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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 3, 2000 - 5
ew development could transform Maynard St.

By Kristen Beaumont
or the Daily
new building proposal that could mean the
rth of the State Street area is exciting area
usiness owners. ,
Jeffery Spoon, of Spoon Equities LLC, has
ubmitted plans for a seven-story mixed-use
)ffice building.
The building will be located at 337 Maynard
t., next to Nickel's Arcade between William
md Liberty streets.
The first floor would contain retail stores,
loors two through five would be offices, and
he sixth and seventh floors floors would be
goon commented on the benefits of a mixed-
ise building.
"These buildings are what the city of Ann
\rbor needs. They are 24-hour buildings that
tave multiple purposes." Spoon's goal is to keep
he building design compatible with the neigh-
orhood design of Nickel's Arcade.

Spoon also said that the building will be tech-
nologically smart with TI, T3 and DS3 Internet
line connections.
The plan will go before the City Council on
Oct. I1, the Historic Commission on Oct. 12,
and if approved could go before the Planning
Commission as early as Oct. 17.
The State Street Association has already seen
the plan and retail owners gave it a favorable
"It will definitely help the area. This plan will
utilize the space and it may also bring more
potential shoppers to the area, which will be
good for all the businesses on State Street," said
Ed Davidson, Spoon's partner on this project and
the owner of the Bivouac outdoor equipment
store on State Street.
Carl Pohrt, owner of Shaman Drum Bookshop
and the State Street Association Board presi-
dent, said the entire Association is looking for-
ward to the new building.
"The street will be more vibrant with the
increase of shoppers to the area, the offices will

loyees to the area for lunch, and the
11 increase the residential vitality of >b - .
orhood," Pohrt said.
>or Mayor Ingrid Sheldon has exam-
ans for the new building carefully.
nt to utilize the space in the best way
There is a tremendous demand for
e as well as downtown living," Shel-
the building proposal is "first class"
maintains community standards.
:he proposal process is very exacting
onsuming, we will speed the process
st as possible."
e building proposal receives final
From City Council, Spoon will start
of the old building, a former McDon-
owners said they hope the project n
id, "There is an ecology of down- ALEX WOLK/Daily
like any ecosystem, we need to look A building proposal for a mixed-use office building on the former McDonald's site
maintain it." on Maynard Street is expected to help rejuvenate the State Street area.
'First Monday' recognizes
victims of gun violence

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By Susan Luth
For the Daily
In an effort to raise awareness of
gun violence, Alliance for Justice, a
national organization, brought its mes-
sage to more than 350 cities across the
nation - including Ann Arbor.
A group of about 20 students and
community members gathered in the
Michigan Union to be a part of a cam-
paign called, "First Monday 2000:
Unite to End Gun Violence."
The event featured a film titled
"America: Up in Arms," which
showed three families whose lives
were impacted by gun violence.
Immediately after the film, keynote
speaker Clementine Barfield spoke
about her experiences with gun vio-
lence. "Sometimes I wonder what dif-
ference 100 people makes,"she said as
she spoke about the increasing num-
bers of victims. "Then I remember that
I could be one of those 100 people."
Barfield is president and founder for
a local non-profit organization called
Save Our Sons and Daughters. She
started the group after one of her sons
was killed and one wounded during a
robbery at gun point.
"I don't know how many more peo-
ple have to die before we come to
terms with the fact that guns are for
killing, she said. "People should ques-

"I don't know how many more people
have to die before we come to terms
with the fact that guns are for killing."
-- Clementine Barfield
President of Save Our Sons and Daughters

tion themselves about why they have
them ... why they have a semi-auto-
matic to kill a rabbit."
Alliance for Justice chose to call the
campaign "First Monday," to signify
the beginning of the U.S. Supreme
Court's term, which always starts on
the first Monday of October.
In Los Angeles, a round table dis-
cussion was led by U.S. Attorney Ale-
jandro Mayorkas, with movie and
television celebrities in attendance.
In New York City, talk show host
Rosie O'Donnell introduced the
screening of the documentary at Pace
University. Students also walked
across the Brooklyn Bridge to raise
awareness of the number of children
who have died because of gun vio-
Alliance for Justice, who sponsors
"First Monday," doesn't want to ban
guns, but instead wants to find a solu-
tion that would lower the rate of vio-

lence that guns cause.
"Gun violence in America is occur-
ring at a rate that is phenomenal, and it
doesn't have to be that way," Alliance
for Justice communication assistant
Scott Fairchild said. "It has been
decreasing, but here it is at rates
unprecedented to the industrial world."
"I'm just promoting education about
statistics because the facts are alarm-
ing," Banov said. "My goal is to
inform and educate others, and hope-
fully motivate people to reduce gun
violence in any way they feel comfort-
"I am definitely for more strict regu-
lation of guns' said Social Work stu-
dent Jeff LoTempio, who attended last
night's presentation at the Union. "I
think the first step is being aware. I
should learn how to take action as a
citizen of America and learn to stop
this problem that takes thousands of
lives each year."

&hite Cloud, an albino bison, and her unnamed young calf stand In the pasture near the National Buffalo Museum In
amestown, N.D. The museum is accepting suggestions for naming the young calf.
Teen-ager pleads gtnto
rounding 6 in shooting

CONYERS, Ga. (AP)-A teen-ager
ntered dual pleas of guilty and guilty-
ut-mentally-ill yesterday in a 1999
chool shooting that left six fellow stu-
lents wounded.
A judge will consider the results of
nental evaluations on 17-year-old T.J.
Solomon before deciding which of the
wo pleas to accept.
the judge accepts the guilty pleas
o all 29 charges, including aggravated
issault, cruelty to children and
weapons violations, Solomon could be
entenced to up to 211 years in prison.
If the judge accepts the guilty-but-
nentally-ill plea, Solomon would still

go to prison but would receive psychi-
atric treatment under the care of prison
doctors. "Obviously, this act was the
act of someone extremely sick. It was
not characteristic of this man's life or
his values' said Solomon's lawyer, Ed
Solomon, who was 15 at the time,
opened fire with a sawed-off rifle on
hundreds of students in a common area
at Heritage High School in Conyers,
about 25 miles east of Atlanta, one
month after the Columbine High mas-
sacre in Colorado. Witnesses said he
appeared to be aiming below waist

He then dropped to his knees and
pointed a .357-caliber Magnum
revolver, first at his mouth and then at
an assistant principal, but then surren-
dered it to the man'with a tearful: "Oh,
my God, I'm so scared!"
Solomon's lawyers had argued that
the teen-ager should be hospitalized
for mental illness, but a Georgia
appeals court ruled that he was not out
of touch with reality at the time of the
Friends have said Solomon was
upset over a failed romance, but he
was vague about his motives in a letter
of apology earlier this year.
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Ludge grs attorneys
over reinstating
Napster injunction

federal appeals judges put the onus on
the recording industry yesterday,
'ling its attorneys with questions
a'but why a lower court's injunction
against Napster Inc. should be reinstat-
ed and the song-sharing service shut
The panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals peppered recording
industry lawyers with queries, trying
find out how exactly Napster's service
should or could be monitored to weed
ot the trafficking of copyrighted
ic among what Napster claims are
32 million users.
Judge Robert Beezer told Russell
Frackman, a lawyer representing the
Recording Industry Association of
America, that asking Napster to keep
tabs on music traded by its users might
be too much to handle.
"How are they supposed to have
knowledge of what comes off of some
kid's computer in Hackensack, N.J. to
W er in Guam?" Beezer asked.
rackman said the answer lies in
Napster's ability to take a list of copy-
righted song titles and redesign its ser-
vice not to transmit those files.
The hearing was part of the continu-
ing legal battle between Napster and
the RIAA, which alleges that Napster
contributes to copyright infringement
by allowing millions of users to search
for music with its MusicShare directo-
and then download directly from
eh others computers. The recording
industry considers this case pivotal in
its batte against online piracy.

Attorneys for each side had 20 min-
utes to make their case yesterday. The
judges adjourned without reaching a
decision, which could come at any time.
Through its questions, the appeals
panel suggested that U.S. District
Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel's
injunction shutting down Napster pro-
hibited legal uses of the music-sharing
software, such as the trading of non
copyrighted music.
David Boies, who successfully pros-
ecuted the government's antitrust case
against Microsoft Corp., said reinstat-
ing Patel's injunction would cripple
Napster's service.
Patel's injunction against Napster in
July said the small Redwood City-
based company was encouraging
"wholesale infringing" against music
industry copyrights.
But hours before Napster's comput-
er servers were to power down, the
appeals court stayed the injunction,
keeping the company's service alive.
Napster also claimed the promotion
of artists who permit their songs to be
shared would be hurt by reinstating the
injunction, adding that the 1984
Supreme Court decision allowing
Sony to continue manufacturing VCRs
that can duplicate copyrighted materi-
als also covers Napster's service.
But Frackman argued that Napster
was specifically created to aid users
engaging in copyright infringement.
Frackman said the music industry is
not "trying to stop the Internet," but
wants to stop Napster from allowing
its users to swap pirated music.

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