2A - The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 21, 2003
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Bush, Blair vow to increase efforts in ]Iraq
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -
Trailed by a phalanx of TV cameras, a
handcuffed Michael Jackson was
booked on suspicion of child molesta-
tion yesterday after arriving by private
jet to face charges that could finish off
his already declining career and send
him to prison for years.
The self-styled."King of Pop" imme-
diately posted $3 million bail and waved
to reporters and flashed a V-sign before
leaving the Santa Barbara County jail in
a black Suburban escorted by three sher-
iff's motorcycle officers.
"He's come back specifically to
confront these charges head-on,"
defense attorney Mark Geragos said.
"He is greatly outraged by the bring-
ing of these charges. He considers this
to be a big lie."
"Lies run sprints, but the truth runs
marathons," Jackson added in a state-
ment issued by a spokesman. "The truth
will win this marathon in court."
With Jackson's riches and global
fame, the advent of 24-hour cable news
channels, and the rise of TV cameras in
the courtroom, the allegations set the
stage for what would be one of the most
sensational celebrity court cases the
world has ever seen.
Authorities released no details of the
case beyond a warrant accusing the 45-
year-old Jackson of multiple counts of
lewd or lascivious acts with a child
under 14, an offense punishable by three
to eight years in prison.
But news reports have said the child
was a 12- or 13-year-old boy who visited
Jackson at his Neverland Ranch, a story-
book playland where the singer was
known to hold sleepovers for children
and share his bed with youngsters.
Jackson returned to California
from Las Vegas, where he was mak-
ing a video, a day after authorities
announced a warrant for his arrest
had been issued.
Jackson's leased jet landed at
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
and rolled its nose into a hangar
before those aboard stepped out. A
law enforcement convoy took him
to the main county jail, where the
handcuffed singer, wearing a black
coat and pants with a white shirt
and white tie, was escorted inside
and booked for investigation of
The jet on which Jackson arrived
took off after he left the jail, but it
wasn't known if Jackson was
Sheriff's Sgt. Chris Pappas char-
acterized Jackson and his represen-
tatives as cooperative during the 30-
to 45-minute booking process.
Reporters swarmed the airport,
the jail and sheriff's headquarters,
awaiting Jackson's return.
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Standing shoulder to shoulder with President Bush, Prime Minister Tony Blair
vowed yesterday not to retreat "one inch" in Iraq after deadly attacks against British
targets in Turkey. A somber Bush told the families of British soldiers killed in Iraq
"they didn't die in vain," while anti-war demonstrators protested his European visit.
Tens of thousands marched peacefully through central London chanting "George
Bush, terrorist!" and pulling down a 17-foot tall effigy of the president that recalled
the toppling of the Saddam Hussein statue in Baghdad.
The main focus of war allies Bush and Blair was on the deadly bomb blasts in
Istanbul that hit the British consulate and a major British bank, killing more than two
dozen people - including the top British diplomat in Istanbul - and wounding
hundreds of others.
"The nature of the terrorist enemy is evident once again," Bush said at a news con-
ference with Blair. "Our mission in Iraq is noble and it is necessary. No act of thugs
or killers will change our resolve.... We will finish the job we have begun."
Blair said, "What this latest terrorist outrage shows us is that this is a war. Its main
battleground is Iraq."
Blair said the attack could not be blamed on Bush's visit, nor the U.S.-British
alliance. "Our response is not to flinch or give way or concede one inch," he said.
Hepatitis outbreak sickens more than 500
When avid University of Pittsburgh football fan John Spratt skipped the Pitt
game on Oct. 11, Joseph Spratt knew his younger brother was sick. Neither of
them realized how sick.
Barely a month later, Jack Spratt was dead at age 46 of liver failure, the third
and latest fatality in the biggest known outbreak of hepatitis A in U.S. history.
More than 540 people have fallen ill over the past few weeks after going to a
now-closed Chi-Chi's Mexican restaurant, and investigators say scallions may
have been the source of the virus.
Spratt, who worked at a payroll processing company, fell ill after having
the chicken fajitas with his 17-year-old daughter on Oct. 5 at the restaurant
in the Beaver Valley Mall, about 25 miles from Pittsburgh. (His daughter
did not get sick, apparently because she did not eat all the condiments that
came with the fajitas.)
"A Pitt-Notre Dame game, he wouldn't give that up unless he was pretty
sick," said his brother. By Pitt's Oct. 25 game, Spratt was feeling fine and
thought he had gotten over the flu or whatever it was, his brother said.
redesign service plans
Cell phone companies are blanket-
ing the market with price cuts, extra
minutes, premium services and sleek
handsets to lure customers from
rivals and make sure their own sub-
scribers don't bolt come Monday.
That is when new federal rules
will begin that allow legions of dis-
satisfied customers and bargain-
hunters to switch wireless
companies without losing their cell
Wireless phone companies tried
hard to block the rule from taking
effect, but are trying to make the
best of it now that it is here, baiting
customers with some of the most
generous deals ever.
They are offering more minutes
and cheaper rates, camera phones
and other cutting-edge handsets, as
well as enhanced features such as
faster Internet connections and
U.N. agency discusses
strong Iran resolution
The U.N. atomic agency has identi-
fied Russia, China and Pakistan as
among the probable suppliers of
equipment Iran used to conduct sus-
pected nuclear weapons programs,
diplomats said yesterday.
The diplomats spoke to The Associ-
ated Press as the International Atomic
Energy Agency weighed how harshly
to censure Tehran for two decades of
covert nuclear activities Iran says were
aimed at peaceful purposes. The
IAEA's 35-nation board is debating the
wording of a resolution that would sat-
isfy the U.S.
GOP leaders seek
support for Medicare
House Republican leaders coaxed
conservatives to support a sweeping
Medicare drug bill yesterday, arguing
that health-related tax breaks and meas-
ures to curb spending on health care
should outweigh discomfort at creating a
new government benefit for 40 million
Americans. "If you have to be pure you
can't accomplish anything on the left or
the right ... and you can't govern," said
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay,
arguing that the legislation would provide
the most comprehensive reform of the
program since its creation in 1965.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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