rebels pillage Sierra
Leone capital Lungi
LUNGI, Sierra Leone - Almost a
year after being driven out of Sierra
Leone's shattered capital, a ragtag
rebel army battled its way into
Freetown yesterday. Witnesses said
the rebels seized control of the state-
house and burned the main police
Although a Nigerian-led West
African intervention force insisted its
troops had the situation under control,
the advance of an insurgent force
blamed for murdering and maiming
countless villagers has horrified
Freetown residents.
"The population is terrified," Wagdi
Othman, a spokesperson for the U.N.'s
World Food Program, said from
Abidjan, Ivory Coast. "They don't
know what is happening in the city and
who is in control."
Thousands of people fled to the cen-
ter of Freetown by foot and in vehicles
early yesterday after a two-hour bar-
rage on the outskirts of the city.
The last few remaining U.N. expa-

triate staff were evacuated yesterday
before the advance of rebels, who
have fought the government for
years. Missionaries say the rebels
staged murderous rampages throuA
numerous towns in this West Africa.
nation, killing many villagers and
hacking of the hands or arms or legs
of others.
Former army chief
to run for post
TEL AVIV, Israel - Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyal
poses a danger to Israel, a key new-
comer to Israeli politics declared
yesterday as he formally launched
his campaign to become Israel's
next leader.
In a nationally broadcast news con-
ference, former army chief Amnon
Lipkin-Shahak staked out centrist
positions on most issues and said he
would try to heal the deep rifts in
Israeli society. He was short on
specifics, however.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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