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Writer to give
talk on efforts for
Columnist and media consultant
Martha Burk will discuss her upcoming
book "Cult of Power: Sex Discrimina-
tion in Corporate America and What
Can Be Done About It," tonight at 7
p.m. in Hale Auditorium. Burk, chair of
the National Council of Women's Orga-
nizations and president of the Center for
Advancement of Public Policy, has led
the NCWO's effort in the debate over
whether to make membership of Augus-
ta - the site of the PGA Masters Golf
Tournament - open to women. Admis-
sion is free.
e League to screen
Cuban film tonight
As part of the Latino Unity Month
Film Festival, the University Unions
Arts and Programs is holding a free film
screening of the comedic drama "Fresa
y Chocolate" tonight at 7 p.m. in the
Underground of the Michigan League.
The film, directed by the legendary
Cuban director Tomas Gutierrez Alea,
became the first Cuban film to receive
and Oscar nomination in 1995.
discuss findings on
The Institute for. Research on Women
and Gender will host John Hunter today
from noon to 1:30 p.m. in room 1840 of
the School of Social Work.
In the lecture titled "Understanding
Diversity in Juvenile Sex Offenders,"
Hunter will discuss his ongoing research
of sexual delinquency among young
men, including his current study being
funded by the National Institute of Men-
tal Health. There is no cost to attend
* Man assaulted
on Diag Sunday
A subject reported to the Department
of Public Safety that he was assaulted
on the Diag on Sunday afternoon. The
subject went to the University Hospital
where he was treated for bruises and
was later released.
found in Markley
A DPS officer reported that graffiti
was written on a wall in Mary Markley
Residence Hall on Sunday, The graffiti
contained comments about sexual orien-
tation. There are currently no subjects.
Cafe Oz fight ends
with pepper spray
The Ann Arbor Police Department
said officers had to use pepper spray to
break up a fight outside of Cafe Oz on
the 200 block of South Fifth Avenue at
about 1:35 a.m. yesterday. Police said 10
to 15 men started taking off their shirts
and getting ready to fight in the street
when officers told them to break it up.
When the men ignored the police order,
officers used pepper spray to break up
the fight. The men fled, and no arrests
In Daily History
to leave Oxford
March 29, 1969 - The University's
two black sororities will be moving out of
Oxford housing this year after a one- year
struggle with co-op living.
Delta Sigma Theta and Alpha Kappa
Alpha, which were granted permission by
the University Board of Regents to move
into the University-built cooperative apart-
ments last year, have not yet located another
group living location and may scatter into
individual apartments next year.
Lavonia Knox, president of AKA, wrote
in a letter to Housing Director John Feld-
kamn that one vear at Oxford has shown
Jackson case to include more allegations
Attorney for pop star
claims these accusations
are from third
parties after money
SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) - In
a major setback for Michael Jackson,
a judge ruled yesterday that the jury
can hear allegations that the pop star
molested or had designs on five other
boys, including actor Macaulay Culkin
and two youngsters who reached mul-
timillion-dollar settlements with the
District Attorney Tom Sneddon
said Jackson's inappropriate activities
with these boys included kissing, hug-
ging and inserting his hands into their
pants. He also said there was a pattern
of "grooming," or preparing the boys for
molestation, but did not elaborate.
Jackson, 46, was on trial on charges
he molested one boy - then 13 - at
his Neverland ranch in 2003. In most
criminal cases, evidence of past behav-
ior is not admissible against a defendant.
However, the California Legislature
changed that in 1995, specifically in
cases of child molestation and domestic
Sneddon said the testimony about the
five cases will show that Jackson has a
consistent pattern of abuse.
The incidents allegedly occurred
12 to 15 years ago, and the prosecutor
acknowledged that only one of the five
boys has agreed to testify at Jackson's
trial. Some of the other testimony would
come from the mothers of the two boys
who won settlements.
Defense attorney Thomas Mesereau
Jr. asked Judge Rodney Melville to
exclude the allegations, saying they were
based on third parties, many of whom
were after Jackson's money. The refer-
ence was to former Jackson employees
who sued the singer in the past and lost,
and were then ordered to pay the singer
$1 million in damages.
And Mesereau said Culkin, a fre-
quent visitor to Jackson's Neverland
Ranch, "has repeatedly said he was
Mesereau told the judge that he would
put on a "mini-trial" on each allegation
that the jury is allowed to hear. "You
can't stop the defense from putting on
a full-blown defense and I mean just
that," the defense attorney warned.
Jackson was not present during the
arguments but arrived later to cheers
Culkin's publicist, Michelle Bega,
said yesterday that the "Home Alone"
star "is presently not involved with the
proceedings and we do not expect that
After the judge's ruling, comedian
George Lopez took the stand and told
about helping Jackson's current accuser
as the boy battled cancer. Lopez said
he came to believe the boy's father was
more interested in money than helping
his son. He testified the father accused
the comedian of stealing $300 from the
Lopez said he finally cut off the fam-
ily because of the father's frequent and
aggressive requests for help. When the
father asked what he was supposed
to tell his son, Lopez testified that he
responded: "Tell him his father's an
The defense contends Lopez, star of
the ABC sitcom "George Lopez," is
among celebrities who were targeted by
the accuser's family in schemes to make
money. But prosecutors contend that
any such schemes were the work of the
boy's father, who is now divorced from
Sneddon said one boy from the five
earlier cases will come forward and
his mother also will testify. That case
involved a boy who was allegedly
involved in a 1990 incident and received
a $2.4 million settlement from Jackson
The district attorney also promised
testimony from the mother of a boy who
reached a multimillion-dollar settle-
ment with Jackson in 1993.
It was unclear exactly what Jack-
son was accused of doing with each of
the five boys, though the 1993 accuser
claimed he was repeatedly molested,
and Sneddon said the boy in the 1990
case was touched twice over his clothes
and once under his clothes.
The judge excluded two other boys
named by the prosecution but did not
Pop star Michael Jackson waves to fans as he arrives at the Santa Barbara Coun-
ty Courthouse in Santa Maria, Calif. Jackson is on trial for child molestation.
Rosemarie Mitchell, of Panama City Beach, Fla., yells at Brian Wilson, of Pinellas Park, Fla., outside the
Woodside Hospice where Terri Schiavo is a patient, yesterday in Pinellas Park, Fla. Wilson argued that the
protesters should go home.
Father says Schaivo is
News agency seeks
$17.5 nillion in damages
that could severely affect
search engine in the future
NEW YORK (AP) - In a case that
could set limits on Internet search
engines, the French news agency
Agence France-Presse is suing Google
Inc. for pulling together photos and
story excerpts from thousands of news
Website's said the "Google News"
service infringes on AFP's copyrights
by reproducing information from the
Web sites of subscribers of the Paris-
The issues raised by the case have
profound implications for the Internet,
where anyone can be a publisher and
Web journals, or blogs, are becoming
more frequent destinations for seekers
Thewlawsuit's outcome will likely
hinge on whether Google can con-
vince the courts that Google News
constitutes permissible "fair use" of
copyright material. Legal scholars say
Google could argue that it adds value
by significantly improving the news-
consuming experience without greatly
harming AFP's ability to sell its ser-
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"Grad Tools provides a structure
students often lose in writing their dis-
sertation. One of the challenges gradu-
ate students face is staying connected
to their dissertation faculty, and Grad
Tools responds to that."
Bejian-Lotia said the feedback from
students who have signed on to Grad
Tools has been great.
"Students have been very enthusias-
tic. Now they're more able to focus on
research and the intellectual and less on
(administrative tasks)," she said. "It's
just out there to be helpful, but it's meet-
ing a real need."
But in seeking at least $17.5 million
in damages, AFP says Google adds
little because its news site looks much
like those of AFP subscribers, albeit
one where software and not human
editors determine the placement of
stories on a page.
The U.S. District Court in Washing-
ton, where the lawsuit was filed March
17, will ultimately have to balance
search engines' desire to give consum-
ers convenience, selling ads in the pro-
cess, and copyright owners' rights to
control their works.
"The story (of the Internet) from
day one has been one of waves of liber-
alization followed by attempts at con-
trol," said Jonathan Zittrain, a Harvard
law professor. "It's rightly up to the
courts and the government to figure
out where the lines should be drawn."
It is possible, though, for the courts
to skirt key issues given Google's
promise to remove the AFP items in
question, though technically that's not
something that can be done overnight.
AFP lawyer Joshua Kaufman said
the lawsuit would nevertheless pro-
ceed because damage already has been
The Google News service, which
debuted in 2002, scans some 4,500
news outlets and highlights the top
stories under common categories such
as world and sports.
Wendy Sanders, who received her
doctorate in mechanical engineering
last year, said that Grad Tools facilitates
some of the administrative tasks that
become overwhelming when writing a
"Grad Tools has a lot of powerful
capabilities for grad students just start-
ing out," Sanders said.
A Grad Tools personal workspace
can be accessed through the Universi-
ty's widely used website Coursetools.
The Grad Tools team has been holding
training sessions for the website since
December and will hold a demonstration
on March 31 in the Rackham Assembly
Hall on the fourth floor of the Rackham
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (AP) -
Described by her father as weak and
emaciated, Terri Schiavo clung to life
yesterday, as police stepped up security
outside her hospice room and demon-
strators prayed for last-minute govern-
ment intervention in her case.
Supporters of prolonging the severely
brain-damaged woman's life carried
their protests to the White House and
Congress, while her father repeated his
plea that she be kept alive.
"She's still communicating, she's still
responding. She's emaciated, but she's
responsive," Bob Schindler told reporters
after a morning visit with his daughter,
saying that she showed facial expressions
when he hugged and kissed her. "Don't
give up on her. We haven't given up on
her, and she hasn't given up on us."
Schiavo, 41, was in her 11th day with-
out the feeding tube that sustained her for
15 years. Her parents pressed again for
President Bush, Congress and the presi-
dent's brother Gov. Jeb Bush to intervene
to have the tube reinserted, and a small
group of supporters protested outside the
White House gates.
Schindler said he recognized that his
daughter was dying but insisted that it
was not too late to keep her alive, and that
she was "fighting like hell to live and she's
begging for help."
George Felos, the attorney for husband
Michael Schiavo, told reporters later that
he had visited Schiavo for more than an
hour last Tuesday and described her as
"very peaceful. She looked calm."
"I saw no evidence of any bodily dis-
"Don't give up on her.
We haven't given
up on her, and she hasn't given up on us."
- Bob Schindler
Terri Schiavo's father
comfort whatsoever," Felos said.
Felos also said that the chief medical
examiner for Pinellas County, Dr. John
Thogmartin, had agreed to perform an
autopsy on Schiavo. He said that her
husband wants proof of the extent of her
As Schiavo drew closer to death, extra
police officers blocked the road in front
of the hospice, and an elementary school
next door was closed so students could
avoid the crowd.
After overnight wind and rain thinned
their ranks, about 100 protesters returned
yesterday with signs and renewed prayers.
The day also saw some of the harshest
rhetoric, with some in the crowd mocking
the police by goose-stepping like Nazis.
President Bush's aides have said they
have run out of legal options. The gov-
ernor said Monday that while it "made
sense" to have federal courts review the
case, he had to respect their decisions last
week not to order the tube reinserted.
Schiavo's parents dispute that their
daughter is in a persistent vegetative state
as court-ordered doctors have determined.
Michael Schiavo contends his wife told
him she would not want to be kept alive
At least two more state-filed appeals
seeking the feeding tube's reconnection
were pending, but those challenges were
before a Florida appeals court that had
rejected the governor's previous efforts in
Doctors said Schiavo would probably
die within a week or two when the feed-
ing tube was pulled out on March 18. She
suffered catastrophic brain damage in
1990 when her heart stopped because of
a chemical imbalance.
Schindler said he feared the conse-
quences of morphine that has been used
to relieve his daughter's pain.
"I have a great concern that they will
expedite the process to kill her with an
overdose of morphine because that's the
procedure that happens," he said.
Felos disputed that, saying that hospice
records show Schiavo was given two low
doses of morphine - one on March 19
and another on March 26 - and that she
was not on a morphine drip.
Hospice spokesman Mike Bell said
federal rules kept him from discussing
Schiavo specifically, but said "a funda-
mental part of hospice is that we would
do nothing to either hasten or postpone
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