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2A -The Michigan Daily - Monday, December 11, 2000


Netanyahu attempts to enter race

JERUSALEM (AP) - Hours after Prime Min-
ister Ehud Barak resigned yesterday to run for re-
election, his predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu,
declared his own candidacy and called on parlia-
ment to pass legislation to allow him to run.
Barak's resignation plunged Israel into a sud-
den election campaign, and the hard-line
Netanyahu quickly took up the challenge -
even though it might not be technically possible
for him to run.
"I present my candidacy today for prime min-
ister and head of the Likud party," Netanyahu
said at a press conference.
In calling special elections to be held in Feb-
ruary, Barak, who lags far behind Netanyahu in
opinion polls, took advantage of a law that pre-
vents the former prime minister from running
because he is not a member of or candidate for
Barak's resignation made possible a special
election for the prime ministership only. This
replaces an earlier plan, which called for gener-
al elections that were expected next spring and
would have enabled to Netanyahu to run con-
currently for parliament and prime minister.
Netanyahu denounced Barak for what he
called "the most cynical trick in the history of
the nation."
He appealed directly to members of parlia-
ment, saying, "Allow the people to choose a
new leadership to replace those who have run
Continued from Page 1A
sin and said the usage of student fees to fund
groups was illegal, the system used here at the U1
ty of Michigan may have been in jeopardy.
The Michigan Student Assembly collects S5.(
each student to disburse to student groups.
MSA Treasurer Siafa Hage said he doesn't th
week's ruling on student fees could affect the Uni
He said someone has to allocate student funds an
is the best body to do so.
"I don't think it will affect us. Anybody canI
as politically biased," Hage said.
The Budget Priorities Committee "has studen
all backgrounds, including minorities, Cauc
undergraduates and graduate students," he said. "'
very diverse body and we don't just incorporate

the situation down."
Barak will remain in office until the election
and was formally re-nominated as the Labor
Party candidate only hours after he resigned.
Still, he faces a difficult battle to win re-elec-
tion. Ongoing violence with the Palestinians,
which has claimed more than 300 lives, is push-
ing the Israeli public toward right-wing parties
such as Likud.
It's not clear, however, who that party's candi-
date will be.
Current Likud leader Ariel Sharon is running
even with Barak in the polls, while Netanyahu,
the former party chief, holds a double-digit lead
over Barak that has expanded as the violence
drags on.
Netanyahu criticized Barak's policy of com-
promise with the Palestinians. charging that he
"broadcast weakness" and brought more than
two months of violence on Israel, referring to
Palestinian-Israeli clashes that began Sept. 28.
Without giving specifics, Netanyahu said he
could achieve "cold peace" with Israel's neigh-
bors, based on rnutuality and security. He said
that was the best Israel could expect realistical-
ly, "not Scandinavia."
Netanyahu's term in office from 1996-99 was
marked by constant friction with the Palestini-
ans. But his tough policies now appeal to many
Israelis, who feel Barak's peace efforts have
failed and Israel's security has been jeopardized.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to
the press in Jerusalem yesterday after announcing plans to
challenge Ehud Barak, who resigned to run for re-election.

"I don't think it will affect us.
Anybody can be seen as
politically biased."
- Siafa Hage
Michigan Student Assembly treasurer
in student glovernment.'
Had the University have been affected last year, con-
tingency plans were in place to ensure student groups
received funds.
"We were in contact with the administration and we
had plans B, C and D," Hage said. "However, our situa-
tion was seen as different from Wisconsin. The way we
did it was slightly different."

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When the ship is submerged, the
inside is flooded and the two drivers
wear scuba equipment. The ship is
powered by cycling and the drivers
wear shoes that clip into the pedals.
The University's new submarine,
which should be completed by March
2001, will have a modified structure.
The body of the submarine will be two
feet shorter, more streamlined and with-
out other unnecessary additional weight.
The overall design of the submarine will
be more efficient to turn human power
into propulsion power, Beaser said.
The new submarine will race June 11
to 15, 2001, at David Taylor Model
Basin in Bethesda, Md. The tank is
owned by the Navy and is nearly 1,000
meters long.
The team, which includes 25 Edgi=
necri ng undergraduates and graduate
students, has recruited several students
who are interested in the submarine and
on the cycling team, who will train to
power the sub, said Engineering sopho-
more Deena Tin, the Human Powered
Submarine Team's business manager.
Engineering students involved in
building the human powered sub-
marines agree the project is a great
opportunity to create something of
their own outside of class.
"Our submarine project, as well as
every engineering project, is a great
opportunity to learn beyond what they'll
ever teach you in class," Beaser said._
Tin said. she joined the project
because of its hands-on approach and
because it's not the typical after-school
activity. "I like this team because you
get to just get right in and work with the
team," Tin said.
Cash donations to the team total
S 12,000, and donated raw materials and
supplies total 543,000. Major sponsors
include the Naval Architecture program,
the Aerospace Engineering program and
the College of Engineering.

Clinton to announce immunization pi
WASHINGTON - The Clinton administration plans to announce today.a
special campaign to increase immunization rates among millions of poor chi
dren who now lack protection against diphtheria, polio and measles and oth r
potentially deadly diseases.
Nationwide, about 78 percent of American children are protected against ties
diseases by age 5, but in some communities with many low-income families, th
rate is as low as 55 percent. For example, Los Angeles County's rate of 76 per-
cent is close to the national average, but the county still includes many "areas of
need," neighborhoods with lagging rates of immunization, according to govern-
ment estimates.
Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Newark, N.J.; San Antonio and Detroit all fall si-
nificantly behind the national average at 71 percent or less.
The drive will reach families with unvaccinated children through the Agricu-
ture Department's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants
and Children, which provides food stamps and vitamins to pregnant women, ncv
mothers and children through the age of 5. About 5 million children participate
in the WIC program.
When families visit a WIC center to enroll in the program, or to pick up foo
stamps, they will be asked whether the children have had their shots for diphtic-
ria, measles, mumps, polio and rubella.
Death enalty ironically might have both worked to
lengthen the average death row time.f
comes Under revieW inmates executed in 1999: the decad
old efforts by state legislatures, Con-
WASHINGTON -Convicted killers gress and the Supreme Court to shorten
executed in 1999 spent 13 months the appeals process, and the recent
longer on death row than those put to emerging "higher intolerance for c
death in 1998, as legislation and court among the public
rulings to speed appeals clashed with
growing concern over possibly erro-
neous verdicts, a federal study shows. Electricity 'war ingi
The 98 prisoners executed in 1999 issued in Northwest
- the most since 1951 - were on
death row as average of 11 years and LOS ANGELES - California's
I I months, up sharply from 10 years main power supplier issued an emer-
and 10 months for the 68 inmates put gency warning for the seventh consec-
to death in 1998, according to a utive day yesterday, and utilities in the
Bureau of Justice Statistics report Northwest urged customers to cu
released yesterday. back their electricity use as temper'
By contrast, the 1998 figures had tures there plunged.
reflected a decline of three months The Northwest group met yester;
from the 1997 average. day and reissued a Stage Two warn-
"Its hard to look at a single year ing for the region, where
snapshot and evaluate trends in the temperatures were about 15 degr'e
length of time on death row," said below normal.
Richard Dieter of the Death Penalty While the Northwest cold snap isn't
Inforration Center, a group critical of expected to be as harsh as previously
how capital punishment is adminis- thought, forecasters still expect tenl-
tered. peratures will dip well into the'*
Dieter said two conflicting fcces this week.
They break down slowly, travel easily
2I e athe environment, and have been lire
to ban 12 chenicals to cancer, birth defects and other gehet-
ic abnormalities. Breast-feeding mt-
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa- ers transmit the poison to their infants
Proud, but pale and red-eyed after a Production and use of nine of the42
week of negotiations culminating in all- chemicals will be banned as soon affie
night talks, U.N. officials announced treaty takes effect, likely four toive
yesterday that 122 countries have years after the signing ceremony, set for
agreed on a treaty banning 12 highly May in Stockholm. Sweden.
toxic chemicals.
Greenpeace called the agreement Nobel Pr goes to
the "bginniiig of the end oftoxic 1N o e nw
lution," and World Wildlife Fund offi- S. Korea's president
cial Clifton Curtis described it as "a
real solid foundation for the future." OSLO, Norway - South Korea s
Despite disagreements that kept President Kim Dae-jung, a fornier
negotiators awake most of Friday and political prisoner who accepted his
Saturday nights, all welcomed the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday, promised
final text, said John Buccini, chairman to devote the rest of his life to democra-
of the summit organized by the U.N. cy and reconciliation with North Korea.
Environment Program. The 76-year-old leader survived prison,
"The treaty enjoyed the broadest exile, attempts on his life and six
possible support," he said. "People not months on death row in more than40
only felt that we have a treaty, but that years as a pro-democracy activist and
we have a good treaty." political oppositionfigure under mili-
PCBs, dioxins and other chemicals tary-backed rule in the South.
on the "dirty dozen" list are known as
persistent organic pollutants or POPs. - Compiledfiomn Dai' wire repors.

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