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Stillwater mourns players' deaths
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
STILLWATER, Okla. — This
was supposed to be a day of Super
Bowl revelry in this college town,
with the only worry being whether
stores would run out of popcorn,
beer and peanuts.
Instead, the mood Sunday was
as cold and dreary as the rain
soaking the streets following the
crash of a small airplane bringing
people home from Oklahoma
State’s basketball game against
“It’s like a part of the school
died,” said Justin Battista, a fresh
man walking in the rain toward
Sunday morning Mass.
Ten people were killed in
Saturday’s crash in a field 40 miles
east of Denver, including two
reserve basketball players and six
staffers and broadcasters. The
pilot and co-pilot were also killed.
There was no distress call from
the crew before the crash, said
Arnold Scott of the National
Transportation Safety Board.
At Eskimo Joe's, a normally
rowdy off-campus hangout, one
student couldn’t keep from crying
as she seated the few customers
who came in on the quiet morn
ing. At a bagel shop near campus,
there was no laughter.
“Everyone is pretty melan
choly,” freshman Chris Shumake
said. “They’re just walking around
like zombies, sort of. You hear of
airplane crashes like in Europe
and overseas, but you never think
of it hitting home.”
The hostess at Eskimo Joe’s,
student Crystal Kelso, knew the
two playjers who died, Dan
Lawson Jr. and Nate Fleming.
“Nate, he was that walk-on
that everybody wants to see get in
the game,” she said. “I just remem
ber chanting his name a couple
weeks ago so they would put him
in the game.”
Kelso said Fleming planned to
help her start a community out
reach program with other student
athletes. Fleming, who also
excelled academically, was going
to talk to young athletes about
staying out of trouble.
She said Lawson was a good
friend, even though they didn’t
always get along.
“Everyone is pretty melancholy. They’re just
walking around like zombies, sort of.”
“It’s always hard when you
didn’t get a chance to say goodbye,
or didn’t get a chance to say sorry
for yelling at you a day ago or
whatever,” she said.
Katie McCollon, a high school
senior who also attends
Oklahoma State, said she and her
parents knew many of those
“I grew up in Stillwater,” she
said. “OSU is like three blocks
from my house. It’s really close to
home. OSU basketball is one of
the highlights of the year for my
The school’s game at Texas
Tech on Tuesday night was post
poned indefinitely. The Big 12
Conference said no decision has
been made on other Oklahoma
Sports information director
Steve Buzzard said he expected
the other players would spend die
day in seclusion.
■ Both Arafat and Sharon denounced
concessions the prime minister made.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
JERUSALEM — Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat and Israeli politician Ariel
Sharon rarely agree, but on Sunday both
harshly criticized Israel’s beleaguered
Prime Minister Ehud Barak, blaming him
for the current Middle East turmoil
Barak had hoped peace negotiations
this past week in Egypt would revive his
sagging election campaign ahead of the
Feb. 6 vote for prime minister. Both Israeli
and Palestinian negotiators offered an
upbeat assessment of the talks that con
cluded Saturday, saying they had never
been closer to an overall agreement
Butaday later, Barak was under attack
from both his Israeli and Palestinian
rivals. Sharon, heavily favored in next
week’s election, denounced the conces
sions Barak offered to the Palestinians
and made clear he would remove them
from the table if he triumphed at the polls.
“These meetings (in Egypt) were not
meant to seriously tackle the problems in
front of us. This is some electoral stunt,”
Arafat, meanwhile, unleashed his
salvo from the World Economic Forum in
“The current government of Israel has
waged for the past four months a savage
and barbaric war as well as a blatant and
fascist military aggression against our
Palestinian people,” said Arafat
There had been talk of a Barak-Arafat
meeting this week in Sweden, but Barak’s
office said Sunday night that the prime
An Israeli man embraces a large, translucent campaign banner of right-wing candidate Ariel Sharon Sunday in Jerusalem, Israel. Sharon maintains his lead in the
polb over incumbent Prime Minister Ehud Barak ahead of the upcoming Feb.6,2001 special elections for the leadership of the Jewish state.
minister had decided "not to continue
political contacts with Arafat and his peo
ple until after the elections."
Sharon leads Barak by 16 to 20 per
centage points in opinion polls that have
changed little in recent weeks.
Most analysts say Barak needs some
sort of peace agreement to energize his
flagging campaign, and the Taba talks
were seen as his last real shot at a pre
While both sides said the atmosphere
at the talks was positive, they did not
reach any concrete agreements and
acknowledged differences remained on
all the fundamental issues - especially on
sharing Jerusalem and the fate of millions
of Palestinian refugees who want to
return to homes in what is now Israel.
"Both sides have never reached a
point where we were so close to agree
ment,” said Barak. "It's quite natural that
these (core issues) cannot be solved in a
But with the election looming, Barak
was running out of time.
Sharon said he would seek a long
term interim Agreement with the
Palestinians and opposed the compre
hensive peace settlement that Barak had
In addition Sharon has given no indi
cation he would offer the Palestinians
additional territory - a position that
would seem to preclude any possibility of
a future agreement.
"We will be making every effort to
reach a political settlement and make
peace on maybe a different basis, but I
believe, a true one,” said Sharon, who met
with U.S. congressmen Sunday in Tel Aviv.
Barak "did not bring peace. What has
happened is due to the mistakes that he
made. He brought a war to the area.”
A total of 375 people, including more
than 330 Arabs and more than 40 Israeli
Jews, have died since the fighting began in
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murdered at home
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
HANOVER, N.H.—The safe,
close-knit feel of Dartmouth
College was shattered Sunday
by the apparent murders of two
popular, longtime professors, a
couple known for opening their
home and hearts to others.
Susanne and Half Zantop
had welcomed so many guests
into their home “they practically
seemed to run a hotel,” said col
league Bruce Duncan.
Police initially were close
mouthed and didn’t say until a
late afternoon news conference,
nearly a day after the bodies
were found, that the deaths
were considered a double homi
At tne news conference,
Attorney General Philip
McLaughlin said he didn’t know
if anyone else was in danger.
“If we have a specific, reli
able reason to believe the com
munity is at risk, we would
express that because that would
be our duty,” McLaughlin said.
The couple’s latest guest had
arrived at their home Saturday
evening and found the door
unlocked, said neighbor and
friend Audrey McCollum.
“She went in and called out;
there was no answer,”
McCollum said in an interview
Sunday. “She turned and saw
Susanne on the floor with blood
The guest, identified by oth
ers as Dartmouth languages
They were special -
instructor Roxanne Verona,
rushed to the McCollum home
to call police. McCollum said
her husband, Robert, a doctor,
then went to the Zantop home.
“He saw enough to know for
certain they were both dead and
had been dead for a number of
hours,” Audrey McCollum said.
Verona said police told her
not to talk to reporters about the
discovery, but she was willing to
talk briefly about her friends.
“They are wonderful peo
ple,” the instructor of French
and Italian said of the Zantops,
then corrected herself: "They
were wonderful people. They
were special - intellectually,
Susanne Zantop, 55, was a
professor of German and chair
man of Dartmouth’s German
Studies Department. Her 62
year-old husband taught earth
sciences. They had been
instructors at Dartmouth for at
least 25 years, said Edward
Berger, dean of faculty for arts
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CONCORD, N.H. — Three years ago, Jeanne
Gerulskis came to a new job that had her reliving the
space shuttle Challenger disaster, all day long, every
A monitor in the lobby of the Christa McAuliffe
Planetarium showed a continuous videotape loop of
the explosion high in the sky that killed McAuliffe, a
Concord Hig i School teacher, and six other astro
nauts on Jan. 28,1986. Adults stared at the disturbing
video, sometimes in tears.
Children bom since the disaster that riveted the
nation often had a different reaction.
"They would say, ‘quick, quick, come here - it's
going to blow up again!"’ said Gerulskis.
Soon after becoming the planetanums executive
director in 1998, Gerulskis removed the video and
began to focus the planetarium on McAuliffe’s life and
vision, instead of her death. This year, the planetari
um, which sees about 60,000 visitors annually, will
commemorate her Sept 2 birthday.
“No one celebrates the day Abraham Lincoln was
shot They celebrate his birthday," Gerulskis said.
The planetarium, the official state repository for
McAuliffe items, has thousands of letters, poems and
pieces of art, with items still coming in. None of them
are on display. Around the lobby, visitors see a few
photos and a painting of McAuliffe.
The closest thing to a shrine is a wall with two
photos of McAuliffe, a copy of a Congressional Record
tribute to her and a box full of biographical handouts.
One of the places the anniversary will be observed
is Framingham State College in Massachusetts,
McAuliffe's alma mater. The school has a Christa
McAuliffe Center, which offers programs for teachers,
and runs space flight programs for children.
On Sunday, the college planned to unveil a mural
of McAuliffe. McAuliffe’s mother, Grace Corrigan, who
who regularly gives speeches about McAuliffe’s life
and vision, was expected to attend
The Associated Press
Death tolls estimated at
10.000 as search continues
using everything from sophisti
cated rock-cutting tools to their
bare hands clawed through rub
ble Sunday, hoping to find sur
vivors lingering among the thou
sands believed buried by western
India’s massive earthquake.
More than 6,000 bodies had
been found since Friday’s quake,
and the death toll was expe<W to
go much higher.
Some authorities estimated it
would reach 10,000; others said
16.000 or more. A leading rescue
official said there could be up to
30.000 dead in one town alone.
Friday's magnitude 7.9 earth
quake - India’s strongest in more
than 50 years- struck on Republic
Day, an Indian national holiday.
Conglolese seek peace after
former leader's assassination
KINSHASA — A European
Union envoy called Sunday for a
cease-fire among warring fac
tions in Congo, amid hopes the
peace that eluded the country
under assassinated leader
Laurent Kabila can be forged with
his son in power.
After meeting with Joseph
Kabila, who was sworn in as pres
ident Friday, special envoy Aldo
Ajello said he hopes plans can be
made next month for the long
delayed deployment of U.N.
peacekeepers in the huge and
chaotic central African nation.
Joseph Kabila was swept to
power after his father was fatally
shot on Jan. 16. Since the killing,
the Congolese government and
rebel groups have spoke of reviv
ing a stalled peace process.
Colonel Sanders'famous KFC
redpe found in former home
written note that Tommy and
Cherry Settle discovered in their
basement a year ago could be the
answer to one of the country’s
best-kept culinary secrets -
Colonel Harland Sanders' recipe
for Kentucky Fried Chicken.
The Settles bought their
Shelbyville home, a white man
sion on U.S. 60 West, from
Sanders and his wife, Claudia, in
the early 1970s.
About a year ago, die couple
were digging through a box of
books from the basement and
found a leather-bound datebook
from 1964, Cherry Setde told the
Among appointments and
other notes was a recipe for fried
chicken that called for 11 herbs
and spices, she said.
The recipe is known by only a
handful of people, all of whom
have signed confidentiality con
tracts, according to KFC’s web
The Settles were considering
selling the planner through an
auction house, but first they con
tacted KFC, a unit oflricon Global
Restaurants Inc., to see whether
the company could verify that the
recipe was authentic, Setde said.
Last week, KFC filed a sealed
lawsuit in Shelby County Circuit
Court asking that the piece of
paper found by the Settles be
given to the company.
■ Washington, D.C.
Cheney says California is to
blame for its energy problems
Vice President Cheney
blamed California’s energy prob
lems on “a flawed deregulation
scheme” and said Sunday that
cumbersome state regulations
have prevented any major power
plant construction over the past
The White House planned a
strategy meeting Monday on the
problem and is dispatching top
energy officials to see governors
of Western states affected by the
"We’ll begin to focus on this"
at the meeting to which President
Bush has “summoned the rele
vant Cabinet and agency heads,
Cheney said on “Fox News
The problem has prompted
Bush to extend Clinton adminis
tration directives that force out
side power suppliers to keep ship
ping electricity to California’s
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