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Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - 7A

'U' will distribute
anti-Zionist book

Police say woman
was tortured in
trailer for days

BOOK From page 1A
dedicated to academic freedom and
open debate among differing views,
the Executive Board stands firmly
for freedom of expression, and
against eventhe appearance of cen-
The board did say that Pluto's
decision to publish "Overcoming
Zionism" has led it to reconsider
the University Press's 4-year-old
contract with Pluto. It plans to
make a decision later this fall about
whether it will continue contract-
ing with the company.
The board's chair, Prof. Peggy
McCracken, did not return calls for
comment yesterday.
A blog called Dissident Veteran
for Peace posted in August what
it claims is an e-mail that Univer-
sity Press Director Philip Pochoda
sent on Aug. 24 to Kovel, the book's
author. In the e-mail, Pochoda
said he was planning to defend the
book's distribution with a "free
speech defense" but was appalled
by what he called Kovel's "reckless,
vicious, and unmodulated attack on
Zionism and all Zionists."
The e-mail went on to say that
the book wasn't something the Uni-
From page 1A
few years. And because UHS stock-
piled contraceptives before the law
went into effect, it should stay that
way - at least for several months.
"It's hard to gauge exactly how
long the supply will last," Chivers
said. "Wehave alwaysmade aneffort
to pass on any savings that we can to
the student population. I think that
it's an unfortunate situation that it's
outof our hands right now."
How long the prices at UHS will
remain constant depends on both
demand and expiration date. The
current packs of Ortho Tri-Cyclen
Lo expire in September of next
year, Chivers said.
UHS was one of the few local
institutions that was able to buy

versity wouldn't want to be associ-
ated with.
"Perhaps such vituperative
and aggressive rhetoric works for
the barricades," the e-mail said.
"But it cannot be countenanced or
underwritten by the university or
the university press, even in this
peripheral, distributed capacity."
Kovel defended his work.
"My book is a very carefully rea-
soned and researched effort to open
up a line of thinking that has been
stifled," he said.
Pochoda did not return calls
for comment yesterday. Pochoda
declined to comment on the e-mail
for an article published yesterday
by the online magazine Inside-
Political Science Prof. Ronald
Stockton said because the Middle
East inspires such heated debate,
the University Press should be
careful about giving in to pressure
from outside groups.
"Anything you publish on the
Middle East, someone is going to
be upset," Stockton said. "As a uni-
versity press, you can't give into
ahead before the measure went in
Without insurance, the same
pack of pills costs $56.99 at the CVS
on South Industrial Highway. At
the Village Apothecary on South
University Avenue, it costs $55.51.
At Michigan State University's
Olin Health Center, the price of
Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo has jumped to
roughly $50.
Some students said women on
campus won't stop buying the pill
in the event of a price increase.
"It's one of those things that even
if the price increased, people still
need to have it, so it doesn't make
a difference," said LSA sophomore
Ashlee Arder.
But those who don't have insur-
ance - and part-time students
who cannot use UHS's discounts
- might not be able to pay the extra
$20 or $30.

Larry Cox, the director of Amnesty International USA, told a crowd in Rackham
Auditorium yesterday that the Sept.11 terrorist attacks allowed the government to
rall hack haman Bights.

From page 1A
what was inherently a senseless
act," said Helen Rosenthal, Josh-
ua's sister.
Helen Rosenthal praised Cox's
"I wish our country had taken the
approach that he laid out on Sept.
12," Rosenthal said. "He describes
where we need to be going in a
thoughtful, powerful and accurate
Sacha Feirstein, a second-year
graduate student in the School of

Social Work, said she expected to
see more students attend the lec-
"I was surprised that when the
University publicizes a talk on
9/11, human rights and Amnesty
International that more young
people wouldn't be interested in
attending," Feirstein said. "I feel
the young people should come run-
ning to understand more and learn
how to become involved."
Cox said young people are some
of the most ardent supporters of
human rights.
"We're not a narrow constitu-
ency," he said.

Six charged in case
yelled racial slurs,
police say
The New York TImes
LOGAN, W.Va. - A 20-year-old
woman was held captive for more
than a week in a mobile home
where she was raped, stabbed and
tortured by at least a half-dozen
people, the police said. Sheriff's
deputies rescued her on Saturday,
and she remained hospitalized yes-
terday in stable condition.
"I've been in law enforcement for
more than 30 years, and this is the
first time I've ever seen anything
of this nature," the Logan County
sheriff, Eddie Hunter, said.
Six people, including a mother
and her son and a mother and her
daughter, have been charged in the
The police said the people
charged, all of whom are white,
yelled racial slurs at the woman,
who is black, during some of the
attacks. The woman endured hor-
rific torture, according to court
documents. She was raped by mul-
tiple men, some of whom poured
scalding water on her during the
assaults, according to the crimi-
nal complaints. She was forced
to lick up blood, eat animal feces
and drink water from a toilet, the
documents said, and she was also
stabbed repeatedly in the leg and
was told that if she tried to leave,
she would be killed.
The police said that more than
a week ago, the victim went with
Bobby R. Brewster, 24, whom she
believed was a friend, to the trailer
where he lives with his mother,
Frankie Lee Brewster, 49, in Big
Creek, in the northern end of
Logan County.
Yesterday, the police were inter-
viewing the victim further about
two more people she said were
On Saturday, Logan County
deputies received a tip about a
woman being held against her will
at the Brewster residence. A per-
son working in the area had heard
disturbing noises coming from the
trailer and seen the victim with
cuts on her leg through the win-

dow, the police said.
"Upon the deputies' arrival,
they found Mrs. Frankie Brews-
ter sitting on the front porch," a
police report says. The deputies
asked Brewster if anyone else was
at the residence and she said she
was alone. As she was talking, the
police documents say, Brewster
got up and stepped toward the
door, when a woman inside limped
toward the door with her arms
held out and said, "Help me." The
woman's eyes were bruised and
she had four large stab wounds on
her left leg, the police said.
Police documents say Frankie
Brewster admitted to holding the
victim at the trailer against her
will and beating her.
The victim was taken to Logan
Regional Hospital and then to
the General Hospital of Charles-
ton Area Medical Center, where
she underwent surgery for her leg
Frankie Brewster was charged
with sexual assault, kidnapping,
malicious wounding and giv-
ing false statements to an officer.
Bobby Brewster was charged with
kidnapping, sexual assault, mali-
cious wounding and assault during
the commission of a felony.
The Brewster family and their
trailer has a history of violent
crime, the police said.
Bobby Brewster killed his step-
father there when he was 12, the
authorities said, and served time at
a juvenile correction facility.
In July 1994, Frankie Brews-
ter shot and killed an 84-year-old
woman she was looking after, also
in the trailer, according to court
records. Frankie Brewster, who
was charged with first-degree
murder, pleaded guilty to volun-
tary manslaughter and served six
years at a state correctional facil-
ity. She was paroled in 2000.
In 2005, two men got into a fight
outside the trailer, the police said,
ending with a fatal stabbing.
In January, the police were
again called to the trailer, where
they found a man who had been
slashed across his abdomen; the
man survived, according to court
documents, and Bobby Brewster
was a witness in that case.
The authorities said they were
still deciding whether to file addi-
tional charges, of hate crimes,
against the defendants.

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Instead, it allows students to gain
experience in a variety of areas.
Besides offering classes, Uhl-
mann said the program will bring
speakers to campus and host sym-
He said he hopes to collaborate
with other schools and colleges,
includingtheGerald R.Ford Schoolof
Public Policy and the School of Natu-
ral Resources and Environment.
Uhlmann said the program will
offer about 10 courses this year,
addressing not only environmental
law but also natural resources and
public policy.
Many of the top law schools
around the country have begun or
are beginning similar programs, he
"We want to be competitive with

what other law schools are offer-
ing," Uhlmann said.
The University is in a position
to distinguish itself in this area
because of its ability to focus on
issues involving the nearby Great
Lakes, he said.
Browner said climate change is
the biggest environmental issue
facing this generation.
She said future generations will
have to regulate all greenhouse
gases, collaborategloballyandiden-
tify ineffective solutions in order to
keep others engaged.
"We need to be thinking about
what the rest of the world is doing,"
she said.
Second year Law student Ser-
ena Liu said environmental law is
changing industry, which is inter-
esting for a future lawyer.
"It's very much a developing
field," she said.
- Miao Qing contributed
to this report.

From page 1A
Sanders said the criteria for
admission are the same as last
year, except the essay applicants
to every one of the University's
schools and colleges must write
has changed.
The essay asks prospective stu-
dents to respond to a statement
made by University President
Mary Sue Coleman in a speech she
delivered the day after Proposal 2
"We know that diversity makes
us a better university - better for
learning, for teaching, and con-
ducting research," the statement
The application then asks stu-
dents to "share an experience
through which you have gained
respect for intellectual, social, or
cultural differences."
The previous three applications
used a question created after the
Supreme Court overturned the
University's point-based under-
graduate admissions system
in 2003, which asked students
how they could contribute to the
"diverse talents, experiences, opin-
ions, and cultural backgrounds" on
The biggest difference in this
year's application process is the
creation of an early response pro-

gram, which ensures that students
who apply by Oct. 31 receive a
response by Dec. 21.
The program differs from early
decision programs used by other
schools because the decision isn't
binding. While students admit-
ted in early decision programs
are required to accept the deci-
sion, early response applicants
can wait until May to tell the
University whether they intend
to enroll.
Students who don't apply by the
early response deadline will still
receive an admissions decision
within eight to 12 weeks under
the University's existing rolling
admissions process.
Although the early response
program may encourage more
students to apply early in the
admissions process, the goal of
the program was not to make the
application process more competi-
tive, Sanders said.
"We want to relieve anxiety for
their senior year," Sanders said.
Tom Hu, a high school senior
from West Bloomfield who plans
to apply to the University this fall,
said the program will reassure
stressed-out high school seniors.
"A lot of kids were waiting a
long time last year before they got
their results from Michigan," he
said. "It's kind of nice that now
they guarantee a response by that

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