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was in honor of Ghandi and his work in the nonviolence movement. (Maddie LaKind/Daily)
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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
WHERE: North Campus Facil-
ities Services Building
WHEN: Wednesday at about
WHAT: About 17 paper towel
rolls and 2 rolls of toilet paper
were stolen from the women's
bathroom in a one to one and a
half month period, University
Police reported. The stolen
items are valued at $70.
Mic damaged Economics
WHERE: Duderstadt Building
WHEN: Wednesday at about
WHAT: A microphone was
damaged when someone tried
to remove it from a stand
without permission, Uni-
versity Police reported. The
estimated cost of the damage
Laundry lifted water spills
WHAT: This week's workshop
topic is Economic Crises as
Transformative Events and is
being led by William H. Sewell,
Jr., and PhD candidates from
the Anthropology and History
WHO: History - Eisenberg
WHEN: Today from 12 p.m.
to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Tisch Hall, Room
WHAT: Josh Cornell, a
nature educator, hosts a dis-
cussion and how to become
more connected with nature.
WHO: Matthei Botani-
cal Gardens and Nichols
WHEN: Today at4 p.m.
WHERE: Dana Natural
Resources Building, Room 1040
WHAT: Free, fast-paced
game of bingo in which stu-
dents receive prizes.
WHO: University Unions Arts
WHEN: Monday at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union
WHAT: Gandalf Murphy
and the Slambovian Circus of
Dreams perform music remis-
cent of folk rock from 1960s.
WHO: Michigan Union Tick-
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Ark
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getting a tip from a student.
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WHEN: Wednesday at about
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Kansas legislator's 'Red Neck Rap'
video taken down from YouTube
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A video
featuring a Kansas legislator criti-
cizing President Barack Obama's
policies while wearing a hat
describing opossum as "the other
dark meat" was removed yesterday
from YouTube, where the lawmak-
er had posted it last month.
Republican Rep. Bill Otto said
he didn't remove the video, titled
"RedNeck Rap," and didn't know
Inc., YouTube's owner, could offer
Otto said criticism of the video
was unfounded. He said the hat's
saying, which he repeats at the end
of the short video, refers to redneck
stereotypes, not Obama.
The White House declined to
comment yesterday, but Kansas
Senate Minority Leader Anthony
Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, called
the video "disturbing." He said it's
logical to see the reference as being
to the first black president's race.
In the video, Otto pauses after
criticizing Obama and his policies,
repeats the saying on the cap and
adds, "A little greasy, but hey."
"It's a reference to rednecks,"
Otto said during a telephone inter-
view from his home in LeRoy, a
small town about 75 miles south of
Topeka. "It's like 'The Beverly Hill-
billies,'eating opossumbellies, grits
and pigs' feet."
The flap comes less than two
months after U.S. Rep. Lynn Jen-
kins, another Kansas Republican,
remarked in a public forum that
the GOP was still looking for "a
great white hope." She later said
she wasn't referring to Obama and
to pre-civil-rights era racism.
Attempts by AP to access Otto's
video Thursday night resulted in
a message stating that it had been
"removed by the user." Google
spokesman Scott Rubin said if a
video is removed for violating You-
Tube's standards, a message would
"With 20 hours of video upload-
ed every minute to YouTube, we
cannot comment on individual vid-
eos," he said in an e-mail.
Meanwhile, Hensley accused
Otto of "bigotry."
"If opossum is the other dark
meat, whatis the original darkmeat
he is referring to?" Hensley said. "It
is not only thoughtless, but outra-
Otto replied:"Idon't know where
he's getting that."
Hensley, though, pointed to an
year involving Patrick Woods, legis-
lative liaison for the Department of
Social and Rehabilitation Services.
Woods said he encountered Otto
in March while walking between
the Statehouse and an office build-
ing, and Otto said he'd confused
Woods with Rod Bremby, the state's
secretary of health and environ-
ment. Woods said Otto told him, "I
almost shot you. You look a lot like
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