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Bush sends China letter of regret

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States has pre-
sented to China a letter expressing regret for the loss,
and presumed death, of the Chinese fighter pilot lost
after a collision with an American spy plane, as well as
regret for the U.S. plane's landing on Chinese soil
,without permission, according to two senior govern-
ment officials speaking on condition of anonymity.
The document says the plane was crippled by the
crash, was flying under a mayday signal and had to
make an emergency landing.
Earlier yesterday, President Bush called the show-
down with China a "stalemate" for the first time, as
U.S. diplomats awaited China's reply to a new formula
for releasing 24 Americans. Offering hope, the Chinese
president said he was eager to end the spy plane ordeal.
"Taking into the account the important role of the
two countries, we have to find an adequate solution,"

Chinese President Jiang Zemin said at a press confer-
ence in Uruguay. "I trust in the ability of both countries
to resolve this issue."
But Jiang, making a six-nation tour of Latin Ameri-
ca, also said China's position was "sufficiently clear"
as he stood by earlier demands that the United States
apologize for the crash of a Chinese jet. The United
States has refused to apologize.
Bush tried to lower expectations for the quick
release soon of 24 US. servicemen and women, even
while his foreign policy team reported modest behind-
the-scenes progress and said Beijing was mulling the
administration's latest proposal to end the standoff.
"Diplomacy sometimes take a little longer than peo-
ple would like," Bush said, preparing the public for the
prospect of a lengthy standoff. "I urge the Chinese to
bring resolution to this issue. It's time for our people to

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he flurry of diplomatic activity, the president
i to increasing pressure from critics, includ-
rvative allies, clamoring for action.
rdmiistration is doing everything we can to
stalemate in an efficient way" the president
ew members have been held since their EP-
eillance plane collided with a Chinese fighter
is forced to make an emergency landing April
has sought an apology and U.S. acceptance
but Bush has said neither is warranted.
J.S. side should apologize," Foreign Ministry
in Sun Yuxi said. However, along with the
ords, China extended the U.S. air crew extra
including freedom to exercise in the air-con-
>uilding where they are being detained.
Holland is
first nation
to legt aie
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -
The upper house of the Dutch parlia-
ment approved a euthanasia bill yester-
day, making the Netherlands the first
country to allow doctors to end the
lives of patients suffering unbearably
and without hope.
About 10,000 pro-life protesters sur-
rounded the parliament building, pray-
ing, singing hymns and quoting the
Bible. Inside, the Dutch Senate voted
46-28 in favor of the legislation.
Before the Senate vote, Health Min-
ister Els Borst gave a final assurance
that the law could not be abused by
doctors because of careful supervisory
provisions. The law presuppose a long
doctor-patient relationship, and exclude
the possibility of euthanasia for nonres-
idents of the Netherlands.
The law, likely to take effect this
summer, formalizes guidelines adopted
in 1993 under which doctors have been
assisting suicides with tacit approval,
said Justice Minister Benk Korthals.
"This law will remove the uncertain-
ty for patients and for doctors," Borst
told senators.
Outside the parliament building,
activists wore black ski masks and car-
ried oversized syringes dripping with
blood-red liquid. Several Christian
schools canceled classes to allow stu-
dents from across the country to partic-
ipate in the demonstrations.
"We don't have the right to decide
about matters of life and death, but
God does," said 19-year-old Henrico
van der Hoek as he walked passed Par-
liament. "As Christians, we simply can-
not support this law"
Arguing for the bill, government
ministers cited public approval ratings
of nearly 90 percent.
In the weeks preceding the debate,
the upper house was swamped with
more than 60,000 letters, most of them
urging the legislators to vote against
the bill.
Continued from Page 1
In addition to teaching civil engineer-
ing at Detroit Mercy, he is also a senior
project engineer at Tetra Tech MPS in
Ann Arbor and works with the Michi-
gan Academic Competitions team here
at the University. He also co-founded a
company that provides questions for
quiz bowl competitions.
Paul Litvak, an LSA junior and exter-
nal director of MAC, said he was very

excited to see one of the team's man-
agers on the show.
"It's great - if anyone deserves the
money, it's him," Litvak said. "He is
very kind, intelligent and entertaining at
Olmstead, a quiz-show fanatic, was
also a three-time winner on "Jeopardy!"
in 1994, taking away close to $27,000.
Susan Franklin, communications
director of Tetra Tech MPS, said Olm-
stead is a pleasure to work with and
very intelligent.
"Kevin is a wonderful person - very
talkative," Franklin said. "He's down-to-
earth and very smart"
Franklin added that despite his intelli-
gence, Olmstead is very likable.
"Even though he is extremely intelli-
gent, when you talk to him, he isn't talk-
ing down to you," Franklin said.
Though taxes will trim down his win-
nings, Olmstead still looks to walk away
with about $1.3 million.
Gary Lichtman, media relations
director at Detroit Mercy, said Olmstead
is one of the university's most popular
professors and money will most likely
not change him.
"He's never been motivated by
money" Lichtman said. "He will vroba-

judge threatens to shut down Napster
Calling Napster Inc.'s efforts to block copyright works from its online music-swap-
ping service "disgraceful," a federal judge said yesterday she may consider pulling
the Internet service's plug.
"Maybe the system needs to be shut down," U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall el
said in a heated courtroom moment.
Patel, who is hearing the copyright infringement case against Napster by the
recording industry, stopped short of putting her thoughts into action, however. She
said a court-appointed expert will review claims by the industry that Napster is fail-
ing to remove copyright material from its service used by some 70 million people.
The courtroom drama illustrated just how difficult it is to remove copyright works
from the Internet site while allowing non-copyright materials to remain.
"You created this monster, you fix it," Patel said in a terse tone.
Napster attorney Robert Silver said "all you need is one file to get through" the
song-swapping system's filters, which are designed to remove copyright material,
and the protected songs will reappear on the site's search index.
Recording Industry Association of America lawyer Carey Ramos said th of
5,000 songs the record labels asked to be removed last month, 84 percent of them are
still being downloaded free of charge via Napster.
G ACITYGaza tilp
25 Palestinians wounded in Gaza firefight
A fierce firefight erupted early today between Israeli forces and Palestinians near a
bloc of Jewish settlements in Gaza, wounding at least 25 Palestinians, casting doubt
on U.S. efforts to convene a meeting of security commanders later in the day.
Palestinians said Israelis attacked with helicopters rocketed a Palestinian rce
post next to the Khan Yunis refugee camp, and tanks fired shells at the camp.
The Israeli military said there was a "very heavy" exchange of fire, but denied that
helicopters were used. The violence followed a day of rocket and mortar exchanges
between the two sides. A U.S.-brokered meeting of security commanders was put off
for a second time and rescheduled for later today, a Palestinian official said, but the
new outbreak threw it into question again.
Eyewitnesses said an explosion, apparently a Palestinian mortar shell exploding at
a Jewish settlement, set off the fire fight near Khan Yunis. Palestinians said six Israeli
tanks advanced toward the refugee camp, a source of almost daily fire at the nearby
Jewish settlements.
Tank fire leveled two houses in the camp, witnesses said. One collapsed outs
occupants, who included children, they said.

Protests over police
shooting turn violent
Police fired bean bags, rubber bullets
and tear gas at people who broke win-
dows and looted stores yesterday during
the second day of protests over the police
shooting of an unarmed black man.
As night fell, groups of roving youths
ran through the city's Over-the-Rhine
neighborhood, where police reported
scattered looting, fires and attacks in
which bricks were thrown into cars and
the drivers assaulted. At least 20 people
were arrested on charges that included
rioting and disorderly conduct, police Lt.
Ray Ruberg said.
Yesterday afternoon, police formed
protective cordons around City Hall and
nearby police headquarters as roughly 50
people threw rocks and bottles at win-
dows and a sidewalk vendor's stand was
The violence increased at night, when
paramedics took about 25 people to hos-
pitals and treated another 40 at the scene.
Twins separated in
96-hour operation
Eleven-month-old twins Jamuna
and Ganga Shrestha were in different
rooms for the first time in their lives
yesterday after doctors successfully
separated the girls, who were born
joined at the head.
A wide-eyed Jamuna - the more
bashful sister - was wheeled out of

eling marathon surgery doctors are
calling a success.
The feistier sister, Ganga, finally left
the operating room at Singapore Gen-
eral Hospital at 4 p.m. - 96 hours
after entering. Dr. Keith Goh, who lead
the medical team, said Ganga's opera-
tion took longer because she needed
more "complex reconstruction."'
The Nepalese twins shared the same
skull cavity. Their brains were partially
fused, making the separation surgery
extremely difficult.
Republican is first
pregnant governor
Republican Jane Swift took offic s-
terday as apparently the first pre nt
governor in U.S. history and is likely to
be watched closely for how she balances
career and family.
Swift, who was elevated from lieu-
tenant governor, has a 2 1/2-year-old
daughter and is expecting twins in June.
She succeeds Gov. Paul Cellucci, who
resigned to become U.S. ambassador to
Canada. Swift, 36, has not said wh er
she will run for a full term in 20 in
this heavily Democratic state.
She has been plagued by controversy
and sagging approval ratings for using
her staff to baby-sit her daughter and for
taking a state helicopter to her home for
The western Massachusetts native is
the state's first female governor, and,
according to National Governors' Asso-
ciation, the first expectant mother in U.S.
history to hold a governor's office.

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