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The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 15, 2004 - 3A

ON CAMPUS
Supreme Court
justice to speak
in Rackham
Supreme Court Justice Antonin
Scalia will speak at Rackham Audi-
torium tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. Scalia
was nominated by President Ronald
Reagan in 1986 and has served as a
conservative voice on the court since
then. The lecture is free and open to
the public.
Event to respond
to presidential
election with art
The Arts of Citizenship Program
will hold an event to encourage
response to politics and the presiden-
tial election through art. The event
will take place in the art studio of
the Alice Lloyd Residence Hall today
from 6 to 9 p.m. People are invited to
express themselves through images,
words, poetry, songs and graphics.
The event will be bipartisan. Con-
tact Karis Crawford at 615-0609 for
more information.
Auditions held for
MLK symposium
programs
The 2005 Martin Luther King
its January performances of "A Trib-
ute to the King" today and tomorrow
from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Maize and
Blue Rooms of the Student Activi-
ties Building. The symposium is
looking for poets, singers, actors,
dancers and anyone else interested.
For more information, contact Syl-
via Carranza at 936-1245.
CRIME
NOTES
Public urination
prompts police
call, citation
Officers with the Department of
Public Safety picked up an individ-
ual for urinating in public at 12:45
am. yesterday at 550 E. University
Ave. The individual was cited and
released with a UIP citation.
Two arrested for
stealing golf cart at
Michigan Stadium
Two people not affiliated with the
University were arrested for steal-
ing a golf cart during Saturday's
football game against Northwest-
ern. The incident has been filed as
a motor vehicle theft and is being
investigated by DPS.

One in hospital
after assault at
Touchdown Cafe
A victim of an assault at Touch-
down Cafe was transported to the
University Hospital Emergency
Room yesterday at 3:09 a.m. DPS
responded to the call and turned
the case over the Ann Arbor Police
Department.
THIS DAY
In Daily History
Investigation looks
into gambling
p pools for football
Nov. 16, 1950 - A series of arti-
cles in the Daily describing the mech-
anism of campus football gambling
pools incited questioning of students
suspected of betting on games.
Sgt. Walter Kransy, police
department detective heading the
investigation, said that no formal
announcement of findings would be
made in the near future. Questioning

Nation of Islam leader
honors Million Man March

By Victoria Edwards
Daily Staff Reporter
DETROIT - Nation of Islam Leader
Louis Farrakhan, an often polarizing
political activist, proposed moral and
educational reform to revitalize Detroit
and the American black community yes-
terday during a weekend-long symposium
titled "Black Men taking Responsibility:
A Plan of Action" at Cobo Hall.
The weekend's activities were designed
to kick off a year long commemoration of
the 10th Anniversary of the Million Man
March, in which thousands of members
of the black community gathered in
Washington in 1995 to advocate unity,
atonement and brotherhood. The sympo-
sium strives to empower the black com-
munity by discussing different spheres of
life such as the economy, education and
youth development.
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
spoke briefly to the 5,000 strong crowd,
most of whom were black. Kilpatrick's
message revolved around the importance
of strong black males in the community.
"This weekend is about (us as) black
men standing up for ourselves," said
Kilpatrick.
After his speech, the crowd erupted in
applause for keynote speaker Farrakhan,
who began his speech with a brief history
of Detroit's sometimes-tumultuous rela-
tionship with the Nation of Islam.
In a post-election period when every-
thing is still politically charged and top-
ics tend to have a strongly partisan tinge,

Farrakhan's expressed ideas spanning the
political spectrum and well outside of it.
He expressed liberal views on educa-
tion, calling for a revamp of the educa-
tional systemfor those less fortunate.
"The educational system is designed
to hold the masses, whether black,
brown or poor whites, into the system.
They can work in the system, but they
can never become masters of the sys-
tems," Farrakhan said. "That's why the
rich keep getting richer and the poor
keep getting poorer."
Farrakhan also stressed the impor-
tance of updating technology in Detroit
public schools. He added that students
can't be brought up in an educational
system without the proper tools to
enable them to compete with other stu-
dents. He advocated making education a
greater priority among blacks.
"There needs to be time-out for
entertainment and time-in for education
among people of color," Farrakhan said
Economically, Farrakhan expressed
a desire to make a cultural community
where black entrepreneurship would be
encouraged - the so-called "African
Town." The idea of a sector designed
to promote black entrepreneurship has
raised enormous controversy through-
out Detroit. He expressed anger because
people have called the idea of an Afri-
can Town racist, pointing out that Detroit
is home to Greek, Mexican and Arab
towns.
"We don't want to harm other nation-

alities and an African town isn't reverse
racism, but a way to lift people on the
bottom. It will give (black people),a
symbol of substance to inspire hope in
black people," he said.
Farrakhan expressed some of his more
radical views when he called democrapy
"rule of the devil" and urged his people
towards theocratic rule. The devil came
up again in his discussion of homosexual-
ity when he called gays deviants.
Farrakhan also demanded that the 85
percent black Detroit population take., a
day off from work on the 10th anniversary
of the Million Man March.
"Next year will be the anniversary
of the Million Maa March. We want
everyone to come back to Washingtpn
... and make a 10-year plan (for where
to go in the future)." he said.
Although many of these topics seemed
outside of the mainstream opinion, par
ticipants praised the event. Nation of Islam
member Lawanda Muhammad said the
crowd was very positive.
James Jones, a security guard at the
event, praised Fan' han. "It went great
and I'm overwhelmed with joy. I'm glad
that the minister came to talk to the people
... we're grateful to have him," he said.
Dawud Muhammad, who calls himself
representative of Farrakhan in the Natidn
of Islam, said the event was a success.
"I'm 100 percent with him. ... People
are in absolute agreement with him. I think
it says something to have a crowd this large
agree with you," Muhammad said. ,

Bomb threat empties city hall, surrounding blocks

By Melissa Benton
Daily Staff Reporter
Ann Arbor City Hall was evacuated for
more than eight hours Saturday as police
investigated a bomb threat.
Although Sgt. Pat Ouellette of the Ann
Arbor Police Department said police did not
find any evidence of a bomb in city hall -
located in the Guy C. Larcom, Jr. Municipal
Building - in their search, the building was
evacuated until about noon.
Ouellette said at this point there are no sus-
pects in the investigation. The case has been
turned over to the FBI's Detroit field office for
further investigation.
Ouellette said two square blocks surround-
ing city hall, including residences exposed to
city hall, were also evacuated.
About 40 people were evacuated from city

hall and the surrounding area, including police

Ouellette
to sniff out

personnel and residents, he ac
Specifically, police were
investigating a filing cabi-
net located outside Mayor
John Hieftje's office, based
on a tip the FBI received.
"We received the infor-
mation from the Federal
Bureau of Investigation at
about 3:30 this morning,"
Ouellette said.
"The FBI received that
information through an
overseas source," Ouel-
lette said. He was unable
to comment further on the

Although (Sgt.
Pat) Ouelette said
police did not find
any evidence of
a bomb in city
hall, the building
was evacuated
until about noon.

said AAPD used six trained dogs
explosives in order to search the
six-floor building.
"The dog went upstairs and
did hit on the suspicious fil-
ing cabinet," Ouellette said.
Although nothing was
found in the cabinet during
the search, Ouellette said
even well-trained dogs can
occasionally flag an area
with no explosives.
He added that the file cabi-
net was previously located
in the basement of city hall
where ammunition has been
stored, so the dog could have

The streets surrounding city hall for a twp-
block radius in both directions were blocked
off while police searched city hall. That led to
an influx of traffic problems and congestion
exacerbated by the football game, Ouellette
said.
"Once football traffic started coming into
town it backed up traffic a little bit," he said.
But he added that radio and TV announce-
ments were made to curb traffic jams.
The local FBI, the Michigan State Police,
the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms aid
Explosives, the Washtenaw County Sheriff's
Office and the Livingston County Sheriff's
Office assisted AAPD in securing the building,
Ouellette said. He added that the Department
of Public Safety was not involved because qf
the football game.
The FBI and city administrators ° were
unavailable for comment.

nature of the source, but said the local FBI
office in Ann Arbor informed AAPD of a pos-
sible bomb in city hall.

picked up on the scent of some contaminants
that had rubbed off onto the cabinet from pre-
vious use.

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