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D.C. court bars
Libby from
practicing law
Former top White House aide I.
Lewis "Scooter" Libby was banned
yesterday from practicinglawin the
nation's capital following his per-
jury conviction in the case of a CIA
operative's leaked identity.
The disbarment order of the Dis-
trict of Columbia Court of Appeals
had been expected.
When a member of the bar is con-
victed'of an offense involving moral
turpitude, disbarment is manda-
tory," the appeals court ruled.
Last May, a court panelthat over-
sees lawyer ethics recommended
that Libby be stripped of his law
license in Washington. The Board
on Professional Responsibility then
found that Libby's conviction for
lying to the FBI about the case of
former CIA operative Valerie Plame
amounted to "crimes that involve
moral turpitude."
Bin Laden lashes out
during peace talks
Osama bin Laden lashed out yes-
terday at Palestinian peace nego-
tiations with Israel and called for a
holy war to liberate the Palestinian
A day after a bin Laden audio on a
militant Web site threatened Euro-
peans, Al-Jazeera TV broadcast
audio excerpts attributed to the al-
Qaida leader that urge Palestinians
to ignore political parties "mired in
trickeryoftheblasphemous democ-
racy" and to rely on armed might.
"Palestine cannot be retaken by
negotiations and dialogue, but with
fire and iron," he said.
It was the first time bin Laden
spoke of the Palestinian question at
length since the deteriorating situ-
ation in the Hamas-controlled Gaza
Strip, where the Israeli military has
been fighting with militants who
fire rockets into southern Israel.
adjust to raging
rivers, flooding
With more than a dozen people
killed by floodwaters and rivers
still rising, weary Midwesterners
on Thursday weighed not just the
prospect of a sodden cleanup but
the likelihood that their communi-
ties could be inundated again.
Families in some areas have been
forced from their homes multiple
times in the past few years, making
the routine of filling sandbags and
rescuing furniture into a familiar
"We've beenthrough this before,"
said Michelle Buhlinger, who works
for the school district in Valley Park
in suburban St. Louis. "We're ex-
pectingthe levee to hold up, but we
don't want to take any chances."

China blankets
restless Tibetan
areas with troops
China blanketed restive Tibetan
areas yesterday with a huge build-
up of troops, turning small towns
across a wide swath of western
China into armed encampments.
Beijing acknowledged that last
week's- anti-government protests
had spread far beyond Tibet's bor-
ders and that police opened fire on
protesters. It warned foreign tour-
ists and journalists to stay away
from a huge expanse of territory
across four provinces.
In an overture of peace, the Da-
lai Lama offered to meet with Chi-
nese President Hu Jintao and other
leaders, reiterating that he was not
asking for Tibetan independence.
China has repeatedly ignored
calls for dialogue, accusing the
exiled Tibetan leader and his sup-
porters of organizing violence in
hopes of sabotaging the upcoming
Beijing Olympics and promoting
Tibetan independence.
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports
Number of American service mem-
bers who have died in the war in
Iraq, according to The Associated
Press. There were no deaths identi-
fied yesterday.

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ness of this state government."
Sen. Carl Levin, Rep. Carolyn
Cheeks Kilpatrick, Democratic
National Committee member
Debbie Dingell and United Auto
Workers president Ron Gettelfin-
ger were part of a committee that
originally introduced the primary
proposal last week in a statement.
"We will continue to work with
all interested parties to seek a way
to ensure that Michigan's delegates
are seated at the Democratic Nation-
al Convention," the statement read.
"We want to avoid a divisive fight
at the Credentials Committee or on
the Convention floor."
Clinton has pushed for a new
election in the form of a primary
or caucus to seat Michigan's del-
egates. Obama has been hesitant
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tion, most of which have never pro-
duced a single scholarly article," he
said. "One wonders why the Uni-
versity resists returning them."
Stephen Forrest, the vice presi-
dent for research, said in a letter
on behalf of the University that
because the bodies are "cultural-
ly unidentifiable," the University
can't return them to the tribe.
"The University does not have
the legal authority to do what you
are requesting," the letter read.

to such options, though, asking
instead to split the delegates even-
ly at the convention.
Michigan lost its delegates after
moving its primary before Feb.
5, in violation of the Democratic
National Committee's rules. Most
of the Democratic candidates
pledged to not campaign in Michi-
gan and with the exception of Sen.
Hillary Clinton, all of the top con-
tenders - including Sen. Barack
Obama - removed their names
from the state's ballot. Clinton
went on to win the contest, garner-
ing 55 percent of the vote, while 40
percent of voters cast their votes
for "uncommitted," meaning their
votes wouldn't be attached to any
particular candidate.
LSA sophomore Sam Marvin, a
Clinton supporter, said he thought
Michigan's delegates should be
represented at the convention but
wasn't sure how it should work.
The language of the NAGPRA
dictates that museums and insti-
tutions "retain possession of
culturally unidentifiable human
remains until final regulations
are promulgated or the Secretary
recommends otherwise."
Forrest's letter ended by say-
ing that the University is "willing
and interested in maintaining a
dialogue" with the tribe.
University officials couldn't be
reached for further comment yes-
Martin said that if the Univer-
sity continues to deny the request
after appealing to the regents, the

Marvin, who is also a co-chair of
the University group Student for
Levin, said he doesn't think a new
election should be held after win-
ter semester ends because many
student voters will have left cam-
pus for the summer.
"I'd like to see a fair decision
so that everyone's vote is recog-
nized," he said.
LSA junior Daniel Villamarin,
an Obama supporter and vice-
chair of the University's chapter
of the College Democrats, echoed
his candidate's opinion, saying he
supports splitting the delegates
between Clinton and Obama.
He said he thought Clinton
would mostlikely win another pri-
mary, and that he's not sure of the
fairest way to represent Michigan.
"The whole situation stinks
and I don't think there's a right
answer," he said. "I'm just frus-
trated with the whole thing."
tribe will pry deeper into the laws
to make its case.
"We're going to keep looking
into the legality of this issue with
our attorneys and keep knocking
on the University's door," she said.
"We're not going to go away."
Clarkson cited similar cases
when the University did return
remains to other tribes.,
In compliance with the act the
University has returned remains
to three different tribes.
"There are good, well-meaning
people inside the Fleming Build-
ing, and I'm hopeful they'll do the
right thing again," he said.

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propriate and offensive.
"I have a problem that you take
a women riding a hamburger and
you put it next to the word 'quick-
ie,' " he said. "It just seems like
it's not putting a good message
out there for the objectification of
Maria Arman, whose family
owns the restaurant, said the logo
was meant to invoke a cowboy
"We were thinking beef, rodeo,
so instead of putting a cowboy, we
just picked a cowgirl," she said.
"It's a rodeo-style cowgirl riding
a bull, but instead, it's a burger. It
was put together to be funny and
different. No offense was meant to
Before selecting a logo for the
restaurant, which features a maize
and blue color scheme with televi-
sions tuned to ESPN on the inte-
rior, the owners showed the logo to
more than 100 people and none of
them objected, Arman said.
"The people who we talked to
told us, 'It's a college town and
the kids will think its funny,"' she
LSA freshman Dan Yeomans
said while he wasn't personally
offended by the logo, he could see
how others might interpret it in a
negative way.

Friday, March 21,.2008 - 3
"I could see the same people who
were offended by the South Quad
T-shirts taking offense to this,"
said Yeomans, referring to a batch
of dorm-sponsored shirts that
featured lyrics from the popular,
but controversial Soulja Boy song
"Crank That."
Roberts said he believed the
image was distasteful, regardless of
the person.
"Basically, what it has is a pro-
vocatively dressed woman strad-
dling a hamburger, and she's very
busty and its kind of really hor-
rible," he said.
Roberts and the Stonewall
Democrats-have begun circulating
a petition, which he said current-
ly has about 100 signatures. The
group plans to send a letter along
with the petition to the owners.
Therestaurant'sname,he said, isn't
a problem.
Roberts said the purpose of the
letter and petition is to convince
the Armans to alter the logo.
"I don't think anyone has a
problem with the name because it
implies that I'm going to get a quick
burger," he said. "Instead, we're
just thinking about getting rid of
the logo. Maybe trying to change it
so it's less offensive."
Arman said she would be open to
talking with the protesters.
"We will consider talking to
them," she said. "We're open-mind-
ed. We're not here to offend anyone
or to make anyone angry."

Borders may put itself up for sale

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kseller records
percent drop in
stock value

DETROIT (AP) - Borders,
an Ann Arbor-based bookseller,
could become the latest victim of
the credit squeeze, announcing
yesterday that it may put itself
up for sale. Rival Barnes & Noble,
meanwhile, saw fourth-quar-
ter profits drop 9 percent as the
industry struggles with intense
competition from discounters.
Shares in Borders tumbled more
than 39 percent as the nation's
second-largest bookseller said it
the sale of the company or certain
divisions, and that it had lined up
$42.5 million in financing to help
it keep running through the year.
"It's a crunch of three C's-
credit, capital and consumer
spending," said Dan Ansell, a
partner at Greenberg Traurig
LLP and chairman of its real
estate operations division.
Despite - its earnings slide,
Barnes & Noble boosted its divi-
dends and surprised Wall Street
with predictions of a profit-
able first quarter. Analysts said
the nation's largest book seller
would be the most likely suitor
for Borders.
Both big bookstore chains
have deepened discounts for
their members, as shoppers are
even more focused on low prices
for discretionary items as they
pay higher gas and food costs.
But analyst Michael Norris
at market research firm Simba
Information said customers are
increasingly turning to whole-
sale clubs and other discounters
like Target Corp. and Wal-Mart
Stores Inc. for books and other
"This is going to be a really
tough year" for booksellers, Nor-
ris said.
Borders is a year into a restruc-
turing that includes revamping
its U.S. superstores as part of an
effort to lure more shoppers. But
the evaporating credit market
led to the financing announced
Thursday from hedge fund Per-
shing Square Capital Manage-
ment LP, its largest shareholder.
"In the economic environment,

we believe we're on the right track
and our plan is the right one to get
us there," CEO George Jones told
analysts. "Now we have the flex-
ibility necessary to get us where
we need tobe."
Without the funding, he said,
"liquidity issues" may have been
only months away.
Ansell noted that some retailers
"are not able to borrow money as
easily as in the past to meet their
capital requirements."
The tightening of credit among
consumers causes them to spend
less - thereby straining the cash
flow for retailers and increasing

their dependence upon credit to
meet their operatingcosts.
Borders suspended its quarterly
dividend, which it will plow into
operations, and says its plans for
earnings per share growth may
take longer than expected.
"Borders, which has finally
found a CEO that can improve the
merchandising, is finding that its
poor cash flow and balance sheet
is forcing it to make some very
unattractive decisions," Credit
Suisse analystGary Balter wrote to
investors. The loan from Pershing
Square, he noted, comes at a high
12.5 percent interest rate.

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