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From page IA
University President Mary
Sue Coleman and University
Regent Julia Darlow attended
the lecture, which was pre-
sented by the Ross School of
Len Middleton, a Business
School professor who attend-
ed the lecture, said Salbi's sto-
ries of women helping other
women in war-torn nations
were powerful and not some-
thing that women in Ann
Arbor deal with every day.
"It touches them in a spe-
cial way," he said.
Salbi grew up in Iraq dur-
ing the 1980s under Saddam
Hussein's regime. Her father
was Hussein's personal pilot,
and she said her family was
part of the Iraqi elite.
Salbi said because her fam-

ily knew Hussein up close, he
took over their lives.
"We were like jesters in a
palace," she said. "We were so
afraid of talking."
She said that being close to
Saddam was like being close
to the devil.
It was her mother who first
pushed Salbi to leave Iraq
when she was a teenager.
Salbi described her moth-
er as a "strong woman" who
wouldn't even let her learn
to cook or clean so that a man
wouldn't expect that of her.
But it was her mother who
begged Salbi to accept an
arranged marriage proposal
from an Iraqi-American liv-
ing in Chicago.
Salbi begrudgingly left Iraq
at the age of 20 and married
an American she had never
met. Three months later, she
fled her husband, but decided
not to tell anyone back home

about her failed marriage.
Salbi wanted to return to
Iraq, but the outbreak of the
first Gulf War in 1991 made
it impossible, so she went to
George Mason University.
Learning about what she
called the "holocaust" in
Iraq and Bosnia, she became
"I knew what it felt like to
hear missiles falling on my
neighborhood," Salbi said.
She felt an obligation to
reach out, and with her new
husband she founded Women
for Women International
when she was only 23.
The organization supports
women in war zones by find-
ing monetary and emotional
sponsors for the women, cre-
ating social networks, educat-
ing the women and helping
them find jobs.
In her lecture, Salbi said
women are often-overlooked

casualties of war.
So much emphasis is placed
on the front lines of a war,
Salbi said, but violence often
starts with women.
Salbi described howwomen
are often the victims of esca-
lating rape and domestic vio-
lence during war.
She told stories of rape,
kidnappings and assassina-
tions of women who are often
merely struggling to feed
their families.
She told of a woman wait-
ing in line for food and water,
watchingsnipers shoot others
in the line around her. But the
woman stayed put - she had
no choice but to provide her
family with the necessities.
"We don't talk about the
fear that comes with war,"
Salbi said.
She went on to describe
how women are forgotten
during peace negations,which
From page lA
ed a reminder about Ann
Arbor's snow emergency
regulations. If a snow emer-
gency is declared, parking
is only allowed on alternat-
ing sides of the street each
day so the city can clear the
snow. Cars left on the wrong
side of the street are subject
to towing.
Weather forecasts for Ann
Arbor for early next week
include a chance of snow.

is why she said it is important
for an increase in prominent
female political leaders like
Hillary Clinton and Condo-
leezza Rice.
She said that although
people often question why
women support religious fun-
damentalism, it's the religious
fundamentalists who are
reaching out to help them in
exchange for support.
Women have no choice, she
"Peace is interpreted
as 'How is my life going to
improve?' " Salbi said, adding
that the United States needs
to take a step back and address
issues in Iraq like food and
After the speech, Business
School Dean Robert J. Dolan
presented Salbi with a plaque
recognizing her humanitar-
ian efforts amid standing ova-
From page IA
Many Ave Marialawschool
faculty had resisted the move
to Florida.
The law school's faculty
includes conservative legal
heavyweights like Robert
Bork, a former federal judge
who was nominated to the
United States Supreme Court
by Ronald Reagan. The Sen-
ate, though, refused to con-
firm him.
- The Associated Press
and Andrew Grossman
contributed to this report.

Lax laws draw sex
offenders to Wyo.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) living near schools, daycare
- Wyoming, with its wide- centers or other places with
open spaces and crisp, clear children, Wyoming has no
vistas, is starting to worry it such laws.
has made itself too attractive "They can live right next
in one respect: Convicted sex to a school if they want to.
offenders from out of state are They can live in a home with
moving in, apparently because children if they want to," said
the laws are less restrictive. Laramie County sheriff's Sgt.
"We don't want to become Linda Gesell.
the playground for sex offend- Also, unlike many other
ers," Attorney General Pat states, Wyoming does not
Crank said. "But there must require people convicted of
be something that sex offend- indecent exposure or sexual
ers are seeing. Otherwise they battery to register as sex
wouldn't be moving here in offenders. In addition, ex-
the kind of numbers that we convicts who are deemed low-
seem to be seeing." and medium-risk offenders
Wyoming is home to about are not listed on the state's
1,200 known sex offenders. publicly accessible Web site.
That is not a large number Gary Smith, a 29-year-old
for such a sparsely populated cook in Cheyenne, left Wyo-
state. But law enforcement ming for Oklahoma after
officials and legislators are serving about four years in
worried because 56 percent prison for having sex with a
of those offenders moved to 15-year-old girl. A few months
Wyoming after being convict- later, a neighbor posted fliers
ed somewhere else. in Smith's trailer park show-
Afraid that the word is out ing his criminal record, which
among ex-convicts that Wyo- had been taken from an Okla-
ming has some of the nation's homa Web site on registered
loosestrestrictionsonsexoffend- sex offenders.
ers, state legislators are rushing Smith and his wife quickly
to tighten the laws, and they are headed back to Wyoming.
meetinglittle resistance. Although he is a registered sex
"We're going to make it so offender here, he is not listed
there's no place for them to on public databases because
hide," vowed Republican Rep. authorities do not consider
Ed Buchanan, chairman ofthe him at high risk of committing
House Judiciary Committee. another crime. Smith is glad
While other states often the state does not call atten-
prohibit sex offenders from tion to his conviction.

From page IA
Department pulled him over
on Interstate 96 between Wil-
liamsburg and Webberville.
The senior was at practice
on Monday, but no decision
has been released as to his sta-
tus for tonight's game against
the unranked Illini.
"We have discussed the sit-
uation with Lester, and he is
clearly disappointed." Michi-
gan coach Tommy Amaker
said in a written statement.

"He has taken full respon-
sibility and will continue to
follow the appropriate steps
to rectify the situation. As
always, I will use this as a
teaching moment. From this
point forward, we consider
this to be an internal mat-
Abram was issued a bench
warrant for failing to appear
in court in regards to a Sep-
tember incident when he was
charged with speeding and
driving while his license was
suspended, the Detroit Free
Press reported.

He will be arraigned in
Ann Arbor District Court at
8:30 a.m. on March 5, the Free
Press reported.
The third-year captain is
averaging a career-low 9.3
points per game this season.
If he doesn't make the trip
for tonight's game or doesn't
start, junior Ron Coleman is a
likely candidate to replace him..
During last night's Wis-
consin-Michigan State game,
ESPN announcer Brent Mus-
berger said Abram will play
tonight but didn't attribute
the information to a source.

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The next three weeks is the perfect Relations with co-workers will
time to shop for wardrobe items. Venus improve during the next few weeks. You
is now in Aries, and this makes you might also be asked to give your input on
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TAURUS (Nov. 22to Dec. 21)
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for a drive. CAPRICORN
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(May 21to June 20) You might want to buy something
Friendships and flirtations will be beautiful for your home or a family
quite enjoyable during the next month. member. You're in the mood to make
You'll find it easy to be charming with whereyou live look more attractive now.
others. This is also a good time to enter (And why not? You have to live there.)
into partnerships and negotiations. AQUARIUS
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(June 21to July 22) It's a curious thing, but in the next few
Because of a planetary shift today, weeks, you'll notice just how much love
you'll find it easier to deal with bosses, there is in your daily life - all around
parents and VIPs during the next few you. This is a good thing.
weeks. (This will be the time to ask for PISCES
that special something.) (Feb. 19to March 20)
LEO Your ability to boost your earnings is
(July 23 to Aug. 22) on the rise. A better job or a raise is very
Travel for pleasure definitely will possible in the next few weeks. You're
appeal to you in the next few weeks. also spending money on beautiful
Anything having to do with publishing, things!
the media, education and study will flow YOU BORN TODAY You have strong
quite easily. emotions, and you need to express them.
VIRGO You're self-aware, and personally, you
(Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) constantly try to improve yourself.
Expect gifts, goodies and favors to People respect you because you're
come your way during the next few direct, forthright and honest. You'revery
weeks. Don't worry about attached involved in your work. Inthe year ahead,
strings -just say "thank you"! some major changes could take place.
LIBRA (Perhaps as significant as whatever hap-
(Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) pened around 1998.)
With fair Venus across from your sign Birthdate of Nina Simone, singer;
now, your charm and diplomacy are Charlotte Church, soprano; Alan
tops. This is the perfect time to patch up Rickman, actor.
misunderstandings with partners and
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