2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 1, 2004
Military might end Iraq standoffNBRIEF tL,
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraq's : .
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interim prime minister ysedywre
that efforts to resolve the standoff in Fal-
lujah peacefully have entered their "final
phase" and said he will not hesitate to
launch "a military solution" to end Sunni
insurgents' hold over the city.
In another city of Iraq's stormy
Sunni Triangle, a rocket slammed into
the Sunubar Hotel in Tikrit late yes-
terday, killing 15 Iraqis and wound-
ing eight others, hospital officials
said. Insurgents may have been aim-
ing at an American position, which
was targeted by a second rocket. U.S.
officials said no American casualties
Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's warn-
ing, delivered in a nationally televised
news conference, occurred as U.S.
forces prepare for a showdown with
thousands of militants holed up in Fal-
lujah - the city that has become the
focal point of armed resistance to the
Americans and their Iraqi allies.
Allawi appeared to be aiming to pre-
pare the Iraqi public for an onslaught
likely to unleash strong passions, espe-
cially among the country's Sunni Mus-
He warned of civilian casualties, say-
ing that if he orders an assault it would be
with a "heavy heart," because "there will
be some loss of innocent lives."
"But I owe, owe it to the Iraqi people
to defend them from the violence and the
terrorists and insurgents," he said.
. U.S. and Iraqi commanders want to
put down guerrillas before vital elections
U.S. Marines of the 1st Division get a briefing prior to a mission outside Fallujah, Iraq, on Saturday. US forces
are prepairing for a possible attack on the rebel stronghold of Fallujah.
due to be held by Jan. 31, which Allawi Clashes were also reported between the city but the cause of the blasts could
insisted will take place as scheduled. U.S. forces and insurgents in Ramadi, not be determined.
Yesterday, insurgents in Fallujah west of Fallujah, killing seven Iraqis and The blast in Tikrit, 80 miles north of
fired mortar rounds and rockets at U.S. injuring 11, hospital officials said. Baghdad, sent frightened guests of the
Marines, who responded with artillery. As night fell in the Iraqi capital, the three-story hotel running into the street,
U.S. aircraft also struck suspected rebel rumble of powerful explosions could be some barefoot, others with bloodstains
positions, Marine officials said. heard coming from the western edge of on their clothes.
Iran to continue uranium enrichment 1
Defiant lawmakers - shouting "Death to America" - unanimously voted
yesterday to approve the outline of a bill requiring the government to resume
uranium enrichment, a move likely to deepen an international dispute over
Tehran's atomic activities.
Nevertheless, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Hossein Mousavian, told The Asso-
ciated Press in an exclusive interview that a compromise could still be reached
with European negotiators to avert the risk of U.N. sanctions.
Britain, France and Germany have offered Iran a trade deal and peaceful nuclear
technology - including a light-water research reactor - in return for assurances
Iran would indefinitely stop enriching uranium. Uranium enriched to a low level
can be used to produce nuclear fuel, but if enriched further it can be used to make
While lawmakers were discussing the bill, Mousavian ruled out an indefinite
suspension of enrichment activities.
But he suggested Iran would consider halting the building of more nucle-
ar facilities, which it would need to produce enough fuel for additional
Chavez allies, enemies vie for local posts
Allies of President Hugo Chavez and opposition candidates competed for key
gubernatorial and mayoral posts in elections yesterday, with tens of thousands of
police and soldiers standing by to prevent politically fueled clashes.
After failing to oust Chavez with a recall referendum in August, a two-
month strike or a botched 2002 coup, Venezuela's opposition was hoping to
end its poor track record and boost sympathizers' confidence by making gains
in the local posts.
But opposition leaders may have difficulty because they failed to choose single
candidates in many states and municipalities, leaving multiple rivals to face single
candidates endorsed by Chavez months ago.
"Chavez needs governors and mayors who support his movement for change,
and those are the ones I'm voting for today," said Gustavo Reyes, standing in line
outside a voting center in the capital's poor Petare district.
"The candidates who are against Chavez don't offer anything new," added
Reyes, a 32-year-old taxi driver who, like many, refers to the former paratroop
commander as "El Comandante" rather than president.
Hostages plead for release of Muslim prisoners
Militants released a video yesterday showing three frightened foreign U.N. hos-
tages pleading for their release and threatened to kill them unles U.N. and British
troops leave Afghanistan and Muslim prisoners are freed from U.S. jails.
In thetape, the hostages - Annetta Flanigan of NorthernlIreland, Filipino diplomat
Angelito Nayan and Shqipe Habibi of Kosovo - are shown sitting hunched together
against the bare wall of a room in an undisclosed location. The three answered ques-
tions from someone who is speaking to them in broken English from off camera.
Both women are crying, but the trio look healthy and unharmed.
The Iraq-style abduction could put a brake on the country's post-Taliban recov-
ery and overshadow the crowning of U.S. favorite Hamid Karzai as its first demo-
cratically elected president. The three, who helped organize the Oct. 9 election,
were snatched from a U.N. vehicle on a busy Kabul street on Thursday.
In the video, obtained by Associated Press Television News in Pakistan, the
questioner repeatedly asks the captives why they have come to Afghanistan, then
asks why America and NATO have sent troops to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Dead voters' ballots will count in election
In what would be her last conscious act, 90-year-old Trixie Porter gripped a pen
in her weak, trembling hand, checked the candidates of her choice and scrawled a
squiggled signature on her absentee ballot.
Within an hour, the petite woman who had been suffering from heart problems
lay back in her hospital bed, closed her eyes and never woke up. Her ballot arrived
at her local elections board two days later, Oct. 5 - the day she died.
An untold number of ballots like Porter's will indeed be counted because of the
haphazard and cumbersome process of enforcing laws in many states to weed out
the absentee votes of those who die by Election Day.
With millions of voters taking advantage of new, in-person early voting in at least
30 states this year, it's even more certain that such "ghost" votes will be counted
because, in most cases, those ballots are impossible to retrieve. Besides, it could be
days or weeks after the election before local officials get word someone has died.
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Michigan beats State in chilling triple OT
Continued from page 1A
On the ensuing kickoff, sophomore
fullback Brian Thompson recovered
Rivas's onside kick.
"It was not meant for us to lose,"
Edwards said. "If you get an onside
kick, it's like maybe we're supposed to
win. It's divine intervention - it comes
from above. I got down on my knees and
thanked God. I said, 'God, you put us in
a situation to make it happen.' "
Henne got the Wolverines in the end-
zone in just 15 seconds, completing an
11-yard pass to Mike Hart - which was
coupled with a 15-yard face-mask pen-
alty against Michigan State - and then
airing it out to Edwards for a 36-yard
touchdown. On the reception, Michigan
State cornerback Jaren Hayes had posi-
tioning, but Edwards just reached over
Hayes's head and ripped the ball away
before coming down in the endzone.
After two penalties on Michigan
State's next drive - a problem that
marred coach John L. Smith's team all
day as it accumulated 14 penalties for
123 yards - the Spartans punted to
Michigan with 3:24 left.
Hart started the drive with a 26-yard
run up the Michigan sideline. Imme-
diately following the run, Edwards
reflected the mounting excitement with
a shimmy at the Michigan State 20-yard
line. And on the very next play, Edwards
ient Michigan Stadium into absolute
Continued from page 1A
Gansen said when he asked the women
rto move, they refused and became obnox-
ious. "They started kicking me in the
back," Gansen said.
"An usher came down and chastised the
pandemonium, as he once again beat
Hayes in single coverage for a 21-yard
touchdown, tying the game at 27.
"(Edwards) made some unbelievable
catches, and if he doesn't make those
plays, we're not standing here," Carr said.
"He was an All-American today, and he's
been an All-American all year long."
Michigan State (3-2, 4-4) tried to end
the game with a 51-yard field goal into a
strong wind as time expired, but kicker
Dave Rayner missed short and left.
In overtime, Michigan State won the
coin toss and elected to play defense
first. The Wolverines failed to get a first
down in their drive andtook a 30-27 lead
on a 34-yard field goal by Rivas. Michi-
gan State drove the ball effectively in its
possession and faced a third-and-one
from the four-yard line. The Spartans
sent Cobb, who finished with-a career-
high 205 yards rushing, straight up the
gut. But Michigan's defensive line got
a great push, and senior Roy Manning
tackled Cobb for a two-yard loss. Rayner
converted a 23-yard field goal to send the
game into a second overtime.
Michigan State had the initial drive
that time around. After a 15-yard com-
pletion from Damon Dowdell - who
played the entire second half after Spar-
tan starter Drew Stanton dislocated his
right shoulder on a second-quarter hit
by LaMarr Woodley -to Agim Shabaj,
Michigan State rode Jason Teague into
the endzone, giving the junior the ball
three straight times. The Wolverines tied
girls for being too rowdy," Gansen added.
He also said he didn't understand why the
women --who weren't arrested- caused
such a ruckus when they planned to leave
at halftime. "They made a big deal over
nothing," Gansen said.
Yet many students were too absorbed
with the action and excitement ofthe game
the game at 37 with a five-play drive that
ended in the corner of the endzone on
a third-and-goal touchdown grab by an
outstretched Jason Avant, who had dislo-
cated his finger earlier in the game.
In the third overtime, Michigan had
the first possession. On third-and-nine,
Henne found Edwards wide open over
the middle, and the senior scampered
into the endzone for a 24-yard touch-
"They were trying to decide who was
going to take me,"Edwards said"Toward
the end of the game, they were manning
Roderick Maples up, so whenever Hayes
was on me, they would switch and put
Maples back on me. So I think Hayes
was expecting Maples to come over and
he didn't, so they were probably a little
Following two sub-par games,
Edwards put his name back in the Heis-
man Trophy race with 11 catches and
189 yards for three touchdowns. Most of
Edwards's production came in the fourth
quarter and overtime.
"I knew what number they were going
to dial, and I knew I had to answer the
call," Edwards said.
After a spectacular two-point conver-
sion catch by Tim Massaquoi (by NCAA
rules, teams must go for two after the
second overtime period), Michigan held
a 45-37 lead.
Michigan State couldn't do much
on what would be its final drive, and
again shot itself in the foot with a big
to see any disorderly behavior. "I didn't
really notice anything out of the ordinary,"
LSA sophomore Bob Kovats said.
Other students said the behavior at the
game was relatively tame. "Considering
we were losing for so long, I thought that
there would be more students freaking
out," LSA sophomore Rachelle Mika said.
offensive pass interference penalty on
tight end Eric Knott. On fourth down,
Dowdell made one last heave to the
endzone, but senior Markus Curry
broke up the pass intended for wide
receiver Aaron Alexander and the cel-
"We just kept fighting," junior safety
Ernest Shazor said. "Coach Carr kept
telling us we could do it, and we believe
in coach Carr 100 percent."
The Wolverines received another stel-
lar performance from Mike Hart. The
true freshman rushed for 224 yards and
a touchdown on 33 carries, becoming
the first Wolverine ever to rush for 200
yards in three consecutive games.
"I thought Michael was outstand-
ing," Carr said. "When you think about
the first back in the history of Michigan
football to run for over 200 yards three
consecutive games, and he's just a new
arrival, that's special."
Hart left the game in overtime, but
according to Carr he should be ready for
Michigan's next game against Northwest-
ern in two weeks. "He got a bruise on the
thigh, and I think he'll be fine," Carr said.
Michigan State took a 17-10 lead
into halftime, behind Stanton's fine
first half - the sophomore completed
10 of 13 passes for 95 yards and ran for
84 yards and a touchdown on 12 car-
ries before he was hurt. The Spartans
extended their lead to 20-10 early in
the fourth quarter with a 19-yard field
goal by Rayner.
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