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Powell to
present
proof of
Iraqi arms
NEW YORK (AP) - Secretary of
State Colin Powell will be joined by
top CIA officials today as he presents
the U.N. Security Council with evi-
dence culled from classified material
to try to convince wavering allies and
other nations that Iraq has defied
calls to disarm.
The evidence is expected to include
transcripts and possibly recordings of
intercepted conversations of Iraqi offi-
cials discussing the country's weapons
programs. There probably also will be
images taken by satellites of suspected
biological weapons labs, officials said.
Powell's report also is expected to
indicate that Iraqi officials had advance
knowledge where U.N. weapons
inspectors were going to look, in line
with a recent report from the British
government that said Iraqi intelligence
had bugged inspectors' telephones and
hotel and conference rooms.
CIA Director George Tenet and his
chief deputy, John McLaughlin, are
expected to accompany Powell. In
selecting evidence, Powell and intelli-
gence specialists are said to be taking
care not to reveal more about their oper-
ations than they could safely show Iraq.
President Bush and his top national
security officials have said repeatedly
that Iraq will be forcibly disarmed if it
does not comply with U.N. resolutions
demanding that it reveal and give up
weapons of mass destruction.
Arriving in New York yesterday,
Powell met first with Chinese Foreign
Minister Tang Jiaxuan, whose govern-
ment prefers a diplomatic approach to
Iraq rather than using force to disarm
President Saddam Hussein.
The chief U.N. weapons inspectors,
Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei, are
due to visit Baghdad for two days of
meetings next weekend. Among their
demands is access to Iraqi scientists and
other officials without government
"minders" auditing the interviews.
Blix said yesterday at the U.N. that it
was "five minutes to midnight" and
Iraq must be forthcoming about its
weapons during the visit. "I don't think
that the end is there, that a date has
been set for an armed action, but I
think-that we're moving closer'and
closer to it," Blix said.
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that will be used until Aug. 1.
"We are looking for ways to make it
permanent though our plans may not
include that specific room," Willis said.
He added that the University might build
a special facility to provide for the reli-
gious and spiritual needs of the campus
community, but that would not be for
many years to come.
The reflection room is open daily
from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The process of selecting and furnish-
ing a room in the Michigan League
included a meeting between Vice Presi-
dent for Student Affairs E. Royster
Harper and members of ARC.
The Rev. Graham Baird, president of
ARC, said the meeting brought together
Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, Catholic and
other members of the ecumenical com-
munity.
"They brought to our attention that
there are no chapels, mosques or syna-
gogues on campus that students can use

to pray or meditate," he said.
Baird added that the members of
ARC agreed the room should be a quiet,
simple space, uncluttered by religious
ornaments.
Rabbi Shena Potter, assistant director
of Hillel, said the room is open to all
members of the University community.
"It is a 'safe-space' where people of
all faith backgrounds can pray, meditate
and reflect in individual ways amidst the
hustle and bustle of campus life," Potter
said. "It is also a place where pejple
from all religious affiliations can feet
and interact while focusing on their spir-
itual growth."
ARC member Gretchen Baumgardt
said some organizations within ARC
may have their own spaces for sacred
worship or meditation but that the reflec-
tion room is open to everyone.
"Support for a permanent reflection
room on campus recognizes the needs of
both students who do not have a central
gathering space and students who may
not be connected to any particular reli-
gious or spiritual group and seek a neu-
tral reflection space," she said.
Baumgardt is the education director at
St. Mary Student Parish and Newman
Center, which serves the Catholic com-
munity at the University.
Trinka Robinson, a Public Health stu-
dent and a representative for the Gradu-
ate Muslim Students Association in
ARC, said while the room provides
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NEWS IN' BRIEF
SPACE CENTERHouston
President takes part in shuttle memorial
Under sapphire blue skies that once held Columbia and her crew, President
Bush paid tribute yesterday to the shuttle's seven astronauts and rededicated the
nation to space travel. "They go in peace for all mankind. And all mankind is in
their debt," he said.
The president joined at least 10,000 teary-eyed NASA workers, aging astronauts,
political leaders and families of the fallen crew for a memorial service in a plaza
outside Mission Control usually reserved for celebrations of space triumphs.
The shuttle broke up Saturday as it was returning to earth. In Bush's words:
"Their mission was almost complete, and we lost them so close to home."
The president met with family members after the service, which ended with the
ringing of a Navy bell - seven times, one for each of the deceased astronauts -
and a "missing man" formation flyover: Four T-38 NASA jets roared above the
crowd, with one peeling away and soaring high and out of sight.
Bush bowed his head and first lady Laura Bush wiped tears from her eyes as
the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters led the crowd in song. The words to
one hymn, "God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand," were printed on the
back of the service's programs, allowing the NASA family to raise its voice in
tribute to "shining worlds in splendor through the skies."
WASH INGTON
U.S. favors direct negotiations with N. Korea
The State Department's No. 2 official yesterday gave senators the Bush admin-
istration's strongest assurance to date that the United States intends to have direct
talks with North Korea on its nuclear programs.
Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage also acknowledged that the Penta-
gon may bolster U.S. forces in the Pacific Ocean in case "North Korea would, in
some fashion, try to take advantage of our focus on Iraq."
Less than a week after Armitage appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee explaining why war might be necessary against Iraq, he returned to
tell often-skeptical lawmakers why a different approach was needed with North
Korea, which he conceded poses a greater nuclear threat than Iraq.
He said Iraq has stronger ties to terrorists and that diplomatic efforts with North
Korea are relatively new, while Iraq's defiance has lasted 12 years. Also, North
Korea's weapons programs seem to be tied to the country's dire economic needs
while Iraq is pursuing weapons "to dominate, to intimidate and to attack," he said.
Armitage repeated the Bush administration's position that North Korea's
nuclear program isn't a crisis.

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WASHINGTON
Lawmaker pushes for
approval of tax cuts
A senior Republican lawmaker
announced plans yesterday to push
tax relief legislation through the
House by the end of March, setting
the stage for a quick test of President
Bush's call for $1.3 trillion in new
cuts over the next decade.
"We need to act soon," said Rep. Bill
Thomas (R-Calif.), chairman of the tax-
writing House Ways and Means Com-
mittee. He cited a need to put more
money into the hands of consumers and
create jobs in a time of slow economic
growth.
Thomas laid out a timetable for
action on tax cut legislation as Treasury
Secretary John Snow and Budget
Director Mitchell Daniels parried criti-
cism from congressional Democrats
over the record deficits envisioned in
the administration's day-old budget.
"Deficits matter. They are never wel-
come. But there are times, such as these,
when they are unavoidable, particularly
when we are compelled to address criti-
cal national needs," Snow said.
NUEVO JERUSALEM, Mexico
Rebels target tourists
in southern Mexico
Zapatista rebels are threatening to
seize a ranch and guest house owned by
U.S. citizens and are running tourists out
of parts of southern Chiapas state - an
unexpected turn for a country whose
third-largest income source is tourism.
The conflict is part of the rebels' battle
against foreign investment and eco-
tourism, the small-scale, environmental-

ly-friendly operations that were supposed
to help save the jungles where the Zap-
atistas have their last redoubts.
"We don't. want any American
tourists.... We don't want any tourists at
all," said Gabriel, a black-clad Zapatista
guarding a roadblock near the ranch who
would give only his first name. "We
don't want strangers coming around."
Over the last two weeks, Zapatista
sympathizers have detained and threat-
ened a group of French and Canadian
kayakers on a jungle river and blocked
access to Rancho Esmeralda, the U.S.-
owned ranch and guesthouse.
BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro
Yu oslav republics
to form loose union
Erasing Yugoslavia from the map of
Europe, lawmakers all but dissolved the
troubled Balkan federation yesterday
and gave birth to a new country with a
new name: Serbia and Montenegro.
Under a European Union-brokered
accord approved by parliament, the two
republics stick together in a loose union
that gives each greater autonomy and
the trappings of statehood. The final
breakup of the former Yugoslavia -
outright independence for both -
could come as soon as 2006.
Widely seen as'a compromise solu-
tion amid conflicting demands within
both republics that Serbia and Mon-
tenegro be either firmly tied or com-
pletely separated, the accord preserves
the alliance but allows each member
state to hold an independence referen-
dum after three years.
The deal offers the republics near-
total sovereignty.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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