2A - Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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The drugstore desert
As the state hunkers down
for another long Michigan win-
ter, the need for medicines to
treat everything from a runny
nose to the flu is high. So where
can students and faculty have
their prescriptions filled?
There's always the Village
Apothecary on South University
Avenue, but the list pretty much
Maggie Ladd, the South
University business director
said the South University cor-
ridor is the only location close
to campus to have a drug store.
She said it's because there sim-
ply isn't a retail space large
enough for a major drugstore
Bill Milliken, President of
Michigan's Commercial Board
of Realtors, said commercial
drugstores like CVS Pharma-
ty or Walgreen's would need
a 14,000-square-foot space.
Also, the store would have to
be in an area that could support
high traffic because large drug-
stores generally receive 20,000
to 25,000 customers a day, Mil-
Despite these concerns, a
CVS Pharmacy almost came
to the campus area when the
Steve and Barry's apparel store
filed for bankruptcy. Steve and
Barry's was forced to vacate its
large State Street location and
CVS Pharmacy expressed inter-
est in moving into the space.
But the owner of the build-
ing opted for another clothing
store, M-Den, instead.
Tom Heywood, State Street
business director, said there
used to be a drug store at the
corner of Washington Street
and State Street, but the owner
decided to close it down toX
build a new building.
Heywood added there is a .
definite need for a major-drug-
store close to campus, because
it is inconvenient for students
to drive to buy the everyday
necessities that a drugstore .
Though there still isn't a
drugstore on State Street, stu-
dents can get their prescrip-
tions filled at the University
pharmacy - a part of Univer-
sity Health Services.
Gwen Chivers, the ancil-
lary director of the University
pharmacy, said the pharmacy
offers many different servic-
es and tries to negotiate low
prices that can be passed on to
students. Architecture seniors Dana Ar
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Joe Holland, who lost his son Joseph Holland in the Sept. 11, 2001 attack in New York speaks during a press conference following a
hearing at the U. S. Military Commissions court for war crimes, at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Monday.
Defense accuses prosecution
of stalling in Gitmo trial
Prosecutors ask to
put trial on hold
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL
BASE, Cuba (AP) - Guantanamo
prosecutors want to put the war
crimes trials on hold while the
future of the widely criticized tri-
bunals remains in doubt, military
defense lawyers said Tuesday.
Prosecutors want an indefinite
continuance of all pending cases
while President Barack Obama's
administration reviews the military
commissions system and the legal
alternatives for prosecuting suspect-
ed terrorists, said Navy Lt. Cmdr.
William Kuebler, a military defense
lawyer who represents a Canadian
being triedbefore the tribunals.
Air Force Col. Peter Masciola,
the chief defense counsel for the
Guantanamo military commissions,
said the chief prosecutor, Army Col.
Lawrence Morris, called himto dis-
cuss the proposal. Defense lawyers
oppose an indefinite stay and would
challenge the motion if filed, fear-
ing it is a bid to buy time to preserve
Defense lawyers want to scrap the
Guantanamo military commissions
and have pending charges formally
withdrawn withoutprejudice, which
would allow authorities to refile
them later in a traditional U.S. mili-
tary court martial, a civilian court or
a combination, Masciola said.
The military has charges pend-
ing against 21 men and officials
had said they intended to charge
"The prosecution would rather
see a delay because they want to
keep the cases in the commissions
process," Masciola said. "They don't,
like us, think the commissions pro-
cess is fundamentally flawed."
Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Gordon,
a Pentagon spokesman, declined
to confirm the defense attorney
accounts, saying: "We do notdiscuss
internal consultations among the
A spokesman for the military
commissions said the chief prosecu-
tor was not immediately available to
Both sides are scheduled to
reconvene Wednesday for more
pretrial hearings in two cases -
the trial of five men charged in the
Sept. 11 attacks and Omar Khadr, a
Canadian accused of killing a U.S.
soldier in Afghanistan - and "will
continue until directed otherwise,"
Kuebler, who represents Khadr,
said the military judges are likely to
rejectan indefinite stay. Some defen-
dants might also oppose the idea,
including the Sept. 11 suspects, who
have said they want to plead guilty
to charges that carry a potentia
The proposed indefinite delay;
Kuebler said, seems like an effort to
buytime in hopes offindingawaytc
"It appears to be an ongoing last
ditch effort to save this disgusting
mess," he said.
The behind-the-scenes maneu,
vering came on the day a military
judge adjourned the war crimes
court just before Obama was sworn
in by noting the future of the com-
missions is in doubt. The hearings
were dismissed until Wednesday
"unless otherwise ordered."
Obama has said he will close
Guantanamo and many expect he
will suspend the widely criticized
,war-crimes trials created by former
President George W. Bush and Con-
gress in 2006.
Obama's nominee for attorney
general has said the so-called mili-
tary commissions lack sufficient
legal protections for defendants
and that they could be tried in the
Despite the doubts about its
future, military judges decided to
press on with this week's session,
perhaps the last to be held at the U.S.
base in Cuba.