The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 30, 2000 - 7A
Parents of Columbine killers offer $1.6M settlement
DENVER (AP) -The parents of the "All the other injured and deceased parties dents and one teacher before killing them- letter said. The letter was sent after lawyers represent-
olrumbine High School gunmen and a man have taken it upon themselves to negotiate selves during the rampage. Nearly two dozen Legal analyst Scott Robinson said the ing wounded students Sean Graves and Lance
Who supplied the two boys with weapons settlements," he said. others were injured. pending lawsuits could be hampered by the Kirklin requested about 53 million in insur-
,ffered a S1.6 million settlement that could The offer came in a Nov. 20 letter to the The offer was the first formal proposal apparent separation of the students who were ance coverage from the Harrises, Klebolds
incjuade the families of as many as 37 vic- families of 10 wounded students and three stemming from the shooting, Montgomery wounded and those who were killed. and three other defendants.
hmin who were killed, all represented by a group of said. "It might be a strategy by the defense to Wahlberg's clients and other plaintiffs have
Th defendants, however, have not negoti- attorneys led by Stephen Wahlberg. In a news conference yesterday, Wahlberg divide and conquer," he said. "That may be a until Dec. 22 to file final amended lawsuits in
Id with relatives of most of those who died Other parties to the settlement could said negotiations began in earnest during the reality going on with the insurance company." federal court under a schedule set Monday: A
h the April 20, 1999, attack, the deadliest include six families represented by Rouse past three months because of the defendants' Attorneys fear the leak to the media during hearing is scheduled for April 27, Mont-
chool shooting in U.S. history. and 18 families who haven't filed claims, limited resources. The money for the settle- negotiations could derail the settlement. gomery said.
"Since before the lawsuits were filed, the according to the letter. ment would apparently come from homeown- "They are very preliminary, and they are Nine wrongful-death and negligence law-
adties and the attorneys understood that the The letter was sent by C. Michael Mont- ers insurance, very sensitive," said Bob Schuetze, an attor- suits are pending in federal court on behalf of
arents of the deceased are in a separate posi- gomery on behalf of the families of gunmen "The offer is contingent upon the settle- ney for wounded student Casey Ruegsegger. about 20 victims' families. Other defendits
ion than those who are injured," said attor- Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and Mark ment fully and finally resolving all of the "All the parties would like to resolve the mat- not included in the settlement talks include
ey Jim Rouse, who represents the families Manes, who supplied one of the guns used in claims of all of the victims and victims' fam- ter short of litigation. I certainly hope this the Jefferson County school district and sher-
fsix slain students. the attack. Harris and Klebold killed 12 stu- ilies to whom the offer is being made," the does not prevent that." iff's office.
HELTERS Ashley Place, a local shelter, CLASSES "Process is a very
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Sllbe a place where those who cannot find a bed will
b able stay "warm and roofed."
"It's a temporary roof that can keep people out of
cold winter weather," she said.
lekel-Johnson also added that the warming center is
"4s6 for people who don't think they could function in
a crowd," referring to the amounts of people that can
inhabit a shelter at a given time.
,Kevin, a local who up until two years ago was home-
s and often lived in shelter, said that the shelters
"enly let you stay for a two month interval and after
nas Ov Usua or men anu 2v
beds for women.
that you have to find another place ... that kind of
He has since found a place to live with Avalon Hous-
ing, where he has a permanent room.
Ashley Place is requesting that students volunteer in
assisting during their lunch period. Students who are
interested should call 668-7273.
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Following Bush's show of confidence,
Gore played president-elect at a busi-
ness meeting with running mate Joseph
Li berman, transition director Roy
Neel, Labor Secretary Alexis Herman
and Kathleen McGinty, former head of
*\1Vite House environment office.
- .c(einty would be a front-runner to
ieael :the Environmental Protection
Agency under Gore. Herman would be
in ne- for another Cabinet post, White
Flotrse-counselor or perhaps chief of
staffa-job that aides expect would first
>e :offered to campaign manager
Will ian Daley.
loa-ida Secretary of State Katherine
rs, a supporter of Republican
Mhhas declared him the w inner of
lorida by 537 votes out of 6 million
cast - handing Gore the steep chal-
enge of nullifying a state's presiden-
ial election while convincing the
ublic the race is not over.
And thus, the nation has two presi-
lents-in-waiting posturing to be the
31d-man to assume the mantle.
the class studies the civil rights move-
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meet face-to-face the people and places
they've studied. After that, students get
involved with a social activist project.
"This isn't just sitting in class taking
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IHe added that teaching the class last
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Another experiential option for stu-
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ties and urban high schools, where
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Alexander said the class' unique
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ing" becomes "transformative." He
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work throughout their lives, often
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they would learn," Alexander said.
RC Drama lecturer, Kate Mende-
loff, will teach two play production
classes next semester with RCH UMS
powerrui method of
- Eric Rabkin
481, "Play Production Seminar" and
484, "Seminar in Drama Topics."
Rather than simply reading drama, the
classes actively focuses on a single
script and collaborates to put together
a full-length play that they perform
onstage at the end of the term.
"All my classes are about learn-
ing through doing; grappling with
hard scripts and finding our way
into them," Mendeloff said in a
A new experiential class scheduled
for next semester is English 414,
"Multimedia Explorations in the
Humanities." Students can register in
groups to spend a semester construct-
ing a Website on a chosen humanities
"What I'm hoping the class will
do is to allow students to work in
groups to master and enrich both
technical and scholarly knowledge in
a process of procedure," said English
Prof. Eric Rabkin, who is teaching
He added that the class is "quite
unusual in that it will demand that
everyone makes progress with techni-
cal and scholarly skills, but which
technical and scholarly skills are
honed is up to them."
"Process is a very powerful method
of learning," Rabkin said.
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Surrounded by fake ballot boxes, Richard Harris, center, a voter from Belle Glade,
Fla., talks about his voting experience yesterday during a news conference.
"It's an amazing story, isn't it'?"
asked Gore, a former journalist joining
legions of others grasping for the
words to describe it.
lie was dealt a setback Tuesday
when Sauls refused to order immediate
manual recounts of disputed ballots in
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