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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 3A

Panel to discuss
issues facing
Katrina victims
A panel will discuss issues fac-
ing displaced residents of the regions
affected by Hurricane Katrina will be
held by the Ginsberg Center for Com-
munity Service and Learning today at
3 p.m. in the Henderson Room of the
Michigan League.
The panel will feature School of
Social Work Prof. Sandra Danziger,
Gordon Whitman of the PICO Nation-
al Network and Sarah Bookbinder, a
University law student who has recent-
ly returned from the Gulf Coast.
Party celebrates
book release with
wine, cheese
A wine and cheese party will be held
to celebrate the release of Steven Tuck's
new book "Latin Inscriptions in the
Kelsey Museum The Dennison & De
Criscio Collections" at the Kelsey Muse-
um of Archaeology today at 5 p.m.
Ballroom Dance
Club will offer
free lessons
The Ballroom Dance Club will
give dance lessons at Leonardo's in
Pierpont Commons today from 8 to
9 p.m. The class will be followed by
an open dance period from 9 to 11
High schoolers
caught trespassing
in tunnel network
Two high school students were arrest-
ed Tuesday afternoon for illegally enter-
ing the University's steam tunnels near
the Edward Henry Kraus Building, the
Department of Public Safety reported.
Drunken vandal
arrested in Couzens
A student was arrested yesterday
at 2:39 a.m. for breaking a window in
Couzens Residence Hall while in pos-
session of alcohol. Two subjects accom-
panying the student were cited for
alcohol possession, DPS reported.
In Daily History
Zingerman's takes
its beef with
Amer's to court
January 26, 1993 - The owners of
Zingerman's Delicatessen and Amer's

Mediterranean Deli agreed that their
establishments are similar - but their
agreements end there.
The extensive similarities between the
delis are the subject of a lawsuit filed by
Zingerman's in November. Zingerman's is
accusing Amer's of trade dress - dupli-
cating its style and atmosphere.
Ari Weinzweig, co-owner of Zing-
erman's, said he delayed filing suit until
Amer's opened another deli on State
Street in November because the similari-
ties became "more blatant"
"It became clear to us that we had to act
to address their trade dress," he said.
Trade dress - the main accusation in
the lawsuit - appears to have been inter-
preted differently by the two parties.
"Trade dress is a business's distinc-
tive style of doing business," Weinz-
wig said, claiming that Amer's copied
Zingerman's style.
Erik Whittle, promotions director for
Amer's, said trade dress does not apply
because "Zingerman's did not have people
go out and design anything.
"Everything they have there has been
present in delis for a century," he said.
Bathish and Whittle claim Zing-
erman's is filing suit because it fears
"I believe that they were and are
unprepared to compete in the market and
are trying to keep a viable competitor at
bay," Whittle said.
But Weinzweig denied Bathish's

Folk legends
flock to Hill
for festival

Ann Arbor Folk Festival
at Hill Auditorium pitches
folk to a younger audience
By Kimberly Chou
Daily Arts Writer
Folk music isn't just for old folk. At
least that's what The Ark would like you
to think.
This weekend's Ann Arbor Folk Festi-
val will feature a cross-generational jam
of folk, blues and Americana 29 years in
the making.
The festival's third decade concludes
with two consecutive nights at Hill Audi-
torium. The Ark's largest fundraiser is
also one of the biggest folk festivals in
the country.
Both Friday and Saturday welcome
as-yet-undiscovered acts as well as artists
whose names might ring a bell with the
average college student.
Blues great Robert Cray and his band
will headline on Friday, with gothic
vaudevillians Blanche fitting the bill
alongside Iris DeMent, the Greencards
and others.
"Friday night will be a little edgier and
louder" said Barb Chaffer-Authier, mar-
keting director of the Ark. "Saturday will
be more traditional."
Headlining on Saturday will be the

Lyle Lovett Trio. Though the frontman is
best known to most University students
as the beaky Texan once married to Julia
Roberts, Lovett also plays a rootsy brand
of country folk.
Also playing Saturday night will be
Adrienne Young and Little Sadie, the
Holmes Brothers and Don White.
Organizers have not set a defi-
nite lineup.
"Robert Cray could request to play
first," Chaffer-Authier said. "We'll know
(the lineup) by the night of the concert."
This will be the Ark's fourth year
hosting the two-night festival, which
shifted venues during Hill renovations a
few years ago. The Ark split the bill into
two nights to accommodate the bands
and their audience.
"The crowd varies. There are the baby
boomers, then (also) University stu-
dents," Chaffer-Authier said.
Although in the past the Ann Arbor
Folk Festival has booked major artists
such as Emmy Lou Harris, the Indigo
Girls and Ani DiFranco, the festival has
increased the number of smaller bands.
"With a 3,000-person crowd, it's a
boost for them to be seen," Chaffer-
Authier said.
And with two full nights at the
spacious Hill, it's a great opportu-
nity for even the most casual of folk
fans to see them.

Tracinda Corp. buys 7.million
shares of General Motors stock,
boosting control to 10 percent
DETROIT (AP) - Billionaire investor
Kirk Kerkorian is acquiring 12 million shares
of General Motors Corp. stock, matching the
number of shares he sold in December, a fed-
eral regulatory filing showed yesterday.
Kerkorian's private equity firm, Tracinda
Corp., bought 5 million shares of GM stock
on Monday for an average purchase price of
$21.40 per share, or approximately $107 mil-
lion, it said in a filing with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. On Tuesday, Tracinda
agreed to purchase an additional 7 million GM
shares in a private transaction for $22.25 per

e buys ba
share, or approximately $155.8 million.
Those purchases would boost Kerkorian's
stake in the world's largest automaker to 9.9
percent, the same as it was before Beverly
Hills-based Tracinda sold 12 million shares
in December.
Tracinda said at the time that it sold the shares
so that it could end its fiscal year with a capital
loss, making it eligible for certain federal and
California income tax breaks. Kerkorian lost
$109 million on the 12 million shares he sold
in December.
But Tracinda left open the possibility of
reacquiring shares, and it waited only a short
time after so-called wash rules lapsed. Federal
tax rules prohibit a taxpayer from claiming a
loss on the sale of stock if replacement shares
are acquired within 30 days.

ck into G.M. stock

GM's shares fell to a 23-year low following
Kerkorian's sale in December. The Detroit-
based automaker has been struggling with
declining U.S. sales and rising health care and
materials costs. GM lost nearly $4 billion in the
first nine months of last year.
GM was scheduled to report its fourth-quar-
ter and full-year results for 2005 this morning.
Kerkorian has lost approximately $350 mil-
lion in the total value of his 56 million GM
shares since he began buying up shares at an
average price of $30.10 last spring. His latest
move may indicate he believes GM is listen-
ing to his ideas for improving the company. In
a speech to Wall Street analysts this month,
Kerkorian's top aide Jerome York called on
GM to cut its annual dividend in half and set
profitability goals and a timetable for achiev-

ing them.
York said Kerkorian was interested in buying
more GM shares and was optimistic about its
recovery efforts, but he said it was time for GM
to get into a "crisis mode."
GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner
has repeatedly said GM has a clear recovery
plan, including a restructuring that will cut
30,000 jobs and close 12 facilities by 2008.
He also said GM's board must decide wheth-
er to cut the dividend. GM has a $2 per share
annual dividend
In trading yesterday on the New York Stock
Exchange, GM shares rose 80 cents, or 3 per-
cent, to $23.85. Kerkorian's SEC filing was
released after the markets closed, and the
shares rose an additional 24 cents to $24.09 in
after-hour trading.

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The College of Literature. Science & the Arts and the Department of Mathematics present a
Distinguished Lecture Series in Mathematical Biology
(LS&A Research Theme Semester in Mathematical Biologv .)
Professor Michael C. Reed
Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Mathematics
Duke University
Why is Mathematical Biology so Hard
Biological systers are exceptionally diverse, complex, and special at the same time. The difficulties
inherent in investigating such systems will be illustrated by a discussion of folate and methionine
metabolism, which plays a critical role in DNA synthesis, DNA methylation, and protection against
oxidative stress. Mutations in the genes of one-carbon metabolism and dietary imbalances in the
substrates of these pathways (amino acids, vitamins B{, B12, folate) are associated with developmental
abnormalities, cancer, heart disease, and depression. Mathematical models can be used to investigate
causal mechanisms and to shed light on public policy alternatives, but the construction of these models
1i is fraught with difficulties and uncertainties. The complexity of the dynamics of the system poses new
questions for research mathematicians.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
6:00 p.m. " Room 1360 East Hall

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