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NATION/WORLD

RANKINGS
Continued from Page 1A
program's dedicated faculty and staff.
"Their commitment to a vision of excellence in patient care,
research and teaching is driving this upward trend," Lichter
said.
The law school and School of Education's graduate pro-
gram maintained their seventh place ranking in the nation.
The School of Education's program in higher education
administration was rated the top pick in the country.
Down two spots from last year, the College of Engineer-
ing ranked sixth. The school's expertise in industrial engi-
neering, as well as mechanical engineering, were ranked at
No. 2. The school also received the No. 3 spot in the aero-
space, aeronautical and astronautical category, as well as a
third place ranking in the areas of nuclear, environmental
and environmental health engineering. Fifth place was
awarded for specialization in the area of electrical, electronic
and communications.
Although the Physics Department did not place in the
nation's top 10, its doctorate program was viewed as one of
the top five in the nation in the category of atomic, molecu-
lar, optical and plasma.
The Business School's graduate program maintained its No.
10 ranking from last year. The school's general management
program received the No. 5 spot, while the marketing depart-
ment was ranked fourth as a specialized category.
Despite so many departments throughout the university
receiving high marks, administrators offered mixed feelings
about the importance of these numbers.
Business School Dean Robert Dolan believed the national
ranking to be "really important in that first step of the
process," when prospective students consider enrollment.
But Dolan did not think the school had changed its enroll-
ment numbers in past years as a result of the ranking.
Others feel that national rankings should not be so
influential.
Interim Provost Paul Courant said, "the latest rankings from
US. News & World Report provide gratifying confirmation
that the University of Michigan is one of the finest universities
in the nation," in a written statement. While he added that the
recognition of the accomplishments is something the Universi-
ty should be proud of, he cautioned prospective students about
forming an opinion based strictly on such data.
"I think it is important to recall that no simple set of statis-
tics can capture adequately the nuanced strengths and weak-
nesses of individual graduate and professional programs, nor
of the University overall,"he said.

Israel takes detainees NWSIN BIF

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - It's become a
common sight in West Bank cities: Palestinian men
kneeling with hands clasped behind their heads, or
marching handcuffed and blindfolded under Israeli
soldiers' watchful eyes, or baring their bellies to
show they have no weapons or explosives.
More than 1,400 Palestinian males, from
gawky teens to paunchy middle-aged men,
have been rounded up for questioning during
the 10-day Israeli military offensive in the
major towns of the West Bank. It's Israel's
biggest manhunt in years for Palestinian fugi-
tives wanted in connection with terror
attacks.
Those caught up in the dragnet include teachers,
doctors, students, laborers, accountants, policemen
and - according to the Israeli military - more
than 360 wanted men. The army spokesman's
office said it did not know how many of those
detained had been released, calling the situation
"very fluid."
Israel defends the roundups as a legitimate
means of hunting down militants responsible for

suicide bombings, shooting sprees and other attacks
that have killed more than 100 Israeli civilians in
the last month alone. But Palestinians call the mass
arrests a form of collective punishment, meant to
intimidate and humiliate them.
"I kept saying to them, 'I'm a social worker. I'm
50 years old. I'm not a gunman, I'm not a terror-
ist,"' said Saleh Abulaben, who was held for five
days at an Israeli military base after being picked
up last week in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.
"And they said to me, 'Shut up."'
Some of the detainees say they have been beaten,
tortured or deprived of food and water. Four Israeli
human rights groups - citing what they say are
credible accounts of abuse provided by Israeli sol-
diers in military camps where detainees are being
held - went to Israel's highest court to seek a guar-
antee of protection from torture and access to legal
counsel for the detainees.
The request was rejected yesterday by the
Supreme Court, which said it could not consider
the case unless it was made on behalf of a specific
Palestinian complainant.

KABUL, Afghanistan
Rocket explodes near peacekeepers 6

A Chinese-made rocket exploded just yards from a camp housing international
peacekeepers yesterday, the first such attack since security forces began patrolling
the Afghan capital last year.
Elsewhere, a U.N. team sent to the central city of Bamiyan found evidence of
three mass graves apparently filled with ethnic Hazaras killed last year in the Tal-
iban's final month in power.
Nobody was hurt in the rocket attack on the Kabul camp of German and Danish
troops, which occurred just after 2:30 a.m. local time, said Flight Lt. Tony Marshall,
spokesman for the British-led International Security Assistance Force peacekeepers.
A 107-mm Chinese-made rocket flew over the peacekeeping compound and
exploded to the northwest, Marshall said. Another rocket also was seen flying
over the compound and an explosion was heard, but peacekeepers had not located
the detonation site, he said.
Peacekeepers were searching the area for evidence and were trying to deter-
mine where the rockets were fired from.
The attack probably was linked to efforts to destabilize the interim Afghan
administration ahead of the loya jirga, a national grand council meeting in June to
select a new government, Marshall said.
Six priests asked to leave due to allegations
The Archdiocese of New York said yesterday that six priests have been asked to
leave their assignments because of past allegations of sexual misconduct.
The announcement, made in a statement released by archdiocese spokesman
Joseph Zwilling, comes less than a week after the archdiocese said it had given the
Manhattan district attorney's office a list of cases involving priests who have been
accused of sexual misconduct with minors. Zwilling said worshippers from
parishes where priests were asked to step down were notified by letter. Zwilling
said not all the priests worked in parish assignments, but declined to elaborate.
The statement released yesterday said information concerning the six priests
asked to step down from their archdiocese positions was included in information
forwarded to District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. The archdiocese did not
release the names of the priests because not all of the allegations had been sub-
stantiated, the statement said.
"The priests in question have been informed that they are not to present them-
selves as priests or exercise their priestly ministry publicly at least until the matter
is further clarified or resolved," the statement said.

MCCAIN
Continued from Page 1A
Senate, would quintuple the size of the Ameri-
corps program from 50,000 to 250,000 - if
passed in the House and Senate and signed by
President Bush. It would require that half of
Americorps new positions be associated with
homeland security.
Americorps gives tuition grants and living
allowances to students who work for such organi-
zations as Habitat for Humanity.
After a roundtable meeting with students and a
press conference, the senators will stage a photo-
op on the steps of the Michigan Union, the site
where, then-presidential candidate John Kennedy
elaborated on his idea of establishing the Peace
Corps in an early morning campaign stop Oct.
14, 1960.
Although the president's plan is less fiscally

MARTIN
Continued from Page 1A
Ed Martin and his wife, Hilda, were
arrested March 21 on charges of money
laundering, running an illegal gambling
ring and conspiracy. Martin allegedly
laundered thie profits he gained in run-
ning his illegal gambling ring in Detroit
auto plants by loaning it to these former
Michigan basketball players before they
turned professional.
Both Martins have pleaded inno-
cent and were released on a $10,000
bond each.
Michigan Athletic Director Bill
Martin said on March 25 that he's con-
fident the truth will come out.
"If Ed Martin plea bargains we will
act on that," he said.
But Ed Martin's court history does
not suggest that he will definitely plea
bargain. On May 3, 2000, Ed Martin
backed out of an agreement with the

U.S. Attorney's office, which would
have required him to disclose all infor-
mation about his alleged payments to
Michigan basketball players. Ed Mar-
tin's son, Carlton, pleaded guilty to
federal gambling charges when he con-
fronted a similar situation on January
30, 2001.
If Ed Martin gives full disclosure in
a plea bargain, it will help the Univer-
sity tremendously in finally finding the
truth surrounding the allegations of
one of the biggest scandals in college
sports history, while also aiding the
NCAA in deciding the fate of Michi-
gan's basketball program and any pos-
sible penalties.
Webber, the biggest star of the
"Fab Five," denied the allegations of
receiving $280,000 from Martin last
week and said that the "truth" will
come out soon.
His lawyer, Fallasha Erwin, said that
an exclusive interview with Webber

could happen in two weeks w
Sacramento Bee.
"What we're going to doi
designated time when we ai
the middle of a championship
a long road trip, I will sit do
discuss most of these issues,
ber said.
But if Ed Martin decides
plead, and his case goes to tria
ber and the other former Wol
mentioned in the indictment c
forced to testify.
Whatever happens in the E
tin saga, White said that thet
sity's plan is to "face the m
no excuses, no complaints, n
ing it will go away."
"If true, we will take our mi
and any other actions we deem
sary and appropriate to squ
record of that era with the alleg
rupt behavior of our former p
White said in the letter.

ambitious - supporting only a doubling of
Americorps - Bayh said the bill has received
much support in the Senate and expects it to pass.
"One of the challenges is, in a time of budget-
ary restrictions, we need to find the resources," he
said. "But I think you can make a compelling
argument with all the homeland defense needs
that harnessing trained volunteers is the most cost
effective way to meet many of the needs that we
face."
Bayh said beside promoting the legislation, he
hopes the forum today will "let people know the
opportunity will be there for them to translate
their good intentions into concrete actions."
"I was interested in tapping into the deep well-
spring of patriotism that existed before Septem-
ber 11 and harness it to fashion a better society,"
he said.
The senators will address the public at Hill
Auditorium at 1 p.m. today.
with the ISRAEL
is, at a Continued from Page 1A
ren't in cease-fire between Israel and the Pales-
run or tinians, according to a statement from
wn and Peres' office.
" Web- At the beginning of the weekly Cabi-
net meeting yesterday, Sharon defend-
not to ed the offensive, calling it "a war for
Ll, Web- our homes."
[verines "We have no interest in dragging it
ould be out, but we have to do the job," Sharon
told Israel TV
d Mar- In New York, the U.N. Security
Univer- Council yesterday insisted on "imme-
usic - diate implementation" of resolutions
ao hop- demanding an Israeli-Palestinian
cease-fire and an Israeli withdrawal
iedicine from Palestinian cities without delay.
neces- Israel's U.N. Ambassador Yehuda Lan-
are the cry said a withdrawal must be "strictly
ged cor- related and connected to certain Pales-
layers," tinian steps - the cessation of terrorist
acts, the meaningful cease-fire."

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VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia
Car bomb kills 12,
wounds thousands
Two bombs exploded in a provincial
capital of Colombia yesterday, killing
12 people, wounding dozens and stok-
ing fears that Colombia's civil war is
becoming one of indiscriminate terror-
ist attacks.
No one claimed responsibility for the
blasts in Villavicencio shortly after 1
a.m., but police suspected the country's
main rebel group, the Revolutionary
Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC,
was behind it.
A small explosive device had gone
off minutes earlier, attracting people
who were in bars and restaurants on a
warm weekend night. Then a bomb -
located underneath a car parked on the
street - blew up, shredding bodies and
causing damage in a four-block-wide
area.
Four people were killed in the first
explosion and eight died in the second
blast. More than 60 people were1
injured.
WASHINGTON
Violent crime against
Hispanics decreases
The rate of violent crime against His-
panics fell 56 percent over a seven-year
period in the 1990s and is now similart
to that against whites, the government
reported yesterday.
The decrease for Hispanics coincided1
with a steep drop in violent crime
against all U.S. residents and against

whites, blacks and American Indians,
according to the Justice Department's
Bureau of Justice Statistics.
In 1993, the violent crime rate for
Hispanics was closer to that for blacks,
who experienced 70 violent crimes per
1,000 people. But by 2000, it was clos-
er to that for whites, who experienced
27 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
"It seems to have flipped"' for His-
panics, said the report's author, Justice
statistician Callie Rennison. There were
28 violent crimes per 1,000 Hispanics
older than 11 in 2000.
SAN FRANCISCO
Intake of asprin can
reduce colon cancer
A daily baby aspirin modestly
reduces the risk of colon cancer by pre-
venting the growth of ominous polyps,
according to a major study released
yesterday.
Based on a variety of indirect evi-
dence, scientists have long speculated
that aspirin protects against this type of
cancer. But the new study is the first to
put the idea to a rigorous test.
The experiment was intended to see if
aspirin prevents a recurrence of polyps
after the growths have been removed dur-
ing routine colonoscopies. It found the.
80-milligram baby asprin size taken daily
reduces this risk by 19 percent.
The dose is the same one already
taken by millions of Americans to pre-
vent heart attacks. The new work sug-
gests they may be getting an additional
benefit.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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