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THE EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK with GARY GRACA
A look at the big news events this week and how important they really are. Conveniently rated from one to 10.

i'WE R

uew rules
rule 63: It's
almost Thanks-
giving; take
down your Hal-
loween Face-
book picture.
rule 64: Never
try to be the
person who
knows more
than the tour
guide. rule 65:
One phone call
is always bet-
ter than six text
messages.
- E-mail rule submissions to
TheStatement@umich.edu

OUT OF IDEAS
Once again attaching a timeline for withdrawal to its Iraq
war spending bill, the Democratic congress again failed
to pass a bill that would haveforced President Bush to
withdraw troopsfrom Iraq -ijust like last time and the
time before that. In response tothis defeat, President
Bush collectively asked Congressional Democrats to fol-
low up their bill by "Making me a sandwich."

THE NIGERSAURUS
Along with a team of researchers, University of Michigan
professor leff wilson unveiled the "Nigersaurus" last
Thursday at the National Geographic Society. Although
The Ann Arbor News reported that the researchers
2 struggled for 10 years to understand their "bizarre find,
which was made in a Nigerian desert, apparently the
researchers didn't give much thought to coming up with
a lessoinflammatory name.

GO CONSTITUTIONAL OR GO HOME
Frustrated that the U.S. Congress isn't doing enough to
end immigration, several Michigan Democrats in the
state House of Representatives are forging ahead with a
billto make it a feiony to hire illegal immigrants. Keeping
with the intolerance of the last two Proposal 2's, which
banned gay marriage and affirmative action, why notjust
add a constitutional ban on immigration to the ballot as
the third iteration of Proposal 2? Real legislation is lame.
TAKE IT TO THE (GREEN) HOUSE
Expanding on a U.S. Supreme Court decision this summer
that allows the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide emissions,
a federal court oflappeals in California ruled on Thursday
6 that the Department oflTransportation must consider
the cost of global warming when it setslfuel efficiency
standards. Environments across the country celebrated
the decision this weekend with carbon-neutral
marijuana.

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LAPTOP THEFT
At an Arkansas church last week, a preacher was pray-
ing with a patron when he opened his eyes to find both
the patron and his laptopgone. The man was eventually
caught, but in an unusual display of solidarity, university
libraries around the country rallied around the preacher,
saying, "we told you so: Don't leave your laptop unat-
tended."
DETROIT'S NO.1
Although St. Louis may have beat Detroit in the 2006
World Series, Detroit got back on top Sunday. Ranked
just ahead of St. Louis and another Michigan city, Flint,
Detroit is America's most dangerous city, according to
a study released Sunday by the CQ Press, which used
crime data from the FBl.
THE WEEK
PSON Positioning in the run-up to
January's presidential prima-
ries is a tricky business in the
very fluid republican field.
You don't want to become
old news by peaking too early,
and you always want to exceed
expectations on election night.
But this week former actor and
one-term senator Fred Thomp-
son found himself in a position
that not even the most skilled
politician could put a positive
spin on - with half the support
of the long-shot Libertarian
candidate Ron Paul in New
Hampshire and losing ground
in every other early state.
To make matters worse,
ITS Congressional Quarterly
reported that several of
Thompson's congressional
backers are reconsidering their
endorsements. The Wash-
ington Post ran an obituary of
his campaign. Yesterday, the
former "Law & Order" star's
campaign acknowledged it,
was atrophying support, say-
ing Thompson must come in at
least third in the Iowa Caucus-
es to remain viable. That much
5ss is clear. The real question is
can the laid-back actor inspire
portunity anyone with the screen writers
on strike.

The soring historian
As an associate archivist at the Bentley Historical Library,
Gregory Kinney spends a lot of his time sifting through old docu-
ments from the Athletic Department. Originally a history major,
Kinney studied library sciences at the University and eventually
fell into his current field of study - a position he says is unique
to the University, an athletic historian.-Here, Kinney talks about
the challenge of ever changing technology, the most requested
documents and how history will treat Lloyd Carr.
* The most requested photos over the past few years have been of Bo. There are two documents
that are very popular. One is a letter Gerald Ford wrote to Coach Kipke in 1931 thanking Kipke for
his hospitality after Ford visited him in Ann Arbor. The second is a letter Coach Crisler wrote to
his 1947 football team, who went on the win a Rose Bowl that season, when he was near death.
It's a very touching note.
.1 think people will remember what a great guy Lloyd was, the devotion his team seems to have
to him, the national championship. But most of all, he carried on the Michigan tradition.
@1 do a variety of work on any given day. Most of the time I'm involved in reference work for the
Athletic Department's media relations. They usually have a specific question they need answered
or a photo request. And then I get a lot of e-mails from the general public. For example, some-
one's grandfather may have played on the football team in 1931 and they want to know more
about him.
I started working as an archivist for the Athletic Department in 1992 when Schembechler Hall
was being built because there was a museum attached to the hall. It was only supposed to be a
short-term project, but I stayed on.
s I think the University has a responsibility to document its activities. Media relations require
a lot of old material. A lot of alums have fond memories of Michigan athletics and this material
allows the University to keep in touch with a broader audience.
. I love the physicality of handling photos from the 1880s. I was a history major so I really like
understanding what people were feeling and what campus life was like in the past.
* Our paper materials date back to the 1860s. Then we also have photos and videotapes. Now
we have a lot more digital files. There is something nice about having the physical object, but it's
also nice to have the digital option.
" The videos from Bo and Lloyd's eras are going to be very different. The videos from Bo's time
are single shots from the press box. But now the games are shot from so many different angles.
It's really wonderful.

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