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2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 12, 1995

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S divers, observer
ed in plane crash

SHACKLEFORDS, Va. (AP) -
Gina Arbogast had climbed aboard the
plane ready to make her first formation
jump with her skydiving friends. They,
like her, lived to plunge thousands of
feet toward Earth.
But something went terribly wrong
Sunday shortly after the twin-engine
Beechcraft made its way into the sky in
a gathering dusk.
The plane banked, then dived into a
house in a dense pine forest, killing all
11 people on board and a man who was
sitting on his back porch, watching his
son play.
Arbogast, a 28-year-old nurse from
Virginia Beach, had recently completed
training with the Peninsula Skydivers,
a club based at the West Point Airport,
where the plane took off. Everyone on
board but the pilot was a club member.
"She loved the beach, and she loved
skydiving," said Arbogast's mother,

Cathy Arbogast of Charlottesville. "It
was a passion."
The skydivers club had leased the
plane since June, said club treasurer Carol
Clay. The plane had no record of crashes
or safety problems, according to Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) records.
Federal authorities were checking into
witness reports that the plane appeared
to lose power in one engine. Investiga-
tors from the National Transportation
Safety Board (NTSB) arrived yester-
day to pick through the charred wreck-
age along a country road about 40 miles
east of Richmond.
Clay and other club members said the
plane had made 18 skydiving flights
over the weekend without a problem.
The Beechcraft Queen Air BE-65
made nearly a straight dive into the home
of Vincent Harris, who had been sitting
on his porch. None of the tall trees near
the house had been clipped by the plane.

NATIONAL REPORT
De lls dispute Gingric's Medicare math:
WASHINGTON-Republican changes in Medicare would be farmore painfl
for senior citizens than the $7-a-month premium increase that House Speaker
Newt Gingrich is talking about, Dem6cratic leaders contended yesterday.
The elderly will wind up paying almost $20 a month extra by 2002 and more than
$1,300 each over the next seven years, the Democrats argued.
Republicans challenged their opponents' math and accused them ofignoring the
$270 billion in savings the GOP is seeking.
But they also conceded that the Medicare Part B premium may be as much as
$10 higher in 2002 under their plan than under President Clinton's budget -not
$7 as Gingrich said Sunday.
With the Republicans holding off releasing details on their proposal until
week's end, Democrats were quick to offer their own grim calculations.
Rep. Sam Gibbons of Florida, the top Democrat on the Ways and Means
Committee, predicted the GOP would have to "cut the dickens out of the benefit
package in order to hold the increase to $7."
"We think they vastly underestimated the impact on benefits," said White House
press secretary Mike McCurry, traveling with the President in Carbondale, Ill.
But Tony Blankley, Gingrich's press secretary, said, "The Democrats' mistake
is not calculating the containment of the costs of the program over seven years
under our reform."

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Smoke rises after a NATO air strike on the Bosnian Serb stronghold of Pale, £0
miles east of Sarajevo.
NATO continues
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SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina
(AP)-Cruise missiles badly damaged
Bosnian Serb air defenses, NATO said
yesterday, vowing to keep up its attacks
until the skies over Bosnia are safe for
Western warplanes. The Serbs were
defiant, warning that the attacks could
endanger the peace process.
The 13 Tomahawkmissiles fired from
the USS Normandy late Sunday caused
"severe damage" to Serb anti-aircraft
systems, Group Capt. Trevor Murray
said in Naples, Italy.
But he said the defenses were not en-
tirely destroyed, and attacks would con-
tinue - possibly with more of the $1.3
million Tomahawks - until they are.
Murray said NATO had no indica-
tion that the missiles killed or wounded
civilians, as the Serbs claimed.
With the Serbs reeling from NATO's
bombs, the Bosnian government took
advantage of their weakness to capture
a strategic village and gain control of a
route linking government holdings in

northern and central Bosnia.
Bosnian Serb leader Radovan
Karadzic said the attacks showed that
NATO was working together with the
government army, and warned that they
threatened to derail a diplomatic break-
through last week that set the stage for
possible peace talks.
"It is clear that the most powerful
military alliance on earth is openly tak-
ing the side of our enemies," Karadzic
wrote in a letterto Western leaders. "The
entire peace process could be wrecked."
The cruise missiles, used in Bosnia
for the first time, were fired at radar,
anti-aircraft missile sites and commu-
nications stations near the northern Serb
stronghold of Banja Luka.
Murray, the NATO spokesman, re-
fused to say what the missiles hit. Al-
though they damaged Serb facilities, he
said, the air defenses were still working.
"If suitable, we may well use (Toma-
hawks) again, as we will use other types
of weapons," Murray said.

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Simpson rosecution
bes s reu;
de ense doesn't rest
LOS ANGELES - Worried about a
stressed-outjury,theO.J. Simpsonjudge
ordered reluctant prosecutors to begin
their rebuttal yesterday even through the
defense refused to rest its case.
The jury, which last heard testimony a
five days earlier, was then shown pho-
tographs of Simpson wearing gloves
similar to those found by police inves-
tigating the murders of his ex-wife and
her friend.
It was the first time the jury saw
photos of Simpson wearing the gloves.
In refusing to rest, Simpson's law-
yers sought time to appeal the judge's
rulings regarding Detective Mark 1
Fuhrman and promised a secret witness
still to come.
"At this point, the court is mindful first
and foremost oftheburdensplacedon our
jury," Judge Lance Ito said of the panel,
which has been guarded since January.
"These are extraordinary issues," he
said of the defense's concerns. In a rare
but not unprecedented solution, he said
SAROUND THE W
Women's conference
turns to sex ed
BEIJING - Like worried parents
everywhere, delegates to the U.N.
women's conference struggled with
questions about teen-agers and sex.
Does access to contraception and sex
education encourage promiscuity? Do
parents' responsibilities outweigh teen-
agers' right to privacy?
In a carefully crafted compromise,
they decided last night that the needs of
both must be taken into account.
The four-day debate pitted countries
favoring total parental control against
those that wanted no parental rights.
But the final agreement drew not a
single objection.
The agreement on parental responsi-
bility, and on other hotly disputed is-
sues including sexual freedom andabor-
tion, brought predictions that the Fourth
World Conference on Women will end
Friday with an ambitious plan to achieve
women's equality.
"I have every reason to be very opti-
mistic," said conference secretary-gen-
eral Gertrude Mongella. "I am quite
confident the conference is going to
end very successfully."
Delegates from 189 states were still
working night and day to reach agree-
ment on other issues, including dis-
crimination against lesbians, inherit-

he wouldn't force the defense torestbut
ordered prosecutors to begin calling
rebuttal witnesses.
Prosecutor Marcia Clark objected thaf
this would put her at a disadvantage
because the defense could return with
witnesses while rebuttal is under way.
Betty Crocker going
ethnic in makeover
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -Betty
Crocker, the white-bread-and-mayori-
naise symbol of middle America, is
getting a multi-ethnic makeover.
General Mills Inc. said yesterday it
will select photos of 75 women --o .
celebrate the Betty Crocker company's
75th birthday - and digitally "morph"
them into a new Betty.
Chances are, she won't be the fair=
skinned, blue-eyed homemaker whose
image has appeared on and off over the
years on cookbooks, cake and brownie
mixes and Hamburger Helper.
"I guess they want to put some fire
under her tail," said Lehman Brothers
analyst Caroline Levy. "I think it's a
great idea to revitalize the brand."
rORLD
ance rights for girls, and funding for
programs emerging from the meet-
ing.
Mourners gather for
Canaan aboii
activist's fune
TORONTO - Hundreds of mourn-
ers from throughout Canada and parts
of the United States gathered at an aban-
doned military base near Lake Huron
yesterday for the funeral of a Canadian
aboriginal activist shot to death in a.
confrontation with police over disputed
park land.
Ontario Provincial Police, who shot
Anthony (Dudley) George just outside
Ipperwash Provincial Park last Wednes-
day night, pulled back from the imme-
diate area and native police maintained
security at the ceremony.
Journalists were kept away by aborigi-
nal activists. No incidents were reported.
George, 38, was buried on the grounds
of a military installation that he and'
about 100 other activists claimed last
July just before it was scheduled to be "
turned over by the Army to local
Chippewa Indians.
Efforts to negotiate an end to the
standoff have stalled, but the Ontario
government yesterday dropped plans to
seek a court injunction forcing the
aboriginals out ofthe park, located about
130 miles west of Toronto.
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