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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 13, 2001- 7A

Sharp criticism follows
.hike in gasoline prices

From Staff and Wire Reports


Gas prices tumbled in many parts of the nation yesterday, a dis rup
day after attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon,
as government officials threatened action against price prices.
gougers and sought to reassure motorists of adequate supplies. M
U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said there is no
indication of shortages that should justify price spikes to $5
a gallon or more. "There's been no supply disruption to jus-
tify such prices," Abraham said. said he now
He said the Environmental Protection Agency lifted sum- offer refunds
mer clean air gasoline requirements yesterday to avert any At the Su
supply shortage. The standards, imposed to ease air pollu- N.D., the pri
tion problems during the summer, had been scheduled to $3.29 Tuesd
expire Saturday. morning.
Gas prices soared yesterday on fears of shortages, Caroll Lan
prompting skirmishes at stations in several states as price change
motorists raced to get to the pump first. A 78-year-old man ters. Some c
in Topeka, Kan., was arrested for aggravated assault after he giving them
allegedly pulled a pellet gun on another customer. orders," she
"Spikes are presumably the response to panic buying," "There wz
said economics Prof. Matthew Shapiro. across some
"All indications point to the fact that there is plenty of gas Kloza, direct
around. By all accounts, this is a big tragedy. Some people wood, N.J., p
respond by going to church, others respond by filling up tle bit less un
their gas tanks," Shapiro added. Sen. Kent
But gas suppliers backed off high prices yesterday, as the country
many states said they would investigate reports of gouging. night, and he
"We made a dumb decision," said Todd Van Zeeland, a price gouging
gasoline distributor in Little Chute, Wis., who raised the "That's the
price of regular unleaded gasoline from $1.69 a gallon to said.
$2.95 on Tuesday. He said he would donate the profits to the The nation
American Red Cross. Tuesday by f
The R and L Texaco in Oklahoma City increased the bution steady
price of unleaded gasoline to $5 a gallon after a supplier The averag
told the owner it was unclear when the next shipment would grades and t
be available and at what price. But owner Ralph Pfenninger Lundberg Su
Bloom Ield Hills man,
among those still not
survived. Off
people, most
Continued from Page iA the Pentagon
the targets of Tuesday's devastation. was discount
The investigation swept from a Boston hotel to Florida and Authoritie
points beyond - all in an attempt to determine who was Air Force O
behind the attacks in which two hijacked airliners barreled "the plane th
into the 110-story towers, a third dove into the Pentagon and a White Hous
fourth crashed in western Pennsylvania. dent Bush's I'
President Bush condemned the onslaught as "acts of war" There also
and NATO gave the United States its backing for a military crashed in P
response if the attacks were directed from abroad. where but w
While investigators and diplomats moved forward in their Burnett, a 38
tasks, progress for rescuers in New York was slow. Cranes and phone "a gr
heavy machinery were used, but gingerly, for fear of dislodg- crash.
ing wreckage and harming any survivors. Searchers with The rubble
picks and axes worked slowly, too - sometimes when they Staten Island
opened pockets in the debris, fires flared. gators search
Companies that leased space in the trade center began real- One volun
izing the awful consequences of the violence. Thirty-eight bodies in his
people from Fred Alger Management Inc. were missing, totally toxic,
including the company's president, David Alger; Terence New York
Adderley Jr., 22, of Bloomfield Hills; and David Alger, who financial ma
earned his master's in business administration from the Uni- row.
versity of Michigan in 1968.. Schools re
"The terrorist attack is a personal tragedy for my family as was postpon
well as for all of our employees and their families," said Fred ball schedul
Alger, the company founder and David's brother. events were
Giuliani said the best estimate is that a "a few thousand" Joe Allbau
victims would be left in each building, potentially including Agency, tou
250 missing firefighters and police officers. Among the miss- politicians a
ing was John O'Neill, head of security for the trade center and more can be
a former FBI expert on terrorism. Last night
There were 82 confirmed fatalities - a number that was tion were pa
sure to grow. Another 1,700 injuries were reported. planted. Poli
The four hijacked planes carried 266 people, none of whom unfounded.

's been no supply
Lion to justify such
- Spencer Abraham
U.S. Energy Secretary
realizes he overcharged customers and would
per Pumper Amoco station in Devils Lake,
ce of a gallon of regular unleaded shot up to
lay night, but dropped to $1.89 Wednesday
mbert, the station's assistant manager, said the
s came on orders from the regional headquar-
ustomers asked for refunds, but she was not
out yesterday morning. "I'm just following
as a little bit of a mass neurosis that swept
areas of the country (Tuesday)," said Tom
tor of Oil Price Information Services, a Lake-
ublisher of oil industry data. "But there's a lit-
icertainty now in terms of oil prices."
Conrad (D-N.D.) said the rising prices across
were discussed at a Senate briefing Tuesday
e said Congress could take action soon to stop
e last thing that should be happening," Conrad
i's largest oil companies tried to allay concerns
reezing their prices and pledging to keep distri-
ge pice of gasoline late last week, including all
taxes, was $1.56 per gallon, according to the
irvey of 8,000 stations nationwide.
'U' graduate
iccounted or
licials from the military services said about 150
ly Army personnel, were missing in the attack on
. There had been estimates of 800 dead, but that
ed by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
s had "specific credible information" that both
ne and the White House were targets, and that
at hit the Pentagon may have been headed for the
e," said Sean McCormack, spokesman for Presi-
National Security Council.
was speculation that, in the case of the plane that
'ennsylvania, the hijackers intended to jet else-
ere thwarted by passengers. One of them, Thomas
-year-old business executive, told his wife by cell
oup of us are going to do something" before the
e at the trade center was taken by boat to a former
* garbage dump, where the FBI and other investi-
ed for evidence.
teer, Peter Coppola, said he had found four dead
s 24 hours of searching. "The air down there is
"he said.
ers were told to avoid lower Manhattan and the
rkets were to remain closed at least until tomor-
mained closed and the New York Yankees' game
ed, along with the rest of the major-league base-
e, including today's games. Many other sporting
either canceled or postponed.
ugh, head of the Federal Emergency Management
red the site of the tragedy with local and state
s the federal government begins assessing what
done to help with search, rescue and restoration.
the Empire State Building and Pennsylvania Sta-
rtly evacuated because of fears bombs had been

ce and

Continued from Page 1A
and courageously with the situation
but without being driven by a careless
desire for revenge," Williams said.
Like many professors who chose
to focus their classes on reflection of
the attacks yesterday, Williams said
he felt the need to speak about the
terrorism and to stress that human
beings all have something in com-
"It is my sense that the people who
committed these horrors would
understand themselves as having
motives, intention. But in my view,
their actions were purposeless to the
larger aims of us humans for the
human good," he said. "And my
word to myself and all others is to
take care that that call be answered
not with a careless desire for
vengeance but a renewed dedication
to respect and understanding and to a
united society."
Not all professors chose to speak
about Tuesday's events, and some
students said that decision upset

"Almost everyone I know has been
affected in some personal way by
what happened in New York and
Washington," said LSA senior
Amanda Atherton. "Many students
were already behind in their studies
due to the distractions yesterday.
Now we find ourselves in an even
worse place, unable to concentrate in
class and with more work piled on."
LSA Dean Shirley Neuman said
she is positive that professors and
students will be able to work out any
complications that may arise from
those personally affected by the
"We are encouraging instructors to
be flexible with students who must
leave classes for a period of time to
be with their family or friends most
deeply affected by the events in
Washington and New York," Neu-
man said. "I am sure that our faculty
will be understanding in accommo-
dating this request."
Another blood drive is scheduled
from 2-8 p.m. today at the Michigan

Amtrak officials said both incidents were
Continued from Page 1A
other states, officials said.
"We're attempting to recreate the
travels of each of the hijackers on the
planes - either the hijackers them-
selves or their associates;' FBI Director
Robert Mueller said.
For some of the suspected accom-
plices, "we have information as to
involvement with individual terrorist
groups," Mueller added. He declined to
say which groups or whether they were
connected to bin Laden.
Officials said authorities were gather-
ing evidence that the terrorist cells may
have had prior involvement in earlier
plots against the United States, and may
have been involved with bin Laden.
That includes the USS Cole bombing in
Yemen and the foiled attack on U.S. soil
during the millennium celebrations.
"This could have been the result of
several terrorist kingpins working
together. We're investigating that possi-
bility," one law enforcement official
speaking on condition of anonymity
told The Associated Press.
Sen. Charles Grassley, the top
Republican on the Senate Finance
Committee, said the briefing he
received yesterday from law enforce-
ment left him with the same impres-
"Most of it today points to bin Laden
but the speculation at the end of the
road is that he and his network were
very much involved with Hezbollah,
Fatah and other" terrorist organizations,
Grassley said.
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Continued from Page1A
passion for the United States.
The French government has height-
ened security around the country by
implementing the Vigipirate, mobiliz-
ing the military police and army giving
them the authority to stop anyone in
order to search for weapons. Official
buildings including the post office'

file. Traveling around France or
Europe has been discouraged and stu-
dents have been warned to avoid
tourist areas and other places that
Americans tend to frequent.
Students were also asked for their
contact information, which was given to
the American consulate in Marseille.
Synagogues in the area have also
been secured.
The city does not expect to have any


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