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one as cheap as gasoline surfaces, fossil fuels must
"Nobody in the industry will debate that fossil
fuels are a finite resource," he said.
Miller said the dependency on oil can only be
reduced by a change in the perception of the American
people, who are not willing to pay for alternatives.
"There's nothing on the horizon now that even
compares to the price of gasoline," he said.
Joining Miller on the side of the oil industry was
Ronnie Chapell of British Petroleum Exploration in
Alaska who spoke via speaker phone from Anchorage.
Representing advocacy for alternative fuels was
Cheryl Bynum of the Environmental Protection
Agency and Climate Change Team and Midwest
Regional Coordinator of the Alaska Wilderness
League, Bruce Kiracofe.
The purpose of the AWL, Kiracofe said , is to pro-
tect the remaining 5 percent of the North Coastal Plain
of Alaska where oil drilling from BP is not allowed.
"If they drill oil there, it could threaten hundreds
of species of migratory birds," he said.
Chapell said drilling in Alaska is one of the only
ways to ensure a diversity of oil supply,
"The problem isn't that there isn't enough oil," he
said. "The problem is Mother Nature put 60 percent
of that oil in the Middle East."
BP, he said, was "one of the few companies that is
willing to comply with the Kyoto Protocol," referring
to the 1997 conference in Japan setting some interna-
tional environmental policy.
Miller spoke of the importance of changing the
strong dependency the United States has on the "politi-
cally unstable" countries of the Middle East, but
stressed that the United States still needs to be sold on
that idea, citing the Persian Gulf War and continuous
military presence in the Middle East as proof.
Bynum maintained that the most efficient way to
reduce the toll fossil fuels have taken on the environ-
ment is to research alternative mei hods.
"We can't keep guzzling gas," she said. "It isn't
Both Bynum and Kiracofe told students the best
way for them to get involved is to write their senators
and house representatives.
ACROSS T HE N ATION
U.S. diplomat charged for selling visas
MIAMI - American diplomat Thomas Carroll apparently had no clue he was
a target of investigation when he landed in Miami last month on a flight from the
Caribbean nation of Guyana, where he had been posted for two years.
And when he met that day at the Miami International Airport with his succes-
sor as chief of the U.S. Embassy's nonimmigrant visa section, it was unlikely
Carroll knew he was being taped.
His pitch to his replacement, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in
Chicago, was as simple as it was chilling: "Carroll asked (his colleague) to approve
approximately 250 U.S. visas in exchange for $1 million in United States currency."
In fact, since Carroll's arrest at his parents' home in suburban Chicago on
March 17, the day after the airport meeting, investigators say they have uncov-
ered a hoard of cash and gold bars in his safe deposit boxes, bank accounts and
other investments totaling nearly $1.8 million. Much of the wealth was amassed,
according to seizure orders and other documents filed in federal court, during the
12 months that the $49,000-a-year civil servant had authority in Guyana to
decide who could enter the United States.
In a rare prosecution of a visa-for-sale scam, and one of the largest such
cases ever alleged by investigators for the State and Justice departments, fe*
al agents also acknowledge that Carroll probably would not have been arrested
without the cooperation of his successor.
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Toby Smith, University govern-
ment relations officer for research,
said that while NIH funding may
increase, the status of NSF remains
unclear. Because NSF allocations
falls in the Va-Hud-Independent
Agencies appropriations subcommit-
tee, priority will probably be given
to the Department of Housing and
Development and the Veterans Asso-
ciation, Smith said.
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versity with a $32,314 check for the
senior class gift.
Following the ceremony, students
were invited to shovel dirt onto the
base before attending a reception.
LSA senior Ashley Rice said
"the best thing about the tree is that
when I come back I can say that I
put dirt on that tree."
The tree planting was the kickoff of
Senior Days 2000, a series of events
organized for members of the graduat-
ing class by the Alumni Association.
"For the last year the student, alum-
ni staff, student affairs staff, and the
development office wanted to put
together a week of activities," Blo-
"I'm going to miss Michigan, but
it's exciting to begin a new stage of my
life," Education senior David Mausolf
said. "I'm going to miss my friends."
LSA senior Julie Leizer said,
"Graduating is really scary and I'm
definitely not ready to leave."
Senior Days 2000 holds many
opportunities for members of the
graduating class. On Wednesday at
the Michigan l eague, a financial
seminar is scheduled to be held in the
Thursday and Friday will be Diag
Days from I I p.m. to 3 p.m. where
students can eat, play miniature golf,
pick up yearbooks and activate their
Alumni Association membership.
Also Friday on the Diag represen-
tatives from the Alumni Club will
talk to those moving to other states.
Friday at 4 p.m. the Michigan
Leadership Awards are schedule d to
take place at the Mendelssohn The-
ater in Michigan League.
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to Washington Post
NEW YORK - The Washington
Post won three Pulitzer Prizes yes-
terday, including the public service
award for the second year in a row.
The Wall Street Journal took two
honors, and The Associated Press
won for investigative reporting on
the killing of civilians by U.S.
troops at the start of the Korean
Denver's two daily newspapers
each won a Pulitzer for their cover-
age of the massacre at Columbine
High School, which has come to
symbolize America's gun-violence
The staff of The Denver Post
won for breaking news reporting
and the Denver Rocky Mountain
News photo staff won the spot
news photography award.
Carol Guzy, Michael Williamson
and Lucian Perkins of The Wash-
ington Post won the feature pho-
tography award for covering the
plight of the Kosovo refugees. The
winning images included a heart-
breaking picture of a little boy
being untangled from a barbed
wire fence he was trying to
Prison guards on
trial for staging fights
FRESNO, Calif. - Eight guards
accused of staging gladiator-style
inmate fights for their own amusement
go to trial today in the biggest brutality
case yet to come out of one of Califor-
nia's toughest prisons.
Four of the Corcoran State Prison
guards face possible life sentences for
the shooting of an inmate during one,
the 1994 brawls. moments after a
guard allegedly said: "It's going to be
duck hunting season."
The federal trial has been a long time
coming. The guards were indicted in
1998 after years of internal investiga-
tions, legislative hearings and a state
grand jury probe produced no charges.
The FBI accused the state of trying to
block its investigation - a charge cg
rections officials denied. 0
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released the results after delaying
J . them for more than 12 hours. The
victory in Peru race board had promised to release first
results Sunday night.
LIMA, Peru - Alberto Fujimori, The delay raised suspici*
Peru's iron-fisted president, was among Fujimori's opponents that
within a hair yesterday of a majority the government might attempt to
of votes needed to win an unprece- tamper with the outcome. The
dented third term and avoid a runoff doubts led to violent street protests
against an upstart contender, early early yesterday.
official returns showed.
Alejandro Toledo, a U.S.-trained Parliament ropoSes
economist who had appeared to be
headed toward a second-round opeinpg uS 24 hrs.
showdown with Fujimori, has com-
plained of election fraud and LONDON - Hoping to cut do0
warned he would lead street on rowdy scenes as thousands of.
protests if he lost. Britons pour out of pubs simultane-
Exit polls and unofficial vote tal- ously at the mandatory II p.m. clos-
lies by independent monitors on ing time, the government today
Sunday had indicated Fujimori proposed allowing pubs to stay open
would likely fall short of the 50 per- 24 hours a day.
cent plus one he needs. But yester- Scrapping closing time was the
day, with just under 40 percent of centerpiece of plans to liberalize and
the ballots counted, the first official streamline licensing laws that were
results indicated Fujimori had 49.8 inspired by fears of munitions work-
percent, while Toledo took 40 per- ers getting drunk during World War
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