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2 - Tihe Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 14, 2001


Freshman arrested for 2 killings

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A freshman at Gallaudet
Univensity, the nation's only liberal arts university for
the deaf, was charged yesterday with killing two fellow
students over the past five months.
Polike Chief Charles Ramsey said robbery was the
motivie in both killings.
He said Joseph Mesa Jr., 20, of Guam, was expected
to be arraigned today on two counts of felony murder
in the deaths of Benjamin Varner and Eric E. Plunkett.

Ramsey told a press conference last night that police
had searched Mesa's room earlier in the day, but he
would not say whether any evidence was recovered.
Varner, 19, of San Antonio, was found dead of mul-
tiple stab wounds Feb. 3 in a fourth-floor residence hall
room of Cogswell Hall. Plunkett, 19, of Burnsville,
Minn., also a freshman, was found beaten to death in a
first-floor room of the same hall Sept. 28.
The killings shocked the close-knit community of


2,000 students at Gallaudet, which was established by
Congress in 1864 as the country's only four-year liber-
al arts university for the deaf and hearing impaired.
After Varner's death, university officials decided to
close the building for the rest of the semester.
Security has been tight at the campus since Varner's
death. University police had been checking student IDs
and writing down the license plates of vehicles enter-
ing the campus.
IRS xoseizes
church for
pay taxes
church that challenged the authority
of the IRS was seized by the govern-
ment yesterday to satisfy a $6 mil-
lion tax debt, with federal marshalsi
wheeling the former pastor out on a
gurney as he prayed in protest.I
"I pray for you that God will for-
give you!" shouted the Rev. Greg J.
Dixon, pastor emeritus of the Indi-
anapolis Baptist Temple. "Welcome
to communism, America!"
It is believed to be the first timeI
the federal government has ever
seized a church in a tax dispute.
The move peacefully ended a 91-
day vigil that had drawn the atten-
tion of constitutional scholars and4
right-wing militia members.
Five church members were inside
when 85 federal marshals arrived,
supported by 70 city police officers.
No one was hurt or arrested, though
some church supporters had to be
carried out, among them Dixon, who
was strapped to a gurney and
wheeled out into the street.<
"David got Goliath," church mem-I
ber Susie Wallen said. "But if our;
Goliath had bullets, we could've
whipped their butts."
The dispute began when the Bap-i
tist Temple stopped withholding fed-
eral income and Social Security
taxes from employee paychecks in
Dixon said his unregistered New Tes-
tament Church was governed only by
God's law and was not subject to taxa-
Registered churches are exempt from
certain taxes but still must pay employee1
withholding taxes.
Dixon refused even to apply for tax-
exempt status, saying taxing any church
violates the First Amendment separation
of church and state.
to Dutch
NEW YORK (AP) - An Internet
account in the Netherlands emerged
yesterday as the possible source of the
Anna Kournikova computer virus that
clogged e-mail service this week.
"OnTheFly" posted a claim of
responsibility on a Dutch website, say-
ing the virus was released as a warning
to Internet users who are lax about

security. "I never wanted to harm the
people (whol opened the attachment,"
the person wrote. "But after all: it's
their own fault they got infected."
"OnTheFly" then encouraged victims
to update their anti-virus software.
The virus, which carried the signa-
ture "OnTheFly," was traced by the
Excite(at)Home computer network to
one of its subscribers in the Nether-
lands. The network said it is trying to
find out if the account holder wrote the
virus or if "OnTheFly" merely used
the account to spread the virus.
"We're looking at the situation and
determining what action to take," said
Alison Bowman, a company spokes-
Mikko Hypponen, manager of anti-
virus research at F-Secure Corp. in
Espoo, Finland, said he believes the
message is authentic, but finding the
person could prove difficult. He also
said the Netherlands does not appear
to have any law outlawing Internet
virus crimes. Dutch officials said no
investigation was planned.
"We have no indication that it was
started here," said Wim de Bruijn,
spokesman for the National Public
Prosecutors office. "If any indications
arise nointing to the Netherlands, then

Bush plans to seek
funds for weapons
President Bush yesterday said he
would ask Congress to spend an
additional $2.6 billion to develop
high-tech weapons for the U.S.
arsenal, and called for cooperation
among NATO allies to confront ter-
rorism and weapons of mass
In the post-Cold War era, Bush
explained, the allied nations' adver-
saries have grown less predictable
and more diverse. So new weapon-
ry must be developed to counter the
long-term dangers posed by terror-
ism and by nuclear, biological and
chemical weapons.
"With advance technology," the
president sa-id, "we must confront
the threats that come on a missile.
With shared intelligence and
enforcement, we must confront the
threats that come in a shipping con-
tainer or in a suitcase."
SAN VICENTE, El Salvador
128 killed by second
quake in El Salvador
A powerful earthquake shook El
Salvador yesterday, toppling hundreds
of buildings and killing at least 128
people in a country still mourning
more than 800 who died in an even
stronger quake exactly one month ago.
The quake flattened much of the heart
of San Vicente, a small farming com-
munity of 40,000 about 35 miles east of
San Salvador. Its streets were buried

under mountains of debris when dozens
of adobe homes collapsed in the quake.
"My house just came tumbling
down," said Maria Aguilar, 80, her
eyes filled with tears as health workers
treated her injuries on a patio at San
Vicente's central hospital. "Part of a
wall collapsed on top of me, but my
grandchildren rescued me quickly."
At least 128 people were killed and
more than 1,200 were injured, said
Salvadoran Red Cross spokesman Car-
los Lopez.
Brawl in parliament
results in death
It started with verbal mudslinging
across the marble chamber of t
Grand National Assembly, Turkey's
parliament. It graduated to pushing
and shoving and teacup throwing,
then exploded into a melee of
It ended with a 55-year-old mem-
ber of parliament - who'd been beat-
en about the head and chest by fellow
lawmakers - dead of a heart attack
two legislators charged with involuA
tary manslaughter, and the dead
man's family vowing revenge.
The Jan. 30 death of Mehmet Fevzi
Sihanlioglu, following a debate on
whether the time allotted for parlia-
mentary speech-making should be
reduced, has provoked a kind of
national soul-searching. Political
observers bemoan the fate of a coun-
try whose leaders are struggling to
establish Turkey's place in the world.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

Civilians were at helm during crash
Two civilian guests were seated at controls of the USS Greeneville when the
submarine surfaced and sank a Japanese fishing vessel off the Hawaiian coast, a
Navy spokesman said yesterday.
"There were two civilians at two separate watch stations under the very clost
supervision of a qualified watch stander," said Lt. Cmdr. Conrad Chun, a Pacific
Fleet spokesman.
He declined to identify which stations were involved, but said they could
include the helm, sonar or the ballast control. The Navy has refused to identify
who was aboard, but Chun said the 16 civilians included business leaders.
A defense official in Washington said one of the civilians was at the helm.
However, there is no indication the civilian played any role in Friday's collision,
said the official, who is familiar with the investigation and spoke only on condi-
tion of anonymity.
A Pentagon spokesman, Rear Adm. Craig Quigley, said no information about
the circumstances at the time of the accident would be released until the Na
has completed its investigation. The Pentagon said it has not given up searchi
for nine people missing from the Japanese vessel, a 190-foot ship owned by
Uwajima Fisheries High School in southwestern Japan.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip
Rival Israeli parties agree to coalition
Israeli helicopters targeted a member of an elite unit in Yasser Arafat's police
force and killed him with a missile as he drove on a busy street yesterday, mark-
ing a return to Israel's policy of slaying suspected Palestinian militants.
A 13-year-old Palestinian boy was shot and killed in central Gaza and 60 ot*
people reportedly were wounded by gunfire in the latest escalation of Mideast
violence. The Israeli military said its soldiers did not shoot the boy.
On the political front, Israel's Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon and his defeated
predecessor, Ehud Barak, moved closer to forming a coalition government that
would seek only a partial peace deal with the Palestinians, a Sharon spokesman said
Sharon, who must form a government with majority support in the 120-mem-
ber parliament before assuming power, can expect to face a Palestinian popula-
tion angered by the renewed violence and the diminished prospects for a
comprehensive peace agreement.
Israel, which has killed several suspected Palestinian militants in recent
months, sent a pair of helicopter gunships to strike at Massoud Ayyad, 54, ashe
drove on the outskirts of the Jebaliya refugee camp, just outside Gaza City.

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