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2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 1, 2000


Alaska Airlines
flight crashes
off Calif: coast

House GOP moves to provide tax relief
WASHINGTON - House Republicans began moving yesterday towards earl<
action on a plan to use $182 billion of future surpluses in the coming decade to
provide tax relief to about 25 million married couples.
The proposal, unveiled by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Archer
(R-Texas), would boost the standard deduction and expand the lowest tax brack-
ets to provide the average married couple with $471 of annual tax relief, accord-
ing to the Republicans. So-called "marriage penalty" relief enjoys broad-base*
support in both parties, and the Republicans included a marriage provision in a
massive tax bill that was passed by Congress last summer but vetoed by Presi-
dent Clinton. Last week, Clinton embraced a far less costly version than favored
by Republicans.
But Archer challenged Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and other Democrats to
help pass a freestanding marriage penalty bill now and consider other provisions
later in the year. He scheduled committee action on the Republican bill tomorrow
and has pledged final House action on the measure by Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.
"This Congress won't rest until we fix the marriage tax penalty," Archer told
reporters yesterday. "There's no excuse why this shouldn't be done this year."
Senate Finance Committee Chairman William Roth Jr. (R-Del.), hailed Archer's
proposal and promised to move a marriage penalty relief measure through the Sera
ate this year.

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - An Alas-
ka Airlines jet carrying at least 70 peo-
ple plummeted into the Pacific Ocean
40 miles northwest of the Los Angeles
airport yesterday after reporting
mechanical problems. Several bodies
were recovered from the chilly water,
but there was no sign of survivors.
Flight 261 was heading from Puerto
Vallarta, Mexico, to San Francisco and
later to Seattle. It had been diverted to
Los Angeles to attempt an emergency
landing, the Federal Aviation Adminis-
tration said.
A large field of debris rolled in big
swells about eight miles offshore as
aircraft and small boats converged on
the site just before sunset. Hours later,
the high - power lights of commer-
tial squid boats illuminated the dark-

ness as a cutter and small boats contin-
ued the search.
Several bodies were found, Coast
Guard Lt. Chuck Diorio said, but he
could not give a specific number.
"Every resource is out there to find
people," Coast Guard Capt. George
Wright said. "We're actively searching
for survivors. In 58 degree water tem-
perature, people can survive. We're not
going to quit until we're positive
there's absolutely no chance."
Cynthia Emery, FAA flight opera-
tions officer in Seattle, said there were
65 passengers and five crew members
on the flight. Alaska Airlines
spokesman Jack Evans said there were
80 passengers and five crew members.
The plane was an MD-83, part of
the MD-80 series aircraft built by

An Alaska Airlines counter representative wipes her eyes last night at San
Francisco International Airport after Flight 261 crashed off the California coast.

McDonnell Douglas, now part of Boe-
ing, said John Thom, a spokesman for
Boeing's Douglas aircraft unit. The
plane that crashed had been delivered
to Alaska Airlines in 1992, Thom said.
The jet's crew had reported mechan-
ical difficulties and asked to land at
Los Angeles, said Ron Wilson, a
spokesman for the San Francisco air-
"Radar indicates it fell from 17,000
feet and then was lost from radar,"
Continued from Page 1.
to form a hazing task force in collabora-
tion with the Panhellenic and Black
Greek associations.
"We're fully supportive of the action
taken by Alpha Epsilon Pi nationals,"
IFC President Adam Silver said. "We
see it as a lesson and if you do haze
there's a lot that you have to risk."
IFC will begin sending out applica-
tions for the hazing task force tomorrow,
Silver said, and all three organizations
plan to have their representatives select-
ed within several weeks.
The Greek associations hope to
create a 15-member panel comprised
of new and active members from
both "hazing and non-hazing hous-
es," he said.
Interim Dean of Students Frank Cian-
ciola said the University condemns
organizations that engage in hazing on
campus and approves of the fraternity's
charter being revoked.
"I stand with the Interfraternity
Council in support of that decision. I
think that was the appropriate course of
action," Cianciola said. "They clearly
abhor this kind of behavior and will not
tolerate this."
LSA sophomore Zachary Marwil is
scheduled to be sentenced this month on
misdemeanor charges and could receive

Wilson told KRON-TV in San Fran-
The airline said the pilot reported
having problems with the."stabilizer
trim" shortly before the plane crashed.
On the MD-80 series airplanes, the
horizontal stabilizer looks like a small
wing mounted on top of the tail. The
stabilizer, which includes panels that
pitch the nose up and down, is brought
into balance, or "trimmed," from the
a maximum of one year in prison and a
S500 fine for shooting the gun that
injured a 19-year-old freshman. Marwil
pleaded guilty to those charges last
Marwil and other fraternity mem-
bers could also face sanctions under
the University Code of Student Con-
duct, Silver said.
The fraternity may also impose more
penalties on any members who partici-
pated in hazing activities.
"At this point, we haven't decided
what action will be taken against the
individuals involved in the incident,"
Dunn said.
The fraternity's house, located at
1620 Cambridge Rd., is currently
vacant. It was vandalized several
days before the end of the winter
semester, and all members who lived
in the house shortly before the house
was vandalized.
The national organization has not
determined what to do with the house,
which is owned by Arboron House
Corp, Dunn said.
Revoking a chapter's charter is "fairly
infrequent," Dunn said, and usually is
the result of limited financial resources
or low membership. The organization
has 105 chapters in the United States
and Canada.
Pi President Brad Lundy declined to
comment on the suspension.

Ryan orders death serious flaws int
system and leadi
penalty moratorium moratorium.
In most of those
CHICAGO - Gov. George Ryan acknowledged th
took the unprecedented step yesterday man after they we
of putting all executions on hold in Illi- DNA evidence, neXA
nois, which over the past two decades fessions from othe
has freed more inmates from death
row, 13, than it has put to death.
"There is no margin for error when Navajo fan
it comes to putting a person to death:' eviction
the Republican governor said. "Until I I'
can be sure that everyone sentenced to BIG MOUNTA
death in Illinois is truly guilty - until battle rages betwee
I can be sure with moral certainty that Indians over a deso
no innocent man or woman is facing a both consider theirc
lethal injection - no one will meet Today marks a t
that fate." dispute: On paper
Ryan called the death penalty sys- government can b
tem "fraught with error" and said he ceedings against ab
will appoint a committee to help jo families who r
revamp it. land or sign a leas
Illinois becomes the first of the 38 allow them to stay.
states with the death penalty to issue a "We just want i
moratorium on executions while the said Eugene Ka
system is examined. spokesman. "It's tin
Thirteen inmates have been The dispute inv
released from Illinois' death row since acres in the highd
1987, exposing what critics say are ern Arizona.
Survivors found in seemed never to g
tude as it flew ove
Atlantic plane crash the edge of Felix
International Airp
NAIROBI - A Kenya Airways jet- over the ocean, j
liner with 179 people on board yards away.
crashed into the sea off Ivory Coast Chief aircrafta
Sunday night moments after taking Yao Dapre said "ti
off from the capital city, Abidjan. At for two minutes"
least seven people were pulled alive noise" when it hit t
from the water by early yesterday p.n chet
morning as a flotilla of rescue boats
combed the crash site, while another stand trial
swam nearly a mile to shore.
The plane, an Airbus A-310 jumbo LONDON -
jet bound for Nairobi by way of yesterday rejec
Lagos, Nigeria, plunged into the attempts by si
Atlantic Ocean less than two minutes groups and the B
after taking off from a seaside runway, to block the releas
witnesses said. Rescue crews search- tor Augusto Pin
ing the crash site for more survivors one of the last leg
with the aid of powerful helicopter return to Chile.
spotlights radioed to shore bases that A London Hi
they had seen large amounts of air- denied both petit
craft debris and numerous corpses review of the Br;
floating at the scene. proposal to freeV
Airline officials here and in Abidjan Pinochet on huma
declined to speculate on a cause of the
crash, but witnesses said the plane - Compiled f om

he criminal justice
ing to calls for a
cases, prosecutors
ey had the wrong
re confronted with
w witnesses or con-
milies face
om land

IN, Ariz. - The
n Hopi and Navajo
olate piece of earth
urning point in the
r, it is the day the
egin eviction pro.
bout a dozen Nava
efuse to leave the
e with the Hopis to
t to be over with,"
aye, Hopi tribal
me to move on."
wolves 1.8 million
desert of northeast-
. .
gain sufficient alti-
r a retaining wall at
ort and headed out
ust a few hundred
controller Georges
he plane barely flew
and made "a loud
he sea.
allowed to
in Chile
A British court
cted last-ditc
x human right'
elgian government
se of former dicta-
nochet, removing
gal obstacles to his
igh Court judge
ions for a judicial
itish government's
the 84-year-old
anitarian grounds.
Daily wire report


Continued from Page I
ines in scoring - will face the
Spartans' two-man, Charlie Bell.
On Sunday, Bell looked more
than impressive, hitting from out-
side and taking dishes from Cleaves
to pound the Illini.
Inside, Michigan would be wise
to start Brandon Smith at power

forward to counter all-Big Ten for-
ward Morris Peterson. LaVell Blan-
chard will likely face Andre
"It's a big rivalry," Izzo said in a
moment of Michigan-eve reflec-
tion. "Your stomach churns like it
doesn't churn in other games when
you get down there. When you
come out there, it's just the way it


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