8A -The Michigan Daily -Thursday, March 25, 1999
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Two puzzling
Boeing 737 crashes were probably
caused when an abrupt rudder move-
ment sent the planes spiraling into a
dive that the pilots were powerless to
control, a federal safety panel said yes-
terday in a report that warned a
redesign that previously was ordered
for the world's most popular passenger
jet is not sufficient.
The National Transportation Safety
Board's report came after eight years of
painstaking and often frustrating inves-
tigations into a series of 737 incidents,
including a United crash in Colorado
that killed 25 people in 1991, a USAir
crash that killed 132 people near
Pittsburgh in 1994 and a serious inci-
dent involving Eastwind Airlines at
Richmond, Va., in 1996.
Unlike most crash probes, the board's
conclusions yesterday were based only
on circumstantial evidence, making
officials skittish about demanding spe-
cific technical changes in the 737's
San Francisco drag queen.
'nuns' plan Easter party
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San
Francisco's world-class reputation as a
place where a guy can be himself- or
herself, for that matter - has been sore-
ly tested by a group of drag queens who
dress like nuns.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are
planning an Easter block party, an idea
some Roman Catholics find offensive.
In their glittery makeup and false eye-
lashes, the "nuns" have shimmied and
sashayed in their habits for 20 years, rais-
ing money for AIDS, breast cancer, youth
groups and gay rights since the 1980s.
Block parties in San Francisco's
mostly gay Castro District are common,
and when the Sisters sought a permit to
close down a block of Castro Street for
a party on their anniversary, the request
got unanimous approval from the Board
of Supervisors earlier this month.
But last week, the Archdiocese of San
Francisco and the Catholic League for
Religious and Civil Rights protested.
Issuing a permit to a group that "mocks
Catholics" showed "extraordinary insen-
sitivity to people of all faiths," archdio-
cese spokesperson Maurice Healy said.
"Not everyone does exactly what the
Catholic Church does or says on Easter.
- Sister Ann Key
San Francisco nun planning on participating in the Easter ceremony;
John Sherbak and John Kretz take a break from the National Transportation Safety
Board bearing yesterday in Springfield, Va.
design. extremely rare cases, the board said a
The board stressed that the 737 has malfunction in the valve that directs
an excellent safety record. Chair Jim hydraulic fluid through the rudder sys-
Hall said he regularly flies a 737 on one tem can cause the rudder to move in the
leg of his frequent trips home to opposite direction than commanded by
Chattanooga, and other board members the pilot. A rudder is the flat movable
said they would have no problem plate at the end of the horizontal tail fin
putting their families on a 737. that can direct the plane left or right,
The board report was based on elim- although it is usually used only in tur-
inating all the known possibilities until bulence or on landing in cross winds to
only one plausible cause remained. In keep the plane on course.
On Tuesday, Mayor Willie Brown and
two other city officials backtracked,
asking fellow supervisors to reconsider.
"I would hope that the Sisters could
select some other day on which to do
their thing," Brown said.
Supervisor Alicia Becerril proposed
another date: April I1. But it turns out
that's the day Greek Orthodox Catholics
The Sisters said they're not backing
down. The, party will go on, Sister Ann
Key, one of the few women in the order,
"Not everyone does exactly what the
Catholic Church does or says to do on
Easter Sunday," she said.
The order came into being in 1979,
when a couple of men got dressed in the
habits they acquired while doing "The
Sound of Music" and went out to the
Castro on Easter Sunday. Today, there
are about 30 active members - men
and women, gay and straight - and
they go by names like Sister Helle
Wheels and Sister Reyna Terror.
Some of their antics have raised the ire1
of Catholics, including an "exorcism"
during the pope's visit in 1987 and their
Condom Savior Mass.
Timothy Kenney, principal at
Archbishop Riordan High School, said
in a letter to the San Francisco
Chronicle that the city's approval of the
party "was an insensitive and fearful
decision by a hypocritical board that i
extremist and seeks to be 'politically
correct' in their anti-Catholic decision."
Conflict may delay hurricane aid
Dow Jones Industrial Average and the NASDAQ
Composite for Week 3/18 -3124
Los Angelos Times
WASHINGTON - The House yes-
terday narrowly approved a bill to pro-
vide nearly $1 billion in disaster assis-
tance for Central American countries
still struggling to recover from tropical
The Senate passed a similar bill
Tuesday and lawmakers expressed hope
that the measure - which also includes
aid for U.S. farmers hit by economic hard
times - could make money available in
time for the spring planting season.
But differences in the House and
Senate versions of the legislation - as
well as continuing disagreements
between President Clinton and Congress
over contentious side issues - may delay
release of the funds for weeks. Indeed,
the bill sets up the first budget confronta-
tion of the year between Clinton and the
Republican-controlled Congress. .,
The House approved the measure 220-
211, but passage came only after GOP
leaders frantically twisted arms to win
over conservative Republicans troubled
because the cost of the aid package was
not fully offset by cuts in other programs.
But Clinton has threatened to veto the
bill partly because of the cuts it would
make in other programs - including
U.S. backing for international develop-
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Highlights from the week: The launch of air strikes by NATO against Yugoslavia had no apparent effect
on the market. Traders are keeping an eye on the events in Kosovo, but for the time being said they were
not concerned that NATO air strikes would pull stocks lower. A sign of traders ease with the Balkans sit-
uation appeared late Tuesday as bond prices firmed, and the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond eased
to 5.53 percent from 5.54 percent. Technology stocks, hit hard Tuesday, recovered some lost ground yes,
terday. Heavily weighted in technology shares, the Nasdaq, recently has been weaker as investors worried
that companies in the computer-related industry would report disappointing first-quarter earnings.
What is the Dow Jones Industrial Average? The DJIA represents 30 stocks traded on the New York Stock -
Exchange (NYSE) and are all major factors in their respective industries. These stocks are widely held by
individuals and institutional investors. Many financial advisers think of it as a good indicator in telling
whether the NYSE is doing well or poorly.
What is the NASDAQ Composite? The NASDAQ is the fastest growing stock market in the U.S. due to
it being a screen-based stock market, compared to a trading floor market like the NYSE. It also has almost
all of the technological stocks available for trading, which has proved to be a very volatile industry in the
last couple of years.
- Compiled by Daily Stuf Reporter Kevin Magnuson from wire reports..'
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