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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 3

California prof.
* addresses political
problems of Japan
The University's Center for Japanese
Studies will hold a noon lecture by
University of California-Davis politi-
cal science prof. Ethan Scheiner, titled,
"Democracy without Competition in
Japan: Opposition Failure in a One-
Party Dominant State," in Room 1636
of the School of Social Work Building
Visual culture the
focus of lecture
by St. Louis prof
Shawn Michelle Smith, author of
"American Archives" and "Photogra-
phy on the Color Line," will present a
speech titled, "Contested Archives: The
Visual Culture of the War in Iraq," in
Room 1014 in Tisch Hall, at noon Fri-
day. An associate humanities professor
in the Department of American Studies
at St. Louis University, she will com-
plete another workshop in the Univer-
sity's History Department.
Each workshop has a precirculated
paper, and the majority of the workshop
time will be devoted to discussion and
debate. Copies of papers are available
in the History Department mailroom.
Asphalt placed on
student's driveway,
hose moved
A caller reported Monday to the
Department of Public Safety that over
the weekend asphalt chunks were
placed on the driveway of the caller's
house, and a 150-foot hose was moved.
The caller requested to meet with a
DPS to discuss the incident.
Game Cubes
stolen from
children's hospital
DPS reports that two Nintendo
GameCubes were stolen from room
6663 of Mott Children's Hospital on
Monday. The game consoles belonged
to the Child Life area of the hospital.
Fallen dancer
dislocates shoulder
while practicing
A caller reported to DPS that a stu-
dent had dislocated their shoulder while
practicing in the Dance Building. An
ambulance arrived and provided assis-
tance to the injured dancer.
Pedestrian's bag,

vehicle collide at
Cancer center
A vehicle collided with a bag being
carried by a pedestrian on the circular
drive of the Cancer and Geriatrics Cen-
ter on 1400 West Medical Center Rd.
Monday. No injuried were suffered.
In Daily History
Sept. 15, 1992
The University experienced a 5.6
percent increase in violent crimes,
including rape, aggravated assault
and robbery, from the year before,
according to Department of Public
Safety statistics.
No murders or manslaughters
were reported during the 1991 school
year, but nine women reported that
they had been raped on University
property, up from six in 1990.
The number of armed robberies
on campus also rose from 12 to 14.
Overall, the University recorded
57 violent crimes in 1991, the sec-
s ond-highest number among Dublic


State warns
of tainted
food cha

MIDLAND (AP) - A warning
against eating wild game was issued
yesterday by state officials who say
dioxin levels downstream from the
city's Dow Chemical Co. complex
have become dangerous.
The Michigan Department of
Community Health issued an advi-
sory against eating wild turkey meat
or deer liver and urged consumers
to limit consumption of venison and
squirrel harvested in or near at least
22 miles of the floodplain along the
Tittabawassee River.
Although numerous advisories
exist for fish tainted with toxic
chemicals, it only is the second time
the state has issued such a warning
for land animals, officials said.

is expected."
Biomagnification refers to increased
contamination of animals higher in
the food chain.
The advisory is based on a Dow-
funded study released in July.
The study showed higher levels of
dioxin in meat tested downstream of
the plant, where large amounts of the
potent chemical were released into
the air and water in the first half the
Meat from deer downstream of
the complex had dioxin up to seven
times higher than upstream veni-
son, according to a state review of
the data. Squirrel meat was up to 40
times higher, turkey meat up to 66
times higher and deer livers up to
118 times higher.

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry greets residents after an unscheduled stop at Steve's Souly
Food Restaurant in the West Side section of Detroit yesterday.
Businesses critical of
water pro tection plan

"We don't
this on a
whim," T.
J. Bucholz,
nity health
told the
Detroit Free
Press. This
is rooted
in serious
health con-
Dow offi-
cials, in the

issue advisories like

"These toxins are
accumulating in land
animals that are fairly
low on the food chain."
State Department of
Environmental Quality, in a
report on Dow Chemical Co.

Anne Ain-
sworth, a
for Dow, said
the company
agrees with
the advice
against eating
deer liver or
But "we still
conclude that
who con-

LANSING - Representatives
of farmers and business owners
told the state's top official on the
Great Lakes that they're worried a
proposed interstate agreement to
restrict water consumption from
Michigan's five Great Lakes will
hurt the state's economy.
"We must be careful not to make this
a jobs diversion plan," Michael John-
ston, director of regulatory affairs for the
Michigan Manufacturers Association,
told Office of the Great Lakes Director
Ken DeBeaussaert during yesterday's
hearing on the proposed Great Lakes
Charter Annex.
Johnston said he's worried the
agreement will mean more regula-
tion for business owners and take
away Michigan's ability to keep
jobs in the state, and bring in new
ones, because governors from the
other Great Lakes states would have
to sign off qn certain diversions.
New diversions that would take an
average 1 million gallons a day out-
side the Great Lakes basin over a 120-
day period would need the unanimous
approval of eight Great Lakes gover-
nors, who would consult with the pre-
miers of Ontario and Quebec.
Six governors would have to
approve a new or expanded with-
drawal within the basin that with-
draws an average 5 million gallons
a day over 120 days. States would
have 10 years to create and insti-
tute a review program for smaller
Scott Piggott, of the Michigan
Farm Bureau, said farmers are wor-
ried that the proposal will mean

getting a permit for many things
they're doing now.
"We see a movement in that direc-
tion," he told DeBeaussaert during
the two-hour hearing. "We've had
a long discussion about permits
with our members. ... Even in the
best situation we could create, they
didn't want one. "
Piggott said it's unfair to require
farmers in the Great Lakes basin,
where water is plentiful, to do
things differently than states that
need water.
Noah Hall, senior manager of
Great Lakes Water Resource Pro-
gram of the National Wildlife
Federation, helped develop the pro-
posed compact.
He said a 120-day exemption was
added to leave out farmers that use
a lot of water on their crops during
the summer months, but use much
less during the spring and winter.
Hall also denied that the compact
would hurt Michigan's already-
struggling economy.
"Bring in one person who lost
their job because of water use regu-
lation," he said."
Minnesota already has a com-
prehensive system and no busi-
ness there closed because of permit
problems. " Dan Voglar, who runs a
trout farm in Wexford County, said
he's worried the changes may force
some farmers out of business.
"We continually get more and
more regulatory scrutiny. ... The
list is manifold in length for agri-
culture producers and yet many
producers are this far," he said.

Lake effect
Eventual approval of a
binational, multi-state agree-
ment on preserving and using
Great Lakes freshwater awaits
the outcome of several public
S Drafts of the agreements,
which will go under discussion
in hearings across Michigan
and other states, were put
forth by a council of eight
American governors and two
Canadian premiers.
Some Mich. farmers and
business owners said in a
hearing yesterday that the
agreements' proposals on
water use could damage the
state's economy.

midst of negotiations with the state
about cleanup of dioxins in the
region, said they agreed with part
of the advisory but contended state
regulators have overstated the risks
from venison.
Dioxins, a group of chemicals cre-
ated by incineration and chemical
manufacturing, are linked to altered
metabolism, hormonal changes and
increases in diabetes and cancers.
Other game species also may be
contaminated with dioxins, state
experts said. But the advisory is
limited to the three types of animals
included in the Dow study.
"These toxins are accumulating
in land animals that are fairly low
on the food chain," reads a state
Department of Environmental Qual-
ity analysis of the Dow study. "As
these animals are eaten by their
predators, further biomagnification

sume veni-
son, squirrel or turkey with the skin
taken off south of Midland would
incur no greater exposure than by
eating meat, fish or poultry from the
national food supply," Ainsworth
wrote in an e-mail.
It was unclear how far away from
the river's banks the advisory would
The only other such wild game
advisory was issued in 1981, said
Steve Schmitt, veterinarian in
charge of the Michigan Department
of Natural Resources Wildlife Dis-
ease Laboratory.
That advisory was issued for
pheasant, grouse, raccoon, muskrat
and opossums harvested near the
Gratiot County landfill, where PBBs
- man-made chemicals that were
banned in 1976 - were polluting the
ecosystem. That advisory was lifted
in 1995.

Lawmaker wants
robe of AG's tnps

ing House Democrat John Cony-
ers asked the Justice Department's
watchdog yesterday to investigate
Attorney General John Ashcroft's
trips last year to promote the anti-
terror Patriot Act.
Conyers, a Michigan representa-
tive and the ranking Democrat on
the House Judiciary Committee,
contends a pair of speaking tours
Ashcroft took broke laws barring
publicity campaigns and grass-
roots lobbying by executive branch
officials, unless authorized by
Conyers requested the investiga-
tion in a letter to Glenn Fine, the
Justice Department's inspector
general. A spokesman for Fine said
no decision has been made on the
Justice Department spokes-
man Mark Corallo said the trips
were fully vetted for legal issues
by agency lawyers and were meant
to correct what he said were false

impressions given to the public by
Patriot Act opponents.
"It wasn't just misleading the
public. It was having a negative law
enforcement impact because it was
hurting morale," Corallo said.
Conyers also released a review
by the Government Accountabil-
ity Office, the investigative arm of
Congress, estimating the cost of
Ashcroft's Patriot Act trips at more
than $208,000, not counting expen-
ditures by U.S. attorney's offices
around the country in connection
with the initiative.
The Patriot Act, passed over-
whelmingly by Congress a few
weeks after the 2001 terror attacks,
gave federal law enforcement
expanded powers of surveillance
and prosecution against suspected
terrorists, their helpers and fund-
President Bush, Ashcroft and
other top law enforcement officials
have called the law critical in pre-
venting future attacks.

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