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N. Korea says
nuclear test was
SEOUL, South Korea (AP)
- North Korea said yesterday
it had performed its first-ever
nuclear weapons test, setting off
an underground blast in defiance
of international warnings and
intense diplomatic activity aimed
at heading off such a move.
The North Korean statement
said there was no radioactive
leakage from the test site.
An official at South Korea's
seismic monitoring center con-
firmed a magnitude-3.6 tremor
felt at the time North Korea
said it conducted the test was
not a natural occurrence. The
official spoke to The Associat-
ed Press on condition his name
not be used, because he was
not authorized to talk about
the sensitive information to the
Australia also said there was
seismic confirmation that North
Korea conducted a nuclear test.
However, Japanese Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe said that
information still needs to be
collected and analyzed to deter-
mine whether North Korea truly
conducted its first nuclear test.
Japan's top government
spokesman said if confirmed, the
North Korean test would post a
serious threat to the stability in
the region and a provocation.
China, the North's closest ally,
said Beijing "resolutely opposes"
the North Korean nuclear test
and hopes Pyongyang will return
to disarmament talks.
U.S. and South Korean offi-
cials could not immediately con-
firm the report.
South Korea's Defense Minis-
try said the alert level of the mil-
itary had been raised in response
to the claimed nuclear test.
The U.N. Security Council is
expected to discuss the reported
North Korean test on Monday,
and the United States and Japan
are likely to press for a resolu-
tion imposing additional sanc-
tions on Pyongyang.
A resolution adopted in July
after a series of North Korean
missile launches imposed lim-
ited sanctions on North Korea
and demanded that the reclusive
communist nation suspend its
ballistic missile program - a
demand the North immediately
The resolution bans all U.N.
member states from selling mate-
rial or technology for missiles or
weapons of mass destruction to
North Korea - and it bans all
countries from receiving mis-
siles, banned weapons or tech-
nology from Pyongyang.
The North said last week it
would conduct a test, sparking
regional concern and frantic dip-
lomatic efforts aimed at dissuad-
ing Pyongyang from such a move.
North Korea has long claimed to
have nuclear weapons, but had
never before performed a known
test to prove its arsenal.
The North's official Korean
Central News Agency said the
underground test was performed
Business School senior Anna Yevzelman, LSA senior Brittany Feldman and Business School senior Amanda Folk take their turn taking
a sledgehammer to a sedan as part of a fundraiser for campus safety.
Body by Bruce, a car body including the varsity baseball team ing safety goggles smacked away
shop in Warren, donated the car andtheSocietyofWomenEngineers, at the car, Abby Berman, presi-
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people feel safe walking home,"
Millman said. "In some schools
there's a blue light on every cor-
ner and you feel safer."
house, which is at the corner of
Hill and Church streets.
Each hit cost a dollar, and car-
smashers could pay $5 for a minute
of demolition. Some campus groups,
"The baseball team started us
off and just about destroyed the
car," said LSA sophomore Dillon
Prefer, an AEPi member.
While two burly students wear-
Kappa Alpha Theta, said hitting
the car was "awesome."
"I especially enjoyed smacking
the 'Beat MSU' on the hood," she
over E. coli concerns
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -
Less than a week after the Food
and Drug Administration lifted its
warning on fresh spinach grown in
California's Salinas Valley, a popu-
lar brand of lettuce grown there has
been recalled over concerns about
E. coli contamination.
The lettuce does not appear to
have caused any illnesses, the pres-
ident of Salinas-based Nunes Co.
The lettuce scare comes amid
other federal warnings that some
brands of spinach, bottled car-
rot juice and recent shipments of
beef could cause grave health risks
- including paralysis, respiratory
failure and death.
Executives ordered the recall
after learning that irrigation water
may have been contaminated with
E. coli, said Tom Nunes Jr., presi-
dent of the company.
So far, company investigators
have not found E. coli bacteria in
the lettuce itself, Nunes stressed.
"We're just reacting to a water test
only. We know there's generic E. coli
on it, but we're not sure what that
means; he said. "We're being extra
careful. This is precautionary."
The recall covers green leaf let-
tuce purchased in grocery stores
Oct. 3-6 in Arizona, California,
Nevada, Washington, Oregon,
Idaho and Montana. It was also
sold to distributors in those states
who may have sold it to restaurants
The recalled lettuce was pack-
aged as "Green Leaf 24 Count,
waxed carton" and "Green Leaf 18
Count, cellophane sleeve, return-
able carton." Packaging is stamped
with lot code 6SL0024.
h FDA spokeswoman Julie
Zawisza said the agency is aware
of the voluntary recall but had no
"As a standard course of action,
we would expect the firm to identi-
fy the source of the contamination
and take steps to ... ensure that it
doesn't happen again;" Zawisza
wrote in an e-mail.
It's unlikely that the bacteria in
the lettuce fields share the source
of the E. coli found in spinach that
has sickened nearly 200 people and
has been linked to three deaths
nationwide, Nunes said.
Pathogenic Escherichia coli bac-
teria, or E. coli, can proliferate in
uncooked produce, raw milk, unpas-
teurized juice, contaminated water
and meat. When consumed, it may
cause diarrhea and bloody stools.
Although most healthy adults
recover within a week without long-
term side effects, some people may
develop a form of kidney failure.
That illness is most likely to
occur in young children, senior
citizens and people with compro-
mised immune systems. In extreme
cases, it can lead to kidney damage
The recall at Nunes Co., a fam-
ily-owned business with more than
20,000 acres of cropland in Ari-
zona and California, comes days
after federal agents searched two
Salinas Valley produce companies
connected to the nationwide spin-
Epidemiologists also warned
consumers last week to stay away
from some bottled carrot juice
after a Florida woman was para-
lyzed and three people in Georgia
experienced respiratory failure,
apparently due to botulism poi-
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open in 2011.
The groundbreaking began with
a celebration in the courtyard of
the hospital, with activities like
kite flying and an arts-and-crafts
area where children decorated hats
and banners for patients in the cur-
rent hospital's children's ward.
Visitors also toured parts of the
new hospital by way of a computer-
animated design of the hospital's
new facilities. The hospital will
have 264 private rooms, 12 beds in
the Intensive Care Unit for parents
to stay overnight with their chil-
dren, 16 pediatric operating rooms,
special ventilation systems for chil-
dren with liver, kidney and bone
marrow transplants, 30 birthing
rooms and a two-story lobby with
a family resource center.
The hospital will be made up of
two towers: one nine-story struc-
ture for clinic space and one 12-
story inpatient complex located
across from Mary Markley Resi-
dence Hall overlooking Nichols
University Regent David Bran-
don said the hospital will be sig-
nificant for two major reasons.
The hospital will conduct world-
renowned research and will be the
center for patient care in the Mid-
west, Brandon said.
"People throughout the country
will fly in to be treated at this hos-
pital," he said.
Several campus leaders spoke at
the groundbreaking, including Uni-
versity President Mary Sue Cole-
man, Laurie Carr -wife of head
football coach Lloyd Carr - and
Doug Strong, director and chief
executive officer of the University
Hospital and Health Centers.
As part of the ceremony, Bran-
don and Carr climbed into con-
struction machinery and started
the engines. As they did, a banner
displaying an image of the hospital
rose and the Boy's Choir of Ann
Arbor began to sing.
Valerie Castle, chair of pediat-
rics and the hospital's chief physi-
cian, expects the new hospital tobe
in the highest echelon of healthcare
and one of the University's most
"There are very few communi-
ties with a world-class women and
children's hospital," she said. "This
facility will be a jewel in the crown
of the state of Michigan."
Hospital leaders conceived the
idea for the new $523-million hos-
pital more than a decade ago, but
financial support and design plans
did not materialize until four years
So far, the hospital's fundraising
committee - co-chaired by Bran-
don, his wife and the Carrs - has
raised $49 million toward the proj-
ect. The campaign has gone so
well that hospital leaders decided
to raise the fundraising goal from
$50 million to $75 million.
Contributions to the new hos-
pital include a number of large
donations from private groups and
individual donors. Twenty-five
million dollars from the C.S. Mott
Foundation in Flint is the largest
donation to date.
In September, Brandon and his
wife Jan gave $2 million to the
hospital, which saved the lives of
their newborn twin sons in 1980.
In honor of the donation, the neo-
natal intensive care unit will carry
the names of Brandon's sons Nick
The new children's emergency
medical center will be named after
emergency medicine entrepreneur
Ernest Sorini and his wife Kelly,
who donated $7 million to the proj-
ect. Hospital reserves will provide
the remainder of the funds.
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tation a year later I had spoken with
many of the members and alumni
about the organization's activities
and mission;' Brooks said. "It was
clear that those practices had been
abandoned well before any of these
students arrived on campus."
The group announced in April
that it was abandoning the name
Michigamua, which was chosen
to sound like a mythical Native
American tribe. The society also
released the names of the student
members in the last two classes,
Brooks's name wasn't among
those released in April. He said
that's because he is not a member of
the group, just an adviser.
LSA senior Andrew Yahkind,
a member of the group, refused to
release Brooks's name until Brooks
confirmed his membership.
Brooks said he is not the group's
only Honorary Angell.
Although the group says it is not
a secret society, both Brooks and
Yahkind refused to name others.
"It is not a large group, perhaps
a few dozen;' Brooks said. "Assum-
ing that most of them who are still
alive are at least as reluctant as I am
to be recognized for what they do
on campus - in keeping with the
philosophy of the organization itself
- it would be inappropriate and out
of character for me to call attention
There are a "handful" of Hon-
orary Angells, Yahkind said.
They all have different degrees of
involvement in the group, he said.
Over the past 25 years, no Univer-
sity presidents or vice presidents
have held the position, Yahkind
The group has said that its mission
is to "serve the University of Michi-
gan above all else," but members are
reluctant to discuss specifics of what
the society has accomplished.
"Because our goal is not self-
promotion, we don't advertise the
group's actions," Yahkind said.
The group's membership is made
up of prominent student leaders and
athletes. Michigan Student Assem-
bly President Nicole Stallings,
Interfraternity Council President
Jon Krasnov and Michigan foot-
ball players Adam Kraus and Jake
Long are all members of the current
The society's list of alumni is
even more impressive. It includes
former U.S. President Gerald
Ford, legendary football coaches
Bo Schembechler and Fielding
Yost and five University presi-
The group's past is rife with accu-
sations of racial insensitivity.
In 1989, it promised to stop using
Native American imagery in its rit-
uals in a signed agreement.
But in 2000, the Students of Color
Coalition occupied the society's
meeting space on the top floor of the
Michigan Union's tower for 37 days,
finding Native American artifacts in
the process. SCC displayed the arti-
facts it found there and led tours of
At the time, Michigamua mem-
bers said the artifacts were just
being stored in the tower and not
being used. The University has
since severed its official ties with
Michigamua and evicted it and two
other societies from the tower, but
the group is considering regaining
some sort of recognition from the
At least three members of student
groups have recently been expelled
from their organizations because
of their involvement with Mich-
The group plans to announce a
new name soon.
"Replacing a 105-year-old name
is an exhaustive process and we're
hoping to get it done as soon as pos-
sible;" Yahkind said.
Outdoor sports program
helps disabled vets move on
JACKSON'S GAP, Ala. (AP) the pain and move them toward
- Army Pfc. Joshua Stein grew resuming their lives.
up in the .water, swimming, div- Last weekend, 25 disabled
ing and spearfishing at his native veterans were at Lake Martin in
island of Saipan in the Pacific rural east Alabama for Opera-
Ocean. tion Adventure, a sports program
Now, however, Stein is learn- put on by the Birmingham-based
ing to water ski without his legs, Lakeshore Foundation at Camp
which were blown off when a ASCCA. The Easter Seals camp
roadside bomb hit the Bradley draws more than 10,000 disabled
fighting vehicle he was driving. children and adults annually.
With help, Stein straps his Like Operation Adventure,
scarred body into a cradle fitted many of these efforts to help
on a single, wide ski. Then, he severely injured vets are spon-
grasps the tow rope with a right sored by the Wounded Warrior
arm covered with skin grafts and Disabled Sports Project, a part-
rises out of the water, grinning nership between Disabled Sports
and giving a thumbs-up with his USA and the Wounded Warrior
mangled left arm, as the boat Project. The program is in 25
roars away. states and growing.
Similar military and civilian Outdoor sports programs are an
outdoor programs have quietly important bridge for disabled vet-
sprung up nationwide for perma- erans trying to move on to a new
nently disabled vets like Stein, phase of life, says Kirk Bauer, the
using the challenges and sheer fun executive director of Disabled
of recreation to help them get past Sports USA.
U.S. troops, Shiite militiamen battle in Iraqi city
BAGHDAD (AP) - The U.S.-led coalition
said it killed 30 fighters in a battle yesterday
with the country's most powerful Shiite mili-
tia amid growing American impatience with
the Iraqi government's inability to stop militias
responsible for escalating sectarian violence.
The clash was the second with the Mahdi
Army in the predominantly Shiite southern
city of Diwaniyah in as many months. Offi-
cials from the party of radical Shiite cleric
Muqtada al-Sadr, which heads the militia,
denied any of their fighters were killed.
A U.S. Abrams tank was seriously damaged
when it was hit by rocket-propelled grenades,
but no casualties were reported among the U.S.
or Iraqi forces.
However, the military announced the deaths
of five U.S. troops elsewhere in the country.
Two soldiers were killed Saturday - one in
the capital and the other northwest of Baghdad
- while three Marines were killed Friday in
western Anbar province, the military said with-
The deaths brought to29 the number of Amer-
icans killed in Iraq this month - many of them
in Baghdad as part of a district-by-district crack-
down aimed at reducing mounting violence by
clearing the city of weapons and fighters.
At least 14 Iraqis also died in other violence
around the country Sunday, including a Shiite
woman and her young daughter who were killed
when gunmen opened fire on their minivan in
Bagouba, northeast of Baghdad. The driver also
was killed, and the woman's husband and her
brother were wounded.
Police also found 51 bullet-riddled bodies
in various parts of Baghdad during a 24-hour
period ending yesterday morning, police 1st
Lt. Mohammed Khayoun said. They were all
apparent victims of the sectarian death squads
that roam the capital, with many of the bodies
showing signs of torture.
The U.S. has shown increasing impatience
with the failure of Shiite Prime Minister Nouri
al-Maliki to rein in militias fueling the Shiite-
Sunni killings that many believe now pose a
greater threat to Iraq's stability than al-Qaida or
the anti-U.S. insurgency.
Sunni leaders accuse al-Maliki of hesitating
to take action against Shiite militias because
many of them - like the Mahdi Army -
belong to political parties that his government
relies on for support. Al-Sadr's party holds 30
of the 275 seats in parliament and five Cabinet
posts, and the cleric's backing helped al-Maliki
win the top job earlier this year.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
gave al-Maliki and other Iraqi leaders a blunt
assessment during a visit to Iraq this past week,
telling them the violence cannot be tolerated
and they have to act.
Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) chairman of the
Armed Services Committee, gave a starker
warning following his own visit to Iraq, say-
ing if violence does not abate in the next two or
three months, Washington should make "bold
decisions" on what to do next.
U.S. troops have been quietly launching raids
on key al-Sadr loyalists and Mahdi Army mem-
bers in the past week, members of al-Sadr's
party have said. The U.S. has announced numer-
ous arrests during the Baghdad sweep, but has
not specified what group they belong to so exact
numbers could not be determined.
Al-Sadr loyalists, meanwhile, have accused
the Americans of trying to start a wider fight
with the militia. U.S. troops and the Mahdi
Army fought major battles twice in 2004.
"The Americans are creating pretexts to pro-
voke us and drag us into confrontation," said
Fadhil Qasir, a spokesman for the Mahdi Army
The fighting in Diwaniyah, about 80 miles
south of Baghdad, broke out after U.S. and
Iraqi troops entered the city looking for Mahdi
Army members responsible for the execu-
tion-style killings of 11 Iraqi army troops in
August. The slayings provoked a fierce fight at
the time between the militia and Iraqi forces
that left 23 troops and 50 militiamen dead.