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Nations argue over U.N.-

resolution NEWS'BRIEF

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - As opposition hardened
against a war with Iraq, Britain offered yesterday to com-
promise on a U.S.-backed resolution by giving Saddam
Hussein a short deadline to prove he has eliminated all
banned weapons or face an attack.
With some 300,000 U.S. troops massing for battle,
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw made clear that any
compromise must still include an authorization for military
But Straw's demand, made a day before a crucial Securi-
ty Council meeting, was unlikely to be acceptable to key
council powers that favor more weapons inspections to dis-
arm Iraq peacefully.
President Bush, in a rare prime-time news conference
yesterday, said the United States will call for a Security
Council vote even if it appears certain that the resolu-
tion will be defeated but he added that he isn't afraid to
go to war if the council rejects the resolution.
"We're days away from resolving this issue in the Secu-
rity Council," Bush said. "No matter what the whip count
is, we're calling for a vote. ... It's time for people to show
their cards and let people know where they stand in rela-

tion to Saddam."
"As far as ultimatums, we'll wait and see," Bush also
The resolution, co-sponsored by the United States,
Britain and Spain, says Iraq missed its "final opportunity"
to disarm peacefully and paves the way for war.
The United States faces an uphill struggle to get nine
"yes" votes and avoid a veto by one of the permanent
members opposed to war soon.
Yesterday, China threw its support behind France, Ger-
many and Russia, which have vowed to prevent the resolu-
tion's passage.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealed to council
members to discuss the crisis calmly, noting there were
several proposals on the table.
"The positions are very hard now," he said. "I am
encouraging people to strive for a compromise to seek
common ground," adding, "to make concessions, you get
Secretary of State Colin Powell arrived in New York yes-
terday to try to win support for the resolution from unde-
cided council members.

Israeli incursion injures 140, kills 11
In the most intense battle in Gaza in months, an Israeli army raid left 11 Pales-
tinians dead yesterday, including eight who witnesses said were hit by an Israeli
tank shell fired at a crowd. Israel insisted it targeted only armed men.
More than 140 Palestinians were hurt, 35 of them seriously, doctors said.
The crackdown at the Jabaliya refugee camp - the largest and most heavily
armed Palestinian shantytown - came a day after a Palestinian suicide bomber
killed 14 Israelis and an American teenager on a bus in the Israeli port city of Haifa.
Also yesterday, Israeli troops in the West Bank killed three Palestinians: a gunman,
a 16-year-old boy and a 55-year-old mother of eight cutting grass for her sheep.
After nightfall yesterday, witnesses said about 100 Israeli tanks and other mili-
tary vehicles moved toward the Jabaliya camp again, signaling the second large-
scale incursion in the area in as many days. The Israeli military would say only
that an operation was in progress.
In raiding Jabaliya, troops met fierce resistance from hundreds of Palestinian
gunmen who fired assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades at Israeli tanks and
helicopters raking the streets with machine-gun fire. In anticipation of an incur-
sion, militants had also planted explosives in the streets, detonating them by
remote control as armored vehicles drove by.

French Foreign Minister Dominque de
Villepin shakes hands with Colin Powell.

ALGIERS, Algeria
Pakistan forces aid in bin Laden search Algerian plane crash leaves one survivor

U.S. and Pakistan troops
continue joint effort in hunting for
Osama bin Laden, other AI-Qaida
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani and
American forces intensified the search for Osama
bin Laden along a southwestern stretch of the
border with Afghanistan and carried out raids this
week based on information from a newly cap-
tured al-Qaida deputy, Pakistani intelligence and
military officials said yesterday.
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, thought to be the
No. 3 figure in the terror network, told interroga-
tors he met bin Laden just weeks ago in a ren-
dezvous set up through a network of phone calls
and intermediaries, an intelligence official said.
At least two raids have been carried out in Pak-
istan's southwestern Baluchistan region based on
information from Mohammed since his capture
last weekend, another Pakistani intelligence offi-
cial said, also speaking on condition of anonymi-
ty. There were no major arrests from the raids,
the official said.

Telephone numbers taken from Mohammed's
mobile phone are being tracked. The phone con-
tained numbers inside and outside Pakistan, said
a government official.
"The people he contacted in Pakistan have nat-
urally been put under surveillance and we suspect
the American agencies are doing the same," the
official said.
Since Mohammed's arrest, joint Pakistani and
U.S. forces have both been searching for bin
Laden and his son, Saad, along the 350-mile
stretch of border from the Baluchistan town of
Chaman to the Iranian border, a Pakistan mili-
tary source said.
Villagers contacted in Dal Bandin, 170 miles
south of the Baluchistan capital of Quetta, said
two military aircraft landed at their small airstrip
and American forces got off. There was no con-
firmation from the U.S. or Pakistani military.
The activity apparently generated rumors that
bin Laden had been captured, but officials in
Washington and in Pakistan said it was not true.
Since the weekend, residents in Chaman said
U.S. aircraft swarmed overhead, dropping Pashtu-

language leaflets on both sides of the border
reminding them of the $25 million reward for bin
U.S. special forces and Pakistani soldiers are
also farther north along the border, trying to
flush out Taliban and al-Qaida fugitives in South
Waziristan, in the North West Frontier province.
Mohammed's meeting with bin Laden took
place somewhere in Baluchistan or farther north
along the border, a Pakistani intelligence official
told The Associated Press.
The official was one of a team of Pakistani and
CIA agents who interrogated Mohammed for
hours after he was nabbed in a pre-dawn raid in
Rawalpindi on Saturday.
The intelligence official quoted Mohammed as
saying of bin Laden, "The sheik is a hero of
Islam and I am his tiny servant. Life, family,
money, everything can be sacrificed for the
sheik." The official did not reveal what
Mohammed and bin Laden discussed.
Mohammed told his interrogators he didn't
know bin Laden's exact whereabouts, but that he
was in the remote border region.

An Air Algerie passenger jet, one of its engines ablaze, crashed shortly after
takeoff deep in the Sahara Desert yesterday, and 102 people were killed, officials
said. A young soldier survived.
The Boeing 737, flight 6289, crashed after taking off from Tamanrasset bound
for the Algerian capital, Algiers, 1,000 miles to the north.
Terrorism was not suspected, said an airline spokesman, Hamid Hamdi.
"There was a mechanical problem on takeoff," he said. "There is no element
that leads us to think there was a terrorist attack."
Witnesses at the Tamanrasset airport and airline officials said one of the
plane's two jet engines caught fire as it was taking off.
APS, Algeria's official state-run news agency, and airline officials at the scene
said 102 had been killed. But an official at the airline's office in Algiers told The
Associated Press that he couldn't immediately confirm the number of deaths.
"Unfortunately, we know only of one survivor," said Hamdi, identifying him as
a young Algerian soldier who was in a critical but stable condition in a Tamanras-
set hospital.

Continued from Page 1.
events can really see that their
money is helping to promote such
amazing research," Penisten said.
Events planned for CAW include
a bar night to raise funds and an art
exhibit featuring works from Art
School students and children USAC
has worked with.
Much of the artwork deals with
"say no to cigarettes" and other
cancer-awareness themes. English
majors will also contribute poetry
and short essays on cancer-related
The annual bone marrow drive
will focus on targeting minorities
due to the lack of minorities on the
bone marrow registry compared to
Vietnam/Iraq Comparisons
The Vietnam War protestors
said that the U.S. supported
a repressive government, but
they refused to research the
side that they supported. Are
today's Iraq protestors making
the same mistakes? Go to:
Gary Lillie & Assoc., Realtors

non-minorities, Penisten said.
Julie Maltzman, co-chair for
CAW and School of Education jun-
ior, said she was inspired by the
death of her brother's friend who
had bone cancer, and her mother's
breast cancer, to become involved
with USAC and CAW.
"I was inspired by the battle she
fought and her eagerness to always
be helping others," Maltzman said,
referring her brother's friend.
"My mom, too, showed a ton of
courage during her fight with can-
cer. It has been just about two years
since she finished her last
chemotherapy treatment and she is
free and clear of cancer."
Additional events include a can-
dle light vigil, a fashion show and a
CCRB night.
* 1002 PONTIAC TR. U

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aid budget is about 2.4 percent less.
Most state departments are cut by
anywhere from 1 percent to more
than 30 percent.
"You simply can't spend more
than you make, month after month,
year after year, without digging
yourself into a deep hole,"
Granholm said, in a poke at her
predecessor, Republican Gov. John
Engler, who left office Jan. 1 after
12 years.
"The days of spending beyond
our means are over. As long as I am
your governor, this state will live
within its means," she said.
The governor did not proposal
any overall tax hikes, although she
wants lawmakers to raise the diesel
fuel tax from 15 cents to 19 cents,
the same amount drivers pay on
gasoline. That money would be
used for road repairs.
She proposed two new lottery
games to raise $50 million for
schools and about $100 million in
fee increases, including higher costs
for driving licenses.
Under her proposal, the cost of a
driver's license would go from $13 to
$25. The cost of chauffeur and com-
mercial licenses also would.rise.
The higher license fees would be
used to run a state police trooper
recruit school to add 100 officers to
the ranks, keeping trooper strength
at about 1,100 officers.
Granholm also proposes raising
fees through new water pollution
discharge permits, increasing fees
for the groundwater and storm
water discharge permits and
expanding fees for solid waste dis-
Much of the money would be
used to expand environmental pro-
About 1.1 million children, sen-
iors and disabled people whose
health costs are covered by Medic-
aid would not see any reduction in
But healthy adults would lose
their access to dental, chiropractic
and podiatry services, except for

"You simply can't
spend more than you
make ... without
digging yourself into a
- Gov. Jennifer Granholm
dental emergencies. The number of
days they could be hospitalized also
would be limited.
Granholm defended the reduced
services for 130,000 recipients, say-
ing the reductions allowed her to
give more people at least limited
coverage and to return coverage to
40,000 adult caregivers who don't
qualify for Medicaid services them-
selves but care for children who do.
She also has applied for enough
federal funds to triple the number
of seniors who will qualify for pre-
scription drug coverage, and recom-
mended increasing mental health
funding by 2 percent.
Her budget proposal was received
favorably by most lawmakers, who
said they recognize tough cuts are
necessary. A few worried that the
governor's assumptions on how
much more money new fees and
other charges would raise could be
too optimistic. But most said they
plan to work with Granholm to pass
her proposal.
"For the most part, we collective-
ly have the problem. We collectively
have to solve it," said Senate,
Appropriations Committee Chair-
woman Shirley Johnson (R-Royal
"This situation cannot afford the
luxury of getting carried away with
Economist Tom Clay of the nonpar-
tisan Citizens Research Council,
based in Livonia, said the budget pro-
posal contained less pain than many
who rely on state funding feared.
"I expected the budget to be far
worse in terms of very difficult rec-
ommendations that would create
real problems for people," he said.
"It didn't turn out to be."

NASA safety causing
recurring problems
A former NASA official who led a
study three years ago that faulted the
way the agency dealt with safety risks
told the Columbia investigation board
yesterday that the same problem
appears to have played a role in the
shuttle disaster.
Henry McDonald, an engineering pro-
fessor, appeared as a witness as the board
held its first public hearing on what
caused the shuttle to break up over Texas
on Feb. 1, killing all seven astronauts.
McDonald said he was disappoint-
ed the space agency did not adopt
more of his team's recommendations.
He noted that the same type of com-
munication breakdown he warned
about seems to have hindered engi-
neers who evaluated damage to
Columbia's left wing by launch debris
and concluded the shuttle and its
astronauts were safe.
"It's a replay," McDonald told
reporters after addressing the board.
New York collectors
dodge art sales taxes
It is one of the worst-kept secrets of
New York's fine art galleries: Ultra-rich
art collectors who drop millions of dol-
lars on paintings are illegally arranging
with dealers to duck the sales tax.
Now, state and federal prosecutors
are going after buyers and dealers with

This week, District Attorney Robert
Morgenthau announced that 34 families
had coughed up $6 million over the
past year in back taxes on art purchases.
And in federal court, Samuel Waksal,
the ImClone Systems founder and
friend of Martha Stewart, pleaded
guilty to conspiring with a dealer to
dodge $1.2 million in sales tax on nine
paintings that cost him a total of $15
Morgenthau and his federal counter-
parts said their investigations are far
from over.
Health foods lower
high cholesterol
People with high cholesterol may
lower their levels by a surprising one-
third with a vegetarian diet that combines
a variety of trendy heart-healthy foods,
including plenty of soy and soluble fiber,
a study found.
Although a healthy diet is a mainstay
of cholesterol control, people typically
can reduce their cholesterol only about
10 percent by changing what they eat. As
a result, doctors routinely prescribe cho-
lesterol-lowering drugs called statins.
A variety of studies suggest certain
plant foods are especially good at lower-
ing cholesterol. So a Canadian team put
together a diet combining several of these
to see what would happen.
"The reductions are surprising," said
Cyril Kendall of the University of Toron-
to. "Most dietitians would not expect that
sort of reduction through dietary means."
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.


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"I think the most effective way to
counter the vastly pro-Israeli mes-
sage of this conference is just to
attend and make sure our voice is
heard through the question and
answer session," he said.
Engineering sophomore Maher
Iskandar, a member of SAFE, the
Arab American Anti-Discrimination
Committee, and the Muslim Students
Association, said he is attending the
conference to see what is said about
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to
make sure the message it presents is
fair and accurate.
But, he said he is skeptical that the
conference will present a balanced

of the conference is to present topics
unrelated to the Israeli-Palestinian
"Israel as a democracy is a vibrant
and flourishing country where there's
a lot more going on besides conflict,"
he said.
Berger said some of the sessions of
the conference will focus on Israeli
cultural, societal and environmental
Topics that will be explored
include "Environmental Manage-
ment as a Bridge to Peace and
Cooperation in the Middle East,"
"The Psychological Effects of the
Terror of the Second Intifada on
Israeli Civilians," "Rogue Regime
Change and Democratic Peace,"
"Israel's Cultural Roots," "US-

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