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One wild ride

Mustang Sally poses with her shotgun-rid ing Shih Tzu "Simba." Known for her
and close connection with customers, Mustang Sally has developed a campus

MustangSalynever rides
without Simba sitting shot-
gun in her fully decked-out
van. Simba, Mustang Sally's
miniature Shih Tzu, has
been riding with her since
Lady "M" Sedan Transpor-
tation Services opened two
years ago.
Mustang Sally only
reveals her real name,
Mryna Ismail, when
pressed -she prefers the
anonymity and mystique of
her moniker instead.
"When I came back from
surgery, I was high as a
kite," Mustang Sally said,
explaining how she came
to chose her nickname -
partly based off of a friend's
name and a Wilson Pickett
0ISTA BOY/naiy song, which she says her
decorated van customers request "a hun-
following. dred times a night".

Some of the things that
differentiate Mustang Sally's
Car #36 from others are the
decorations. Yellow paper
Easter ornaments hang from
the ceiling of her vehicle.
When she turns on a switch,
neon green lights flicker
brightly from the aisles.
"I can't stand a plain cab,"
Mustang Sally said. "When
I used to work for Yellow
Cab, I fixed it up and called
it the 'Love Cab"'
A cab driver for five years,
Mustang Sally is well versed
in the politics of "don't ask,
don't tell"
One of her customers,
male figure in Ann Arbor,
had been riding in her cab
on different occasions with
four female companions
- none of whom, Mustang

Sally dryly noted, she could
distinguish as his girlfriend.
"I never squealed on
him," Mustang Sally said.
"And he's been a devout cus-
tomer ever since."
Her motto is that "if you
treat people like one in a
million, you're going to get
that right back."
Subsequently, Mustang
Sally also has what she calls
a "V.I.P program," where
she bakes cookies for her
customers and sends them
e-mails to check up on how
they're doing.
"I just try to be a good
parent to these kids," Mus-
tang Sally said. "Most cab
drivers just take them from
Point A to Point B. ButI just
want to love on them."

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Office hours: sun.-Thurs.1n a.m. - 2 a.m.

Laptop stolen Student injured
during bathroom after stumble
break WHERE: Martha Cook Resi-


WHERE: Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library
WHEN: Sunday at about 4:15
WHAT: A student went to the
bathroom leaving her belong-
ings unattended. Upon her
return, she found that her lap-
top was gone, University Police
reported. The estimated value
of the laptop is $1,200.

dence Hall
WHEN: Sunday at about 10:30
WHAT: A female subject fell
and hit her head, University
Police reported. The subject
was transported to University
Hospital where she was treat-
ed for injuries.

Lecture on
China's global
WHAT: Howard French, for-
mner New York Times Bureau
Chief in Shanghai; will dis-
cuss Chnina and the "end of
the Unipolar Moment."
WHO: Institute for the
WHEN: 'Ioday from noon to
1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Room 2022, South
Thayer Building

Film screening
to mark historic
space flight
WHAT: Screening of
"Orphans of Apollo", about
the first human spaceflight
venture. Followed by pizza
reception and talk.
WHO: Universe Theme
WHEN: Today from 7p.m. to
10 p.M.
WHERE: Rackham Graduate

Harvard University has
opened a "Canine Cogni-
tion Lab" to study the psy-
chology of dogs, according to
the Boston Globe. Scientists
say they are interested in dogs
for their ability in certain
tasks to outperform animals
much more closely related to
humans, like chimpanzees.
The test-prep industry for
graduate exams like the
MCAT and LSAT isboom-
ing, but the high cost of classes
means that some students are
missing out on the advantage.
A landlord in England
evicted some of her ten-
ants after seeing photos on
Facebook of their house party,
according to the Daily Mail.
The landlord viewed scenes of
scantily clad women, people
holding beer bottles and the
trashed apartment before real-
izing the property was hers.

Courtney Ratkowiak ManagingEditor ratkowiak@michigandaily.com
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Alex Prosperi, ColtRosenweig
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ASSISTANT ARTS EDITORS: Joshua Bayer, Andrew Lapin, Dave Reap, Ben VanWagoner
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Sleeping resident
Boarders cited asked to head

Annual event to Poetry seminar

during skate
WHERE: Angell Hall
WHEN: Sunday at about 5:15
WHAT: 'Three subjects were
ticketed for skateboarding on
University property, University
Police reported.

to bed
WHERE: Fletcher Hall
WHEN: Monday at about 3:45
WHAT: A subject was sleep-
ing in the upper lounge, Uni-
versity Police. The subject was
a resident and was asked to
head to his room. Police say he
was not drunk, just tired.

celebrate women
WHAT: Panhellenic Asso-
ciation's annual appreciation
tea recognizing contribu-
tions of women min the com-
WHO: Office of Greek Life
WHEN: Today at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Alpha Gamma Delta

WHAT: Sekepe Matjila and
Keith Taylor will talk about
translating of Setswana
poetry by LD Raditladi, who
combines indigenous African
and Western influences in his
WHO: Comparative Litera-
WHEN: Today at noon
WHERE: 2015, Tisch Hall

The Disney College Program is
seeking Animated Character

Congressman escapes
injury in Somali attack


Rep. Don Payne met
with the country's
top officials during
the one-day visit
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -
Assailants fired mortar shells at
the Mogadishu airport as a plane
carrying an American congress-
man took off yesterday, officials
said. The plane departed safely,
but 19 Somalis were reported
wounded in surrounding residen-
tial areas.
U.S. Rep. Don Payne, who met
with Somalia's top leaders dur-
ing his one-day visit, said that he

had no idea of the violence until
reaching Kenya after the flight
from Mogadishu, one of the most
dangerous cities in the world and
rarely visited by foreign travel-
"We found out when we arrived
in Nairobi," the chairman of the
House subcommittee on Africa
told The Associated Press. He
said that the aircraft noise prob-
ably drowned out the sound of the
The Islamic extremist group
al-Shabab claimed responsibil-
ity in a posting on a militant Web
site, saying it launched the mortar
barrage after learning of Payne's
visit, according to the terrorism
monitoring group SITE.

for more information call 734/615-6449
The University of Michigan College of Literature,
Science, and the Arts presents a
public lecture and reception

The militants, who have sus-
pected links to al-Qaida and have
carried out widespread attacks in
Somalia, said they "will welcome
each and every arrogant and
proud enemy of Allah" with simi-
lar attacks. "What happened to
(Payne) and his escorts was only
the beginning."
The New Jersey Democrat
downplayed the danger, saying
the African Union troops did a
good job with his security.
With the officials, Payne said
he discussed security, coopera-
tion between Somalia and the
U.S. and piracy. The meetings
came just hours after a high-seas
standoff between the U.S. and
pirates who seized an American
sea captain ended with U.S. Navy
snipers killing three pirates and
freeing the seaman.
"The pirates were one of the
main topics of discussion that I
had with the president and prime
minister there," he said "They
want to work with our govern-
ment. They have a plan to reduce
piracy, which they'll be present-
ing to the U.S. in the next two or
three weeks."
Somalia has been without a
functioning government since
1991 when clan warlords ousted
a longtime dictator, with the cur-
rent leadership failing to provide
stability or protect citizens. The
U.N. imposed sanctions in an
effort to stem the flow of arms
into Somalia, a key cause of the
Payne said the government
leaders were hoping for an end to
sanctions which they said would
facilitate efforts to build an army.
"The way they say you defeat
piracy is on the ground. You don't
let them get out (to sea). They feel
they have the ability to do it. They
just need the resources," said
"If the U.S. and the world com-
munity take supportive action
towards the fledgling govern-
ment in Somalia, I am confident
that they will succeed and a new
Somalia will indeed emerge,"
Payne said in a separate state-
The chaos has prompted trav-
elers of all sorts to steer clear.

John T. Groves Collegiate
Professor of Chemistry

Friday, April 17th
: 2:30pm
Audition: 3:00pm
Dance Theatre Studio
711 N. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Applicants must view an online presentation prior to
audition. Visit disneycollegeprogram.com/epresentation.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Alumni Center, Founders Room


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