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Black Hawk crash kills 11, two live NEWS IN BRIEF f
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) - A of Wheeler-Sack Airfield, Lt. Col. leVIENNA, Austria
Black Hawk helicopter carrying 13 Bryan Hilferty said. IWould like to extend my condolences tothe
people crashed yesterday in a heavi- He said there was no indication families of our fallen comrades and I want to
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ly wooad area of this sprawling
Army post in upstate New York,
military officials said.
The Army said there were two
survivors but did not immediately
disclose the number of dead.
Maj. Gen. Franklin Hagenbeck,
commander of the 10th Mountain
Division, refused to take questions
at a news briefing but indicated
there were fatalities.
"I would like to extend my con-
dolences to the families of our fall-
en comrades and I want to assure
you that we will fully investigate
this terrible accident and do every-
thing in our power to take care of
all the families involved in this
tragedy," he said.
The helicopter, a widely used
transport aircraft, crashed just north

of problems beforehand.
"The first call I got was that it
was missing," he said. "It just dis-
He said he believed the aircraft
was on a training mission with at
least one other helicopter, perhaps
two more.
Maj. Daniel Bohr at Fort Drum
said the aircraft last made radio
contact shortly before 2 p.m.
Rescue crew were able to locate
the crash site an hour and a half
later, at about 3:30 p.m.
Greg Burnelle, a Jefferson Coun-
ty emergency management official,
said the helicopter crashed between
the tiny towns of Antwerp and
Burnelle said there were "critical
injured people."

assure you that we will fully investigate..."
- Franklin Hagenbeck
Commander, 10th Mountain Division

Hilferty said at least one soldier
was spotted walking away from the
Two soldiers were being taken to
Samaritan Hospital and a third was
en route to the hospital, spokes-
woman Krista Kittle said.
Fort Drum, situated along the
eastern shore of Lake Ontario.
The fort is about 70 miles north-
east of Syracuse amd is the home of
the 10th Mountain Division and has
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reserve units taking part in the
build-up toward war with Iraq.
In recent weeks, nearly 1,000
division soldiers and reservists have
left from Fort Drum.
Black Hawk UH-60 helicopters
are widely used transport aircraft.
They are equipped with advanced
avionics and electronics, such as
the global positioning systems. The
training mission had no connection
with ongoing war exercises at the
base, Hilferty said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The chair-
man of the House Budget Committee
has written a plan for balancing the
budget in seven years, but it is unclear
whether his own Republican col-
leagues will support the spending cuts
he would make to get there.
The proposal, which budget panel
chairman Jim Nussle (R-Iowa), dis-
cussed broadly on yesterday, would
leave the door open for most of the
new tax cuts that President Bush has
But it would also order lawmakers to
produce more than $400 billion worth
of savings over the next decade from a
wide range of benefit programs, said
one Republican familiar with the plan.
It would as well proposeabout
$10 billion less than the $786 billion
Bush wants for next year for the part
of the budget that Congress must
approve annually that covers federal
agencies' budgets, said the Republi-
can, who spoke on condition of
Nussle provided few details. But
he said his plan would exempt from
savings only the military, domestic
security, Social Security and unem-
ployment insurance, and would seek
out waste, fraud and abuse - peren-
nial targets of budget cutters.
Today, Nussle plans for his com-
mittee to vote on a $2.2 trillion
budget for 2004 containing his
budget-balancing proposal. But
first, he faces a morning meeting
with all House Republicans to make
sure he has their support - a ses-
sion some Republicans privately
predicted might result in changes.
Nussle said savings could be
extracted from Medicare and Medic-
aid - the government's huge health
insurance programs for the elderly
and poor. Even so, his plan would
provide Medicare with the extra
$400 billion over the next decade
that Bush has proposed to provide
prescription drug coverage.
Congress' budget sets overall rev-
enue and spending targets, with later
bills making actual changes in tax
law and programs' expenditures.
Nussle's blueprint is a departure
from Bush's.
Continued from Page 1A
filled last year," Kinesiology represen-
tative T.J. Wharry said, referring to a
similar resolution that sent buses to the
U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals when
it heard arguments in the University
admissions lawsuits last summer.
Wharry cast the lone vote against last
night's resolution. "There's a lot of bet-'
ter things we could be spending our

But some students said they thought
the resolution was an equal opportunity
for expression.
"I think it's good to send buses for
people," LSA freshman Brett Paper
said. "Most people support affirmative
action, but they should give the oppor-
tunity for everyone who wants to go."
"This is an unbiased way for stu-
dents to get to Washington,' LSA-SG
presidential candidate Ravi Perry said.
"With MSA being the governing stu-
dent organization of the entire school, I
believe the University should offer
some type of venue for students' inter-
ests, for or against affirmative action,
to get there on April 1."
Although the funds will deplete one-
fourth of the commission's budget,
Woiwode assured the assembly the res-

OPEC members agreed yesterday to stick with their current quotas for crude
oil production but pledged to boost output in the future to keep supplies flowing
in case of any serious disruption.
Representatives of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries ruled
out formally raising output now as a way of reassuring nervous markets before
any U.S.-led attack on Iraq.
However, they took extreme care not to mention such a conflict as a likely
source of disruption, apparently afraid of seeming to support such a war by
preparing to respond to its possible impact on markets.
Despite sharply higher oil prices, OPEC members argued that the world has
enough crude to meet demand and blamed Middle East tensions.for causing fears
of a possible shortage.
"We are studying the market and keeping abreast of it," Saudi Arabian Oil Min-
ister Ali Naimi told reporters.
"There is no shortage of supply, the market is in balance, there is plenty
of oil and there is a commitment to do our best within our capabilities,
which we think are enough to satisfy any possible 3/8 shortage in the mar-
ket for whatever reason."
SEOUL, South Korea
S. Korea requests U.S. military intervention
South Korea's president yesterday called for a stronger alliance with the
United States, a day after North.Korea test-fired a cruise missile into the
Sea of Japan.
Roh Moo-hyun's comments also came after Defense Secretary Donald Rums-
feld said last week that he wants U.S. troops stationed near the Demilitarized Zone
separating North and South Korea to be moved farther away from the zone, shift-
ed to other countries or brought home.
"The staunch Korea-U.S. combined defense arrangement is greatly con-
tributing to our national security," Roh said in a speech at the Korean Mili-
tary Academy. "The solid (South Korea)-U.S. alliance should be maintained
even more so."
Roh urged South Koreans not to worry about the redeployment plan, calling it
"nothing new at all." He said the two allies will consult closely with each other on
reconfiguring U.S. military presence.
Tensions over North Korea's nuclear programs intensified Monday when North
Korea test-fired a second cruise missile off North Korea's east coast in two weeks.

Reps. fail to honor
term limit pledges
At least eight lawmakers are planning
to run for re-election next year despite
pledges to leave the House of Represen-
tatives at the end of 2004.
Will voters make them pay? Not if
recent elections are any guide.
No member of Congress has lost
re-election for reneging on a term-
limit promise - in fact, at least five
have won.
"A few may accuse me of breaking
a pledge. That is their prerogative,"
said Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.), who
cited unfinished work in Congress as
her reason for seeking a fourth full
term next year.
Absent are other questions about a
candidate's character. Such changes of
heart haven't seemed to make much dif-
ference in voter turnout or opinions.
"It's never been a voting issue," said
Mark Petracca, a political science profes-
sor at the University of California, Irvine.
and a supporter of term limits.
Al-Qaida member
detained indefinitely
A former Chicago gang member
accused of plotting with al-Qaida to
detonate a "dirty" bomb of radioac-
tive material can meet with defense
lawyers despite government con-
cerns, a judge ruled yesterday.
U.S. District Judge Michael
Mukasey rejected the government's

plea to reverse his decision last year
allowing lawyers to consult with
Jose Padilla, 31, who was designated
an enemy combatant by the White
House last summer.
Before Padilla can see a lawyer
for the first time since June, ground
rules have to be worked out between
the sides and possibly the judge. A
hearing was set for the end of the
Enemy combatants are held with-
out charge or trial and are not
allowed to see lawyers.
Musicians, producers
settle strike in NYC
After a four-day walkout that cost
the city $10 million, Broadway
musicians settled the first strike on
the Great White.Way in nearly 30
years yesterday by agreeing with
Broadway producers to cut the num-
ber of orchestra players a show must
The breakthrough came during an
all-night negotiating session set up
by Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the
walkout by about 325 musicians
began costing theaters, restaurants
and hotels vital tourism dollars in a
city already ailing financially.
"Broadway is no longer dark,"
Bloomberg said in announcing the
agreement that allowed 18 musicals,
including such current Broadway
hits as "The Producers," "The Lion
King," "Mamma Mia!" and "Hair-
spray," to resume yesterday night.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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