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Inside today SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN The Newspaper for Southwest Michigan MONDAY, March 8, 2004 50 cents New Buffalo Twp. Berrien Springs jh ire mil animals -Passion' brings dead mi Farrakliaii barn langua ges Tryon Corners stories wanted Stan Bennett, who grew up in the Royalton Township community, is working on an oral history back to life Andrews professors say use of Aramaic adds authenticity to movie, but Latin is suspect -Page 1B The fire, which broke out around 12:40 killed seven horses, nine dogs and six sheep in the barn, Krueger said. There were no other injuries. Krueger said people were home at the time of the blaze, but he did not see Far-rakhan. Several news reports said firefighters had trouble getting to the barn because the gates were locked and no one was.

around to open them. Krueger said that was misrcported. "I couldn't say that," he said, when asked about delayed entry to the residence on the southwest corner of Maudlin and Yasko roads in New Buffalo Township. "We really didn't have any problems." Krueger said there were armed guards at the home, but they didn't interfere with the firefighters' efforts. "They're there all the time," he said.

The barn, a two-story wood structure, was "a total loss," but there are no dollar estimates, Krueger said. Please see FIRE, page 8A Chief says firefighters had no trouble gaining entry By KIM STRODE H-P Staff Writer NEW BUFFALO Fire destroyed a barn and killed several animals at Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's residence Sunday afternoon, New Buffalo Township Fire Chief Dale Krueger said this morning. FOOD By DEBRA HAIGHT H-P Correspondent BERRIEN SPRINGS Being able to hear and understand the Aramaic and Latin spoken in Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" made the movie much more interesting to three Andrews University professors. While Aramaic and Latin are considered "dead languages" by many people, still others find a wealth of information and inspiration in studying these and other ancient dialects. Roy Gane is an Surf's up if 1 if 4 J- 1 -a1': V.

7i.v-,' 3, ji '-i, i I Take it slow Not alt one-pot dishes are carb-heavy. Here wimp innnntip i A slow cooking that won't blow your diet -PagelD SPORTS ROBERT JOHNSTON 'This movie was a bold gamble that turned out to be 9 3 Matt Rhoa H-P correspondent HIGH WINDS make high waves Sunday afternoon, dwarfing the outer lighthouse on the North Pier in St. Joseph. assistant professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Eastern Lan- guages and associate editor of the Andrews University Seminary Studies magazine. Robert Johnston is professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, while Jon Paulien is professor of New Testament Interpretation and New Testament department chairman at the Andrews University Seminary.

Their hope is that the movie will spark interest learning more about languages that most people are likely to be hearing for the first time. "The Aramaic in the movie was extremely well done," Johnston-said as the three professors sat down for an interview on the Berrien Springs campus last week. "For the actors to be able to learn their lines in an ancient language was an amazing thing. They tried, to reproduce the accents of the first century as much as they were able. The Italianate Latin was not as accurate." All three questioned why Latin was used at all, because" the language of administration at the time was usually Greek.

It wa's Greek that would likely have been the language used when the Jewish leaders spoke with Pontius Pilate, -the Roman procurator who condemned Jesus to be crucified. Gane noted that the use of.Latin in a scene between Jesus and Pilate was probably not accurate. use of Latin in that scene was a little strange." he said. "Pilate says 'What is using the word It was a nice bridge to the next scene where Pilate is speaking with Same old thing NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth is off to another fast start Page 1 Iraqis sign interim constitution JON PAULIEN 'The tragedy is that most people now get information from the visual and not reading the text. 3 4 1 I members signed the document on an antique desk once owned by King Faisal Iraq's first monarch.

Council president Mohammed Bahr al-Ulloum called the signing a "historic moment, decisive in the history of Iraq." "There is no doubt that this document will strengthen Iraqi unity in a way never seen before," said Massoud Barzani, a Kurdish leader on the council. "This is the first time that we Kurds feel that we" are citizens of Iraq." The signing came nine days after a deadline set in a U.S. timetable. The delay was caused by a mourning period following deadly bomb attacks on Shiite shrines, as well as political wrangling on the U.S.-picked council. I The impasse strained relations between Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish leaders and highlighted the power of Iraq's Shiite clergy.

The charter which includes a 13-article bill of rights, enshrines Islam as one of the bases of law and outlines the shape of a parliament and presidency as Please see IRAQ, page 8A By HAMZA HENDAWI Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq Iraq's Governing Council signed a landmark interim constitution today after resolving a political impasse sparked by objections from the country's most powerful cleric. The signing was a key step in U.S. plans to hand over power to the Iraqis by Jury Before an audience of prominent Iraqi and American civilian and military officials, including the top administrator in Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, the 25 council WEATHER Tonight Flurries Low 24 Tuesday Twin Cities atr A. vr i iMr'-'- A.M.

flurries Hi9h 38 Low 20 Details on page 8A Student wants a minute of our time INDEX ND master's candidate hopes his documentary stimulates discussion across the St. Joe River ROY GANE 'For me it was fabulous and wonderful to be able to follow the language. Calling it a "community-based documentary event," Cook is asking people in the two towns to stop at 3:26 pm. that Friday "and record whatever happens to be going on at that time." He said they can use a video camera, still camera, audiotape, pen and Business I Classifieds 7C I Comics 5C I Crossword 8C I Entertainment 4B 1 3' COOK about the Twin Cities' future. "And then I'm thinking we might even do this project again in 10 years to see if anything has changed." Although Cook is using the project to fulfill a requirement for his masters' degree in fine arts, he said it's something he'd planned to do anyway.

To take part, people don't have to live in Benton Harbor or St. Joseph, but must be doing something in one of those cities at 3:26 p.m. March 26, Cook said. "I have a feeling people might think, 'my life isn't interesting enough' but that's (everyday events) what, we're trying to get." What kind of results does he expect? "I think it would be a positive statement if it came back and showed all these similarities (between what people do)," he said. Digital images can be sent directly to the Web site, which contains more information about the project.

Other submissions should be mailed to: 326 Project, 306 Riley Hall, Notre Dame, 46566.. Michigan 4A Obituaries Opinions 6A Sports SW Michigan 1B Television 3D Weather 8A his wife about truth or Veritas, but it's not likely that Jesus knew Latin." "As far as the Aramaic, it sounded very authentic," Gane said. "We really don't know today how it was pronounced, but for me it was fabulous and wonderful to be able'to follow the language." Gane has first-hand experience in trying to communicate in Aramaic, which is still spoken by an estimated half riiillion people, mainly in the Middle East and in Arab conclaves in cities such as Detroit. He spent time in northern Iraq in, 1989 on an archaeological dig near Mosul and tried to speak in Aramaic to the local people because it's their native language. "I went to a Seventh-day Adventist church there and the people were speaking Aramaic," he said.

"I tried to join the discussion speaking old Aramaic and they didn't understand it." Please see PASSION', page 8A By DENNIS COGSWELL H-P Region Editor Mark Cook wants people in Benton Harbor and St Joseph to stop for a single minute, on March 26 and record whatever is going on at the time; Cook, 28, a Niles resident who is a graduate student at the University of Notre Dame, hopes the results will help spur a discussion between people in the two communities that will lead to a better understanding of each other. "The situation in these two towns has always intrigued me, in that in America in 2004 a situation like this could exist where two towns are separated by a river but are so different," he said. paper or any other similar device to record the information. Everyone who participates will have their work exhibited at Cookfc Web site: Selected submissions will be put into a traveling exhibit that will be displayed at art galleries, libraries and other public places.

"The goal is Jhat by having this exhibited in these communities, an active dialogue will be started and people will begin talking about conditions in these towns" Cook said. He hopes that will stimulate discussion nimiiro 19D8S1" '50645.

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