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2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 6, 2006


Duke lacrosse coach resigns

* Controversy highlights
racial tensions between
students and residents
D±R1A\, N.C. (AP) - Duke
Un iversit s lacrosse coach resigned
yesterday and the school canceled the
rest of the season amid a burgeoning
scandal involving allegations that three
players on the highly ranked team raped
a stripper at an off-campus party.
Mike Pressler spent 16 seasons at
Duke !,d on three Atlantic Coast
Conference championships. Last year,
his team appeared in the national
championship game.
"Coach Pressler offered me his res-
ignation earlier this afternoon, and 1
accepted it.-said Duke athletic director
Joe Alleva. I believe this is in the best
interests of the program, the depart-
ment of athletics and the university."
The rape allegations have roiled the
campus and the city, raised racial ten-
sions, and heightened the long-standing
antagonism between the privileged stu-
dents at the elite university and the poorer
people of Durham.
The stripper is black and said her
attackers were white. Investigators and
witnesses have said the lacrosse players
taunted her w ith racial slurs and insults.

Students and townspeople have
marched on campus and off in recent
days, angry over the school's handling
of the allegations and the team mem-
bers' refusal to cooperate with police.
Investigators have said the athletes are
sticking together and keeping silent. No
one has been charged.
The lacrosse team's co-captains
have denied that anyone was sexually
assaulted at the party, as have attor-
neys for the players.
Earlier yesterday, authorities unsealed
documents stating that hours after the
alleged rape, a player apparently sent an
e-mail saying he wanted to invite more
strippers to his dorm room, kill them and
skin them. It was not clear whether the
message was serious or a joke.
"The court released today a previously
sealed warrant, whose contents are sick-
ening and repulsive," said Duke President
Richard Brodhead said in announcing
the cancellation of the rest of the season.
Last week, Brodhead suspended the team
from play.
The stripper, a student at a nearby uni-
versity, has told police that she was hired
to perform at a party at a house just off
campus last month and was raped and
choked three men in a bathroom. Inves-
tigators are awaiting the results of DNA
tests on 46 of the 47 team members. The

Duke lacrosse coach Mike Pressler heads out to practice on the Duke
campus last Wednesday in Durham, N.C. Pressler resigned yesterday.

team's lone black member did not have
to provide a sample.
District Attorney Mike Nifong has
said that he is "pretty confident that
a rape occurred," but that he does not
expect to file charges until next week.
Duke, considered a national title
contender before the lacrosse season

began, had a 6-2 record with seven reg-
ular-season games remaining before
the scandal broke.
The e-mail, according to an appli-
cation for a search warrant of the
player's dorm room, was sent from
the player's Duke e-mail account
just before 2 a.m. on March 14.
on Macs
Wall Street reacts
kindly to move aimed at
upping market share
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Shares
in Apple Computer Inc. surged yester-
day after the computer maker unveiled
software to help owners of its new Intel-
based Macs run not only its own oper-
ating system but also Microsoft Corp.'s
rival Windows XP system.
Wall Street is betting the move will
help Apple grow its current worldwide
market share beyond the current range
of 3 percent to 4 percent by attracting
more business and home users.
"It makes the Mac the most versa-
tile computer on the market," said Tim
Bajarin, a tech industry consultant at
Creative Strategies.
Apple's new "Boot Camp" software,
a "beta" test version available as a free
download, lets computer users with a
Windows XP installation disk load that
system on the Mac. Users could then
switch between the two operating sys-
tems - using only one at a time - by
rebooting, a process that could take a
few minutes.
Apple shares rose more than 8 per-
cent in early afternoon trading.
Bajarin said the move should lure
Windows users who "had their eye on
a Mac but knew they could not run
their favorite Windows programs on an
Apple-based computer."
When Apple introduced its first
computer based on Intel Corp. chips
in January, the company said it had
no intention of selling or supporting
Windows on its machines, though
it has not done anything to preclude
people from doing it themselves.
Apple said yesterday that stance
remains true, yet the new software will
ease Windows installation "by provid-
ing a simple graphical step-by-step
assistant application:'
"Apple has no desire or plan to sell
or support Windows, but many cus-
tomers have expressed their interest
to run Windows on Apple's superior
hardware now that we use Intel pro-
cessors," Philip Schiller, senior vice
president of worldwide product mar-
keting, said in a statement.
Indeed, for months, hackers have
been diligently working on pro-
grams to let users of Intel-based
Macs switch between the two com-
peting operating systems.
Apple turned to Intel chips, the
same ones used to power most PCs
using Windows, after saying its
previous suppliers, IBM Corp. and
Motorola Corp.'s spinoff Freescale
Semiconductor Inc., couldn't meet
Apple's needs for faster, more ener-
gy-efficient chips.
The Intel-based Macs continued to run
Apple's own proprietary operating system.
Because Windows is much more
dominant, Mac users don't have

access to many software programs
written only for Windows. The switch
to Intel chips lets users load Win-
dows onto a Mac computer, without
the need for emulation software that
slows performance. But until yester-
day, the user needed some technical
expertise to pull it off.
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Saddam dodges prosecutors' questions
Saddam Hussein dodged questions from prosecutors cross-examining him
for the first time yesterday over a crackdown against Shiites in the 1980s. But he'
acknowledged approving death sentences for 148 Shiites, saying he was convinced
they tried to assassinate him.
At times sharp and combative but often relaxed or even smiling, the former
Iraqi leader declined to confirm his signature on documents. When prosecutors
presented identity cards of children whose death sentences they said he signed, he
maintained they were forged.
"You can buy IDs like this in the market," Saddam said. "Is it the responsi-
bility of the head of the state to check the IDs of defendants and see how old
they are?"
Standing alone in a black suit in the defendants' pen, Saddam refrained from
the outbursts he has made in previous sessions. But he denounced the court
as "illegitimate" and attempted to tap into Sunni resentment of the Shiite-led
Interior Ministry, which many Sunnis accuse of backing death squads.
Bill would limit nonprofit contributions
The House moved yesterday to limit the multimillion-dollar donations to non-
profit groups that changed the face of American politics in the 2004 presidential
election. Republicans said they were closing a huge loophole, but Democrats saw
an effort to undercut their supporters.
The legislation would require so-called "527" political groups to abide by
campaign contribution limits.
Donors would thus be able to contribute only $25,000 a year for partisan voter
mobilization activities and $5,000 a year for direct expenditures on federal elections.
That would be a radical change from donations in the 2003-2004 election cycle,
when businessman George Soros gave more than $23 million to Democratic-aligned
527 groups such as Media Fund and America Coming Together, and Houston home-
builder Bob Perry contributed more than $8 million specifically to help the Swift Boat
Veterans for Truth group that questioned John Kerry's Vietnam War record.
Moussaoui jury to hear Flight 93 cockpit tape
The cockpit recorder tape from the Sept. 11 jetliner that crashed in Pennsylvania
will be played in public for the first time - to the Zacarias Moussaoui sentencing
jury - the judge in the case ruled yesterday.
U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema said the jury considering whether to
execute Moussaoui could hear the recording from United Airlines Fight 93
and see a transcript of it.
This cockpit tape has been played privately for the families of Flight 93 victims,
but it has never been played in public.
Prosecutors asked the judge to order the tape sealed and to keep the tran-
script from the general public after it is played in open court, but she made
no immediate ruling on that.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip
Video claims to show U.S. pilot's dead body
A video posted yesterday on the Internet in the name of an extremist
group claimed to show Iraqi insurgents dragging the burning body of a U.S.
pilot on the ground after the crash of an Apache helicopter.
Parts of the video were blurry, and the face of the man was not shown. His
clothes were so tattered it was impossible to tell if he was wearing an Ameri-
can military uniform, but he appeared to be wearing military fatigues.
The U.S. military condemned the posting and said that although reports
of a Web site video "suggest that terrorists removed part of a body from the
crash site, the authenticity of the video cannot be confirmed."
- Compiled from Daily wire reports
A story in this week's SportsMonday (Love of the game drives program) misstated
the record of last year's club baseball team as 12-3. The team finished 3-12.
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