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Hamas leader killed in air stike NEWS IN BRIEF
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP)- An Palestinian militants frequently launch_ __ __ __ _ _
Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at the rockets into southern Israel, and Isra- Adnan al-Ghoul, a founder and No. 2 fiure
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a car traveling in the iaza Strip late
yesterday, killing a senior Hamas com-
mander who topped the government's
most-wanted list for years - the latest
in a series of Israeli assassinations that
have weakened the militant group.
Adnan al-Ghoul, a founder and the
No. 2 figure of Hamas's military wing,
was killed along with a second uniden-
tified occupant in the car. The airstrike
dealt another heavy blow to Hamas's
military wing, Izzedine al Qassam,
which is responsible for attacks that
have killed hundreds of Israelis during
four years of fighting.
"It's a new crime committed by the
Zionist occupation government against
one of the leaders of the Palestinian
resistance," Hamas spokesman Musher
Hamas officials said Al-Ghoul, 46,
was a top bomb maker who master-
minded the development of homemade
Qassam rockets and anti-tank missiles.
el recently completed a broad offensive
into Gaza aimed at stopping the attacks.
Gaza has experienced an upsurge in
violence since Israeli Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon announced plans earlier
this year to pull out of the volatile area.
Both Israel and militants want to claim
victory ahead of the withdrawal.
Sharon is planning to present his
Gaza withdrawal plan to the Israeli
parliament for a vote of approval next
week. Aides to the prime minister said
yesterday that he has locked up enough
support to win that vote, but is deeply
concerned about growing fissures with-
in the ruling Likud Party over the plan.
The Israeli airstrike took place north
of Gaza City as dozens of people left
a nearby mosque following evening
prayers. Upon news of al-Ghoul's death,
thousands of angry Hamas supporters
took to the streets in several refugee
camps, calling for revenge and chant-
ing anti-Israel slogans.
of Hamas's military wing, was killed after an
Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at his car.
Al-Ghoul's death leaves Hamas mili-
tary leadership in the hands of Moham-
med Deif, its longtime chief. Both men
have long topped Israel's wanted list and
operated from hiding for years. They both
escaped a September 2003 airstrike aimed
at a gathering of Hamas leaders in Gaza.
Since then, however, Israel has assas-
sinated a number of top Hamas officials,
including the group's spiritual leader,
Sheik Ahmed Yassin, and his succes-
sor, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, weeks apart
earlier this year.
A top Hamas leader based in Damas-
cus, Syria, was killed in a car bombing
last month. Israeli officials acknowl-
edged involvement. Most of the Hamas's
leaders in Gaza remain in hiding.
The Israeli army issued a statement
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"We are very much in support of
the law because hazing is a very seri-
ous issue" said Lauren Herskovic,
spokeswoman for the Panhellenic
She also expressed that the law
can only help the Greek community
by making it safer and increasing the
amount of people who become mem-
bers. Herskovic said in the past many
potential members have been dissuad-
ed from joining because of the per-
ceived threat of hazing.
describing al-Ghoul as a "leading Hamas
figure" responsible for the deaths of doz-
ens of Israelis. It said he had produced
Qassam rockets, which have killed three
people in recent months, masterminded
at least two suicide bombings, and devel-
oped anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons.
Palestinian Cabinet minister Saeb
Erekat condemned yesterday's killing,
which he said "reflects the determina-
tion of the Israeli government to contin-
ue the path of military solutions rather
Sharon is planning to withdraw from
Gaza, where 8,000 Jewish settlers live
among 1.3 million Palestinians, next
year. He says a continued Israeli pres-
ence in the crowded, impoverished
Gaza Strip is unrealistic.
counsel to the University.
"Before August, students would be
subjected to the University's Statement
of Student Rights and Responsibil-
ity only," Varner said, referring to the
code of conduct for student behavior at
Varner said she hopes this new
legislation will help students real-
ize that there are real criminal con-
sequences involved in forcing other
students to endure hazing. She said
she also hopes they will think twice
and decide not to engage in these
behaviors at all.
In response to the law, the Uni-
versity has created a massive edu-
cational campaign this year called
Soldier sentenced for Abu Ghraib scandal
The highest-ranking U.S. soldier charged in the Abu Ghraib prison case was
sentenced yesterday to eight years in prison, the severest punishment so far in
the scandal that broke in April with the publication of photos and video showing
Americans humiliating and abusing naked Iraqis.
Staff Sgt. Ivan "Chip" Frederick's civilian attorney, Gary Myers, called the sen-
tence "excessive" and argued that the military command was at fault for failing to
train his client - a veteran military policeman and a corrections officer in civilian
life - and for failing to address the horrid conditions at the prison on the western
outskirts of Baghdad.
The abuses occurred at a time when American intelligence officers were under
strong pressure to gather as much information as possible on the burgeoning insur-
gency, which threatens the entire U.S. mission in Iraq. Since then, the insurgency
has spread throughout Sunni Muslim areas of the country, engulfing regions which
were relatively safe for Americans and other Westerners only a few months ago.
Polls secured against terrorism threats
Election officials are beefing up security and taking other precautions at many
of the nation's 200,000 polling places amid continuing concern that al-Qaida
terrorists are intent on disrupting the U.S. political process.
Some officials are increasing police patrols and assigning plainclothes offi-
cers to monitor voting sites on Election Day. Others are taking steps to secure
ballot boxes, set up emergency communications systems and locate backup poll-
ing places in the event of an attack. "We have to prepare for the worst situation,"
said Brenda Fisher, elections director for Anne Arundel County in Maryland.
FBI and Homeland Security Department officials stress that a steady stream
of intelligence indicating the threat of an election-year threat is general in nature,
with no specific indications that terrorists might strike polling places. But elections
officials say they can't discount the possibility that al-Qaida might be attracted to
long lines of voters to make a violent statement against democracy.
Bush signs bill on youth suicide prevention
President Bush yesterday signed into law a bill authorizing $82 million in
grants aimed at preventing suicide among young people.
The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act is named for the son of Oregon Republi-
can Sen. Gordon Smith, who championed the legislation as a tribute to his 21-year-
old son, who committed suicide last year.
"Sharon and I are deeply grateful for the support we've received over the past
year," Gordon Smith said. "Passing this bill was very personal to us because we
wanted some good to come of Garrett's tragedy."
The law authorizes $82 million over three years to provide grants to states,
Indian tribes, colleges and universities to develop youth suicide prevention and
intervention programs. It emphasizes screening programs that identify mental
illness in children as young as sixth-graders, and provides referrals for commu-
nity-based treatment and training for child care professionals.
Times employee accused of spying
A Chinese researcher for The New York Times has been arrested on suspicion
of providing state secrets to foreigners, but authorities haven't explained what he
is accused of doing, his defense lawyer said yesterday.
Prosecutors issued a formal arrest order on Wednesday for Zhao Yan, who
was already in detention since Sept. 17, said lawyer Mo Shaoping. Mo said that
technically it isn't a decision to prosecute him. But once a suspect is formally
arrested in China, it is almost unheard of for the case not to go to trial.
A friend said earlier that Zhao was believed to be under investigation as the
possible source of a Sept. 7 report by the Times about the planned retirement of
former President Jiang Zemin from his post as head of China's military
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Herskovic emphasized the fact that
hazing is not accepted in any form in
the Greek com-
munity at the "W e are ve
Along with in support
hazing is and law becaus
who and what
groups are sub- is a very s(
ject to punish- isu.
ment, the law issue-
also details pos-
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that those con- Spokeswom
If a person is
injured, the per-
petrator faces up to 93 days in jail and
a $1,000 fine. If the victim is more
seriously injured, the perpetrator will
face imprisonment of up to five years
and a $2,500 fine.
If the hazing results in the death
of the victim, the perpetrator faces
imprisonment of up to 15 years and a
While hazing victims cannot be
charged under this new law, they
can still be held accountable to state
laws involving other crimes - for
example, activities such as stealing
that may have occurred as a result
of hazing. All students are also sub-
ject to University policies. In fact,
the Department of Public Safety has
arrested students for criminal activ-
ity in the case of hazing events, said
Donica Varner, assistant general
students of the
dangers of haz-
tren Herskovic ing, said Dana
in, Panhellenic Fair, assistant to
.P e Vice President for
Association Student Affairs
E. Royster Harp-
er. The goal of the campaign is to
"educate and inform" the student
community and to dispel the myths
about hazing. "Hazing and the
potential for hazing is much broader
than one might think," Fair said.
Many organizations on campus,
including the Department of Ath-
letics, Office of Greek Life, Michi-
gan Student Assembly, Residence
Hall Association and the Greek Life
Councils provided input and sup-
port to the campaign. The campaign
will continue through the 2005-2006
Although the law is still too new
to produce any evidence regard-
ing its effectiveness, the general
consensus is that it will only be an
asset in preventing incidences that
threaten the lives and well-being of
The law is "one more tool that will
hopefully put an end to violent crimes
due to hazing," Mackie said.
the Haze: Don't
Haze the Blue."
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