2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 19, 2002
Israeli pullout brings hope of truce
JERUSALEM (AP) - Spurred on by a U.S. peace
mission, Israeli troops pulled out of Bethlehem early
today, edging closer to a cease-fire with the Palestini-
ans in the 18-month-old Mideast conflict.
The pullback came after Vice President Dick
Cheney arrived to bolster the efforts of U.S. mediator
Anthony Zinni, and the pair held talks yesterday with
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
In the most promising sign since Zinni arrived last
week, Israel pulled back after midnight from the
West Bank town of Bethlehem - traditional birth-
place of Jesus - and neighboring Beit Jalla, El-
Khader and the Aida refugee camp.
The Palestinians demanded at security talks yester-
day afternoon that Israel pull out of all their territory
before a cease-fire could be declared.
Palestinian West Bank security chief Jibril
Rajoub said the pullback from Bethlehem was
not enough. He said Israel must complete its
withdrawal from two other towns, Tulkarem and
Qalqilya. Israel said it had pulled out of the two
towns last week.
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Also, Rajoub told The Associated Press that the
Israelis must declare an "immediate end to their
aggression in all its forms, including house demoli-
tion, closures, and assassination," and promise politi-
cal negotiations as well as military talks.
The Bethlehem pullout ended one of the largest
Israeli military operations in decades and takes Israel
out of the more than a half-dozen Palestinian towns
and cities it entered this month in a search for Palestin-
ian militants. Earlier, they pulled back from the other
West Bank Palestinian population centers.
vMRYates life in
HOUSTON (AP) - Andrea Yates
was formally sentenced to life in prison
yesterday for drowning her children as
some of her relatives went on televi-
sion and accused her husband of not
doing enough to help her.
Wearing an orange jail jumpsuit,
Yates walked into court and looked
toward the bench where her family had
sat during the four-week trial. The only
familiar faces were a pair of jail psy-
chiatrists who treated Yates last June
after she confessed to drowning her
five children in the bathtub.
Asked by state District Judge Belin-
da Hill if she had anything to say, Yates
shook her head no. The judge then told
Yates she was going to prison for two
concurrent life terms for drowning
three of her children.
"Good luck to you, Mrs. Yates," Hill
said as she dismissed the former nurse,
who will be eligible for parole in 2041.
Defense attorney George Parnham
asked that Yates stay at the Harris
County Jail for as long as possible to
continue receiving care for her men-
tal illness. She will be closely
watched for at least 30 days and then
remain in protective custody, prison
Jurors last week rejected an insanity
defense and convicted Yates of capital
murder in the drownings of Noah, 7,
John, 5, and 6-month-old Mary. Evi-
dence also was presented about the
drownings of Paul, 3, and Luke, 2.
The same jury rejected lethal
injection as a punishment Friday,
meaning yesterday's life sentence
"She wants to know what all this
means and it's very difficult to
explain," defense attorney Wendell
Odom said. "She wants to know what's
.m. "I think Andrea right now thrives on
solitude and being quiet and being
away from it all."
Her family, however, was far from
quiet. Brian Kennedy, her brother, in
an interview broadcast on ABC's
"Good Morning America," called Rus-
sell Yates an "unemotional" husband
Swho was inattentive to his sister's
n Daly "I think that any man and woman
. f whose spouse was that severely
down, confused, that sick, that I
would do whatever it would take to
make sure my other half would get
the help that was necessary,"
S Andrea Yates' mother, Jutta Karin
Kennedy, said her son-in-law told her
after the birth of their fourth child that
X he had never changed a diaper.
Russell Yates, meanwhile, told
8r NBC's "Today" show some people
n r .4 "don't understand the biochemical
nature of Andrea's illness ... so
they'll say there must have been
something else going on in that
household, or there must have been
;.K:this or that and it's all false."
Bush stresses growth
of smal companies
While some experts say the reces-
sion is already over, President Bush
has decided to focus on restoring
economic health until the last report
confirms a recovery. He brought a
job-growth message yesterday to
Missouri, where he was raising
money for the White House's hand-
picked Senate candidate.
Bush was meeting with business
owners and workers at a fabrication
shop that makes switchboards in O'Fal-
lon, renewing his praise for small com-
panies as job-creation engines.
On March 9, the president signed
an economic stimulus bill that grants
businesses a variety of tax breaks
and extends regular 26-week unem-
ployment benefits by 13 weeks.
Today he will outline a package- of
small-business proposals in a speech
to a Washington summit of female
entrepreneurs, White House
spokesman Ari Fleischer said.
FBI: al-Qaida still
operating in Asia
Al-Qaida activists are operating in
Asia, FBI director Robert Mueller said
yesterday, and Washington has evidence
that members of Osama bin Laden's
organization have tried to obtain
weapons of mass destruction.
Wrapping up a six-nation Southeast
Asian tour, Mueller said he received
firm regional support for the U.S.-led
war on terrorism amid concerns that al-
Qaida operatives fleeing Afghanistan
may try to gain a foothold in the area.
"Without question or doubt, we
believe al-Qaida operatives are in this
area" said Mueller. "We're working to
put together all the pieces of the puzzle
so we can have a fuller portrait of al-
Qaida in the region."
Mueller also asked nations around
the world to be "on alert" for any future
al-Qaida attempts to acquire chemical,
biological or nuclear weapons.
called upon to resign
With the Boston Archdiocese
engulfed in a sex scandal, Cardinal
Bernard Law is resisting growing
demands for his resignation, reflecting
what some experts say is his sense of
duty as well as the church's desire to
preserve its hierarchy.
Law has acknowledged moving now-
defrocked priest John Geoghan from
parish to parish despite years of evi-
dence Geoghan was a threat to children.
Geoghan has been accused of molesting
more than 130 children over 30 years.
The latest call for Law to resign
came in yesterday's Wall Street Journal,
where former Education Secretary
William Bennett, author of "The Book
of Virtues," echoed a demand made
previously by fellow Catholic conserva-
tive William Buckley and by the Boston
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
NEWS IN BRIEF
BAGRA , Afghanistan
General says Anaconda was a success
The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan declared yesterday that the oper-
ation to destroy Taliban and al-Qaida in the eastern mountains was "an unquali-
fied and absolute success" despite claims by Afghan allies that most of the enemy
fighters got away.
Gen. Tommy Franks, chief of the U.S. military's Central Command, said the offen-
sive would be over by day's end, but the fight against terrorists was far from over.
Britain announced yesterday that it will send up to 1,700 troops to Afghanistan
to help U.S. forces in future operations against al-Qaida and the Taliban.
In Washington, a senior Pentagon official said U.S. forces in eastern
Afghanistan attacked a convoy of three vehicles believed to be trying to ferry al-
Qaida fighters out of the $hah-e-Kot Valley area.
The attack on Sunday killed 16 enemy fighters and wounded one, the official
said, speaking on condition of anonymity. One person was detained. There were
no American casualties, the official said.
Many details were unclear, including whether the convoy was attacked by air as
well as ground forces.
A separate U.S.-led operation in that area resulted in the capturing of an
unknown number of suspected al-Qaida fighters, one officer said.
States urge Microsoft to reveal its code
Nine states seeking tougher antitrust penalties against Microsoft told a
judge yesterday the software giant should be forced to release the blueprints
for its Internet browser in order to spark competition in a market it illegally
"Internet Explorer, your honor, is the fruit of Microsoft's statutory violations;'
said Brendan Sullivan, the lead attorney for the nine states that have refused to set-
tle with Microsoft. "And it should be denied them."
Sullivan said forcing the company to give up its blueprints for Explorer, which
now dominates the Web browser market after a bitter battle with rival Netscape,
would provide "fertile ground for nascent competitors."
Dan Webb, a lawyer for Microsoft, reiterated the company's stance that
the states' penalties would force the company to withdraw Windows from
the marketplace and let competitors confiscate billions of dollars worth of
Microsoft's intellectual property.
"It will have a devastating effect on Microsoft and a devastating effect on the
(personal computer) ecosystem and consumers" Webb said.
Dr. Ellen Zimmermann
Associate Professor of
U of M
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