The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 17, 1999 - 5
Swing your partner 'round
4 men charged with
GHB related death
High school girl died
after she was drugged at
a Grosse Ile party
WOODHAVEN, Mich.(AP) - Four
men were arraigned yesterday on
charges they slipped a "date-rape drug"
into the soft drink of a 15-year-old girl
who later vomited, went into a coma
Samantha Reid, a first-year high
school student, was one of three
teenage girls secretly drugged at a party
Jan. 16 on Grosse Ile, an affluent island
community in the Detroit River,
according to prosecutors.
Police' said Samantha's Mountain
Dew was spiked with either GHB or
GBL, drugs that can render victims
helpless. She died the next day at a hos-
pital. One of the other girls also
required hospital treatment.
Charged yesterday with
manslaughter and poisoning were
Erick Limmer, 25; Joshua Cole, 18;
Daniel Brayman, 18; and Nicholas
Poisoning carries a maximum sen-
tence of life in prison. Manslaughter is
punishable by up to 15 years behind
The party was held at Limmer's
The victim's mother, Judi Clark,
sobbed uncontrollably as the judge set
bail for the defendants at $80,000 each.
She collapsed in a hallway.
GI-1B and GBL are powerful central
nervous system depressants.
The Drug Enforcement
Administration has said GIB is,
linked to 32 deaths and 3,500 ove
doses nationally since 1990. In 191)
the Food and Drug Administrati~d
banned GHB, a synthetic drug, amid
concerns about its use as a dietary
As for GBL, the FDA has warned the
public against swallowing it. Some
claim GBL can build muscle, enhance
sexual performance and reduce stress.
Police say it is increasingly being used
in sexual assaults.
Apple releases system secrets
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) - Apple
Computer Inc. delighted high-tech
mavens and hackers yesterday by
releasing the programming secrets to
one of its operating systems.
Apple's move, the first by a major
computer company, is limited to its
software that runs central computers.
Apple, for now, will continue to keep
secret its operating system for the
Macintosh personal computer.
"We're putting our source code and
the intellectual property out there for
everyone to see," said Steve Jobs,
Apple's interim CEO.
Source codes are the typed instruc-
tions directing computers to execute
Jobs unveiled the source codes for a
$499 operating system, called the
MacOS X Server, for use by schools,
small and medium businesses and
departments within larger companies.
The system will work on most new
Apple computers, but is being pack-
aged with the new Macintosh Server
G3, a $4,999 computer for people who
want to link many computers together.
Apple's move gives a big push to a
movement to use the Internet for enlist-
ing volunteer programmers and speed;
ing software development.
Jobs said Apple will watch how the
server source codes are used, but that he
would like to open codes from more
systems in the future.
Eric Raymond, president of a group
of programmers called The Open
Source Initiative, said Apple's decisiofi
will "shake up the computer industry:"
"We in the Internet hacker culture
want- to have access to these source
codes and Apple really gets it," he said.
"Now we'd like to see more of their
Oackham first-year student David Elstein dances with Medical fourth-year student Grace Eng at the Swing Dance Jam
at the barn at Gretchen's House, a day-care center near North Campus yesterday .
Germany reacts to EU
* BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -
European leaders scrambled yesterday
to plug the hole left by the abrupt resig-
nation of the entire 20-member
European Commission after a stinging
report on fraud and sloppy manage-
The dramatic overnight departure of
the-,European Union's executive body
ptyiged the bloc into its deepest crisis
ik Decades, just days ahead of a crucial
t to overhaul EU finances in
Ttaration for its expansion into
German Chancellor Gerhard
Schroeder, whose country holds the
EU's current presidency, flew to
Brussels for talks with outgoing
Commission President Jacques Santer
on how to mini the damage.
"We have a very competent parlia-
ment, a council and presidency,"
#hroeder said. "Europe is not without
leadership, and that will become
Santer said he and the 19 other com-
missioners will stay on in a caretaker
capacity until their successors are
appointed, but the resignations and rev-
elations of high-level malpractice left
the EU in disarray.
Still, the resignations were hailed by
governments around Europe, which
hoped they would lead to more respon-
bVe EU management.
"What we have got to do now is use
this event, the resignation of the whole
Commission, to drive through root and
branch reform' British Prime Minister
Tony Blair said.
Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok said
the resignations presented the EU with
a chance to "begin with a clean slate,"
while Catherine Colonna, spokesperson
r French President Jacques Chirac,
id Chirac felt EU leaders should
"Europe is not without leadership,
and that will become clear,"
- Gerhard Schroeder
"learn a lesson" from the crisis.
The mass departure was unprece-
dented in the 42-year history of the EU
-roughly equivalent to the entire U.S.
"There's nothing in the (EU) Treaty
about a resignation like this," said
Commission spokesperson Martine
Reicherts. "We've got to look into the
legality of it."
The 15 EU nations were already
struggling to heal splits over how to
reform its $92.6 billion budget to
ensure spending does not spiral out of
control when Poland, Hungry and up to
10 other candidates join over the next
Hungary and Poland said they
remained optimistic that the sudden res-
ignations wouldn't affect their hopes of
entering the EU.
Schroeder's efforts to restore order in
Europe, however, come as his own gov-
ernment is reeling from the resignation
last week of German Finance Minister
In Brussels, the caretaker commis-
sioners have to deal with the EU's day-
to-day business, including a trade battle
with the United States over banana
imports and talking up the euro, the
EU's single currency that has recently
slumped against the dollar.
"It is frankly bad to have to work
with a Commission which has stepped
down," said Spanish Prime Minister
Jose Maria Aznar.
Aznar said Santer's team should stay
on until its term ends Dec. 31, calling
that a "lesser evil" Others called for an
interim executive to be put in charge
until the end of the year.
Several European statesmen have
been mentioned as possible temporary
replacements for Santer, including for-
mer German Chancellor Helmut Kohl,
former Prime Minister Romano Prodi
of Italy and retired Portuguese president
Jose Maria Gil-Robles, president of
the European Parliament - which
ordered the fraud investigation -
urged EU governments to nominate
new commissioners soon so a tempo-
rary executive could be in place by
Britain, Belgium and some other EU
governments said they would reappoint
commissioners untainted by personal
criticism in the mismanagement report.
"There may be more continuity than
was apparent last night' said Ben
Duffy, spokesperson for the U.S. mis-
sion to the EU. "Some of the commis-
sioners key to these discussions aren't
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5,000 square-foot Techworks gallery that includ
interactive water play area and the National Sc
Foundation-funded exhibition, "How Things Work.
The museum is also adding a science theater to:
Mr. Wizard-type shows conducted by high schoo
college students and Eureka Labs, which will be
daily for lab demonstrations, classes or workshops
Many of the current exhibits also will be upd
The outside of the museum will feature an enorj
sundial designed by Bil Mundus, Kit Steinaway
"I remember when I was younger that the Hand
Museum was the best field trip because you can
around and touch everything," LSA sophomore Ti
Powell said. "That's great that they're makingj
space because sometimes it was crowded with diff
groups of kids."
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UN sanctions on Iraq.
Curtin said some of the party's
passed resolutions -including the res-
olution to "Oppose Scapegoating and
Police Persecution" - have been
amended to be weaker.
"The Defend Affirmative Action
Party represents the growing national
student movement in the country,"
Curtin said. "We think MSA should be
a leading organizer of the growing
The expanded museum's grand opening will be held
Oct. 19-- the 100th anniversary of the old fire building.
"There's a lot of excitement coming from the Board of
es an Trustees, staff and volunteers," said Cynthia Yao, the
ience museum's executive director. "We can actually see the
light at the end of the tunnel."
stage The newly-renovated museum will also offer weekend
1 and demonstrations such as "The Shocking Truth," a pro-
used gram on static electricity. Classes and workshops for
>. children and families also will be offered.
dated. "I think it's great, they're doing this to the museum,
mous because I think it's time they did something," LSA first-
and year student Anna Pavlicek said. "It was always small,
and since everyone liked doing there, it might as well be
n run The Hands-On Museum is located at 219 E. Huron
ffany Street, and is open to the public Tuesday through
ferent For more information about group reservations or pur-
chasing bricks, call 995-5439.
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