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Daily Globe (Newspaper) - June 16, 1995, Ironwood, Michigan Daily G IRONWOOD, MICH. FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 1995 50 CENTS Weather Partly Sunny More weather, Page 2 Today Ambulance licensed BRUCE CROSSING - Bill Wolfe, manager of the South Ontonagon County Ambulance Service, was notified Thursday that the Michigan Department of Public Health has approved the license for the ambulance located in Bruce Crossing. The license approval paves the way for the ambulance to get on the road and operating in south Ontonagon County townships. The Ontonagon County Board of Commissioners is expected to authorize payment of an Economic Development Corporation grant to the company at the next meeting of the county. Once funding is received and emergency medical technicians are ready, the ambulance will roll, Wolfe said. Court upholds Microsoft ruling WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court today approved the government's antitrust settlement with Microsoft Corp. over software discounting, ruling that a lower court judge erred by rejecting it. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that a lower court judge should not have rejected the settlement, which required Microsoft to end discounts to personal computer manufacturers. Index Builders............................11 Comics..............................16 Community.......................6,7 Obituaries...........................5 Outdoors...........................12 Opinion...............................8 Sports............................9,10 Tidbits...............................13 CONSTRUCTION CO. INC. P.O. Box 83 Bessemer, Ml Member of the Home Builders Association COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION NEEDS "QUALITY WORK at a Price That Can't Be Beat" 906-663-6986 LICENSED and INSURED 2,000 hostages held Chechens reject passage offer BUDYONNOVSK, Russia (AP) - Chechen rebels holding up to 2,000 hostages after storming a Russian city refused an offer of safe passage today, as Russian officials said the death toll from that attack rose to at least 95. "Freedom or death is our fate," said the Chechen commander, Shamil Basayev, whose rebels have vowed to blow up hospital where the hostages are held unless Russia agrees to end the war in their homeland. Federal soldiers maintained a tight cordon around the hospital in Budyonnovsk in a tense standoff with dozens of heavily armed rebels inside. "We are ready to meet any conditions in order to free the hostages because we understand how this can end," Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Yegorov told reporters. Basayev said his rebels killed five hostages Thursday while waiting for Moscow to grant his demand of letting reporters into the hospital. Doctors inside confirmed the killings took place. The rebels have long threatened to carry the 6-month-old war in Chechnya into other parts of Russia, and Moscow worried the attack on Budyonnovsk - 90 miles north of Chechnya - marked the start of a major terrorist campaign. The rebel leader and 200 heavily armed men stormed the southern Russian city of Budyonnovsk on Wednesday, shooting at random and taking hostages. A funeral service for 36 of the victims was held at noon today, with military helicopters flying overhead to provide security for the mourners. Doctors said today that 44 bodies lay in the building's morgue, and city officials said as many as 51 more had died in fighting elsewhere in the town of 100,000 people. Basayev, speaking to reporters in the hospital, said the Chechen's ultimate goal had been to hit the Russian capital. "We did not intend to seize Budyonnovsk," he said. "We had another task -r- we wanted to get to Moscow." Some 16,000 troops were deployed in Moscow - 850 miles northwest of Budyonnovsk - to guard against possible attacks. Patrols checked people's bags on the subway and halted motorists to search cars. After sporadic negotiations by radio, the Russians said today the rebels had rejected their offer of safe passage back to Chechnya or a plane to take them to any country willing to accept them. "Let them come and storm the place," Basayev said. "We are sick of watching our villages being bombed, and our women and children being killed." . Police said the rebels released two female hostages who were sick, but refused to free all children in the building. Russian town under siege ? Autonomous regions RUSSiA
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