The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 20, 2006 - 3A
Prof to lecture
on essay about
connection to past
David Caron, a professor in the
department of Romance Languages
and Literatures, will be presenting a
lecture today in the Osterman Com-
mon Room of the Rackham Building
today from noon to 1 p.m. His essay
argues that connectedness with a
strange and elusive past may serve
as a basis for community in the pres-
ent. Admission is free.
Impact of tech on
youth culture to be
subject of speech
The second of three talks in the
"Digital Life: Virtuality and Pervasive
Computing Environments" series will
be held today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For
today's talk, Mizuko Ito, a scientist at
the University of Southern California,
will be speaking on the use of portable
devices, including cell phones, on urban
youth culture in Japan.
to read at Shapiro
Undergraduate writers will present
some of their work at the Shapiro Under-
graduate Library tonight from 8:30 to
9:15 p.m. Free coffee will be served.
Man punched in
face in attempted
A man was punched in the face yester-
day at the Student Activities Building after
another man attempted to steal his tools.
No medical assistance was necessary.
rushed to UMER
A woman tripped and injured herself
on the steps of Yost Ice Arena yesterday.
Huron Valley Ambulance transported her
to the emergency room. .
In Daily History
Feb. 20, 1980 - University Law
School Prof. Harry Edwards was
confirmed to the position of judge
ffor the Federal District Court of
Appeals in the District of Colum-
The U.S. Senate confirmed his
appointment Wednesday. Edwards
will assume the post on March 1.
Edwards said he was excited about
"I'm happy the confirmation pro-
cedure is over. It seemed like it took
forever," he said.
Edwards first joined the Law
School faculty in, 1970. President
Carter nominated him for the post in
While Edwards, at 39, will be one
of the youngest jurists sitting on a
U.S. Appeals Court, he said he is not
"It's an interesting challenge,"
Edwards said, "no matter what age
... the quality of performance is
Next Wednesday, Edwards takes
the oath of office in Washington.
Edwards graduated from Cornell
University in 1962, and received a
law degree from the University in
He taught at Harvard Law School
and the Free University of Brussels
in Belgium. He also served as chair-
man of the board of Amtrak, the
National Railroad Passenger Corpo-
The D.C. court is commonly con-
sidered one of the more important
courts in the country.
City Council delivers
likely death blow
to zoo by denying
DETROIT (AP) - City Council
has rejected a proposed agreement
to transfer daily operations of the
Detroit Zoo to the Detroit Zoological
Society, a move the mayor's office
says means the zoo could close.
The 7-2 vote came Saturday night
following two days of City Council
discussions, the mayor's office said
in a statement. The plan was part of
an effort by Mayor Kwame Kilpat-
rick to narrow a municipal budget
Kilpatrick spokesman James Can-
ning said yesterday that the zoo
likely will close, though it wouldn't
Zoo spokeswoman Patricia Mills
said the zoo hadn't received official
word from Detroit about what the
vote means for the facility. But she
said it was up to the city to decide
what would happen.
Under the agreement, Detroit
would have maintained ownership
of the zoo, which is located in the
suburb of Royal Oak. The mayors
office said the deal would have
saved the city about $5 million each
without power after storm;
one death reported
(AP) - Crews worked yesterday to
restore power to about 17,000 Consumers
Energy customers still without electrical
service following a storm last week, and
at least one death was reported.
The body of Dan Hall, 58, was found
Saturday morning in the basement of
his homein Kent County's Grattan
Township, near Grand Rapids, authori-
ties said. He apparently was overcome
by carbon monoxide from a generator,
The Grand Rapids Press reported.
His wife, Penny was found uncon-
scious but breathing in a first-floor
bedroom of the home, the newspaper
reported. She was taken to Spectrum
Health Butterworth Campus in Grand
Rapids for treatment.
The hospital said yesterday that her
family requested no information be
released about her.
Ed McNamara dies at age 79
Detroit-area political power
broker mentored many of
state's top officials
DETROIT (AP) - Former Wayne County
Executive Edward McNamara, a throwback to
the political power brokers of an earlier day and
mentor to leading state Democrats including the
governor, has died. He was 79.
McNamara died early yesterday of heart fail-
ure at Harper Hospital, said family spokesman
"We will miss his kindness, his compas-
sion and his wit," McNamara's family said in a
statement. "We celebrate his life and his many
accomplishments and contributions that he made
to Wayne County and the entire region.
"He was a great builder of infrastructure and
he also believed in investing in people."
As chief executive of Michigan's most popu-
lous county from 1987-2002, McNamara oversaw
a work force of more than 5,000 people and an
annual budget of nearly $2 billion. He was mayor
of Livonia from 1970-86.
He devoted much of his energy to improv-
ing Detroit Metropolitan Airport. A $1.6 bil-
lion makeover had as its centerpiece the lavish,
spacious terminal designed by its main tenant,
Northwest Airlines, and formally called the
Edward H. McNamara Terminal at Northwest
McNamara, a Democrat, also mentored mem-
bers of the party in the state, including Jenni-
fer Granholm, the one-time county corporation
counsel who went on to become state attorney
general and now is governor; former Wayne
County Prosecutor Mike Duggan, now CEO of
the Detroit Medical Center; and former U.S.
Attorney Saul Green.
"To those of us who had the privilege of working for
him, he gave a sense of possibility, toughness and duty
to serve others," Granholm said in a statement.
McNamara's organization also played a signifi-
cant role in Kwame Kilpatrick's election as mayor
of Detroit in 2001.
"Politicians of today, from me to Governor Gra-
nholm, have taken a page out of the McNamara
political play book from time to time, and his
influence on Michigan politics is etched in stone,"
McNamara eliminated the $135 million deficit
he faced upon taking office, restored the county's
bond rating on Wall Street to investment grade and
started construction on a new juvenile detention
facility in Detroit.
McNamara also helped negotiate deals for
new baseball and football stadiums in downtown
Detroit and launched an environmental initiative
to clean and preserve the Rouge River and other
Following his death, Democrats weren't alone in
sharing memories of McNamara. L. Brooks Patter-
son, a Republican and county executive for Oakland
County, which borders Wayne County, said: "I loved
Ed McNamara. We never let politics get in the way of
our friendship. He was truly a mentor to me."
In McNamara's honor, flags were to be flown at
half-staff on the Wayne County building in down-
town Detroit, said current Wayne County Execu-
tive Robert Ficano.
"Mr. McNamara spearheaded economic devel-
opment investments that continue to expand and
grow the region and the state," Ficano said. "His
legacy is far reaching and leaves an unsurpassed
imprint on Wayne County and the state of Mich-
McNamara's 40 years in politics, however,
ended under a cloud of suspicion.
FBI agents and state police raided his office
in November 2002, seeking evidence for a fed-
eral grand jury investigating alleged corruption
in airport contracts and campaign fundraising
by his administration. McNamara was never
McNamara said he learned Dec. 31,2002 - his last
day in office as county executive - that he had been
diagnosed with a rare form of cancer of the infection-
fighting lymphatic system. He received experimental
radiation treatments followed by chemotherapy.
Bush to stop at Auburn plant
President to highlight
alternative energy efforts
during stop at Energy
DETROIT (AP) - The thin solar
energy panels being made across
the street from the home of the
Detroit Pistons are a booming part
of Energy Conversion Devices Inc.'s
alternative energy business.
The company's United Solar
Ovonic plant in Auburn Hills will
get a visit from President Bush
today as part of his two-day, three-
state trip to discuss a package of
energy initiatives highlighted in last
month's State of the Union address.
Bush's top Cabinet officials also
plan to crisscross the country this
week to tout the initiatives.
"We're investing in technologies
like solar and wind power and clean
coal to power our homes and busi-
We're also investing in new car
technologies like plug-in hybrid cars
and in alternative fuels for automo-
biles like ethanol and biodiesel,"
Bush said Saturday in his weekly
In his 2007 budget proposal for
motive industry, companies like
Energy Conversion Devices have
worked to bring innovation inside
and outside of the carmaking busi-
"They're really a prime example
in the state of what can happen
when you do utilize the manufac-
turing talent and the R&D and engi-
neering talent," said James Croce,
chief executive of NextEnergy, a
nonprofit that was founded to bol-
ster the state's alternative energy
"It shows that we're a high-tech
region and not just a high-tech auto
region," Croce added.
The solar panel plant is about 30
miles north of Detroit in the same
city that is home to DaimlerChrys-
ler AG's Chrysler Group.
Today's visit isn't the first time
United Solar Ovonic - also known
as Uni-Solar - has drawn the atten-
tion of the Bush administration.
"Companies like Uni-Solar are
showing how we can harness sci-
ence and technology in innovative
ways to become global leaders in a
new and growing industry," Energy
Secretary Samuel Bodman said at a
July groundbreaking for an expan-
sion that will double Uni-Solar's
last week that it planned a further
increase in capacity to 300 mega-
watts by 2010.
Unlike conventional solar panels
that use heavy, stiff glass, the sheets
made at the plant are thin, light and
They can be used to replace nor-
mal roof shingles and generate elec-
tric power from the sun.
In addition to alternative energy,
Rochester Hills-based Energy Con-
version Devices also is working on
information technology applica-
"Transforming our energy supply
will demand creativity and deter-
mination, and America has these
qualities in abundance," Bush said
Saturday. "Our nation will continue
to lead the world in innovation and
The visit is Bush's fourth to the
state since the 2004 election.
Early last year, Bush presented his
second-term plans for the economy
and Social Security during a speech
to the Detroit Economic Club and
advocated asbestos lawsuit reform
in a visit to Macomb County's Clin-
In May, he gave the commence-
ment speech at Calvin College in