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2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 6, 2002


Storm leaves millions without power NEWS IN BRIEF

The Associated Press
Millions of people shivered with-
out electricity yesterday in the Car-
olinas as one of the worst ice- and
snowstorms in years snapped tree
limbs, snarled air travel around the
country and kept children home from
school in a large part of the East.
At least 20 deaths had been
blamed on the storm since it blew
across the southern Plains earlier in
the week. Up to a foot of snow fell in
places from New Mexico to North
"It's horrible out there," said Errol

Carter, a lawyer from Edison, N.J. "I
live less than 10 minutes from the
train station, and I almost got in two
accidents on the way there."
"We've got wrecks everywhere,"
Virginia State Police Sgt. D.A.
Shaver said.
Schools closed in parts of the Car-
olinas, Pennsylvania, West Virginia,
Virginia, Delaware, New York, Con-
necticut, New Jersey, Maryland, Mis-
souri, Arkansas, Tennessee -and
The Carolinas were the hardest hit
as the weight of ice and snow
snapped tree limbs and sent them

crashing onto power lines. In
Raleigh, N.C., the crack of buckling
pines and oaks sounded like gunfire
during hunting season.
Matt and Dawn Heric had been
without heat in Durham, N.C., since
the electricity went off late Wednes-
day. "Unfortunately, none of the fire-
places are serviceable," Matt Heric
said of their 90-year-old house.
"You just go to the YMCA to take
your showers and farm out the kids
and just do what you have to do,"
said Jill Brehm in Charlotte, N.C.
North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley
declared a state of emergency and

waived most weight limits for trucks
removing debris and repairing utility
The storm was "probably the
largest single-Event power outage
we've had in this state," said Bryan
Beaty, secretary of the state Depart-
ment of Crime Control and Public
Duke Power said about 1.2 million
homes and businesses were blacked
out yesterday in North and South
Carolina, far surpassing the record
number affected by Hurricane hugo
in 1989. The utility said it could be
days before service is restored.

Three killed in Indonesia bombing

Hussein urges support for inspections
President Saddam Hussein urged the Iraqi people yesterday to support
the new U.N. arms inspections as a welcome opportunity to disprove Amer-
ican allegations that his government still harbors weapons of mass destruc-
The White House quickly rejected those claims, insisting they lack credi-
bility. In a holiday greeting to Iraqi leaders, Saddam said he agreed to the
inspections, in which one of his own palaces was searched, "to keep our
people out of harm's way" in the face of U.S. threats.
The Iraqi president's remarks contrasted sharply with a vice president's
harsh words about the inspections late Wednesday.
Taha Yassin Ramadan had accused the U.N. monitors of being U.S. and
Israeli spies and of staging the presidential palace inspection as a provoca-
He denounced an "unjust, arrogant, debased American tyranny."
Then, turning to U.S. allegations that Iraq retains chemical and biologi-
cal weapons, he said Iraqis wanted to disprove those claims.
"Some might claim that we didn't give them a proper chance to resist,
with tangible evidence, the American allegations," Saddam said.
Ex-pharmacist will serve 30 years in prison
A pharmacist who diluted chemotherapy drugs given to thousands of can-
cer patients was sentenced to the maximum of 30 years in prison yesterday
after the victims' families tearfully told how the scheme had cost them pre-
cious days with their loved ones.
"Your crimes are a shock to the civilized conscience," U.S. District Judge
Ortrie Smith told Robert Courtney. "They are beyond understanding."
Courtney, 50, was also ordered to pay $10.4 million in restitution and a
$25,000 fine. He showed no emotion as the judge announced his sentence.
His lawyers said he was remorseful, and they urged the judge to impose
the lightest possible sentence under the plea agreement - 17 1/2 years
without parole.
"I have committed a terrible crime that I deeply and severely regret,"
Courtney told the court in soft, shaky voice before being sentenced. "I wish
I could change everything."
But federal prosecutors requested the maximum for a "cold-blooded" crime
they said hastened at least one patient's death and was motivated by greed.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -
Explosions ripped through a McDon-
ald's restaurant and a car dealership
yesterday in eastern Indonesia, killing
three and wounding two, police said.
The explosions occurred an hour
apart in the South Sulawesi capital of
Makassar, 1,000 miles east of the
Indonesia capital of Jakarta, said
police Sgt. Hidayat, who uses only one

Bomb blasts have become a regular
feature of a running conflict between
Muslims and Christians on Sulawesi
island. Since 1999, nearly 2,000 have
died in the fighting and tens of thou-
sands left homeless. Attackers in
Sulawesi rarely target Western interest
like McDonald's.
No one took responsibility for the

blasts, Hidayat said, adding that
authorities had not ruled out an acci-
dental explosion at the McDonald's.
Hidayat also refused to say what
caused the second explosion at the car
dealership, owned by Indonesian Wel-
fare Minister Jusuf Kalla. All the vic-
tims were at the McDonald's restaurant
in a shopping mall. Four cars were
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front of the car dealership.
A peace deal was signed late last
year between Muslims and Christians,
but clashes have been on the rise in
recent months. There have been a
string of bus bombs and raids on vil-
lages by bands of armed men. In recent
months, many Western governments
have expressed fears of attacks on their
Continued from Page 1
how white he is, but he thinks he is
Discussion participants expressed
concern over the role they said they
believe Eminem's character, Jimmy
Smith Jr., plays in the movie - that
of the black world's white savior.
They also discussed the effect that
Eminem's presence has on the real life
world of hip hop music as a result of
him being white. Many said they
believed hip-hop to be part of the black
culture and wondered how Eminem fits
into the picture.
"As I understand it, he is largely a
creation of Dr. Dre. ... He is, in
fact, being produced by this icon of
hip hop," CAAS Prof. Derrick Cog-
burn said.
But others said they felt the mes-
sage from the movie was positive
and did not focus on white and
black issues.
"The important thing about your
character is who you are and where
you are from," Kurashige said. "It's
not just about who you are and
where you are from. It's about the
choices -you make. There are all
these people making different
choices based on who they are."
Continued from Page 1.
White House spokesman Ari
Fleischer declined to describe the
evidence he said the administration
had on Iraqi weapons.
But he said the United States
would provide intelligence to U.N.
"The president of the United
States and the secretary of defense
would not assert as plainly and
bluntly as they have that Iraq has
weapons of mass destruction if it
was not true, and if they did not
have a solid basis for saying it,"
Fleischer said.
On Wednesday, Iraqi Deputy
Prime Minister Tariq Aziz told ABC
News "we don't have weapons of
mass destruction. We don't have
chemical, biological or nuclear
weaponry, but we have equipment
which was defined as dual use,"
which means it might be useful in
weapons programs.
Fleischer responded: "That state-
ment is just as false as statements
that Iraq made in the late '90s when
they said they had no weapons of
mass destruction, when it was
found they indeed did. There is no
basis to that."
Bush addressed the Iraq crisis
during a Cabinet Room meeting
with the leaders of Kenya and
"For the sake of peace, he must
disarm. There are inspectors inside
the country now and the inspectors
are there not to play a game of hide
and seek. They're there to verify
whether or not Mr. Saddam Hus-
sein is going to disarm," the presi-
dent said.
The Security Council has called
for a full weapons declaration by
A senior Iraqi official in Baghdad
has said the list would be turned
over to U.N. and International
Atomic Energy Agency inspectors

After that, the resolution adopted
unanimously by the Council on Nov.
8 requires Bush to consult before
taking any action.
However, the president has made
plain he reserves the option of using
force against Iraq if Saddam refuses

United falls closer
to bankruptcy filing
United Airlines stock plummeted
yesterday, losing two-thirds of its
value, amid rampant speculation that
the world's second-largest airline
was about to declare bankruptcy.
The airline's outlook appeared
bleak after the government on
Wednesday rejected a request for a
$1.8 billion federal loan guarantee
that United said it needed to stave
off a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
It would be the biggest bankrupt-
cy in airline industry history.
United's parent, UAL Corp.,
opened at $3.12 on the New York
Stock Exchange and closed at $1, the
lowest level in more than 40 years.
Trading was suspended for most of
the morning because of what the
NYSE said was "news that's pending
that could materially affect the trad-
ing of the stock." But trading resumed
later in the day with no announce-
ment from United on its next move.
Prosecutors question
rape convictions
Citing DNA on a sock, prosecutors
asked a judge yesterday to throw out
the convictions of five young men
found guilty of beating and gang-rap-
ing a jogger during a 1989 "wilding"
spree in Central Park that exposed
the city's deep racial divide to the

rest of the nation.
District Attorney Robert Morgen-
thau's recommendation came 11
months after a convicted rapist who
had never before come under suspi-
cion in the case confessed. Also,
DNA tests confirmed that his semen
was on one of the socks the victim
was wearing 13 years ago.
Morgenthau stopped short of declar-
ing the five innocent, but said the con-
fession and the tests create "a
probability that the verdicts would have
been more favorable to the defendants."
Sharon gives support
to U.S. peace plan
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon offered
his strongest endorsement of a U.S.-
sponsored framework for peace that ends
with creation of a Palestinian state, prom-
ising to push for its approval if re-elected.
In a speech to a national security con-
ference late Wednesday night, Sharon
also reiterated his insistence that Yasser
Arafat has to be removed as the Palestin-
ian- leader and that violence against
Israeli targets has to end before progress
can be made. "Israel can no longer be
expected to make political concessions
until there is proven calm and Palestinian
governmental reforms,"Sharon said.
Fears of new violence rose yesterday
after Sharon said several members of
Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network
have infiltrated the Gaza Strip and
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.



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