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9/11 commission to look at 'legal wall' NEWS IN BRIEF
WASHINGTON (AP) -The legal 3,000 people. ing agents to wiretap phones and con- tions," Gorton said on "Fox News-}..

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wall that for years divided FBI intelli-
gence and criminal agents is blamed
largely for the government's failure to
grasp the threat posed by al-Qaida
inside the United States before the
2001 attacks.
One FBI agent, frustrated at his
inability to track two soon-to-be
hijackers known to be in the United
States, wrote in an August 2001 e-
mail that "someday someone will die,
and wall or not, the public will not
understand why we were not more
effective and throwing every resource
at certain problems."
The Sept. 11 attacks killed nearly

The problem, since resolved, is
expected to be among the topics
when current and former Justice
Department and FBI officials testify
tomorrow and Wednesday before the
independent commission investigat-
ing the Sept. 11 attacks.
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh,
former Attorney General Janet Reno,
Attorney General John Ashcroft and
FBI Director Robert Mueller are among
those scheduled to appear.
In the months after the Sept. I1
attacks, the wall was dismantled by the
Patriot Act and a court ruling allowing
the FBI to seek special warrants allow-

duct other secret surveillance inside the
United States of suspected foreign ter-
rorists, government agents and spies.
Former Sen. Slade Gorton (R-
Wash.), a commission member, said
yesterday the FBI's lack of internal
communication, not just the intelli-
gence-criminal wall, will be the princi-
pal topic of this week's hearings.
Exhibit A will be President Bush's
daily briefing of Aug. 6, 2001, which
the White House declassified and
made public Saturday night, he said.
"The most important feature of the
PDB ... is the line that the FBI is
conducting 70 full field investiga-

Sunday." "I don't know where those
70 full field investigations were."
Bush's national security adviser,
Condoleezza Rice, talked about such
investigations Thursday in her appear-
ance before the commission. She came
under fire from commissioner Tim
Roemer, a former Democratic con-
gressman from Indiana.
"We have done thousands of inter-
views here at the 9-11 commission.
We've gone through literally millions
of pieces of paper. To date, we have
found nobody, nobody at the FBI, who
knows anything about a tasking of
field offices," Roemer said.

Five miners missing
in Russia explosion

Study says IRS declined business audits
The Internal Revenue Service audited fewer corporations, small businesses and
partnerships last year but more individual taxpayers, according to a study of gov-
ernment data.
Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, in its
analysis of IRS data, concluded that the audit rate for businesses of all sizes slid
slightly last year to 2.1 audits for every 1,000 businesses, down from 2.2 audits
per 1,000 businesses the previous year.
At the same time, the IRS audited 14 percent more individual tax returns. The
audit rate for individuals increased last year to 6.5 audits for every 1,000 taxpayers.
Official audit rates released by the IRS last month show a similar trend.
Researchers said the declining audits of businesses exposes a flaw in the
administration's tough stance against corporate wrongdoing.
"These and a number of other measures - documented by the agency's own
data - indicate that the actual performance of the IRS differs in significant ways
from some of the Bush administration claims when it comes to cracking down on
corporate scofflaws," the report said.
U.S. helicopter shot down west of Baghdad
Gunmen shot down a U.S. attack helicopter near Baghdad yesterday, killing two
crewmembers. A fragile cease-fire held between Sunni insurgents and Marines in
the city of Fallujah, while the U.S. military suggested it is open to a negotiated
solution in its showdown with a radical Shiite cleric in the south.
More than 600 Iraqis, mostly women, children and elderly, have been killed in a
week of fighting in Fallujah, Rafie al-Issawi, the director of the city hospital, told
The Associated Press. But a Marine commander said most of the dead were prob-
ably insurgents.
Fallujah residents took advantage of the lull in fighting to bury their dead in two
soccer fields. One of the fields had rows of freshly dug graves, some marked on
headstones as children or with the names of women.
The Fallujah violence spilled over to the nearby western entrance of Baghdad,
where gunmen shot down an AH-64 Apache helicopter. As a team moved in to
secure the bodies of the two dead crewmen, a large force of tanks and troops
pushed down the highway outside the Iraqi capital, aiming to crush insurgents.

OSINNIKI, Russia (AP) - The
coal-blackened faces of exhausted res-
cuers and the red-rimmed eyes of anx-
ious relatives told a grim story of
disappearing hope yesterday, a day after
a methane blast tore through a Siberian
mine, killing at least 42 miners.
Five miners remained missing in the
latest disaster to strike
Russia's hardscrabble "Most i
coal country. "Most- _
likely, they will all be they
corpses," said the head Corpses.
of a commission deal- op
ing with the disaster.
The blast occurred - Ser;
early Saturday about Head ofF
1,840 feet down in the
Taizhina mine in a
coal-rich strip of west-
ern Siberia called the Kuzbass.
Yesterday, emergency officials plot-
ted rescue and recovery strategies at
one end of the mine's Soviet-era
administration building, which is
topped by a red star, while grieving rel-
atives sat or milled nervously in a run-
down auditorium dominated by a


painting of a strong, smiling miner car-
rying flowers.
"They told me to wait," said Tatyana
Fatykhova, 34, whose husband, Rashid,
was underground when the blast
"They've pulled up some bodies, but
they haven't identified them yet."
Her husband's name
Lely, was not on the list of
identified victims
al e posted by the stairwell.
The head of a gov-
ernment commission
created to deal with
ei Ovanesyan the disaster, Sergei
ssian disaster Ovanesyan, said it
commission was "practically
impossible" that any
of those still missing
would be found alive.
Of the 42 bodies found, 36 had been
retrieved and 29 of those had been
identified, said officials overseeing the
recovery effort. More than 600 miners
work at the mine in the city of Osinni-
ki, according to ITAR-Tass news

Miners look on from Inside the Osinnikovskaya mine, neighboring the Taizhina mine
ripped by a methane blast, in western Siberia yesterday. The explosion ripped
through the mine early Saturday, as 55 miners were nearing the end of their shift.
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intensely, but didn't come to any agree-
ments" on Friday, Peterson said.
A new proposal on wage compensa-
tion that was introduced by LEO
includes differentiated salary mini-
mums at the University's three campus-
es, Peterson said. Initially, LEO
demanded a flat minimum salary of
$40,000 for Ann Arbor, Flint and Dear-
born lecturers. Now, LEO has adjusted
its demands to correspond with the
administration's appeal for different pay
for the different campuses. The plan
would incorporate pay increases for
merit and fluctuations in costs of living.
LEO also presented a new health
benefits proposal that gives year-round
benefits to lecturers who work at least
half time for six months or more, Peter-

son said. Right now, lecturers are cov-
ered only during the terms they are
teaching. Lecturers who work full-time
in the College of Literature, Science
and the Arts teach at least three courses.
Under this proposal, lecturers who
do not fall into the criteria for year-
long benefits, such as lecturers who
work half time or quarter time, would
receive partial or pro-rated health care
coverage. In other words, the Universi-
ty would pay less for benefits of an
employee who worked less.
The University has not responded to
- the proposals on salary and benefits.
"We're still working out the costs of what
the union has proposed," Peterson said.
The two sides will meet again
Thursday afternoon and all day Friday,
although Halloran said she expects an
extra day of bargaining to be scheduled
this week.

Likud sets date for
vote on withdrawal
Israel's ruling Likud party will vote
April 29 on Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon's hotly debated plan to pull out of
the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settle-
ments, a party spokesman said yesterday.
Seeking the vote is an enormous
gamble for Sharon because his hard-
line party is divided over the plan and
approval is far from assured. Sharon
has pledged to honor the outcome and
could come under growing pressure to
resign if he loses.
Likud spokesman Shmuel Dahan
said the date was chosen at a meeting
of the party's Central Election Commit-
tee. If he wins approval from Likud's
200,000 members, Sharon reportedly
will seek Cabinet and parliamentary
approval within days.
The decision on the date came a
day before Sharon was to leave for
Suicide bombers
funded by Hezbollah
The Islamic group Hezbollah has
become a key sponsor of Palestinian vio-
lence, funding suicide bombings that
have killed dozens of Israelis in recent
months, Israeli intelligence sources,
Palestinian Authority officials and mili-

tants have told The Associated Press.
The Iranian-backed group, based in
Lebanon, first earned a foothold in the
3 1/2-year-old Palestinian uprising by
giving money to Hamas and Islamic
Jihad, ideological allies that also seek
the destruction of Israel.
In recent months, it has pulled off
something akin to a hostile takeover
of some cells of the Al Aqsa Mar-
tyrs' Brigades, wrenching them away
from Yasser Arafat's secular Fatah
movement and turning them into a
proxy army.

$10 Rush Tickets on sale 9 am-
5 pm the day of the performance
or the Friday before a weekend
event at the UMS Ticket Office,
located in the Michigan League.


50% Rush Tickets on sale
beginning 90 minutes
before the event at the
performance hall Ticket

Pope's Easter plea:
End conflict in Iraq
Pope John Paul II celebrated Easter
Mass yesterday with calls for world
leaders to resolve conflicts in Iraq, the
Holy Land and Africa, as Christians
around the world marked the holiest
day on the church calendar.
John Paul delivered a message of
peace on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica,
praying that hope would conquer the
"inhuman" phenomenon of terrorism and
urging Christians, Muslims and Jews to
seek greater unity with each other.
"May the culture of life and love ren-
der vain the logic of death, he told tens
of thousands of the faithful and tourists
gathered in St. Peter's under tight security
on an overcast day.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports

Alfred Brendel

Thu4/15 8spm
Hill Auditorium
Master pianist Alfred Brendel makesc
to UMS- his last performance in Ann
72, Brendel is considered one of theg
time, known for his strict adherance
pieces he performs. Brendel's UMS pr
music of Beethoven, Mozart and Schu
Girls Choir of Harlem
Fri 4/168 pm
5., Michigan Theater
The female counterpart to the renow
has been wowing audiences worldwid
finally make their UMS debut. Boasti



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and a sound that has been compared to "what it might be
like if a band of angels had floated down to earth to raise
their voices" (Vogue), the Girls Choir of Harlem is an event not
to be missed!
Afro-Cuban Dance Party!
Featuring Orchestra Baobab
With Blackman/Arnold and the World Jazz Band
Sat 4/17 9 pm
EMU Convocation Center
Get ready to move your feet to the lively and upbeat rhythms
of Orchestra Baobab! Formed in 1970 in the city of Dakar,
Baobab was hailed as the best band in Senegal, if not all of
Africa, for years until the band's demise in 1987. Now
reunited, Baobab is armed with an arsenal of Afro-Cuban
favorites and new sounds from their most recent album.
Catch them this weekend before their upcoming TV appear-
ances on VH1 and The Late Show with David Letterman!

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AppleCare 3-Year Warranty.

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Shoghaken Ensemble
Sun 4/18 6 pm
Rackham Auditorium
The AIa w Vnrk Timps hns dpcrihed the Armenian folIk music

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