2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 3, 2002
Congress discusses war in Iraq
NEWS IN BRIEFft
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats and Republi-
cans in Congress began closing ranks yesterday
behind a resolution giving President Bush broad
authority to use military force against Iraq.
Bush hailed the development and suggested war
with Baghdad could become "unavoidable" if Sad-'
dam Hussein does not disarm.
Full compliance with all U.N. Security Council
demands "is the only choice and the time remaining
for that choice is limited," Bush said, standing with
top congressional leaders in the Rose Garden. Bush
struck a deal on the resolution with House leaders in
the morning, and momentum quickly built behind it
throughout the day. Leaders of both parties predicted
passage, probably next week, by large margins.
"Mr. President, we delivered for your father. We
will deliver for you," said Sen. John Warner of Vir-
ginia, the senior Republican on the Senate Armed
Said House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-
Mo): "We disagree on many domestic issues. But
this is the most important thing that we do. This
should not be about politics. We have to do what is
right for the security of our nation and the safety of
As part of the deal with the House, Bush bent to
Democratic wishes and pledged to certify to Con-
gress - before any military strike, if feasible, or
within 48 hours of a U.S. attack - that diplomatic
and other peaceful means alone are inadequate to
protect Americans from Saddam's weapons of mass
The resolution also would require Bush to report
to Congress every 60 days - instead of the 90 days
suggested by the White House - on matters relevant
to the confrontation with Iraq.
wounded by shooter
NEW YORK (AP) - A former
police officer shooting from his
apartment window wounded a pre-
school teacher taking children to a
playground during a three-hour
spree in a sprawling housing com-
Brian Berrigan, 33, was found sit-
ting at a table inside his fourth-floor
apartment at Stuyvesant Town, Police
Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
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and into parked cars, hitting the
shoulder of the 22-year-old teacher,
whose name was not released. There
was no indication that the shooter
knew the teacher.
None of the six or seven children
from the Manhattan Kids Club pre-
school was injured, and the teacher was
expected to bereleased from Bellevue
Hospital, Kelly said.
Twenty shots were fired, including
one at a police car.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat appealed yesterday
to one of his toughest critics - Presi-
dent Bush - to block a U.S. law that
calls for moving the American embassy
in Israel from Tel Aviv to disputed
"It is a catastrophe. We can't stay
silent," Arafat said of the measure
passed by the U.S. Congress.
Bush signed the bill into law, but
views it as advisory rather than manda-
tory, and says he has no plans to move
the embassy to Jerusalem, where Pales-
tinians seek to establish a capital in the
eastern part of the city.
In another development, Arafat's
Fatah movement has dropped the idea of
prodding the Palestinian leader to relin-
quish some power by appointing a
prime minister. The Fatah campaign had
been the most serious political chal-
lenge to Arafat in years, but the effort
was sidetracked during Israel's 10-day
siege of Arafat's compound, which
ended earlier this week.
Fatah had been pushing for a prime
minister who would run the day-to-day
affairs of government.
Palestinian Planning Minister Nabil
Shaath, a senior Fatah member, said that
at a Tuesday meeting of the Fatah Cen-
tral Committee "the consensus of the
members is that the prime minister
should be appointed after the establish-
ment of a Palestinian state and drafting
The sensitive issue of moving the
U.S. embassy arises periodically, invari-
ably drawing a sharp Palestinian
If the United States relocated the
embassy to Jerusalem, it would be seen
as recognition of Israel's claim to the
entire city and would challenge Pales-
tinian aspirations to set up the capital in
the Arab part of the city as part of a
"It can't be accepted at all, for the
Christians and for all the Muslims,"
Arafat said at his battered compound in
Ramallah, just a few miles north of
Bush has been consistently critical of
Arafat, saying he has failed to show
leadership and crack down on Palestin-
ian militants over two years of violence.
However, Bush said he would maintain
the long-standing U.S. policy on
The United States, like most of the
international community, has never rec-
ognized Israel's annexation of east
Jerusalem, which it captured from Jor-
dan in the 1967 Mideast War. The Unit-
ed States says Jerusalem's ultimate
status should be determined in peace
negotiations between Israelis and Pales-
But the Jerusalem clause in the U.S.
spending bill signed by Bush states that
no money could be spent on official
U.S. documents that listed Israel with-
out identifying Jerusalem as the capital.
Also yesterday, Israeli officials dis-
missed a rebuke by British Prime Min-
ister Tony Blair, who said U.N.
resolutions have to be respected,
whether they apply to Iraq or the Israeli-
Palcstinians have longcr omnlained
Charges placed on
Andrew Fastow, the Enron executive
who masterminded the financial
schemes that brought down the compa-
ny, was charged yesterday with inflating
the energy giant's profits and siphoning
off millions for himself, his family and
The former chief financial officer is
the biggest Enron figure targeted by the
Justice Department so far. Prosecutors
may use him to build a case against
other insiders, including former Enron
chief executive Jeffrey Skilling and for-
mer chairman Kenneth Lay.
Fastow, 40, surrendered to the FBI
and was led away in handcuffs. He was
charged with fraud, money laundering
and conspiracy. Under a deal with his
lawyers, prosecutors recommended his
release on $5 million bail.
Prosecutors said Fastow executed
"clandestine transactions" through a
web of off-the-books partnerships to
hide $1 billion in Enron debt.
Malaria gene in
Researchers have sequenced the
genes both for the parasite that caus-
es malaria and for the mosquito that
spreads it to humans.
The double triumph gives medical
science new weapons in the war on a
disease that kills almost 3 million
people a year.
Researchers hope that gene map-
ping will reveal genetic vulnerabili-
ties that can be exploited to control
the mosquito that is essential to the
parasite's deadly work. Already sci-
entists have identified gene weak-
nesses that my be exploited to
disrupt the life cycle of the malaria
parasite. For the mosquito,
researchers have found genes that
may lead to better insecticides or
repellents, and to a better under-
standing of why the insect prefers
humans for its blood meal.
Completing the gene mapping of
malaria and its vector comes at a criti-
cal time in international public health,
Broker for Stewart
pleads guilty in court
An assistant to Martha Stewart's
stockbroker pleaded guilty yesterday
to a misdemeanor charge that he
took a payoff to keep silent about an
alleged insider stock tip given to
Douglas Faneuil, 26, pleaded
guilty as part of a deal to testify
against Stewart and others who
allegedly sold shares of ImClone
Systems Inc. last December, if she is
ultimately charged in the case. The
charge is receiving money or other
valuables "as consideration for not
Stewart dumped nearly 4,000
shares of ImClone just before the
stock price plunged on news the
Food and Drug Administration
would not review its highly touted
cancer drug, Erbitux.
Court papers did not identify the
"tippee" who received the insider infor-
mation, but all the- details of the anony-
mous wrongdoer clearly point to Stewart.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
U.S. troops comb Mghan mountains
In the largest ground operation in Afghanistan in six months, up to 2,000
U.S. Army troops are searching the mountains of southeastern Afghanistan
for Taliban and al-Qaida holdouts.
The troops from the 82nd Airborne are part of a new strategy that puts
more regular soldiers into the hunt for enemy fighters while lessening the
strain on special forces units that could be needed for a war in Iraq.
The Army soldiers are combing an area of Afghanistan's Paktia province
that borders Pakistan and has long been a focus of U.S. efforts to rid the
country of members of the terrorist network and its Taliban allies. The
region has been the scene of clashes between rival warlords and scattered
attacks on U.S. soldiers.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai suggested during a visit to Qatar over
the weekend that deposed Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar might
be hiding along the Pakistani border.
Army soldiers have questioned six suspects and uncovered several small
caches of weapons during searches so far. The operation, dubbed "Alamo
Sweep," is the largest since Operation Anaconda in March and is expected
to continue for several weeks at least.
Court hears arguments to replace senator
Democrats fighting a crucial battle for control of the U.S. Senate told the
state's top court yesterday it isn't too late to replace Sen. Robert Torricelli's
name on the ballot.
Republicans argued that state law is clear: Candidates cannot be replaced
on the ballot if they drop out within 51 days of the election. Torricelli
dropped out with 36 days left.
After hearing arguments for about 2 1/2 hours, the state Supreme Court
justices adjourned without indication when they would rule.
Leaving Torricelli's name on the Nov. 5 ballot would only confuse voters,
said Angelo Genova, a lawyer for state Democrats.
Genova said the intent of the 51-day rule is meant solely to ensure there
is enough time to prepare ballots. Only about 1,600 ballots have'been
mailed, and there's enough time to make new ones, Genova said.
But Peter Sheridan, attorney for Republican candidate Douglas Forrester,
said: "I believe the statute should be enforced as it presentlyreads. We
don't believe there are any extraordinary circumstances."
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