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i mcAOomaMtUHKESS SEATTLE—A poweffiil earth quake rocked the Northwest on Wednesday, shattering windows, showering bricks onto sidewalks, and sending frightened people running into die streets of Seattle and Portland, Ora At least 25 people were injured. The strongest quake to hit Washington state in 52 years shut down the Seattle airport, lnwrlmH out power to hundreds of thou sands of people, cracked the dome atop the state Capitol in Olympia and briefly trapped about 30 people atop a swaying Space Needle in Seattle “Everyone was panicked,” said Paulette DeRooy, who scram bled onto a fire escape in a Seattle office building. The magnitude-6.8 quake hit at 1055 am. and was centered 35 miles southwest of Seattle, according to the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Cola it was felt in British Columbia and parts of Oregon 300 mflesaway Buildings in downtown Portland swayed for nearly a half minute. “I thought a car had hit my building,” said Sam Song, who owns a restaurant in Everett, 30 “Then the ground started moving around.” Itonty-five people were treat ed at Seattle* Haibonfew Medical 7 thought a car had hit my building.” restaurant owner Center, four of them for serious injuries, a spokeswoman said. There were no other immediate reports of injuries from around the region. Screams erupted at a Seattle hotel whereMiciosoft founder B31 Gates was addressing an educa tion and technology conference. He was whisked away as his audi ence bolted for the exits. Some people were knocked down by others dying to get out Overhead lights fell to the floor There was damage to a num ber of other buildings, mostly minor cracks and broken glass. Bricks fell from the top of Starbucks headquarters onto cars parked below and piled up on sidewalks of die popular Pioneer Square neighborhood, the scene of Mardi Gras celebrations die night before. Mayor Paul Schell said city crews were examining buddings for safety. He said preparations and seismic remodeling had paid oft T think the city has been very mindful of earthquake risks,” Schell said. “We have no cata strophic damage” The sMewaisaadcm are ep»a^wlrtbrittaa^t»»o^«rt5idcaff»«MT^jnffiiightd«fc hi Seattle earthquake »easurtq6J hit the dty carter in the day. rm Crosby/Newsmakers Wednesday. Aa U.K. train-truck crash kills 13, injures more GRICT HECK, England-With a high speed passenger train bearing down on his Land Rover stuck on the train tracks, the frantic motorist called an emergency number, but it was too late. “The train's coming!* he shouted into his mobile phone-just before it hit In a bizarre wreck that left at least 13 dead and more than 70 injured, die pas senger train smashed into the Land Rover and a trailer it was towing - which them selves had tumbled down an embankment and onto the trades from a roadway above - then plowed into an oncoming freight train on a parallel track. "The carriage roof was tom off, and I was flung down the length of the corridor;” said passenger Laurie Gunson of the northern city ofYork, one of dozens of dazed survivors ofWednesday’s crash out side the village of Great Heck, about 200 miles north of London. Rescuers were met with a chaotic scene. Sheared-off undercarriages and man gled rail care were strewn across a muddy Geld, and crews had to use cranes to pry open the twisted cars. Coal carried by the freight tram was scattered about in heaps. The last survivor was pulled out five hours after the eariy-moming crash, but as night fed, bodies were stiO being retrieved from the wreckage, and police said the death toD could rise. Work crews brought in generators and lights to woik through the freezing night The smell of diesel fuel hung in the air "It is a tremendous tragedy and a huge mess,” said Police Superintendent Tony Thompson. It could take weeks to reopen the rail line, he said. Prime Minister Tony Blair promised lawmakers "die fullest possible inquiry” into the crash, Britain's fourth fatal train wreck in three and a half years and the lat est blow to its troubled rail system. After a foil day, it was still not certain how many people had been on the train. Thompson, the police superintendent, said 144 passengers had booked tickets, but there could have been greater or fewer actually aboard. Police said the driver of the Land Rover had called Britain’s equivalent of 911 just before the crash. "While die operator was speaking to him we heard him shout The train’s com ing!’ and then there was a bang,” a police spokesman said. Hie driver, who was not identified, was being interviewed by police. "He's completely devastated knowing what happened as a result of his vehicle going onto the tracks," said Thompson. Investigators were photographing the wreckage hum all angles and searching for a data recorder that had been aboard the freight train. They were also checking die condition of guardrails on the M62 high way above from which the Land Rover (dunged. "We believe there were crash barriers in the area, and our examiners will look at all aspects of this incident," said Detective Superintendent Nick Bracken of British Transport Police. Carole Hutchinson, 45, who works near die crash site, said die weather was bitter Wednesday morning. "ft was snowing badly. Although it was n’t settling; it was heavy and not far off a blizzard." Someone had placed a bouquet of daf fodils, wrapped in pink paper, on the brick and-stone bridge above the tracks. Passengers described screaming and shouting as the passenger train, traveling at 120 mph, careened off die tracks, and the lights went out “I held onto the table in front of me, and then there was a huge impact My car riage was on its side," said 22-year-old stu dent Janine Edwards. “The man opposite me was streaming with blood. The window next to him was smashed, and the frame had come out and hit him. His wife sitting next to him was covered in his blood.” At the crash site, the passenger train’s engine was pointing into the air, jackknifed at a 45-degree angle. The freight train was partially derailed, with its front end com pletely off the track and lying on its side. It had slid into the back garden of a house. The track is part of the east coast main line from London to Edinburgh in Scotland. Four people were killed on that line at Hatfield, 25 miles north of London, on Oct. 17 when a rail broke and a passen ger train derailed. That accident led to speed restrictions and disruption throughout Britain’s rail network during an emergency program of replacing cracked rails. The railway confirmed that one of the locomotives involved in Wednesday’s crash had also been one of the two loco motives on the train that crashed at Hatfield. World/Nation The Associated Press ■ Washington, D.C GOP piansa readi-out effort to attract more minorities GOP national chairman Jim Gilmore told a largely Republican audience of blacks Wednesday that efforts to broaden the party’s appeal to minorities would take “a steady and long-term approach.” The Republican Party has invested a lot of effort in the past year leaching out to black voters, but has little to show for it, the Virginia governor told a crowd of several hundred gath ered for a celebration of Black History Month. “I intend to make this party a party of all the people once again,* Gilmore said after reminding the audience of the Republican Party’s role under Abraham Lincoln. He urged those in the crowd to find people in their communities who had a lead ership role but were not close ly aligned with either party and write to him with the results of their talks. ■ Italy Lenten period begins with blessings from Pope Paul II ROME - Dabbing ashes on the foreheads of cardinals, lesser clergy and laity, Pope John Paul II opened the Roman Catholic Church's Lenten peri od of penitence Wednesday evening with a solemn cere mony in an ancient Rome church. The 80-year-old pope, who looked tired, read his homily but did not lead the celebra tion of the Mass in fifth-centu ry St. Sabina Basilica on the Aventine Hill, one of the seven hills of ancient Rome. He told the faithful “in today’s world, the need for pacification and pardon is growing." Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a period of reflection and penitence in preparation for Christianity’s most important feast day, Easter, which falls on April 15 this year. John Paul has sched uled a period of spiritual exer cises during Lent. £to*7rNebraskan Weather TODAY TOMORROW high 36, low 19 high 38, low 21 EdNar Sarah Bator Managing EdNar Bradley Davis Miicldi Maws EMr Kimberly Sweet Opinion EdNar Jake Glazeski spent taner Matthew Hansen Assistant Sperts EdNar David Diehl ArtsEdter. Samuel McKewon Cepy Desk Chief: DaneHMcCoy Copy Desk Chiafc Jeff Bloom Art Dimeter Melanie Fa* Aft Director Deian Lonowski Phele Chief: Scott McCkirg Web EdNar Gregg Stems Aeshtant WehEdMer. 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Party’s second vice presidential candidate won’t have to face another election. Nick Fitch, the new second vice president for student government, said he’s excited to take on the new role. Fitch won the election with a total of 1,430 votes, or 55.9 percent Wednesday night. His oppo nent, Alisa Hardy of the No Bull party, got 981 votes, or 38.4 percent Fitch said that he had mixed feeling about die possible outcome of the election. 1 had a good feeling, but at the same time I was extremely scared because I had that good feeling. If I lost, it would make it that much worse," he said. * Fitch said Hardy was a quality candidate to run against “She definitely has some really good ideas,* he said. “She has a chance to really have an impact on whatever she puts her mind to." Nathan Fuerst, Score! presidential candidate, and Jessica Lopez, Score! first vice-presidential candidate, will be in a run-off election Tuesday. Fitch said even though his campaign is over, he will still work hard to get his running mates into office. “For the next week it's going to be all about help ing Nathan and Jessica,* he said. “After that, I'm going to make the most of the position.” Fuerst said he was thrilled that Fitch won. Tm really excited,” he said. "He’s going to do a great job." Fitch said he is confident he will work hard at his new position. “I do fed that I’m going to make the most of this position,” Fitch said. "I really want to do something that’s going to have an impact on the students." Fuerst said that he's sure that Fitch will live up to his campaign promises. Fitch, who is a residence assistant in Schramm Hall, also is a fraternity member and has also lived off-campus. During the campaign, he said he wanted to bridge the divide that exists among the groups. Said Fuerst "I have no doubt that he’s going to accomplish everything he said he’s going to accomplish and more." Old senate has work to do before year's end After a new crop of senators was electedWednesday to take their seats, the current ASUN senators are sched uled to get to wodc on two possibly con tentious bills tonight The regular Wednesday student government meeting was moved to tonight because ofASUN Election Day The meeting begins at &30 pun. in the Nebraska East Union. One bill die senate will consider asks the university to join an anti sweatshop group to help ensure Husker apparel isn’t sweatshop-pro duced. The government bill would recom mend UNL administrators have the university join the Worker Rights Consortium at a price of around $15,000. Joel Schafer, ASUN president said he though the money to join the group would come from the sale of Husker apparel The university already is a member of the Fair Labor Association, an anti sweatshop group Schafer said he wants the bill to pass because sweatshops are a prob lem. “A lot of Husker apparel that the university sells is manufactured in sweatshops,” he said. The Worker Rights Consortium is made up of community leaders in the areas of factories in question, Schafer said. The consortium investigates human rights violation complaints. The Fair Labor Association, to which the university already belongs, oversees factories by performing scheduled checkups. Industry members save on the Fair Labor Association, Schafer said. “So really it’s industry watching industry, so a lot of violations aren’t caught,” Schafer said. “Its oversight ASUN realty isn't as good as it should be.” Schafer said he wants the universi ty to bdong to both organizations. “Hopefully they will complement each other well and make sure that none of the apparel with the University of Nebraska's name on it is made in sweatshops,” he said. In other news, the senate will vote on the student fees allocations made by the Committee for Fees Allnratinnx. Student fees come in two parts: Fund A fees, which total $11.74 each semester, are used to fund student groups, including ASUN, the Daily Nebraskan and the University Program Council, whose funding includes UPC programming and Lied Center student discounts for events. Fund B fees are used for bond pay ments, such as those to pay for the Nebraska Union renovations, staff \ . V salaries and operating costs for student services, including those at the Campus Recreation Center and the University Health Center All of die allocations to die groups are presented in separate bills for ASUN to approve. ASUN can amend the bills. ASUN members that serve on CEA can't vote After ASUN amends or approves the budgets, Fund A fees then have to be approx by the chancellor. Fund B fees have to be approved by the Board ofRegents. Brent Stanfield, chairman ofCFA, said he doesn’t plan to make any amendments. But he said he expects there to be an amendment by an ASUN senator to the Daily Nebraskan^ budg et He also said there might be discus sion regarding the budgets for UPC, Campus Recreation and the Nebraska Unions.