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LEFT The Detroit Observatory on Monday. This building houses two large telescopes
from the mid-1800s. (WILL MOELLER/Daily) ABOVE The Life Science Institute and
Palmer Commons are overshadowed by incoming storms on Monday morning. (Chris
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to become extinct in the next five to 10 years, according to CNN.com. The Cavendish
bananas originated from a seedless strain of bananas in Southeast Asia that once pos-
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Sign swiped Student falls ill Ctools teaching Annual
WHERE: East Arbor Medical
WHEN: Wednesday at about
WHAT: A sign valued at $50
was stolen from a parking
place at the Medical Center,
University Police reported.
Subject slips on
WHERE: Biomedical Science
WHEN: Wednesday at about
WHAT: A University patron
slipped on a wet floor and
left the area after receiving
assistance, University Police
WHERE: Pierpont Commons
WHEN: Wednesday at about
WHAT: A female student was
treated and taken to the hospi-
tal after falling ill in Pierpont
Commons, University Police
Bike lifted from
WHERE: Smith Law Library
WHEN: Thursday at about
WHAT: A student's electric
bike was stolen and later found
with several parts missing,
University Police reported.
workshop Week party
WHAT:A workshop to teach
students and faculty how to
upload images to Ctools. A
basic familiarity of the site is
WHO: Teaching and Tech_
WHEN: Today at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Room 206, Harlan
Hatcher Graduate Library
WHAT: A practice for the
Table Tennis Team. The ses-
sion is open to members and
WHO: Michigan Union Bil-
WHEN: Today at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Tap Room, Michi-
WHAT: An ice breaker for
the National Panhellenic
WHO: Michigan Union
WHEN: Tonight at 10 p.m.
WHERE: Ballroom, Michi-
WHAT: A screening of
Michael Moore's film "Capi-
talism a Love Story," with
Reverend Bob Roth, who
was interviewed for the film.
WHO: First United Method-
WHEN: Tonight at 6:15 p.m.
WHERE: First United Meth-
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Central Park Zoo, has the most
requests to be banned of any
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com reported. Since 2001 there
have been 3,736 requests to ban
books and other materials.
In 1987, Merck, a large
invested millions of dol-
lars at a financial loss to invent
a drug to treat river blindness.
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cer was arrested on Sun-
day when he was by an
Arlington, Va. woman passed
out drunk in her bed, The
Washington Post reported.
The officer, Thomas Patrick
McMahon, and the woman
had never met before.
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Texas judge: same-sex
marriage ban illegal
says he will
DALLAS (AP) - A Texas judge
cleared the way for two Dallas men
to get a divorce, ruling yesterday
that Texas' ban on same-sex mar-
riage violates the constitutional
guarantee to equal protection
under the law.
Texas Attorney General Greg
Abbott said he'd appeal the rul-
ing, which he labeled an attempt
to strike downthe ban approved by
voters in 2005.
"The laws and constitution of
the State of Texas define marriage
as an institution involving one man
and one woman," Abbott said in a
written statement. "Today's ruling
purports to strike down that con-
stitutional definition - despite the
fact that it was recently adopted by
75 percent of Texas voters."
Abbott has argued that because
the state doesn't recognize gay
marriage, its courts can't dissolve
one through divorce.
District Judge Tena Callahan's
ruled yesterday, however, that the
court "has jurisdiction to hear a
suit for divorce filed by persons
legally married in another juris-
Jennifer Pizer, marriage proj-
ect director for the New York-
based gay rights group Lambda
Legal, said it is too early to pre-
dict the ultimate implications of
the lawsuit, in which neither man
But Cathy Adams, president 4
of the conservative Texas Eagle
Forum, characterized the deci-
sion as a judicial overreach.
"Judicial activism is what
they're after, and it sounds as if
they found someone in Dallas to
participate in their endeavor," she
said. "The people of Texas have
spoken very strongly in opposi-
tion to same-sex marriage."
Peter Schulte, an attorney for
the man who filed for divorce, told
The Dallas Morning News that he
and his client are "ecstatic" over
the court's ruling. Schulte said the
decision was a surprise, and that
he hoped to have the judge sign a
divorce order in a few weeks.
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