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2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 17, 2004


Hurricane kills 20, pummels Fla. NEWS IN BRIEF


PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Hurri-
cane Ivan drilled the Gulf Coast yester-
day with 130-mph winds that inflicted
far less damage than feared everywhere
except Florida's Panhandle, where
residents were left with surge-ravaged
beachfronts, flooded streets and homes
ripped apart by deadly tornadoes.
The storm was blamed for at least 20
U.S. deaths, most of them in Florida.
"We were prepared for the hurri-
cane, but the tornadoes were bam, bam,
bam," said Glenda Nichols, manager
of the Microtel Inn in Marianna, Fla.
"There was nothing we could do about
it. I put all my guests in their rooms and
told them to get in the bathtubs."
Ivan quickly deteriorated to a tropi-
cal storm after coming ashore. But
forecasters warned it was not done yet:
It threatened up to 15 inches of rain
and flooding across the South, already
soggy after Hurricanes Charley and
Frances over the past month.
And more danger could be on the hori-
zon: Hurricane Jeanne is tearing through
the Caribbean on a path that could take it
into Florida early next week.
More than 2 million residents along a
'300-mile stretch ofthe GulfCoast cleared
-out as Ivan, a former 165-mph monster
that killed 70 people in the Caribbean,
.closed in on an unsteady path.
Ivan came ashore near Gulf Shores
Beach, Ala., around 3 a.m., but it was the
Panhandle - squarely in the northeast
quadrant of the storm, where the winds
are most violent -that took the brunt.

Ivan spun off at least a dozen tornadoes
in Florida, while creating a storm surge
of 10 to 16 feet, topped by large battering
waves. A portion of a bridge on Interstate
10, the major east-west highway through
the Panhandle, was washed away.
Insurance experts put the storm's
damage at anywhere from $3 billion to
$10 billion.
The death toll included 13 in Florida,
two in Mississippi and one in Georgia.
In Louisiana, four evacuees died after
being taken from their storm-threat-
ened homes to safer parts of the state.
Many of the millions of Gulf Coast
residents who spent a frightening night
in shelters and boarded-up homes
emerged to find Ivan was not the catas-
trophe many feared.
New Orleans, especially vulnerable
to storms because much of it lies below
sea level, got only some blustery winds,
a mere two-tenths of an inch of rain and
only some downed tree limbs. By yes-
terday morning, French Quarter tour-
ists came out of their hotels to sip cafe
au lait under brilliant sunshine.
"Leaves in the pool - that's it," said
Shane Eschete, assistant general man-
ager of the Inn on Bourbon Street.
"I know I'm going to hear from the
Monday morning quarterbacks," said
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who
had urged the metropolitan area's 1.2
million residents to flee three days ahead
of the storm. But he added: "Look at
the scenes from Mobile and Pensacola
- that could have been us."

Mexico aids murder victims' families
The government of a northern Mexico state has promised to give free homes to 47
mothers of women killed in a string of sexually motivated slayings, angering some
activists who say the gifts gloss over the lack of results in the criminal investigations.
Thirty families in Chihuahua state will receive the houses later this month,
with the rest distributed after the new government takes office in October, said
Victoria Caraveo, head of the Chihuahua Women's Institute.
"The houses are part of a program that aims at helping the mothers rebuild
their lives," Caraveo said.
Mexican authorities say 340 women have been killed over the past decade in
Ciudad Juarez, a city of 1.3 million people. About 90 of the victims were sexu-
ally assaulted, strangled and dumped in the desert surrounding this sprawling
industrial city across the Rio Grande River from El Paso, Texas.
Many of those killed were young women who migrated with their families
from poor rural towns in the Mexican countryside. They often worked in facto-
ries or as maids to support their children or help their parents.
The homes are being given to the families of 47 of the 90 sexual-assault vic-
tims. Only those who came forward received the help.


Gunmen kidnap two Americans in Iraq e

Eric Knudsen, a business owner, surveys the damage from Hurricane Ivan in
downtown Pensacola, Fla., yesterday.

Mobile, Ala., a port city of 200,000
that had been in the bull's-eye of the
storm, got a break by an 11th-hour shift
to the east. Still, its historic oak-tree-
lined Government Street was blocked
with tree limbs, metal signs, roofing
material and other storm debris. The
storm turned the night sky an eerie green
with popping electrical transformers.
"The rain was going sideways. You

could hear metal bending. It was just
bad. It was my first one and there won't
be a second," said Deb Harwick, who
rode out the storm in a motel near Gulf
Shores Beach, Ala.
Tornado warnings were issued
across northeast Florida again yester-
day, even as search-and-rescue teams
were sent to check the rubble for any
victims of the night-before twisters.

A team of kidnappers grabbed two Americans and a Briton in a dawn raid on
their home on a leafy Baghdad street yesterday - a bold abduction that under-
lines the increasing danger for foreigners in the embattled capital as violence soars
ahead of national elections planned for early next year.
West of the capital, U.S. forces launched attacks yesterday in the Sunni insur-
gent strongholds of Fallujah and Ramadi, killing up to 60 insurgents in strikes
against allies of terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a military statement
said. The military said the "foreign fighters" were killed near Fallujah, but hos-
pital officials there said the city was calm and that they had not received any
The military launched what it called a "precision strike" against a house in
Fallujah and followed it with a second strike in a nearby town. The second strike
destroyed three buildings allegedly used by Zarqawi's network.
The U.S. Embassy identified the Americans as Jack Hensley and Eugene Arm-
strong, but the identity of the British man was not disclosed.


Regent race divided on tuition,

Continued from page 1
a new admissions policy based on pub-
lic debate and input from students and
He also hopes to accomplish another
,goal if elected: change the core cur-
riculum. He pointed to a recent "D"
grade the American Council Trustees
and Alumni gave the University's cur-
riculum, and said a new committee to
evaluate the curriculum was needed.
le added that, as a regent, he would
push for such a committee as well as
other measures to make the regents
",dverall more accountable to students
and the citizens of Michigan.
Anderson, a University alum, is cur-
rently vice chair of the Anderson Eco-
nomic Group, and pointed out that he,
as well as Meyers, have a strong finan-
cial background that would enable

them to work on a budget that has been
squeezed by the state.

crats, incumbent Taylor said he agrees
somewhat with this notion but placed
the blame for tuition increases on the

Anderson said
"threatened, they
have to go public
and take on politi-
cal leaders, even
if they are of their
After numer-
ous funding cuts
in the past few
years, this year
the state worked
out a deal with
the Univeristy to
give back about
$20 million in
exchange for the
tuition rate being
held at the estimat
2.8 percent.
Although runnin

when regents are

"The admissions
policy has been a
debacle. ... Fewer
minorities are
even applying to
the University."
- Regent candidate Carl
Meyers (R-Dearborn)

state government.
"We need to
change the dia-
logue in the state,"
Taylor said. "It
almost now seems
as though in Lan-
sing, higher edu-
cation is sort of
the bad guy, it's a
place where money
is wasted, and
where there's more
than ample room to
make substantial


He added that
inflation rate of the University would not be able to
handle another setback from the state
for the Demo- in terms of funding without having to

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Saudi Arabia and the US:
Crisis or Opportunity?
Religion & Social Transformations
in Saudi Society
Marcia Inhorn, Moderator
Abdullah Al-Askar (King Saud) - Question of Wahabism
Eleanor Abdella Doumato (Brown) - Saudi Religious
Ibrahim Al-Beayeyz (King Saud) - Television in the Arab
World: A Liberal Medium in a Conservative Region
Dalal Al-Tamimi (King Faisal) - Saudi Women in Medicine
Saudi Politics
Susan Waltz, Moderator
Ibrahim Al-Muhanna (Ministry of Petroleum & Natural
Resources) - Saudi Oil Policy in a Dynamic International
Gwenn Okruhlik (UT Austin) - Nation Building in Saudi
Juan Cole (Michigan) - Saudi Arabia and Iraq
U.S.-Saudi Relations & the War on Terror
Mark Tessler, Moderator
Saleh Al-Mani (King Saud) - Structural Changes in Saud-
American Relations
Othman Al-Rawaf (Majlis Ash Shura) - The Challenges of
Extremism & the War on Terrorism
Asaad Al-Shamlan (Institute of Diplomatic Studies) - The
Impact of the War on Terrorism & U.S. -Saudi Relations
Co-sponsored by CMENAS Ft King Saud University
Monday, September 20, 1-6pm
Forum Hall, Palmer Commons,
100 Washtenaw Ave
(next to Life Sciences Institute)

make cuts to quality of education.
Taylor, the only non-alum in the
bunch, is currently executive vice
president of DTE Energy and gradu-
ated with a law degree from the Detroit
College of Law. He said his experi-
ence makes him a good candidate for
re-election and that he, as well as the
other regents, had done "a good job
in a bad situation" in dealing with the
budget cuts.
Both Taylor and Maynard said in
a new term they would support the
building of a new residence hall to
accommodate a growing student pop-
They also said the hiring of Uni-
versity President Mary Sue Coleman
as the first female president and the
Supreme Court decision upholding the
Law School's race-conscious admis-
sions policy stood out in their mind as
the highlights during their terms.
Maynard acknowledged that the new
LSA application is a work in progress,
and she said that although the number
of minority applicants had decreased
this year, she said there wasn't neces-
sarily a link between the application
and decreased minority enrollment.
"I don't think we know the real rea-
son (for the decrease), and part of it was
that there were downturns at other uni-
versities, too, that were not involved in
affirmative action," she said. At Ohio
State University, for example, appli-
cations went down 15 percent, while
applications from black students were
down by 28 percent this year.
Maynard is a University alum who
completed a master's degree from the
School of Social Work. She is cur-
rently president of Michigan Prospect,
a think tank that looks at state public
policy issues. She added that her expe-
rience qualified her for another term
on the Board of Regents.
"I've had the eight years of expe-
rience and truly understand the $2.5
billion operation that is the Univer-
sity of Michigan. I also think that I
am compatible with the values and
visions of the University and that
includes a diverse student body,"
Maynard said.
Theballot for this year's regents
also lists a number of independents,
including an LSA senior, Nat Dam-
ren, who said he is running underthe
Green Party to bring student represen-
tation to the board.

Bush's budget calls for FAA finding cutbacks
The Bush administration wants to trim the Federal Aviation Administration's
budget for buying new air traffic control equipment at a time when more planes
are in the air.
The administration has proposed cutting next year's FAA budget for
equipment and facilities by 12.6 percent, from $2.862 billion to $2.5 billion.
Both the House and the Senate have gone along with that figure so far in the
budget process.
"We're investing the taxpayers' money wisely in systems that will have maxi-
mum benefits in minimal time," FAA spokesman Greg Martin said. Some pro-
grams have been deferred because there isn't a pressing need for them in the next
decade, he said. Those programs are in the beginning stages of development.
KABUL, Afghanistan
Afgan president survives assassination attempt
Assailants fired a rocket at an American helicopter taking President Hamid
Karzai on a rare foray into Afghanistan's troubled provinces yesterday, but it
missed and he escaped injury.
Karzai has survived at least one previous attempt on his life. He made light of
the latest attack, which renewed concern about the U.S.-backed leader's safety
amid Taliban threats to derail the Oct. 9 presidential election.
Officials arrested three suspects.
The U.S. military said the rocket missed the chopper as it approached a landing
zone near the city of Gardez, 60 miles south of Kabul. Karzai planned to open a
school in Gardez.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports
Market Update
Thurs. Close Change
Dow Jones 10,244.49 +13.13
NASDAQ 1,904.08 + 7.56
S&P 500 1,123.50 +3.13
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