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Monday
January 6, 2003
©2003 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIII, No. 67

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Haddad
4 appeals
denial of
asylum
By Jeremy Berkowitz
Daily Staff Reporter
It has been more than a year since
local Muslim community leader
Rabih Haddad was taken into cus-
tody and he continues to fight a bat-
tle with the federal government to
remain in the United States.
Two weeks ago, Haddad's lawyers
appealed a November decision by
U.S. Immigration
Judge Robert
Newberry to
deny asylum to
Haddad and his
family.
Haddad's attor-
ney, Ashraf
Nubani, said he
filed the appeal
with the Federal
Board of Immi- Haddad
gration Appeals,
located in Falls Church, Va. He
hopes to argue in front of the board
sometime in the next couple of
months.
The family will be able to remain
in the United States as the appeals
process continues.
At Haddad's October asylum
hearing in Detroit, his lawyers
argued that Haddad would be in
danger if he was deported back to
Lebanon, saying al-Qaida opera-
tives could take retaliation against
him for speaking out against the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, or the
Lebanese government could take
action against him to prove to the
U.S. government that they are fight-
ing terrorism:
"Governments of these countries
would be eager to please the U.S.,"
Haddad said. "I fear torture, impris-
onment and even death."
But in his ruling, Newberry said
there was no substantial evidence
that Haddad would be in danger if
deported. Newberry added that
Haddad was a danger to national
security.
"A plethora of public evidence
circumstantially links respondent to
terrorist elements," Newberry said
in his ruling.
Haddad, first arrested in Decem-
ber 2001 on a visa violation, has
been held in Monroe County Jail for
the last year.
He has also been suspected of
having links to terrorist organiza-
tions as the founder of the Global
Relief Foundation, an Islamic relief
charity.
He had three closed hearings in
front of Immigration Judge Eliza-
beth Hacker in December 2001 and
January 2002.
But in April, U.S. District Court
Judge Nancy Edmunds ruled Had-
dad's hearings had to be open in
response to a lawsuit filed at the
end of January by a group of
Detroit newspapers, the Michigan
chapter of the American Civil Lib-
erties Union and U.S. Rep. John
Conyers (D-Detroit).
The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of
Appeals upheld Edmunds' decision
in late August.
See HADDAD, Page 7A

Four teens
charged with
armed thefts

By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
The Department of Public Safety
has apprehended four area
teenagers in connection to the
armed robbery spree that struck
North Campus on Dec. 8 and 9.
Though the suspects do not fully
match the original descriptions
given by victims, DPS Sgt. Stacy
Richmond said the four were appre-
hended after a full investigation
consisting of interviews and search
warrants.
DPS officers arrested three of the
suspects after they were apprehend-
ed by the Washtenaw County Sher-
iff's Department for robbing an
Ypsilanti gas station, Richmond
said. The fourth suspect was arrest-

ed after further interviews.
Three women - Folana Carter,
18, Kesha Warren, 16, Kisha
Richardson, 19, and one man, Eric
Oliver, 18, have each been charged
with four counts of armed robbery,
one count of assault with attempt to
commit a robbery, and five counts
of conspiracy. In addition, Warren
is charged with one count of ethnic
intimidation.
The charges could result in life in
prison, Richmond said.
Richmond said the four worked
together to commit the armed rob-
beries and were charged as though
each had committed every incident.
All four will be tried as adults.
Four of the incidents occurred
within the same area - near Cram
See ARRESTS, Page 7A

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Tight end Bennie loppru celebrates after a 48-yard reception fromn quarterback John Navarre. In his last game at
Michigan, Joppru caught six balls for 80 yards, setting a Michigan tight end record for receptions in a season, with 53.
Varsity kicks off y ear
with Outback victory

Airline travellers
not delayed b
baginspections-
CHICAGO (AP) - Knowing holi- more than 400 of the nation's com-
day travelers would be putting the mercial airports be screened for
country's new airport baggage- explosives.
screening system to its first big test, "It wasn't nearly as bad as we were
Robert Chesniak gave himself 90 led to believe it was going to be," said
minutes to check his luggage yester- Roger Burlingame, who was traveling
day at O'Hare International Airport. from Chicago to Phoenix. "A piece of
That was about 85 minutes more ' cake," his wife, Marni, said.
than he needed. Spot checks yesterday at several of
"That wasn't bad at all," said Ches- the nation's airports showed no major
niak, 53, after a security worker delays caused by the new security
wiped his bags with a sheet of materi- measures.
al designed to pick up traces of "It's about the same as before," said
explosive chemicals for analysis in a Richard Blackwell of Gainesville,
detector device. Ga., who watched as screeners at
Around the country, air travelers Atlanta Hartsfield International Air-
had much the same impression on port opened and inspected a sealed
what was expected to be the heaviest box of stereo equipment before a
travel day since Jan. 1, when a Con- flight to Florida.
gressional order went into effect At the international terminal for
requiring that every checked bag at See AIRPORTS, Page,7A
Suicide bombers
strike urban area
TEL AVIV Israel (AP) - Seconds apart, two Palestinian suicide bombers blew
themselves up in a crowded part of Tel Aviv where foreign workers live, killing 23.
bystanders, wounding more than 100 and ending a lull in such attacks just three
weeks before Israeli elections.
Israeli helicopters firing missiles blasted metal workshops in Gaza early today
as Israel's leadership met to consider how to respond to the deadliest single Pales-
tinian attack since March, when a suicide bomber killed 29 Israelis at a Passover
meal.
The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, linked to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's
Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack, naming the bombers
as two young men from the West Bank city of Nablus. There was also a less spe-
cific claim from the Islamic Jihad.
In Washington, President Bush called the .uack "a despicable act of murder"
See ATTACK, Page 2A

By David Horn
Daily Sports Editor

TAMPA, Fla. - Michigan began 2002 as the victims
of a central Florida slaughter, courtesy of Tennessee in
the Florida Citrus Bowl. Fortunately for the Wolverines,
the first day of 2003 began very differently. Michigan (6-
2 Big Ten, 10-3 overall) survived six lead changes and a
late Florida charge to defeat the Gators, 38-30, before a
sold-out crowd of 65,101 at Raymond James Stadium.
Trailing by eight with just over two minutes remaining
in the game, Florida junior quarterback Rex Grossman
engineered a drive from his team's own 27-yard line.
Grossman, who was likely playing in his final game for
the Gators, completed two passes for 18 yards and drew a
15-yard personal foul on a late hit from Michigan senior
linebacker Victor Hobson.
But two plays after jeopardizing his defense's chances
at shutting down the suddenly efficient Florida offense,
Hobson made amends.
On 1st-and-10 from the Michigan 27-yard line, the
Gators (6-2 SEC, 8-5) called for a reverse option pass to

wideout (and former high school quarterback) Vernell
Brown. Brown rolled out to the left and was pursued by
defensive end Alain Kashama, then forced a desperate,
wobbly pass toward the sideline. Hobson stepped in front of
Grossman (the intended receiver) and took the ball 42 yards
in the other direction to ensure victory for the Wolverines.
"They'd been getting man coverage all that series, and
Rex was going to be open," Florida first-year coach Ron
Zook said. "When you're in man coverage you don't
account for the quarterback, and at that point in time I
thought it was a good opportunity."
Hobson was one of several Michigan seniors who made
waves in his final game for the Maize and Blue. In partic-
ular, captain Bennie Joppru set the team's season-recep-
tions record for a tight end on the strength of eight catches
for 80 yards. That brought his season total to 53, surpass-
ing a 33-year old record previously held by Jim Mandich.
But it was truly a couple of juniors who led the
Wolverines. Tailback Chris Perry set an Outback Bowl
record with four touchdowns; the accomplishment is
also a Michigan bowl record. He finished the game
See OUTBACK, Page 7A

Granholm encourages civic
responsibility at inauguration

By Loule Melzilsh
Daily Staff Reporter

LANSING - Echoing the words of President John
Kennedy's 1961 inaugural address, Jennifer Granholm
urged Michiganders to get involved in the political process,
telling them, "You, in your hands, hold the power to change
the world."
Granholm, 43, was sworn in Wednesday just before noon
as Michigan's first female governor, becoming the second
Democrat to hold that post in 40 years.
Her inauguration capped a meteoric rise in Michigan poli-
tics for the Northville resident, who began serving in elec-
tive office only four years ago, as the state's attorney
general. She had previously served as Wayne County corpo-
ration counsel and assistant U.S. attorney.
Sworn in on the steps of the State Capitol by Judge
Damon Keith of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals,
CTranhnlm and varions other ton state officials. fter a 21-

gun salute and a flyover by four Air National Guard jets,
then proceeded to the Lansing Center for their inaugural
addresses.
Michigan's new governor commenced her address with an
optimistic outlook.
"The door has been opened, so bring in an air of innova-
tion," she said. "The door has been opened, so breathe a
renewed air of citizen patriotism,, duty and service to one
another. The door has been opened, so bring in an air of pos-
sibility and of hope."
Her address followed a rousing rendition of the National
Anthem, performed by famed Motown singer Aretha
Franklin.
During her address, Granholm predicted the first part of
her term would prove difficult, as she will have to find ways
to close a more than $1 billion hole in the state budget.
Granholm has said "pain" will be felt by many dependent on
state government services as long as the budget problems
Se e RANHOLM. Pa 7A

Michigan's new governor, Jennifer Granholm, takes the oath of office Wednesday on the steps of the State Capitol. She is
sworn in by Judge Damon Keith of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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