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N Federal officials may
have used marijuana
dealer as an informant
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New
Hampshire state police have accused
federal officials in Michigan of aiding
a marijuana dealer's life on the lam.
New questions have been raised in
the case against Alberto Lujan after the
release of court documents and testi-
mony by a New Hampshire state police
sergeant. Lujan fled New Hampshire in
1992, and he was arrested six years
later in Albion.
Sgt. Michael Hambrook's testimony

in January and newly released court
records suggest that federal officials in
Michigan used Lujan as an informant
while he was on the lam even though
he was considered New Hampshire's
most wanted fugitive.
Michigan officials deny the allega-
tions.
"That's false," Assistant U.S. Attor-
ney Michael Liebson said this week.
"Lujan was not paid as an informant.
We did not use him as an informant.
"It didn't happen. Period," he added.
Lujan pleaded guilty last week in
Concord to federal drug charges.
Authorities said he helped move 33
tons of marijuana to New Hampshire

and the Northeast through Arizona and
Michigan. He faces 18 years in prison
at his May sentencing.
During Lujan's trial, New Hamp-
shire police officer Hambrook testified
about a meeting in February 1993, in
Tucson, Ariz., four months after Lujan
was indicted.
He said Liebson and Drug Enforce-
ment Administration agent Scott Syme,
both of Michigan, wanted officials in
New Hampshire and Arizona to drop
charges against Lujan so he could work
as an informant in Michigan.
"The argument continued that this
man could be very valuable to the gov-
ernment, that he has a lot of valuable

fugitive
information that apparently thcy--%ere
learning through a third party . and
that they felt Lujan should be an infor-
mant and that we should just basically
get out of the way or stop being a.road-
block in this thing and cooperate with
them," Hambrook said.
Hugh Davis, a Detroit lawyer who
represented Lujan, testified thatiLjan
cooperated with Michigan authorities
on drug cases while being a fugitive:
"Mr. Lujan had been a fugitive, for a
number of years. During that lime he
had engaged in a continuous process of
cooperation with authorities in various
ongoing drug investigations," Davis
said.
:onvicted

SNRE senior Lena Van Haven and LSA
game with children in Nogales, Mexii
SPRING BREAK
Continued from Page 1A
mental groups, people living in
rural and poor communities, the
homeless, and alternative drug-
free programs for kids.
Local organizations such as St.
Mary's Church, Hillel, New Life
Church, the School of Public
Health and Sister 2 Sister also
participated in various alternative
spring activities.
While ASB allowed students to
volunteer, other unconventional
trips let students learn about
everything from American history
to living conditions in other coun-
tries.
Students on the Sociology 460
trip spent much of their time
interacting with Hispanic families
in the city of Nogales.
The class stayed in colonias,
which are shanty towns built to
accommodate the overflowing
populations of some Mexican
-;ties.
The people there were really
inspiring in lots of ways. From
their perspective, they knew they
were poor and they knew they
were in a bad situation. At the
same time they wear still so
incredibly happy to share their

SAM HOLLENSHEAD/Daily
A senior Rodolfo Palma-Lullon play a
co, while on Alternative Spring Break.
lives with us. They were so full of
dignity and pride, it was amaz-
ing," said Rodolfo Palma-Lulion,
an LSA senior.
The class stayed in the colonias
for two nights.
"It was a chilly, chilly night the
first night we were there. The
husband had built the house we
stayed in, and there was no insula-
tion. When you put your hand up
against the wall, you could almost
feel the wind," he said.
Although they didn't get a lot
of rest and relaxation, students
said they were happy with their
decision to spend their breaks
doing something besides partying
with friends.
"It was fantastic. It was proba-
bly one of the best spring break
trips ever taken," Palma-Lulion
said.
The class also visited a Ford
Motor Company car plant and a
toxic dump site that was recently
closed down for violations against
Mexican laws.
Other classes that took educa-
tional field trips during spring
break included Lloyd Hall Schol-
ars Program 113. The class took a
field trip throughout the South to
various cites that played a role in
the civil rights movement.

Lawyers ght for wrongly

LANSING (AP) - Michigan lawyers, law students
and professors are teaming up to aid innocent convicts.
"Every time an innocent person is arrested, con-
victed, sentenced or executed, the real criminal is out
there committing more crimes," New York attorney
Barry Scheck told the nearly 600 people who attended
a Friday event to kick off The Innocence Project at
Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Scheck - a member of O.J. Simpson's legal
"Dream Team," which helped convince jurors to acquit
Simpson of murder in 1995 - started the Innocence
Project at New York City's Cardozo School of Law in
1992 and has supported more than a dozen projects
launched nationwide since.
Of the nearly 100 wrongly convicted prisoners
freed in the last decade, 10 were scheduled to die,
Scheck said.
JOBS
Continued from Page1A
started to affect overall employment.
"With dot-coms falling, people going back to indu!
are often at high-level positions, and it tends to trio
down," Rado said. "There are alumni coming back,o
ing what resources are available and looking at the all
ni network."
The automotive industry, which traditionally hire
large number of University students, has felt the ac
effects of slowing consumer confidence and spendi
The impact has translated to falling employment; w
the national rate of unemployment hit 4.2 percent
January, unemployment in Michigan jumped to 4.5F
cent.
"We're assessing and reassessing our needs, but wv
honoring all offers" said Mike Farrere, communicat'
manager for Ford Global Recruiting.
"It's important to maintain our relationships withu
versities who have supported us," Farrere said.
The outlook for employment remains relatively posit]

"Every time an innocent person is arrested, convicted,
sentenced or executed, the real criminal is out there."
- Barry check
Attaruey

The Cooley project was co-founded and directed
by Cooley professor Norman Fell and F. Martin Tieber,
a lawyer with the State Appellate Defenders Office.
Fell said the project already has received up to
400 requests from people who say they were wrong-
ly convicted. He said it can take years to get results
on a case.
"It's a long-term commitment" Fell told the Lans-
ing State Journal. "Some cases take three to four years

before you even really get going on them."
About 160 Michigan lawyers have offered't' vol-
unteer with the project, which will begin reviewing
cases soon. Limited resources and urgency based on
time will be the biggest factors in deciding whichcases
the group will take, Fell said.
But even with the volunteered time of Michigan
lawyers, Tieber said the project will rely on dona-
tions.

however, as recent declines follow years of expansion.
"We've had record-breaking numbers," said Terri
LaMarco, associate director of Career Planning and-
Placement. "The job market has been strong for two to
three years now, so it wouldn't be surprising to see a
slowdown in terms of organizations reassessing (employ-
ment). I think that's what we're seeing now."
The Index of Leading Economic Indicators, a mea-
surement used to gauge and forecast the national econo-
my, has recently shown signs of moderation.
After successive monthly declines of 0.4 percent, 0.3
percent and 0.5 percent, the index rose 0.8 percent in
January. An official economic downturn, defined as a
fall of 3.5 percent annualized over a six-month period, is
now unlikely.
Despite such encouraging signs, the forecast for next
year's fall recruiting season remains uncertain. While
few expect a drastic decline in campus recruiting, the
potential for reduced activity remains.
"I would hedge your bets," Rado suggested for stu-
dents interviewing this fall, "and do more of an off-cam-
pus search."

TRIAL
Continued from Page1A
of racial preferences under the right
circumstances," he said.
But Miranda Massie, lead counsel
for the intervenors in the Law School
case, said the students should have
been granted a trial.
"It's very cavalier to make a sweep-
ing dismissal of their arguments with-
out affording the students a chance to
develop them in a trial like the-one in
the Law School," Massie said.
"Students at the U of M should feel
tremendously proud of what thdy have
achieved in both these cases. It's clear-
ly a setback, but getting turned away
as intervenors in the first place"was a
much bigger setback. If we keep-ight-
ing and the campus keeps mobilizing,
we can win."

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conversations between good friends,
new acquaintances - and bead nego-
tiators.
"Beads are the currency of choice."
a New Orleans resident said.
Although many Mardi Gras enthusi-
asts were without clothes, very few
were without beads. A 40-something
man was wearing a g-string without
pants. Right next to him stood a 20-
something woman who had turned in
her T-shirt for a chest painting. Despite
the wacky fashion sense in New
Orleans, beads were the perfect fit for
all present.
In the early 1980s, the bead craze
started in the French Quarter as
women bared their breasts in exchange
for beads, and now the exchange has
expanded to full frontal nudity. Today,
the exchange of beads signifies an
understood bargain that permits men
and women to ask each other favors of
their choice in exchange for the color-
ful dangles.
"I would have to say I think we
stayed away from the really crazy stuff,
but it was interesting to see girls flash-
ing for beads while 10 guys stood
around her taking pictures and video-
taping!" Shapiro said.
"I thinkmy favorite thing about
Mardi Gras was the fact that we got to
walk around covered in tacky looking
beads while feeling really cool about
it!" Shapiro said.
Aside from the ever-present beads,
there is no presiding theme for Mardi
Gras, but each individual parade
depicts a specific subject. The parade

floats then support the krewe's theme
for the year. A krewe is the generic
term for all Carnival organizations in
New Orleans, first used by the Mistick
Krewe of Comus which coined the
word in 1857 to give its club's name an
Old English flavor.
The themes created by more than
2,100 Mardi Gras parades staged in
New Orleans since 1857 have ranged
from absurd to the uplifting in nature.
Among some of the more popular sub-
jects have been stories, legends, geog-
raphy, famous people, entertainment
and mythology and literature.
Lundi Gras precedes Mardi Gras
as the eighth annual Orpheus parade
entertained adoring crowds and
showered groping hands with beads.
The parade's founder, singer Harry
Connick Jr. led a host of celebrities
including Whoopi Goldberg as well
as nearly 1,200 male and female
members.
Regardless of who rules the city,
New Orleans is always known as "The
Crescent City" because of its shape:
The snug curve along the banks of the
Mississippi River shapes a city that
Mardi Gras temporarily bends of out
shape.
The New Orleans Department of
Sanitation quantifies the amount of fun
had in the Crescent City during the
Carnival celebration that extended
from Jan. 6 to the actual day of Mardi
Gras on Feb. 27. According to deputy
director Lisa Maack, 1,450 tons of
garbage was hauled off city streets
during last year's celebration. The
2001 Mardi Gras celebration was
expected to set a record for the amount
of garbage.

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CITY
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"People assist us in the reporting of
crimes and there is a perception of
safety that comes from the officers in
the neighborhoods," Logghe said.
Logghe added that though the Uni-
versity "adds to the vitality" of the
city, it lures a high number of larce-
nies.
"Any time you have a University,
you are going to have a lot of undesir-
ables that prey on students," Logghe
said. "Students usually have things

that aren't for profit," Holman said.
"There are a staggering number of
people in Ann Arbor that are
extremely concerned in expressing
their views - it attracts the type of
people who want to be active and
involved."
Holman added that the city offers a
number ofjobs for students.
Ingrid Sheldon, who was mayor
of Ann Arbor from 1993 until last
November, said when the Universi-
ty came to Ann Arbor in 1837 it
was the economic engine for the
city but has since "taken on its own

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