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Comittee OKs Abraham
as Secretary of Energy
WASHINGTON (AP) - Spence
Abraham, President-elect Bush's
nominee for energy secretary,
gained easy endorsement yesterday
from the Senate Energy and Natur-
al Resources Committee, only
hours after he appeared before the
The committee agreed by voice
vote to recommend confirming
Abraham, a former senator from
Michigan who lost a bid for re-
election in November.
Abraham, 48, grandson of
Lebanese immigrants, is expected
to get easy approval to head the
Energy Department, which he twice
tried to have eliminated in the late
1990s. The full Senate probably
will take up the nomination next
week. During a morning appearance
before the committee, Abraham
received praise from Democrats and
During six years in the Senate,
he was widely admired as a hard
worker. Many of the senators
referred to him informally as
"Spence" when questioning him
about a range of energy issues
from California's power problems
to his plans for dealing with
Much of the hearing was focused
on California's critical power short-
ages that has prompted rolling black-
outs this week and threatened the
state's utilities with bankruptcy.
Abraham said Bush considers the
state's power problems "an urgent
priority," but that it's premature to
speculate what federal government
might do to help the state.
Such speculation could disrupt
negotiations on possible solutions
under way among the state govern-
ment. utilities and power suppliers.
Abraham, who has had little
experience involving energy issues,
said Bush was "deeply committed
to developing an energy policy that
includes increasing domestic pro-
duction of energy in an environ-
mentally responsible way."
"Economic prosperity is directly
linked to assuring adequate sup-
plies of reasonably priced energy,"
Abraham was among the rush of
freshman lawmakers elected to
Congress as the Republicans gained
control in the 1994 elections.
Twice as a senator, Abraham co-
'sponsored legislation that would
have abolished the department he
now wants to lead. Times have
changed, he has said, and he no
longer feels that way. Senators did
not press him on the subject.
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"It's not race that matters, but diversi-
ty" Lempert said, later adding that "race
is a factor but it's by no means trump.
In cross-examination, CIR lawyer
Larry Purdy brought up the term "criti-
cal mass." The admissions policy states
that the Law School seeks a critical mass
of underrepresented minority students.
Purdy asked about the minimal
requirements for a critical mass and
how critical mass compares to a quota.
"Critical mass is not a quota," Lem-
pert said, explaining that critical mass
is a concept while a quota is a number.
"You can't have a critical mass with-
out having a meaningful number,"
Also yesterday, CIR's statistics
expert, Kinley Larntz underwent the
cross examination of Miranda Massie.
the lawyer representing the intervening
defendants. Larntz's numbers com-
pared the admittance rates of minority
and majority students with respect to
their Law School Admissions Test and
grade point averages.
Massie questioned the possibility of
Larntz neglecting variables that would
influence his numbers, alluding to the
possibility that minority students have
obstacles to overcome, which are
reflected in their lower scores.
But Larntz stood behind his num-
bers, saying that he focused on test
scores and grades because of their
important role in Law School admis-
Both CIR lawyer Kurt Koble and
University lawyer John Payton said they
were pleased with how the day went.
Continued from Page:L
"I know how hard they searched and
how good the other candidates were.'
Tressel, who coached Youngstown
State to four Division I-AA national'
championships prior to accepting the
job with the Buckeyes, used feel-
good sound bites like "coniunity,"'
"family" and "tradition of excel-
lence" to describe his vision for
righting the Ohio State ship.
Prior to the Jan. 2 firing of coah
John Cooper, the program had bee.
marred by strained player relations,
academic indiscretions and only two
wins over Michigan during Cooper's
13-year tenure. While the mood of the
press conference was positive. it was
clear Tressel was hired to immediately
address the first two problems and -
eventually --the latter.
"The football side of it was not ait
issue." Ohio State Athletic Director
Andy Geiger said. "The football side of
it was never an issue. What really sold
me was Jim Tressel the person and what
he brings to the table in other areas.
"If we can build a program that puts
team ahead of self, achieving goals we
haven't been achieving will be easier.'
"When you have a lot of people in a
group. problems happen. Part of being
a leader is problem-solving." Tressel
Tressel developed a reputation at
Youngstown State as a disciplinarian,
with tales of academic c eckups
mandatory break fasts and strict, unbi-
During the 200() season, Ohio State's
problems included a player suing anoth-
er player and the academic ineligibility
of starting wide receiver Reggie Ger-
many, who missed the Buckeyes' 24-7
loss to South Carolina in the Outback
Bowl on New Year's Day.
The 48-year old Tressel signed a
five-year contract that will start at
$700,000 and increase by 100.000
each season. Geiger said he will
receive a S100,000 signing bonus -
he made S8 1.000 a year at
Youngstown State - plus other bonus-
es for winning titles and reaching or
winning bowl games. Unlike his pre-
decessor, Tressel will not earn a bonus
for beating Michigan.
The search for the new Ohio State
coach took 15 days. Front-office per-
sonnel and an advisory committee that
included student-athletes scoured the
nation for candidates. They considered
coaches from the Oakland Raiders'
Jon Gruden to Oregon's Mike Bellotti
to Minnesota's Glen Mason.
Ohio State linebacker and advisory
committee member Joe Cooper said
the choice was difficult.
"Every candidate was equal," he
said. "Every candidate that was
brought to the table was good enough
to take Ohio State to the next level."
Speculation ran rampant, but the
program kept tight-lipped about their
coaching candidates. Geiger said none
of the other candidates were ever
offered the position.
"That's part ,of the reason I don't
answer -a lot of questions and tele-
phone calls," Geiger said. "Having
me come out and talk about each
candidate after meeting them would
be a terrible way of doing things."
Geiger denied that John Cooper's
Heroin drn ring in New York in in
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uncovered, uprooted Guaranteed Delive
PHILADELPHIA- Two drug included Jhon B
rings that smuggled millions of dol- Pena, who was ide
lars of heroin from South America to leader of the grou
Philadelphia and New York were dis- on the street as Joh
mantled yesterday with the arrests of
69 people, U.S. and Colombian offi-
cials said. Maine off
The investigation, which lasted for S n
more than a year, marked the first
time U.S. officials identified a drug WASHINGTO
organization working in Colombia Corps officer was
that authorities there were not as commander c
aware of, the U.S. attorney's: office Osprey training
said. day after beintz
"Our ability to do this - to take mously of
out an entire drug organization from faisification of th
the Colombia source to the New York tenance records.
distributors to the streets of Philadel- In announcing
phia - is an astounding achievement and the action
that will not be unnoticed by the drug Odin Fred Leber
cartels," U.S. Attorney Michael Stiles Corps said "at
said. "This is the dismantling of an believes there i
entire operation from beginning to between the alleg
end." records and tht
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Colombia, 27 in Pennsylvania and I1 23 Marines.
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Acnoss -THE NATIONC
Jackson confesses to affair, apologizes
CHICAGO -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson withdrew from public view at an
important hour for the civil rights movement yesterday after disclosing that he
had an extramarital affair that resulted in the birth of a daughter a year and a half
A steady stream of supporters - including Jackson's son:Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
-- visited with him at his Chicago home, some carrying Bibles. But the only w*
from Jackson was a statement issued in the early morning hours revealing the affair.
"I fully accept responsibility and I am truly sorry for my actions" he said.
Spokesman John Scanlon said Jackson issued the statement to get out in front
of anticipated tabloid reports. Yesterday's New York Post and Daily News both
carried stories about the affair, citing a report in the National Enquirer. /
Scanlon said the child was the result of an affair Jackson had with a woman
who worked in the Washington office of Jackson's civil rights group, the Rain-
A longtime Jackson confidant, who spoke on condition of anonymity, con-
firmed to The Associated Press that the woman was Karin Stanford, the former
head of Rainbow-PUSH's Washington bureau. Stanford taught political science
and African-American studies at the University of Georgia. and wrote a bc
about Jackson. "Beyond the Boundaries: Reverend Jesse Jackson and Interna-
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sc nbelieve there's a real chance of reaching
Y ban agreement before the ballot, but we
cause possible war shall continue to seek an accord after
-it." Barak said yesterday,. speaking
JERUSALEM - Faced with a pos- before high school students in Tel Av'
sible victory by right-wing challenger If there was no deal within a ye,
Ariel Sharon. Israeli and Palestinian Barak said, Israel would initiate a unilat-
negotiators met yesterday in an desper- eral separation from the Palestinians, a
ate race to reach some sort of peace process that would last for about two
accord before Israel's Feb. 6. election. years.
Sharon's peact plan, revealed in
detail for the first time, calls for filll
Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalepi a,~d OI U IS u IL
the Golan Heights and no more land assassination verified
concessions to the Palestinians.
The Palestinians and Israeli Prime KINSIASA. Congo -- Two daf
Minister Fhud Barak immediately after President Laurent Kabila was
attacked Sharon. who still maintains his gunned down in his presidential palace,
double-digit lead over Barak. Congo's government acknowledged
Sharon's ideas are a "recipe for disas- yesterday that he had died, ending
ter. a recipcie r war." Palestinian nego- uncertainty over hit ihWe but leaving this
tiator Saeb lrckat said. troubled nation fearful over its future.
Karak echoed Erekat, calling the plan Kabila's son Joseph has already been
a "recipe for violence and deteriora. thrust into power as his temporary
tion, and vowed to press ahead with replacement. but the question of a per-
the peace talks. manent successor could bring more tur-
"We shall do everything possible in moil.
order to have a peace agreement before
the elections or after them. I don't - _Compiled oi-o; Daily wire reports.
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