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Quake hits Mexico's Pacific coast, kils at least 30

powerful earthquake shook Mexico's
Pacific coast yesterday, toppling two
resort hotels, cracking homes and
bridges and killing at least 30 people,
authorities said.
At least 90 others were reported in-
jured. The 7.6-magnitude quake - felt
as far north as Oklahoma City - was
the second powerful tremor to hit
Mexico in a month.
All of the known dead were in coastal
communities in the Pacific states of
Jalisco and Colima.
"The injured are everywhere," said
Livas de la Garza, a textile shop owner
in the popular resort of Manzanillo, one
of the hardest-hit areas.
The quake struck at 9:37 a.m. and
was centered underwater three miles
south of the angled Pacific coast near
Manzanillo. The U.S. Geological Sur-
vey put the epicenter of the quake 15
'mniles east-southeast of Manzanillo and
;about 335 miles west of Mexico City.
The tremor lasted about two minutes
and was followed by two small after-
shocks. The quake opened fissures up to
a foot wide in the main coastal highway.
Rescuers, clearing rubble with bull-
dozers and cranes, pulled 12 bodies and
0 injured people from the Costa Real
hotel in Manzanillo.
Red Cross workers and sailors from
the nearby port crawled over the wreck-
age of the hotel, which resembled gar-
gantuan dominoes pushed over by a gi-
ant. Red roof tiles were scattered around.
The lawn area alongside the hotel
swimming pool had been turned into a

temporary morgue, where four bodies
coveredby sheets lay side by side. Nearby
was a small white coffin, obviously in-
tended for a child. Rescue workers took
another body away in an ambulance.
A strong aftershock startled the blue-
masked rescue workers, who still la-
bored with picks and shovels at sunset.
"The rescue is going to be difficult,"
Navy Adm. Manuel Barron told the
Mexican TV network Televisa. "Sounds
have been heard. We think there are
more people in the rubble."
At least 30 guests were registered at
the hotel and 27 employees were work-
ing, the Notimex news agency said. It
was not clear how many were in the
building when the quake hit.
The temblor cut telephone service
and electricity to many areas, including
the resort itself. Authorities canceled
flights to Manzanillo, citing runway
A state of emergency was declared in
Jalisco, where President Ernesto Zedillo
sent five Cabinet members to assess the
damage and coordinate a military emer-
gency plan.
"I regret this loss of human life,"
Zedillo said before flying as scheduled
yesterday to Washington for his first
state visit. "We are doing all we can to
provide aid and rescue services to pos-
sible victims."
Zedillo said he had ordered military
and civil defense workers to coordinate
an emergency response, workers to re-
pair damaged highways and inspectors
to checkport facilities forpossible quake

Americans share Nobel Medicine Prize
STOCKHOLM - Two Americans and a German won the
Nobel Prize for medicine yesterday for studies of how genes
control early embryo development - research that should
help explain some birth defects and miscarriages.
Working with fruit flies,the three scientists identifiedgenes
that do the very earliest organizing to create a body and
investigated how genetic master switches later produce spe-
cialized features like wings and legs.
The principles they found also apply to people, and counter-
parts of the fruit fly genes have been found in humans.
The winners are Edward B. Lewis, 77, at the California
Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif.; Eric F. Wieschaus, Lewis
48, of Princeton University; and Christiane Nuesslein-Volhard,
52, at the Max-Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tuebingen, Germany
They will share the prize, worth $1 million this year, and will be honored Dec
10 at a ceremony in Stockholm with the other laureates chosen this year.
Nusslein-Volhard and Wieschaus worked together and first published thei
results in 1980. Lewis, whose research began in the 1940s, worked independentl:
and summarized his results in a 1978 paper.

Workers on the streets of Mexico City look up at a crane at a construction site
that was still shaking minutes after an earthquake shook the city yesterday.
Reports had the Mexican Pacific coastal states of Colima and Jaliso near the
epicenter and put the death toll near 30 with an unknown number injured.

transplant isulin
WASHINGTON - In what may be
a step toward curing diabetes, research-
ers report successfully transplanting
insulin-producing cells between unre-
lated mice by tricking the immune sys-
tem into accepting the foreign tissue.
Dr. Aldo A. Rossini, director of dia-
betes care at the University of Massa-
chusetts Medical Center in Worcester,
Mass., said the technique showed insu-
lin-producing pancreatic islets could be
transplanted without using anti-rejec-
tion drugs, which carry the risk of seri-
ous side effects.
A report on the study will be pub-
lished today in the Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences.
Rossini said the transplant technique
involves shots of white blood cells,
made from the donor mice, and injec-
tions ofa substance called anti-CD40L.
Together, these shots train the immune
system of the receiving mouse to toler-
ate the transplanted pancreatic islets.
For those getting the shots, 37 of 40

mice showed no sign of rejecting th
insulin-producing cells that had bee
transplanted from an unrelated type c
mouse. The transplanted ,cells mad
insulin and arrested the diabetes in th
FDA OKs stronger
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP)-The go
eminent has cleared the way for the ove
the-counter sale of the drug ketoprofe
for relief of headaches, body aches an
arthritis. It will be marketed under tb
name Actron by aspirin maker Bayer.
Ketoprofen is similar to drugs al
ready on the market but it will be usefi
for people who don't get adequate r
lief from those medications. The Foo
and Drug Administration sent Bay
word of its approval yesterday.
Ketoprofen has been in prescriptis
formulations in 27 countries for mot
than 20 years. Although it has bee
available in the United States only b
prescription, Bayer said, more than 90
million doses have been bought sinc

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point," Warner said. "But there was really
no viable alternative. We conducted our
search with a certain set of circumstances,
kniowing that there was an experienced
president who would be around for a few
years. Now that that has changed, and we
don't know who the president will be, we
could not even guarantee that anyone
would accept the position."
Warner said one of the five candidates
the committee had been considering
dropped outafterleamingofDuderstadt's
resignation, but that the other four were
still waiting to see what would happen.
He also saidthe committee had nothing to
do with appointing Machen and that they
had merely notified Duderstadt that they
were ending their search.
Baker said the four remaining candi-
dates have been notified that the search
has been canceled.
"Dr. Machen had not wanted to be a
candidate at the beginning of the search,

so we were in no way examining him as
a possible provost," Warner said. "His
name had come up frequently at the be-
ginning, but he did not express interest in
the position atthat time. We cancelled the
search and President Duderstadt recom-
mended Machen to the regents."
Machen dispelled rumors that he was
in line for the permanent provost posi-
tior{ (I am still not a candidate for the
posit:on of provost under the new presi-
dent," Machen said. "I feel good about
being in the position for this period of
"I did not ask for this position, I was
asked by a lot of people to take it," he
said. "I miss working as dean of the
Dental School and I have enjoyed work-
ing as interim provost. Ifit is possible to
feel both, I do."
Machen, dean of the School of Den-
tistry since 1989, also taught at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill, the University of Maryland,
George Washington University, the
University of Iowa and the Medical
University of South Carolina.


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South Africa to hold
2nd year of free
ALEXANDRA, South Africa -
South Africa faces another round of
voting Nov. 1, this time for rural, town
and metropolitan governments that are
supposed to be the final phase of the
transition to electoral democracy.
But while South Africans voted last
year amid euphoria, both at home and
abroad, over the dismantling of decades
of white minority rule called apartheid,
this time South Africans go to the polls
facing a far more complicated set of
political and social considerations.
The politics of symbolism - of lib-
eration versus oppression - is giving
way to the politics of reality. People
want to know if they will get a house, a
job, a safe community - and when.
In South Africa's 17 months of ma-
jority rule, the ANC, which swept into
the parliamentary majority last year with
President Nelson Mandela as its leader,
remains a hugely cohesive liberation
But the absence of broad-based im-
provements in housing, employment,
basic infrastructure, education and
wages has flattened expectations, even
injected a large dose of skepticism into
South Africans anxious to see their new

democracy bear tangible results.
Mass confusion over electoral proc
dures has reinforced the spreadingsk
ticism. Voter registration was exten
twice so people who didn't understa
the process could register.
Russia suspends
talks with rebels
MOSCOW - Russia yesterday su
pended participation in talks wi
Chechen rebels on a schedule for disa
mament and troop pullout as tensions
the secessionist region increased f
lowing a bomb attack that grave
wounded Russia's top military co
mander in the area.
President Boris Yeltsin was co6
sidering the declaration of a "state'
emergency" in Chechnya, sought
hard-liners who want renewed mil
tary operations. But other Russiano
ficials said such a declaration wou
be ineffective, or unnecessa
Chechen separatists also warned th
it could unleash a new wave of figh
As of last night, Yeltsin had-4
made a decision. But the announe
ment that the military talks on dis
mament and withdrawal were bei
suspended was the latest sign that t
accord signed July 30 is under ingr
ing strain.
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