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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Israel its operations, "including the destruction of
defied a U.N. Security Council demand yester- Palestinian civilian and security infrastructure."
day to end its six-day siege of Yasser Arafat's The resolution also called on the Palestinian
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Palestinians were killed in an Israeli strike
against alleged munitions factories and other tar-
gets in Gaza City.
Israel's siege drew criticism from President
Bush and many Israelis who questioned the wis-
dom of a military operation that may have boost-
ed the Palestinian leader's popularity at a time
when voices had begun to be heard urging him to
share power.
Sporadic pro-Arafat demonstrations persisted
yesterday despite curfews imposed in the West
Bank in an effort to halt suicide attacks.
With the United States abstaining, the Security
Council demanded early yesterday that Israel end

£iuiuortty Lto ensure L1LUe 1ponsble for terror-
ist acts are brought to justice."
In Washington, Bush said: "We've got to end
the suffering. I thought the actions the Israelis
took were not helpful in terms of the establish-
ment and development of the institutions 'neces-
sary for a Palestinian state to emerge."
Unmoved, Israeli Defense Minister Binyamin
Ben-Eliezer said that "no resolution, and no per-
son, can take from us our exclusive right to
defend our homes, our people."
Cabinet Secretary Gideon Saar said the siege
would continue until some 200 people inside the
compound give up, asserting many are terrorists
who must be put on trial. Apparently hinting at

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possible use of force, he added: "I'm not con-
vinced it will end in them being given up but it
must end with their capture."
Palestinians took heart from the U.N. resolu-
tion. Arafat released a statement praising it, and
Cabinet Minister Saeb Erekat said it should be
enforced, "because Israel is the champion of
nations undermining Security Council resolutions
and not implementing" them.
Telephone lines to Arafat's building were cut
yesterday, Palestinians said, leaving Arafat and
his aides with only cellular phones to communi-
cate with the outside world. Israel's army denied
any knowledge of the cut lines.
Israeli soldiers, tightly ringing Arafat's building
with tanks, didn't allow visitors inside, but the
military eased restrictions for reporters in the rest
of Ramallah, letting them enter and leave town.
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the real college experts."
"We think that is most valuable
perspective for students," she
University Provost Paul Courant
said while student opinion is very
valuable, the survey's results should
not be taken too seriously and were
not a cause for alarm.
"It's a funny thing. When we look
at (other) surveys, we find that our
students find us to be very strong
academically, they make wide use of
the academic breadth of our Univer-
sity and find diversity to be a very
important quality that contributes to
our academic life," he said.
"It's interesting to me that this
portrait of us is quite different than
the U.S. News and World Report
"I would hate to be in a college
where the students study just as
much as I would hate to be in a col-
lege where the students just party.
Neither of those would be a good
thing for the University," Courant
"I don't believe that we are both.
I don't believe that we are either."
Several students agreed with
Courant's statements, saying they
do not believe the rankings accu-
rately reflect life at the social level
of the University.
"Comparing it to other universi-
ties, there is a bigger social life
here. There are a lot of people who
do a lot of stuff and there are a lot
of parties, but I think that is
healthy," Engineering junior Maria
Pobre said.
She said she believes most stu-
dents give academics a higher prior-
ity than partying and that professors
here are widely-respected and avail-
able to students.
"I think this is a great school,"
Pobre said. "But it just shows that a
successful student doesn't have to
be cooped up in a library all day. It
shows you can be successful in both
The University ranked high in
other areas, mostly dealing with the
number of activities available on
campus, including Most Politically
Active (2), Great/Most Read Col-
lege Newspaper (5), Everyone Plays
Intramural Sports (9) and Great
College Town (20).
It won the Jock School and Stu-
dents Pack into Stadiums cate-
However, it did not make any of the
lists in the Demographics or Quality
of Life divisions, which include Stu-
dents From Different Backgrounds
Interact, Diverse Student Population,
Students Pray on a Regular Basis,
Gay Community Accepted, Happy
Students, Great Food, Dorms Like
Palaces, Beautiful Campus and The
Best Quality of Life.
And although many students
believe the University is a liberal
campus, it did not make the Top 20

in the Students Most Nostalgic For
Bill Clinton category.
Courant said although the rank-
ings are fun, students and potential
students should not use it or other
publications to judge whether to
enroll in a university.
"There is no right way to do this
because students have their own
interests, their own skills, their own
needs. Those things vary widely,"
he said.
"I think students should learn
about the colleges of their interest
from many sources. They should
visit, they should talk, they should
read and they should make their
own decisions about what university ,
meets their own needs."
In a two-page profile, the Prince-
ton Review highlights the Universi-
ty's academic strengths.
While the rankings are compiled from
student responses to the questions, there
is also a section based on students' indi-
vidual comments, Magrey said.
The profile for the University
published in the article states "the
school's a national powerhouse in
nearly every aspect: academics

Moussaoui linked by
FBI to possible attack
An FBI supervisor, sounding a
prophetic pre-Sept. 11 alarm,
warned FBI headquarters that stu-
dent pilot Zacarias Moussaoui was
so dangerous he might "take control
of a plane and fly it into the World
Trade Center," a congressional
investigator said in a report yester-
The supervisor said he had no rea-
son to believe such an attack was
planned but made the argument Aug.
27, 2001 - 15 days before the attacks
-to convince higher-ups of the need
for a search warrant for Moussaoui's
computer. Moussaoui has since been
charged with conspiring in the Sept.
11 attacks.
His effort failed.
The Moussaoui case was one of two
glaring examples of FBI agents recogniz-
ing the dangers of terrorists striking from
the skies in the weeks before the attacks,
only to be stifled by legal restrictions.
U.S. poverty rises
while income falls
Income declined while poverty lev-
els rose last year, the Census Bureau
reported yesterday, a double dose of
bad economic news that coincided
with the first recession in a decade.
After nearly a decade of decline,
the U.S. poverty rate stood at 11.7
percent last year, up from 11.3 per-
cent the previous year, which was
the lowest level since 1974. More
than 32.9 million people lived in
poverty last year, 1.3 million more

than in 2000.
The median household income
declined 2.2 percent to $42,228 after
remaining flat the previous year. It was
the first statistically significant decline
in a decade. Median income refers to
the point at which half of households
earn more and half earn less.
Income levels fell for every group
except the very richest and very
poorest. All racial groups experi-
enced a decline, although Asians
and blacks experienced the most
substantial drops.
West Nile vaccine
could come soon
A vaccine to protect the elderly
from West Nile virus could be avail-
able in as little as three years, and a
way to test the blood supply against
the infection might be in place next
summer, federal scientists told Con-
gress yesterday.
The mosquito-borne virus has
infected 2,000 people in 32 states so
far this year and killed 98. Particularly
worrisome are recent discoveries that
West Nile apparently can be spread
through blood transfusions if someone
donates blood shortly after becoming
infected, and that it occasionally caus-
es a polio-like paralysis.
Still, public health specialists are
expressing cautious optimism. While
West Nile virus is here to stay, they
expect infections to be dramatically
lower in coming years - possibly as
early as next year - as more people
become immune and communities act
quickly each spring to destroy mos-
quito eggs and breeding grounds.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast
Violence continues in Ivory Coast
U.S. troops headed to West Africa yesterday to safeguard 100 American school
children holed up in a rebel-held city after the bloodiest-ever uprising in the Ivory
Coast. Frightened residents reported heavy artillery and gunfire.
French troops moved closer to the central city of Bouake as well, ready to res-
cue their nationals and other Westerners if Ivory Coast's government makes good
on a pledge to root out forces behind a bloody coup attempt Thursday.
"A very welcome development," said a relieved James Forlines, director of Free
Will Baptist Foreign Missions, a Nashville, Tenn.-based church group that had
sent calls for help overnight for the mission school in the cut-off city after rebels
breached the school's walls, firing from its grounds.
"It has been a very trying day. It has been a very trying five days," mission offi-
cial Neil Gilliland said, speaking by telephone from the United States.
The scrambling to safeguard Westerners in the Ivory Coast came amid clashes
and growing tensions after the failed coup. At least 270 people have died so far.
An American expeditionary force and British troops already were on the
ground in Ivory Coast, Ghanaian and French military and government officials
said. "The U.S. European Command is moving forces to be in a closer position to
provide for the safety of American citizens," a statement from the command said.
Gunmen storm Hindu temple in India
Attackers sprayed gunfire through a temple crowded with Hindu wor-
shippers yesterday, killing at least 30 people and fueling fears of new riot-
ing in western India, where vicious religious clashes between Muslims and
Hindus killed 1,000 people earlier this year.
Hours after the attack, the gunmen remained in control of part of the Swami-
narayan temple complex - and some worshippers were still inside, officials
said. Bloody bodies were carried away on stretchers and many wounded limped
out, their clothes stained with blood. About 45 people were wounded.
Hundreds of commandos swarmed into the sprawling temple complex
after the attackers stormed in, setting up positions around the main temple,
said R.B. Brahmabhatt, the city's acting police chief.
A senior police official inside the complex, speaking on his mobile phone,
said between 40 and 50 people had been taken hostage.
There were two attackers inside, and security forces were "waiting until
they exhaust their ammunition," to launch their offensive, said G.M. Sing-
hal, another official involved in the operation.


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