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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 3A

Michigan Idol
contestants to
compete in finale
At tonight's Michigan Idol finale, one
contestant will walk away with the $500
grand prize and the coveted title of 2006
Michigan Idol winner. The event, spon-
sored by the University Unions Arts
and Programs, will begin at 9 p.m. in
the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre at the
Michigan League.
Students volunteer
to tutor children
The Peace Neighborhood Center is
providing tutoring programs for children,
families and other individuals from dis-
advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.
Volunteer tutors will be working with ele-
mentary students. Participants will meet
today at 5:45 p.m. at Hillel.
Kelsey to host
lecture on the
Mycenaean world
Classical Studies Lecturer Despina
Margomenou will give a lecture today
on food storage, inequality and local
politics in Mycenae. The lecture will
begin at 6 p.m. at the Kelsey Museum
of Archaeology.
Hard drive thief
returns; replaces
old, steals new
Two new hard drives were discovered
missing from computers in the G.G.
Brown Laboratory on Hayward Street
at about 10:25 p.m. on Tuesday, the
Department of Public Safety reported.
The thief had switched the stolen hard
drives with other hard drives which had
been reported stolen in 2005.
Racist sign tacked
onto microwave
Someone posted a sign with a racial
slur on it on a microwave in Mary Mar-
kley Residence Hall, DPS reported. The
sign was discovered Tuesday at about
11:30 p.m. in a machine room.
Experiment goes
wrong; acid
9 spilled on student
Two milliliters of tin chloride and
hydrochloric acid solution was spilled
on someone in the Chemistry Building
on North University Avenue, the DPS
reported. The incident occurred Tuesday
at about 10:30 a.m.

In Daily History
Male residents
object as East
Quad goes co-ed
Feb. 23, 1954 - East Quadrangle
Residence Hall's Hayden House Coun-
cil unanimously passed a resolution
yesterday opposing changes to male
housing policies that are being imposed
to accommodate female residents. Spe-
cifically, many male residents believe
that their access to housing on campus
is being compromised by further con-
version of men's housing for female
students. The resolution calls on all
residence hall men to form a "united
front" against what are deemed to be
unfair policies.
The council also made public the
contents of a letter to the Residence
Halls Board of Governors, which urged
the board to "thoughtfully consider the
value of the Michigan House Plan and
whether it is advisable to sacrifice this
plan piece by piece merely to accom-
modate women."
The letter also detailed the recent
conversion of Victor Vaughn, Tyler
and Prescott Houses in East Quad into
women's residences and cited figures
from a Board of Governors meeting


Toxic waste Cleanup
plan delayed by critics
Environmentalists chemical settled into the soil and river was insufficient and suggeste
sediment along the Tittabawassee River intensive sample.
condemn plan to remove flood plain downstream from the compa- In Midland, Dow had plan
dioxin near factory ny's headquarters. phases of sampling to find
Dioxin has been linked to cancer- birth deno.itc with the s- nn d

ed a more
nned two
,th d l d~r

MIDLAND (AP) - The U.S. Envi-
ronmental Protection Agency has issued
a report criticizing Dow Chemical Co.'s
plans to clean up dioxin near its head-
quarters, calling it deficient and urging
state environmental regulators not to
approve the plan.
Margaret Guerriero, director of the
agency's Waste, Pesticides and Tox-
ics Division, said the proposals lack
adequate soil and surface water sam-
pling, inappropriately delay testing in
Midland and outline a "fundamentally
flawed" human health study, The Sagi-
naw News reported.
Gregory Rudloff, an EPA correc-
tive action project manager, told the
Midland Daily News the agency was
"somewhat surprised" by the Dow pro-
posals. "We felt that it was off-track
enough that it should be revised before
significant review"
Dow and the state Department of
Environmental Quality agreed to steps
last year to address dioxin contamination
in Midland and along the Tittabawassee
River, as well as parts of the Saginaw
River and Saginaw Bay.
Dioxin is a persistent and toxic chemi-
cal that was a byproduct of Dow pro-
cesses dating back several decades. The

defects and organ failure.
Dow spokesman John Musser said the
company was aware of the EPA's con-
cerns, but he said, the federal agency was

not the regulatory group
overseeing the cleanup.
"We have understood
what their concerns
are," Musser said. "Until
expressed by the DEQ,
we're not going to have any
comment. We're hoping
we can reach a common
ground here with the DEQ
that meets their obligations
under law and Dow's obli-
gations under law."
Robert McCann, a
spokesman for the state
DEQ, said the agency
shares many of the same
concerns as the EPA. "Ulti-
mately, there is a lot of work
that needs to be done to get
this (plan) in the shape to be
Dow had proposed
analyzing sediment from
along the Tittabawassee

there i
of wor
done t
this (p
the sh
be app

poss, e'seconu sc ea ue
for 2008. The EPA said the delay and
duplication is unnecessary and it would
like to see sampling conducted in 2006
"to minimize ongoing exposure and
related risks."
ately The EPA also
raised concern about
s a lot Dow's "Human
Health Risk Assess-
k that ment Work Plast"
The EPA said -it
to be failed to complywith
federal and state risk
:O get assessment policies
flan) -I or use adequate or
widely accepted
ape to methodology.
The state agency
)roved." is expected to for-
mally comment on
the Dow work plans
Robert McCann, later this week.
kesman for the McCann said the
Department of department's com-
imental Quality ments are likely to
be similar to those
offered by the EPA.
However, Murphy indicated the
detained migrants are not likely to
be charged, though they will face


Disc Jockey Sarah Herard, a recent LSA graduate, plays some
tracks for WCBN 88.3, the student-run radio station, at the Stu-
dent Activities Building yesterday.

25 places
River, or

about one sample spot per mile along
22 miles of river. The EPA said that

Motives determined in three murders

Couple killed first two
victims for money, third to
cover their tracks
NEW BALTIMORE (AP) - A couple suspected
in three southeast Michigan murders killed their first
two victims for money and the third because he fig-
ured out that they were wanted by police, authorities
said yesterday.
Samantha Jean Bachynski, 19, and her fiance, Pat-
rick Alan Selepak, 27, were being held in the Genesee
County Jail while police continue their investigation
into a crime spree that also included several armed
The first killings occurred last week in the
Macomb County city of New Baltimore, where Scott
and Melissa Berels, both 27, were found dead in their
home. Melissa was 10 months pregnant, authorities

The third slaying occurred in Genesee County's
Vienna Township. The victim was Winfield Freder-
ick Johnson, 53, who had befriended the couple at a
bar Saturday night, authorities said.
New Baltimore Police Chief John Bolgar said
Selepak found his way into the Berelses' lives by
befriending Melissa at the market where she worked.
The motive for the killings, Bolgar said, was
robbery "just to make Patrick and Samantha's life
a little easier."
Bolgar said Melissa Berels had several conversa-.
tions with Selepak, but police had no evidence that
they were romantically involved.
"I believe that it was Melissa's trusting nature ...
that welcomed Patrick into their lives," Bolgar said.
The Berelses' bodies were found bound head to toe
in plastic wrap and tape and covered with a tarpau-
lin. Scott Berels was beaten and suffocated, while his
wife was suffocated, Bolgar said.
Johnson's body was wrapped in plastic in a similar

fashion, authorities said.
Police were led to the suspects by a drugstore sales
receipt for duct tape that they apparently left at the
Berelses' home.
Bolgar said the receipt came from a local CVS
store, which had 24-hour video surveillance. Police
obtained a search warrant for the video, found an
image of a woman buying duct tape and released it
to the media.
The police chief said a tipster recognized the
woman as Bachynski.
The couple were arrested in Owosso on Tuesday
while driving a pickup truck belonging to Johnson,
whose body was found in the back of the truck,
authorities said.
No charges had been filed in Genesee County,
but the suspects were being held on murder warrants
from New Baltimore and a federal robbery warrant
that accuses them of a Feb. 13 sporting goods store
holdup in the county's Flint Township, Genesee

County Prosecutor David Leyton said.
Selepak and Bachynski were named Monday in
warrants charging them with first-degree murder,
home invasion, auto theft and using a firearm in the
commission of a felony. They are expected to be
arraigned today in Macomb County.
A telephone tip led Owosso police to a motel park-
ing lot, where the suspects were arrested Tuesday
afternoon in Johnson's pickup truck, authorities said.
Genesee County officials said Johnson allowed
Selepak and Bachynski to stay in his home. But he
apparently figured out that they were wanted by
police, and they shot him twice in the back and stran-
gled him as he tried to leave his home Tuesday morn-
ing, authorities said.
From there they drove to see a friend of Bachynski
in nearby Owosso, and she alerted authorities.
Selepak is from Macomb County's Chesterfield
Township. Bachynski's hometown was reportedas
either Midland or New Baltimore.



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