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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - 3

Group to address
* eating disorders,
body image
The Coalition for Action Regarding
Eating and Body Image will be camped
out on the Diag from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
today. The group seeks to raise campus
awareness of eating disorders and body
image issues.
'Kicking and
Screaming' to be
screened at Union
The University Unions Arts & Pro-
grams will show the movie "Kicking
and Screaming" today at 8:30 p.m. in
the Michigan Union Ballroom.
Astronomy dept
to show taped
lecture on Einstein
The Department of Astronomy hon-
ors Einstein's theme semester with a
taped lecture by University of Oxford
Prof. Jocelyn Bell Burnell titled "What
Astronomy has Done for Einstein."
The screening will take place in the
East Hall Auditorium at 7 p.m. Admis-
sion is free.
Juveniles smoke
weed in garage
A complaint was made about
juveniles smoking marijuana in the
Thayer Carport, the Department of
* Public Safety reported on Monday.
Officers made contact with three of
the subjects on level 6A, while the
fourth fled and left behind a back-
pack containing what is suspected to
be marijuana.
Purse, laptop taken
from Grad Library
On Monday, a caller reported her
purse and laptop were stolen from
the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
when left unattended for five min-
utes, according to DPS. There are no
Student passes
out, refuses help
A caller reported on Monday that
one of his students passed out for an
unknown reason and refused transport,
according to DPS reports.
Fire blazes in trash
can outside UGLI
A subject reported a trash can fire
outside the front doors of the Shap-
iro Undergraduate Library on Mon-

day, according to DPS. No damage
In Daily History
Library program
MIRLYN debuts
at the University
Sept. 21, 1988 - More than 200
people packed the Graduate Library
reference room, sipping wine, eating
crackers and carrying balloons.
The reception was not for a person,
however, but for a computer program
The computer at the center of the
room was one of more than a hundred
around campus that combine to cre-
ate the Michigan Research Library
Network, or MIRLYN.
MIRLYN, a card catalogue of
University resources, cost $2.6 mil-
lion, but library officials say it was
well worth the price.
"It's probably one of the most
important events in the library in
decades. It will dramatically change
the use of the library," said library

Levin to block
approval of
security officia


Carl Levin, threatened yesterday to block
approval of a Homeland Security Depart-
ment nominee until he receives a secret
FBI memo about terror suspect interroga-
tions that he's been seeking for months.
The threat against Julie Myers, tapped
to head the department's bureau of
Immigration and Customs Enforcement,
came amid lawmakers' concerns that she
lacked the experience to head the federal
government's second-largest investiga-
tive force. Asked if he planned to use
legislative delaying tactics against Myers
nomination, Levin said: "Oh yeah. If we
don't get the documents, sure."
At issue is a heavily edited May 2004
e-mail from FBI agents seeking guid-
ance about questioning terror suspects
held at Guantanamo Bay.
In February, Democratic senators
began asking for an unedited version
of the memo to see if it mentioned or
involved Homeland Security Secretary
Michael Chertoff, who headed the Jus-
tice Department's criminal division
from 2001 to 2003. The Justice Depart-
ment denied the request, saying the
memos contain "information covered by

the Privacy Act," and had nothing to do
with Chertoff.
Myers was Chertoff's chief of staff at
the time, said Levin, who also delayed
Chertoff's nomination in February for a
week to protest being denied the names of
people who sent and received the e-mail.
Jim Pasco, executive director of the
National Fraternal Order of Police, said
Levin's tactic holds "the safety of the
American public hostage to the pursuit of
a political agenda."
The White House yesterday
expressed support for Myers. "Julie
Myers is well-respected within the law
enforcement community and highly
qualified to lead the Immigration and
Customs Enforcement," said White
House spokeswoman Erin Healy. "We
will work with the Senate to ensure her
Questions by senators last week
about whether Myers has enough expe-
rience for the ICE post came on the
heels of former Federal Emergency
Management Agency Director Michael
Brown's resignation after widespread
criticism that he had little previous
emergency management experience.

Google accused
of copyright

A lightning bolt flashes near the Arch In St. Louis Monday as thunderstorms move through the area.
GM faces lawsuit from.
shareholders over earnings

NEW YORK (AP) - An organi-
zation of more than 8,000 authors
accused Google Inc. yesterday of
"massive copyright infringement,"
saying the powerful Internet search
engine cannot put its books in the pub-
lic domain for commercial use with-
out permission.
"The authors' works are contained
in certain public and university librar-
ies and have not been licensed for
commercial use," The Author's Guild
Inc. said in the lawsuit in U.S. District
Court in Manhattan.
The lawsuit asked the court to block
Google from copying the books so the
authors would not suffer irreparable
harm by being deprived of the right to
control reproduction of their works. It
sought class-action status on behalf of
anyone or any entity with a copyright
to a literary work at the University of
Michigan library.
The Author's Guild, a New York-
based non-profit organization, said its
primary purpose as the nation's larg-

est organization of book authors was
to advocate for and support the copy-
right and contractual interests of pub-
lished writers.
"By reproducing for itself a copy of
those works that are not in the public
domain, Google is engaging in mas-
sive copyright infringement. It has
infringed, and continues to infringe,
the electronic rights of the copyright
holders of those works," it said.
The lawsuit said Google knew or
should have known that copyright
laws required it to obtain authoriza-
tion from copyright owners of literary
works to-create and reproduce digital
copies for its own commercial use.
"Despite this knowledge, Google
has unlawfully reproduced the works
and has announced plans to reproduce
and display the works without the
copyright holders' authorization," the
lawsuit said.
Google, based in Mountain View,
Calif., said in a statement that it
respects copyright.

Asset management
firm alleges executives
misled investors on
company's outlook
NEW YORK (AP) - General
Motors Corp. and its top executives
are being sued by a shareholder over
the company's earnings warning
earlier this year and its restatement
of last year's results.
In a lawsuit filed Monday in the
Southern District of New York,
asset management firm Folksam
Asset Management alleges the com-
pany and members of its top man-

agement, including Chairman and
Chief Executive G. Richard Wagon-
er and Chief Financial Officer John
Devine, misled investors about the
company's financial performance
and its future outlook.
General Motors Acceptance
Corp., GM's financing arm, was
also named in the suit.
The complaint is seeking class-
action status for investors who pur-
chased GM stock and bonds between
February 2002 and March 2005.
The lawsuit wants Wagoner and
Devine to pay back their bonuses
for 2004.
A GM spokeswoman declined to
comment late Monday.

In March, GM warned that it
expected to post a first-quarter loss
and lower-than-expected annual prof-
its, citing disappointing sales and a
tough competition on prices.
The Detroit-based company also
said in a filing with the Securities
and Exchange Commission that it
would restate its 2004 financial
GM has since stopped issuing pub-
lic financial forecasts, announced the
elimination of 25,000 jobs by 2008
and had its bonds downgraded to
junk by two major credit agencies.
GM shares closed down 23 cents
to $31.08 on the New York Stock

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