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Maintenance company
guilty m Valujet crash

MIAMI (AP) - In the first criminal
case of its kind in the United States, an
aircraft maintenance company was con-
victed yesterday of mishandling the
oxygen canisters blamed for the cargo
hold fire that caused the 1996 ValuJet
crash in the Everglades.
Two employees of the maintenance
company, SabreTech, were acquitted,
and the company was also acquitted of
conspiracy and some hazardous materi-
als charges. Even so, the company
could face a fine of $4.5 million,
Flight 592 crashed shortly after take-
off from Miami, killing all 110 people
on board. Prosecutors said SabreTech
sacrificed safety for the sake of profits

and rushed through the paperwork on
the canisters to avoid financial penal-
ties for not meeting ValuJet's deadlines.
"I sincerely hope that in some small
measure today's verdict provides a
sense of comfort, relief and justice,"
federal prosecutor Guy Lewis said.
"The good news is that the flying pub-
lic can sleep a little easier tonight."
After deliberating for 13 hours dur-
ing a three day period, a federal jury
convicted SabreTech, which is no
longer in business, of eight counts of
causing the transportation of hazardous
materials and one count of failing to
provide training in handling hazardous

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quite some time. Faculty want and need
to be able to control their intellectual
output ... that is the real issue,"
MacAdam said.
MacAdam was quick to dismiss the
idea that professors are placing their
intellectual property at risk by allowing
it to be published on the Internet.
"I think faculty are generally guided
by ethics and there is no reason to
believe they will begin to act unethical-
ly by taking other's intellectual proper-
ty. There is always the risk, but I do not
think there will be a mass movement
towards this trend," she said.
Janet Cardinell, campus relations
director for Versity.com, said the com-
pany is addressing faculty concerns that
their materials could be used by those
not enrolled at the University.
"Because we have identified that
some professors are sensitive to this ...

we said we will restrict access to stu-
dents at U of M only." Cardinell said.
She added that most of the professors
she has dealt with at the University did
not raise the issue of exclusive access to
their class notes. The recent focus on
commercial notetaking enterprises has
been largely centered around the online
note service Versity.com, which has
been actively pursuing University facul-
ty to partake in their pilot program
beginning next semester.
Versity.com recently contacted 115
University professors, encouraging them
to allow student notetakers into their
classes in exchange for benefits such as
copyrights on the notes, the professor's
right to review the notes prior to publica-
tion and payment through stock options.
The issue of who exactly can have
access to notes on the Internet is one
that will not likely go away soon.
MacAdam insists that in the end, pro-
fessors are just concerned about control
over their intellectual property.

High court to revisit Miranda ruling
WASHINGTON -The Supreme Court, confronting its landmark Miranda rul-
ing head-on, agreed yesterday to decide whether police still must warn criminal
suspects they have a "right to remain silent" and to get a lawyer's help.
The justices said they will rule by summer on whether Congress in 1968 effec-
tively overturned the 1966 decision, familiar not only to police and suspects but to
generations of Americans who have witnessed countless arrests in movies and
Clinton administration lawyers are refusing to defend the anti-Miranda law
enacted by Congress, but a federal appeals court upheld it earlier this year - set-
ting the stage for this constitutional showdown.
The court, far more liberal 33 years ago than it is today, sought to remedy
"inherently coercive" interrogations by requiring police to inform criminal sus-
pects of their rights before questioning them. Failure to give the warnings can result
in evidence - a confession or some incriminating statement - being lost to pros-
But in a surprising ruling earlier this year, the conservative 4th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals ruled that a long-ignored 1968 federal law known as Section
3501 means failure to issue Miranda warnings no longer requires automatic exchu
sion of evidence in federal prosecutions.

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Informational Meeting
For Undergraduate Summer 2000
Research Fellowship Opportunities


Wednesday, December 8,
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Where? Angell Hall, Auditorium C
Who? For UM-undergraduates
interested in a full-time
paid research experience
during Summer 2000
*students graduating before December 2000 are not eligible
Come and learn about the following research fellowship programs:
-Kellogg community Based Research Fellowship Program
-General Electric Faculty for the Future Fellowship Program
-NSF Summer Scholars Fellowship Program
-Summer Biomedical Fellowship Program

Continued from Page 1
Pittsfield Township is currently selling
those products for $479 and $129,
After negotiating the agreement for
about a year, the University and
Microsoft nailed out a three-year con-
Jose-Marie Griffiths, the University's
chief information officer told The
Michigan Daily in September the
University would sign the deal for $3.9
ITD officials said yesterday under
the terms of the contract, they could not
comment on the specifics of the agree-
Microsoft spokesperson Rebecca
Needham said the deal will allow stu-
dents who could not normally afford
Microsoft products access to the com-
pany's software.
"Students have historically have not
had the chance to buy these products,"
Needham said, adding that the deal
could reduce software piracy among
college students.
Needham said similar deals with
other schools, including Pennsylvania
State University and the University of

Texas at"Austin have been very success-
Needham and ITD officials said
Microsoft's recent troubles with the
U.S. Department of Justice will not
affect the agreement.
A federal judge earlier ruled that
Microsoft used tactics to monopolize
the software industry. Microsoft and the
Justice Department are currently trying
to settle the matter.
According to the contract, the
University is allowed to enter agree-
ments with other software companies.
"The University will continue to enter
into purchasing agreements with any
software vendor who develops products
which are requested and required by the
University community;' Griffiths said
in a written statement.
Students can begin purchasing soft-
ware products next week at a Microsoft
"Office Party" in the Michigan Union
Event times are scheduled for 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. on Monday and 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. on Tuesday.
In order to purchase products, stu-
dents will need their M-Card for identi-
Student accounts will be billed since
there will be no cash sales at the event.
The U-M Computer Showcase in the
Union will offer the discounts on the
products beginning Dec. 15.
Microsoft Office 2000 includes word
processing, spreadsheet, desktop pub-
lishing and Internet applications.
Microsoft Front Page 2000 can be used
for Web page design.

5 wounded in Okia.
school shooting
HOUSTON - He wasn't a loner.
Neither was he a scapegoat, a poor
student or even, at least to outside
appearances, a child in any distress at
Although he didn't fit the labels
appended to other perpetrators of
school violence, yet another public
school student opened fire yesterday on
his classmates - this time in Fort
Gibson, Okla. It was the seventh school
shooting in two years.
Blank-faced and calm, the skinny 13-
year-old emptied a 9mm semiautomatic
handgun into a crowd of schoolmates
yesterday morning, hitting four children.
Wounded in the arms, legs or face, all
the students were reported to be out of
danger last night, although one under-
went surgery. A fifth student reportedly
suffered abrasions and bruises.
School superintendent Steve
Wilmoth said the boy began shooting
outside the school around 7:45 a.m.
The child was still trying to shoot when

science teacher and school safety offi-
cer Ronnie Holuby approached and
pinned him against a wall. Well-trained
in school disaster management, Fort
Gibson Middle School teachers
promptly ushered unhurt students into
the cafeteria after the shots. Injured
students were whisked to hospitals
Muskogee and Tulsa.
NASA prepared for
Mars lander loss
PASADENA, Calif. - NASA's joy-
less Mars team was poised to try one
last-ditch effort between midnight and
dawn today to contact its missing lan-
der on the Red Planet,
Hopes had all but faded that th*
will recover the Mars Polar Lander or
the two microprobes it was carrying
when the craft entered the Martian
atmosphere Friday, handlers admitted
early yesterday.
Thoughts were already turning to
the future. Engineers are reassess-
ing the design of upcoming mis-


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Russian planes give
Chechens warning
MOSCOW - Russian planes
dropped leaflets yesterday over Grozny,
the devastated capital of breakaway
Chechnya, delivering a stark ultimatum
to civilians: Leave by Saturday or face
intensified air and artillery strikes.
Leaflets also warned Grozny's
defenders to give up or die, and offi-
cials said new, heavier armaments will
be used to batter the city. "Everyone
who fails to leave . will' be
destroyed,"the leaflets said.
Russian officials described the
ultimatum as the start of a new phase
in the combat against the separatist
Rebels will be wiped out or expelled
from urban areas and forced into the
mountainous south, where they will be
pounded by pursuing jets and artillery,
they said.
The two ultimatums support the
growing perception that Russian gen-
erals urgently want to retake the city

from which they were expelled three
years ago at the end of Chechnya's
independence war. They appeared
intent on creating an urban free-fife
zone in which anything that moves
will be considered a legitimate mi
tary target.
Mideast talks break
down before visit
JERUSALEM - With Secretary of
State Madeleine Albright en route yes-
terday to her latest peacemaking mis,
sion in the Middle East, peacemaking
between Israelis and Palestinia*
appeared to crumble.
The chief Palestinian negotiator,
angry about accelerated construction
plans at Jewish settlements in the dis-
puted West Bank, said he would no
longer discuss anything with Israel
except the settlements, which the
Palestinians and much of the interna-
tional community consider illegal.
- Compiled from Daily wire reportss

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