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KAYNASLI, Turkey (AP) - With
time working against them, rescue
workers battled bitter cold Sunday as
they searched through concrete slabs
and other debris in hopes of finding
more survivors from Friday’s devastat
ing earthquake.
So far, 374 people are known to
have died in the tremor, and another
3,000 are injured.
With the mercury plunging as low
as 23 degrees overnight, the cold was
also worsening the plight of those who
lived through the disaster.
Local television reported that sur
vivors were having difficulty sleeping
even with three or four blankets. There
were not enough emergency tents to go
around, and many people slept outside.
“With the cold, people give up more
easily. They do not fight to stay alive,”
said French Army Capt. Jean Marc
Castagnet, working with his team in the
hard-hit town of Kaynasli, where res
cuers dug out at least 135 bodies.
Castagnet and his colleagues also
came to provide support following the
massive earthquake that hit a nearby
region of Turkey on Aug. 17, leaving
more than 17,000 dead. After that
quake, the survivors were struggling
with sweltering heat and dehydration.
The latest 7.2-magnitude quake hit
this hilly region of northwestern Turkey
just after nightfall Friday. The center
was in Bolu province, an area just 45
miles east of the more populated
coastal region worst hit by the August
With the chances of survival under
piles of rubble decreasing with every
passing hour, the official death toll was
expected to rise.
Still, Turkish media seized on any
signs of hope. The Milliyet newspaper
ran a front-page picture of a man who
was rescued after midnight along with
two of his daughters, having spent more
than 30 hours under the debris of their
home in the town of Duzce.
“At every site possible we are
searching and listening. We are talking
to people to see if they know the where
abouts.of their relatives,” Israeli Col.
Gilad Golan said in Duzce. He was
speaking on Israel’s army radio net
The location of the quake zone -
directly between Turkey’s two major
cities, Istanbul and Ankara - allowed
many rescue workers to arrive quickly.
Roads in the quake zone were crowded
with trucks bringing in aid, including
tents, blankets, food and water.
Ambulances zig-zagged in traffic
jams, sirens blaring, as they rushed the
injured to hospitals.
A 48-year-old woman, Saziye
Bulut, was pulled out alive from the
rubble of a five-story apartment build
ing in Duzce on Sunday, 41 hours after
the quake, the Anatolia news agency
reported. She was reported in stable
condition and was the fifth survivor
rescued from die same building.
Turkish authorities, who had been
criticized for reacting too slowly to the
previous quake, were working to
respond more promptly this time
around. Government ministers went
At every site possible we are searching and
listening. We are talking to people to see if
they know the whereabouts of their
Gilad Golan „
Israeli colonel
quickly to die quake zone, and the mili
tary was also dispatched right away.
While some survivors woe critical
of die authorities, many Turks appeared
more satisfied with the response this
time. The Sabah newspaper praised
authorities and rescue teams for mov
ing quickly, running a story headlined
“The resurrection of the state.”
Eight aftershocks, the strongest
with a magnitude of 3.9, rattled the
quake zone overnight.
The Friday quake flattened hun
dreds of buildings. In Duzce, die farm
ing town at the epicenter of the quake,
the temblor tore out die center of a tum
of-the-century mosque, leaving only
the walls standing.
“The destruction is severe,” said
Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit “I hope
that the wounds will be healed.... We
arc faced with a disaster.”
International rescue teams rushed
to Turkey from Greece, the United
States, France, Germany, Italy and
The quake struck as Turkey pre
pared to play host to world leaders for a
summit of the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe.
The temblor rocked buildings in
Istanbul, 90 miles to the west, where the
officials are scheduled to convene, but
Ecevit said the summit would not be
President Clinton was to arrive in
Turkey on Sunday night. First lady
Hillary Rodham Clinton and their
daughter, Chelsea, arrived in Ankara on
Friday’s quake was a separate
tremor, not an aftershock of the August
quake, according to experts.
Seismologists warned that more
strong quakes could hit the town of
Akyazi, west of Bolu. The warning
caused panic in Akyazi, where resi
dents began erecting tents and building
huts from wood in open areas, news
reports said.
Study: Web negl
inner-city shoppe***
NEW YORK (AP) - Few Internet
merchants try to woo inner-city shop
pers to their Web sites, and that means
most e-retailers are missing out on a
huge market because many residents
living in these economically
depressed neighborhoods are eager to
buy online.
A new study, expected to be
released today, shows inner-city resi
dents with access to computers and
the Internet use the Web as often, and
sometimes more frequently, as the
general US. population.
The Internet is an easy way for
these shoppers to get goods and ser
vices they can’t find in thfiir own
neighborhoods, which generally
aren’t served by more traditional
i" ' ' .
“Bricks-and-mortar retailers have
virtually ignored the inner cities, so it
is natural that consumers there would
look for other places to shop,” said
Carl Steidtmaim, chief retail econo
mist at PricewaterhouseCoopers,
which conducted the study with the
Initiative for a Competitive Inner
City, a Boston-based nonprofit
“The Internet opens doors for
these people that they never saw
before.” >
The study of 1,159 inner-city
households was done by mail last fall,
and the results were compared with
an existing PricewaterhouseCoopers
database of stoppers nationwide.
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reveal crash cause
Investigators are hoping that in die next
few days the cockpit voice recorder
recovered from EgyptAir Flight 990
will help tell investigators why the jet
crashed, the chairman of die National
Transportation Safety Board said
“We’re certainly hopeful that within
the next two or three days that we’ll be
able to answer a lot of die puzzling ques
tions that the information on the flight
data recorder has raised in our minds,”
Jim Hall said on NBC’s “Meet the
“We have the best experts in the
world, I believe,” he said. “They will be
looking at this tape, evaluating it, and
I’m praying that we will have a good
The recorder, recovered at 10:12
p.m. EST (9:12 CDT) Saturday from
the midst of the wreckage deep in the
Atlantic, arrived Sunday at the NTSB
laboratory in Washington, where
experts hope to answer questions about
die Oct 31 crash.
Investigators continue to focus on
all possible causes for die crash, includ
ing mechanical problems. Officials say
they are not leaning toward any specific
Barry Mawn, an FBI special agent,
said on NBC that more than 250 agents
are working with the NTSB. The FBI
has “no evidence at this particular point
in time that a crime was committed,” he
The recorder, which was bent on
one side, was found not far from where
investigators detected a signal from its
pinger, which had become detached. A
nameplate identifying die box also was
Deep Drone, a remote-controlled
underwater robot, recovered the
recorder, Navy Rear Adm. William
Sutton said. The so-called black box
was hauled up within minutes and taken
aboard die USS Grapple, where it was
to be held overnight
EgyptAir and civil aviation officials
from Egypt planned to help NTSB offi
cials in Washington with translations of
any cockpit conversations in Arabic that
may have been recorded on tape.
An EgyptAir official has said the
cockpit voice recorder had a tape that
records over itself every 30 minutes.
While not die two-hour digital models
recommended by the NTSB, the tape
should have lasted long enough to
record conversations as the plane
climbed 33,000 feet and then began to
plummet about 40 minutes after the
flight from New York to Cairo took off.
, The flight data recorder and the
cockpit voice recorder could tell investi
gators what doomed the Boeing 767,
which crashed in the ocean off the
Massachusetts island of Nantucket,
killing all 217 people aboard.
NTSB officials said investigators
will travel to Seattle this week to use a
Boeing 767 flight simulator. NTSB
investigator Greg Phillips said informa
tion from the flight data recorder would
be entered into the simulator to study
how die airplane would react
Preliminary data released Friday
showed that the plane was put into a
dive so steep and fast that passengers
would briefly have been rendered
weightless. And both engines were shut
off before the aircraft climbed briefly
out of its dive and then turned and
plunged into the ocean.
One veteran pilot said the actions
taken on the Boeing 767, such as shut
ting off the engines, seemed to be the
exact opposite of what would be done
by someone trying to save die plane.
■ France ,
Severe flooding destroys
towns, kills at least 22
NARBONNE, France (AP) -
Rescuers searched for missing
people Sunday, and helicopters
plucked survivors from rooftops in
towns still submerged two days
after torrential rains hit southern
France, killing at least 22 people.
The deluge Friday and
Saturday devastated portions of the
Aude, Tarn and Eastern Pyrenees
regions, destroying homes and
businesses, snapping dikes and
bridges and damaging roads and
Residents in flooded areas took
stock of their losses and scrambled
to salvage what remained intact.
The Aude was the worst-hit
region, with 14 deaths reported.
The torrential rains inundated
small towns with up to 6 feet of
water and triggered mudslides that
swallowed up entire homes.
Flood waters began receding
Sunday, but rescue operations con
■ Russia
Despite calls for an end,
Chechen offensive goes on
MOSCOW (AP) - The Russian
government said Sunday it will not
abandon its offensive in Chechnya
despite Western calls to end the
fighting, while federal forces pre
pared an offensive on the Chechen
President Boris Yeltsin held, a
rare Sunday meeting with Prime
Minister Vladimir Putin to review
Russia’s campaign in the break
away republic and endorse Putin’s
presidential bid in next year’s elec
Putin’s popularity at home has
soared in recent weeks because of
his hard line on Chechnya.
Russia’s 2-month-old cam
paign in Chechnya has drawn criti
cism from Western countries,
which say Russia is using exces
sive force and causing high civilian
casualties. But Moscow maintains
that it is hitting only Islamic rebels
and dismisses the criticism as
interference in Russia’s domestic
■ Oregon
Kinkel blames voices
for shooting rampage
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The
teachers, family and friends who
testified about die Kip Kinkel they
knew described a kid like a lot of
others - funny, a little wild, strug
gled with reading, got mad when
he was teased. * [
What made him different - the
Kinkel that no one knew - were the
voices screaming in his head.
Those voices, Kinkel told
experts, drove him to shoot his
father in the back of the head. >
They made him kill his mother,
father and head for Thurston High
School in Springfield, opening fire
on the crowded cafeteria.
- “He carefully hid it so that he
would not be stigmatized. The said
part of it is, we are fairly good at
treating mental illness,” said
Charles Patrick Ewing, a professor
of law and psychology at State
University of New York at Buffalo.
After pleading guilty, Kinkel,
who was 15 at the time of the May
1998 shooting spree, was sentenced
to nearly 112 years in prison.