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Rice emphasized Obama's will-
ingness to negotiate with Iran
instead of only using military
"Listen to McCain - he's joked
that we ought to bomb, bomb,
bomb Iran," she said. "He said it
before Bush."
On the divisive Israeli-Pales-
tinian conflict, Obama supports a
two-state solution, Rice said.
She touted Obama's expansive
service plan, which includes an
expansion of the Peace Corps and
the U.S.'s international service
presence abroad.
Rice said Obama is commit-
ted to doubling foreign assistance
and strengthening alliances with
Russia and its neighbors.
"We need to clean up messes,
but also move down the path,"
she said.
. She concluded her speech by
urging audience members to help
From Page 1A
apply to this situation.
"This whole wetland issue in
my mind is: I go out there and I
walk around and it's bone dry and
there's notcanounce of water," said
Burns, who's been very involved
in the new complex's develop-
ment. "But there's some fire-bel-
lied newt that lives out there that
we got to look out for."
In May, a new plan for two
fields, one for practice and one for
games, was resubmitted, and the
permits were approved the last
week of August. This prevented
the pitches from being completed
before the season.
The field will be slab-sodded,
a 10-14 day process that is often
used to repair grass athletic fields.
It works the way it sounds: slabs
of four-to-five-inch grass will be
put down on the flattened mud in
patches, rendering the field usable
after a couple days.
Next year, the soccer pitches
will be seeded. But with the sea-
son already underway, that three-
month process would make it
impossible for Michigan to. host
an actual home game.
And the home games are what
From Page 1A
a student walking on Washtenaw
Avenue near Hill Street shortly
after midnight Wednesday.
The man pressed a cold object
against the student's back and
demanded money. After the
victim gave the man money,
the suspect fled the scene on
foot, according to a crime alert
issued early yesterday morn-

the campaign by registering vot-
"Michigan is a crucial battle-
ground state," she said. "It's your
future, your choice."
plans to end the war in Iraq and
increase national security, there
was one lingering question: With
his campaignovisiting Michigan on
a weekly basis, why hasn't Obama
spoken in Ann Arbor?
LSA junior Nathaniel Eli
Coats Styer, chair of the College
Democrats, said he has no doubt
that Obama will visit heavily-
Democratic Ann Arbor at some
point this fall. He said he thinks
the Illinois senator could fill
Michigan Stadium's 100,000-
plus seats.
Styer said he thought it was
important for the Obama cam-
paign to discuss foreign policy at
the University. Most of Obama's
speeches in Michiganhave catered
toward working-class voters, out-
lining the candidate's economic
the team is missing out on most as
the construction progresses.
"We circled this game (against
No. 15 Illinois-Chicago) on our
calendar as a big game, and we
were expecting to play under the
lights on a new field and create a
buzz, and suddenly it's Friday at
5 p.m., seven miles off campus,"
Burns said about playing at the
light-less Eastern Michigan field
this weekend.
On the other hand, practicing at
Mitchell Field, home of intramu-
ral flag football, has barely affect-
ed the team, and many have taken
a liking to it. The players practice
in the afternoon, no longer forced
to wake up at 7 a.m., and use two
University vans to travel to and
from practice.
In the shuffle of all the ongoing
construction projects, however,
the soccer complex may have got-
ten a bit lost behind the additions
to the football facilities.
"We've been selling a stadium,
selling a venue, for really, the last
10 recruiting classes," Burns said.
"(They) have heard about our
vision for a stadium, and they've
seen drawings of it. A lot of it has
been smoke and mirrors."
"Nowwefinally have something
that's a shovel in the ground."
Kinsey wouldn't comment on
the details of the crimes because
investigations are ongoing.
The suspect in the first inci-
dent is described as a 6-foot-3,
195-pound white man, about 30
years old. He was wearing a gray
T-shirt, jeans and a black baseball
The suspect in the second inci-
dent is described as a "possibly
white" man between 6 feet and 6
feet 4 inches tall. He was wear-
ing a gray hooded sweatshirt and
black warm-up pants.

Oilfield deaths rise Atom smasher's

sharply in U.S.

start-up a success

SNYDER, Texas (AP) - Less
than two ionths into the job in
the oilfields of West Texas, Bran-
don Garrett was sliced in half by a
motorized spool of steel cable as he
and other roughnecks struggled to
get a drilling rig up and running.
Garrett's grisly end illustrates
yet another soaringcost ofAmeri-
ca's unquenchable thirst for ener-
gy: Deaths among those working
the nation's oil and gas fields have
risen at an alarming rate, The
Associated Press has found.
At least 598 workers died on
the job between 2002 and 2007,
according to the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics. During that
period, the number of deaths per
year rose by around 70 percent;
from 72 victims in 2002 to 125 in
2006 and a preliminary count of
120 in 2007.
The number of people laboring
in the nation's oil and gas fields
has been soaring as part of a drill-
ing boom that began in 2000-01,
but that alone does not appear to
explain the rising death toll, since
the fatality rate -thatisthe num-
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ate and referred to the Committee
on Finance. In the House, the bill
was referred to the Committee on
Energy and Finance. No further
action has been taken since.
Hoerauf said the issue has
become closely connected to
partisan politics rather than just
health care, which explains the
legislative holdup, she said.
"Literally, all they have to do
is add one line that says, 'We will
fix this because the wording was
wrong,' and they won't do it,"
Hoerauf said.
According to Lamerand, the
delay affects roughly three mil-
lion college students taking oral
"College students are coming
back to campus with all sorts of
increased costs, and this is just
one more thing," Lamerand said.
Lamerand acknowledged that
students with health insurance
through their parents may not
be significantly impacted by the
price hike on campus, but said
that many students who pay cash

ber killed relative to the number
of workers - also climbed during
the first half of the decade.
Many of those deaths have
happened in Texas, the nation's
largest producer of crude oil and
natural gas.
Workers at drilling sites are
surrounded by heavy machinery
About half the workers who die
are struck by equipment or are
killed in motor vehicle accidents.
Others fall from catwalks, are
crushed by falling loads, burned
in explosions or become tangled
in chains and cables.
"This is a very, very hazardous
industry with a very high rate of.
injuries and fatalities," said Peg
Seminario, director of safety and
health for the AFL-CIO. "Safety
and health problems are not get-
ting the attention they need.
With the growing demand for
oil and petroleum products, the
production pressures are going
to increase and the safety and
health problems are going to get
for birth control often do so for
reasons other than cost.
"I think many of the students
who might otherwise have
resources extending from their
family choose not to confide
in their fafnily about their use
of a contraceptive," Lamerand
said. "So I think that they are
adversely affected and they rely
largely on the ability to get low
cost contraceptives and I'm con-
cerned that fewer women will
be proactive in their reproduc-
tive health care to prevent preg-
Since the DRA took effect, the
Planned Parenthood location on
the west side of Ann Arbor has
seen a drop in patients, Lamer-
and said.
"It's always a political hot
potato when you start to talk
about providing birth control
on the government dime," Lam-
erand said. "I think legislators
largely don'twant to go on record
as talking about birth control,
and I think the Bush adminis'
tration is playing politics with
women's health. We hope Con-
gress is going to fix this, but so
far it hasn't happened."

GENEVA (AP) - A small blip
on a computer screen sent cham-
pagne corks popping among physi-
cists in Switzerland. Near Chicago,
researchers at a "pajama party"
who watched via satellite let out an
early morningcheer.
The blip, was literally of cosmic
proportions, representinganewtool
to probe the birth of the universe.
The world's largest atom smash-
er passed its first test yesterday as
scientists said their powerful tool
is almost ready to reveal how the
tiniest particles were first created
after the "big bang," which many
theorize was the massive explosion
that formed the stars, planets and
Rivals and friends turned out in
the wee hours at Fermilab in Bata-
via, Ill., in pajamas to watch the
event by a special satellite connec-
tion. Joining in from around the
world were other physicists - many
of whom may one day work on the
new Large Hadron Collider.
Tension mounted in the five con-
trol rooms at CERN, the European
Organization for Nuclear Research,
as scientists huddled around com-
puterscreens.After afewtrial runs,
they fired a beam of protons clock-
wise around the 17-mile tunnel of
the collider deep under the rolling
fields along the Swiss-French bor-
der. Then they.succeeded in send-
ing another beam in the opposite,
counterclockwise direction.
The physicists celebrated with
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too involved in health care and
"They have no clue, and they're
wasting your tax dollars," he said.
"I would rather see us eliminate
the Department of Education
and block-grant the money right
straight to the states and say, 'Here,
take this, and you figure out how to
educate your children."'
He also said business and
property owners shouldn't be as
restricted by the government as
they currently are.
"That's why I've decided to put
my name up and run against a very
well entrenched opponent in avery
uphill battle, no question," Hoo-

champagne when the white dots
flashed on the blue screens of the con-
trolroom,showing asuccessful cross-
ing of the finish line on the $10 billion
machine under planning since1984.
"The first technical challenge has
been met," said a jubilant Robert
Aymar, director-general of CERN.
of 20 years of effort. It all went like
clockwork.Now it's for the physicists
to show us what they can do.
"They are ready to go for dis-
coveries," Aymar said. "Man has
always shown he wants to know
where he comes from and where he
will go, where the universe comes
from and where it will go. So here
we're looking at essential questions
for mankind."
The beams will gradually be
filled with more protons and fired
at near the speed of light in opposite
directions around the tunnel, mak-
ing 11,000 circuits a second. They
will travel down the middle of two
tubes about the width of fire hoses,
speeding through a vacuum that
is colder than outer space. At four
points in the tunnel, the scientist
will use giant magnets to cross the
beams and cause protons to collide.
The collider's two largest detectors
- essentially huge digital cameras
weighing thousands of tons - are
capable of taking millions of snap-
shots a second.
It is likely to be several weeks
before the first significant colli-
gendyk said.
LSA junior Brady Smith, chair
of the University's chapter of Col-
lege Republicans, said he was very
happy Hoogendyk came to speak.
"He represents the direction we
need to move in and what's great
about the country," Smith said.
"Despite the obstacles, he'll bring
a lot to the race and raise aware-
Hoogendyk said his strong con-
servative thinking is what gives
him a chance against Levin. "I
find it interesting that so often,
the folks in the middle and ,on
the left will say 'you conserva-
tives, you're never going to get
anywhere because you're just too
conservative, you're too far to
the right, you're out of the main-

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