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Stimulus proposals die in Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republi-
cans sought to blame Senate Democrat-
ic leader Tom Daschle for the collapse
yesterday of the economic stimulus bill.
Democrats said the true culprit was an
insatiable GOP appetite for tax cuts that
favor business and the wealthy.
The two sides traded shots after the
Senate failed to muster the 60 votes
necessary to end debate on competing
GOP and Democratic proposals. That
guaranteed gridlock and led Daschle to
remove the issue from consideration.
The Senate approved a straightfor-
ward 13-week extension of benefits for
the unemployed, a measure that now
goes to the House.
Despite bipartisan cooperation that
followed the Sept. 11 terror attacks, pro-
posals to boost the economy were mired
in politics from the beginning as the two
sides could not agree on the right mix of
tax cuts and government spending.
Daschle, the nation's highest-rank-
ing elected Democrat, was portrayed
by Republican leaders as unwilling to
compromise even after the House
twice passed GOP-written stimulus
packages and President Bush has
pushed for one for months as a tonic
to the recession.
"Tom Daschle decided to thwart the
will of the Senate majority and kill
further consideration of an economic
stimulus bill that would have actually
helped millions of Americans," said
House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill).
"I think that is a real shame."
It was Daschle's legislation pro-
viding $69 billion in stimulus this
year that got 56 votes yesterday,
which represented a Senate majori-
ty but fell short of the 60-vote pro-
Suspect named in Pearl kidnapping
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - A British-born
Islamic militant freed by India in a hijacking two
years ago has emerged as a key suspect in the kid-
napping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel
Pearl, Pakistani police said yesterday.
Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh, 27, also known as
Sheik Omar Saeed, is believed by police to have
provided pictures of Pearl in captivity. They were
sent to news organizations five days after the 38-
year-old reporter disappeared in Karachi.
Police said three people had been arrested in
Karachi for sending the e-mails, and one of them
claimed he received the pictures from Saeed.
Police also raided houses in the eastern city of
Lahore and detained some of Saeed's relatives -
a common police tactic here to pressure criminal
suspects to surrender.
Pearl, the Journal's South Asian bureau chief,
has not been seen since he left for an appointment
Jan. 23 with a Muslim contact at a popular
Karachi restaurant. Employees of the restaurant
did not recall seeing Pearl thai night..
Several people have been identified as suspects
in the kidnapping, but police said they believe
Saeed is the key figure. He was jailed in India for
kidnapping foreign tourists in Kashmir.
However, he and others were freed by India on
Dec. 31, 1999, in exchange for passengers aboard
an Indian Airlines jet that was hijacked to Kanda-
Police now believe they are making significant
progress in solving the case, which has been
deeply embarrassing to President Pervez Mushar-
raf's government. Musharraf is expected to meet
President Bush at the White House next week.
"All I can tell you is that we are making, we
have made, significant progress, and we hope to
recover him soon," Karachi Police Chief Sayed
Kamal Shah told Associated Press Television
"We are doing our best. We are working day
and night, around the clock. When I say around
the clock I really mean it. We hope to (resolve)
the case soon, Inshallah (God willing)," Shah
Senators urge special panel for Enron
Immediately after he was hired, an Enron attorney became so concerned about
obscure partnerships the company was uwing to conceal debt that he raised a string
of objections in an attempt to rein them in.
The uneasiness of ex-Enron lawyer Jordan Mintz is detailed in five memos
released on the eve of a House committee hearing where the other star witness will
be former Enron chief executive Jeff Skilling, who let the partnerships proceed.
In the Senate, Democratic Sen. Ernest Hollings and Republican Ted Stevens
urged their leaders to set up a single select committee for the chamber's investiga-
tion because so many panels are investigating Enron.
"'The issues range from consumer fraud, artificial energy price spikes, the loss of
the Enron employees' pension fund' to 'SEC regulation and compliance,"' stated
the letter to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Minority Leader Trent Lott.
Four Enron executives with knowledge of the partnerships were to be witnesses
today at the House hearing, but will invoke their Fifth Amendment right not to tes-
tify, said Ken Johnson, spokesman for the House Energy and Commerce Commit-
The four, who will all be present, include Andrew Fastow, who is at the center of
off-the-books deals involving the partnerships, said Johnson.
Walker Lindh denied bail by federal judge
A federal judge ordered John Walker Lindh held in custody pending
trial yesterday as prosecutors revealed e-mails they said showed the U.S.-
born Taliban felt clear "hostility toward his country."
Magistrate Judge W. Curtis Sewell denied bail after concluding that the 20-year-
old Lindh "has every incentive to flee" and posed a danger to society.
Ruling from the bench rather than taking time to deliberate, Sewell
rejected Lindh's request to be released in the custody of his parents -
who had pleaded in vain for their son to return home from overseas.
The government and defense used the hearing in federal court here to
present widely divergent portrayals of the young Californian who left
home and turned his life to Islam.
"He is not a dangerous person," lead defense lawyer James Brosnahan
said of his client. "He never had anything to do with terrorist activities."
Brosnahan said Lindh fought with Afghanistan's ruling Taliban against the oppo-
sition northern alliance, not knowing that would eventually put him against fellow
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20 vehicles buried in
An avalanche roared down the tower-
ing Hindu Kush mountains yesterday,
burying about 20 vehicles in snow near
the world's highest tunnel, a United
Nations spokesman said.
There was no immediate word on
casualties or how many people might
be buried near the Salang Tunnel, a
key aid conduit some 80 miles north
of Kabul, said U.N. spokesman Yusuf
The tunnel, which at nearly two
miles in length is a widely admired
engineering feat, was extensively
damaged in Afghanistan's wars but
was reopened in January after
The large number of vehicles trapped
in the avalanche raised fears that an aid
convoy had been buried, but U.N. and
Red Cross officials said there was no
immediate indication their vehicles were
Al-Qaia remains a
threat at Olympics
The director of the CIA said yester-
day that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida
terrorist group remains a serious threat,
interested in striking "high-profile"
American targets including the
Olympics that open tomorrow in Salt
George Tenet, facing tough questions
about Sept. 11, also acknowledged that
the CIA never will be able to foresee all
"We know they will continue to plan,
we know they will hurt us again," Tenet
said. "We have to minimize their ability
to do so because there is no perfection
in this business."
In his first testimony to Congress
since the attacks'on the World
Trade Center and Pentagon, Tenet
outlined a wide range of threats
against the United States and said
al-Qaida remains the most immedi-
Teacher protests lax
ruling on plagiarism
High school teacher Christine Pelton
wasted no time after discovering that
nearly a fifth of her biology students had
plagiarized their semester projects from
She had received her rural Kansas
district's backing before when she
accused students of cheating, and she
expected it. again this tim aer filing
the 28 sophomores.
Her principal and superintendent
agreed: It was plagiarism and the stu-
dents should get a zero for the assign-
After parents complained, the Piper
School Board ordered her to go easier
on the guilty.
Pelton resigned in protest in an
episode that some say reflects a national
decline in integrity.
"This kind of thing is happening
every day around the country," she
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