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son why the University supported this
"People at Duke have been talking
about itfor a number of years," she said.
"But the push this time by a diverse
Duke student government was what
moved it through because they put it at
the top of their agenda this year."
Jordan Bazinsky, president of Duke's
student government, said it has been
working with university officials for
more than 10 years to allow same-sex
unions in the chapel. He said the deci-
sion by President Keohane is a symbol
of the university's interest in equality.
"It underscores Duke's commitment to
creating a legacy of inclusion." he said.
The biggest opposition to the ruling
has been from the Duke Conservative
Union, a student organization.
"The chapel is a sacred space," DCU
spokesperson Eric Adler said. "This
kind of union is an affront to people
who practice Christianity, Judaism or
In addition, Bishop Marlon Edwards
of the United Methodist Church issued
a formal statement following Duke's
decision, on the Church's disapproval of
"As a bishop of the Church, I remind
our United Methodist people that no
United Methodist clregyperson is to con-
duct such services," Edwards said in a
written statement. "While acknowledg-
ing the sacred worth of homosexual per-
sonas and calling for their basic human
rights and civil liberties, I would uphold
the teaching of the church that marriage
is between one man and one woman."
Still, Burness stressed that the majori-
ty of responses have been positive.
Supporters of this decision will have
to wait at least a year to see a same-sex
union take place in the Chapel, which is
booked until the beginning of 2002.
The Duke Chapel is the third campus
location to allow same-sex unions, the
Sarah P Duke Gardens and the Freeman
Center for Jewish life were the first.
The University of Michigan allows
same-sex unions ceremonies on cam-
World Bank grant
WASHINGTON (AP) -The World
Bank approved a S12 million grant
yesterday to help put Palestinians back
to work and ease the "severe economic
shock's caused by Israel's blockade
during two months of violence.
"ThIA is a highly unusual move for
the World Bank, since the bank usually
provides loans rather than grants," said
.Joseph Saba, bank director for West
Bank and Gaza. "However, the severe
economic shock affecting the Palestin-
ian economy calls for a rapid response"
that won't burden Palestinians with
repayment requirements, he said in a
Citing security concerns, Israel has
blocked Palestinians from entering the
country since Israeli-Palestinian fight-
ing began Sept. 28. As a result, some
120,000 Palestinian laborers have
been kept away from their jobs. In a
tightening of restrictions two weeks
ago, Israel also began blockading
Palestinian communities and barring
residents from leaving.
Aske& about the grant during a
press briefing. State Department
spokesmhtn Richard Boucher said the
Clinton administration has urged Israel
to ease restrictions because, while
Israeli sbcurity concerns "must be
addressed, . we don't think that exert-
ing economic pressure can be produc-
Approval of the grant follows a
United Nations report yesterday
that found Israel's blockade of the
West Bank and Gaza Strip has
tripled Palestinian unemployment
to 40 percent and wiped out the
tentative economic gains of the past
The World Bank said the economy
has been further crippled by work
stoppages due to short supplies of
rmaterials, movement restrictions and
other related transaction costs.
The bank grant aims to provide tem-
porary employment for unskilled and
semiskilled laborers. Local suppliers
and contractors will also benefit
through the increased demand for
materials and work, it said.
"Typical projects could include paint-
ing, maintenance and repair of public
buildings, tile laying, pipe installations
and other labor-intensive small con-
struction jobs that require materials pro-
duced in the local market.
The grant is intended to serve as a
catalyst for other donors to make par-
allel or joint contributions, the bank
said. "Clearly, the Palestinians are
being harmed by the economic restric-
tions that have been imposed on them
by Israel... Life remains very, very dif-
ficult," Boucher said later in the day.
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WASHINGTON - The U.S. death toll from accidents involving Firestone
tires has risen to 148, including four people killed since the company bega
massive recall in August, the federal government said yesterday.
The number of deaths rose by 29 since the National Highway Traffic Safe
Administration last updated its figures on Oct. 17, while injuries increased fron
500 to more than 525.
NHTSA continues to receive complaints as it investigates what is causing t
tread separations, blowouts and other problems with the tires. The agency
examining whether Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.'s recall of 6.5 million ATX, ATX
I and Wilderness AT tires is sufficient or needs to be expanded to include other
"It's our top priority" NHTSA Administrator Sue Bailey said. "We've pyut"
additional resources and staff to the task and we're going to complete this in
record time." She did not say when the seven-month-old probe would be com-
pleted, but investigations normally take 18 months.
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone/Firestone could not keep up with initjalr
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and has replaced about 5.5 million tires.
New contraceptive through the traditional IUD design
and by releasing tiny amounts of th.
approved by FDA hormone levonorgestrel into bc
uterus. It's about 99 percent effective.
WASHINGTON - A contraceptive at preventing pregnancy, but the abii-
IUD that releases tiny amounts of a ty to become pregnant quickly return,
hormone won Food and Drug Adminis- when Mirena is removed, said man
tration approval late yesterday. facturer Berlex Laboratories. -
Called Mirena, the device pre- ,
vents pregnancy for five years. ItPnd
has long been popular in Europe. Probes fi ds $1B
While the FDA called it just another * *
option for birth control, some J tes n
women's advocates call Mirena a WASHINGTON - A blistering.,
more modern IUD that may help re- Pentagon report released yesterday
igniite Americans' interest in accused three top Army Corps ofEngi,
intrauterine devices. neers officials of doctoring a case for a.
IUDs sit in the uterus to block con- S1 billion expansion of barge locks Q
ception. Worldwide, they are the most the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, in,'
popular birth control device. part to please powerful agribusins-
But Americans were largely interests.
scared away from IUDs by the The 10-month investigation by,t.e.
Dalkon Shield, which was blamed Army inspector general also concltikd,
for painful infections, miscarriages those officials created "a climate that
and some deaths before it was led to abandonment of objectivity'f' '
banned in 1975. evaluations of proposals for river co,
Americans can already buy the structionprojects across thecountry. *t
Paragard IUD, also known as a "cop- The probe did not find criminal rio
per-T" IUD, which provides 10 years lations by the officials, formerly the
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AROUND THE WORLD
six Yemenis to be Yemenis had been detained as key
accomplices in the attack - includjng
tried in Cole attack one who was allegedly in charge of he
operation in Yemen.
SAN'A, Yemen - At least three Sources close to the investigation,
Yemen is and possibly up to six will be speaking on condition of aonymidnx ot ntedal takon hv adcagswudicuecr
the USS Cole, Yemen's prime minister ing out the attack, threatening state
said yesterday, adding there was "no security, forming an armed gang and
question" the men were involved. possessing explosives.
In an exclusive interview with The
Associated Press, Prime Ministere
Abdul-Karim al-Iryani said the sus- M OSCOW Court gv s
pects all were "culprits in preparing for U.S. man 20 years
the attack on the Cole" but said he had
no details on their exact roles or the MOSCOW - U.S. businessman-
charges they would face. Edmond Pope was sentenced yestc
Police have completed their investi- day to 20 years in prison by a Moscow
gation and prosecutors were reviewing court, the first American convicted of
the case in preparation for filing espionage in Russia since a U-2 spy
charges, al-ityani said. Charges could pilot four decades ago.
be filed "at any time," he said, but any The White House called the con-
trial could not begin before the Muslim viction "unjustified and wrong,"
holy month of Ramadan ends late this while a senior State Department
month. AI-Iryani said he expected the official said there was no evidence
public trial of three to six suspects to Pope committed a crime and .,
open in a criminal court in Aden some- should be released.
time in the second half of January.
Last month, Yemeni sources said six - Compiledfirom Daily wire rep
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