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No survivors found in plane crash
BOSTON (AP) — An EgyptAir
jetliner with 217 people on board,
including dozens of American
tourists, plunged mysteriously into
the ocean off Nantucket Island early
Sunday, 33 minutes after leaving New
York for Cairo.
By nightfall, searchers had
retrieved debris and one body, but
held out little hope of finding sur
vivors in the chilly Atlantic waters.
Authorities said there was no dis
tress call from the pilots before the
Boeing 767 plummeted to the sea in
two minutes from its cruising altitude
of 33,000 feet. Though the FBI and
other intelligence agencies began
checking on the possibility of sabo
tage, President Clinton and other offi
cials said there was no immediate
indication of foul play.
Searchers found two partially
inflated life rafts, life jackets, seat
cushions and other small debris, none
with any burn marks, said Coast
Guard Rear Adm. Richard M.
Larrabee. A finding of such marks on
debris could suggest the possibility of
a fire or explosion aboard the plane.
The air search was suspended
after dark, but ships continued scour
ing the area. The Coast Guard said
chances of anyone surviving more
than 12 hours in the 58-degree water
A Navy salvage ship, the USS
Grapple, and Navy divers were leav
ing Norfolk, Va., on Sunday night and
were expected to join the search by
late Monday, with orders to take
debris and remains to a Navy base in
Rhode Island. ,
U.S. officials indicated a majority
of the 199 passengers on Flight 990
were Americans, including a group of
54 people bound for a 14-day trip to
Egypt and the Nile. Alan Lewis, chief
executive of the Boston-based travel
agency Grand Circle Corp., said most
of the group members were from
Colorado, Arizona and the Pacific
The plane started its flight in Los
Angeles and stopped at New York’s
John F. Kennedy International
Airport. It took off again at 12:19 a.m.
CST and went down at 12:52 a.m.,
roughly 60 miles south of Nantucket.
The Coast Guard deployed ships,
reconnaissance planes and helicopters
to search an area of about 36 square
miles, in waters about 270 feet deep.
State-owned EgyptAir, confront
ed with the worst crash in its history,
said non-American passengers
included 62 Egyptians, two Sudanese,
three Syrians and one Chilean. There
were 18 crew members, EgyptAir
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draw no conclusions until we
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It was the fourth time in three
years that a major search operation
was launcheddn the region for a plane
lost at sea. The series of crashes began
with TWA Flight 800 off Long Island
in July 1996, followed by Swissair
Flight 111 off Nova Scotia in
September 1998 and the single
engine plane carrying John F.
Kennedy Jr., his wife and her sister off
Martha’s Vineyard in July.
EgyptAir Chairman Mohammed
Fahim Rayan was asked about reports
that the Federal Aviation
Administration had warned EgyptAir
of a terrorist threat.
“We take all precautions and we
have plenty of warnings from every
body, including the FAA,” he replied.
Armed security guards routinely fly
on EgyptAir flights. After the airline’s
passengers go through the normal air
port security check, they are again
subjected to baggage search just
before they board the aircraft.
Jim Hall, chairman of the
National Transportation Safety Board,
said EgyptAir and Egyptian govern
ment officiate were heading to the
United States to assist in the investiga
Clinton, about to depart for
Europe for Middle East peace talks,
said there was “no evidence ... at this
time” of foul play linked to the crash.
“I think it’s better if people draw
no conclusions until we know some
thing,” said Clinton, who called
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to
offer condolences and U.S. assistance.
At the Cairo airport, sobs echoed
through a restaurant where officials
set up an information center for pas
sengers’ relatives. A man in his 60s
found a familiar name on a passenger
list and collapsed into a chair, crying
out, “My son, my son.”
Forum to examine
campus food service
■ Meeting held today in
Abel will give residence
hall students a chance to
give meal suggestions.
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Students living in the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
residence halls will have a chance
to express their opinions on the
quality and selection of the food
they get from Food Services today
at 5:30 p.m. in the Abel Ballroom.
Andy Krejci, residential
enhancement chair of Abel and
Residence Hall Association resi
dential enhancement committee
member, said the forum will pro
vide an opportunity for students
to get their views heard on an
issue about which many feel
The meeting will focus mainly
on menu selection, but more gener
al ideas may be addressed as well.
A Food Services representative
from each residence complex will
be present at the forum.
Krejci said Food Services has
run out of ideas and wants sugges
tions from students.
“We’ve got 10 tables and 50
chairs. Hopefully, we’U get to fill
all of those and still have people
standing because the more people
you have, the more input and the
inbre ideas we’re going to get,” fie
“This is an opportunity not just
to hear your roommate or friends
complain about the food but to
hear what the whole campus
thinks,” he said.
Sarah Harris, Neihardt residen
tial enhancement chair, echoed
Krejci’s call for many students to
go to the meeting. She said one of
the main things Neihardt residents
do not like about living on campus
is the food.
“If students want to improve
their residence and the quality of
their lives here and the quality of
the food they eat, then they should
make an effort to attend,” she said.
Jadd Stevens, RHA president,
said the forum should bring more
satisfaction with the menu selec
tions in the dining hafts.
“That’s our goal, to make sure
nobody walks out of there think
ing, ‘There’s another wasted
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THE DALY NEBRASKAN
wheel motorcycle was donated to the
Lincoln police department Friday by
Dave Fischer, owner of Lincpln-based
Frontier Harley Davidson.
The bike is similar to three-wheeled
vehicles used by LPD as early as 1937.
The bike will be on display at the
new county-city building at 10* and M
streets into which the police depart
ment is scheduled to move in
Man dies in accident
An accident at 27th Street and
Folkways Boulevard killed a man
Sunday afternoon, Lincoln Police
Captain David Beggs said.
Police did not release die name and
age of the victim until his family could
Compiled by senior staff writer
Dogs get in costume
for annual contest
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Super Dog’s side kick.
Sporting Super Dog capes, the
dogs made for some good competition.
Halverson was proud of her dogs and
enjoyed getting them ready.
“I just thought that it would be fun
to take them here,” Halverson said.
The audience chose the first prize.
They were given the chance to pur
chase paper “bones” priced at four
bones for $ 1. They chose their favorite
dogs and placed die bones in a bag cor
responding to each dog. The dog with
the most bones won.
Proceeds from the bones were
given to the Capital Humane Society.
Three judges chose second and
third place based on the criteria of cos
tume originality, the relationship
between dog and owner and condition
of the dog,
Treats! and The Bone Bakery
donated care packages for the dogs as
prizes. At the event, the two businesses
announced they will be combining
Fizgig the bumble bee placed first,
while Fiasco the Clown placed second.
Super Dog and his sidekick and
Kobe, dressed as a Los Angeles
Lakers basketball player, tied for third
■ The Lincoln gather
ing was a part of national
As the church bells of St.
Mary’s Catholic Church tolled at
noon Sunday, across the street
Jason Blodgett-McDeavitt held a
simple sign reading, “Wiccans
Approximately two dozen
pagans, Wiccans and supporters
of religious freedom with posters
such as “Pagan Tax Payer” and
“Not Just Jesus is Coming” gath
ered on the north steps of the
Capitol to promote awareness and
dispel misconceptions of their
faith, said Blodgett-McDeavitt,
High Priest of the Order of the
Red Grail Church of
Hundreds of pagans from
across the nation also gathered in
Washington, D.C., Sunday to sup
port religious diversity and
acceptance in an event called
“Blessed Be and Meet Me in
several states also held their
own gatherings. Lincoln’s rally
was referred to as “Blessed Be
and Meet Me in N-E.’V
The event was planned to pro
mote religious tolerance, said
Blodgett-McDeavitt. The partici
pants’ goal was to make the public
aware of the presence of Wiccans
in Nebraska and also to clear up
misconceptions people have
“We don’t fly, except in air
Lincoln is home to at least
1,000 Wiccans and pagans, said
High Priestess of the Order of the
Red Grail Church of
A universal belief of the
Wiccan faith is the statement: “An
it harm none, do what you wilt.”
Roughly translated, it means
that as long as you don’t hurt any
one, you may do whatever you
wish, said Jason Blodgett
The gathering helped Wiccans
and pagans show support for each
other, said Mike Meader, a 23
year-old student at the Lincoln
School of Commerce.
“The rally is to show people
that we’re here and not leaving,”
Caller ID moves to the Web
Service may save hassle of getting second phone line
NEW YORK (AP) - People who
juggle a single telephone line for Web
surfing and making calls can now get
an Internet version of call waiting and
caller ID so they can log on and still
find out if they’re getting a call and
The service, developed by Nortel
Networks, is being offered to sub
scribers of Microsoft’s MSN for an
extra $4.95 or $5.95 per month.
MSN launched the service
Thursday in Atlanta, Seattle and San
Diego with plans to offer it in 50 major
U;S. markets over the next several
months. A similar service4using the
Nortel system was recently introduced
in Chicago by the phone company
Whenever there’s an incoming call
while a user’s computer is connected to
the Internet, the service opens a pop-up
window on die monitor, displaying die
name and phone number of the caller.
The pop-up Windows offer a few
alternatives if the people getting the call
don’t want to pick up the phone and end
their Internet connection.
The call can be forwarded to anoth
er number such as a voice mail line or
mobile phone. The user can also send a
recorded or generic “call back” mes
sage to die caller. Or, if the computer is
equipped for Internet telephony, the
call can be answered through that
machine without terminating the Web
To use the service, subscribers also
need to order “call forward busy” from
their local phone companies, which
costs from 50 cents to $2 per month in
most parts of the country but can go as
high as $3.35 a month in California
communities served by Pacific Bell.
Ameritech’s monthly fee of $6.95
includes call forward busy.
Despite the added expense, the ser
vice may be appealing to many small
businesses and consumers, who might
otherwise miss calls or have to pay the
$15 to $25 a month it costs to have a
second phone line.
Yankee Group, an industry research
firm, predicts that 10 million house
holds will subscribe to Internet call
waiting services by 2001, growing to
26 million by 2003.
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