2A - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 7, 2004
Frances slams Florida panhandle NEWS IN BRIEF
PANACEA, Fla. - Tropical Storm
Frances plowed ashore on the Florida
Panhandle yesterday, its second U.S.
landfall after causing flooding and tear-
ing up homes and boats across the center
of the state. About 6 million people in
Florida have lost power and at least nine
have been killed.
After crossing part of the Gulf of Mex-
ico, Frances's center hit land at about 2
p.m. about 20 miles south of Tallahassee
with top sustained wind near 65 mph, the
National Hurricane Center said. The storm
was moving north-northwest at about 8
mph and was not expected to regain hur-
ricane strength, forecasters said.
After passing through the Panhandle,
Frances will move into Georgia and
Alabama. Radar showed rain already
spreading across Georgia into parts of
South Carolina and North Carolina.
As northern Florida residents dealt
with Frances, residents in hard-hit areas
began the arduous task of cleaning up.
More than 13 inches of rain had
fallen along Florida's central east coast,
flooding some areas 4 feet deep, before
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Frances finished crossing the state and
entered the Gulf of Mexico late Sunday.
State officials urged people to stay
where they were because of the possi-
bility of flooding in the Panhandle and
the difficulty of finding service stations
still in operation.
"Our message is turn around, don't
drown. If you do not have to travel, don't
do so," state meteorologist Ben Nelson
said yesterday, warning of possible
storm surges of up to 10 feet. Lt. Gov.
Toni Jennings said officials were work-
ing to get fuel from reopened ports to
emergency workers and gas stations.
Not everyone heeded the warning,
even as rain began falling heavily yes-
terday in the Panhandle. Tamara Suarez
decided to open the Cafe Con Leche in
the historic fishing and oyster village of
Apalachicola because "it's better to be
here than at home, just waiting and wait-
ing and waiting."
In the Miami area, which was spared
the worst of the storm, businesses started
to pull down shutters and reopen. Cruise
ships packed the Port of Miami after
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Two women scroll through digital photos as the surf crashes against a sea wall as the
remnants of Hurricane Frances pass through Tampa, Fla. yesterday.
being stalled out at sea during the storm.
On Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, hotels
and bars welcomed the few tourists and
residents who ventured out.
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"I think we're going to have a lot of
people who were cooped up and want to
have a drink," said Mike Palma, general
manager of the Clevelander Hotel.
to retool intelligence
collection within a month
WASHINGTON - Congress is
giving itself a month to come up with
legislation restructuring the nation's
intelligence apparatus, but Republican
leaders acknowledge the goal may fall
victim to turf disputes and lawmakers'
focus on getting themselves re-elected
While a group of members in both
parties have united behind legislation to
enact the Sept. 11 commission's recom-
mendations unaltered, House Speaker
Dennis Hastert and key Senate commit-
tee chairmen are warning against a rush
"Four or five groups of ideas (are) out
there, and I think we need to take a very
serious study on all those ideas," said
Hastert (R-Il.) at the end of August.
Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) who as
Armed Services Committee chirman
oversees more than 80 percent of an
intelligence budget estimated at $40 bil-
lion a year, called for "great caution" to
avoid "turbulence or disruption in the
intelligence system that now - I think
- serves this nation reasonably well."
Senate Intelligence Committee Chair-
man Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) has a different
perspective. Citing a series of intelligence
failures, he unveiled a bill last month that
would break up the CIA and rearrange
the Pentagon's spy agencies under a sin-
gle national intelligence director.
To be heard from are senior mem-
bers of the appropriations committees,
including Senate bulls like Republican
Chairman Ted Stevens of Alaska and
Robert Byrd of West Virginia, the top
Democrat on the panel.
The Sept. 11 commission recom-
mended that the purse strings for intel-
ligence agencies be taken away from
them and given to a new committee
that would oversee both Pentagon and
civilian spy programs, and divvy up the
money for them.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-
Tenn.) originally asked the Senate Gov-
ernmental Affairs Committee to get a
bill completed by Sept. 30. The panel
held several hearings in August and has
another planned Wednesday.
When squabbling arose, Frist and
Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.)
quickly named a 20-member biparti-
san working group made up of Warner,
Roberts, Stevens, Byrd and other senior
lawmakers who now have a share of
"It's not going to be a knee-jerk reac-
tion," Frist said. "This is too big. We'll
do it in a very careful and thoughtful
and aggressive way."
With Congress scheduled to break
again Oct. 8 until after the election,
pressure will be on for leaders to call a
lame-duck session that could run until
Christmas to complete the intelligence
overhaul and a corporate tax bill.
Two weeks ago, President Bush
addressed some of the Sept. 11 com-
mission's recommendations. He signed
executive orders strengthening the CIA
director's control over intelligence agen-
cies and creating a national counterter-
A White House official described
Bush's actions as a step toward creating
the position of a national intelligence
director, a job separate from the director
Clinton has successful heart surgery
Bill Clinton underwent a successful quadruple heart bypass operation yesterday
to relieve severely clogged arteries that had put the former president at high risk of
suffering a heart attack.
"He is recovering normally at this point," said Craig Smith, the surgeon who led
the operation. "Right now everything looks straightforward."
Smith said Clinton could leave the hospital in four or five days. Doctors said
they expect him to make a full recovery, although the heart disease they repaired
The four-hour surgery came three days after Clinton checked himself into
the hospital complaining of chest pain and shortness of breath. Tests soon
revealed that blockage in several of Clinton's arteries was "well over 90 per-
cent," Smith said.
"There was a substantial likelihood that he would have had a substantial heart
attack" in the near future, said Allan Schwartz, chief of cardiology at New York
Presbyterian Hospital on Columbia University's campus.
Schwartz said Clinton was awake but sedated about four hours after the opera-
tion ended. He still was using a breathing tube and had not spoken yet, he said.
Car bomb kills seven marines, three Iraqis
A suicide attacker sped up to a U.S. military convoy outside Fallujah and det-
onated an explosives-packed vehicle yesterday, killing seven Marines and three
Iraqi soldiers, U.S. military officials said. It was the deadliest day for American
forces in four months.
The force of the blast on a dusty stretch of wasteland nine miles north of Fal-
lujah, a hotbed of Sunni insurgents, wrecked two Humvee vehicles and hurled the
suicide car's engine far from the site, witnesses and military officials said.
The bombing underscored the challenges U.S. commanders face in securing Fallu-
jah and surrounding Anbar province, the heartland of a Sunni Muslim insurgency beat
on driving coalition forces from the country. U.S. forces have not patrolled in Fallujah
since ending a three-week siege of the city in April that had been aimed at rooting out
militiaman. Insurgents have only strengthened their hold on Fallujah since then.
Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry said medical tests confirmed that Iraqi author-
ities had once again mistakenly reported the capture of ousted dictator Saddam
Hussein's deputy, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, putting a stop to two days of conflicting
statements about his purported arrest.
Russians mourn victims of school standoff
Funeral processions filled the rainy streets of this southern Russian city yester:
day, carrying coffins large and small, as townspeople buried scores of victims of .
carefully planned school siege that prosecutors linked to a Chechen rebel leader.
Desperate families searched for those still missing from the siege at School No.
1, while others buried 120 victims during the first of two days of national mourning
across Russia, which has seen more than 400 people killed in violence linked tq
terrorism in the past two weeks.
Reports emerged that the attackers apparently planned the school seizure
months ago, sneaking weapons into the building in advance. There also were signs
that some of the militants did not know they were to take children hostage and
may have been killed by their comrades when they objected. State television alsp
sharply criticized government officials for understating the scope of the crisis, in
which hundreds of hostages were held for 62 hours by heavily armed militants. ,
The school seizure came a day after a suicide bombing in Moscow killed 10 peo=
ple and just over a week after two Russian passenger planes exploded and crashed,
killing all 90 people aboard - attacks authorities suspect were linked to Russia's
ongoing war in Chechnya.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip
Israelis attack Hamas training ground; 13 dead
Israeli helicopters attacked a Hamas training field in Gaza early today, killing al
least 13 Palestinians and wounding 25, officials from both sides said. It was Israelis
deadliest strike in the area in four months.
The attack came a week after Hamas carried out a double suicide bombing iii
the southern city of Beersheba, killing 16 Israelis and breaking a six-month lull in
major violence against the Jewish state.
The Israeli military said the air force targeted the field, near the Israeli border.
because it was being used by Hamas for bomb assembly and the training of anti-
Israeli fighters. The Hamas military wing, in a staement, acknowledged its use as
a training site.
Hundreds of Hamas militants gathered at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City - sone
with blood on their clothes from carrying victims - shouting "revenge, revenge."
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