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U.S. fires at Iraqi radar site
The Pentagon says it
is unclear if Iraqi radar
locked onto the plane.
Air Force F-16 fighter plane fired a
missile Saturday at an Iraqi radar site
after the jet was locked on electroni
cally in the “no-fly” zone over south
ern Iraq, the Pentagon said.
But the White House, explaining a
lengthy delay in announcing the strike,
said it was still unclear whether the
plane was “locked on” by Iraqi radar.
The F-16 returned safely to its base
in Saudi Arabia, and it was not imme
diately known if the Iraqi site was dam
aged, a Pentagon spokesman, Capt.
Bryan Salas, said. '
The incident occurred about 4 a jn.
An investigation was under way, said
the Pentagon, which confirmed the
strike about 18 hours after it occurred.
Iraq denied Sunday that it had
locked on a U.S. warplane enforcing
the “no-fly” zone. A statement carried
by the official Iraqi News Agency
quoted an official source at the For
eign Ministiy as saying, “These Ameri
can claims are absolutely baseless. No
incident of any kind took place inside
Iraq’s air space in southern Iraq.”
White House press secretary Mike
McCurry, traveling with President
Clinton in Tampa, Fla„ said Clinton
had been briefed early Saturday on the
incident by a member of the National
Security Council staff.
McCurry said “there are no indica
tions of changes in the status of anti
missile deployment” by Iraq, but he
referred reporters to the Pentagon for
further details on the incident.
Reading a statement, Salas said the
F-16 ‘Tired a HARM (high-speed anti
radiation) missile at a radar site in
southern Iraq after the aircraft was il
luminated during a routine Southern
Watch mission.”
Since the end of the Persian Gulf
War in 1991, the United States and its
allies have maintained a “no-fly” zone
over southern Iraq.
Any submissions for the Events Calendar, published every
Monday, should be sent to Nebraska Union 34, Attn: Kelly
Johnson, MOOR Street, Lincoln, Neb. 68588-0448. Phone:
472-2588 Fax: 472-1761
Monday, Nov. 4
Animal Science Graduate
Student Assoc. Turkey Sale
Orders taken until Nov. 8
For more information call:
Dana Allen at 472-5237
Tuesday, Nov. 5
Election Day
Wednesday, Nov. 6
Pre-Vet Club Meeting
East Union
7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 7
Annual Minority Law Day
Sponsored by the Black
Law Student’s Association
4 p.m.
Culture Center
14th and R Streets
ODC/San Fransisco
Dance Company
Lied Center
12th and R Streets
8 p.m.
Tickets: $20/$16/$12 (half
price fgr students)
Friendship Program
Benefit Concert
• Featuring Ann Hills, folk
singer and songwriter
Faith Westwood United
Methodist Church
127th and L Streets,
7 p.m.
Student price: $5
For more information call:
(402)393-6911 or 451
FAX NUMBER: 472-1761
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MCI merger approved
British Tklecom takeover largest in history
NEW YORK (AP) — British
Telecommunications and MCI
Communications on Sunday trum
peted their planned $20.8 billion
marriage as a boon for consumers
and businesses. The merger will cre
ate new competition that will drive
down phone rates on both sides of
the Atlantic.
But that optimistic scenario was
swiftly disputed by fellow phone su
perpower AT&T, which has the
most to lose from the marriage.
Just one day after the boards of
British Telecom and MCI approved
the deal, AT&T chairman Robert E.
Allen said it could “negatively im
pact competition and reduce cus
tomer choice” and as such should
be closely scrutinized by govern
ment regulators.
The British Telecom-MCI deal
would be the biggest foreign take
over of a U.S. corporation in his
tory. The companies promised a
“communications powerhouse,”
with annual revenues of $42 billion
and 43 million business and residen
tial customers in 72 countries. They
will call the merged business Con
cert, named after a joint venture
begun three years ago when British
Telecom bought a stake in MCI.
“Simply put, rates will come
down,” MCI chairman and chief ex
ecutive Bert Roberts said in a news
conference in Manhattan, referring
to local phone service in the United
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Internet messages tell of death wish
for woman found buried inN.C.
LENOIR, N.C. (AP)—All varieties of sex
were offered in the fantasy world Sharon
Lopatka concocted for her audience on the
In some messages, she was an actress pre
pared to star in whatever type of sex video her
fans cared to purchase. In others, she presented
herself as an aggressive 300-pound dominatrlx.
In the end, police say Lopatka decided to
meet a man she had exchanged sexual messages
with—even though he said in one message that
he would kill her.
She was bound with rope, made to bleed and
then strangled. Her nude body was found Oct.
25, buried near the man’s trailer in the moun
tains of western North Carolina.
Robert Glass, 45, a computer analyst for the
Catawba County government, was arrested the
same day and charged with murder.
His attorneys maintain Lopatka died acci
dentally, during rough sex.
Police who examined the Internet messages
say the two carried out a bizarre quest in which
he promised to kill her and she accepted.
The Washington Post quoted a self-described
bondage enthusiast as saying she tried to stop
Lopatka’s apparent death wish. Tanith Tyrr, of
Berkeley, Calif., said she and others corre
sponded with Lopatka in sexually oriented
Internet chat rooms.
“She was going into chat rooms and asking
to be tortured to death, for real,” Tyrr said. She
said several men corresponded with the woman
but stopped when they realized she was serious.
Lopatka also arranged in an e-mail exchange
to meet a man in New Jersey to be sexually tor
tured and then slain, law enforcement sources
told The (Baltimore) Sun. He backed out after
Lopatka traveled to New Jersey, The Sun re
ported Sunday.
It appears Lopatka used the Internet to
present herself as many different people, most
of them with unconventional sexual interests that
she was more than willing to share, for a price,
the News & Observer of Raleigh reported.
The 189-pound Lopatka invented an Internet
persona called “Miranda” who was described
as a svejlte, 5-foot-6-inch, 121-pound
cyberwoman. She used the alias while pawning
her underwear in cyberspace chat rooms, re
ported The Carroll County Times, of
Westminster, Md.
“Hi! My name is Nancy. I just made a VHS
video of actual women... willing and unwilling
to be ... knocked out... drugged ... under hyp
nosis and chloroformed. Never before has a film
like this been made that shows the real beauty
of the sleeping victim,” reads a message that
Lopatka posted on Oct. 1, the newspaper said.
On Aug. 2: “DO YOU DARE ENTER ...
men are crushed like bugs ... by these angry ...
yet gorgeous giant goddesses.”
And again on Oct. 1: “Let me customize your
most exciting Bondage fantasy for you ... on
VHS... to watch and enjoy privately in the com
fort of your own home... Prices start at $100.”
There was no evidence that Lopatka ever
made any videos.
Investigators have said they recovered nearly
900 pages of messages exchanged by Glass and
“If you put all their messages together, you’d
have a very largfc novel,” said Capt. Danny
Barlow of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s De
Himalayan hiking trip turns fetal
KA1MANUU, Nepal (AP)—Rescuers dug
through eight feet of snow Sunday to uncover
the bodies of a U.S. medical school dean, his
wife and three Nepalese who died while sleep
ing in their tent in the Himalayas.
The bodies of Philip J. Fialkow, 62, of the
University of Washington medical school in
Seattle, and his wife, Helen, 61, were flown by
helicopter to Dunai, the nearest city 180 miles
northwest of Katmandu.
The bodies of Fialkow, his wife and three
Nepalese Sherpas were found Sunday at an alti
tude of 15,500 feet in western Nepal—the site
where they were last seen Oct. 21.
Maj. Kisendra Shahi, the helicopter pilot who
flew the bodies to Dunai, said rescuers found
the bodies of two Nepalese Sherpa guides first,
which were closer to the opening of the tent.
The Fialkows’ bodies and another Nepalese
were discovered later.
“All of them were inside the same tent. It
seems all of them died in their sleep. They were
all in their sleeping clothes with no shoes on
and lying in a row,” he said.
The pilot said they may have been killed by
an avalanche or by a heavy snowfall that col
lapsed their tent.
U.S, businessman shot to death in Moscow
MOSCOW (AP) — A U.S. busi
nessman involved in a long dispute
over control of one of Moscow’s best
known hotels was shot to death Sun
day by an unknown gunman.
Paul Tatum, 39, a native of
Edmond, Okla., and former Republi
can Party activist in Oklahoma, was
killed by a single assailant who fired
his submachine gun at the businessman
near the entrance to the Kievsky metro
station in downtown Moscow, a police
spokesman said.
The station is near the Radisson
Slavyanskaya Hotel where Tatum had
his office. President Clinton has been
staying at the hotel during his trips to
Moscow, most recently in April.
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow had
no immediate comment, apart from a
terse statement saying: “We deplore the
murder of any U.S. citizen.”
The killings of businessmen, most
of them contract slayings that remain
unsolved, occur frequently in the shady
world of Russian business as rivals
settle accounts or criminals attempt to
expand their sphere of control. How
ever, assassinations of foreign busi
nessmen have been relatively rare.
Tatum, founding partner in the
riverfront hotel, has been involved in
a long power struggle with the man
agement of the joint venture that ad
ministers the property.