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no one injured
bank robbery occurred yesterday
afternoon at the Comerica Bank on
State and Eisenhower streets, according
to pepartment of Public Safety offi-
The suspect entered the bank around
2 p.m., demanded money from the
teller, and fled the bank with an undis-
closed amount. The Comerica branch is
located in the Wolverine Tower build-
o one was injured in the incident
and no weapon was seen.
DPS was unable to locate the sus-
pect using a search dog and is asking
anyone with information that may
assist their investigation to call 763-
lied in accident
A man was killed Friday afternoon
after being thrown from the back of a
pickup truck that his roommate was
driving, according to Ann Arbor Police
The passengers, Donald Kimpel and
Richard Wells, allegedly got into a ver-
bal altercation, which preceded the
Wells was hanging off the truck
e Kimpel attempted to throw him
The accident occurred near the
500 block of Packard Road, where
Wells injured his head and was
transported to the emergency room
of University hospitals. Wells died
1 1 hours later.
A APD spokesperson Sgt. Larry
Jerue said the incident is an exception
to most manslaughter cases because
's is the first (incident) I can recall in
recent years where a subject has got on
a vehicle and then subsequently been
thrown from the vehicle,' he said.
BB guns near hall
Two students in East Quad
Residence Hall were seen shooting BB
guns outside of the windows Thursday,
rding to DPS reports.
caller, who was not injured, report-
ed to DPS that the pellets were coming
from the Willard side of the residence
A man called DPS on Thursday to
r trt that a pizza driver cut him off
while he was driving on Hubbard Road
and then made a verbal threat.
After the driver was cut off, both
vghicles pulled over and discussed the
The pizza driver told the caller that
his "gang" would take care of him,
according to DPS reports.
dwn in Shapiro
Two people were seen knocking
books off shelves on the fourth floor
of,e Shapiro Undergraduate Library
.OfFriday, according to DPS reports.
TChe caller reported that both sus-
pats were wearing green shirts.
'One of the suspects had sunglass-
es on inside the library, and the other
smpect was wearing jeans with
Wins on the legs and had a cigarette
hanging from behind his ear, the
out in shower
A Mary Markley resident blacked
out and fell in a shower, DPS reports
W'he caller told DPS that her friend
was in pain after experiencing a spasm
ifithe lower part of her body.
The friend had screamed and lost
consciousness from the pain, the caller
The University Emergency Medical
Service was dispatched to the scene,
according to DPS reports.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Transplant games highlight athletic donors
By Heather Wiggins
Daily Staff Reporter
For 150 Americans, the Olympics are happening
this week in Sydney, Australia.
The World Transplant Games features 43 teams
from across the world, whose athletes all share a
common trait - they have had an organ transplant.
Morc than 40 competitions, such as swimming,
cycling, golf, volleyball and tennis are scheduled
for the event.
University Hospitals is broadcasting the Games
on the Website via TransWeb.
TransWeb is a Website about organ donation and
transplantation. "This Website grew out of the trans-
plant surgery department," said the University
Webmaster Fran Kelsen, who built the site.
The site has information about transplantation
for both donors and transplant patients.
TransWeb will do a live Webeast of the scores
and a nationwide update of the athletic events. The
address is http://wwwtransweb.org/athletics/world
Kelsen said she hopes to "get more traffic for
"This is my first world competition," said ath-
letic participant Sandy Webster.
Webster was only 10 years old when doctors told
her she had a rare disease that attacks kidneys.
"The transplant community is like a big family,'
Webster said. Not only are the transplant games
fun, Webster said, but they "get the whole commu-
nity to think about organ donation."
Webster said that the games are also an oppor-
tunity for athletes to "show donors that we'll take
care of ourselves.'
Transplants are not "gory;" Webster said. "With
the advancement in medicine it's so different ...
they don't rip you open.'
Internal Medicine Prof. Chen Hsu said
University Hospitals sees about 60 kidney trans-
plant patients each week. Patients rang
from one to around 75 years old.
However, if patients are in poor he
bodies will not accept the donated organ
is inevitable. Transplant patients must b
ication for their entire life, Hsu said.
Although the survival rate of transpla
is not 100 percent, transplant patients c
ally live a normal life;' Hsu said. "We ha
plished a lot."
"We already know the gene which cz
ney disease,' Hsu said. Family counse
important factor in decision making fo
who have kidney disease in their history
In the future, gene therapy may be an
those who have kidney disease. Preventi
disease will become easier as we learn n
its causes, Hsu said.
Medical School Prof. Jonathan Bron
that kidney transplant is much more cos
ge in age than putting patients on dialysis, which requires
three hospital visits each week.
alth. their "We take debilitated people and attempt to make
and death them whole," Bromberg said.
e on mcd- Kidney patients can live an active life, as shown
by the athletes competing in the games.
nt patients Bromberg said the games "gives (transplant
an "gener- patients) something to be involved in, ways to pur=
ye accom- sue health, and go back to a normal lifestyle."
Bromberg said he hopes the games "show peo-
arries kid- ple how well transplants work and get people to
ling is an sign organ donor cards."
r families The lack of .organ donation is probably due to
r. the difficulty of the subject, and the lack of dis-
option for cussion between family members about donation.
ng kidney "It is a huge tragedy," Bromberg said. "Over
nore about 60,000 people are waiting for organs;'
Approximately 5,000 people donate organs each
berg said year. which accounts for long organ transplant
t effective waiting lists.
city, state courts merge
DETROIT (AP) - More than
500,000 cases have been reassigned and
more than 50 judges have had their
duties shuffled as Detroit Recorder's
Court and Wayne County Circuit Court
merge this week.
Legislators voted last year to com-
bine the Detroit courts, citing money
savings and streamlined justice.
The state Supreme Court has given
judges assignments in criminal, civil,
family or juvenile cases, forcing judges
to take on some new roles.
"We are all concerned because our
primary goal is service to the public,"
said Wayne Circuit Judge Arthur
Lombard, who is giving up his criminal
and civil cases for a docket involving
only family issues. "We want to make
sure everybody has their litigation han-
dIed with fairness and speed?'
Criminal judges will hear cases in
the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.
Civil and family law judges will hear
cases in the City-County Building.
Judges will hear cases involving juve-
niles in the James Lincoln Hall of
DETROIT (AP) - Seeking to take
the stigma off vocational education,
Gov. John Engler announced yesterday
a new initiative to teach high schoolers
skills they can put to work as soon as
Industry has become more complex
and made traditional shop classes obso-
lete, Engler said. For students who don't
attend college, vocational classes need to
be more relevant to industry today, he said.
"Are we really doing the best for
these kids that are choosing not to go to
college?" Engler asked, citing statistics
that only 22 percent of workers have or
need a bachelor's degree.
"The old shop class that taught how to
weld is not appropriate for the 21st cen-
tury," Engler said at a news conference
before a speech to the Economic Club of
Detroit. Students now must learn how to
program and repair the robots that will
do the welding for them, he said.
But some question whether the merg-
er will decrease the number of black
judges. Judges will have to be elected
by majority-white Wayne County.
The NAACP of Detroit has filed suit
in federal court in an attempt to block
"If a law is not constitutional it can-
enmeshed in details. And the devil is in
the details. ... No court in the history of
this country has been forced to undergo
Sapala said the new court will have-a.
cultural diversity that it previously
"We will have one of the few
News for a
"We are all concerned
because our primary
,goal is service to the
- Arthur Lombard
Wayne Circuit Judge
benches in the
told the News.
"You have the
co m m un i ty
and that is
good for this,
story today. "The merger can be dis-
Wayne County Circuit Judge
Michael Sapala, who is overseeing the
merger as executive chief judge, said
the change is complex and challenging.
"I have no sense of power at all,' he
told the Detroit Free Press. "I am just so
Many of the judges initially resented
the merger, including Sapala himself,
but they have risen above the bickering.
"All of that is kind of behind us and
more or less ancient history," he said.
"Everybody is accepting their assign-
ments. The professional here is extraor-
Two ballroom dancing students do the fox trot in class Sunday. Participants
in the class learn a variety of steps and dances in ballroom style.
Students take to
the dance floor,
For the Daily
In just an hour, University stu-
dents can exercise, meet people and
relive an American tradition -- ball-
The University's Ballroom Dance
Club, a student organization founded
eight years ago, hosts classes every
Sunday for interested dancers. The
sport is gaining popularity, especial-
ly among college-age people.
The club's membership has sky-
rocketed to more than 400 regular
dancers in the last few years, said
club manager Karen White.
"Ballroom dancing is a very
rewarding exercise. The club is also a
great, very safe place to meet people,"
said White, a University alumna.
Rackham third-year student Mark
Nechanicky, dressed in a dress shirt
and casual khakis for the weekly club
meeting on Sunday, said he's enjoyed
meeting people in the classes.
"I had never danced before I came
to the club, but my New Year's reso-
lution was to learn how to,"
Nechanicky said. "I came to the club
because there is a variety of teachers.
You don't have to have a partner, and
it's very inexpensive?'
The Michigan League Ballroom
was filled Sunday with chatty mem-
bers, whose attire ranged from blue
jeans to tuxedos.
The instructors stood in the mid-
dle of the ballroom, showing dance
moves to students when necessary.
Another club volunteer rushed
around the room, calling out dance
steps for the students to follow.
"If people were interested, I'd
encourage them to come and check
out the first lesson because it makes
things easier, and to come for a variety
of different teachers and dances
because if one doesn't fit you then
another dance or teacher may,"he said.
The music ranges from Top 40
songs to old classics such as "Moon
River." The club also is open to
University alumni and faculty, but the
ballroom had a younger crowd Sunday.
"It's really a lot of fun. Physically
it's good exercise. I like to do it
instead of going to the gym or going
to an aerobics class," said Mary
Christensen, a graduate student
instructor in French literature.
This year, the club introduced a
dance team for students who are very
serious about ballroom dancing.
"To offer an outlet to those who like
to compete, the club has established a
new dance team for students only,"
White said. "The team will travel to
other colleges and universities to com-
pete. The competitions will be fairly
informal, friendly and low cost?'
The classes are usually held in the
Michigan Union or the League ball-
rooms. White said television popu-
larized ballroom dancing, which has
been declared an Olympic sport, and
attracted younger members.
Mark Dimmer, a manager at the
Arthur Murray dance studio in
Bloomfield Hills, agreed that inter-
est in ballroom dancing is rising
among a younger crowd.
"In the past, many of our clients
were in the 40- to 80-year-old age
range," Dimmer said. "Now, we seem
to be appealing to a much younger
group who are in their 20s to 30s."
Michigan Governor John M. Engler announces his new Initiative to teach high
schoolers vocational skills they can put to work as soon as they graduate
The state legislature has already
made $10 million available for the pro-
ject, titled the Career Preparation
System, and Engler said that bankroll
would continue to grow.
The move comes along with other
recent educational initiatives to open
charter schools and allow students to
choose the schools they want to attend.
Engler said the new program would
give students more choices, also the
goal of the other educational changes.
The model for the new plan is a program
already in place in the Wayne-Westland
school district. Principal Bill Richardson
heads the William D. Ford Career
Technical Center, where about 25 high
school juniors are taking classes in a part-
nership between the district, two compa-
nies and the United Auto Workers union.
Students in the program spend three
hours each day in industrial classes learnr
ing applied math, science and communica,
tion skills. At the end of the two-year proa
gram, students are offered jobs at one ot
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