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2A - The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 11, 2002


Sniper attacks, kills seventh victim NEWS IN BRIEF


MANASSAS, Va. (AP) - A sev-
enth fatal shooting in the Washington
area is "consistent" with six others
and may be the work of the same
sniper, authorities said yesterday.
Dean Harold Meyers of Gaithers-
burg, Md., was gunned down
Wednesday night moments after
filling his tank at a northern Vir-
ginia gas station.
An autopsy showed he was killed
by a single shot to his upper body,.
Prince William Police Chief Charlie
Deane said.
Authorities stressed they had not
conclusively linked the slaying to
the others but cited the similarities

with the eight shootings, six of
them fatal, since Oct. 2 in Mary-
land, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
It "appears to be consistent with
the other shootings in the region,"
Deane said.
Police were searching for a white
minivan seen leaving the scene of
the Manassas shooting.
Two men had been seen in a
white van shortly after the sniper
slayings began. The vehicle
described by witnesses to Wednes-
day's shooting was similar - a
white "panel truck."
"It's a minivan but instead of win-
dows around the side, it's solid. We

don't know about windows in the
back," Sgt. Kim Chinn, a Prince
William County police spokeswoman,
told reporters earlier yesterday. The
vehicle was described as looking like
a Dodge Caravan, she said.
"The assurance we can give the
community is we are working as
hard as we can," Chinn said.
Manassas is approximately 30
miles west of the nation's capital
and about 40 miles southwest of
Bowie, Md., the site of Monday's
shooting that wounded a boy out-
side a school.
Investigators say the sniper, or
snipers, fired from a distance with a

high-powered hunting or military-
style rifle. Like Meyers, all the ear-
lier victims had also been felled by
a single bullet.
A former neighbor of Meyers,
Carol Iverson, described him as
"perfectly delightful. ... He always
had a kind word." She said they
remained close after she moved,
and he had visited her home just
last week.
The 13-year-old schoolboy wound-
ed in Bowie on Monday remained in
critical but stable condition yesterday.
A woman wounded in Fredericksburg,
Va., last week was released from the
hospital Tuesday.

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TEL AVIV, Israel
Barghouti comments start fight in court
Palestinian uprising leader Marwan Barghouti used his murder trial yesterday to
attack Israel's occupation in the West Bank and Gaza, setting off fistfights among
spectators as his defense team distributed a mock indictment of Israel and his Jewish
lawyer compared him to Moses.
Barghouti, a key West Bank leader ofYasser Arafat's Fatah movement, is the high-
est-ranking Palestinian to be put on trial in Israel. His third court appearance was
light on legal content, but heavy with staging, tension and drama.
Israel accuses Barghouti of orchestrating terror attacks that killed 26 Israelis, rang-
ing in age from 8 months to 79 years. Barghouti insists he is a politician and is not
connected with violence.
In the legal proceedings, the judge gave the two sides six weeks to prepare argu-
ments about the Israeli court's jurisdiction - which Barghouti has challenged -
and set the next court session for Nov.21.
Defying howls of derision from relatives of Israelis killed in Palestinian attacks,
Barghouti made clenched-fist and V-for-Victory signs as he entered the courtroom,
shackled and handcuffed.
"Murderer!" one of the'protesters shouted. "You killed my son!" shouted another.
"Iam a freedom fighter," Barghouti retorted. "Peace will win."
House approves more defense spending
The House overwhelmingly approved yesterday a compromise $355.4 bil-
lion defense bill brimming with money for new destroyers, helicopters and
missiles and granting President Bush most of the Pentagon buildup he
requested following last year's terrorist attacks.
While the day's spotlight shone on the congressional debate over authorizing Bush
to use force against Iraq, the massive defense spending package - one-sixth of the
entire federal budget - underlined the bipartisan consensus behind beefing up the
military. Quick Senate approval was also expected.
"Now more than ever, we must secure our nation's security," said Rep.
Sue Myrick (R-N.C.).
The bill's 409-14 passage, less than four weeks before congressional
elections, also reflected a desire by Democrats to head off campaign-season
accusations by Bush that they had delayed a measure urgently needed in the
U.S. effort against terrorism. Most of Congress' budget work has been
stalled because Bush wants to spend less than Democrats and even some
Republicans want.

The Department Of Philosophy
The University Of Michigan

Claude M. Steele
Lucie Stern Professor in the
Social Sciences Stanford University
The Specter of Group Image:
Its Unseen Effects on
k Human Performance and the
Quality of Life in a Diverse Society
Friday, October 18, 2002 4:00 p.m.
Angell Hall Auditorium A
435 S. State Street

Claude M. Steele.
Professor of Law and Philosophy
University of Pennsylvania
Professor of Economics
Boston University
Professor of Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles
Saturday, October 19, 2002 9:00 a.m.
Pendleton Room, Michigan Union

Pakistani election
results disputed
For the first time since a 1999
coup, Pakistanis voted yesterday in
elections the military government
hailed as a historic return to demo-
cratic rule and the opposition
denounced as a stage-managed
sleight of hand to mask President
Pervez Musharraf's firm grip on
Sporadic violence left at least seven
people dead, a bloody but common
occurrence in Pakistan's. rough-and-tum-
V~e politics. Turnout was projected to be
low, hurt in part by a series of decrees
that kept the country's best-known politi-
cal players on the sidelines, and by self-
declared constitutional changes that have
assured Musharraf ultimate control of
Pakistan's fate.
Musharraf- an important U.S. ally in
the war on terrorism - has created a
military-controlled National Security
Council that will vet all national policy
Demogrhic changes
increase d out rate
The number of Hispanics who
dropped out or never attended high
school surged by over 50 percent in
the 1990s, especially in the South and
West where many schools were over-
whelmed as they tried to accommodate
the fast-growing Spanish-speaking
The changing demographics present a

tough task, particularly to small-town and
rural school administrators whomust find
money in their tight budgets to hire bilin-
gual staffers and develop new programs
to teach newly arrived students who may
not have a good grasp of English.
In 2000, approximately 1.56 million
U.S. residents ages 16 to 19 were not
high school graduates and not enrolled
in school.
Of the total, nearly 34 percent, or more
than 528,000, were Hispanic. That's up
from 22 percent, or nearly 346,000, of
the 1.59 million total in 1990.
Pro-India party loses
state assembly control
Kashmiri voters ousted the ruling
pro-India party - the dominant force
in the Indian-controlled province for
more than 50 years, demanding eco-
nomic and social reforms and an end to
the Islamic militancy that has claimed
tens of thousands of lives. Final results
yesterday showed the National Confer-
ence party, which is closely tied to the
Hindu-nationalist government in New
Delhi, lost half the seats it held in the;
last state assembly, maintaining only 28
constituencies - far below the 44
needed to form a majority government.
The party declared it would not
ally with its rivals in a coalition gov-
ernment, signaling an overhaul of the
political landscape in the Himalayan
province wracked by Islamic sepa-
ratism and at the center of nuclear-
armed brinkmanship with
neighboring Pakistan.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.


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