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- ~Shooting at Palestinian
Discovery docks school sparks fear of war
with space station.sakai a

After a two-day journey, space
shuttle Discovery reached the
international space station yester-
day for aweeklongstay to continue
construction on the orbiting lab
and rotate outa crew member.
Discovery commander Mark
Polansky closed in on the station at
a tenth of a foot per second before
latches automatically linked the
spacecraft as they flew 220 miles
above southeast Asia shortly
before a sunrise.
"Capture confirmed," Polansky
told Mission Control and the space
About an hour before docking,
Discovery did a slow back flip so
the space station crew could pho-
tograph its belly for any signs of
liftoff damage.
Polansky executed the maneu-
ver as the shuttle flew about 600
feet beneath the station. The imag-
es will be transmitted to Mission
Control for analysis.
Annan critical of
Bush in farewell
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi
Annan took his criticism of
the Bush administration to the
nation's heartland yesterday, say-
ing America must not sacrifice its
democratic ideals while waging
war against terrorism.
In the hometown of President
Harry Truman, who helped found
the United Nations, Annan said
"human rights and the rule of law
are vital to global security and
When the U.S. "appears to aban-
don its own ideals and objectives,
its friends abroad are naturally
troubled and confused," Annan
told a packed audience at the Tru-
man Presidential Museum and
Annan also said the U.N. Secu-
rity Council should be expanded
to better reflect today's world.
Mourners angry
that dictator was
denied state funeral
Gen. Augusto Pinochet yester-
day, many weeping openly as they
kissed his glass-topped casket in
a military ceremony that exposed
deep divisions over the legacy of
his 17-year dictatorship.
The cerenmonyfollowed aviolent
night of clashes that left 43 police
officers injured and 99 demonstra-
tors arrested. The scattered fights
between Pinochet's supporters
and opponents capped a jubilant

Children of targeted
Fatah officer killed in
drive-by shooting
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP)
- Blood spattered a school bag
emblazoned with the word
"Friend" lying on the front seat of
a bullet-riddled car on a Gaza City
street sad proof that the victims
of an assassination attemptagainst
a Palestinian intelligence officer
were his three young children.
The brutal drive-by shoot-
ing yesterday, unprecedented
even for violence-wracked Gaza,
threatened to ignite a new round
of internal Palestinian violence.
The officer, linked to the moder-
ate Fatah movement, was twice
targeted by the radical Islamic
Hamas in the past, and Gazans
braced for reprisals and counter-

Intelligence officials accused
the Hamas of responsibility for
the shooting. The officer, who
helped crack down on Hamas a
decade ago, was not in the car with
his children.
In the funeral later yesterday,
mourners held aloft the small bod-
ies of the boys wrapped in white
burial shrouds. "I have no words.
Words stop at the extent of this
crime," said the bereaved father,
Baha Balousheh. "I am a father
who has lost his children."
Hamas denied involvement,
denounced the shooting and prom-
ised a speedy investigation.
The attack came at a time of
growing tensions between Hamas
and the Fatah movement of mod-
erate Palestinian President Mah-
moud Abbas. Earlier this week,
Abbas threatened to call early
elections following the collapse of

talks on a Hamas-Fatah coalition,
drawing angry Hamas accusations
that he was plotting a coup.
Fatah legislators demanded
yesterday that Abbas dismiss the
Hamas-led government. Amid
wall-to-wall condemnation of the
shooting, the top Muslim cleric in
Gaza called for the death penalty
for the assailants.
The Balousheh children - 3-
year-old Salam, 6-year-old Ahmed
and 9-year-old Osama - were
in the family car on their way to
school when gunmen opened fire
on them from two vehicles. The
three were killed along with their
driver. Doctors said one of the boys
was hit by 10 bullets to the head.
The car had tinted windows,
blocking passengers from view.
Security officials said it was pos-
sible the assailants believed
Balousheh was inside and intend-
ed to kill him.

LSA senior Laura Kollar studies for a Microbiology exam in a glass alcove at the
Science Library on the third floor of Shapiro Undergraduate Library last night. Kollar
says that she usually tries to study in the private study rooms.
InIran, deniers
queston Holocaust

who has called for
destruction of Israel,
hosts conference
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran
hosted Holocaust deniers from
around the world yesterday at a
conference examining whether
the Nazi genocide took place, a
meeting Israel's prime minister
condemned as a "sick phenom-
The 67 participants from 30
countries included former Ku
Klux Klan leader David Duke and
Holocaust skeptics who have been
prosecuted in Europe for question-
ing whether 6 million Jews were
killed by the Nazis or whether gas
chambers were ever used.
"The number of victims at the

Auschwitz concentration camp
could be about 2,007," Australian
Frederick Toben told the confer-
ence, according to a Farsi transla-
tion of his remarks. "The railroad
to the camp did not have enough
capacity to transfer large numbers
of Jews," said Toben, who was
jailed in 1999 in Germany for cast-
ing doubt on the Holocaust.
The two-day conference was
initiated by President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad in an apparent
attempt to burnish his status as a
tough opponentofIsrael. Thehard-
line president has described the
Holocaust as a "myth" and called
for Israel to be wiped off the map.
Earlier this year, his government.
backed an exhibition of anti-Isra-
el cartoons in a show of defiance
after Danish cartoons caricatur-
ing Islam's Prophet Muhammad
were published in Europe, raising
an outcry among Muslims.

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County names suspects
in decades-old killings


who took to the streets to celebrate
his death Sunday at age 91.
This is a time "to pray for the
soul of Gen. Pinochet, but also for
the soul of Chile," Santiago Arch-
bishop Cardinal Francisco Javier
Errazuriz said.
Bush seeks advice
on new course for
war in Iraq
President Bush, eager to showhe
can take advice on Iraq, embarked
on a round of public outreach yes-
terday and promised Americans
the unpopular war eventually
would make their lives safer.
Preparing for a major speech
on the war's future, Bush took the
short trip to the State Department
to review options with advisers
there, then hosted a handful of
experts on Iraq policy in the oval
"Like most Americans, this
administration wants to succeed
in Iraq because we understand
success in Iraq would help protect
the United States in the long run,"
Bush said after his State Depart-
ment briefing.

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