2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 17, 2000
JERUSALEM (AP) - Afte
command centers, Israel ann
freezing millions of dollars1
Palestinian Authority in an att
er Arafat to abide by truce agr
An envoy for President Clin
Arafat and Israeli Prime Min
failed to nudge them toward
Instead, more angry words o
seven weeks of violence flew b
attempts to pres
er rocketing Palestinian Two Palestinians were killed yesterday by Israeli
ounced yesterday it is fire in separate incidents near the West Bank town of
in tax transfers to the Hebron.
empt to pressure Yass- In a rock-throwing clash in the West Bank refugee
eements. camp of Al Fawar, an 18-year-old Palestinian was shot
ton met separately with and wounded in the chest. The victim's relatives said
ister Ehud Barak, but he bled to death when an ambulance was turned away
resuming peace talks. at Israeli checkpoints. The Israeli army said that
f blame over the past because of an Israeli blockade of Palestinian towns, the
etween the two sides. patient was to be transferred to an Israeli ambulance,
but there was confusion about the
Later yesterday, a 30-year-old
killed at an Israeli checkpointn
Ummar. Palestinian witnesses.
man without provocation.
The army said the man was k
seize a soldier's weapon.
The deaths brought to 223 th
killed in the latest round of
r atACRoss THE NATION(
Smeetingpoint. Court grants killer stay of execution
Palestinian man was IHUNTSVILLE, Texas - The U.S. Supreme Court blocked last night's execu
near the town of Beit tion of a convicted killer said to be so mentally retarded he spends his days col
said soldiers shot the oring with crayons and still believes in Santa Claus.
The court said it wanted more time to consider a late appeal from Johnny Ptu
illed when he tried to Penry, whose case drew protests from around the world.
The court did not say how long the stay of execution would last.
he number of people "He was happy but there was no sigh of relief," Texas Department of Crimipa
Israeli-Palestinian Justice spokesman Larry Todd said. "He told the warden he was hopeful th
Supreme Court would stop his execution."
Penry was to become 38th Texas inmate to be executed this year -- the higi
est number by any state since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed capital punish-
ment to resume in 1976. It was the third execution scheduled in as many nigt
Penny was condemned for raping and fatally stabbing and beating 22-year-oks
East Texas housewife Pamela Moseley Carpenter in 1979. He was on parole at
A the time for a rape.
His lawyers described him as having an IQ of 50 to 60 and the reasonin
1 S U it capacity of a 7-year-old.
Prosecutors said Penry is ignorant, not retarded. Texas Attorney General John
Cornyn said Penry is "a schemer, a planner and can be purposefully deceptive.
9 2 M First U.S. bullet train since its inception in 1971, is unde
orders from Congress to become
hits 150 mph record financially self-sufficient by 2003
mplaints of discrimi- High-speed rail plays promnently1i
t and retaliation. ABOARD THE AC E LA its survival plans.
covers salaried black EXPRESS --High-speed rail travel Amtrak wants its bullet train to
orked for Coke in the in the United States debuted yesterday compete with airline shuttles pope
een 1995 and 2000. with the maiden run of the sleek with Northeast business travelers.
for record $1.
ATLANTA (AP) - Coca-Cola Co.
said yesterday it will pay a record
S 192.5 million to settle a racial discrimi-
nation suit by black employees and will
allow an independent panel to stand
watch over its employment practices.
The settlement consists of S 113 mil-
lion in cash, 543.5 million to adjust
salaries over the next decade and S36
million for oversight of the company's
"Our goal was to change the Coca-
Cola Co.," said Cyrus Mehri, the main
lawyer for the plaintiffs. "We think
that this company is going to change
in dramatic ways."
The agreement surpassed a Sl76
million settlement of a discrimination
lawsuit against Texaco in 1995. Texa-
co's agreement also included a watch-
dog panel and established a model for
Plaintiffs' lawyers estimate that
each of the roughly 2,200 current and
former employees in the case will get
an average of S40,000 each, depending
on the length of their employment.
"The settlemeni is meaningful, con-
structive and equitable to all parties
and allows us to move forward," Coke
chairman and chief executive Douglas
Daft said in a memo to employees.
The centerpiece is a seven-person
task force that will review the soft
drink maker's diversity efforts and
human resources operations. Among
other things, it will make sure man-
agers receive annual diversity training
Coke also agreed to hire, an
ombudsman, who will report to Daft.
to investigate cor
employees who w
United States betw
!Pfay11 it again , 5am!i
The plaintiffs can still opt out of the
settlement and sue on their own. Larry
Jones, a former Coke manager who
has led protests against the company,
predicted a few dozen might do so.
The 1999 lawsuit accused Coca-
Cola of discriminating against black
salaried employees in pay, promotions
and evaluations. Coke denied the alle-
gations. And in the settlement, it did
not admit any wrongdoing.
"I think what this is doing is
improving on and making better what-
ever established business practices
there were," Daft said. "Sometimes
things happen in an unintentional fash-
ion. And I've made it very clear that
can't happen anymore."
The settlement's main terms have
been given preliminary approval by a
federal judge. He is expected to review
the deal for final approval in the com-
The company said it will take a
S188 million charge in the fourth quar-
ter to cover costs of the settlement.
Separately from the settlement, Coke
will donate S50 million toward pro-
grams in minority communities.
Coca-Cola stock rose 43 cents a
share to S61.98 at 4 p.m. on the New
York Stock Exchange.
'Three members of the watchdog
group will be appointed by the plain-
tiffs' lawyers, and three by Coke.
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"We've tried to talk with Harper, but
we have not seen a fruition of our con-
cerns," she said.
She said the "poor" condition of the
Trotter House - a University multi-
cultural center - is an example of
Charles also expressed concern
about Harper's actions to aid the move
of the senior honor society Michiga-
mua after the Students of Color Coali-
tion's occupied Michigamua's offices
in the Michigan Union tower last
"While groups like Michigamua
receive S5,000-6,000 from Harper for
renovations, the Trotter House is in
need," Charles said.
Despite these and other comments
of disapproval, the regents supported
Regent Kathy White broke the tra-
dition of not responding during pub-
lic comments to address the
"It's very important that you under-
stand that now the decision has been
made and interim Vice President
Harper is now the Vice President for
Student Affairs," White told the speak-
"You are going to have to work
together with Harper to put aside past
ncidences and move forward," she
After the meeting, Regent Andrea
Fischer Newman (R-Ann Arbor) said
she disagreed with the students who
"I think this is a terrific deci-
sion, she said. "The reason certain
incidences have made students crit-
ical of her is because she's fair.
She's had to make a lot of tough
decisions," Newman said.
Regent Olivia Maynard (D-
Goodrich) said she agreed.
"She was presiding over a very
tough time with the tower situation last
year when you can't make anyone
happy," Maynard said.
In other business, the regents
approved a multi-year extension of
Bollinger's contract with the Universi-
ty along with a 5 percent raise in his
Acela Express, which hit an Amtrak-
record 150 mph during the New York- m-
to-Boston leg of a trip that began in i'scue-Wa
A full load of VIPs nibbled on ope
salmon, filet mignon, prosciutto and WASH INGTO
caviar hors d'oeuvres as they made his- industry cheered
tory aboard the train that Amtrak and when America Onli
high-speed rail advocates hope repre- government inactio
sents the future of US, ground travel. battle to force ca
"Today's inaugural run symbolizes share their wires w
the beginning of a new era of Ameri- But in an ironic t
can transportation," Transportation that AOL's bid for
Secretary Rodney Slater said at a United States' No.
kickoff ceremony in Washington. spur the governmen
Regular service on the train begins been seeking in thef
Dec. I I in the Northeast. Rail enthusi- As a condition
asts hope favorable review will boost Warner deal, the F
demand elsewhere in the country for mission is on the)
high-speed trains. first step toward re
Amtrak, which has received S23 panics to share the
billion in federal operating subsidies with Internet Servi
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to be destroyed encourage new at
tions aimed against
MOSCOW -- Russia's Cabinet Russia's one-tim
decided yesterday that the space station logical prowess wa
Mir will end its 15 years of pioneering this year by the sin
achievements and white-knuckle submarine Kursk
mishaps with a fiery plunge into the engulfed Moscow'
Pacific Ocean in February. the world's tallest s
Mir's successes and tribulations mir-
rored the epochal changes that shook Th
Russia during its time aloft, and ditch- ousan
ing it in a remote corner of the sea 900 Clinton to
to 1,200 miles off Australia will extin-
guish a potent symbol for many Rus- HANOI, Vietnam
sians. ton began a histori
But Mir is deteriorating, foreign Vietnam, stiriing pa
investors who bought the station an home of America'
eleventh-hour reprieve this year unpopular war andI
haven't met their commitments, and enemy "to build a di
Russia wants to concentrate its rev- Clinton arrived in
enues on the 16-nation international ital late at night, the
space station, which received its first ever in Hanoi, a ci
crew last month, Russian Space American warplan
Agency chief Yuri Koptev said. ceremony was put c
Koptev said it would be unsafe to that didn't stop thou
leave Mir aloft without new., expen- of Vietnamese fromt
sive missions to refurbish it. --Compiledfirnn
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