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MONDAY: TUESDAY:
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WEDNESDAY: THURSDAY:
Explained Before You Were Here

FRIDAY:
Photos of the Week

ASU refuses to give Obama honorary degree

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Arizona State University will not
award President Barack Obama an
honorary degree when he gives the
University's commencement speech
on May 13, ASU's online newspaper,
asuwebdevil.com, reported.
ASU spokeswoman Sharon Keeler
said in the article that the Univer-
sity awards degrees to recognize
the accomplishments of individuals
throughout their lifetime.
"Because President Obama's body of
work is yetto come, it's inappropriate to
recognize him at this time," she said.
Keeler said past recipients have not
necessarily been affiliated with ASU
but have had life-long established
careers.
Last year, James Duderstadt, Uni-
versity of Michigan president emeritus
and a professor of science and engi-
neering, received an honorary degree
from ASU for his international leader-
ship in higher education.
Although Obama will not receive
a degree from ASU, the University of

Notre Dame will present him with
one when he gives their commence-
ment address May 17.
DIXIE STATE REMOVES
REBEL MASCOT
Dixie State College of Utah
replaced Rodney the Rebel - their
Confederate mascot - with a black
bull called Ragin' Red, The Chroni-
cle of Higher Education reported.
In a 5-to-4 vote, college trustees
decided to officially change the mas-
cot in an effort to welcome diversity as
Dixie State switches from a communi-
ty college to a four-year university.
Steve Johnson, director of public
relations for the university, said in
The Chronicle article, "The trustees
felt that the names Dixie and Rebel
together would hinder that future."
Rebel fans have expressed oppo-
sition on the Internet to their new
nickname Red Storm, and officials say
they may be willing to compromise by
choosing a different mascot.

TUFTS STUDY FINDS ALCOHOL
HELPS BONES
A study at Tufts University has
found that some alcoholic beverag-
es may decrease aging effects, The
Tufts Daily reported.
The research found that moderate
consumption of beer and wine may
help maintain bone density.
Researcher Katherine Tucker said
hard liquor hasa minimal effect.
"Wine and beer are not as finely
distilled (as hard liquor), so beer
contains vitamins and silicon, which
are protective of bones," she told
The Tufts Daily.
Results showed that postmeno-
pausal women who drank more than
two beers a day exhibited a five to eight
percent higher bone mineral density
than women who did not drink.
However, the article warns that
heavy drinkingcan also leadto osteo-
porosis and a higher risk of breast
cancer.
- STEPHANIE STEINBERG

A member of the crowd that gathered for the Lungev-
ity walk o Saturday signs a posterr remembrance
ether family members. The event raised mare than
$14,000 for lang cancer research.

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CRIME NOTES
Biker hit by Three MIPs
moving vehicle issued at Bursley'

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Talk on genocide Free HIVtesting

WHERE: Art and Architecture
2000 Bonisteel
WHEN: Friday at about 11:50
a.m.
WHAT: A male student was
hit by a vehicle unaffiliated
with the University, University
Police reported. The biker sus-
tained no serious injuries.

WHERE: Bursley Residence
Hall
WHEN: Friday at about mid-
night
WHAT: Three subjects were
given MIPs, University police
reported.
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Man sells stolen v
MDen keychains alcohol mt
WHERE: Central Campus Big House
Diag
WHEN: Saturday at about 7:45 WHERE: Michigan;
p.m. Section 39
WHAT: A man unaffihi- WHEN: Saturday at;
ated with the University was p.m.
arrested for stealing key chains WHAT: Two visitor
from the MDen and then selling alcohol into Michiga
them on the northwest corner University Police rep
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reported. warning.

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rorted. The
verbal

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WHAT: Ms. Maria Stavro-
poulou, a consultant to the
Special Representation of
the Secretary-General on the
Prevention of Genocide, will
discuss the development of
genocide and the dilemmas
on international justice and
peace.
WHO: Inter-Humanitarians
Council
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p.m. to 7"p.m.
WHERE: Rackham Amphi-
theater
Ralph Williams
lecture
WHAT: One of the last lec-
tures by Golden Apple award
winner Ralph Williams.
WHO: Hillel
WHEN: Tonight from 7 p.m.
to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Natural Science
Auditorium

WHAT: Free and anonymous
HIV/AIDS testing.
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WHERE: Michigan Union,
room 3200
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abroad in Italy unaffected by
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University of Michigan stu-
dents studying abroad in Italy
to nake sure they were safe.
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The capybara is close to
becoming endangered in
some parts of Venezuela
due to its high demand leading
up to Easter, BBC.com report-
ed. The animal is under threat
because Roman Catholics in
Venezuela eat the large rodent
as a substitute for red meat
during Lent.
Julea Ward, a gradu-
ate student at Eastern
Michigan University, was
recently dismissed from her
graduate program because her
personal beliefs clashed with
the administration.
>>FOR MORE SEE OPINION, PAGE 4A
A Saudi Arabian judge
refused to overturn a rul-
ing stating a legal mar-
riage between an 8-year-old
girl and 47-year-old man,
UPLcom reported. The judge
declared the girl could file for
a divorce when she reached
puberty. The girl's father
arranged the marriage to pay
off a debt to his close friend.

Sunday school teacher's family stunned by arrest

Teacher arrested
in the killing of an
8-year-old girl found
stuffed in suitcase
TRACY, Calif. (AP) - Relatives
of a Sunday school teacher arrested
in the killing of an 8-year-old girl
found stuffed into a suitcase said
Sunday they are baffledby the accu-
sations against the woman they
know asa loving, single parent.
"I just can't comprehend.
There are no words," said Brian
Lawless, the father of 28-year-old
Melissa Huckaby, who is being
held in San Joaquin County Jail
on suspicion of kidnapping and

killing Sandra Cantu.
Lawless met with reporters out-
side Clover Road Baptist Church
in Tracy, where the family held
Easter services. The church is just
down the road from the mobile
home park where Sandra lived and
was last seen.
Huckaby's grandfather, Clif-
ford Lawless, who is pastor of the
church, and others offered prayers
for Sandra's family.
Some churchgoers cried as
Huckaby's uncle, 45-year-old Brett
Lawless of Lakewood, gave a ser-
mon preaching that faith was the
only way to weather hardship.
"How can you look at a circum-
stance like this and have any hope
for the future? I tell you, because I
know who God is," he said.

Huckaby's relatives said they still
do not know why police searched
the church or why investigators
suspect her of the crime.
Investigators searched the
church last week after police said
Sandra's body was found in Hucka-
by's suitcase in an irrigation pond.
Brian Lawless said Huckaby
lived for her 5-year-old daughter,
Madison.
"She just always had an extra
patience with her. Never raised her
voice. Never yelled. Never struck
her," he said. "She was that same
way with other children. She loved
other children."
Madison played often with San-
dra, who lived down the street
from where Huckaby lived with her
grandfather. Huckaby taught Sun-
day school at her grandfather's
church.
Huckaby was on suicide watch
at the county jail, where she

remained in custody Sunday with-
out bail.
Huckaby's uncle, John Hughes
Jr. of Whittier, told The Associated
Press his niece was from a good
home, but had hit a rough patch in
her life and had moved in with her
grandparents in Tracy to get past
her troubles.
"They opened their home up
to her to try to get her life back on
track, I think a lot of families have
problems like that," Hughes said.
Huckaby grew up in Orange
County and was a "pretty normal
kid," he said. As the eldest of nine
grandchildren, she played "moth-
er hen" to the younger children
when the family got together for
the holidays.
After graduating from high
school, Huckaby's path appears to
have become rockier. She married,
had a daughter and was divorced in
a few short years.

Sri Lanka's president
suspends attacks on
Tamil Tiger rebels

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President Rajapaksa
restricts operations for
two days during the Sri
Lankan New Year
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP)
- Sri Lanka's president ordered
a two-day suspension of offen-
sives against Tamil Tiger rebels
to enable tens of thousands of
trapped civilians to leave the war
zone, his office said yesterday.
President Mahinda Raja-
paksa directed the armed forces
to restrict operations during
the April 13-14 Sri Lankan New
YearY to a defensive nature and
renewed his call to the rebel
group to "acknowledge its mili-
tary defeat and lay down its
weapons and surrender," a state-
ment said.
He said the rebels must
renounce violence permanently.
The president's call came amid
increasing international pres-
sure on the government to protect
civilians trapped along with the
remaining guerrillas in a gov-
ernment-declared "no-fire" zone
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measuring just 7.7 square miles
(20 square kilometers).
The U.N. says about 100,000
civilians are trapped in the war
zone with dozens dying every day.
The government and aid groups
accuse the rebels of using civil-
ians as human shields and have
called for their release. The rebels
and rights groups have accused
the military of firing into the
safe zone - a charge the military
denies.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-
moon said he would have liked to
see a longer halt, but said the gov-
ernment plan was a "useful first
step and an opportunity to move
towards the peaceful and orderly
end to the fighting now so badly
needed."
In his statement, Ban called on
both sides to respect the pause in
fighting.
HLe said the rebels must allow
civilians to move out of the zone,
while the government must treat
them in accordance with interna-
tional standards.
Britain welcomed the govern-
ment announcement, but said it
was vital that rebels also observe
the suspension.
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