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Thursday, October 12, 2006 - The Michigan Daily - 3A

Reception to
be held for
University Unions Arts and
Programs members will hold
a reception for photographer
Michael Myers today from 5
to 7 p.m. at the Wall Gallery
in Pierpont Commons. Myers's
photography focuses on the rela-
tionships between humans and
the natural world.
to focus on
digitized books
The University Digital Library
Productions Service will offer a
free demonstration of MBooks
tonight from 7 to 8 p.m. on the
second floor of the Harlan Hatch-
er Graduate Library. The program
will show interested participants
how to view materials digitized
by Google from the University's
library collection. The event is
open to the public, but space is
Visiting prof
to speak on
Dirk Wascher will discuss
"landscape character assess-
ment" with regard to land use
and spatial planning tonight from
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in room 1040
of the Dana Natural Resources
Building. The lecture is part of a
speaker series sponsored by JJR
Landscape Architecture Firm
and the Dean's Speaker Series.
Unleashed dog
runs through Arb
An unleashed dog was reported
to be running freely in Nichols
Arboretum Tuesday morning, the
Department of Public Safety said.
According to a city ordinance,
dogs are not allowed to be let off
their leashes in public. DPS officers
responded to the phone call, but the
dog and its owner were gone when
they arrived.
T-shirt seller
gets warning
A person was given a warning
for selling T-shirts on the 400
Block of South State Street on
Tuesday, DPS reported.
In 'U' History

Plans for North
Campus co-op
take shape
Oct. 12, 1968 - Blueprints
for the new Inter-Cooperative
Council Co-Op are finished.
The building is expected to be
open to residents next fall. The
co-op will be located on Broad-
way and Gilbert Court and is
being designed by the archi-
tectural firm Lane, Reibe, and
John Achatz, who is in
charge of the project, envisions
a place that will be defined by
its uniqueness. "It won't be like
those wretched buildings in the
city when they get old," Achatz.
"It'll be rough and natural. It'll
be slick."
Variety is a main part of
Achatz's architectural program.
He said he hopes the design
of the building will create an
atmosphere of intimacy and
belonging. Each of the 18 12-
person houses in the co-op will
be painted a slightly different
color and have different internal
room arrangements.
The building will be covered
with diagonal cedar panels and
a birch hemming finish. Ach-
atz said these details will give
the exterior of the building the
"sense that it is moving with the
shadows." Occupants will have
a view of North Campus from
the courtyard.
Students who live in the co-op
will be expected to run the house
on their own.


Institute gives
$16m for
MSU research

Money will be
used in planned med
school expansion

and be part of our community makes
absolute sense," he said.
The university already is recruit-
ing students and faculty, Rappley

LSA sophomore Erik Steel gives a speech on the Diag yeste
It relates to Judaism, in celebration of National Coming Out
students protested Proposal 2, the controversial MichiganC
Husband testiesi
wii~accused ofki

Tim Holland testifies
that his wife told him
she hit their son in the
head with a hammer
LANSING (AP) - A sobbing
Tim Holland took the stand yester-
day in the murder trial of his wife,
describing how he found their 7-
year-old adopted son on a Friday
night last year with no heartbeat or
He said his wife, Lisa Holland,
was in the house at the time.
"Lisa's in the hallway screaming,
'I didn't mean to do it;" Tim Hol-
land testified. "She was telling me to
get his body out of the house"
Lisa Holland is accused of humil-
iating, abusing and later killing their
son, Ricky.
The much-anticipated testimony
could be crucial, particularly for
prosecutors who cut a deal with
Tim Holland in exchange for his
testimony against Lisa. The defense
began trying to poke holes in Tim
Holland's story by criticizing his
Under questioning from the
defense, Tim Holland acknowl-
edged that he had previously lied
to the police and had been forced
from his job as an intelligence ana-
lyst with the Army for downloading
pornography onto his government

"It was easier to lie than tell the
truth;' Tim Holland said of earlier
untruthful statements to police.
Tim Holland testified that Lisa
told him in December 2005 that she
had struck Ricky in the head with a
hammer before he died.
Tim Holland told jurors that
Ricky was listless in the last
week of his life, not eating or
drinking, barely recognizing his
surroundings. Ricky smelled like
cat urine and wore a diaper, Tim
Holland said.
The father said he thought his son
would get better and decided against
taking him to a doctor or giving him
a bath to avoid a confrontation with
Lisa Holland, even though Ricky
couldn't walk on his own.
"I didn't want her to start pushing
me around in front of the kids," Tim
Holland said.
The night Ricky died, Tim Hol-
land said,the boy slumped over in his
chair and wouldn't touch his favorite
food: Kentucky Fried Chicken.
He said Lisa Holland was physi-
cally abusive toward Ricky in their
Williamoston home, where they had
lived since May 2005. One time, he
said he came home to find Ricky's
head taped to the refrigerator with
duct tape.
He also said Lisa Holland tied
Ricky up in the basement. A week
before Ricky's death, Tim Holland
said he came home to find the boy
standing in a diaper against the wall

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) - The "We're in the works, we're past
Van Andel Institute, a medical planning, we're now implementing"
research center in the heart of the she said.
city's growing medical corridor, Fifty second-year medical stu-
has pledged $16 million to support dents are expected to enroll in Grand
research at a planned expansion of Rapids by fall 2008. They would
the Michigan State University medi- join 50 to 70 upper-level medical
cal school. students already assigned to pro-
Representatives of the university grams in the area.
and the institute jointly announced The university expects 100 first-
the eight-year commitment yester- year students to enroll in Grand
day. Rapids by the time a new, $70 mil-
The money is to be used to invest lion building opens in 2010. At that
in basic science and clinical research point, Michigan State's medical
rdN abIMON/Daly that will support both institutions, school will be based in Grand Rap-
rday about coming out as meaning the two facilities could ids while it continues to offer a four-
Civi Rights Initiative. jointly hire staff and share space. year program in East Lansing.
"We hope to have investigators Michigan State officials are con-
working side-by-side according to sidering four possible sites for the
their areas of research, rather than medical school. Three are down-
who employs them," Dr. Marsha town near the institute and Spec-
Rappley, dean of Michigan State's trum Health Butterworth Campus,
College of Human Medicine, told a hospital.
The Grand Rapids Press. The hospital's parent company
S(M ' Steve Heacock, the institute's chief eariier agreed to contribute up to $55
n g administrative officer, said teaming million toward the cost of the medi-
up with a school that performs medi- cal school building. It also pledged
cal research is a "natural fit." around $30 million over the next
as punishment, with a cut on the top "To have them come and join us decade to support medical research.
of his head.
"Lisa would smack Ricky, grab e.
him by the arm and backhand him.
She would hit him with a wooden
spoon;" he said.
TimHolland,37,pleadedguiltyto W h i e r
whie riding the rals
second-degree murder last month as
part of the plea deal. Prosecutors say
he aided and abetted child abuse and MOUNT CLEMENS (AP) - A from Fort Lewis, Wash., told police
had a reckless disregard for Ricky's suburban Detroit man who was fas- that she saw Litzner fall onto the rails.
welfare while knowing death was a cinated by trains since childhood and Litzner's wife was asleep at the
foreseeable consequence. who enjoyed riding the rails hobo-style time of the accident, authorities say.
The prosecution's theory is that was killed after falling from a freight Chehalis police Detective Jeff Elder
Ricky sustained a blow to the head train near Seattle, authorities say. said the three had consumed half a
by his adoptive mother that led to his Jason P. Litzner, 25, wife Rosie, bottle of wine and also had half a case
death. Ingham County jail inmates 22, and a female friend had climbed of beer with them.
have testified that Lisa Holland, 33, aboard the car in Tacoma, Wash., and "This is the third case of this type
said she struck Ricky with a ham- were headed for San Francisco when we've had this year with hobos getting
mer. the accident happened Sunday in Che- on the trains when they're not sup-
In openingrstatements,the defense halis, Wash. posed to and then a tragedy happens;"
said Tim Holland's testimony would "He absolutely loved trains" his Elder said.
not be credible because he has a mother, Marsha Litzner, told The Litzner grew up in Warren and
motive for deflecting attention from Macomb Daily. "If he had to choose attended the Warren Consolidated
himself and has changed his story how he died, he wouldn't have thought Schools before his mother began-
many times. about being shot or from cancer or a home-schooling him.
Ricky vanished from his home car accident. He would have wanted to As a child, Litzner dressed as a
east of Lansing in July 2005. His have died on a train." train conductor for Halloween. He
adoptive parents said he had run The car was a type nicknamed a was known as free-spirited and
away, sparking a nine-day search "suicide car" because it consists only very independent, with a flair for
by 1,700 volunteers and hundreds of of a frame for cargo containers. writing, drawing and crafts, family
law enforcement and other officials. The other woman, a 20-year-old members say.
But Tim Holland later led authori-
ties to Ricky's body in a marshy Ing-
ham County game area after telling
them his wife struck the boy in the
head with a hammer. Tim Hollandr s
said he only helped dispose of the orts
body. Cool Wfds4 cealcrtisn n en



DeVos calls
for end to

property tax
The tax accounts
for $1.75 billion that
mostly goes to cities
and schools
LANSING (AP) - Dick DeVos
wants to get rid of Michigan's
personal property tax, but he'd
find a way to replace most of the
money schools and local govern-
ments now get from it, a campaign
spokesman said yesterday.
DeVos' declaration that he'd
eliminate the tax, made Tuesday
night during his second debate
with Democratic Gov. Jennifer
Granholm, thrilled a manufactur-
ers' group but left education and
local government, organizations
The Republican businessman
doesn't yet have a plan for how he
would make up the $1.75 billion
lost, campaign spokesman John
Truscott said. He'd have to work
that out with lawmakers, possibly
as part of a larger restructuring of
the state's main corporate tax.
"We realize where that money
goes" Truscott said of the per-
sonal property tax. "For the most
part ... whether it's local govern-
ments or schools, we need to pre-
serve as much money as possible
for them."
Last year, Granholm and state
legislators worked out a deal that
gave businesses a 15 percent Single
Business Tax credit on their per-
sonal property taxes. That credit
saves companies - mainly large
manufacturers - about $115 mil-
lion a year,all money that otherwise
would go to the state treasury.

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