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Prestigious faculty
honor to be
presented today
The annual Henry Russell Lecture
will be held today at 4 p.m. in the Rack-
ham Auditorium. History professor
Mars Vinovskis will give a lecture titled
"Compensatory Education Policies
from Ronald Reagan to George W.
Bush." The Russell Award, presented to
a faculty member who is distinguished
in his or her field, is one of the highest
honors for faculty at the University.
Patriot Act put
under spotlight by
Various student groups, including the
College Republicans and the Under-
graduate Political Science Association,
will host a series of speeches regarding
the USA Patriot Act.
Speakers include Barbara McQuade,
assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S.
Attorney's Office, Eastern District of
Michigan; and Bseth Hazen, FBI dis-
trict counsel in the bureau's Detroit
Field Office.
McQuade will discuss exactly
what the Patriot Act stipulates and
Hazen will address how the act has
helped the FBI fight the war on ter-
rorism. The event will take place
Thursday at 8 p.m.. in the Vanden-
berg Room of the Michigan League.
Book talk centers
on issues of race
and segregation
The Center for Research on Learning
and Teaching is sponsoring a discussion
of Beverly Daniel Tatum's book "Why
Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together
in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversa-
tions About Race."
The event will take place today from
3 to 4 p.m. in the Anderson Room of the
Michigan Union. The discussion is part
of the commemoration of the 50th
annivesary of the U.S. Supreme Court's
landmark Brown v. Board of Education
ruling. Please register by sending an e-
mail to crlt@umich.edu.
The book is available at the Ann
Arbor District Library and the Ypsilanti
Public Library and is also being offered
for a discounted price at several local
reveal struggles of
Imprisoned women
The Prison Creative Arts Project
presents "And Here We Remain" at
7:30 p.m. tonight in East Quad Audito-
rium. Through a series of monologues,
seven women and their stories, feel-
ings, struggles and courage are shared.
Admission is free.
Feminism project
links women from
around the globe
Professors Abby Stewart and Jayati
Lal will present the ongoing work of the
Global Feminisms Project today from
noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 2239 of
Lane Hall.
The event is sponsored by the Insti-
tute for Research on Women and Gen-
der and is free and open to the public.
This is the second year of the three-year
project, which is a comparative study of
the histories of feminism, the women
movement, and women's studies in

China, India, Poland and the US.
The talk will provide an overview of
the work that has been done thus far and
highlight the critical issues that have
emerged out of the project.
'U' event stresses
that 'Food Loves
* Your Body'
As part of Love Everybody Week,
an event titled "Food Loves Your
Body" will be held tomorrow from 4
to 7 p.m. in the Pendleton Room of
the Michigan Union.
The event encourages positive body
image and a healthy relationship with
food by providing free food, recipes and
information related to eating and body
image. Campus departments, organiza-
tions and student groups will be avail-
able to provide information and
Dance investigates
of dance, health
and technology
The Life Sciences, Values and Soci-
ety Program, in partnership with the

Duly wed: Seattle
admits gay couples

Mayor welcomes 6 same-sex
couples subigfor right to mary
SEATTLE (AP) - This left-leaning city
joined the gay marriage fight yesterday, with
the mayor announcing that City Hall will rec-
ognize unions of gay city employees who tie
the knot elsewhere and six same-sex couples
suing for the right to wed.
Mayor Greg Nickels issued an executive
order requiring the city to recognize same-sex
marriages by municipal employees.
"Seattle has often been in the forefront of
protecting all its citizens regardless of sexual
orientation," Nickels said at a news confer-
ence. He also proposed an ordinance to extend
protections for gay married couples through-

"What he's about to do is anarchy - taking
the law into his own hands," Forcier said.
"People cannot be recognized as married in
one jurisdiction and not in another."
Elsewhere, the city of Asbury Park, N.J.,
started issuing wedding licenses to same-sex
couples, with the first couple married in City
Hall on Monday by Deputy Mayor James
"As a show of support to the city's gay com-
munity and the gay community nationwide,
the City of Asbury Park has determined that it
will commence the issuance of licenses to
same-sex couples and the solemnization of
marriage between same-sex couples, immedi-
ately, as a matter of fundamental civil and
constitutional rights," City Clerk Dawn Tomek

Palestinian medics wheel In a wounded boy Into a hospital In Deir EI-Balah in central Gaza Strip on Sunday.
Israeli troops traded heavy gunfire with Palestinians In a raid near this refugee camp Sunday.
Israeli minister calls for
faster roadblock checks

out the city.
Meanwhile, six
same-sex couples
who applied for
marriage licenses at
the King County
Building were
rejected because of
a state law that
defines marriage as
the union of one
man and one
But King County
Administrator Ron

said in a statement.
"I was not going to stand
with my arms crossed and
my hand up. We do not
have equal protection in
this state when it comes to

In Portland, Ore.,
supporters of same-
sex weddings won a
legal battle when a
judge ruled yesterday
that the state's most
populous county can
continue issuing mar-
riage licenses to gay
and lesbian couples.
The Defense of
Marriage Coalition
filed a lawsuit
against Multnomah
County last week,

- Ron Sims
King County Administrator

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's defense minis-
ter endorsed a plan yesterday to speed up checks
at West Bank roadblocks, but also make them
more permanent - a sign that crippling travel
restrictions on Palestinians will not be lifted soon.
The plan includes a code of conduct for sol-
diers, high-tech devices and a special lane for
ambulances, VIPs and foreigners, according to a
Defense Ministry statement.
One Israeli army commander recommended
this week that Israel use millions of dollars con-
fiscated from Palestinian banks to improve road-
blocks, but it was not clear whether Defense
Minister Shaul Mofaz adopted the idea.
Israel set up dozens of roadblocks in the West
Bank after Palestinian-Israeli violence erupted in
2000 to keep militants from reaching Israel. Sol-
diers enforce frequent curfews and travel bans,
crippling movement in the territory and harming
the Palestinian economy.
Palestinians often wait in long lines to be
checked. Human rights groups have complained
about Israeli abuses, chronicling cases of ambu-
lances being held up or of soldiers beating inno-
cent Palestinians. Israel has admitted wrongdoing
some cases, denying others or attributing them to
security needs.
Israel insists the roadblocks are needed to stop
suicide bombers and other Palestinian attackers.
Suicide bombers have killed more than 450
Israelis. Altogether, in 41 months of fighting,
over 2,700 people have been killed on the Pales-
tinian side and 930 on the Israeli side.
Mofaz's move to upgrade the roadblocks comes
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"We're asking volunteers to take these
errors and make compelling arguments.
"I've also found that students write better
than lawyers. If you can give the women a
voice, you can give them a chance," said
LSA junior Joseph Kudia agreed the proj-
ect was a great opportunity for students to
challenge inequalities in the judicial system.

at a time when Israel is proposing a pullout from
all or most of the Gaza Strip if peace talks remain
stalled. Palestinians fear such a withdrawal will be
accompanied by a concerted Israeli effort to dig
into major parts of the West Bank.
The Defense Ministry statement said the changes
were meant "for humanitarian improvements for
Palestinians in West Bank," but also included
"transforming all roadblocks into regular crossing
points/terminals governed by a work plan," lan-
guage that indicates permanence. The ministry did
not immediately respond to a clarification request.
Among the planned improvements are high-
tech devices for identifying people to speed up
passage - a significant investment for an army
hard hit by government budget cuts and another
sign of a long-term project.
Another aspect of the plan is to alter the route
of Israel's contentious separation barrier, also
meant to stop bombers. The statement said
humanitarian factors would be taken into account.
Palestinians complain that the planned route of
the barrier cuts deep into the West Bank and
encircles towns and villages, cutting tens of thou-
sands off from their fields, schools and services.
They charge that the real purpose of the com-
plex of fences, walls, trenches and barbed wire is
to prevent them from creating a state.
The Defense Ministry statement said gates in
the barrier, meant to allow farmers access to their
lands, would be open longer. Farmers complain
that in the section already completed, along the
northern section of the West Bank, the gates are
frequently closed.
"These problems are onset by poor public
defenses," said Kudia. The Clemency Project
believes that these women are not a threat to
society, but rather have been treated unjustly
and have a right to their freedom. "This event
is about the women - that's what's most
important to us.
We're providing them with a voice when
they can't speak out. We want to raise aware-
ness. Even if it's a small group, it doesn't
matter because this is about the women," said

Sims invited the couples to sue him and the
county, explaining that he supported the cou-
ples' efforts but had no choice but to uphold
the law.
Sims, who is black, said he remembered
images from his childhood of white govern-
ment officials in the South blocking blacks
from entering buildings restricted to whites.
"I was not going to stand with my arms
crossed and my hand up," Sims said. "We do
not have equal protection in this state when it
comes to marriage."
The couples applauded Sims's remarks,
then filed their complaint, which argues that
the law violates the Washington Constitution's
equal-protection clause.
Seattle has offered domestic partnership
benefits to its employees since 1989, but that
process requires extensive paperwork - a
step same-sex couples would be able to skip
under Nickels's executive order.
Nickels also said he will ask the City Coun-
cil to protect gay married couples throughout
the city from discrimination in employment
and housing. If the council approves the ordi-
nance, it also would require contractors doing
business with the city to recognize gay mar-
riages among their own employees.
Rick Forcier, head of the state Christian
Coalition and a critic of extending marriage
licenses to gay couples, called the mayor's
plan a clear violation of state law.

saying officials had violated the state's public-
meetings law by not holding public meetings
before making a policy change. But Judge
Dale Koch denied a request for a preliminary
injunction, ruling that the plaintiffs were
unlikely to prevail under the state's public-
meeting law.
Nickels said he lacks the legal authority to
issue same-sex marriage licenses or certifi-
cates like mayors in San Francisco and New
Paltz, N.Y., have done.
More than 3,600 same-sex marriages have
been performed in San Francisco in the last
three weeks, and hundreds of gay couples
were granted wedding licenses last week in
Portland, Ore. The marriages are being chal-
lenged in court.
New Paltz Mayor Jason West faces possible
jail time for officiating at same-sex weddings for
couples who lacked a license. On Monday, the
prosecutor who charged him said he was also
considering charges against two ministers who
stepped in to marry gay couples in New Paltz.
Although Unitarian Universalist ministers
have been performing same-sex ceremonies
for decades, the Rev. Kay Greenleaf said she
signed an affidavit for the couples and consid-
ers the ceremonies civil. Ulster County Dis-
trict Attorney Donald Williams said it would
take days to determine whether the ministers
could face charges similar to those filed
against West.

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