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back in Iowa ?
By Raphael Goodstein
Daily Sports Editor
IOWA CITY - A decade after Desmond Howard last
scored a touchdown in Michigan Stadium, fans still
remember "the catch."
Charles Woodson went down in Maize and Blue histo-
ry for "the interception" in 1997, a one-handed, gravity-
defying pick against Michigan State.
Great players often have one moment that secures their
place in college football lore, and Marquise Walker may
well have gotten his in the third quarter of Michigan's
comeback win Saturday.
But if you're looking for an explanation of Walker's
seemingly impossible grab that gave the Wolverines their
first lead of the game Saturday, don't look to coach Lloyd
"This kid keeps making catches that defy description,"
Carr said. "I didn't think that ball had a chance of being
Even the Hawkeyes were left in disbelief over Walker's
version of "the catch."
"it was probably one of the best catches I've seen in
person in my football career," Iowa running back Ladell
Betts said. "I've seen a lot of great catches on TV, but as
far as being in person, that was probably one of the best
I've ever seen."
Whether Walker's name gets added to the list of Heis-
man contenders in the waning weeks of the season
remains to be seen. But on Saturday, at least, the senior
wide receiver was - literally - single-handedly respon-
sible for leading one of the most memorable comebacks
in recent Michigan history.
Walker caught six passes for 72 yards to propel the
Wolverines to a 32-26 win over Iowa.
But Walker's third-quarter, six-yard touchdown swung
momentum back to the Wolverines and gave Michigan's
offense confidence that it would find a way to score
enough points to win. Senior quarterback John Navarre
overthrew Walker in the right corner of the south end-
zone, but Walker skied above the defense, and higher
than anyone though possible, to catch the ball with the
fingertips of his right hand.
"We needed six points and wherever the ball was I was
just going to grab it and get it," Walker said. "I think it was
just a normal catch for me. The ball was in the air and
when the ball is in the air, the coaches taught us to go get
See WALKER, Page 7A
By Ted Borden
Daily Staff Reporter
The economy remains relatively
weak despite a slight increase in con-
sumer confidence, according the Uni-
versity's Index of Consumer Sentiment
For the month of October, the index
was 82.7, an increase over last month's
81.8. The number is much lower than
last October's reading of 105.8 and
slightly lower than the mid-month level
of 83.4. Many economists said the drop
could stem from the growing fear of
"This continues to indicate that we
are headed toward a downturn, which
will proceed through the end of the
year," said Richard Curtin, director of
Curtin noted that this summer's
tax rebates, which were expected to
boost the economy, were mainly
used by Americans to pay off debt.
"People are more concerned about
debt and the future," he said.
In the same vein, the Index of Con-
sumer Expectation, also conducted by
the University, rose in October to 75.5
from a September level of 73.5, yet was
substantially lower than its October
2000 level of 100.7. Both indexes are at
their lowest levels since the early 1990's.
On the optimistic side, Curtin said
that consumers were responding to the
lowering interest rates.
"We recorded quite a positive view
towards the zero interest rates offered
by automakers," he said. "Consumers
think this is the deal of their life-
The indexes are conducted by the
University through 500 telephone
interviews with Americans nationwide
See CONSUMERS, Page 7A
in CSX. study
Wide receiver Marquise Walker pulls down a touchdown pass from quarterback John Navarre in the
third quarter of Saturday's game at Iowa. The reception tied the score at 20 before the extra point
gave Michigan its first lead of the game, which It won 32-26. Inside: See SportsMonday for complete
football coverage from Iowa City. Page 1B.
By Lisa Hoffman
Daily Staff Reporter
The great pumpkin
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Defense Sec-
retary Donald Rumsfeld said yes-
terday that the United States favors
a Northern Alliance takeover of
Kabul, and that the Pentagon is pre-
pared to fight through the Muslim
holy month of Ramadan to defeat
Afghanistan's ruling Taliban and
the al-Qaida terrorist organization.
Rumsfeld, speaking on CNN's
"Late Edition," also said U.S.
bombers "have been systematically
working on the caves and on the tun-
nels and on their openings" in search-
ing for Taliban forces. But he
conceded "there are a great many of
them" and it would "take some time
to ... make them less habitable."
His comments came as the U.S.
bombing campaign in Afghanistan
entered its fourth week. They also
followed a difficult couple of days
for the U.S. war on terrorism, as
American warplanes bombed a
warehouse of the International
Committee for the Red Cross for
the second time, an offensive by the
opposition Northern Alliance
stalled outside the northern city of
Mazar e-Sharif, and Abdul Haq, an
ethnic Pashtun leader working to
overthrow the Taliban, was execut-
Pakistan has warned the United
States against allowing the North-
See AFGHANISTAN, Page 7A
Following four months of investiga-
tion, two University researchers were
cleared last week of any wrongdoing
stemming from their study'on the
damaging effects of chemical solvents
The investigation, which was
requested by the National Institutes of
Health, reviewed the work of Medical
Profs. James Albers and Stanley
Berent for suspected "failure to obtain
and document legally effective
informed consent," according to the
report sent by the University to NIH.
The Institutional Review Board, a
panel that reviews every research
study conducted at the University, and
the Medical School Conflict of Interest
Committee reviewed Albers' and
Berent's research examining the link
between brain damage and chemical
solvents used by railways.
The research was funded by CSX
Transportation Inc., a railway compa-
ny, and was originally used to collect
data for a lawsuit against the CSX
dealing with employee solvent expo-
sure. Berent and Albers took their data
one step further to broaden the collec-
"This is an exceedingly minor mis-
take," said University Vice President
for Research Fawwaz Ulaby. "There
was absolutely no wrongdoing. These
two faculty members wanted to do a
scientific analysis to publish in a jour-
nal and wanted to use already existing
data, funded by the railway."
The researchers continued to ana-
lyze their data because it initially
showed no consistency or significant
findings. Subjects remained anony-
mous for privacy issues, which led to
suspicions of inadequate consent and a
possible conflict of interest because of
funding by the railway company.
"There was a small problem
because the researchers didn't have the
money before talking to the Conflict of
Interest Committee," said Kara Gavin,
spokeswoman for the University
Health System. "There is a box on the
sheet that says 'Do you have any out-
side funding?' and the researchers
checked yes because they felt the IRB
knew. There was no fault on the doc-
As for why the researchers pushed
forward with data collection, Gavin
said, "They wanted to see it on a larger
See RESEARCHERS, Page 7A
Nine-month-old Max Jones of Benton Harbor picks out a pumpkin at Jollay
Orchards in Coloma.
Memorial held at site
of World Trade Center
NEW YORK (AP) - With the smoldering gray rubble of
the World Trade Center as a sorrowful backdrop, the fami-
lies of people killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack gathered
yesterday for a memorial service filled with prayer and
Thousands of mourners, some holding photographs of
their loved ones, rose from their plastic chairs as Police
Officer Daniel Rodriguez opened the service with "The
Star-Spangled Banner." Cardinal Edward Egan delivered
the invocation, standing at a podium draped in black.
"They were innocent and they were brutally, viciously,
unjustly taken from us," said Egan, the leader of New York's
Roman Catholic archdiocese. He called them "strong and
dedicated citizens" who were "executives and office work-
ers, managers and laborers."
"We are in mourning Lord, we have hardly any tears left
to shed," he said.
More than 4,000 people are still missing.
Many of the mourners wore the jackets and headgear of
the police and fire units to which their loved ones belonged.
together and pray and not let our faiths be used in such a
way. ... They cannot use our faiths and do these terrible
For only the second time in the seven weeks since the
attack, the round-the-clock recovery and demolition work at
the site was halted to allow for the memorial service. The
first time was on Oct. 11 at 8:48 a.m. - one month to the
minute after the first hijacked plane struck the trade center's
north tower - when a moment of silence was observed.
Yellow, white and purple flowers ringed a stage erected in
front of a jagged mountain of darkened wreckage. On either
side of the stage were huge video screens with images of
American flags and the words "God Bless America" and
"Sept. 11, 2001."
The crowd was expected to number some 2,000, but it
appeared to be larger. Mourners filled the rows of chairs to
capacity; some people were forced to stand.
The crisp autumn air was tinged with an acrid smell from
the debris, a constant in lower Manhattan since the twin
towers collapsed. Although water was sprayed on smolder-
By Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporter
A man stopped by police for traffic violations near campus
early yesterday morning led officers on a brief foot chase
after a gun was spotted in his car. Officers were still searching
for the man's passenger, who also fled the scene.
The driver was arrested on the field next to the Sigma
Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on the corner of Washtenaw
and South University avenues.
The man, who is not affiliated with the University, was in
custody at the Washtenaw County Jail. His name was not
released prior to his scheduled arraignment today.
University Department of Public Safety Lt. Robert New-
man said the driver, who has an "extensive" criminal record,
was stopped on South Forest Avenue at approximately 1:30