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The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 6, 2003 - 3A

CRIME
DPS arrests two
for office break-ins
Department of Public Safety arrest-
ed two suspects who were charged and
arraigned in connection with Tuesday's
forced-entry office burglaries at the Art
and Architecture Building. Jonathon
Stefis and Fred Westerh were charged
with stealing more than $4,000 worth
of computer and camera equipment,
including a laptop computer valued at
$1,200 and a Dell computer valued at
$2,500. The Dell computer was recov-
ered from one of the suspects.
Stefis, 22, and Westerh, 32, were
both charged with three felony
counts of breaking and entering,
conspiracy to commit breaking and
entering and malicious destruction
of property. The two are not con-
nected with the University.
Woman assaulted
with art tool
A female caller at the Art and Archi-
tecture Building reported that a male
student attacked her around 11 p.m.
Thursday night. The male subject
apparently wielded a tool used for art-
work. He managed to inflict minor
injuries to the female student who
placed the call. She declined medical
attention. DPS has identified a suspect.
The case is still under investigation.
Attackers shove
woman to ground
DPS reports show that an unknown
subject or subjects pushed a female
student down onto the sidewalk near
West Quad Residence Hall early yes-
terday morning. The woman was treat-
ed and released from the hospital. DPS
is investigating and has no suspects.
Cab driver attacked
by male subjects
At midnight on Thursday, a cab driv-
er on the 300 block of Observatory
Street reported that four or five male
suspects assaulted him after he
responded to a call.
DPS logs show that one of the sus-
pects jumped onto the driver's car and
smashed his windshield. No injuries
were reported. Ann Arbor Police
Department responded to the call and
has no suspects.
CCRB women's
locker room
infiltrated
DPS reports show a 26-year-old
,male student was found trespassing in
the women's locker room of the Cen-
tral Campus Recreation Building Sat-
urday evening. The male student was
escorted from the building and
released pending investigation.
DPS arrests LSA
Building
trespasser
A caller reported seeing a subject
breaking into the Literature, Science
and Arts Building early Friday morn-
ing, DPS logs indicate. The caller said
the subject broke the front door of the
building and went inside. Officers
arrested the subject and transported the
subject to the Washtenaw County Jail.

Masturbating
male seen in car
A caller Saturday morning in the
Observatory Street parking lot reported
a male about 30 years old exposing
himself and masturbating in his car,
DPS records show.
The caller reported that the man was
wearing glasses and had dark hair. The
case is under investigation.
Construction
barrier destroyed
by student
A DPS security officer driving in the
area of the Public Health I Building
observed a 19 year-old male student
kicking a construction barrier Wednes-
day night. The subject broke one of the
wooden cross supports. The man was
questioned and released pending fur-
ther action by DPS on charges of mali-
cious destruction of property.
Marijuana call in
Couzens leads to
investigation
DPS logs indicate that a caller
Thursday night reported a strong odor
of marijuana in Couzens Residence
Hall. Officers were able to locate the
:subjects and are seeking a warrant for
a marijuana possession.

Twenty questions

Violations of pollution
laws increase chemical
levels in Great Lakes

DETROIT (AP) - Some environmental
observers say that increases in pollution
threaten to erode a generation of progress in
curbing the flow of harmful chemicals into
the Great Lakes, a crucial source of fresh
water.
Thousands of companies flush more toxic
chemicals into the Great Lakes and other
waterways than laws allow with little fear of
punishment, The Detroit News reported yes-
terday.
State and federal agencies have chronicled
violations at three-quarters of the nation's
largest 6,500 industrial and sewer plants over
the past two years, according to the newspa-
per's review of federal enforcement records.
Fewer than 25 percent of the facilities were
punished.
"You don't really think about it when
you're boating. It looks clean. But I'd like to
see it cleaned up more," Dennis Moore, of
Riverview, said while recently putting his
boat into the Detroit River.
The launch he used is near two companies
that dump more than a half-million pounds of
toxins each year and is separated from a haz-
ardous waste dump only by a chain-link
fence. "You never know what's being dumped
in there," Moore said.
The violations are among the causes of a
six-year increase in toxic water pollution in
Great Lakes waterways. And while the pollu-
tants rarely pose an immediate health threat,
some add to continued warnings against eat-
ing fish.
Over two years, 14 of the 25 largest U.S.
polluters of the Great Lakes exceeded pollu-
tion limits set by the Clean Water Act.
"That's intolerable," said Eric V. Schaeffer,
the former head of the Environmental Protec-
tion Agency's enforcement division, who now
runs the Rockefeller Family Fund's Environ-
mental Integrity Project.
"You're looking at people violating limits

"We can't get rid of
everything. With our
current technology, it's
impossibl&.
- Gail Krantzberg
International Joint Commission
sometimes by 1,000 percent and they're doing
it for years and years. It threatens the whole
Clean Water Act."
State and federal watchdogs acknowledge
the problem, but say limited resources keep
them focused on pollution problems they con-
tend pose larger risks.
"We can't get rid of everything. With our
current technology, it's impossible," said Gail
Krantzberg, who runs the Windsor, Ontario,
office of the International Joint Commission,
set up by the United States and Canada to
monitor the lakes.
"But obviously we haven't done enough,"
she said. "We need to look toward the elimi-
nation of other discharges that have the
potential of causing a human health threat."
Companies say they are doing what they
can to cut pollution and stay within legal lim-
its. But they say limited technology means it
is impossible to get rid of toxins altogether
and what they release is in concentrations
that aren't harmful.
Known releases of toxic chemicals into the
network of lakes and rivers that feed the Great
Lakes grew from 12.5 million pounds to 15.7
million pounds between 1996 and 2001.
"We know that some of these chemicals are
active at very low levels," said Jack Manno,
director of the Great Lakes Research Consor-
tium, which studies the lakes.
"I think there's a devastating impact that we
don't fully understand yet."

TONY DING/Daily
A University student sits against the wall of Assembly Hall while being
questioned by DPS officer Michael Matthews Saturday morning.
Late arival of autumn colors
st n

MARQUETTE (AP) -Tourism officials, lodg-
ing operators and others say the fall color season in
the Upper Peninsula is about seven to 10 days
behind normal this year.
The lag has left local officials hoping that Moth-
er Nature will get things back on track soon.
"This year, I am really convinced that the fall
color season will extend past the middle of
October," Thomas Nemacheck, executive direc-
tor of the Iron Mountain-based Upper Peninsula
Travel and Recreation Association, told The
Mining Journal for a story yesterday.
Last week, AAA Michigan reported that the best
viewing of fall colors on trees was in the
Keweenaw Peninsula, where trees are from 25 to 70
percent developed. The report is based on weekly
survey of state parks and visitors bureaus.
"How important is the fall color season to the
overall travel and tourism up here? Very impor-
tant," Nemacheck said. "In fact, there have been
some years that after we had a rough summer, a
good fall helped put us in the black for the year."

Trees in many places across the Upper Penin-
sula remain lush with green foliage. Alan Reber-
tus, a Northern Michigan University biology
professor, said the reasons relate to climatic
changes and the amount of available sunlight.
The best conditions to spur the fall color
change are bright sunny days and cool nights,
he said. But he said this year, in most places
in the Upper Peninsula, that hasn't been the
case.
"It was kind of summerlike, then it became
gray and cool but not sunny and cool," he
said. "Things didn't happen this year exactly
right ... for the color change to take place as
usual."
Other factors that can contribute to a
delayed color change include severe drought.
"If we get a very hard freeze, the leaves
may fall pretty quickly," Rebertus said. "But
right now, there's a lot of
green left, all over the
U.P." _

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