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NEWS BRIEFS
WASHINGTON
Republican calls for
Gonzales' dismissal
Sen. JohnSununuofNewHamp-
shire yesterday became the first
Republican in Congress to call for
Attorney General Alberto Gonza-
les' dismissal, hours after President
Bush expressed confidence in his
embattled Cabinet officer.
Gonzales has been fending off
Democratic demands for his fir-
ing in the wake of disclosures sur-
rounding the ousters of eight U.S.
attorneys - dismissals Democrats
have characterized as a politically
motivated purge.
Support from many Republicans
had been muted, but there was no
outright GOP call for his dismissal
until now.
WASHINGTON
9/11 mastermind
confesses to plot
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the
suspectedmastermindoftheSept. 11
attacks, confessed to that attack and
a string of others during a military
hearing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,
according to a transcript released
yesterday by the Pentagon.
"I was responsible for the 9/11
operation from A to Z," Moham-
med said in a statement read dur-
ing the session, which was held last
Saturday.
The transcripts also refer to a
claim by Mohammed that he was
tortured by the CIA, although he
said he was not under duress when
he confessed to his role in the
attacks.
Ina chillinglist of attacks -some
of which were carried out, some
not - Mohammed claimed respon-
sibility for planning, financing and
training others for plots ranging
from the 1993 truck bombing of the
World Trade Center to the attempt
by would-be shoe bomber Richard
Reid to blow up. a trans-Atlantic
flight with explosives hidden in his
shoes.
DETROIT
General Motors
reports profit
General Motors Corp. accom-
plished something in the fourth
quarter of 2006 that domestic auto-
makers have been unable to do for
some time: it reported a profit.
For the quarter, the world's big-
gest automaker reported yesterday
a net income of $950 million due
to the benefits of cost cuts, higher
automotive revenues and a gain on
the sale of its finance division. It
was a turnaround from a $6.6 bil-
lion loss in the same period a year
ago.
GM, which is undergoing a mas-
sive overhaul that includes shed-
ding thousands of jobs and closing
plants to become more competi-
tive with Asian automakers such
as Toyota Motor Corp., wound up
with a loss of $2 billion for all of
2006 compared with a restated loss
of $10.4 billion in 2005.
UNITED NATIONS

Ambassadors agree
on Iraq sanctions
U.N. ambassadors from six world
powers agreed in principle yester-
day on a proposed new package of
sanctions against Iran and were
expected to introduce a resolution
to the Security Council today if
their governments approve it, the
U.S. ambassador said.
The package still needs to be
considered by the 10 non-perma-
nent members of the U.N. Security
Council that haven't been part of
the negotiations.
However, an agreement by the
five veto-wielding permanent
members of the council and Ger-
many would be a strong signal that
they want to send a united message
to Iran to suspend uranium enrich-
ment.
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Daily wire reports
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DEFENSE
From page 1A
of its stock. BAE Systems has sev-
eral contracts with the military to
supply vehicles for the war in Iraq.
One of its most well-known aircraft
is the Harrier Jump Jet - a plane
armed with weapons like lasers and
GPS-guided bombs, general-pur-
pose bombs and cluster munitions.
The company is also under con-
tract to manufacture armor to be
installed on military vehicles in
Iraq. The Defense Department has
paid the company millions of dol-
lars to improve its armored per-
sonal carrier, the Bradley Combat
Systems vehicle family.
RAYTHEON
The University has $1,479,294
invested in Raytheon, which spe-
cializes in missile technology.
The company has a contract
with the Army to provide missile
upgrades. Raytheon was one of
two companies selected by the U.S.
Missile Defense Agency and Israel
Missile Defense Organization to
develop the Stunner Interceptor,
which is part of a short-range mis-
sile defense systembeingdeveloped
bythe two countries. Raytheon also
develops missile-targeting systems
used by the U.S. military.
NORTHROP GRUMMAN
CORP.
The University holds $2,754,580
worth of stock in Northrop Grum-
man Corp., a $30 billion defense
company. In 2006, the company
upgraded the munitions capacity
of the B-2 stealth bomber. These
stealth bombers, according to the
company website, can deliver 80
500-pound smart weapons to dif-
ferent targets.
Vinnell Corporation, a subsid-
iary of Northrop Grumman, was
granted a $48 million contract last
year to train the Iraqi Army.
GENERAL DYNAMICS
General Dynamics is the sixth-
largest defense contractor in the
world and the second-largest ship-
builder for the U.S. Navy behind
Northrop Grumman. Aside from
ships, the company also manu-
factures combat battle tanks and
advanced battlefield communi-
cation systems. The University's
ZINGERMAN'S
From page IA
polarizing.
"I find it hard to spend $12 on a
sandwich,butI likethemalot," said
LSA sophomore Angela Heuer, who
attended the deli's 25th Anniversa-
ry street festival this past Sunday.
"My boyfriend refuses to go there,
though. He prefers going to Maize
and Blue, which he says tastes bet-
ter and costs five dollars less."
Some students feel so strongly
about Zingerman's that they join
Facebook.com groups with names
like, "Zingerman's has the world's
best food" or "Zingerman's deli is
a ripoff com." Others list Zinger-
man's as their religious views on
the site.

shares of the company are valued at
$392,760.
In 2004, General Dynamics was
subpoenaed twice during a dispute
with the U.S. Navy. The company
was accused of supplying subma-
rine parts that were not adequately
tested, and of building submarines
that did not meet the Navy's speci-
fications. After the subpoenas, the
General Dynamics management
closed the manufacturing facility
thathad produced the questionable
parts.
HALLIBURTON
The University also holds
$520,075 worth of stock in oil sup-
plies company Halliburton. For-
mer CEO and Vice President Dick
Cheqey's ties to the company drew
intense criticism after a Hallibur-
ton subsidiary was awarded large
contracts related to the Iraq war.
Kellogg, Brown and Root, a sub-
sidiary of Halliburton, secured sev-
eral logistics contracts to support
U.S. forces in Iraq.
At the end of February, Hallibur-
ton directors announced that they
would spin KBR off into an inde-
pendent company.
DIVESTING
The University chapter of SDS
has been petitioning in the Diag
this week to collect signatures
asking students to demand that
the University divest from these
companies. Smith said they have
collected several hundred signa-
tures from University students,
staff and faculty members. The
next step is today's regents meet-
ing.
"We are coming together around
the theme of accountability," Smith
said. "We want to hold the leaders
accountable to us and account-
able to their mission of using the
University to help foster a better
future."
The University has divested
from companies twice before
for ethical reasons. In 2000, the
University divested from tobacco
companies. In 1988, it divested
from apartheid South Africa. Both
moves came after a prolonged
public debate on campus. Divest-
ment from tobacco companies was
supported by resolutions from the
Michigan Student Assembly and
the Faculty Senate.

FOOTBALL
From page IA
seven games last season as a red-
shirt freshman, didn't travel to
Michigan's game against Min-
nesota on Sept. 30 last season for
unspecified reasons.
With the graduation of tight
end Tyler Ecker, Butler, who led
all Wolverine tight ends with 19
catches last season, was expected
to be the team's starter next sea-
son.
Germany also didn't make the
trip to the Alamo Bowl two sea-
sons ago for unspecified reasons.
A handful of other big-name
starters will also miss spring prac-
tice.
Running back Mike Hart and MAP presidential no
DAAP presidential ro
guard Adam Kraus will both south Qad Residenc
miss the entire spring due to
injuries.
Kraus underwent offseason MSA
surgery, and Hart recently had a From page IA
"minor arthroscopic procedure," -
as Carr phrased it yesterday. is vital to the succ
Star wideout Mario Manning- "You may havea
ham will see limited action with a plans," he said. "B
lingering injury of his own. get them through
Carr didn't elaborate on any willing'to sit doss
specific injuries, calling it confi- administrators."
dential information. The only topic t

ominee Zach Yost (left), moderator Katie Woods(center)tand
omine Maricruz Lopez (right) during last night's MSA debate in
ce Hall

ess of MSA.
all these diversity
but if you want to
, you have to be
'n and talk with
hat roused strong

emotions was Airbus, a successfulbus
service sponsored by MSA that brings
students to and from Detroit Metro
Airport before and after breaks.
While Yost touted it. as an
achievement, Lopez said as presi-
dent she would focus on more
important matters than getting
students to the airport.
Yost said he was disappointed
with her attitude.

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