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Tuesday, January 30, 2001 A Publication of the Newspeak Association Volume No. 66, Issue 3

Front Page
-Cleaning up snow: DPW gets to work
-Students gain new opportunity to stay informed
-Lecture series Engineers the future
-President's IQP Awards given out

-Police Log
-Off Campus News
-When family turns on TV, VCR or computer, AOL Time Warner is there
-Italian doctor says he plans human clone within next year
-Science has gone too far, says manifesto by world-religions expert
-Jokes and poems: E-mail brings more politics into the workplace

-Are you really YOU?: When do you know you are 'gay'?
-WPI students join in protests:"Justice" in DC
-So long WPI, and thanks for all the degrees
-Anger over Ashcroft
-The Little Things
-The Pit

Arts & Entertainment
-Scots on the Rocks
-The Blunder of Anime Editing
-WPI gaming gets due attention
-What's Happening

-Club Corner
-Crimson Clipboard

-Men's swim team deserves more credit
-Score Board
-Upcoming Contests

Off-Campus News

by Joe Frawley
News Editor

Major Earthquake strikes India

A major earthquake struck India on Friday morning, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. As of Saturday morning, 3,200 bodies had been recovered from the rubble. Indian officials have said that as many as 15,000 people could have died in the earthquake. The quake's damage was mostly in the state of Gujarat, which is on India's west coast. The earthquake shook buildings in New Delhi, which is 600 miles away, and could even be felt in Calcutta and Bangladesh, which are over 1,200 miles away.

India's Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said, "The earthquake is a calamity of national magnitude." The Indian government said it is flying 10,000 tents, 10,000 tons of grain, 20 doctors and surgeons, communications and seismology experts to Gujarat. Britain has pledged $4.4 million, as well as a 60-member search and rescue team. Switzerland has sent a 48-man rescue team, search dogs, and aid supplies. Aid and rescue workers have also been pledged from Taiwan, China, Russia, and neighboring Pakistan. President Bush said that the U.S. is willing to provide assistance.

Texas 7 No Longer Fugitives

On Monday, January 22, five of the Texas escapees had been found in Woodland Park, Colorado. On Wednesday, January 24, the last two remaining fugitives had been found in a hotel in Colorado Springs. On December 13, the seven escaped from the John B. Connally Jr. state prison in Texas. On Christmas Eve, the seven allegedly robbed a sporting-goods store in Irving, Texas. During that robbery they are charged with the shooting death of Officer Aubrey Hawkins.

A resident of the trailer park where the seven were staying called police Sunday afternoon with the tip that the seven were there. He recognized the men after watching "America's Most Wanted" on Saturday night. Three of the escapees, George Rivas, Joseph Garcia, and Michael Anthony Rodriguez were arrested without resistance Monday morning after they stopped for gas at a strip mall. Randy Halprin was arrested later as he left the trailer where they had been staying. Larry Harper committed suicide instead of surrendering to police. Late Tuesday afternoon, January 23, a hotel worker at a Holiday Inn in Colorado Springs tipped off police to the last two fugitive's whereabouts. At 10pm a detective called the room that the two fugitives were staying in. They negotiated with Colorado Springs police and the FBI for over five hours. They surrendered after they were given five minutes to make live comments to a television reporter. The six that are still living now face extradition to Texas.

Final Acts of Clinton Administration Probed

A congressional committee is investigating former President Clinton's pardon of fugitive Marc Rich. Also, the Bush administration has begun to document acts of vandalism that they blame on outgoing Clinton staffers. Congressman Dan Burton, R - Indiana, chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, has sent out letters demanding documents from government officials and private lawyers. Burton said, "This man should not have been let off like that and we need to find out why." One question concerns Clinton's motives, considering that Rich's ex-wife is an active fund-raiser for the Democrats and she contributed to the Senate campaign of Hillary Clinton. Rich left the United States in 1983 after being indicted on charges of wire fraud, racketeering and income tax evasion. He is still an active businessman in Switzerland.

The Bush White House has confirmed reports that some possible vandalism took place. They will not file charges, but may tally the cost of the damage to taxpayers. Some of the damage, according to sources, included cut phone lines, "W" keys missing from keyboards, drawers filled with glue, and door locks jimmied so that the Bush staffers would get locked inside their offices. Mark Lindsay, Clinton's assistant for Management and Administration, said that he toured the West Wing just before the inaugural, and that he "did not see one instance of vandalism, not a single one."

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