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U.S. encourages Saddam's exile

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Libya, Mau-
ritania, Egypt, Belarus, Cuba or North
Korea - could one become Saddam
Hussein's next home?
Arab diplomats say the idea - which
has not been publicly confirmed - has
been presented to Saddam as a way out
not only for him and his family, but also
for his people, suffering for 12 years
under punishing U.N. sanctions.
But denials have come as quickly as
new countries are raised, and many
experts say they do not believe Sad-
dam will leave Iraq.
The United States has threatened
war to topple Saddam, whom it accus-
es of hiding nuclear, chemical and bio-
logical weapons. State Department
spokesman Richard Boucher told
reporters in Washington this week that,

"it would be a good idea if (Saddam)
took the opportunity to leave."
Arab leaders have tried before to
lure Saddam into exile. In 1991, Egypt
offered Saddam a haven to avert the
Gulf War; he declined.
Some analysts believe there's not
enough pressure on the Iraqi leader to
force him to consider such an option
now. The Americans may have him in
their gun sights, but the bombs have
not started falling and there is no col-
lective Arab and Western support for
military action against him.
Arab leaders are urging the United
States to give them one more opportu-
nity to resolve the crisis peacefully.
"At least give us a chance," Saudi
Foreign Minister Prince Saud told
NBC on Monday. "If in the final

analysis we don't succeed, those who
are working for war can have their war
as they please, which is going to be a
catastrophe for the region."
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
noted "Arab and, non-Arab efforts
being made to avert the war and to
reach a formula that will be accepted
by all parties without the use of force."
Asked about reports of "the secret
dispatch of emissaries to Baghdad"
with proposals to end the crisis,
Mubarak said, without denying the
reports: "The era of -secrets is over.
Today's world is a world with no
secrets and everything is known, moni-
tored and followed." He spoke to
Egyptian newspaper editors on a flight
Tuesday from Saudi Arabia, where he
had gone to consult on Iraq.

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is seen
during a speech marking Army Day in

Teen sniper could face death penalty
Citing what he called strong circumstantial evidence, a judge ruled yes-
terday that 17-year-old sniper suspect John Lee Malvo can be tried as an
adult, making him eligible for the death penalty.
Juvenile Court Judge Charles Maxfield made his decision after a hearing in
which prosecutors said Malvo tried to extort $10 million from authorities during
the killing spree and that fingerprints on the murder weapon and other evidence
tied the teen-ager to four attacks, three of them fatal.
"There is no eyewitness at any of the four crime scenes but the circum-
stantial evidence is quite strong," Maxfield said.
Malvo and John Allen Muhammad, 42, are accused of killing 13 people and
wounding five others in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and
Washington, D.C., last year. They are being tried first in Virginia in separate trials.
The extortion allegation is a key element of a Virginia anti-terrorism law
that allows the death penalty for killers convicted of trying to intimidate
the public or coerce the government. Malvo is also charged under a statute
that allows a death sentence for multiple murders.
"They wanted to negotiate for money," prosecutor Robert Horan said. "They
said 'If you want us to stop killing people give us the money.' If that is not intent
to intimidate government, I don't know what is."
Nissing vials of plague samples found
About 30 vials of the plague that were reported missing at Texas Tech
University were found yesterday in a mysterious episode that triggered a
terrorism-alert plan and showed how jittery Americans are over the threat
of a biological attack.
The FBI refused to say how or where the vials were found. However, an
FBI official in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity, said
authorities believe the samples of the lethal bacteria were simply destroyed
and not properly accounted for, rather than stolen or misplaced.
FBI agent Lupe Gonzalez said a criminal investigation was continuing.
The samples, about 30 of the 180 the school was using for research on the treat-
ment of plague, were reported missing to campus police Tuesday night.
"We have accounted for all those missing vials and we have determined that
there is no danger to public safety whatsoever," Gonzalez said.
Plague - along with anthrax, smallpox and a few other deadly agents -
is on a watch list distributed by the government, which wants to make sure
doctors and hospitals recognize a biological attack quickly.


North Korea refuses U.S. aid offer

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -
North Korea rejected as "pie in the
sky" U.S. offers of talks and possi-
ble aid in exchange for abandoning
its nuclear ambitions, accusing
Washington yesterday of staging a
"deceptive drama" to mislead world
Keeping up a stream of anti-
American invective - even as it
agreed to more high-level meetings
with South Korea next week -
Pyongyang declared it would accept

no U.S. offer of dialogue with con-
ditions attached.
Washington's "loudmouthed sup-
ply of energy and food aid are like
a pie in the sky, as they are possible
only after the DPRK is totally dis-
armed," a North Korean Foreign
Ministry spokesman said in a report
by the country's foreign news out-
let, KCNA.
DPRK stands for the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea.
White House spokesman Ari Fleis-

cher said yesterday the United States
had not heard any official word from
"That's an additional unfortunate
comment that North Korea has
made," Fleisher said of the North's
reported dismissal of a possible aid
After assuring South Korean offi-
cials in Seoul that Washington will
stick to diplomacy to resolve the
North's nuclear dispute, U.S. Assistant
Secretary of State James Kelly met

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Chinese officials in Beijing to seek
their help.
Before meetings with the Chinese
diplomats yesterday, Kelly said he
was "reassured" by progress in
coordinating an effort to pressure
North Korea to dismantle its
nucleazr weapons program.
As North Korea's only remaining
major ally, China is in a strong posi-
tion to influence its communist neigh-
bor. China traditionally supports a
nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.
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militarism and racism. This separat-
ed him from popular opinion at that
time, she said.
"We want to remember him as a~
man who was not afraid to take a
stand," hooks said.
Hooks compared this with her
recent experience of being booed
off the stage at a commencement in
Texas for speaking out against mili-
tary action in Iraq. She said King
was prophetic in saying militarism
should be brought to an end.
"Every act of violence brings us
closer to death," she said. Hooks
added the principle of non-violence
should be at the center of all Ameri-
cans' lives, especially in a post-
Sept. 11 atmosphere that has made
many aware of the mystery and ran-
domness of death.
"We are living with the reality of
sudden unexpected death more than
ever before in our nation's history,"
she said.
o-oks sai dpart of ahiteving
peace and nonviolence is concen-
trating on the present.
She quoted King, saying, "We
must learn how to live in the now."
But at the same time, she comment-
ed on the consequences of a
lifestyle which ignores future
effects on the environment and the
global community.
"We will slaughter the world in
the interest of keeping these
extreme lifestyles of wealth going,"
hooks said.
In addition to emphasizing the
importance of nonviolence, hooks
spoke out against patriarchy, racism
and sexist oppression. She criticized
the media for spreading this culture
of violence, citing examples from
Harry Potter to the movie "Mon-
ster's Ball."
She said society's acceptance of
violence has led to a sense of dis-
connect that prevents others from
identifying with people of differing
races, genders, classes and religions.
"Our souls are longing for con-
nection," she said. She urged the
audience to turn away from a culture
of violence to one of communion.
After the lecture, hooks held a
book signing. Copies of her recent
book "Rock My Soul: Black Folk
and Self-Esteem" were also on sale.
Hooks is the author of more than 20
books on issues of race, gender and
social oppression.
Born in Kentucky with the name
Gloria Watkins, hooks changed her
name to honor her grandmother and
to create a separate voice.
She has served as a professor in
the English departments at Yale
University, Oberlin College and as a
Distinguished Professor of English
at City College and the Graduate
Center of the City University of
New York.
LSA sophomore Abby Clark said
she had always wanted to read
hooks' writing prior to hearing her
"I just knew that she's a feminist
thinker and intellectual who's really
respected so I was really excited to
come here," she said.

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Supreme Court rules
in favor of Disney
Mickey Mouse andThe Walt Disney
Co. scored a big victory yesterday as
the Supreme Court upheld longer copy-
right protections for cartoon characters,
songs, books and other creations worth
hundreds of millions of dollars.
Companies like Disney breathed a col-
lective sigh of relief with the 7-2 court.
ruling giving Congress permission to
repeatedly extend copyright protection.
The decision was a blow to Internet
publishers and others who wanted to
make old books available online and use
the likenesses of Mickey Mouse and
other old creations without paying royal-
ties. Hundreds of thousands of books,
movies and songs were close to being
released into the public domain when
Congress extended the copyright by 20
years in 1998.Justices said-the copyright
extension, named for the late Rep. Sonny
Bono (R-Calif.), was neither unconstitu-
tional overreaching by Congress, nor a
violation of free-speech rights.
Hard drives reveal
personal infornation
So, you think you cleaned all your
personal files from that old computer
you got rid of? Two MIT graduate stu-
dents suggest you think again.
Over two years, Simson Garfinkel
and Abhi Shelat bought 158 used
hard drives at secondhand computer
stores and on eBay. Of the 129

drives that functioned, 69 still had
recoverable files on them and 49
contained "significant personal
information"- medical correspon-
dence, love letters, pornography and
5,000 credit card numbers. One even
had a year's worth of transactions
with account numbers from a cash
machine in Illinois.
About 150,000 hard drives were
"retired" last year, according to the
research firm Gartner Dataquest. Many
end up in the trash, but nany also find
their way back onto the market.
New study points to
surgeon negligence
Surgical teams accidentally leave
clamps, sponges and other Ito66fside
about 1,500 patients nationwide each
year, according to the biggest study of
the problem yet:
The mistakes largely result not from
surgeon fatigue, but from the stress aris-
ing from emergencies or complications
discovered on the operating table, the
researchers reported. It also happens
more often to fat patients, simply
because there is more room inside them
to lose equipment, according to the study.
Both the researchers and several other
experts agreed that the number of such
mistakes is small compared with the
roughly 28 million operations a year in
the United States. "But no one in any
role would say it's acceptable," said Don-
ald Berwick, president'of the Institute for
Healthcare Improvement.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.


Plummer Professor of Christian Morals
& Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church,
Harvard University

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