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Evangelist repents
in wake of sex, drug
Saying that he was a "deceiver
and liar" who had given in to his
dark side, the Rev. Ted Haggard
confessed to sexual immoral-
ity yesterday in a letter read from
the pulpit of the megachurch he
The disgraced former presi-
dent of the National Association
of Evangelicals, which represents
30 million evangelical Christians,
apologized and said "because of
pride, I began deceiving those I
love the mostbecause I didn't want
to hurt or disappoint them."
"The fact isI am guilty of sexual
immorality. And I take respon-
sibility for the entire problem. I
am a deceiver and a liar. There's a
part of my life that is so repulsive
and dark that I have been warring
against it for all of my adult life,"
he said.
Haggard, 50, resigned last
week as NAE president, where
he held sway in Washington and
condemned homosexuality, after
a man claimed to have had drug-
fueled homosexual trysts with
him. Haggard also placed himself
on administrative leave from the
14,000-member New Life Church,
which he founded in the 1980s. Its
independent Overseer Board fired
him Saturday.
Israel pledges to
continue Gaza
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
pledged yesterday to press ahead
with Israel's offensive in northern
Gaza, brushing off international
calls to halt the fighting and Pal-
estinian complaints of dwindling
supplies of water, food and other
The death toll in Israel's five-
day sweep through thenorthern
Gaza town of Beit Hanoun rose to
48 yesterday, when four Palestin-
ians, including two Hamas mili-
tants, were killed, according to
Palestinian health officials. Israel
launched the drive last week to
try to stop to daily rocket barrages
aimed at Israeli towns.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua
U.S. warns that
candidate could
harm ties
Nicaraguans hiked miles
through the jungle, paddled
canoes down remote rivers and
waited under a searing sun to vote
yesterday on whether to return
Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega to
power 16 years after a U.S.-backed
rebellion helped push him out of

Ortega has his best chance in
16 years to regain the presidency,
which he held from 1985 to 1990
when he fought a war against U.S.-
backed Contra rebels who tried to
oust him.
Despite judge's
e plea, killer remains
behind bars
S After being retired from the
bench in Jackson County for near-
ly a decade, former Circuit Judge
Gordon Britten received a letter
from an inmate he'd sent to prison
decades earlier.
Robert Townsend was given a
life sentence after a second-degree
murder conviction for the 1967 kill-
ing of Clara Hannula in Jackson.
Since then, Britten had rejected the
inmate's bid for a new trial and four
requests to be resentenced.
o f j:w'
Call it vanity if you
wish. Happy, a 34-year-
old elephant at Brox
Zoo, knows his own reflec-
tion, two Emory University
scientists say in the Nov. 13 issue
, of Newsweek. Before this observa-
tion, only dolphins and primates
were thought to be able to spot
themselves in a mirror. Happy may
justbe enjoyinghis own good looks:
Scientists have found no apparent
survival benefit of self-recognition.


A defiant Saddam is
sentenced to gallows

Curfew imposed to try to curb
violence due to verdict,
but 72 bodies found
BAGHDAD (AP) - Defiant, raging and arrogant
to the end, Saddam Hussein trembled and shouted
"God is great" as he was sentenced to hang.
"Long live the people and death to their ene-
mies. Long live the glorious nation, and death to
its enemies!" Saddam cried out.
Then bailiffs took the arms of Iraq's once all-
powerful leader, and the man the United States
went to war to drive from power walked steadily
from the courtroom with a smirk on his face.
The hawk-faced chief judge, Raouf Abdul-Rah-
man, sentenced Saddam to the gallows yester-
day for crimes against humanity, convicting the

former dictator and six subordinates for a nearly
quarter-century-old case of violent suppression in
this land of long memories, deep grudges and sec-
tarian slaughter.
Shiites and Kurds, who had been tormented and
killed in the tens of thousands under Saddam's
iron rule, erupted in celebration - but looked
ahead fearfully for a potential backlash from the
Sunni insurgency that some believe could be a
final shove into all-out civil war.
A round-the-clock curfew imposed before the
verdict helped avert widespread bloodshed, but
police said 72 people were killed or found dead
nationwide by daybreak, and worries grew about
what will happen when the curfew is lifted.
The former Iraqi dictator and six subordinates
were convicted and sentenced for the 1982 kill-
ings of 148 people in a single Shiite town after an
attempt on his life there.

Cranes dig through construction at Mosher-Jordan Hall construction from a window
in Alice Lloyd Hall. Many Lloyd Hall students complain about noise from
construction waking them in the morning.
Demand for condos,
lofts spikes 2

presents a special advance screening

Almost 800 new
downtown units
will go on market
in next two years
(AP) - The state may be strug-
gling with high unemployment and
a housing market that is softening
more than most, but demand for
downtown housing is hot in at least
one Michigan city.
Inthe nextctwoyears, almost800
new residential units will become
available for living in downtown
Ann Arbor, a city of 110,000. That
compares with 274 units that
became available between 1990
and 2000.
So far, demand appears to be
keeping pace. Of the 353 units in

five projects, just over half have
been reserved or sold by prospec-
tive tenants.
First-time buyer Shirli Kopel-
man, 38, closed last week on her
one-bedroom unit at Liberty Lofts
that features views of Michigan
Stadium, floor-to-ceiling windows
and a spiral staircase. She said it's
possible to get almost anything she
needs downtown without driving.
The success of the hundreds of
condos and lofts - most of them
for sale but including some rent-
als and low-income and affordable
units - is being closely watched by
developers, planners, city officials
and others interested in the future
of downtown.
From Jan. 1 through Sept. 30,
condo listings were up 13 percent
in Washtenaw County even though
sales were down 11 percent.

Party stars criss-cross
U.S. in campaign push

Democrats ride wave,
GOP looks to turnout
control at stake, President Bush
campaigned yesterday in endan-
gered Republican districts across
GOP-friendlymiddleAmerica. Rep.
Nancy Pelosi, hopingtobecome the
first female speaker, stumped for
Democratic challengers in the left-
leaning Northeast.
Republicans are hoping their
party's acclaimed get-out-the-vote
operation canprevent aDemocratic
rout in a campaign marked by voter
fury over the Iraq war.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) was cautious-
ly optimistic about her party's

chances Tuesday. "We are thank-
ful for where we are today, to be
poised for success," she said in
Colchester, Conn. "But we have
two Mount Everests we have to
climb - they are called Monday
and Tuesday."
Her party appears increasing-
ly confident it can ride a wave of
public disenchantment with the
administration's policies to victory
in the House and, possibly, the Sen-
Two days before the election,
both parties focused on turning out
voters. The numbers historically
are low in nonpresidential year
elections, with only about 40 per-
cent of U.S. citizens of voting age
population casting ballots.

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