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NATION/WORLD

Lieberman to seek nomination

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Sen. Joseph
Lieberman jumped into the 2004 race for presi-
dent yesterday, criticizing President Bush while
promising to "talk straight to the American peo-
ple" and show them he is "a different kind of
Democrat."
Lieberman, who could become the nation's
first Jewish president, told students at his old
high school that during the Bush campaign two
years ago, "we were promised a better America,
but that promise has not been kept."
He also reminded them that he and Al Gore
won the popular vote in 2000 when he was
Gore's vice-presidential running mate.
"I am also proud to say, in that election, as you
may remember, that Al and I got a half million
more votes than our opponents, and we actually
got more votes than any Democratic ticket in the
history of the United States," Lieberman said.
At the White House, spokesman Ari Fleischer
said: "There are many things many Democrats
are going to say in order to stand out in the
Democratic primary. The president looks for-
ward to welcoming whoever wants to run."
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, Missouri
Rep. Dick Gephardt, Massachusetts Sen. John
Kerry and North Carolina Sen. John Edwards are
already seeking the Democratic nomination.
Several others are said to be considering bids.
Lieberman was considered a prospect for 2004
as soon as the 2000 race was over, and he trav-
eled from New Hampshire to California testing
support.
Gore took himself out of the 2004 race weeks ago,
freeing Lieberman from his self-imposed pledge not
to run if the former vice president did.
"I intend to talk straight to the American peo-
ple and to show them that I am a different kind

of Democrat," Lieberman said. "I will not hesi-
tate to tell my friends when I think they are
wrong and to tell my opponents when I think
they are right."
The 60-year-old moderate was among the first
members of Congress to call for a U.S.-led cam-
paign to oust Saddam Hussein.
He was also an early proponent of suspending
elements of Bush's tax cut, and convened hearings
on homeland defense and Enron's collapse into
bankruptcy.
Lieberman was not widely known before Gore
picked him to be his running mate, though he
drew national attention in 1998 when he criti-
cized President Clinton's affair with Monica
Lewinsky from the Senate floor.
He described Clinton's behavior as "disgrace-
ful" and "embarrassing" to the country, though
he voted to acquit Clinton of impeachment .
charges. He has also long campaigned against
sex and violence in the media.
As Gore's running mate, Lieberman was
accused by Republicans of softening or abandon-
ing his positions on issues such as school vouch-
ers and affirmative action. Lieberman denied
changing his positions.
An Orthodox Jew, Lieberman refused to cam-
paign on Saturdays, the Jewish Sabbath, during
the 2000 race.
Asked by reporters yesterday how he felt the
American people would react to his faith,
Lieberman said: "I am not running on my faith,
but my faith is at the center of who I am, and I'm
not going to conceal that."
A Yale Law School graduate, Lieberman was a
state senator and Connecticut attorney general
before winning election to the U.S. Senate in
1988.

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HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
JERUSALEM
Scndalmay hurt Sharon's bid for re-election
An upset by challenger Amram Mitzna no longer seems impossible in Israel's
elections two weeks from now - thanks to a corruption scandal that has weak-
ened Ariel Sharon and his party.
This has given new meaning to the choice facing Israelis between Sharon's pol-
icy of trying to crush the Palestinian uprising and Mitzna's vow to leap back into
peace talks with Yasser Arafat.
Even if he keeps his job, a weakened Sharon would probably be even less
inclined to sign on to a U.S.-backed plan for Palestinian statehood by 2005.
The prime minister will not be crowned on election day, Jan. 28. With 15 par-
ties likely to win seats in the 120-member Knesset, it will probably take weeks of
negotiations before either Sharon or Mitzna has formed a majority coalition and
is pronounced prime minister.
That's a change from the last three elections - in 1996, 1999 and 2001 -
when Israelis elected their prime minister directly.
When Sharon called early elections two months ago, he seemed assured of vic-
tory, but his campaign has become mired in allegations of corruption ranging
from vote buying to a $1.5 million loan from a friend to help repay illegal cam-
paign funds.
WASHINGTON
U.S. deploys more troops, ships to Iraq
Building up for a possible war against Iraq, the Navy is deploying a
seven-ship armada with up to 7,000 Marines from California, matching a
force already under way from the East Coast.
The new amphibious task force would mirror a seven-ship deployment of
Marines that headed out over the weekend from bases on the Virginia coast,
Navy officials said yesterday, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Together the task forces will present Gen. Tommy Franks, the commander
who would run a war against Iraq, with the option of amphibious assaults
from the northern Persian Gulf, the officials said.
The Marines also could go ashore in Kuwait to be part of an Army-led
land attack into southern Iraq.
Trained to operate in austere environments, the Marines also could move
by helicopter into Iraq from their ships in the Gulf or from Kuwait to estab-
lish forward bases, as they did in southern Afghanistan early in that war.
The movement of naval forces is part of a broader buildup of American
military might in the Gulf region.

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AP PHOTO
Sen. Joe Lieberman announced his candidacy for the.
Democratic presidential nomination yesterday in
Stamford, Conn.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman enters 2004 presiden-
tial race, says he is 'different kind of Democrat.'

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Inspectors search

ghdad ce JERUSALEM
BaghadC clegs Stone tablet may
hold biblical clues

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - U.N.
inspectors took their hunt for banned
arms to science and technology col-
leges in Baghdad yesterday, and the
top nuclear inspector said his teams'
mission would take several more
months.
While appealing for time, Mohamed
ElBaradei, head of the U.N. nuclear
monitoring agency, acknowledged that
"the international community is ... get-
ting impatient" with Iraq, which he
said had been "passive" in its coopera-
tion with inspectors.,
The United States and Britain
have accelerated their military
buildup in the Persian Gulf in
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of Iraq. Sufficient forces are
expected to be in place by early
February to wage war - though the
White House says President Bush
hasn't yet decided whether to
attack.
Washington has threatened military
action if Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein
does not meet U.N. requirements that
get rid of mass destruction weapons.
Iraq denies it has such weapons and
says it's fully cooperating with U.N.
weapons inspectors.
Yesterday, teams of U.N. nuclear and
chemical weapons experts visited
Baghdad's technological university and
two science colleges, according to the
Information Ministry.
RedCross
sends ma
by hand to
detainees
GENEVA (AP) - The internation-
al Red Cross said yesterday it has
hand carried 3,300 short letters
between detainees' families and sus-
pected Taliban and al-Qaida fighters
held at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba.
The detainees - the first of
whom arrived on Jan. 11 last year
- are banned from making phone
calls or having any other type of
direct contact with the outside
world. But they can communicate
with relatives through mail deliv-
ered by the U.S. Postal Service or
the International Committee of the
Red Cross.
"They represent a lifeline of con-
tact," said the ICRC at the end of
one year of being the only independ-
ent group allowed to visit the pris-
oners of 40 nationalities held at
Guantanamo Bay.
As part of its role in monitoring
conditions of prisoners taken during
armed conflict around the world, the
neutral, Swiss-based agency also
offers letter delivery for prisoners'
families.
Most of the detainees were captured
by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
DARTA
Continued from Page 1
potential.
"More effective transportation in
southeast Michigan would move
people from their homes to their
jobs, to entertainment venues and
students to their schools," said
Mary Bettloff, deputy press secre-
tary to Gov. Granholm.
"If the bill comes to her, she will
sign it."
Some residents feel that their tax
dollars would be spent on a trans-
portation system they would not use.
"Some of us believe public trans-
portation won't work - that it's
another level of bureaucracy,"

Israeli geologists said yesterday they
have examined a stone tablet detailing
repair plans for the Jewish Temple of
King Solomon that, if authenticated,
would be a rare piece of physical evi-
dence confirming biblical narrative.
The find is about the size of a legal
pad, with a 15-line inscription in
ancient Hebrew that strongly resembles
descriptions in the Bible's Book of
Kings. It could also strengthen Jewish
claims to a disputed holy site in
Jerusalem's Old City that is now home
to two major mosques.
Muslim clerics insist, despite over-
whelming archaeological evidence, that
no Jewish shrine ever stood at the site.
That clain was made by Palestinian
officials in failed negotiations with
Israel in 2000 over who would be sover-
eign there.
The origin of the stone tablet is
unclear, making it difficult to establish
authenticity.
JERUSALEM
Palestinians killed
after grenade attack
Two Palestinians threw grenades yes-
terday at an Israeli bus in the Gaza Strip
and were shot dead by Israeli troops,
and an Islamic Jihad activist was killed
in an explosion in the West Bank - the
latest incidents in escalating violence
two weeks before Israel's election.
In the Gaza incident, the two attack-

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ers charged the bus as it left the Jewish
settlement of Netzarim, a senior army
officer said. Troops opened fire, killing
the assailants. A pistol and six more
grenades were found on the bodies, said
the officer, who gave only his first
name, Yoel. Islamic Jihad claimed
responsibility.
In a valley near Nablus, Islamic Jihad
fugitive Raami Abu -Bakr was killed
and another activist, Fuad Ahmed, was
wounded in an explosion. Ahmed said
they were hit by an Israeli missile, but
he could not'say where it came from.
LONDON
Townshend arrested
for child pornography
Pete Townshend, the legendary rock
guitarist and co-founder of The Who,
was arrested yesterday on sispicion of
possessing indecent images of children,
police said.
Townshend has acknowledged using
an Internet Web site advertising child
pornography, but said he was not a
pedophile and was only doing research
for an autobiography dealing with his
own suspected childhood sexual abuse.
The musician was released early yes-
terday after questioning at a southwest
London police station, Scotland Yard
police headquarters said.
"Shortly after midnight he was
released on police bail pending fur-
ther inquiries and will return to the
station later in January," a police
spokesman said on condition of
anonymity.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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