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The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 8, 1999 - 7A

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NETANYA, Israel (AP) - On the eve of final sta-
tus talks with the Palestinians, three pipe bombs
exploded in this Israeli beach town and wounded 33
'people yesterday, raising questions about whether the
Palestinians are able to contain terror.
The bombs detonated simultaneously at 10:30 a.m.
local time, 3:30 a.m. EST, at an intersection busy with
ice cream vendors and automatic cash machines.
Sunday is a work day in Israel, and most people run mid-
Morning errands and take coffee breaks at that hour.
Police, who blamed militant Islamic groups for the
ttack, said four people had moderate injuries, while
29 others had minor injuries. A fourth bomb was
*efused by a bomb disposal unit at the beach.
Dozens of Palestinians were arrested, but all were
released before midnight. Police beefed up patrols on
the border with the West Bank, which runs less than
}10 miles from the outskirts of Netanya.
At the moment of the blasts, a bicycle parked by a
mppost was twisted into a blackened wreck.
"After the explosion there was this silence all*
-around, I didn't know where I was," David Ratzon
later told reporters from his hospital bed, his torso and
right arm wrapped in bandages. "I felt nothing, then I
haw people gathering around me."
The Likud opposition called on Prime Minister
Ehud Barak to cancel final status talks with the
Palestinians, scheduled to begin today.

DIWALI
Continued from Page 1A
Manish Chopra, an Engineering third-
year student.
ISA board member Manta Khana said
Diwali is the main religious festival for
Indians.
The festival "marks the beginning of
the New Year in the Hindu Calendar,"
said Khana, an LSA sophomore. Prior
to the adoption of the Roman calendar,
Diwali marked the beginning of winter.
Diwali is also a time for farmers to
forecast future crops and for the finan-
cial community to settle debts and
begin a new financial calendar.
ISA hosted Diwali Mela, a carnival to
celebrate the holiday Saturday night,
although the holiday officially took place
yesterday. Diwali Mela was reminiscent of
the festivals that take place in India to mark
Diwali. In India, Diwali is culminated with
a celebration that begins with street fairs
and other festivities, Chopra said.
Although Diwali is a Hindu holiday, "all
people come together regardless of reli-
gious background to celebrate as a group,"
Chopra said. Nearly 300 people attended
Diwali Mela, the majority of who were
Hindus, along with Sikh, Christian and
Muslim participants, Chopra said.
Diwali Mela was also a chance for
local Indian families to celebrate Diwali.
Although Diwali Mela was primarily
attended by University students, people
of all ages were present. Sunil Thakur, an
Ann Arbor resident, attended with his 1-
year-old son Ayush Thakur.
LSA juniors Radhika Wadehra and
Madhu Battu agreed that the event was
a good way to celebrate Diwali for
India natives who are living in Ann

Arbor because it promotes a sense .
community and family.
Diwali is predominantly a family holi-
day characterized by gift giving. Battu,.
said her family traditionally lights fire-
crackers and has a meal together after
attending a prayer service. Battu is from
Houston, Texas and could not go home
for the holiday like many Indian students.
The Blue Lounge was decorated with
strings of colored and white lights,
streamers, balloons and traditional
Indian decor for Diwali Mela.
Women wore bangles and bindis,
along with henna or mehendi body art,
for the festival which began at 6 p.n,
Many socialized for about an hour fol-
lowed by a small puja or traditional
Indian prayer. After the puja ISA
released their 1999 yearbook "Drishti"
which translates as "vision."
The yearbook reflects ISA's multi-
denominational affiliation and displays
various religious symbols on the cover.
Following the yearbook display, the
Association for India's Development
requested funds from festival-goers to
help victims of the recent cyclone in
Orissa, India. The group then
observed two minutes of silence for
the cyclone's victims.
Later in the evening ISA's music club
held a fusion performance "bringing
together the best of Indian and Western
music" Chopra said.
Traditional Indian snacks and sweets,
prepared like food served during street
fairs, was served following the perfor-
mance. Participants then played party
games, including cards and dice.
The event continued until midnight
with music and bhangra, a traditional
dance in northern India.

AP PHOTO
Netanya residents and medical personnel attend to the injured, after three pipe bombs exploded yesterday at a
busy street corner In the north Israeli resort town. Thirty-three people were injured in the bombing, which
occurred the day before intensive Middle East peace talks were scheduled to begin.
Hard-liners say Barak, who revived the talks with nent settlement by September 2000. Militant Islamic
the Palestinians after ousting a hawkish government in groups see a formal peace with the Jewish state as a
May elections, is keeping promises to concede land sellout and have sworn to sabotage the talks - most
and release prisoners while the Palestinians do noth- recently in a leaflet published yesterday that promised
ing to stop terror. an escalation of terror within Israel.
"Instead of crushing terror, the Palestinians are crush- "We have decided to continue our armed confronta-
ing mutuality," said a statement from the Settlers tion against them until this occupation ends and the
Council, which represents Jewish settlements in disput- settlements are uprooted from our hgmeland," Sheik
ed territory that face dismantling in a final agreement. Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of Hamas, said
The talks beginning today aim to produce a perma- after the attack.

Microsoft, U.S. attempt to reconcile

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:VASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's top antitrust official says the govern-
ment is "looking at a full range of remedies" to punish Microsoft following a
judge's ruling that the software giant misused its monopoly powers.
Despite U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's preliminary find-
ibgs against Microsoft, however, both the government and the company
expressed a willingness to consider an out-of-court settlement.
In an open letter, Microsoft Chair Bill Gates said the company is commit-
ted to "a fair and responsible" resolution.
The company's chief operating officer, Bob Herbold, said on Sunday talk
shows that "there's nothing we'd like more than to settle this case."
Assistant Attorney General Joel Klein, who also appeared on three televi-
_sion programs, said, "Obviously settlement is always an option."
Neither Klein nor Herbold would suggest what an agreement might entail.
"We would need a settlement that deals with the very findings that the

He cited "serious issues here about law enforcement and tht antitrust laws.
And of course if Microsoft were prepared to engage on those issues, we
would be prepared as well."
In Gates' letter, which appeared as a full-page advertisement in The
Washington Post, he wrote that "Microsoft is committed to resolving this
matter in a fair and responsible manner, while ensuring that the fundamental
principles of consumer benefit and innovation are protected"
"At the heart ofthis case," he said, "is whether a successful American com-
pany can continue to improve its products for the benefit of consumers."
The letter, addressed "To Our Customers, Partners and Shareholders," also
appeared on Microsoft's World Wide Web site, dated Friday!, the day Jackson
released his ruling.
It was similar to a statement Gates read on the same day.
Jackson, who presided over 77 days of testimony, declared in a remarkably
blunt decision that Microsoft's aggressive use of its monopoly status stifled
innovation and hurt consumers by limiting choices.

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"The number one way of getting people to vote is
through contact with your constituents. This means
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people you know personally and walking through resi-
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MSA Election Director Mehul Madia said the
Residence Halls Association have restricted their
solicitation policies. Candidates, who can solicit in
residence halls between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8
p.m., must receive a permit from University Housing
before they can do any campaigning.
"Beginning this election cycle, the front desk has
a list of those who can come and solicit," explained
RHA President Jason Taylor "All candidates must
check out a badge at the front desk and wear it dur-

ing their residence hall campaigns."
Taylor also said candidates cannot leave materials
on or under students' doors in 0he residence halls,
and all mailbox inserts are restricted to one time per
party.
"I really appreciate that (the candidates) are taking
the time to come to the residence halls and having
meaningful contact with students," Taylor said. "But
we feel that the residence halls are a primary place
for students to study, and when candidates are com-
ing around at 12 or 1 o'clock, it obstructs their abil-
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The election for MSA representatives is sched-
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