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NEWS BRIEFS
BAGHDAD
r Despite crackdown,
insurgents kill six
U.S. troops
Sunniinsurgents, resilient despite
the five-week security crackdown in
the capital, killed at least six more
U.S. troops over the weekend. A
Sunni car bomber hit a largely Shiite
district in the capital yesterday, kill-
ing at least eight people.
The American military said
four U.S. soldiers died and one was
wounded when the unit was struck
by aroadside bomb inwesternBagh-
dad. During the ongoing security
sweep in the capital and surround-
ing regions, the battalion had found
eight weapons caches and two road-
side bombs and helped rescue a kid-
nap victim, the military said.
A fifth soldier was killed in an
explosion in Diyala, an increasingly
volatile province just northeast of
the capital. A Marine died in fight-
ing the same day in Anbar province,
the vast, largely desert region that
sprawls west of Baghdad to the
Saudi Arabian, Jordanian and Syr-
ian borders.
WASHINGTON
Sen. Leahy will
subpoena White
House officials
The Senate Judiciary Committee
chairman said yesterday he intends
to subpoena White House officials
involved in ousting federal pros-
ecutors and is dismissing anything
short of their testimony in public.
The Bush White House was
expected to announce early this
week whether it will let political
strategist Karl Rove, former White
House counsel Harriet Miers and
other officials testify or will seek
to assert executive privilege in pre-
venting their appearance.
The chairman, Sen. Patrick
Leahy (D-Vt.), last week delayed a
vote on the subpoenas until Thurs-
day as the president's counsel, Fred
Fielding, sought to negotiate terms.
But yesterday, Leahy said he had
not met Fielding nor was he partic-
ularly open to any compromises.
PHILADELPHIA
U.S. Airways still
fading seats for
100,000 stranded
passengers
Thousands of weary travelers
faced a third day waiting to reach
their destinations yesterday as US
Airways struggled to recover from
the ice and snow storm that para-
lyzed airports in the Northeast.
Thea airline was still trying to
find seats for 100,000 passengers
systemwide whose flights were
groundedbyFriday'sstorm,spokes-
man Andrew Christie said. Many of
the passengers were diverted to US
Airways' hub in Charlotte, N.C., on
Friday.
DETROIT

Poll: Most oppose
Granholm tax plan
A majority of Michigan residents
polled said they oppose Gov. Jenni-
fer Granholm's proposal for a new
1 tax on services and entertainment,
a newspaper said yesterday.
Granholm has proposed a 2 per-
cent services tax to help close a
$900 million deficit in Michigan's
budget for the fiscal year that ends
Sept. 30.
Twenty-eight percent of 801
Michiganadultsinterviewedbytele-
phone March 11 through Wednes-
day said they support a 2 percent
services tax, according to the poll
by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines, Iowa,
for the Detroit Free Press.
Nine percent said they support a
1 percent tax, while 58 percent said
they oppose a service tax. Five per-
cent were unsure.
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports

LOPEZ
From page IA
DAAP, on the other hand, has
had consistently poor showings in
MSA elections. Lopez said she isn't
worried.
Shesaidcampushasbecomemore
politicized in the last year, particu-
larly since Proposal 2 passed, ban-
ning the use of affirmative action by
public institutions in Michigan.
"In light of Proposal 2 passing,
in light of recent immigrant rights
marches, in light of the growing
anti-war movement, this campus
has just gotten a lot more political,"
Lopez said.
Lopez is also co-chair of the pro-
affirmative action group By Any
Means Necessary. She's been an
active member of the group since
her sophomore year at Cass Tech
High School in Detroit.
BAMN has often been criticized
for its protest tactics, which include
bringing middle and high school
students to campus.
Lopez said negative opinions
of BAMN's public behavior over
the past two years shouldn't hurt
voters' views of DAAP, though,
because the two groups aren't offi-
cially affiliated.
Lopez emigrated to southwest
Detroit from Mexico when she was
4 years old. She said her heritage
has made her aware of the impor-
tance of integration.
Lopez said she will concentrate
on improving what she said can be
a hostile environment for minori-
ties on campus.

She has experienced hostility for
being Mexican, she said.
Lopez said she felt uncomfort-
able during a class discussion about
the kidnapping of a soccer coach in
Mexico during her freshman year.
One classmate said the coach
deserveditbecausehelivedinMexico.
He said he hated Mexico when
he visited it because he said the
country is dirty, the people are
dirty and the cleanest place was the
local McDonald's.
Her classmate wouldn't have felt
comfortable talking like that if she
wasn't the only Latina in the class-
room, Lopez said.
The first-time candidate is young-
er than many DAAP members, but
her fellow members said Lopez is
more experienced and is able to deal
with people whothink differently.,
"(DAAP vice presidential candi-
date) Sarah Barnard has been there
longer, but Maricruz is better cut-
out to be a front man with the pub-
lic and press," DAAP member Liana
Mulholland said.
Despite her politically charged
past, Lopez's rhetoric seems unre-
hearsed. She apologized for being
unable to repeat her platform word
for word.
But Lopez has no problem
explaining what she would do if
elected president.
"I've been to a lot of these (Uni-
versity Board of Regents) meetings

PROTEST
From page IA
phone began to chant "Justice for
Iraq, justice for Afghanistan" as the
crowd grew. She fell silent, though,
when songwriter Joe Riley began
performing folk music on the steps
of the graduate library.
He was followed by members
of the Interfaith Council, whose
representatives included ministers
from several congregations around
Ann Arbor.
AnnArborMayor John Hieftje also
spoke, encouraging youth involve-
ment and grassroots organization.
LSA freshman Yousef Rabhi
spoke on behalf of Campus Unite!,
a coalition of six left-wing campus
groups united against what they
say is a University administration
out-of-touch with student concerns.
Rabhi said most students uninten-
tionally invest in war by paying
tuition to the University. He asked
audience members to sign a petition
urging the University to divest from
military contractors.
The rally was organizedby Mich-
igan Peaceworks, an Ann-Arbor
based anti-war organization.
The eclectic crowd included
young children, high school stu-
dents, University students and war

veterans.
Tony Morgan, a member of Mich-
igan Peaceworks, led the protesters
in a march out the Diag to Main
Street and back.
"Are you ready to march?" he
yelled into the microphone. Cheer-
ing crowd members marched out
of the Diag behind a dove cut out
of bedsheets. Some held over their
shoulders a banner about 50 feet
long bearing the name of every
American soldier killed in Iraq.
Some students wearing green
for St. Patrick's Day jeered the pro-
testers as they marched down State
Street.Others cheered as the march-
ers walked by.
"Y'all got a nice beat," said one
man as he passedby.
Police closed downtown streets
from State Street to Fourth Street
along East Liberty to create a path
for the protesters.
The march paused in protest in
front of the Federal Building - the
location ofthe Ann Arbor post office
- on the corner of East Liberty
Street and Fourth Street. Protest-
ers danced to drums as passersby
walked by a display of the faces of
Michigan soldiers killed in Iraq.
Throughout the march, protest-
ers chanted slogans like "What do
we want? Peace! When do we want
it? Now!" and "This is what democ-

Monday, March 19, 2007 - 3A
racy looks like." One man stopped
to thank an officer for providing the
protesters with protection.
National Guard Sgt. Robert Barn-
er, a veteran of the war in Iraq and
a member of Iraq Veterans Against
the War, took the microphone on
the stepsofthe library and began to
speakafter the protesters regrouped
on the Diag.
Barner described his experiences
in Iraq, including that of a 21-year-
old soldier whose head was split open
by an improvised explosive device.
Barner's wife and 6-year-old son
stood with him on the steps as he
spoke. For a brief moment, his son
Rory Barner took the microphone
to speak.
"Peace is good. War is bad," he
said.
After Barner and his family left
the stage, Morgan spoke again to
the crowd, which had thinned out
since the march ended.
Morgan said it didn't matter how
many people came to the rally as
long as the protesters communicat-
ed their message.
The protest ended as Bob Mar-
ley's anti-war song "Get Up, Stand
Up" played through speakers on the
steps of the library.
Morgan encouraged members
of the crowd to sing along. Several
dozen obliged.

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and most of the time the president
of MSA doesn't really say much,"
she said. "A DAAP candidate would
be doing more than just sitting in
on a regents meeting and reporting
about the AirBus."

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AMAKER
From page IA
for the 2003-04 season after it
learned that $616,000 in loans to
players had been made in the 1990s
by booster Ed Martin. Four players
- Chris Webber, Robert Traylor,
Maurice Taylor and Louis Bullock
- received the money in the largest
financial scandal in NCAA history.
The NCAA also rescinded one
scholarship every year for four
years beginning in 2004-05 and put
Michigan on a four-year probation
term.
Despite these obstacles, Amaker
led the Wolverines to three 20-win
seasons. His overall record stands
at 109-83, making him the fourth-
winningest coach in Michigan bas-
ketball history.
But his teams managed just one
winning conference record in six
years, and that was a year when the
Wolverines were postseason ineli-
gible. Michigan finished 8-8 in the
Big Ten each of the last two years.
These middling conference results,
as well as Amaker's inability to take
Michigan to the NCAA Tourna-
ment, played an instrumental role
in his dismissal.
Amaker is a native of Falls
Church, Va., and played for Mike
Krzyzewski at Duke University
for four years. He then returned to
Duke to work for Krzyzewski for
nine years, until he was hired to
be Seton Hall's head coach in 1998.
After coaching the Pirates for four
MCT disio 0II

years, leading them to one NCAA
Tournament appearance in 2000,
Amaker accepted the Michigan job
on March 29, 2001.
Martin informed Amaker of his
decision Saturday morning, but it
was a longtime coming.
"I've been evaluating the pro-
gram over the last couple of years,
because we just haven't been able
to make the NCAA Tournament,"
Martin said. "So you monitor, liter-
ally on a daily, a weekly basis. But I
didn't make my decision until very,
very recently."
Amaker indicated that he would
still follow the program and root
for it from wherever he ends up.
"Today Michigan lost a basket-
ball coach," he said "But I never
like to think that they lost a Michi-
gan man, because that's how I feel
about myself."
He called theteam'sthreeincom-
ingrecruits - KelvinGrady, Manny
Harris and Alex Legion - early on

i

Saturday morning and encouraged
them to still come to Michigan. He
also e-mailed allseason-tickethold-
ers, thanking them for their sup-
port and asking them to continue
providing it to the next coach.
"I want to see this basketball
program achieve the level that
it deserves," Amaker said. "And
I'm obviously disappointed that I
won't be able to bea part of it when
it's certainly going to reach that
height.
- H. Jose Bosch and Michael
Eisenstein contributed to this report.
CGview

Framing Immigrants, Framing
Immigration
* Dushaw Hockett, Fair Immigrants
Rights Movement
*Jonathan Xavier Inda, Depart-
ment of Chicana and Chicano
Studies, University of California,
Santa Barbara
" Kevin Keogan, Montclair State
University

Citizenship, Islam and the
Media
* Larry Pintak, Adham Center
for Electronic Journalism, The
American University in Cairo
* sama Siblani, Publisher/Edi-
tor, The Arab American News
* Evelyn Alsultany, Program in
American Culture, University of
Michigan

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