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Edited by Jeff Singer
Tuesday, October 26,1993
Nigerian jet hijacked,
34 hostages still aboard
NIAMEY, Niger — Gunmen de
manding democracy in Nigeria hi
jacked a Nigerian Airwaysjet to neigh
boring Niger Monday, then freed all
but 34 of the 159 people aboard.
The four hijackers said they would
set the Airbus 310 on fire in 72 hours
unless Nigerian authorities agreed to
their demands, which at first included
the resignation of the military-backed
government, a Niger civil aviation
After negotiating with authorities
for two hours, the hijackers freed most
of the hostages. Niger officials gave
several conflicting accounts of the
numbers involved, but the Interior
Ministry said late Monday that all but
34 of the 159 people on board were
The hijackers were armed with
guns and knives, Niger officials said.
There were no injuries among the
released passengers, who included
Rong Yiren, the vice president of
China, said Souleye Abdouleye,
Niger’s transportation minister.
The Interior M inistry said the num
ber of people still being held aboard
the plane included Nigerian govern
ment officials and six of the 12 crew
members. Nigerian media said one of
those still held was the head of the
The flight began in Lagos, Nige
ria’s largest city, and was to have
gone to Abuja, the capital. Officials at
the Lagos airport gave conflicting
reports on whether the plane was hi
jacked while in the air or still on the
The plane sought to land in
Ndjamena, Chad, for refueling but
was denied permission, then diverted
to Niamey, the capital of Niger.
The Niger Interior Ministry said
by late Monday night, the hijackers
were demanding only enough fuel to
take the plane to Frankfurt, Germany.
Initially, they demanded that Ni
geria’s military-backed government
resign and name Moshood K.O. Abiola
as the president; a return of press
freedoms in Nigeria; and the prosecu
tion of people who collaborated with
the military government, Nigerian
Abiola, a wealthy businessman,
was the apparent winner of the June
12 presidential election that was to
end a decade of military rule. But the
military ruler, Gen. Ibrahim
Babangida, voided the results of the
election and named a close civilian
supporter, Emest Shonekan, as head
of an interim government.
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Plane lands for
free 100 women,
Abiola said he denounced the hi
U.N. official makes internationalplea
envoy Dante Caputo urged interna
tional statesmen Monday to come to
Haiti in 48 hours to protect lawmakers
against political terror and salvage a
rapidly unraveling plan for restoring
Caputo made the desperate appeal
just five days before ousted President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide is scheduled
to return under the terms of a U.N.
Before Aristide returns, a U.N. plan
calls for Haiti’s parliament to pass
laws putting the army’s police divi
sion under civilian control and giving
amnesty to military leaders. Lawmak
ers have been unable to reach a quo
Caputo hopes the presence of
former world leaders would deter vi
olence against lawmakers and allow
passage of the legislation.
Pro-Aristide lawmakers said they
would not meet Tuesday because they
feared for their safety.
“If people could kill the justice
minister, which is unacceptable, why
not kill a lot of parliamentarians?
What would block them from killing
me or anybody else?” pro-Aristide
Sen. Jacques Rony Mondestin said.
Justice Minister Guy Malary’s
death on Oct. 11 was the latest in a
series of attacks on Aristide support
ers since a U.N. plan to restore de
mocracy was signed July 3.
Kevorkian accused oj Homicide
PONTIAC, Mich.—The medical
examiner ruled that the death of a
woman in the presence of Dr. Jack
Kevorkian was a homicide, not a sui
“The moment there is someone
else’s involvement in death it be
comes a homicide,” Dr. Ljubisa
Dragovic, Oakland County medical
examiner said. “Assisted suicide is a
misnomer. It does not reflect the actu
An autopsy showed Merian
Frederick died of carbon monoxide
poisoning, Dragovic said. The 72
year-old victim of Lou Gehrig’s dis
ease was the 19th person to die in
Kevorkian’s presence since 1990. She
died in Kevorkian’s apartment.
Kevorkian, 65, advocates the rights
of the terminally ill to commit suicide
with a doctor’s help. Last year, the
state Legislature passed a law against
assisted suicide to stop him.
Debate arises about human cloning
WASHINGTON — The clon
ing of human embryos by scientists
at George Washington University
raises ethical questions about ge
netic manipulation that neither sci
ence nor the government is ready to
‘The fact that there is a total
moral vacuum in this whole area is
now finally being realized,”
Cynthia Cohen, head of the Na
tional Advisory Board on Ethics
and Reproduction, said.
• Cohen and other experts said
there now are no clear, specific
guidelines to control research on
what some believe is a slippery
slope on the edge of human exper
The George Washington Uni
versity researchers removed cells
from a group of Hawed human
embryos and grew these cells into
The Foundation on Economic
Trends threatened to file lawsuits if
the National Institutes of Health
did not stop all federal sponsorship
of human embryo research.
However,Officials at the Amer
ican Fertility Society said the
George Washington University re
search by a team did not breech
general voluntary guidelines on
human embryo research now pro
moted by the AFS.
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volved and old city directories. Boye
said he could trace the history of the
house, its owners and what happened
to them through the directories.
“Sometimes it’s easier than you
think,” Boye said.
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They finally discovered a white,
two-story house in a farmer's front
yard near the hamlet of Hallam, just
south of Cortland.
“It's kind of different being in his
front yard,” said Denton, pointing out
his window to where the farmer lives
in a nicer-looking frame. “He proba
bly has a good time watching us.”
“We’re definitely a new breed of
tenant for him,” Johnson said.
Johnson said the two get along
pretty well with their landlord, espe
cially when he’s away at church.
“On Sunday mornings,” he said,
Some students might dread a 25
minute commute to school, but the
roommates said it wasn’t all that bad.
“It hasn’t gotten old, but 1 like to
drive a lot,” Johnson said. “When it
snows, that may change.”
Despite the drive, the two said they
didn’t feel isolated from the Lincoln
Some houses may have had only
two owners who cover 50 to 80 years
of the house's history. That limits the
amount of investigation needed to
trace the site’s history.
Boye said his interest in Lincoln
ghosts stemmed from his childhood.
Bom and raised in Lincoln, Boye said
he knew about some of the stories
“You’ve got access to it,” Denton
said, “but you can get away from all
Living so far from civilization can
have its drawbacks, however. Both
roommates said they missed the con
venience of being able to run to a
grocery store or going to the library to
“Living in town, you get so used tc
swinging into Burger King, or Super
Saver’s just down the street,” Johnson
said. “We eat a lot of Ramen (noo
dles). Probably the biggest thing we
miss is pizza delivery.
“You learn to drink water wher
you’re joncsin’ for a pop.”
And Denton said the pair was find
ing out more about wildlife than the)
But they haven’t been attacked
yet, and they both said they had no
regrets about heading for the fields.
“I’ll always look for a farm place,”
Denton said. “I’ll always live away
from the city.”
since he was a boy.
“1 grew up knowing where the
haunted houses were in my neighbor
hood,” Boye said. “The stories help
define what a community is and give
it its character.
“I am really fascinated with folk
lore and how it survives in a commu
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The attack raised concern among
international students at UNL. Cauble
said the investigation revealed the
incident was not racially motivated.
Cauble said he had been handling
the investigation personally because
of the sensitivity of the issue.
The UNL police department came
under fire last year during the investi
gation of the Candice Harms case.
Officers were accused of singling out
three black men who had class with
Harms, a missing UNL freshman.
“Because of everything involved,
I’vebeendoing most of the interview
ing,” Cauble said. “If anybody wants
to make any accusation, it’s me they
need to talk about.”
James Griesen, vice chancellor for
student affairs, said representatives of
international student organizations
were satisfied with the university’s
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