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infernos
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tens of thou-
sands of people fled the San Bernadi-
no mountains yesterday to escape
raging wildfires, causing a traffic jam
on a narrow mountain highway, and
frustrated firefighters said there was
little they could do to stop the flames.
About 80,000 full-time residents
have been evacuated from the moun-
tains since Saturday, and the situation
got worse yesterday.
"Just about everything is burning,"
said William Bagnell, fire chief of the
Crest Forest Fire
Protection District.
Authorities $
announced two '
more deaths in San
Bernadino County
on yesterday,
bringing the death
toll to 17 in Cali-
fornia's deadliest
wildfires in more
than a decade. TenD
thousand firefight- Davis
ers were on the front lines throughout
the state, and Gov. Gray Davis esti-
mated the cost at nearly $2 billion.
"This is a total disaster," Davis said.
"It reminds me of when I was in Viet-
nam, communities were burned out."
Since Oct. 21, at least 10 wind-
driven wildfires - many of them
arson-caused - have rampaged
through Southern California, demol-
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nesses and blackening more than half
a million acres of land from the Mexi-
can border to the Ventura-Los Angeles
county line.
Nearly 1,600 homes have been
destroyed. Two burn victims were in
critical condition in San Diego.
In San Diego County, exhausted
crews were pulled back even though
two devastating blazes began merg-
ing. A blaze of more than 200,000
acres formed a 45-mile front stretch-
ing into Scripps Ranch and Julian.
The fire was just miles from joining
with a 37,000-acre fire near Escondi-
do.
The two fires have destroyed more
than 900 homes. If they join up, the
flames would cut off escape routes
and whip up the wind.
Reinforcements were sent out, but
Rich Hawkins, a U.S. Forest Service
fire chief, said he needed twice as
many firefighters.
"They're so fatigued that despite the
fact the fire perimeter might become
much larger, we're not willing to let the
firefighters continue any further," he
said. "They are too fatigued from three
days of battle."
Authorities believe the largest,
nicknamed the Cedar Fire, was set
by a lost hunter trying to signal res-
cuers. The state forestry department
issued Sergio Martinez, 33, a misde-
meanor citation for setting an unau-
thorized fire.
WATER BREAK
Continued from Page 2
the first time something like this
has happened," Ricci said. The
Media Union, which is usually open
24 hours, shut down at 9 p.m. last
night. Pierpont Commons and sev-
eral other buildings, including the
Arts and Architecture, Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science
and G.G. Dow buildings were also
closed early.
Engineering senior Brent Fiedler
said he is more upset about other
inconveniences relating to the water
main break.
"I was really pissed - there hasn't
been coffee down in Pierpont Com-
mons. It's not making me happy. In the
Media Union all the restrooms are shut
down except for the one on the bottom
floors," Fielder added.
TEXTBOO KS
Continued from Page 1
book companies charge more
domestically, they should drop those
prices and "give up their extensive
profit margins, especially on course
packs," he said.
"The University should set up
bookstores so that products are sold
at cost. Cheaper textbooks will help
students financially and thus reduce
the amount of aid the University has
to provide for students," Jain said.
But LSA freshman Megan Smith
said students should not buy abroad.
"Supporting the textbook company
is in good spirits of corporate Amer-
ica, and it's worth paying the extra
$10 for textbooks."
Managers at campus bookstores
did not see overseas sales as impact-
ing their business greatly.
Steven Smith, textbook purchas-
ing manager at Shaman Drum
Bookshop, said he was "alarmed
and fascinated at the differences in
prices."
He said publishers dictate prices
and the bookstores themselves are
not responsible for keeping prices
high.
Brown also said textbook compa-
nies dictate the prices, and added
that profit margins are very low on
textbooks.

He added that sometimes the
books sold abroad sport a plain
cover instead of a colorful one and
contains pages printed in black and
white instead of in color.
Textbook costs here are also
higher because the faculty often
recommends that students use
newer, more expensive editions
instead of reusing old versions,
Brown said. He blamed the text-
book companies for having a dou-
ble standard.
Since many of them are based in
other cities with Big Ten universi-
ties, he thought of the pricing as "a
conspiracy by other schools to bring
us down."
More recently, rising costs of col-
lege tuition and textbooks have
been a huge concern for many
politicians. Recent statistics show
that one in five students cannot
afford to buy required college text-
books.

WASHINGTON
Dems back down,
approve EPA chief
Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt won Senate
confirmation yesterday to become head
of the Environmental Protection
Agency after Senate Democrats sharply
critical of the Bush administration
backed down in the face of an over-
whelming Republican show of force.
The lopsided 88-8 vote did not
reflect the intense efforts by some
Democrats to hold up the nomination as
they attacked the Bush administration's
environmental decisions.
President Bush's nomination of
Leavitt to head the 18,000-employee
agency was helped by the Utah Repub-
lican's three terms as governor, during
which he forged personal relationships
with many Senate Democrats, some of
them former governors.
"He's very good at bringing people
together," Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) said
moments before the vote in explaining
why he was supporting Leavitt.
WASHINGTON
Fed leaves interest
rate at record low
The Federal Reserve left a key inter-
est rate at a 45-year low yesterday and
repeated its pledge to keep rates low for
some time to come.
Many economists predicted the cen-
tral bank will wait until late 2004

A car bomb exploded yesterday west of Baghdad, killing at least four people
a day after three dozen people died in a wave of suicide bombings in the Iraqi
capital. U.S. officials said one of Baghdad's three deputy mayors was killed in a
hit-and-run shooting.
The latest attacks, including the killing Sunday of Deputy Mayor Faris Abdul
Razzaq al-Assam, raised fears that a strengthened insurgency is increasingly tar-
geting Iraqis who work with the U.S.-led coalition as well as international groups
that had considered themselves at less risk than U.S. soldiers.
Despite the escalation in attacks on Iraqis, American forces remained targets,
with insurgents firing on a U.S. military base and convoy in two northern cities
yesterday.
In Baghdad, a rocket-propelled grenade attack killed one U.S. soldier
and wounded six others while they were trying to destroy roadside bombs,
the U.S. military said yesterday.
The soldiers, from the 1st Armored Division, were attacked Monday, the same
day a team of suicide car bombers devastated the Red Cross headquarters and three
police stations, killing three dozen people and wounding more than 200.
KABUL, Afghanistan
Ambush kills 2 Americans in Afghanistan
Two Americans working for the CIA have been killed in an ambush while
tracking terrorists in Afghanistan, the agency said yesterday.
The ambush Saturday happened on the same day and in the same region as a six-
hour firefight in which U.S.-led coalition aircraft and Afghan militia killed 18 rebel
fighters, the U.S. military reported from its headquarters in Afghanistan yesterday.
Six Afghan militia soldiers were wounded in the fighting, but there were no
coalition casualties, the military said. It was unclear whether the two incidents
were linked, but the military did not explain why its account of the fighting was
delayed by three days.
In Washington, the CIA identified the two men as William Carlson, 43, of
Southern Pines, N.C., and Christopher Glenn Mueller, 32, of San Diego. Both
were veterans of military special operations forces, the CIA said.
They were "tracking terrorists operating in the region" of Shkin, a village in
eastern Afghanistan, when they were killed Saturday, the CIA said in a statement.
The pair was working for the CIA's Directorate of Operations, which conducts
clandestine intelligence-gathering and covert operations.

lower and trigger a destabilizing bout
of deflation.
DORTON, Ky.
Striking black gold is!
black day for families
When Rodger and Melissa Bentley
noticed that the well at their Kentucky
home was filled with a bubbling crude,
they didn't run off to tell relatives they
had struck it rich. That is because they
found just enough of the oil to foul
their only source of drinking water and
enough natural gas to cause their well
house to explode in flames.
Such stories have become all too
familiar in central Appalachia, where a
myriad of holes have been drilled deep
beneath the mountains to extract oil
and natural gas. Some residents say the
oil and gas have seeped into their water
wells, ruining them and creating the
risk of an explosion.

before starting to raise rates, to give the
economic recovery time to gain
momentum.
The Federal Reserve went out of its
way in yesterday's brief statement to
avoid surprises that might have caused
financial markets to suspect that gath-
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prompt the Fed to start raising interest
rates in coming months.
The central bank said its chief
unease remained the remote threat that
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