The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 24, 2001- 5
lush prepares for 2 big initiatives in first 100 days
By Hanna LoPatin
Daily Staff Reporter
Although George W. President Bush has been in office less
than one week, the pressure is already on for what he will be
able to complete in his first 100 days.
So far, Bush has touched on two of his main objectives,
introducing his education plan yesterday and his tax cut plan
Both initiatives are aimed at achieving bipartisan support,
and at least one has reached some measure of that. Most
aspects of the education plan have received vast amounts of
praise from politicians on both sides, and Bush enlisted a
Democrat, Sen. Zell Miller of Georgia, to help announce his
tax cut plan.
"President Bush realizes that he needs to build some sup-
port for his initiatives," White House spokesman Scott Stanzel
said when asked about Miller.
The tax cut plan aims to reduce taxes by $1.4 billion over a
period of 10 years.
"You're going to see Bush go after a couple Democrats,"
said University political science assistant Prof. Daniel Carpen-
ter, referring to Miller and Sen. John Breaux of Louisiana, two
of the most visible members of the party's conservative Blue
University history Prof. Sidney Fine said the incorporation
of Democrats into the Bush agenda is necessary due to an
evenly split Senate and the small margin of the Republican
majority in the House of Representatives.
"He needs Democratic support for whatever he proposes"
As for the education plan, Fine said, "It looks like (Bush) is
going to have pretty good success with the education bill."
The majority of Bush's education plan was given a warm
reception by both parties, particularly his ideas on account-
ability for public schools, regular testing for math and reading
skills and flexibility of federal funds.
Although Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) sponsored an
alternative education plan in response to a voucher stipulation
in the president's form, Lieberman said in a statement yester-
day that the two plans have much in common and that collab-
oration will be achieved.
But Bush's plans for bipartisanship are not necessari-
ly as close as he may hope, as he struck a sour chord
with pro-choice activists on Monday when he reinstated
an anti-abortion measure on the anniversary of Roe v.
The executive order, which places a ban on sending federal
funds to overseas family planning facilities, was originally
instated by President Reagan.
Carpenter said the move was politically very understand-
"A lot of times what you want to do really early in the term
is energize your base," Carpenter said.
Fine expressed similar sentiments saying the executive
order was "a concession to support on the right."
There are many areas that Bush is expected to touch upon
in the first 100 days.
Bush "is going to be very active," Stanzel said. "There are a
number of proposals that he's going to be working with Con-
gress to implement."
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has made it very clear that he
wants Bush to make his campaign finance reform bill a priori-
"Senators have the prerogative to introduce their legisla-
tion," Stanzel said. "Senator McCain and President Bush will
talk about that"
Fine said the campaign finance reform bill will likely tie up
Congress when it is introduced.
Stanzel also said that Bush will be looking at using
eight percent of the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge for domes-
tic energy resources, an area protected during the Cling
By the end of this potentially crucial beginning period for
Bush "I don't think you're going to see too much change in a
whole bunch of areas," Carpenter said, pointing to the fact that
Democrats are in a good position now to stop Bush's bills
Whatever measures Bush takes in the first 100 days, Fine
said he will still be under the shadow of a controversial elect
tion and the fact that his opponent, former Vice President Al
Gore, won the popular vote.
Currently several media organizations, including The
Miami Herald, are underway in a recount of all the
undercounted ballots in Florida. Though Bush is the
official winner, many of the organizations are predict-
ing that Gore actually received the maiority of Flori-
"It wouldn't be a surprise to me if he even lost in Florii
da," Fine said. "That's going to be rather interesting for a
man to lose a popular vote and the electoral vote and still be
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.
P) - Authorities late last night sur-
rounded a hotel where the last two of
seven inmates who escaped from a
Texas prison a month ago were
believed to be holed up in a room.
Police negotiators were communi-
cating with the two men, who identi-
fied themselves as fugitives Patrick
Murphy Jr. and Donald Newbury.
S"We are in the process of negotiat-
g with them right now to try to bring
this to a peaceful conclusion," police
Lt. Skip Arms said.
Arms said the two identified them-
selves as the escaped convicts, but
officers will not know for sure until
they see them.
Texas Department of Criminal Jus-
tice spokesman Larry Fitzgerald said
he was sure they were the missing con-
*"We got 'em," Fitzgerald said.
Murphy, a 39-year-old rapist, and
Newbury, 38, a convicted armed rob-
ber; were among inmates who escaped
from a Texas prison in December, trig-
gering one of the largest manhunts in
the history of the Southwest. All seven
were charged with capital murder for
the slaying of an Irving, Texas, police
officer during a robbery of a sporting
Four of the other convicts were cap-
tured peacefully Monday in Woodland
Park, a rural bedroom community 15
miles northwest of Colorado Springs.
A fifth convict killed himself as
authorities closed in on a cramped
motor home where the fugitives appar-
ently had been staying since Jan. 1.
Arms said police got a tip yesterday
that the two missing fugitives were in a
Holiday Inn two blocks from a motel
rking lot where their van had been
#und earlier in the day.
Police officers and SWAT team
members surrounded the hotel and
evacuated rooms near the fugitives.
Authorities have said the two were
believed to have a dozen weapons,
including assault rifles and shotguns,
and may have bulletproof vests.
Earlier yesterday, Newbury's wife
d pleaded for him to surrender.
"I don't want him hurt. I don't want
him dead," Jacqueline Newbury said.
The hotel was about 20 miles from
thomobile home park where the other
escaped convicts had been captured.
Inside the RV where the inmates had
been staying, officers found a "person-
al note" from Larry Harper, the con-
vict who killed himself, to his family;
the contents were not disclosed. Also
found were S10,000 in cash, thousands
of rounds of ammunition, two-way
*ios, a medical kit and receipts for
bulletproof vests, recently purchased
in Denver and Aurora, said Mark Mer-
shon, FBI agent in charge in Colorado.
"There were 35 weapons in there,
loaded, cocked and ready for action, as
we say," Mershon said.
Some of the guns were taken from
the Texas prison; others were traced to
the sporting goods store, he said.
&The seven fugitives broke out of a
maximum-security prison in Knedy,;
Texas, southeast of San Antonio, on
Dec. 13. Theywere believed to have
been in the Woodland Park area since
around New Year's Day. Authorities
were tipped off to their presence by
residents who had seen the convicts
New Hampshire blaze
By Lakali Jones
For the Daily
Hidden on the seventh floor of the
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library,
the Special Collections Library is
not one of the libraries included on
the University's campus tours.
But a new exhibit may increase the
amount of traffic through the nor-
mally quiet rooms that hold such rar-
ities as James Audubon's original
paintings and the Unabomber's let-
ters when it opens in Feb.
The exhibit, called, "Costuming
and Shakespeare's History," will be
held from Feb. 7 to April 14. The
purpose of the exhibit is to show dif-
ferent costumes that people wore in
"The exhibit will feature prints,
photographs and materials from
Stratford (Ontario) and England,"
said Wanda Monroe, the spokes-
woman for the graduate library.
Kathryn Beam, curator of the
library's Humanities Collection, said
that not only the costumes are
important to her.
"We'd also like to emphasize the
changing philosophy toward costum-
ing from the time of Shakespeare's
first productions to the year 2000,"
The exhibit will also give students
a chance to explore everything the
Special Collections Library has to
"We have one of the top 10 collec-
tions in the country," said Peggy
Duab, head of the library and curator
for the History of Math collection.
One of the library's most recent
acquisitions is a collection of the let-
ters of Theodore Kaczynski, com-
monly known as the Unabomber:
Kaczynski was a graduate student
who lived in East Quad Residence
Hall in the 1960s. He left the Uni-
versity with two degrees in mathe-
matics and was convicted of creating
and sending mail bombs in the late,
The library does not only have let-
ters, but also has a wide variety of
"We have the book, 'Birds of
America" by John Audobon. The
regents of the University bought the
book for $970 in 1838...Today the
book is worth $7 million. It's the,
most valuable book in the collec-
tion," Duab said.
The museum also houses a pepy-
rology collection, which contains the.
Bible, other religious works, letters,
and documents. Pepyrology refers to
the use of the papyrus plant used to
make the paper.
"We have the largest collection (of
pepyrology) in the Western Hemi-
,sphere," Monroe said.
Other collections in the library
include the Social Science Collec-
tion, which contains historical
books, the Labadie Collection,
which contains materials on anarchy
and social protest and the Science
and Technology Collection, which
has books on math and science.
Likethe upcoming Shakespeare
exhibit, the library sponsors many
special events including an annual
Bible exhibit which is well known
outside of Ann Arbor.
"Eight hundred to 1,000 churches
come to see the exhibit," Duab said.
The exhibit displays ancient Biblical
works and tells of the many transfor-
mations the Bible has made, from
the type of paper used to which ver-,
sions are now in circulation.
"One of our goals is to take care
of the very expensive things of the'
collection, protect them while
they're here for future generations,"
The Special Collections Library is
open Monday through Friday from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday
from 10 a.m. to noon.
A firefighter battles a four alarm blaze that destroyed a threestory apartment building in Manchester, N.H. yesterday.
One firefighter was hospitalized with minor injuries and it is unclear if anyone was inside the building.
Prosec%,.utors argu-e for re 4
of Saudi citi"zen confessiont
NEW YORK (AP) - A Saudi on
trial in the deadly 1998 bombings of
two U.S. embassies in Africa asked a
judge in a closed hearing yesterday
to throw out his confession, arguing
in court papers that American inter-
rogators threatened to hang him "like
a dog"if he did not cooperate.
Federal prosecutors say Mohamed
Rashed Daoud Al-'Owhali admitted
hurling a stun grenade at a guard
outside the embassy in Nairobi,
Kenya, just before a bomb exploded,
killing more than 200 people.
Al-'Owhali, 24, said his confes-
sion was coerced by U.S. investiga-
tors who threatened to hurt him and
his family, according to court papers.
The hearing, scheduled to last four
days, will determine whether jurors
hearing the case against Al-'Owhali
and three other alleged followers of
terrorist mastermind Osama bin
Laden can see the confession.
If U.S. District Judge Leonard
Sand excludes the confession, it
would be a significant victory for the
defense. Prosecutors, however, have
had substantial success in earlier ter-
rorism cases, convicting defendants
even without confessions.
The dispute over the confession
halted jury selection until next week.
Sand has closed the hearing to the
public; saying disclosures could
affect the fairness of the trial and
even national security, but many
details are outlined in court filings.
Al-'Owhali is one of four men
who went on trial Jan. 3 on conspira-
cy charges in the twin attacks on
U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es
Salaam, Tanzania, on Aug. 7, 1998.
The bombings killed 224 people,
including 12 Americans, and wound-
ed more than 5,000 others.
If convicted, A1-'Owhali and
another man, Khalfan Khamis
Mohamed, 27, of Tanzania, could be
sentenced to death.
A1-'Owhali's confession, as
recounted by the FBI, provides an
inside look at a plot prosecutors
allege was engineered by bin Laden,
who is believed to be hiding in
Al-'Owhali told the bureau that
the Nairobi bombing was meant to
be a suicide attack, though he man-
aged to escape with only minor
injuries and was arrested five days
Prosecutors have accused Al-
'Owhali of conducting surveillance
of the embassy three days before the
attack. Afterward, he allegedly dis-
carded two keys that fit the padlock
on the bomb-laden vehicle and three
bullets from a gun he left behind in
FBI agent Stephen Gaudin testi-
fied that he properly advised Al-
'Owhali of his rights as he spoke
with him six times over eight days in
Nairobi. He said Al-'Owhali asked
to go to the United States.
"He said that America was his
enemy and not the Kenyans and, as
such, he would rather be tried in the
United States than Kenya," Gaudin
At one point, Gaudin said, Al-
'Owhali threatened the families of
investigators. According to the sus-
pect, however, interrogators told him
he would "be hanged from your neck
like a dog" unless he cooperated.
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