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Mayor plans to
demolish 10,000
blighted buildings
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says
he wants to demolish about 10,000
vacant buildings as part of a broader
short-term effort to clean up blight
and improve quality of life for city
Bing discussed his vision for the
city's future yesterday at a panel
discussion hosted by Time maga-
zine and the Brookings Institution.
Afterward, he said he would like to
complete the demolitions in two to
three years.
Bing was one of the panelists
for the event titled "Reimagin-
ing Detroit: Making Washington a
Partner in Detroit's Next Economy."
Bing said it will be "very difficult"
for Detroit to rebound without fed-
eral money.
Detroit faces a budget deficit
estimated at $300 million. Eroding
population and tax bases have con-
tributed to the city's struggles.
Reebok founder
claims accountant
stole $25 million
Reebok founder Paul Fireman
is suing his longtime accountant,
claiming he stole $25 million from
him sod a charity.
The accountant, Arnold Mullen,
has been charged with five counts
of grand theft. A phone message
was left yesterday by The Associ-
ated Press for Mullen and his attor-
Mullen was released on his own
recognizance, but has been placed
on house arrest with a monitoring
The Florida Department of Law
Enforcement said the 62-year-old
Mullen stole money from the Ree-
bok chairman and his charitable
foundation for the homeless.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
Volcanic activity
forces village to
AvolcanoonMontserratshot ash
some nine miles (15 kilometers) into
the sky Thursday, one of its most
dramatic events since a devastating
1997 eruption that drove away half
the Caribbean island's population.
The partial collapse of the
dome in the volcano's crater also
unleashed flows of hot gas and
0 rocks, triggering sirens for the
evacuation of about 20 people from
a nearby village.
Paul Cole, director of the
Montserrat Volcano Observatory,
said it appeared to be the most
material ejected by the volcano in
about four years. He estimated 10
percent to 15 percent of the hard-
ened lava dome had collapsed.
"When we're looking at the lava
dome now, there's a large scoop out
of it that's missing," Cole said.
The dome has crumbled several

times since the volcano became
active in 1995, and Cole said it is
possible activity will settle down as
the dome builds itself up again.
No injuries after
underground NYC
Anexposion in a transformer
underneath a Manhattan sidewalk
sent flames up the front of a land-
mark building yesterday, shattering
windows and blackening the front
of several stories. No injuries were
Consolidated Edison spokesman
Christopher Olert said the trans-
former was in a vault below the
front of the seven-story building.
An investigation was under way
into the cause.
Deputy Fire Chief James Daly
said firefighters were initially
called out for a report of smoke
coming out of a manhole.
He said firefighters had been out
all night to deal with manhole fires
because of runoff from snow and
salt coming into contact with elec-
trical grids below ground.
Carol Paplin, who works for an
office furniture dealership on the
sixth floor of the building on Sixth
Avenue in the Chelsea district,
said she detected a sulfur odor as
she approached the building at
10:30 am., but as she got to the
entrance the smell faded and she
went inside.
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports

Former Pres. Clinton in hospital,
undergoes surgery for chest pains

Clinton in recovery
after surgery for
clogged artery
NEW YORK (AP) - Former
President Bill Clinton had two
stents inserted yesterday to prop
open a clogged heart artery after
being hospitalized with chest
pains, an adviser said.
Clinton, 63,"is ingood spirits and
will continue to focus on the work
of his foundation and Haiti's relief
and long-term recovery efforts,"
said adviser Douglas Band.
SecretaryofState HillaryRodham
Clinton left Washington and headed
to New York to be with her husband,
who underwent the procedure at
New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Stents are tiny mesh scaffolds
used to keep an artery open after
it is unclogged in an angioplasty
procedure. Doctors thread a tube
through a blood vessel in the groin
to a blocked artery, inflate a bal-
loon to flatten the clog, and slide
the stent into place.
That is a different treatment
from what Clinton had in 2004,
when clogged arteries first landed
him in the hospital. He underwent
quadruple bypass surgery because

of four blocked arteries, some of
which had squeezed almost com-
pletely shut.
Angioplasty, which usually
includes placingstents, isone of the
most common medical procedures
done worldwide. More than half a
million stents are placed each year
in the United States.
With bypass or angioplasty,
patients often need another proce-
dure years down the road because
arteries often reclog.
"It's not unexpected" for Clinton
to need another procedure now,
said Dr. Clyde Yancy, cardiologist
at Baylor University Medical Cen-
ter in Dallas and president of the
American Heart Association.
The sections of arteries and veins
used to create detours around the
original blockages tend to develop
clogs five to 10 years after a bypass,
he explained. New blockages also
can develop in new areas.
"This kind of disease is progres-
sive. It's not a one-time event, so it
really points out the need for con-
stant surveillance" and treating
risk factors such as high cholesterol
and high blood pressure, he said.
Doctors willhave to watch Clinton
closely for signs of excessive bleed-
ing from the spot in the leg where
doctors inserted a catheter, said Dr.

Spencer King, a cardiologist at St.
Joseph's Heart and Vascular Insti-
tute in Atlanta and past president of
the American College of Cardiology.
Complications are rare. The
death rate from non-emergency
angioplasty is well under 1 per-
cent, King said.
The former president has been
working in recent weeks to help
relief efforts in Haiti. Since leav-
ing office, he has maintained a
busy schedule working on human-
itarian projects through his foun-
Clinton'slegendas anunhealthy
eater was sealed in 1992, when the
newly minted presidential can-
didate took reporters on jogs to
McDonald's. He liked hamburg-
ers, steaks, french fries - lots of
them - and Was a voracious eater
who could gobble an apple (core
and all) in two bites and ask for
Two of his favorite Arkansas
restaurants were known for their
large portions - a hamburger the
size of a hubcap andsteaks as thick
as fists.
He was famously spoofed on
"Saturday Night Live" as a glutton-
ous McDonald's customer.
Friends and family say Clinton
changed his eating habits for the

Former President Bill Clinton attends the Clinton Global Initiative Asia Meeting in
Hong Kong. Clinton experienced chest pain yesterday and was admitted to the New
York Presbyterian Hospital.
better after his bypass surgery. In 1996, he had a precancerous
Other than his heart ailments, lesion removed from his nose, and
Clinton has suffered only typical a year before a benign cyst was
problems that come with aging. taken off his chest.

China urges Obama to cancel meeting with Dalai Lama

Chinese officials
warn meeting could
hurt ties with U.S.
BEIJING (AP) - China urged
the United States today to imme-
diately cancel plans for President
Barack Obama to meet with the
Dalai Lama next week, warning
the move could further hurt ties.
The meeting is likely to enflame
tensions between China and the
United States, already strained
over disputes over trade issues
and U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan.
Foreign Ministry spokes-
man Ma Zhaoxu issued the
remarks hours after Washington
announced Obama would meet
with the Tibetan spiritual leader
at the White House on Feb. 18.
China accuses the Dalai Lama
of pushing for Tibetan indepen-
dence, which the Dalai Lama
denies, and believes that shunning
the exiled Tibetan monk should
be a basic principle of interna-

tional relations. Obama has been
under intense pressure to meet
with the Dalai Lama after putting
off a meeting in October.
"We urge the U.S. side to fully
understand the high sensitivity
of Tibet-related issues, honor its
commitment to recognizing Tibet
as part of China and opposing
'Tibet independence,"' Ma said.
The U.S. should cancel the
meeting "so as not to cause fur-
ther damage to Sino-U.S. rela-
tions," Ma said in a statement.
Ma did not specify what conse-
quences would arise from such
a meeting. Chinese President
Hu Jintao may possibly visit
Washington in April.
White House spokesman
Robert Gibbs said Obama
looked forward to an "engag-
ing and constructive dialogue"
with the Dalai Lama.
Gibbs said the United States
and China had a mature rela-
tionship that could withstand
differences on some issues.
"We know that two coun-

tries on this planet are not always
going to agree on everything and
we'll have those disagreements,"
Gibbs said.
China-U.S. relations have been
strained in recent weeks over sev-
eral issues: Washington announc-
ing a $6.4 billion arms sale to
Taiwan, the self-governing island
Beijing claims as its own; U.S. Sec-
retary of State Hillary Rodham
Clinton urging Beijing to inves-
tigate hacking attacks that led

to Google's threat to pull out of
China; and Obama vowing to get
tough with China on a currency
At the same time, U.S. officials
welcomed Beijing's approval of a
visit by the USS Nimitz carrier to
Hong Kong.
"We think it's important -
an important part of our ... not
only outreach and engagement
with the Chinese people but an
important dimension of our mil-

itary-to-military relationship,"
State Department spokesman P.J.
Crowley said.
Hong Kong media have report-
ed that the visit could take place
next week.
Tibet and Taiwan are China's
most sensitive issues. China has
already threatened to punish U.S.
companies involved in any arms
sales to Taiwan and has suspend-
ed military exchanges with Wash-


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