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2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 8, 2002

NATION WORLD

Musharraf rejects terrorism;

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistan's presi-
dent rejected all forms of terrorism yesterday and
dropped customary excuses for Islamic militants bat-
tling India for control of disputed Kashmir.
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's statement
came after meeting with British Prime Minister Tony
Blair, who welcomed the declaration but sought
greater efforts to end the standoff with India that has
put both nations on a war footing.
"Pakistan rejects terrorism in all its forms and
manifestations," Musharraf said.
He did not repeat his past contention that Pakistan
does not consider the Kashmiri fighters terrorists,
just "freedom fighters," a distinction that Blair
implied was untenable in the world climate after the
Sept. 11 terror attacks in the United States.
President Bush, meanwhile, urged Musharraf to
work harder to rein in terrorists.
"I don't believe the situation is defused yet, but I

Blair push
do believe there is a way to do so," Bush told
reporters in the Oval Office.
"I think it's very important for President Mushar-
raf to make a clear statement to the world that he
intends to crack down on terror," Bush said.
Both Blair and Bush have been trying to get the
two nuclear-armed neighbors to settle the newest
outbreak of tension that began when suspected Mus-
lim militants attacked the Indian Parliament on Dec.
13.
India says the guerrillas - along with others
who attacked its Kashmir state legislature on
Oct. 1 - were backed by Pakistan. Musharraf
denies it. Both sides have sent thousands of
troops to their shared border in the Kashmir
region.
Blair called Musharraf's words encouraging.
"The president has given a very clear statement
that he rejects terrorism in all its forms," Blair said.

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"It is important, therefore, that any groups sponsor-
ing terrorism like the acts of the 1st of October and
the 13th of December have no place and no support.
"And I believe that that is the position of the presi-
dent and I welcome that," Blair said.
But hostilities continued on the border with sol-
diers from both armies exchanging heavy artillery
fire yesterday. The Indian army claimed six Pakistani
soldiers were killed. Other Indian officials said eight
suspected militants and eight civilians were killed in
separate incidents in the region.
India said its military shot down a small,
unmanned Pakistani aircraft that entered Indian air
space Sunday over Kashmir.
Pakistan's military spokesman, Major General
Rashid Qureshi, called it a "blatant lie."
"India might have shot one of its own planes," said
the Qureshi. "No Pakistani plane has overflown on the
other side of the line of control' he declared yesterday.

NEWS IN BRIEFT
Driver's licenses to store electronic info. *
The government is taking first steps with the states to develop drivers'
licenses that can electronically store information - such as fingerprints
- for the 184 million Americans who carry the cards.
Privacy experts fear the effort may lead to de facto national identifica-
tion cards that would allow authorities to track citizens electronically, cir-
cumventing the intense debate over federal ID cards.
Supporters said it was predictable after Sept. 11, and after a debate over U.S.
identity cards, that officials would turn to improving existing identification sys-
tems. With careful use, they say these new licenses could alert authorities if a sus-
pected terrorist attempted to board an airliner, withdraw cash or enter the country.
The Transportation Department, under instructions from Congress, is
expected to develop rules for states to encode data onto driver's licenses to
prevent criminals from using them as false identification. Under a new
national standard, a license from California could be verified and recorded
using equipment even in Texas or Florida.
In a report accompanying the funding legislation, Congress told the
department it would "strongly encourage" officials there to develop guides
quickly with the states for electronically storing information on licenses.

ECONOMY
Continued from Page 1
Locally, Ann Arbor retailers and
businesses have a mixed outlook for
2002.
Dan Switzer, a manager at Steve &
Barry's on South State Street, noted
that the store had a tremendous holi-
day season. "We posted a significant
gain," Switzer said.
But unseasonably warm December
weather has some retailers singing
the blues.
"Weather plays a major effect,"
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said Ed Davidson, owner of Bivouac
on South State Street, an outdoor
apparel company. "When it's 60
degrees in mid-December, it hurts
me and there's not much I can do," he
said.
He added that he thinks 2002 is
going to be a "tough year" for the
store.
McManus and Schmitz both said
they feel the economy might be get-
ting ahead of itself.
But as Schmitz noted, "We have
not had three straight down years
since the 1930s."
BUDGET
Continued from Page 1
"I think the appropriations commit-
tee will do the best they can to protect
the institutions," Smith said.
However, Smith, whose constituen-
cy includes the University of Michi-
gan and Eastern Michigan University,
said she is against any tuition caps.
She added that sometimes tuition
needs to be raised a certain amount
to maintain the integrity of the
institution.
"If you cap tuition rates, then you
have to make sure there's enough in
appropriations," Smith said.
While it is not evident yet whether
cuts will be necessary, administrators
say efforts will be made to ensure that
every area will be equally affected.
"It is not the case where any unit
will receive all the cut or any unit
will be spared the cut," said James
Penner-Hahn, the University's asso-
ciate vice president of research.

Palestinian naval
cap tain captured;
ship investigated

WASHINGTON
Blood shortage follows post-attack surge
Thousands of people who pledged to donate blood after Sept. 11 aren't
doing so, as the nation's supply dwindles to pre-attack levels and in some
places nears shortages.
Blood supplies always drop in the winter, as snowstorms, flu and holidays
hinder regular donors from giving. Blood banks hoped this winter would be
different after hundreds of thousands lined up to donate after the attacks.
Instead, supplies are tightening again. Stocks of 0-negative, the only blood
type everyone can use, are especially worrisome.
"We're back to begging for volunteer blood donors," Joyce Halvorsen of
the Community Blood Bank in Lincoln, Neb., says with a sigh.
"We're seeing a trickle" of Sept. 11 donors return, adds Jim McPherson of
America's Blood Centers, whose member blood banks supply about half the
nation's blood. "It's a little disheartening."
Some potential donors tell blood banks they don't see the need to give
again unless there's an emergency. That's a dangerous misconception. Emer-
gencies happen every day. A single car crash can require 50 units of blood.

JERUSALEM (AP) - In a prison
interview, the Palestinian naval cap-
tain captured by Israeli commandos
with 50 tons of weapons on his ship
said yesterday that he's a longtime
member of Yasser Arafat's Fatah
movement who undertook the risky
operation to help the outgunned
Palestinians defend themselves.
"I'm a soldier. I obeyed orders,"
said Omar Akawi, adding that he
picked up the rockets, mortars and
anti-tank missiles off Iran's coast in
the Persian Gulf and that they were
headed for Palestinian-controlled
Gaza.
Akawi, captured Thursday along
with 12 crewmen in the Red Sea,
said he works in the Palestinian
Transportation Ministry and
received his instructions from an
official in the Palestinian Authority.
The Palestinian leadership yester-
day confirmed Akawi was a mid-
ranking member of its naval unit,
but continued to insist it had noth-
ing to do with the weapons ship-
ment.
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tunately. It's a false way to under-
mine the peace process," said
Ahmed Qureia, the Palestinian par-
liament speaker.
However, following a meeting
between Arafat and the European
Union's foreign policy chief, Javier
Solana, the Palestinian Authority
said it would form a committee to
investigate the ship and its cargo.
The committee would report its
findings to the U.S., Russia, the
European Union and the United
Nations. No further details were
immediately available.
"Arafat informed Solana that all
those discovered to have any con-
nection with the issue will be ques-
tioned and punished," said Arafat
spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh.
The Israeli public, despondent
after 15 months of violence, has
embraced the ship's seizure on the
high seas as a throwback to past mili-
tary victories - while officials used
it to lambast Arafat, insisting any
smuggling effort of this magnitude
had to be approved at the highest lev-
els of the Palestinian Authority.
AFG HANISTAN
Continued from Page 1.
on striking Zhawar Kili, hitting it
with 250 bombs last week alone. But
Stufflebeem denied reports that bin
Laden was believed to be hiding there.
Stufflebeem said the complex, com-
posed of three separate training areas
and two cave complexes, has drawn
attention because it is a particularly
large al-Qaida command center. Some
al-Qaida fighters might have gravitated
there from Tora Bora, the site of heavy
bombing by U.S. warplanes in Decei-
ber.
"There are obviously still al-Qaida
and pro-Taliban that are loose there,
and we're continuing to find them, and
we're continuing to strike their equip-
ment as we've found them," Stuffle-
beem said.
Meanwhile, U.S. forces continue to
take Taliban and al-Qaida members
into custody.
The number of detainees stood at
346 yesterday, Pentagon spokeswoman
Victoria Clarke said.
Stufflebeem would not say how
many senior al-Qaida and Taliban
leaders were in American custody.
"We know senior leadership is being
detained. We know senior leadership
has been killed. And we know senior
leadership is not yet in (U.S.) custody"
he said.
More than 1,000 troops, most of
them military police and construction
crews, were deployed over the weekend
to the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba, to beef up security at for-
mer refugee camp sites that are being
transformed to hold the prisoners.
COMCAST
Continued from Page 1
"I'm just doing stuff around cam-
pus instead of at home," she said.
"It's about three blocks. ... It's
annoying."
Computing sites in campus build-
ings and residence halls get their
service from UMNet and Merit
Inc.
"We definitely don't get service
from Comcast," said Andrew
Palms, the executive director of
Information Technology at the Uni-
versity. "Our network is working
fine."
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WASHINGTON
Postal rate increase
scheduled for June
The U.S. Postal Service has
reached agreements with many of its
major customers on a plan to raise
postal rates June 30, three months
earlier than projected, bringing a
swifter infusion of money to the
financially struggling agency.
While the rate increases would
generate an additional $4.2 billion a
year - and the agency would gain
about $1 billion from the three-
month difference in timing - a
spokesman says the Postal Service
would still require the $5 billion it
wants from Congress to pay for
emergency needs brought on by the
Sept. 11 terrorist and anthrax attacks.
The cost of a first-class stamp
would rise from 34 cents to 37
cents as part of an overall package
that boosts rates for direct-mail
marketers, magazine publishers,
nonprofits and others.
WASHINGTON
teenage gis show
risky roadbehavior
Sixteen-year-old boys still are the
most risky drivers on the road, but the
girls are gaining.
For every 1,000 licensed 16-year-
old girls, 175 got in car accidents in
2000, according to federal accident
data. That's up 37 percent from 1990,
when 128 girls crashed per 1,000 dri-
vers.
Accidents for 16-year-old boys

Yves Saint Laurent, the master
designer who created undying trends
like the pantsuit and defined classic ele-
gance for generations of women,
announced his retirement yesterday and
said he would close the legendary fash-
ion house he started 40 years ago.
At a news conference at his Paris
salon, Saint Laurent talked at length
about his battles with drugs, depres-
sion and loneliness, but gave no
indication those problems were the
reason for his retirement.
"I've known fear and terrible soli-
tude," he said. "Tranquilizers and drugs,
those phony friends. The prison of
depression and hospitals. I've emerged
from all this, dazzled but sober."
The designer, widely considered
the world's finest, addressed his lega-
cy in a statement he read without
looking up at the small room crowd-
ed with reporters and employees.
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decreased slightly during the same
period, from 216 to 210 per 1,000 dri-
vers.
Susan Ferguson, senior vice presi-
dent of research at the Insurance Insti-
tute for Highway Safety, said yesterday
that boys are crashing less because of
safer vehicle designs and less drunken
driving.
"While women would have experi-
enced those improvements as well,
they are crashing more because they
are driving more miles" she said.
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