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NATION/WORLD

HALLOWEEN
Continued from Page 1
want her last name used. Customer
at the Main Street costume shop
could barely squeeze by each other
in the crowded aisles yesterday.
"The most popular trend this year
is angels, princesses, and fembots,
whatever the hell those are," Erin-
Elvis said. "For the men, a lot of
them are being Zorro or Austin
Powers."
She added, "I helped someone
become Mork and Mindy today ...
that was probably the funniest and
most original thing all week."

Erin-Elvis said she plans to dress
up as a member of Twisted Sister or
Kiss.
Safe Sex Store employee Ian
Pomerville said "a lot of people are
coming in to get whips and rubber-
wear and wigs to dress as a domina-
trix."
Rebecca Valentino, the costume
stock manager for the University's
theater department, said a creative
costume is always the best kind.
"I think people with a little cre-
ativity can find great stuff at the
Kiwanis Sale or at Value Village in
Ypsilanti," she said. "Unfortunately,
not much stuff is left around this

time of year, because everyone
wants costumes."
She "suggested, "Buy a trashy old
prom dress, dump red paint on it and
go as Carrie. Or take a sheet and
make a cape or a toga. A little fabric
goes a long way."
But not everyone is looking for-
ward to Halloween, Erin-Elvis said
she will work long hours this week-
end to accommodate last-minute
shoppers. After selling hundreds of
costumes this weekend, she said she
doesn't know if she will celebrate
Halloween at all.
"After Saturday I might not want
to," she laughed.

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Spokescritic - The "Crazy" Aunt - Vegas Showgirl

Officials
work to
prevent
Y2K cis
WASHINGTON -- When mid-
night strikes on Dec. 31, U S. and
Russian military officers will be sit-
ting side-by-side at Peterson Air
Force Base in Colorado, trying to
ensure that the gremlins of Y2K don't
spur an accidental launch of nuclear
weapons.
The officers hope to dispel fears that
an end-of-the-millennium computer
glitch will blind Russia's early-warning
system or create a false impression that
Washington has launched a missile,
leading to the ultimate nightmare: a
move by Russian leaders to counterat-
tack.
Indeed, experts for both nations say
they are confident that there is no seri-
ous threat of a Y2K-related missile
launch.
But to guard against even the remote
possibility, the Center for Year 2000
Strategic Stability at Peterson, created
last year by President Clinton and
Russian President Boris Yeltsin, will
use information from U.S. satellites
and ground-based sensors fed through
computers that are clear of any Y2K
bugs.
Any uncertainties or misunderstand-
ings detected in Moscow would be
resolved by the Russians hunched over
computer terminals in a windowless
second-floor room in Colorado
Springs.
"If something pops up on a Russian
screen in Moscow, that could be vali-
dated at Peterson," said Maj. Perry
Nouis, a spokesperson for the Air Force
Space Command, which is running the
center.
But some members of Congress
and nuclear weapons experts say
they want U.S. and Russian officers
to go further, with one critic calling
the much-vaunted center a "Band-
Aid" approach. These critics con-
tend that the only sure way to pre-
vent a mistaken nuclear exchange is
to "de-alert" thousands of nuclear
missiles - which can now be'fired
in minutes -- by removing warheads
or the keys used by officers to initi-
ate a launch.
"Maintaining hair-trigger readiness
for nuclear confrontation is unjustifi-
able in today's world," Rep. Edward
Markey (D-Mass.) said. "The poten-
tial for a missile launch due to misin-
terpretation of warning systems may
well be higher on Jan. 1, 2000 than at
any other time since the start of the
Cold War."
SQUARES
Continued from Page 1
demeanor was wonderful."
The one chosen from a pool of more
than 50 University students,
Aylesworth was notified one week later
that he was to appear on the television
show.
"I had to move two of my midterms
in order to go. Luckily my professors
were really nice about it, Aylesworth
said.
Although Aylesworth was the only
student chosen to represent the
University, Hollywood Squares offi-

cials chose LSA first-year student
Jessica 01llendorff as his alternate.
"The try-out was exciting and fun. I
didn't expect to get on but I thought
that it would be a neat experience to see
what the try-out would be like,'
Ollendorff said.
When Aylesworth arrived in
Hollywood on Oct. 21, he began three
days of intensive training. The first day
consisted of an introduction to the
game, trial games and information on
building the contestants' 10 to 15 sec-
ond personal introductions. They
played and taped the televised games
on the second and third days.
"I played the first game of the sec-
ond day. I had a lot of nervous energy
before that but once I knew I was
going to play, I was focused. It's a lot
of money at stake so I wanted to make
sure that I was ready, Aylesworth
said.
In his first game against a contestant
from Northwestern University,
Aylesworth won $3,000. In a bonus
round in the first game, Aylesworth
won another $10,000 when he and
Whoopi Goldberg knew that the song
- "American Pie" was more than eight
minutes long.
In the second game, against a con-
testant from the University of
California at Los Angeles, Aylesworth
won $8,000 and an Alaskan vacation in
the bonus round.

Ex-commerce official
granted immunity
WASH INGTON -- A House commit-
tee voted unanimously yesterday to grant
former Commerce official John Huang
immunity to testify publicly about the
1996 campaign finance scandals.
Huang, who helped raise $2 million
for the Democratic National Committee
during President Clinton's 1996 re-elec-
tion effort, has long been considered a
key witness who some believed could
map an illicit fundraising connection
from Beijing to the Oval Office.
But if f louse Government Reform
Committee Chair Dan Burton's pre-
view of Huang's extensive statements
to the FBI is any guide, the most seri-
ous allegations against the White
lHouse may not be borne out by
Huang's long-awaited testimony.
The two allegations from Huang that
Burton (R-Ind.) highlighted involved a
1995 congressional race, not the presi-
dential campaign, and new details
about fundraising efforts by Indonesian
businessperson James Riady that had

Survey: global warming takes only decades
WASH INGTON -- An ice age that gripped the Earth for thousands of years
ended abruptly when temperatures soared, according to new findings that suggest
the world's climate can change in just a few decades.
The study prompts fresh concerns that climate change from global warming
could happen suddenly, experts say.
Jeffrey Sevcringhaus of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography said that a ne,
method of analyzing gases trapped in Greenland ice shows that the air temperatur
warmed rapidly at the end of the last ice age about 15,000 years ago.
"There was a 16 degree abrupt warming at the end of the last ice age," said
Severinghaus, lead author of a study to be published today in the journal Science.
"it happened within just a couple of decades. The old idea was that the tempera-
ture would change over a thousand years. But we found it was much faster"
Severinghaus said the rapid temperature increase may have been touched off by
a surge in warm currents in the Atlantic Ocean that brought a melting trend to the
vast ice sheet covering the Northern Hemisphere. It still took hundreds of years for
the ice to recede, but the start of the great thaw was much more sudden than sci-
entists had once thought.
This suggests, Severinghaus said, that the Earth's climate is "tippy" - prone to b
stable for long periods, but subject to sudden change under the right conditions.

AROUND THE NATION

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already been publically known.
Democrats on the committee sup-
ported the grant of immunity, but rank-
ing minority member Rep. Henry
Waxman (D-Calif.), criticized Burton
for not admitting that the FBI reports
on Huang contain "significant exculpa-
tory materials."
Justice Dept. files suit
against Compuware
WASHINGTON - The Justice
Department wants to block Compuware
Corp.'s acquisition of Viasoft Inc. on
grounds the deal could result in higher
prices-for certain mission-critical main-
frame computer software.
The department said yesterday it
intends to file a lawsuit soon to stop th*
transaction, which was announced last
July.
Compuware agreed to pay $9 a share
to acquire the Phoenix-based provider
of information technology manage-
ment. Compuware, based in
Farmington Hills, Mich., provides
management and development soft-
ware.

ROUND

7 "- 0

Armenian 'ltary to
dismiss top officials
MOSCOW - The Armenian mil-
itary yesterday demanded the dis-
missal of top security officials for
failing to prevent the assassination of
the country's prime minister, parlia-
ment speaker and six others in a
shooting spree inside the legislature.
The attackers surrendered earlier this
morning and released hostages they
were holding.
The killing of Prime Minister
Vazgen Sarkisian, Speaker Karen
Demirchian and six others, including
two vice-speakers, led to an overnight
standoff. After 16 hours of talks, the
attackers gave in when President
Robert Kocharian promised they would
get a fair trial and that force would not
be used against them.
The gunmen put down their
assault rifles and were taken away in
buses, the blinds drawn over the
windows, accompanied by armored
personnel carriers. They were later

charged with terrorism. But before
they left, a recorded statement from
them was broadcast on national tele-
vision.
The statement complained that "our
fair country had been going to pieces
recent years" and "Today we are dray
ging out a wretched and half-starving
existence in it.'
Russians military to
occupy Chechnya
MOSCOW - Defense Minister Igor
Sergeyev said yesterday that Russian
military forces will occupy Chechn*
"for a long time and seriously" as the
army launched a second phase of its
month-long offensive to drive separatist
guerrillas out of major cities and into the
rebellious republic's southern mountains.
Sergeyev indicated that the troops
were digging in and would essentially
become an occupation force in the
breakaway southern republic.
- Compiled fmm Daily wire reports.

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fanCy and fetching
upon the tawny tip
of the guilt-edged sword...

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