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Aristide supporters rally in capital NEWS IN BRIEF
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - charge that he was forced to step L ANGELES
Haiti's interim president took the reins down. But the 15-nation CaribbeanUatd
of his country's shattered government Community has called for an interna- .UCLA officials ad it to selling cadavers
yesterday as supporterso Jean- tiona investigation.
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Bertrand Aristide demanded the oust-
ed leader's return.
U.S. Marines acknowledged they
killed one of seven people gunned
down in weekend violence - the first
armed action of their week-old mis-
Military helicopters circled over-
head and U.S. Marines in armored
cars patrolled the streets yesterday
outside the National
Palace as Boniface "e a
Alexandre was for- e are
mally installed. brothers
death!" Aristide sup- Sisters.,.
porters yelled at the all in the
gates of the palac eL aa
during thetceremony, bOat, an
their shouts carrying Sinks, it
into the room where'
Alexandre urged his W id l
remain calm. - Bo
"We are all broth- Interim P
ers and sisters," said
In Washington, State Department
spokesman Richard Boucher said, "If
Mr. Aristide really wants to serve his
country, he really has to, we think, let
his nation get on with the future and
not try to stir up the past again."
Aristide was a wildly popular slum
priest, elected on promises to champi-
on the poor who make up the vast
majority of Haiti's 8 million people.
But he has lost sup-
port, with Haitians
saying he failed to
and improve their lives,
We are and used police and
same armed supporters to
Sif It attack his political
jpJg U.S. Marines and
,," French Legion-
naires have been in
Haiti since Aris-
fice Alexandre tide's departure Feb.
esident of Haiti 29, the vanguard of
a U.N. force to
restore peace to the country, where a
monthlong rebellion left more than
Yesterday, there were about 1,600
Marines, 800 French soldiers and
police and 130 Chilean troops in Haiti.
A United Nations team was on its
way to Haiti to plan for a multination-
al force that will deploy there within
the next three months, a U.N.
spokesman said yesterday.
Yesterday, hundreds of people ran-
sacked Port-au-Prince's industrial
park, carrying away wood paneling,
toilets, even a plastic Mickey Mouse.
One looter wore the top part of a horse
costume on his head as he made off
with a mirror.
The looting took place less than half
a mile from the international airport
where U.S. Marines have set up base.
Alexandre urged people "to keep
Officials at the University of California, Los Angeles, acknowledged yesterday
that parts of bodies donated for medical research there had instead been sold, and
apologized for a failure in oversight.
Donors' families, meanwhile, filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming the
director of the university's Willed Body Program had been selling body parts ille-
gally for years with the knowledge of other UCLA officials. UCLA has denied
knowing about the sales.
The director, Henry Reid, was arrested along with another man accused of
helping to sell the body parts. UCLA officials admitted yesterday that some body
parts were sold to companies, but said they were only used for medical research.
They promised to revamp the cadaver program.
"These alleged crimes violate the trust of our donors, their families and
UCLA," said Dr. Gerald Levey, dean of UCLA's medical school. "We are investi-
gating how our policies failed to detect these employees' illegal activities."
About 175 people donate their bodies each year to the university for use in
anatomy classes, officials said.
High court refuses to hear Boy Scout appeal
The Supreme Court refused yesterday to hear an appeal from the Boy Scouts
over what the organization says is discrimination because of its policy against hir-
The case revisited the gay rights fight surrounding the high court's ruling four
years ago that the Boy Scouts have the right to ban openly homosexual scout lead-
ers. This time, the question was whether states may treat the Scouts differently
from other organizations because of that policy.
The Scouts asked the justices to hear a case from Connecticut, where officials
moved to drop the group from a list of charities that receive donations through a
state employee payroll deduction plan.
That's unconstitutional discrimination, the Boy Scouts argued.
"To exclude the Boy Scouts from a forum based on the values they hold and the
conduct they require of their members is to exclude Boy Scouts based on view-
point and identity," lawyers for the Scouts argued in their Supreme Court appeal.
A U.S. Marine orders a man to go back to the other side of the street
Port au Prince, Haiti, yesterday.
Alexandre, who has served as presi-
dent for a week and was officially
sworn in Feb. 29. "We are all in the
same boat, and if it sinks, it sinks with
all of us."
Earlier, Aristide declared from his
African exile that he was still presi-
dent of Haiti and urged "peaceful
resistance" in his homeland.
"I am the democratically elected
president and I remain so. I plead for
the restoration of democracy," Aris-
tide said from Bangui, Central
African Republic, in his first public
appearance since he fled Haiti Feb. 29
aboard a plane chartered by the U.S.
Aristide said his departure was a
"political kidnapping (that) unfortu-
nately opened the road to an occu-
The United States denies Aristide's
calm. No one has the right to do jus-
tice by themselves."
Yesterday's pro-Aristide demonstra-
tion was mostly peaceful, a sharp con-
trast to the massive anti-Aristide
protest Sunday in which seven people
were killed, including a foreign jour-
U.S. Marines acknowledged yester-
day they killed one gunman at Sun-
day's demonstration. "He had a gun
and he was shooting at Marines," Col.
Charles Gurganus told reporters yes-
Gurganus said they did not know
who the man was, did not know where
his body is, and did not have his
weapon, which he said was snatched
The violence, the worst bloodshed
since Aristide fled, led both opponents
and supporters of Aristide to threaten
armed action, damaging efforts to
reach a frail peace.
Chief rebel leader Guy Philippe
said Sunday's attack never would have
happened if his men had not been
asked to lay down their arms.
He warned yesterday that "I will
reunite my men and take up arms" if
the peacekeepers did not disarm Aris-
tide loyalists blamed for Sunday's
Later, Philippe met with opposition
leader Evans Paul, with whom he has
wanted to discuss reconstituting
Haiti's disgraced army, whose brutali-
ty and corruption is blamed for keep-
ing Haiti in misery.
Ignoring Aristide's claims to
Haiti's leadership, a recently
appointed seven-member Council of
Sages was interviewing three top
candidates for prime minister yes-
terday, to replace Aristide appointee
Iraq constitution draws mixed reactions
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - For an
hour anyway, Iraqi leaders put aside
their disagreements during the signing
of a landmark interim constitution yes-
terday, heaping praise on the U.S.-
backed document amid patriotic songs
and Quranic verses urging unity. But
sectarian differences resurfaced as
soon as the event ended.
The Shiites' most influential cleric,
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-
Sistaniissued a religious edict saying
he had reservations about the interim
constitution and that it will gain legit-
imacy only when adopted by an elect-
His supporters on Iraq's Governing
Council pledged to try to amend parts
of the charter, saying they effectively
give minority Kurds and Sunni Mus-
lims a veto over a permanent constitu-
tion due to be drafted and put to a
referendum next year.
"This law places obstacles in the path
of reaching a permanent constitution for
the country that maintains its unity, the
rights of its sons of all sects and ethnic
backgrounds," al-Sistani said.
President Bush praised the 22-page
huge building inside the "Green Zone"
complex housing the headquarters of
the U.S.-led coalition, kicked off with a
recital of carefully chosen Quranic
verses that urged Muslims to set aside
Later, children dressed in Arab,
Assyrian and Kurdish costumes per-
formed patriotic songs.
"The Executioner is gone, festivities
will begin, we will wear colorful
clothes now that sadness is behind us,"
went one song that alluded to Sad-
dam's rule. The performance drew
warm applause from the roughly 200
guests, including L. Paul Bremer, chief
U.S. administrator in Iraq.
Of the council's 25 members, 21
were present. Those absent were repre-
sented by deputies. Led by current
council president Mohammed Bahr al-
Ulloum, the members were called for-
ward one at a time to sign the
document, which sat on an antique
wooden desk used by Iraq's first
monarch, King Faisal I.
They signed the document, and the
25 later posed for photographers stand-
ing in three rows on a podium.
Attorneys ask court
to hear alcohol ban
In a case that's getting more complex
than an aged cabernet, attorneys are
asking the Supreme Court to consider
whether states can continue to ban
direct shipments of alcohol from out-
Yesterday, the Washington-based
Institute for Justice asked the Supreme
Court to consider overturning a ruling
by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals, which recently upheld New
York's ban on direct shipments of alco-
hol to individual consumers. The insti-
tute is representing a small Virginia
winery that wants to sell wine to out-of-
The request came days after 36
state attorneys general filed a brief
urging the Supreme Court to over-
turn a 6th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals ruling that declared Michi-
gan's ban on direct shipments uncon-
High drug doses may
prevent heart ailments
How low should cholesterol levels
go? For victims of recent heart
attacks, the answer appears to be
A major study released yesterday
found that especially aggressive treat-
ment with statin drugs, intended to
drive cholesterol far below current stan-
dards, prevents new heart problems and
These drugs are already a corner-
stone of cardiac care, routinely pre-
scribed for heart attack victims.
However, the new results suggest doc-
tors should opt for high doses of the
most powerful brands to give recently
discharged heart patients the best
chance of survival.
DNA database helps
crack 11,000 cases
The FBI's DNA database, filled with
genetic samples from prison inmates
nationwide, has helped local authorities
identify suspects in more than 11,000
cases in what is becoming the 21st cen-
tury equivalent of fingerprinting.
The database, known as the Combined
DNA Indexing System or CODIS, has
helped solve two "cold" murder cases in
Kansas, identify the two-decade old
remains of a missing California child and
capture a sexual predator who*terrorized
young boys in Houston.
Just as important, police and lawyers
say, it has freed prisoners wrongly con-
victed of crimes and helped detectives
quickly eliminate wrong suspects, sav-
ing manpower chasing false leads.
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document, saying in a statement that its
adoption was a "historic milestone in the
Iraqi people's long journey from tyranny
and violence to liberty and peace."
Still, al-Sistani's edict and the Shiite
Muslim council members' comments
somewhat devalued the historic signif-
icance of the signing of a charter that
promises to compensate Iraqis for
years of oppression under Saddam
Hussein, safeguard the freedoms and
human rights of their ethnic and reli-
gious groups and lay down the founda-
tions for a genuine democracy.
Senior Shiite clerics like al-Sistani
are exploiting the void left by Sad-
dam's departure to exercise enormous
influence on the U.S.-backed political
process in a political arena once domi-
nated by Sunnis but now controlled by
a Shiite majority and a large Kurdish
Yesterday's ceremony, held in the
marble-and-glass Convention Center, a
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