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Friday, April 6, 2007 -- 3

Eight U.S. soldiers
killed as militants
fight back
The U.S. military reported
yesterday that eight U.S. soldiers
were killed in the Baghdad area
over the past three days as mili-
tants fought back against a secu-
rity plan in its eighth week. An
Army helicopter went down south
of the capital, wounding four,
after an Iraqi official said insur-
gents fired on it.
Four British soldiers - includ-
ing two women - died yesterday
in an ambush that Prime Minister
Tony Blair called an "act of terror-
ism," suggesting it may have been
carried out by elements linked to
Iran but stopping short of blaming
One U.S. soldier died and two
were wounded in a roadside bomb-
ing yesterday in restive Diyala
province north of Baghdad, the
military said.
Pentagon plans
second tour for Nat'l
Guard brigades
Several National Guard brigades
are expected tobenotifiedsoonthat
they could be sent to Iraq around
the first of next year, according to
a senior Defense Department offi-
If their assignment to Iraq is
ultimately approved by Defense
Secretary Robert Gates, it would
be the first time full Guard combat
brigades were sent back to Iraq for
a second tour.
The units would serve as replace-
ment forces in the regular unit rota-
tion for the war, and would not be
connected to the recent military
build-up for security operations
in Baghdad. Gates is expected to
sign the notices alerting the Guard
troops shortly, said the official,
who requested anonymity because
the information has not yet been
Three charged
with conspiracy in
London bombings
Prosecutors. filed charges yes-
terday against three people who
allegedly conspired with suicide
bombers in the attacks that killed
52 subway and bus passengers in
London on July 7, 2005.
The three, who were arrested
last month, are from the same area
of West Yorkshire, England, as
three of the four suicide bombers.
"The allegation is that they were
involved in reconnaissance and
planning," said Susan Hemming of
the prosecutors' office.
An initial court appearance is
scheduled for tomorrow.
CHALCO, Mexico
Health officials

rule out epidemic at
boarding school
Government health officials
who examined about 600 female
students suffering from symptoms
that sparked fears of an epidemic at
a Roman Catholic boarding school
said yesterday the mystery illness
was psychosomatic.
Media coverage showing girls
unable to walk out of the La Villa de
las Ninas school in the state of Mex-
ico prompted allegations of abuse
by the South Korean nuns who run
the school and treat the girls with
traditional Asian medicine.
Victor Manuel Torres, assis-
tant director of epidemiology at
the Mexico State Health Insti-
tute, told The Associated Press
the teenage girls appear to have
suffered from "psychosomatic
The cause "probably comes from
being in a state of isolation," he
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports

Captured Brits welcomed home


NOR, England (AP) - Fifteen
Royal Navy crew members freed
from Iran enjoyed their first night
on English soil yesterday. Amid
the relief, champagne and tearful
embraces, however, some Britons
raised questions about the sailors'
conduct and their apparent confes-
sions in captivity.
While much of the country ral-
lied behind the crew's return, oth-
ers criticized them for offering
apologies where none was required
- namely for appearing in videos in
which they admitted and offered
regrets for entering Iranian waters.
Defense officials sought quash
the criticism and said that none of

the sailors and marines willbe pun- open to comprot
ished for making the apologies. ters, particularly
Prime Minister Tony Blair was for a halt to Iran
somber. He said that while the coun- ment program.
try celebrated the safe return - and But Iran alrea
praised the diplomacy that secured would retaliate i
their release - the joy was dimin- too hard, and U.
ished by the killing of four British fied their criticis
soldiers in Iraq on Thursday. restraining their
"Just as we rejoice at the return the 13-day stand
of our 15service personnel, so today naval crew.
we are also grieving and mourning Gordon John
for the loss of our soldiers in Basra, for the National
who were killed as the result of a said Washington
terrorist act," Blair said outside his nian willingnesst
office at 10 Downing St. nations on scalin
Iran's release of the eight sailors program, which
and seven marines raised hopes allies suspect is a
among some that Tehran might be atomic weapons.

mise on other mat-
Western demands
's uranium enrich-
dy was warning it
f the West pushed
S. officials intensi-
m of Tehran after
comments during
off over the British
droe, spokesman
Security Council,
saw no sign of Ira-
to work with other
ng back its nuclear
the U.S. and its
imed at producing
that time, a grad-
d in the gatehouse
as responsible for
grounds, which

Ann Arbor resident Kathy Nathan promotes Ann Ar bor 9/li Truth's event 'Truth
Strikes Back" in the lobby of Haven Hall yesterday. The gravy argues that the U.S.
government ied ahout itn role ir the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

From page 1
Citing security concerns, Gallo-
way and Cunningham did not per-
mit The Michigan Daily to tour the
third and fourth floors of the house,
which is where the guest rooms are
The five-bedroom house, which
is rumored to have had the first
stand-up shower in Ann Arbor, can
accommodate up to 10 overnight
guests, but Galloway said typically
only about three to six guests stay
there in a typical week. Football
season and the spring are generally
the busiest times of the year, she
The house and the extensive gar-
dens surrounding it are also used
for University functions, formal
dinners and receptions. The din-
ing room can accommodate up to
40 guests for a formal dinner, and
the house's library and gardens
are often used for receptions and
tea parties for faculty groups. Din-
ners at the house are catered, but a
caretaker who lives in the estate's
gatehouse prepares breakfast for
overnight guests.
Galloway said the house is one

of only six University buildings
with a liquor license. Inglis House
can only be reserved for events and
guests by University departments,
and all requests must be approved
by Galloway. Departments must
pay $175 per night for guests to stay
in the house and are also charged
for other functions hosted there.
Most guests stay for a night or
two, but at the request of then-Uni-
versity President Lee Bollinger,
former Athletic Director Tom Goss
was allowed to live in the house for
nine months while he searched for
permanent housing after he was
hired in 1997.
Galloway, who has overseen the
house for the last eight years, said
she has never had a request from a
student group to have an event at
the house, but that such a request
would require University President
Mary Sue Coleman's approval.
There are two full-time staff
members dedicated to running and
maintaining the house as well as
two groundskeepers that split their
time between Inglis House and the
President's Residence.
Galloway said that about 20
years ago, the house's grounds
were maintained by the School of
Natural Resources and the Envi-

ronment. During
uate student live
full-time and wr
maintaining the

From page 1
Bash is a worthwhile tradition.
Many fraternities and houses on
campus hold Hash Bash parties,
complete with live music. Although
the number of students on the Diag
may have decreased, it remains a
widely celebrated campus holiday.
"It brings the campus communi-
ty closer together," Morton said.
Brook said he warns people every
year that smoking marijuana on the
Diag could cost them heavy fines
because itis on University property.
Marijuana possession in the city
of Ann Arbor is a civil infraction
that carries a $25 fine for the first
offense, a $50 fine for the second
offense and a $100 fine for each
subsequent offense. But a fine for
marijuana possession on University
property, which includes the Diag,
is a minimum of $100 or 90 days in
jail for each offense.
Brown said additional police will
be patrolling the Diag on Saturday.
"We expect people to comply
with the law every day of the year,"
she said.
The main purpose of Hash Bash,
though, is to encourage reforms in
marijuana laws, Brook said.
The Michigan Chapter of the
National Organization for the
Reform of Marijuana Laws is spon-
soring the event this year. The orga-
nization backs ballot initiatives to

legalize the drug.
Hash Bash is not officially affili-
ated with the University. Brook said
he usually coordinates with student
organizations to reserve the Diag.
But Susan Wilson, the University's
assistant dean of students, said
event organizers have not reserved
the Diag Saturday.
Brown said the lack of a reserva-
tion shouldn't be a problem for the
group as long as no other student
group has reserved the Diag for the
same time.
"As long as Hash Bash does not
interfere with a previously-orga-
nized activity, participants are free
to gather on the Diag," she said.
Engineering senior Pam Reasor,
who said she isn't sure if she will
go to Hash Bash, said the weather
will probably not deter anyone who
planned on attending the event.
"People are hardcore about it,"
Reasor said.
The tradition began in 1972, the
year after Ann Arbor activist John
Sinclair was arrested for possessing
of two joints of marijuana.
The Supreme Court re-examined
Sinclair's case three days after a
rally held by John Lennon and Yoko
Ono at Crisler Arena. Protesters at
the rally claimed Sinclair's incar-
ceration was cruel and unusual
punishment and the result of police
Sinclair was released from jail
on Dec.13, 1971, four months before
the first Hash Bash.

Number of American service
members who have died in the War
in Iraq, according to The Associ-
ated Press. No new deaths were
identified yesterday.

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