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October 25, 2001

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* Postal officials suggest
that Americans wash their
hands after opening mail
WASHINGTON (AP) - Investigators said
they have discovered anthrax in a new loca-
tion in the Hart Senate office building yester-
day evening, even as another Senate building
became the first to reopen since a letter cont-
aminated with the bacteria was discovered
last week on Capitol Hill.
Capitol Police Lt. Dan Nichols said
anthrax was found on a first-floor freight ele-
vator bank in the Hart building's southwest
quadrant. The anthrax-laden letter was
opened in the office of Senate Majority
Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), which is on
the fifth and sixth floors of that same building



but in its southeast quadrant.
Nichols said investigators would be trying
to determine how the anthrax reached the ele-
vator bank: The Hart building and all other
congressional office buildings have been
closed since the evening of Oct. 17.
Though Congress' five other office build-
ings remained closed, wary workers were
allowed back into the Russell Senate office
building across the street from the Capitol
yesterday morning. The building houses the
offices of 36 of the Senate's 100 members.
House leaders were hoping to begin
reopening some of their buildings on Thurs-
day. Daschle (D-S.D.) said he hoped another
Senate building would be usable as early as
"We want to get as back to normal as
quickly as we can," Daschle told reporters.

"Allowing senators the opportunity to get
back into their offices is a part of our ability
to do that."
Earlier yesterday, Postmaster General John
Potter said he can't guarantee the safety of
the mail, and he and other postal officials
began suggesting Americans wash their
hands after handling letters.
Improved safety gloves and masks are
being sent to mail workers as the Postal Ser-
vice awaits next week's delivery of its first
high-technology equipment to sanitize mail.
Worries have mounted about mail safety
because of anthrax cases in Florida, New
York, Washington and New Jersey, at least
some of them stemming from mailed items.
Deborah Willhite, a senior vice president
of the Postal Service, said the agency is sim-
ply urging people to use common sense.

nd in
"We believe that people should wash their
hands in soap and water after they handle
their mail every day, just to make sure that if
anything is on the envelope, that they're
clean," she said in an interview.
"We have no reason to believe that there
would be anything on them, but what's the
problem with clean hands?"
Later, Willhite urged organizations that
send bulk mail through a contaminated
Washington post office to have their employ-
*ees tested for anthrax.
The tests have focused on postal workers
so far, but she said that should be extended
by up to 200 more people, including employ-
ees of operations like the International Mone-
tary Fund and Humane Society of the United
States, who collect large volumes of mail at
the center.

Potter stressed the agency has delivered
more than 20 billion pieces of mail since
Sept. 11, and that only a handful of anthrax
cases have been reported. However, he admit-
ted that he could not guarantee the safety of
all mail.
The post office is scrambling to tighten its
health and safety systems after two workers
died of anthrax and others became ill.
"We are taking concrete steps immediately
to protect employees and the public through
education, investigation, intervention and
prevention," Potter said yesterday.
But Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) ques-
tioned whether the Postal Service and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
did enough to protect postal workers - and
the mail still being delivered in the Washing-
See MAIL, Page 7A

House approved legislation yesterday
to give police new search powers in
response to last month's terrorist
attacks, including the ability to secret-
ly search homes, tap all of a person's
telephone conversation and track peo-
ple's use of the Internet.
The Senate plans to vote on the
measure today, hoping to get it ready
for President Bush's signature before
the end of the week.
"I expect a pretty overwhelming
vote, and that's how it should be," said
Senate Majority Leader Thomas
Daschle, (D-S.D.).
The president praised the quick pas-
sage of the legislation by the House,
saying in a statement, "I look forward
to signing this strong bipartisan plan
into law so that we can combat terror-
ism and prevent future attacks"
Bush and Attorney General John
Ashcroft have been calling for legisla-
tion to expand the FBI's wiretapping
and electronic surveillance authority,
impose stronger penalties on those
who harbor or finance terrorists and
increase punishments of terrorists
since the Sept. 11 attacks on the World
Trade Center and Pentagon.
The GOP-controlled House gave
strong support to the bill, passing it by
357-66 despite critics' concerns about
compromising civil liberties.
* In order to get a deal with the Sen-
ate, House leaders dumped the House
Judiciary Committee's GOP-Democra-
tic compromise with more civil liber-
ties and privacy provisions for a
modified Senate version negotiated
with the Justice Department and the
White House.
"This legislation is not perfect, and
the process is not one that all will
embrace," House Judiciary Chairman
Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) said
Tuesday. "However, these are difficult
times.... This legislation is desperately
But the new legislation is "not just
limited to terrorism," argued Rep.
Robert Scott (D-Va.). "Had it been
limited to terrorism, this bill could
have passed three or four weeks ago
without much discussion."

Crossing over





sued by Fila
over contract

By Benjamin Singer
Daily Sports Editor

Athletic apparel company Fila is
suing the University and men's basket-
ball head coach- Tommy Amaker for a
breach of contract. Fila is seeking in
excess of $1 million, saying that Amak-
er violated his agreement with the com-
pany when he accepted the position as
Michigan's basketball coach and
allegedly abandoned his obligations to
the clothing manufacturer.
Michigan Athletic Director Bill Mar-
tin said he learned of the lawsuit Mon-
day. Fila has not officially served either
the University or Amaker because the
company said it still wants to settle out
of court. Fila did send a letter to Univer-
sity President Lee Bollinger's office on
Aug. 29 saying there were "serious legal
issues" concerning Amaker's contracts
with Michigan and Fila. '
"The contract clearly provides that
should Mr. Amaker leave his position at
Seton Hall, his contract with Fila (and
his ongoing responsibilities to promote
the Fila brand and outfit his teams with
Fila products) would remain intact and
fully enforceable," Fila said in a written

Amaker's contract with Fila stated
that should he leave Seton Hall Univer-
sity - the only school under contract
with Fila - for another Division I pro-
gram, he would be obligated to use his
"best efforts" to make his new school
use Fila apparel and would not be
allowed to negotiate with any competing
companies. When Amaker left Seton
Hall after last season and signed as
Michigan's head coach, the University
was already under contract with Nike.
"It's a moot point going to an institu-
tion that already has a preexisting
arrangement with another shoe compa-
ny," Martin said. "Everybody in the
world knew about it."
"Fila and I had an apparel sponsor-,
ship agreement when I was head men's
basketball coach at Seton Hall;' Amaker
said in a written statement. "In light of
Michigan's sponsorship arrangement
with Nike, it was not possible to contin-
ue my relationship with Fila once I
accepted the job at Michigan."
Amaker declined further comment.
Martin called the lawsuit unprece-
dented and ridiculous. He said he is sur-
See FILA, Page 7A

A man walks In the pedestrian overpass between the Public Health buildings on Washington Heights yesterday

Opposition forces prep are to storm Kabul

KORAK DANA, Afghanistan (AP) - Taliban
gunners fired missiles yesterday at U.S. jets pound-
ing the front line north of Kabul, the heaviest
onslaught in four days of attacks there. Opposition
commanders said they were bringing up fresh
troops for a possible assault on the capital.
An American airstrike in Kabul, meanwhile,
reportedly killed 22 Pakistani militants linked to
Osama bin Laden, prime suspect in the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks in the United States. It was the
highest reported death toll suffered by bin Laden's
allies since the air assault began Oct. 7.
In neighboring Pakistan, border guards reported
five powerful explosions yesterday near a region in
Afghanistan's Paktia province where bin Laden is
thought to run a tunnel complex. The concussions
near the Gor Way Tangi area were so powerful that

Pakistani officials said they believed 5,000-pound
bombs were being used to collapse mountainsides
and close tunnel entrances.
Pakistani authorities said yesterday that six
Muslims from Somalia and Sudan - countries
where bin Laden recruits fighters - were arrested
leaving Afghanistan last weekend. An inquiry was
under way to determine whether they were mem-
bers of bin Laden's al-Qaida terror network trying
to flee American attacks.
Amid the roar of jets and the crackle of gunfire
north of Kabul, opposition commander Haji Bari
told The Associated Press that the northern
alliance was bringing in thousands of new troops
and weapons in anticipation of a green light from
alliance leaders to march on the capital.
"We're waiting for the order," said Bari, deputy

brigade commander in the Rabat district.
So far, U.S. strikes north of the capital have not
brought an opposition advance. The northern
alliance is also fighting to dislodge the Taliban
from Mazar-e-Sharif, a key northern city.
The opposition claimed to have killed 35 Tal-
iban fighters and captured 140 others - including
Arabs and Chechens - in a battle yesterday near
the town of Kashendeh, about 60 miles south of
Mazar-e-Sharif. The report could not be indepen-
dently confirmed.
In other developments:
Secretary of State Colin Powell said he hopes
the anti-terrorism war in Afghanistan can be con-
cluded quickly but the Bush administration is pre-
pared to keep up the fight during the Muslim holy
month of Ramadan if necessary. Powell said the

ruling Taliban militia "must now go because they
are part and parcel to al-Qaida."
The House of Representatives gave over-
whelming approval to an anti-terrorism bill giving
police in the United States new power to secretly
search the homes of terrorism suspects, tap all
their phones and track their use of the Internet.
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder spoke
out against a pause, for humanitarian reasons, in
military action in Afghanistan, saying that a tem-
porary halt would only prolong suffering.
Rear Adm. John Stufflebeem of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff expressed surprise at "how dogged-
ly" the Taliban were clinging to power. He accused
the group of even planning to poison humanitarian
food supplies and blaming any deaths on the
See ATTACKS, Page 7A

Prof. earns
fellowsh ip'.
By April Effort
Daily Staff Reporter
Joining the company of 22 other intellectuals on the
cutting edge of their respective fields, Bright Sheng, a
professor in the School of Music and world-renowned
composer, was awarded a prestigious MacArthur fellow-
ship earlier this week.
The fellowships, awarded by the Chicago-based John D.
-Ata rn Mn- r thiir..-n- tinn nn-icc (f

Halloween to assume
low-key atmosphere

By Casey Ehrlich
For the Daily
Courtney Morgan is staying inside on Hal-
loween. Morgan, like many other students, has
decided to take a different route this fall, planning
to keep her Oct. 31 activities more low-key than
in years past.
"I'm not going anywhere at all. I'm going to
celebrate indoors with my friends and family,"
said Morgan, a Kinesiology junior. "Halloween-is
more of a devil's day, a satanic day.. People need
to focus on their religion, faith in God, especially
with what is going on in the world today."
"I iust heard a story about two guvs who were

Others predict the only major differences from
last year's celebration will be recognizable only by
looking at how many children are out trick-or-
"I think that little kids won't trick-or-treat as
much and will be more cautious," said LSA
sophomore JoAnn Levi. "They'll probably only
go to people's houses who they know this year."
The Ann Arbor Police Department will be
implementing a special patrol detail, as it has in
the past, for additional safety in local neighbor-
hoods during Devil's Night and Halloween. The
department has urged trick-or-treaters to be extra
cautious when checking their candy for before
eating it - not much of a departure from years



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