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2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday,

September 27, 2004

NEWS

2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, SeQtember 27. 2004

Hurricane Jeanne
leaves 6 dead in Fla.

HUTCHINSON ISLAND, Fla. (AP)
- Jeanne, Florida's fourth hurricane in six
weeks, piled on destruction in already ravaged
areas yesterday, slicing across the state with
howling wind that rocketed debris from earlier
storms and torrents of rain that turned streets
into rivers.
At least six people died in the storm, which
was a cruel rerun for many still trying to recover
from earlier hurricanes. Jeanne came ashore
in the same area hit three weeks ago by Hurri-
cane Frances and was headed for the Panhandle,
where 70,000 homes and-businesses remained
without power because of Hurricane Ivan 10
days earlier.
The storm peeled the roofs off buildings,
toppled light poles, destroyed a deserted com-
munity center in Jensen Beach and flooded some
bridges from the mainland to the Atlantic coast's
barrier islands. More than 1.1 million homes and
businesses were without power.
"The last three weeks have been horrific,"
said Joe Stawara, owner of a Vero Beach mobile
home park where about half the 232 trailers were
damaged. "And just when we start to turn the
corner, this happens."
Until this weekend, no state had suffered a
four-hurricane pounding in one season since
Texas in 1886. And the hurricane season still has
two months to go.
Rain blew sideways in wind that reached 120
mph when Hurricane Jeanne's eye hit land late

Saturday night; by 8 p.m. yesterday it had weak-
ened to a tropical storm with sustained wind
near 55 mph.
At least a foot of water rushed through some
streets in Vero Beach, where a mattress floated
through one neighborhood.
President Bush declared a major disaster
area in Florida. The hurricanes have prompted
the largest relief effort in the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency's history, eclipsing
responses for the 1994 earthquake in Northridge,
Calif., and the 2001 terrorist attacks, director
Michael Brown said.
"You're going to have some areas that have
been hit once, twice and sometimes maybe three
times," Brown said. "That's very frustrating, I
know, for those who live in those communities."
Frances was larger, while Charley and Ivan
were more powerful. But Jeanne was bad
enough, once again sending the Sunshine State
into a state of emergency.
Gov. Jeb Bush sought to reassure weary Flo-
ridians. "This will become a memory," he said.
"This does come to an end, and when it does we
can probably use the term 'normal' again."
Seawater submerged the bottom floor of con-
dominiums on Hutchinson Island, where Josh
Lumberson rode out the storm. The parking lot
was under 5 feet of sand and water, and sand rose
to the kitchen cabinets inside first-floor condos.
The ocean, once 75 yards away, lapped at the
foundation.

AP PHOTO
Frank Demonstranti walks through the remains of his
mobile home in Lake Park, Fla. yesterday.

NEWS IN BRIEF
BAGHDAD, Iraq
Car bombs wound U.S. troops in Iraq
Two car bombs wounded American and Iraqi troops west of the capital yes-
terday and a few hours later the U.S. military announced the arrest of a senior
Iraqi National Guard commander on suspicion of ties to insurgents, underscor-
ing the challenges to building a strong Iraq security service capable of restor-
ing stability.
The two attackers who died in the twin blasts tried to ram their cars into a
National Guard base in Kharma, a town on the outskirts of the insurgent strong-
hold of Fallujah, a U.S. military official said on condition of anonymity.
The number of U.S. and Iraqi casualties was not immediately clear, but a state-
ment from the U.S. Marines said there were no serious injuries among American
troops at the base.
The National Guard is the centerpiece of U.S. plans to turn over security respon-
sibilities after elections slated for January, and guardsmen have been targeted
repeatedly by insurgents who are trying to undermine Iraq's interim government
and drive out the U.S.-led coalition.
But the threat may not only come from outside the force. Guard Brig. Gen. Talib
al-Lahibi, who previously served as an infantry officer in Saddam Hussein's army,
was detained Thursday in the province of Diyala, northeast of Baghdad, a U.S.
military statement announced.
DAMASCUS, Syria
Israeli bomb kills senior Hamas leader
In a hit claimed by Israeli security officials, a senior Hamas operative was killed
in a car bombing yesterday outside his house in Damascus, the first such killing of
a leader of the Islamic militant group in Syria.
Izz Eldine Subhi Sheik Khalil, 42, died instantly in the explosion, which wound-
ed three bystanders. Witnesses said he was speaking on his mobile phone as he put
his Mitsubishi SUV in reverse before it exploded about 10 yards from his home.
Analysts said the killing appeared designed as much to warn the Syrians as to
keep Hamas off balance.
Syria called the killing "cowardly" and top Hamas leaders, already taking
extraordinary security precautions, went deeper underground. The killing threat-
ened to take the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to new levels, with conflicting remarks
from Hamas on whether it too would begin targeting Israeli interests abroad.
Security officials in Jerusalem, speaking anonymously, acknowledged involve-
ment, though the Israeli government issued no statement. It had been warning for
weeks that members of the group would not be safe in Syria.
Israel's ability to infiltrate the Hamas leadership in Damascus will likely further
rattle the group after Israel killed Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin and his
successor as Gaza leader, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, in missile strikes this year.
The Syrian Interior Ministry said in a terse statement carried by the official
news agency, SANA, that Khalil had not engaged in any militant activity inside
Syrian territory, and that authorities were investigating the explosion.
SEATTLE
Scientists warn of Mount St Helens eruption
A strengthening series of earthquakes at Mount St. Helens prompted seismolo-
gists yesterday to warn that the once-devastating volcano may see a small explo-
sion soon.
The U.S. Geological Survey issued a notice of volcanic unrest in response to the
swarm of hundreds of earthquakes that began Thursday.
"The key issue is a small explosion without warning. That would be the major
event that we're worried about right now," said Willie Scott, a geologist with the
USGS office in Vancouver.
The quakes were tiny at first, but on Saturday and yesterday there were more
than 10 temblors of magnitude 2.0 to 2.8, the most in a 24-hour period since the
last dome-building eruption in October 1986, Scott said.
In the event of an explosion, Scott said the concern would be focused on the area
within the crater and the flanks of the volcano. It's possible that a five-mile area
primarily north of the volcano could receive flows of mud and rock debris.
KARACHI, Pakistan
Alleged murderer of journalist dies in shootout
Paramilitary police killed a suspected top al-Qaida operative, wanted for alleged
involvement in the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, dur-
ing a four-hour shootout yesterday at a southern Pakistan house, the information
minister said. At least two other men were arrested.
Amjad Hussain Farooqi was wanted for his alleged role in the kidnapping and
beheading of Pearl in 2002 and two assassination attempts against President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf in December 2003.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports

Chinas communist party calls for reform

BEIJING (AP) - China's Communist
Party called on its members yesterday to
improve their ability to run an increas-
ingly complex nation, complaining in an
unusually self-critical statement that some
of its own leaders lack integrity and warn-
ing that the "life and death of the party"
could hang in the balance.
The appeal came in a report issued
after a leadership meeting that conclud-
ed Sept. 19 and sealed President Hu Jin-
tao's leadership by appointing'him head
of China's military, succeeding former
leader Jiang Zemin.
The report by the party Central Com-
mittee called on its members to "develop
a stronger sense of crisis" about reform,

warning that communist rule "will not
remain forever if the party does noth-
ing to safeguard it," the official Xinhua
News Agency reported.
Its urgent tone reflected the concern
that rising anger at corruption that
has cost China billions of dollars and
sparked protests could undermine pub-
lic acceptance of communist rule.
The declaration acknowledged com-
munist rule is "not perfect" and said
corruption remains "quite serious,"
despite a crackdown that has punished
thousands of officials in recent years.
The report affirmed the party's com-
mitment to capitalist-style reforms that
have dramatically, raised urban living

The declaration acknowledged communist
nule is "not perfect" and said corruption
remains "quite serious" despite a crackdown.
standards, saying it would "take eco- The party's ability to govern has "a
nomic development as the top priority." bearing on the success of China's social-
The sections of the 36-page report ist cause, the future and destiny of the
cited by Xinhua didn't say how the Chinese nation (and) the life and death
party was to improve its ability to gov- of the party," the report said.
ern. But Hu, party leader since 2002, After insisting for years that it was
has made improved responsiveness to infallible, the 68 million-member party
public needs a key theme of his rule. has tried in recent years to mollify pub-
He has called repeatedly for officials to lic frustration by talkng openly about
master skills needed to manage wrench- China's problems and the party's strug-
ing social and economic change. gle with corruption and other failings.
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