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Dems subpoena
more Gonzales files
Democrats subpoenaed Attorney
General Alberto Gonzales yester-
day for more documents, escalating
their fight with the Bush adminis-
tration over the firings of eight U.S.
The subpoena, issued a week
before Gonzales is to testify under
oath before Congress about the dis-
missals, seeks hundreds of docu-
ments either withheld or heavily
blacked out by his department. The
subpoena sets a Monday deadline
for Gonzales to produce the docu-
Responding, Justice spokesman
Brian Roehrkasse stopped short of
saying the department would fight
the subpoena. But he said legal
concerns about violating privacy
rights of people mentioned in the
documents have kept the Justice
Department from releasing them.
U.S. helicopter shot
down, 16 wounded
A raging, daylong battle erupted
in central Baghdad yesterday and
four Iraqi soldiers were killed, 16
U.S. soldiers were wounded and a
U.S. helicopter was hit by ground
fire at the close of the second month
of the massive security crackdown
on the capital.
Sixty miles to the north, in the
mostly Sunni city of Muqdadiyah, a
woman with a suicide vest strapped
beneath her black Muslim robe blew
herself up in the midst of 200 Iraqi
police recruits. The attack killed at
least 16 men waiting to learn if they
had been hired.
The security crackdown, which
began Feb. 14 and will see nearly
170,000 American forces in Iraq by
the end of May, has curbed some
sectarian attacks and assassina-
tions in the capital.
Bush offers meeting
on war funding bill
President Bush said yesterday he
- wants to talk with Democrats about
the standoff over war funding, but
he made it clear he will not embrace
any timetable for a U.S. troop with-
Democrats questioned the point
of a meeting if the president won't
"We can discuss the way for-
ward on a bill that is a clean bill - a
bill that funds our troops without
artificial timetables for withdraw-
al, and without handcuffing our
generals on the ground," Bush said
in a speech to an American Legion
audience in nearby Fairfax, Va.
Sri Lankan bus
crash kills 23
A passenger bus collided with a
beer delivery truck and burst into
flames yesterday in southern Sri
Lanka, killing at least 23 people and

injuring 56, a police official said.
The state-run bus was traveling
from the southern city of Galle to
the capital, Colombo, when it col-
lided with the beer truck travel-
ing in the opposite direction, local
police chief Jayantha Gamage said.
No foreign tourists were among the
A total of 56 people were injured
and were receiving treatment,
Gamage said.
A passenger on the bus blamed
the truck driver for the accident.
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports

From page IA
But few of the visitors have actually
created joint programs, Sabyasachi
Bhattacharya, the director of the
institute, told the Chronicle.
"Little happens beyond the first
step," Bhattacharya said.
The University plans to fund
the trip to Africa with money from
the general fund but could receive
funding from an external source,
Krenz said. The University's Alum-
ni Association paid for part of Cole-
man's trip to China.
Krenz said the time and money
spent on the trip are worthwhile
because of the partnerships it builds
between researchers and faculty at
home and abroad.
Although the details of Coleman's
trip to Africa have not yet been
planned, the collaborative research
being done there by University of
Michigan faculty is centered on
public health issues and social sci-
ences - meaning Coleman's trip
to Africa will likely yield different
types of partnerships than the ones
created in China two years ago.
"This will be, I think, a very good
opportunity to highlight the work
that we have going on," she said.
"I'm really looking forward to it
- I've never been to Africa."
Krenz is chairing a committee to
schedule Coleman's visit. Although
her itinerary is still being developed,
Ghana as well as the South African
cities of Cape Town and Pretoria are
likely destinations, Coleman said.
Coleman chose South Africafrom
a list provided by the committee,
which was asked to choose coun-

tries where many faculty members
conduct collaborative research.
The list also included Brazil, India,
Poland and Singapore.
The trip was expanded to also
include Ghana because South Afri-
ca is prosperous and doesn't face
many of the poverty and public
health problems that afflict sub-
Saharan Africa, said Public Health
Prof. Rachel Snow, who is com-
piling a list of all faculty research
being conducted in Africa.
Coleman and the committee will
review the list and use the trip to
showcase "highly engaged" public
health and social science research,
Krenz said.
When asked for an example of
the type of research in Africa that
Coleman hopes to encourage,Krenz
cited a partnership between the
University's Department of Obstet-
rics and Gynecology, the University
of Ghana and the Ghanaian govern-
ment to train post-graduate obstet-
rics students in Ghana, which faces
a shortage of doctors.
To date, the program has trained
37 post-graduate obstetricians.
Thirty-six still practice in Ghana.
The one who stopped practicing
became Ghana's minister of health.
Krenz said Coleman's trip to
South Africa, a country trying to
overcome its history of racial segre-
gation and discrimination, will also
serve as an study in "comparative
diversity" for Coleman, who has
repeatedly affirmed the Universi-
ty's dedication to diversity.
"We see in Africa - particularly in
South Africa - a country that is wres-
tling with issues of diversity in its edu-
cation and higher education systems,

From page IA
his name remains on the Taub-
man Medical Library, the A. Alfred
Taubman Medical Center and the A.
Alfred Taubman College of Archi-
tecture and Urban Planning, all of
which he has given generously to.
Coleman said yesterday that
there's no "hard and fast rule" that
determines when the names of peo-
ple will be taken off a building or
institute, and that it is determined
on a case-by-case basis.
Taubman, who never graduated
from the University but holds an
honorary degree, has continued to
donate. He gave $4 million to the

University of Michigan Museum of
Art in February 2006.
Taubman is one of the nation's
wealthiest people. Forbes maga-
zine estimated his net worth at $1.4
billion in October 2006. He started
his first businesses in order to pay
tuition at the University. Taubman
worked with an area shoe merchant
to set up an itinerant shoe selling
business. Taubman would take a
suitcase full of shoes around to
sorority houses and sell them to the
girls after their evening meal, earn-
ing a $1 commission on each pair.
But Taubman found that many of
his customers lied about their sizes.
wrote, was being able to correctly
guess a girl's shoe size and develop-

Wednesday,AprilI 11, 2007 - 3A
ing a secret code to communicate a
girl's actual size to the cobbler.
"Believe me," he wrote, "nothing
kills a sale faster than suggesting to
a girl who wants to be a size six that
she really is a size nine."
After three years, Taubman left the
University and moved to Detroit to
found a development firm. He started
out modestly with a bridal salon in
Detroit. In 1961, Taubman, who was
a pioneer of enclosed shopping malls,
broke ground on his firstmajor devel-
opment: Arborland. Located on the
outskirts of Ann Arbor, the develop-
ment of Arborland Mall changed the
course of Taubman's business.
Today, his company owns 23
major malls, including Briarwood
in Ann Arbor.

From page IA
ances, including two trips to the
second round, and they competed
twice in the Women's National
Invitational Tournament.
Before that, Borseth spent 11
seasons as head coach at Michigan
Tech, findingsimilar success there.
Accumulating 225 total wins, Bors-
eth coached the Huskies all the way
to the NCAA D-II Final Four in the
1992-93 season.
In his career, Borseth has
coached in a postseason tourna-
ment in all but five seasons.
"This is a moment that I've
thought about my entire life," Bors-
eth said ina statement released yes-

terday by the athletic department.
"I've always been a Michigan man.
I grew up in Michigan and I've bled
the colors maize and blue."
According to Wisconsin-Green
Bay Director of Athletics Ken
Bothof, Michigan nabbed the right
coach for the job.
"We want to thank Kevin for his
role in making our women's basket-
ball program one that is recognized
on a national level," Bothof said ina
statement released by the Wiscon-
sin-Green Bay athletic department.
"Kevin's success goes beyond his
wins and losses."
Borseth has already lured an
assistant coach steeped in Division
II success. Dawn Plitzuweit - for-
mer head coach at perennial Divi-
sion II powerhouse Grand Valley

State - will join the Wolverines as
associate head coach.
Plitzuweit won a Division II
National Championship in the
2005-06 season and won 117 games
in just five seasons at Grand Val-
ley. She also worked as Wiscon-
sin-Green Bay's top assistant and
recruiting consultant and will be
reunited with her former boss at
The new coaching staff will look
to reenergize a program that has
won just 10 Big Ten games over the
last four seasons.
The Wolverines won 35 total
games during that span.
Neither Borseth nor Plitzuweit
were made available for comment
yesterday. A press conference is
scheduled for Friday at noon.

From page 1A
"They got there, but they got
there two weeks after the storm,"
Honore said. "And you know what?
They put them up."
Honor6 also described how the
government had to import pumps
from Holland and Germany to get
the water out of the city.
Honor6 confronted the argument
that Katrina victims got what was
coming to them by not following the
mandatory evacuation order that
was issued before the storm hit.
He pointed out that Katrina hit
on Aug. 29, 2005, three days before
government assistant checks
- which many of the New Orleans
victims depended on - were set to
arrive. This meant that the city's
poorest residents likely had no
means to evacuate, even if they
wanted to.
Throughout his speech, Honore
prodded audience members to con-
sider what they would have done if
they had been stuck in New Orleans.
"There were a lot of people
breaking into a hotel to get a mat-
tress for grandma who's out there
laying on the sidewalk or breaking
in to get food for their families,"
Honor6 said. "My question to you
is: What would you do?"
Honore arrived at the Superdo-

me almost a week after the storm
hit. He was in charge of military
relief efforts and stayed in the city
for six weeks.
The University's chapter of the
Roosevelt Institution brought
Honor? to campus as the keynote
speaker of their week-long Roos-
evelt Relief Hurricane Katrina Col-
lege Summit.
The Roosevelt Institution is a
think tank designed to spur activ-
ism on campus by encouraging stu-
dents to research real-life issues
and write policy solutions.
The institution then gets the stu-
and promotes them at national con-
ferences in hopes of getting them
implemented - or at least consid-
ered - by policymakers.
"We want to make everything
that students are doing legitimate,"
said LSA junior Stephanie Somer-
man,.co-president of the institute's
University chapter. "We want to be
a resource for students to use to get
their ideas heard in a more profes-
sional way."
LSA senior Andy Pritchard con-
ducts research for the institute as an
alternative to protests and sit-ins.
"It's not aboutgoing out and pro-
testing - it's more about looking at
the issues and seeing what realisti-
cally needs to happen," Pritchard
said. "It's still a mess (in New
Orleans) and we're trying to figure
out ways to make it better."


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Number of American service
members who have died in the War Difficulty:
in Iraq, according to The Associat-
ed Press. The following were iden-
tified by the Department of Defense
42, of Caldwell, Idaho
Staff Sgt. Harrison Brown, 31,
of Prichard, Ala.
Pfc. David N. Simmons, 20, of
Kokomo, Ind.
Capt. Jonathan D. Grassbaugh,
25, of East Hampstead, N.H.
Spc. Ebe F. Emolo, 33, of Greens-
boro, N.C.
Spc. Levi K. Hoover, 23, of Mid-
land, Mich.
Pfc. Rodney L. McCandless, 21,
of Camden, Ark.
Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Williams, 25,
of Santa Rosa, Calif.
Spc. Clifford A. Spohn III, 21, of
Albuquerque, N.M.

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