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October 25, 2002
©2002 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIII, No. 36

One-hundred-twelve years ofeditorialfreedom

Morning show-
ers continuing
into the after-
noon with light,
rain in the

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Men arrested


sniper shootings

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - One of Ameri-
ca's most extraordinary manhunts culminated
yesterday in the arrests of an Army veteran and
a teenager, asleep at a roadside rest stop - per-
petrators, authorities believe, of a bloody, three-
week sniping spree that left 10 people dead and
multitudes paralyzed by fear.
John Allen Muhammad, 41, - arrested with
John Lee Malvo, 17 - appeared in court, and
was ordered held. Neither has been charged
with the shootings, but law-enforcement
sources told The Associated Press that investi-
gators were certain they had cracked the case.
One source, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said a gun found in the suspects'

car appeared to use .223-caliber bullets - the
fatal calling card in the attacks that began Oct.
2 with the killing of James Martin in a grocery
store parking lot in Wheaton, Md.
The weapon found in the Chevrolet Caprice
was a Bushmaster rifle, according to a law
enforcement source.
The AR-15 is the civilian form of the M-16
military assault rifle. As a soldier, Muhammad
received a Marksmanship Badge with expert
rating - the highest of three ratings - in use
of the M-16, according to Army records. Police
also found a scope and tripod in the car, the
official said.
In handcuffs and a green prison jumpsuit,

Muhammad was ordered held without bail
when he appeared in federal court in Balti-
more. The courthouse was patrolled by a dozen
federal marshals armed with high-powered
Muhammad is due back in court Tuesday on
a federal firearms charge stemming from a
2000 court order in Tacoma, Wash., that barred
Muhammad from harassing or using force
against an ex-wife and children.
U.S. District Court Magistrate Beth Gesner
made no mention of the sniper killings.
Muhammad spoke little during the 10-minute
hearing. When Gesner asked him if he under-
stood the charge, he quietly answered, "Yes,

Malvo is considered by the court to be a
juvenile, and all of his proceedings are closed.
The suspects, it seems, might have been
tripped up by their own arrogance; authorities
said they received a call on the task force tip
line taking responsibility for the sniper attacks
and for an incident in Montgomery, Ala.
Evidence from a Sept. 21 robbery attempt
outside a liquor store in Montgomery, which
killed one employee and wounded another, then
led police to Malvo and Muhammad.
Two senior federal law enforcement officials,
speaking on condition of anonymity, said inves-
tigators hadn't ruled out other accomplices,

including some who may have provided vehi-
cles or other support.
But who were these two, and why might they
have unleashed terror on Maryland, Virginia
and the District of Columbia?
Muhammad, a veteran of the Gulf War, con-
verted to Islam, according to The Seattle
Times. Malvo is a citizen.of Jamaica. The
Times quoted federal sources as saying the two
had been known to speak sympathetically
about the hijackers who attacked the World
Trade Center and the Pentagon.
But there was no indication, authorities said,
that they were linked to al-Qaida or any terror-
ist groupi.

By Elizabeth Anderson
For the Daily:
Although University Libraries Director Bill
Gosling accidentally and humorously intro-
duced him as the "president of NBC News,"
ABC News President and University alum
David Westin proceeded to give an hqnest and
interesting look into mass media news and
communication at his presentation in the
Michigan Union Ballroom yesterday after-
"We are living through a time where the
news is very important," said Westin.
Westin, who served as president of ABC
Television Network until his appointment to
his current position in 1997, received both a
bachelor's and a law degree from the Univer-
sity during the 1970s.
"I spent an awful lot of days studying at the
Grad Library and the UGLi, and then later at
the Law Library," Westin said, detailing his
close ties to both Ann Arbor and the University,
community. He lived in Ann Arbor for part of JOHN PRATT/Daily
his childhood, in addition to his college years. ABC News President David Westin, a University alum, talks with LSA junior Matthew Glick, anchor and managing
See WESTIN, Page 7A editor of WOLV-TV's Michigan NewsNight.
Rental machine to increase
entertainment, convenience

Congress hears
Athletic Dept.
flyover concerns

By Allison Yang
Daily Staff Reporter
Having the nation's largest stadium,
the University has strong concerns
about commercial flyovers endanger-
ing the safety of its more than
110,000 football fans. After experi-
encing little progress with the Federal
Aviation Administration and the
Transportation Security Administra-
tion, University officials are now tak-
ing their concerns regarding the
banning of these flyovers to Congress.
"(We) have been talking to (the
FAA and TSA) all year. We tried to go
through the administrative route, but
when that failed we tried to go the
legislative route," said Mike Waring,
University executive director of feder-
al relations in Washington.
After the events of Sept. 11, the
FAA took necessary safety precau-
tions ti&dbanned all flights during
events within a 3.45-mile radius of
sports stadiums with a seating capaci-
ty of over 30,000.
"The University had concerns for a
long time before Sept. 11 - after
Sept. 11, we had the additional con-
cern of security," Waring said.

Athletic Director Bill Martin said
they are trying to address safety con-
"The fans have told us they are
very concerned (about the flyovers).
Even before Sept. 11, people have
been concerned about this issue, wor-
ried about two planes getting tangled
up or engine failures in the planes."
But now, planes are flying over the
Big House and other stadiums once
again. Since February, the FAA has
granted approximately 440 waivers to
allow small planes to advertise over
sports stadiums. Around the one-year
anniversary of Sept. 11, the FAA tem-
porarily canceled these waivers, but
now they are back in motion.
"We had policies being turned into
Swiss cheese by a bunch of waivers.
... At the elevated level of alert, there
should not be waivers," Waring said.
In efforts to fight these waivers, the
University is currently lobbying in
Congress for a bill prohibiting flights
over the Big House and other stadi-
ums whose seating capacity exceeds
"Our Washington Government
Relations Office has worked very
ticket to
rally oA2

By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter

The DVD-rental machine, MediaVendor,
arrived on campus yesterday, making its
official debut North American debut.
A trial version exists at the New Jersey
Institute of Technology and a machine will
also be placed in Lower Manhattan in the
near future.
"I don't think there's really a place to rent
videos out there, and I'm sure there is a
demand for it with the students," said Ann
Arbor native Todd Kosta, president of DVD
Enterprises, which will manage the
machine. "There is going to be a couple
thousand kids that are going to have access
to a couple thousand DVDs and video
Though it has the potential to hold up to
2,000 DVDs, Kosta said the machine's ini-

tial selection will include between 900 and
1,200 DVDs and approximately 15 Play Sta-
tion 2 video games. The open spaces will
allow for new releases to be added to the
machine periodically.
Kosta said the machine will charge stu-
dents' credit cards an introductory price of
$1.99 for three days to rent the DVDs, but
that the price will be re-evaluated in a cou-
ple months.
Several students living on North Campus
said the vending machine is a much-needed
addition to the area, considering the closest
video store requires a half-mile walk up
Murfin Avenue to Hollywood Video or fur-
ther down Plymouth Road to Blockbuster
"It's a long walk," Engineering freshman
Alicia Bidwell said.
But they said they didn't know whether
the machine would necessarily be a hit.

"It depends on the variety. It's so conven-
ient for people who live up here and don't
have cars, like me," Engineering freshman
Julie Rotramel said.
Kosta said he personally selected all the
titles available in the machine and that he
worked hard to pick out movies he felt stu-
dents would enjoy.
New releases include everything from
"Insomnia" to "Sorority Boys."
The machine also offers several older, for-
eign and obscure movies, such as "Beijing
Bicycle," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance
Kid," "Taxi Driver," "The Rocky Horror Pic-
ture Show," "Annie Hall," and "One Flew
Over the Cuckoos Nest."
"We've put a lot of foreign titles in, a lot
of hard-to-find videos, quarky documen-
taries, alternative titles, stuff that students
will enjoy. A lot of stand-up comedians, Sat-
See DVD, Page 7A

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The MediaVendor DVD-rental machine-in Pierpont
Commons will carry as many as 1,200 DVDs.

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Bond for Haddad denied
once agai, wil seek appeal

Gubernatorial nominee Jennifer
Granholm and several of the Democ-
ratic Party's candidates for statewide
office will be the subjects of a rally to
be held this morning at the Michigan
Granholm, the state attorney
general, will
appear with
running mate
John Cherry Jr.,
incumbent U.S.
Senate candi-
date Carl Levin,
15th Congres-
sional District
incumbent, John
Dingell, as well
as University Granholm
regent candi-
dates Ismael
Ahmed and
Greg Stephens.
Doors to the
Union Ballroom
will open at
10:45 a.m. with
the rally begin-
ning at 11:30.
Granholm Cherry
faces Republican
Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus in the Nov. 5
Also on hand will be U.S. Sen.
Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing)
and Robert Kennedy Jr., son of
the late attorney general and U.S.

The Hawkeyes are the surprise of the
conference as they're unbeaten and atop
the Big Ten standings.
The Wolverines held on to beat
Purdue, 23-21, in West Lafayette
to set up the battle for first place.
Iowa averages 38 points per game and
have several weapons on offense, which

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By Jeremy Berkowitz
Daily Staff Reporter
Supporters of Rabih Haddad, a local Muslim commu-
nity leader, failed to clear another obstacle yesterday
when Immigration Judge Robert Newberry denied bond
for Haddad, after reflecting on evidence given by Had-
dad's attorneys and the Justice Department Tuesday.
Haddad's attorney Ashraf Nubani said the decision
will be appealed to the Board of Immigration Appeals in
Falls Church, Va., sometime in the next six weeks. He
added he is now positive Newberry will deny Haddad's
motion for political asylum in the United States.

This was the fourth time bond has been denied for
Haddad, who has been in INS cus-
tody on a visa violation charge since
Dec. 14. At three closed immigration
hearings last December and January,
Immigration Judge Elizabeth Hacker
refused bond to Haddad at all three
hearings. At the time, Nubani said
Hacker denied bond because she
considered Haddad a flight risk and
because he owned a hunting rifle.
Haddad's Tuesday bond hearing
Haddad was open to the media and public
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