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Puno residents are generally dis-
trustful of health care because of
its poor quality.
Another long-term goal is to
maintain involvement with the
Ministry of Health.
"We want to affiliate U-M long-
term with the community of Puno,"
El-Sayed said. "Affiliation with the
hospital will grant the clinic with
medical resources and physicians
year-round, as well as provide it with
What differentiates this orga-
nization from other relief-based
groups is the diversity of its mem-
bers, EI-Sayed said. The students
involved with the project come from
LSA, the School of Medicine, the
school of Public Health and the Col-
lege of Engineering. EI-Sayed devel-
opedher interestin SouthAmerican
medical practices byvolunteeringat
Centro Antivenero de Lima, a clinic
based in central Lima.
Ortiz-Tello is a native-bornPeru-
"We come from different back-
grounds, have different goals in
life and are coming together to
work toward a similar cause," El-
The organization is still grow-
ing, and El-Sayed said it will extend
the opportunity for new members
to join during the summer of 2008.
"We are looking for motivated
individuals who share a common
goal of serving others," El-Sayed
said. "We are interested in those
who will be responsive to new sur-
roundings and are willing to share
and partake with the community of
the Andean plains."
Wednesday, December 6, 2006 - 7A
Ship finally freed from mud
NEW YORK (AP) - Finally
pulled free from the Hudson River
bottom, the historic aircraft car-
rier USS Intrepid was on the move
again yesterday, passing majesti-
cally through New York Harbor,
bound for a long-awaited overhaul
at a New Jersey shipyard.
Just getting the 900-foot vessel
to budge was a triumph - and a
relief - for the Intrepid's owners,
who scrubbed an attempt a month
ago when the floating military
museum's rudder and four giant
propellers got stuck in the mud at
the pier that had been the ship's
home for the past 24 years.
"This old baby is moving!"
exulted Bill White, president of
the Intrepid Foundation.
This time, there were no poli-
ticians, military bands or other
trappings - just officials, jour-
nalists and former crewmen on
deck, some of whom cried and
gave each other high-fives and
hugs as about 200 people ashore
"I'm 18 again. And I have my
beautiful broad right here, my
ship Intrepid," said Felix Novelli,
who served during World War II.
Three weeks of dredging
removed nearly 40,000 cubic
yards of muck from under the
ship. As happened on Nov. 6, the
blue water was churned dark
brown Tuesday as powerful tug-
boats strained to haul the giant
vessel from its longtime home.
The engineless carrier was
towed stern-first past the Statue of
Liberty on a five-mile trip to Bay-
onne, N.J., where it will undergo a
$60 million renovation.
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for Chase Bank branches in Michi-
gan, said so far this year Chase
banks in Michigan have been
robbed 25 times, half the number
Bean said robberies usually pick
up around the holiday season.
"We could see more (this year
because the season is just begin-
ning)," she said. "We'll just have to
keep and eye out and bide our time."
This bank has seen more than
its fair share of robberies, police
said. Kinsey estimated that it gets
robbed about once a year.
Those with information about
the suspects or their whereabouts
can call the AAPD's anonymous
tip line at 734-996-3199 or the local
FBI office at 734-995-1310.
White House hopeful Vilsack
favors reducing Iraq troop levels
WASHINGTON (AP) - Demo-
cratic presidential hopeful Tom Vil-
sack said yesterdayit's time for "tough
love" in Iraq with a reduction in U.S.
troops that would force the govern-
menttomake the hard decisions about
repairing the fractured country.
Vilsack offered his ideas on Iraq,
taxes and the 2008 campaign in a
wide-ranging interview with The
Associated Press. Meanwhile, two
potential rivals for the nomination
- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and
support and staff for White House
Clinton expanded her outreach
to political operatives in Iowa and
New Hampshire, states with early
presidential nominating contests. She
asked a group of about a dozen Iowa
activists to attend a private dinner in
Washington next week to assess her
"Of course it's flattering to be invit-
ed by a former first lady," said Gordon
Fischer, a Des Moines lawyer who is
backing Vilsack but said he was will-
ing to meet with Clinton. An adviser
also sought the names of South Caro-
Edwards, the 2004 Democratic
vice presidentialnominee,tapped for-
mer Rep. David Bonior of Michigan
to manage his campaign if Edwards
decides, as expected, to run. Bonior
has strong ties to organized labor
- a constituency Edwards has been
A third Democrat, Sen. Evan Bayh
of Indiana, took the expected step
yesterday of filing papers to create an
In the AP interview, Vilsack said
he favors removing most U.S. troops
from the Baghdad area and south-
ern Iraq while maintaining a smaller
security force in northern Iraq for a
The Iowa governor said Iraq may
have to endure a period of heavy vio-
lence following a U.S. troop redeploy-
"It's tough love, no question about
it," Vilsack said. "It may very well
require them togo through some cha-
otic and very difficult times for them
to finally decide it is not in their inter-
est to continue down that road."
There are currently about 140,000
U.S. troops stationed in Iraq, most in
the capital city of Baghdad and the
vast Anbar Province in the western
part of the country.
Vilsack called the continued pres-
ence of U.S. troops in Iraq "both a
crutch and an excuse," delaying the
Iraqi government from seizing con-
trol of the country and tamping down
the sectarianviolence. He said contin-
ued U.S. presence in the country also
bolstered the notion that the Bush
administration was primarily inter-
ested in the country's oil resources.
"We can't cut the legs out from
under that argument in the Islamic
world," Vilsack warned, unless the
American troop presence is drawn
down and the U.S. begins actively
developing alternative sources of
PROP 2 argument has a stronger legal basis
From page IA today than its predecessor did a
reviewing it. "Ten years ago, people thought
Washington said he expects a the Supreme Court was going to
preliminary hearing on the case abolish affirmative action anyway
sometime in January, and that and that California was just doing
BAMN would likely request a pre- it ahead of time," Caminker said.
liminary injunction barring the But the Supreme Court did not
amendment from taking effect abolish affirmative action. Rather,
sometime in the next few weeks. in the 2003 Grouer v. Bollinger
decision, the court upheld the Law
WILL THE BAMN School's carefully tailored affirma-
CHALLENGE WORK? tive action policy.
BAMN's lawsuit is based on Caminker thinks the Grut-
essentially the same legal premise ter decision makes BAMN's case
as a challenge to California's affir- slightly stronger.
mative action ban that was reject- "I am not saying it is a slam
ed by the Ninth Circuit Court of dunk," he said. "ButI think there is
Appeals a decade ago. a strong legal footing for it."
The lawsuit claims that the con-
stitutional amendment violates the THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK
Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. The suit that challenged Califor-
Constitution. nia's ban and BAMN's lawsuit both
Eugene Volokh, a constitutional assert that eliminating affirmative
law professor at the University of action programs violates the equal
California at Los Angeles, discount- protection clause of the U.S. Con-
ed BAMN's attempt in an interview stitution.
with The National Law Journal. He The courts subject any law deal-
said courts have ruled having race ing with race to a standard called
preferences in higher education is strict scrutiny. Laws evaluated
not mandatory but "sometimes per- under strictscrutiny are essentially
missible." assumed to be unconstitutional
"The Constitution, generally unless a compelling state interest
speaking, does not mandate race- can be established.
based preferences," Volokh told the A law can also trigger strict scru-
journal. tiny if it doesn't explicitly mention
However, University Law School race but has the effect of preventing
Dean Evan Caminker, who worked a racial minority from engaging in
on the challenge to California's the political process.
The coalition challenging Cal-
ifornia's affirmative action ban
argued that it prevented minorities
from asking for special consider-
ation on the basis of race but did
not prevent non-minority students
from lobbying for special consid-
eration because of alumni status,
athletic prowess or any number of
other special weights, Caminker
said. Thus, those challenging the
ban said it was unconstitutional
because it denied disadvantaged
minorities from using the same
political channels - lobbying the
state universities for special con-
sideration - that everyone else still
University Provost Teresa Sulli-
van said in an interview last week
that the University was assuming
the amendment would go into effect
Dec. 23. She also said a special task
force is reviewing potential changes
to the admissions system and work-
ing out precisely how the admis-
sions office would comply with the
The University still has time to
file a challenge, but it's not clear
whether it will.
University spokeswoman Kelly
Cunningham declined to say
whether University still intends to
pursue legal options.
"We don't have anything to
announce right now about when
or if we are taking the next (legal)
steps," Cunningham said.
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