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2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 11, 2001

NATION/WORLD

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3rd anthrax case detected in Fla.

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - A third person who
worked at a Florida company has tested positive for
anthrax and the case has become the subject of a fed-
eral criminal investigation, authorities said yesterday.
The 35-year-old woman, whose name wasn't dis-
closed, was hospitalized after a swab of her nasal
passages found traces of anthrax. She is being treat-
ed with antibiotics and her condition was not imme-
diately known.
FBI agent Hector Pesquera said the anthrax conta-
mination is limited to the Boca Raton headquarters
of supermarket tabloid publisher American }Media.
Anthrax killed a tabloid employee last week and
found its way into the nose of mailroom co-worker.
U.S. Attorney Guy Lewis said the investigation
would focus on how the anthrax got into the building
- and why.
Public health officials stressed that there is no pub-

lic health threat from the anthrax, but the case has
heightened fears of a biological attack. The state-
ment from Lewis was the most declarative from fed-
eral authorities so far that the anthrax was the result
of a criminal act.
Pesquera said authorities had no evidence the
anthrax was created by a terrorist group and cau-
tioned that "this is not a time for premature conclu-
sions and inaccurate reporting"
Sun tabloid photo editor Robert Stevens died Fri-
day of-inhaled anthrax, a rare and particularly lethal
form of the disease. Co-worker Emesto Blanco has
been in a Miami hospital since Monday after anthrax
spores were found in his nose. He was in good con-
dition.
Health investigators shut down the American
Media building after finding traces of anthrax on the
computer keyboard used by Stevens. Pesquera said

the, latest victim worked in the general area of the
other victims.
Florida health officials have said the bacteria in
Stevens' blood responded to antibiotics, suggesting
it was a naturally occurring strain rather than a labo-
ratory-altered one..
A law enforcement official said on condition of
anonymity that preliminary work on the anthrax that
killed Stevens has found a possible match to a labo-
ratory strain first isolated in Iowa. However, further
tests are being done.
Authorities said the latest victim was one of more
than 1,000 people who have been tested by health
officials for the presence of anthrax. Most have
recently been inside the AMI building and most are
still waiting for test results. Many were given sup-
plies of antibiotics and told to come back for more
tests later.

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Men's and Women's
Cross Country
Sunday, October 14
Wolverine
Interregional
University of Michigan
Golf Course
Women's 5,000m race
10:30 a.m.
Men's 8,000m race
11:15 a.m.
Meet The Team
Autograph Session
Don't miss your chance to meet
U-M's men's and women's cross
country teams following the
awards ceremony!
Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for
children and senior citizens. U-M
students admitted for FREE.

Men's Soccer
Thursday, October 11
U-M vs. Bowling Green
7:30 p.m.
Plymouth-Salem
High School
Don't miss your chance to
win FREE t-shirts
courtesy of
Soccer Mania!
Admission is FREE!
Plymouth-Salem High School is
located at the corner of Joy
Road and Canton Center Road
in Canton.

U.S. able
to use
Pakistani,
airbases
The Washington Post
Pakistan has significantly deepened1
its involvement in the U.S.-led air,
campaign in neighboring Afghanistan
by allowing American forces to begin1
using a pair of airfields, and a senior1
Pakistani military official said yester-
day hundreds of troops have already
moved in.
As U.S. warplanes increasingly
turned their fury on the Taliban leader-
ship, American and Pakistani defense
officials said President Pervez Mushar-
raf had given permission for U.S.
forces to begin operating from a com-
merical airport in Baluchistan
province and a small military airfield
in Sindh province.
These forces, the first American
troops in Pakistan, will bolster an air
campaign that yesterday waged the
most concentrated attack so far on the
Afghan capital Kabul.
In the fourth day of air strikes,
American aircraft also pounded the
seat 6f Taliban leadership in Kandahar
in southern Afghanistan, in particular
targeting underground bunkers that
U.S. commanders hoped to demolish
with 5,000-pound laser-guided bombs
first used in the 1991 Persian Gulf
War.
"You use it when you want the earth
to shake, when you want to have a real
effect," a defense official said. The air
assault also targeted troop garrisons
and troop concentrations near Kabul
and Kandahar. Military vehicles and
maintenance shops were also attacked.
Bush administration officials, mean-
time, launched another front in their
drive against terrorism, unveiling a list
of the 22 Most Wanted Terrorists,
including Saudi exile ,Osama bin
Laden, accused in last month's terror-
ist attacks, and other militants accused
of involvement in previous assaults on
U.S. embassies and military personnel.
For the first time since Sept. 11, law
enforcement officials publicly extend-
ed their effort to include suspected ter-
rorists beyond those implicated in the
attacks on New York and Washington.
Defense Department officials said
that U.S. airplanes continued to drop
food into Aghanistan but the adminis-
tration acknowledged yesterday that
the airdrops would do little to save
about 1.5 million Afghans who are at
risk of starvation by the end of winter.
A Defense official also said the first
American death during the rlitary
campaign occurred Tuesday wh n a ser-
viceman in Qatar, home to a base used
by the U.S. Air Force, was killed in a
forklift accident. A spokesman for U.S.
Central Command confimed a casualty
but declined to comment further.
During the last month, the United
States has pressed Pakistan to sever its
longstanding ties with the Taliban
militia that rules most of Afghanistan
and provide support for a military
campaign, for instance by offering
intelligence and overlight rights. The
Pakistani government, however, has
resisted becoming too closely inter-
twined in the military operations, fear-
ing a backlash among influential
officers in the security forces and Tal-
iban sympathizers in the public.
But Pakistani officials acknowl-

edged yesterday they had crossed a
threshold by allowing the United
States to use the pair of air bases.
More than 200 Americans had already
arrived at each of the airfields, accord-
ing to the senior Pakistani official.
Officials in Pakistan said U.S. troops
at the two airbases would be involved in
providing emergency support and res-
cue capabilities for other forces inside
Afghanistan, though an American
Defense Department official signaled
that much more extensive operations

CORDELL, Okla.
Clean-up begins
after tornadoes hit
Emergency crews and residents
began cleaning up yesterday after a
oeries of tornadoes tore across the
Plains, severely damaging more than
100 homes and leaving tons of debris.
Five people, including an infant,
were treated for injuries from flying
glass and debris.
Most of the damaged homes were in
Cordell, a town of 3,000 in western
Oklahoma, where a twister leveled
houses, toppled power lines and tossed
cars, like toys in its three-mile path
through town Tuesday evening. Six
tornadoes also caused damage in cen-
tral Nebraska.
About 300 houses - about a third
of Cordell -- were still without power
yesterday, as people returned home,
,Mayor Phil Kliewer said. Public
schools were closed and residents were
told to boil drinking waterin case sup-
plies were contaminated.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden
Economics Nob els
go to 3' Americans
. Three Americans won the Nobel
prize for economics yesterday for
research into how the control of infor-
mation influences everything from used
car sales to the recent boom-and col-
lapse in high-tech stocks.
George Akerlof of the University of
California at Berkeley, A. Michael
Spence of Stanford University, and
Joseph Stiglitz, of Columbia University

NEWS IN BRIEF
HEADLINES FROM4 AROUND THE WORLD
SH REVEPORT, La.
Flight diverted after possible terrorist threat
A Delta airliner bound for California was diverted to Shreveport with
an escort of two military planes yesterday after a passenger passed a
threatening note to a flight attendant, the FBI said.
Flight 357, with 148 people aboard from Atlanta to Los Angeles, land-
ed safely after what the airline described as a "passenger incident."
Edward A. Stephenson, of Venice, Calif., was arrested and charged with
interfering with a flight crew member and attendants, FBI spokeswoman
Sheila Thorne said.
The passenger's note was in response to an announcement by the pilot
that they would be taking a different flight path L.cause of bad weather,
U.S. Attorney Bill Flanagan said.
"The passenger handed a note to the flight attendant that contained lan-
guage that the pilot should not divert from the original flight path, and
some other language which seemed bizarre," Flanagan said. "It didn't
make a lot of sense, but at the same time it was alarming."
The man did not make any physical threats, Flanagan said.
The Boeing 757 reported a problem at 2:43 p.m. and landed 26 minutes
later.
WASHINGTON
Democrats pick woman as minority whip
California Rep. Nancy Pelosi won the race yesterday for the No. 2 House Demo-
cratic leader and will become the top-ranking woman ever in Congress. Her elec-
tion sparked debate over whether she will help or hinder her party.
Pelosi, a liberal eight-term veteran from San Francisco, outpolled rival Rep.
Steny Hoyer of Maryland by 118-95 in a closed-door, secret ballot vote. She will
take the post of Democratic whip on Jan. 15 when Rep. David Bonior steps down
from that job and concentrates on running for governor of Michigan.
Both candidates claimed to be best positioned to lead their party back to the
House majority it last held in 1994. Pelosi said she sought no votes on the basis of
her gender, but clearly many of her colleagues felt it was time for a woman to enter
the leadership circle.
"This is difficult turf to win on for anyone, but for a woman breaking ground
here it was a tough battle," Pelosi said after the vote. "We made history. Now we
have to make progress."
Pelosi's triumph brought praise from groups that traditionally support Democ-
rats.

will share the $943,000 award.
So far, eight Americans have won
Nobel prizes this year, one more than
last year. The laureates laid the foun-
dation in the 1970s for a general theo-
ry about how players with differing
amounts of information affect a wide
range of markets.
Research into "asymmetric informa-
tion" gave economists a way to mea-
sure the risks, for example, faced by a
lender who lacked information about a
borrower's creditworthiness.
JUNEAU, Alaska
Alaskans awarded
cash from state
Merchants braced for an annual
shopping spree to rival Christmas
as about 400,000 Alaskans awoke
yesterday flush with cash.
The Alaska Permanent Fund distrib-
uted dividends from the state's oil rev-
enue savings, account into the bank
accounts of eligible Alaskans -
406,682 people got $1,850.28 each -
injecting more than $752 million into
consumer accounts in a single day.
Dividends are paid to every man,
woman or child who has lived in the
state for at least a year. Other eligible
residents will begin receiving checks
after next week: This year, the fund will
disburse $1.09 billion to an estimated
590,423 Alaskans.
The dividends - equaling about
11 percent of Alaskans' annual
wages - have become an impor-
tant ingredient in the state's econo-
my.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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