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LOCAL/STATE

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 13, 2001- 3

'U',
By Jacquelyn Nixc
Daily Staff Reporter

stydeat faces charges in eBay scam

Fire extinguisher
used in Couzens;
no fire reported
Although there was no fire, a fire
extinguisher was dispensed Friday
norning in Couzens Residence
Hall, according to Department of
Public Safety. The extinguisher was
dispensed all over the first and sec-
ond floors as well as in the east ele-
vator.
Illegal weapons
found in museum
DPS reports state that 24 unregis-
ered long guns and one illegal
*andgun were found Friday evening
in the Museum of Zoology. The long
guns were registered and kept
secure.
Stray cat lashes
out, bites victim
DPS provided assistance to a victim
of a cat bite early Saturday morning.
1he victim was advised to file a report
with the police department and to
request to have a trap set to catch the
stray cat.
Chairs stolen from
computing site
Saturday afternoon a call was
made to DPS regarding the theft of
two chairs from the computing site
at Couzens Residence Hall. The
*aller said the chairs were stolen
from the first-floor lab sometime
within the past two days. DPS had
no suspects.
Multiple minors in
possession cited
DPS officers issued four citations to
minors in possession of alcohol at
South Quad Residence Hall on Satur-
day night.
Officers also issued three alcohol
citations to minors Sunday morning at
East Quad Residence Hall.
Burglar takes
TV/VCR, Sega
A burglar struck the Vera Baits II
CrossHouse on Thursday morning,
,BPS reports state. The thief entered
,hrough a window and stole a
TV/VCR combo and a Sega Dream-
cast system.
Delivery truck
hits McDonalds
Early Friday morning a delivery
truck hit the overhang on the south-
east corner of the McDonalds restau-
cant in Pierpont Commons, DPS
reports said. There was damage to the
concrete Siding and grounds mainte-
nance was notified to clean up the
concrete. The exact amount of dam-
age is unknown.
DPS apprehends
man at library
DPS arrested a male who was
found sleeping in the Shapiro Under-
*raduate Library on Saturday morn-
ing. The man was arrested on an
outstanding trespass warrant.
MCard reported
stolen from Union
A caller at the Michigan Union
informed DPS that her MCard was
stolen Thursday afternoon. DPS had

O suspects.
Backpack stolen
from parked car
A backpack was stolen from a
vehicle parked in the Church Street
carport Friday night, DPS reports
state. Access to the backpack was
gained through a window of the
vehicle.
*Trespasser found
near steam tunnel
Early Saturday morning DPS
stopped a subject just prior to his
entering one of the steam tunnels on
State Street. The man was issued a
trespass warrant and he was
released.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Kristen Beaumont.

on

After allegedly selling stolen items on eBay,
an LSA senior is scheduled to appear in court
next week, charged with three 10-year
felonies.
Stephen Warrington, 27, is facing one count of
breaking and entering, one count of concealing
and stealing property worth more than $20,000
and one count of using a computer to commit a
crime.
He was released on bond after being arraigned
over the weekend, and his preliminary hearing is
slated for Feb. 20.
Warrington, who had been breaking and enter-
ing the windows of area businesses since last
summer, had no previous convictions or arrests,
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Detective Ron
Blackwell said.
Blackwell said Warrington is unlike the typical

burglar. "He was very cooperative and he accept-
ed his responsibility from the moment when I sat
down and talked with him," he said.
"I was very surprised that he is a student,"
Blackwell said. "He's actually a pretty good kid
other than the mistakes he made."
Blackwell said authorities may not have dis-
covered Warrington if he had not made himself
vulnerable by stealing and selling such unique
equipment.
"It's like when a $2,000 Gateway laptop is on
eBay for $250. If it smells too good to be true,
something is wrong," Blackwell said.
Warrington is accused of selling computers,
digital video cameras and tools on the online
auction site. He was caught after a satellite global
positioning system posted on eBay this month
alarmed a potential buyer.
"The surveying community throughout the
U.S. is a tightknit group of people," Blackwell

said.
The customer, who resides in California, called
the equipment manufacturer representative at
Leica Corporation, who checked the serial num-
ber. The equipment was a commercial lease to
Washtenaw Engineering, Blackwell said.
Currently the sheriff's department is in the
process of tracking down individuals who may
have purchased the stolen equipment on eBay so
it can be returned to the rightful owners.
Blackwell said the department can use search
warrants to obtain records from eBay of what
Warrington has sold.
University spokeswoman Julie Peterson said
students can also face sanctions under the Stu-
dent Code of Conduct after violating state or fed-
eral law.
Peterson said the University is prohibited from
making an official statement on Warrington's
arrest because of the Family and Educational

Right to Privacy Act of 1974.
"It protects students' academic and discipli-
nary records," she said.
Although she could not confirm whether War-
rington would face a Code hearing for the thefts
and fraud, Peterson said, "behavior of that nature;
could be pursued under the current Student
Code."
Washtenaw County Assistant Prosecutor
John Reiser said a detective from Pittsfield
Township will also be involved in the investi-
gation, as different police departments are
working together.
Internet crimes have posed difficulties for law,
enforcement agencies regarding their jurisdiction
over the incidents.
"As the Internet evolves, it is obviously going
to evolve in the criminal aspect as well," Black
well said. "The Internet is going to be the new
avenue for law enforcement."

Swing kids

Valentine's Day romance
takes a backseat to exams

By Fenlene Hsu
For the Daily

Valentine's Day is drawing near, but it appears midterms
havesforced many students to compromise their romantic
plans.
LSA sophomore Jenny Li, whose boyfriend lives in
New York, said because they live so far apart, "we're just
going to send each other stuff. We can't really do anything
because of midterms and everything."
Whether it's writing papers, studying for a midterm or
preparing a presentation, many students said they simply
will not have the time to celebrate Valentine's Day this
year.
"Valentine's Day ... that's on the 14th? I'll have to
remember that," said LSA senior Jake Siddle, who said he
has a psychology paper due soon after Valentines Day.
Other students know the holiday is nearing but have
decided not to celebrate.
"I'm doing absolutely nothing," said LSA junior Josh
Juran.
Still, there are many students who seem determined not
to let midterms interfere with their celebrations.
"I'll probably just celebrate over the weekend," said LSA
senior Danielle Mills. "We'll probably make dinner togeth-
er, have a little wine and just spend time with each other."
Many students said they anticipate celebrating Valen-
tine's Day despite being in the middle of the week.

"Valentine's Day ... that's on f
the 14th? I'll have to
remember that."
- Jake Siddle
LSA senior
"I usually just exchange gifts with my better half, but
this year I intend to have the whole candlelit dinner.
thing," said LSA senior April Alexander who added that
she has a long-distance boyfriend. She said she doesn't
plan on postponing Valentine's Day even if midterms
conflict.
LSA senior Lolisa Groover shares the same sentiment.
"I'm going to go to a movie, have a candlelit dinner, and
exchange gifts unless my boyfriend has something better
planned. But I plan to celebrate on Valentine's Day, she
said.
Other students are not so sure of their plans.
LSA sophomore Sierra Robertson, who said she antici-
pates a surprise tomorrow, said "I don't know what we're-
going to do."
For LSA senior Scott Haviland, whose girlfriend is leav
ing for Australia this Friday, this Valentine's Day is particc-
ularly special. "I intend to take her for dinner at Champion
House, where we had our first date:'

Plan proposed for coverage
of employees prescrptions

JOYCE LEE/Daily
LSA junior Nate Pocha and his girlfriend, LSA sophomore Liz Bucrek, learn
basic east coast swing dancing at the Michigan Union.
Michigan lwslc
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of clinics restc
e
Cr.-1Ce~SS toa o iOns

DETROIT (AP) - Michigan
ranked last in the country in offering
women access to reproductive health
care, according to a study released
yesterday.
There are 36 abortion clinics in only
11 of the state's 83 counties, the Michi-
gan Abortion and Reproduction Rights
Action League reported. There were 70
clinics in 1992.
"What is important about Michigan is
it enacted more restrictive legislation
that any other state in 2000;" said Kate
Michelman, president of the National
Abortion and Reproductive Rights
Action League, which conducts the
annual study. "It also had a serious
decline in the number of providers able
to serve women's needs."
The group looked at the number of
restrictions a state has for a woman
attempting to have an abortion; the
amount of anti-choice legislation being
passed; and the number of clinics and
providers available to woman for repro-
ductive health care needs.
"Usually it is not good to be in last
place, but under these circumstances, I'd
say it's very good," said Pamela Sher-
stad, spokeswoman for Right to Life of
Michigan.
Abortions in the state have dropped
to 26,207 in 1999 from 49,098 in 1987.
"I think it reflects that change to a
more pro-life attitude in Michigan,"
Sherstad said.
Michigan's Legislature may be con-

tributing to the lack of services. The
GOP-controlled Legislature has passed
several bills designed to curb abortions
in recent years, and most have been
signed by anti-abortion Gov. John
Engler.
Michigan has a parental consent law
and a ban on Medicaid coverage for
abortions. Last year, after a five-year
court battle, the state began requiring a
24-hour waiting period for abortions.
A law passed last year requires the
licensing and regulation doctors' offices
where more than 50 percent of the ser-
vices performed are abortions. The law
also requires physicians to report any
physical complications or death from
abortions.
So far, a 1999 law banning the so-
called partial-birth abortion procedure
hasn't gone into effect. It has been tied
up in court ever since its passage. The
law is similar to Nebraska's partial-
birth abortion law, which was struck
down by the U.S. Supreme Court last
year.
Another law pushed by anti-abor-
tion activists was vetoed last month
by Engler. That law would have
made employers pay more if they
wanted to offer abortion coverage as
part of their employee health bene-
fits.
Michigan's northernmost clinic is in
Saginaw, which draws women who
drive for hours from the Upper Peninsu-
la for its services, the report said.

Social issues to be
considered before final
plan submitted
By Whitney Elliott
Daily Staff Reporter
The 2002 Prescription Drug plan
for University employees will soon
be in University Provost Nancy
Cantor's hands. At yesterday's Sen-
ate Advisory Committee on Univer-
sity Affairs meeting, SACUA
member SeonAe Yeo gave the com-
mittee a closing update on the sta-
tus of the plan.
In compromising with the pharma-
cy industry and the medical school,
Yeo said her Prescription Drug 2002
work group is finalizing the plan.
"We discussed in great detail
about the co-pay structure. Less
time was spent to discuss social
issues," Yeo said.
Yeo said she still had concerns
about the social issues in relation to
lowering drug costs. For example,
she said there was concern among
University faculty and staff that
they will end up spending a consid-
erable portion of their income on

prescription drugs that, in their
opinions, should be covered by the
University health plan.
"To this date, the social issues
are the least discussed. I wanted to
see these social issues discussed in
terms of throwing down the total
drug cost," Yeo said.
The report already includes pub-
lic recommendations, taken from
public meetings in November and
December of last year.
Yeo said Cantor will receive the
report by the beginning of next
month, and, in order to meet the
2002 deadline, the revisions must
be finished by May.
SACUA member Don Deskins
said he is concerned with the money
being taken away from the faculty.
"That's the way I see the redistri-
bution, as taking away from the fac-
ulty," he said.
Deskins added that if the Univer-
sity does not find a good enough
prescription drug plan, it would, in
effect, mean a loss of money to the
faculty.
Yeo said if the money is not com-
ing back to the faculty, she and her
work group would at least like to
see the copay structure ending with

a reduction.
"What I wanted to see is at least
the overall cost will be shrinking,"
she added.
SACUA's funding policy was also
discussed at yesterday's meeting. -
SACUA Chair Moji Navvab said
he was concerned with the way he
should handle sponsorship requests
from the University community.
"Throughout the years we have
had requests from many groups,"
Navvab said. He asked SACUA
members if they had a specific cri-
teria for action when a student or
faculty group calls.
"If these people are asking for
the money, we'd need to know if
they are funded elsewhere," said
SACUA member John Rush.
Over the past five years, SACUA
has been able to fund groups due to
a $60,000 surplus in their budget.
But now, the money has run out.
Present examples of events for
which groups have asked SACUA
for funding include; a lecture pre-
sented by the scientific research
society Sigma Xi, the Academic
Freedom Lecture, American Asso-
ciation of University Professors
events and a Michigamua forum.

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