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NATION/WORLD

Twin bombings
hit Iraq, council
approves tribunal

AP PHOTO
Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean, right, speaks during a
rally after former Vice President Al Gore, left, endorsed him yesterday.
Gore's endorsement
d raws ire of ems

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - Eight
Democratic presidential contenders
yesterday strongly disputed that
Howard Dean was the party's best
chance for beating President Bush, or
that former Vice President Al Gore's
endorsement of the front-runner
would seal the nomination.
. "This race is not over," declared Sen.
John Kerry of Massachusetts as the can-
didates gathered in this first-in-the-
nation primary state for the year's eighth
and final debate. The first votes will be
cast in Iowa's Jan. 19 caucuses and New
Hampshire's Jan. 27 primary.
. One after another, the field ganged up
on Dean, who holds a double-digit lead
in New Hampshire polls, and Gore in an
effort to take the luster off the newly
minted endorsement. They appealed to
the independent streak of voters here,
and suggested the endorsement smacked
of old-style party machine politics.
Joe Lieberman, Gore's spurned 2000
running mate, asserted that "my chances
have actually increased today." The Con-
necticut senator said people had stopped
him in the airport to express outrage
over Gore's backing of Dean.
, For his part, Dean told the others:
"Attack me. Don't attack Al Gore. I
don't think he deserves to be attacked by
anybody up here."
- Clearly Gore's endorsement overshad-
owed the debate. In 2000, Gore won the
popular vote by half a million votes but
conceded to Republican Bush after a
tumultuous 36-day recount in Florida
and a 5-4 Supreme Court vote against
him. The endorsement of Bill Clinton's
No. 2 was a coveted prize for the Demo-
cratic hopefuls.
The response to Gore's stunning deci-
sion was precipitated when one of the
debate's moderators, ABC's Ted Koppel,
opened the debate by inviting the field

of nine candidates to "raise your hand if
you believe that Gov. Dean can beat
George Bush."
Only one, Dean, raised his hand.
In endorsing Dean earlier in the day
at campaign stops in New York and
Iowa, Gore urged Democrats to unite
behind the front-runner and said, "We
don't have the luxury of fighting
among ourselves"
That touched off an avalanche of criti-
cism from Dean's rivals.
Al Sharpton said Gore's tactics
smacked of "bossism," and added,
"We're not going to have any big name
come in now and tell us the field should
be limited. ... No Democrat should shut
us up today."
Said Sen. John Edwards of North
Carolina: "We're not going to have a
coronation."
And Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri
declared, "I'm sure all of us think we
have the best chance to beat George
Bush." But, he said, he stood a better
chance than the others in the battle-
ground states of the Midwest that would
likely decide the election.
Democratic strategists said Gore's
,endorsement had an immediate impact,
if only by giving Dean's rivals some-
thing to complain about other than
Dean's policies and campaign miscues.
"It was not the pile-on that Dean
expected. Dean came with his best
teflon suit, but he didn't need it,"
said Donna Brazile, a former Gore
adviser who is not tied to any of the
candidates.
The nine candidates stood at wooden
podiums arranged in a semicircle on the
stage of a theater on the University of
New Hampshire campus. Some Democ-
rats have suggested that the debates have
been unwieldy and should be limited to
the major candidates.

Bombings wound 61
U.S. soldiers, test
defenses
TALAFAR, Iraq (AP) - Suicide
bombers, one in a car and another on
foot, blew themselves up at the gates
of two U.S. military bases yesterday,
wounding 61 American soldiers but
failing to inflict deadly casualties on
the scale of recent attacks in Iraq.
Most of the soldiers were slightly
hurt by debris and flying glass, indicat-
ing that massive defenses - sand bar-
riers, high cement walls and numerous
roadblocks leading to the entrances of
bases - have paid off for American
troops occupying Iraq.
At the same time, the decision of the
suicide bombers to test U.S. defenses
reflected the tenacity of an enemy that
seeks to undermine American resolve
by inflicting mass casualties with a sin-
gle strike.
The image of U.S. soldiers increas-
ingly hunkered down in fortified
bases could also undermine their
efforts to befriend Iraqis as a U.S.-led
coalition tries to rebuild Iraq and
introduce democracy while fighting a
persistent insurgency in some parts of
the country.
Yesterday, a U.S. Army observation
helicopter took fire and made an emer-
gency landing west of Baghdad, and
the two crew members walked away
with "minimal injuries," the U.S. mili-
tary said. Residents said the helicopter

was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
The OH-58 Kiowa observation heli-
copter landed near Fallujah, a focus of
resistance to the U.S. occupation. The
town sits in the heart of the dangerous
Sunni Triangle where the majority of
attacks on American forces have
occurred since the ouster of Saddam
Hussein in a U.S.-led invasion.
Meanwhile, Iraq's interim govern-
ment voted yesterday to establish a war
crimes tribunal to prosecute top mem-
bers of Saddam's regime, two people
who attended the meeting said. The tri-
bunal will be formally established
today, when the U.S. administrator for
Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, temporarily
cedes legislative authority to the Iraqi
Governing Council so that it can create
the court.
Also yesterday, diplomats said U.N.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan plans to
name Ross Mountain, a veteran U.N.
humanitarian relief official from New
Zealand, as his interim envoy to Iraq.
He will temporarily replace Sergio
Vieira de Mello, who was killed in the
Aug. 19 bombing of U.N. headquarters
in Baghdad.
In the larger of the two suicide
bombings yesterday, a man drove up to
the gate of a base of the 101st Airborne
Division in Talafar, 235 miles north-
west of Baghdad, at 4:45 a.m. yester-
day, the military said.
Guards at the gate and in a watch-
tower opened fire and the vehicle blew
up, leaving a large crater at the gate's
entryway.

NEWS I RE
SEOUL, South Korea
Bush rejects N. Korea's nuclear proposal
North Korea announced yesterday it would freeze its nuclear weapons projects in
return for the United States providing energy aid and removing Pyongyang from a
list of countries that sponsor terrorism. President Bush rejected the offer.
The North's terms amounted to a response to a plan offered a day earlier by the
United States, Japan and South Korea for ending the standoff over the communist
state's nuclear weapons program.
Bush's statement, and similar remarks by White House and State Department
spokesmen, appeared part of jockeying for position in advance of another round of
talks with North Korea.
The impoverished North has often tried to use the nuclear confrontation as a
means to win economic aid and diplomatic recognition.
While Washington and its allies have sought the dismantling of North Korea's
nuclear programs, yesterday's proposal from Pyongyang offered only to "freeze"
them as a first step. The North added, however, that the long-term goal is to "de-
nuclearize the Korean peninsula."
"The goal of the United States is not for a freeze of the nuclear program," Bush
said. "The goal is to dismantle a nuclear weapons program in a verifiable and irre-
versible way."
"That," he said, "is the clear message we are sending to the North Koreans."
WASHINGTON
Pop-up Internet ads face regulatory lawsuit
Those flashy pop-up ads that annoy millions of Internet users each day are getting
a legal test, thanks to a pair of 20-year-old college students who are challenging the
government's effort to regulate the advertisements.
The Federal Trade Commission accuses the students' small California company of
committing "high-tech extortion" by using a feature inside popular Windows soft-
ware to generate pop-up ads as frequently as every 10 minutes. Ironically - and a
key factor in the government's case - the students' pop-ups tout software designed
to block such ads.
The company, D-Squared Solutions LLC of San Diego, has countered that the gov-
ernment's allegations go too far and that its ads are "no more harmful than roadway
speedbumps or television commercials."
Federal regulators brought the enforcement lawsuit in hopes it would quickly
dampen one of the most irritating practices of Internet advertisers. Instead, the com-
pany's founders have mounted a spirited defense over whether such pop-ads are pro-
tected free speech. "It's very unusual for a company to aggressively fight an FTC
enforcement action," said Mark Rasch, an expert on technology law.

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"Though we don't have specific
evidence, we are working on the
premise that these crimes may have
been committed by the same person
or group of people, as the crimes
are so similar."
The last big wave of projector
theft, which happened in 2002,
resulted in the arrest of an Ann
Arbor man.
An LCD projector is used to dis-
play images from a small screen,
such as a laptop computer, onto a
larger screen.
DPS spokeswoman Diane Brown
said Microsoft Power Point presen-
tations used in class are generally
displayed using LCD projectors.
She said projectors can also be
used for video displays.
Brown said she doesn't know
where the recently stolen projectors
are winding up but can say from
past experience that most stolen
projectors end up on the black mar-
ket or are kept for personal use to
view movies and television.
She said none of the recently
stolen projectors had been recov-
ered.
Brown said projectors have been
stolen from all over campus.
"The medical campus buildings
are high on the list," she said.
She said the large ones bolted to

the ceiling in auditoriums and lec-
ture halls are stolen more often than
small ones, which are usually kept
in locked cabinets. A number of
new security measures have been
implemented to protect the projec-
tors, Brown said.
She said special locks and securi-
ty cables are being used and that a
special effort is being made to lock
auditorium closets where projectors
are stored.
But Art and Design senior Brian
Wallin said safety measures have
not been implemented for LCD pro-
jectors in classrooms on the ground
floor of Mason Hall, so there is no
deterrent for anyone who would
want to steal one.
"Anyone can walk by here. The
light is on and the doors are wide
open," he said. "It's 20 feet away
from an exit.
"Someone can just wheel (the
projector) out."
Brian Cheesman, custodian at the
Chemistry Building, said although
the LCD projectors are not individ-
ually locked at the end of the day,
he does not believe their theft is a
problem.
"We just lock up the classroom
and labs and stuff but we don't
secure (the projectors).
"I've been here four months and
they haven't been stolen,"
Cheesman said.

SibRINGFRELD, Ill.
Former senator, res.
hopeful Simon ies
Paul Simon, the bow-tie-wearing mis-
sionary's son who rose from crusading
newspaper owner to two-term U.S. sena-
tor and presidential aspirant, died yester-
day, a day after undergoing heart surgery.
He was 75.
Simon was surrounded by family
members at St. John's Hospital in
Springfield when he died, according
to a statement from Southern Illinois
University, where Simon started a
public policy institute after his
retirement.
Simon had a single bypass and heart
valve surgery at the hospital's Prairie
Heart Institute on Monday.
Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar said
that although he was a Republican and
Simon a Democrat, "he's just somebody
I've had the utmost respect for."
"He was just always out doing things,
continuing to be extremely effective,"
Edgar said. "He had more energy than all
of us put together."
BOSTON
New Hampshire to
buy Canadan drugs
The city of Boston and the state of
New Hampshire announced yesterday
they will begin buying prescription

drugs from Canada, jumping to the
forefront of the growing but illegal
movement to take advantage of lower
prices across the border.
New Hampshire would become the
first state to turn to Canada for drugs,
and Boston would become only the sec-
ond U.S. city - after Springfield, about
90 miles west.
"It's illegal, but it's about time we
forced the issue," said Mayor Thomas
Menino, a Democrat. "Why is the con-
sumer the only one to pay full price for
prescription drugs?"
WA$HINGTON
Gov't refuses to put
warning on tuna
The government is resisting calls to
advise pregnant women to limit tuna
consumption, even though its own advis-
ers say eating very large amounts could
expose unborn babies to possibly harm-
ful mercury levels.
Drafts of new consumer advice being
planned by the Food and Drug Adminis-
tration drew an outcry from consumer
advocates yesterday. They pointed to new
testing by FDA showing more expensive
white, or albacore, canned tuna contains
almost three times as much mercury than
cheaper "light" canned tuna - and won-
der why the new advice won't tell preg-
nant women to limit the albacore.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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