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2A - Friday, October 23, 2009
MONDAY:
In Other Ivory Towers

TUESDAY:
Off the Beaten Path

WEDNESDAY:
Campus Clubs

THURSDAY:
Before You Were Here

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TOP LEFT Protestors gathers on Oct.16 in front oflthe President's House in an
attempt to prevent City Hall from stopping tailgates on State Street. (TOREHAN
SHARMAN/Daily). TOP RIGHT Members of College Libertarians, hand out
literature as part of Liberty on the Diag. (JAKE FROMM/Daily) ABOVE LSA
sophomore Melwin Joseph observes the composition of a wall as part of an
Introduction to Geology outdoor lab. (JAKE FROMM/Daily).

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CRIME NOTES
Pranking police Wallet taken

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

WHERE: Campus Safety Ser-
vices
WHEN: Wednesday at about
10 a.m.
WHAT: A subject unaffiliated
with the University reported
an emergency situation, Uni-
versity Police reported. After
investigation, University
Police determined no emer-
gency existed. The caller was
identified and the prosecutor
will review the case.
Cashing in on 'U'
WHERE: Campus Safety Ser-
vices
WHEN: Wednesday at about
10:40 a.m.
WHAT: A check from the Uni-
versity was fraudulently depos-
ited in an outside account,
University Police reported. The
incident is under investigation.

wniie on bus
WHERE: North Campus area
WHEN: Wednesday at about
7:45 p.m.
WHAT: A student reported
their wallet was stolen from
their bag while riding the bus
between 6:45 and 6:55 p.m.,
University Police reported.
When the student got off the
bus, their bag was open and
the wallet was gone.
iPod stolen
WHERE: University Hospital
WHEN: Wednesday at about
2:45 p.m.
WHAT: An iPod Touch was
stolen from an unlocked, unat-
tended office, University Police
reported. The iPod was stolen
between 3 p.m. on Oct. 16 and
7:30 a.m. on Oct. 21.

Flash CS4
workshop
WHAT: A class for beginners on
using Flash CS4 that will build
up to creating a simple anima-
tion timeline. Basic familiarity
with other parts of the Adobe
suite could be helpful.
WHO: Teaching Technology
Collaborative
WHEN: Today at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library
Film screening
and discussion
WHAT: A screening of "The
Red Shoes," a film about a
ballerina torn between her
art and a lifelong love. Fol-
lowing the film will be a dis-
cussion with Daniel Herwitz,
director of the Institute of
Humanities.
WHO: Arts on Earth
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Rackham Ampithe-
atre

CORRECTIONS

. An article in yesterday's
edition of the Daily (With new
DPS program, victims will soon
be able to text in tips) incor-
rectly spelled the name of
Department of Public Safety
Director Ken Magee.
. An article in yesterday's
edition of the Daily (Emo-
tional, one-goal loss takes toll on
Coach Pankratz) mistakenly
reported that coach Marcia
Pankratz angrily asked a
referee if he "wanted to take
this into the parking lot" at
the end of the game, with the
outburst relating to the Wol-
verines' 1-0 loss. An Athletic
Department spokesperson
told the Daily the next day
that the overheard quote was
misconstrued, inaccurate and
taken out of context.
* Please report any error
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Michael Jordan's son, Mar-
cus could cost the Univer-
sity of Central Florida $3
million, by wearing the shoes
named after his father accord-
ing to Florida's wftv.com. The
younger Jordan wants to wear
AirJordans, which are made
by Nike while playing on the
school's basketball team, but
the school has contract with
Adidas, whichsays athletes will
wear that brand.
Asian imported carp rep-
resents 98 percent of the
biomass in the Missis-
sippi and Illinois rivers.
,FOR MORE, SEE OPINION PAGE 4A
A Brookesville,Fla.manwas
knocked down by a zonkey
while he was painting a
fence near the animal's enclo-
sure, according to abeaction-
news.com. The animal is a mix
between a zebra and a donkey.

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Authorities announce charges in
California marijuana ring case

18 suspects arrestedin
SanFrancisco,but
half remainatlarge
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)
- Federal authorities in Califor-
nia announced charges yesterday
against 18 people they said oper-
ated a lucrative marijuana-growing
operation by converting Central
Valley homes into high-tech pot
nurseries.
They estimated the value of the
marijuana crop at nearly $100 mil-
lion a year.
All the suspects are from the San
Francisco Bay area, but half remain
at large, including several who
authorities believe fled to China or
HongKong.
Nine were arrested early yester-
day on drug and real estate fraud
charges. All but one of them made
initial court appearances later in
the day. The remaining suspect
already is in federal prison in Cali-
fornia on unrelated charges,

Thursday's actions brought to 34
thenumber ofpeople whohave been
charged in an investigation dating
to 2006 and 2007. Law enforcement
agents previously discovered about
24,500 marijuana plants grow-
ing inside 51 converted homes in
Sacramento, Elk Grove, Lathrop,
Modesto, Stockton and Tracy.
The operation would have pro-
duced nearly 11 tons of high-grade
marijuana each year with an esti-
mated street value of $96 million,
said Gordon Taylor, who heads the
U.S. Drug Enforcement Adminis-
tration's Central Valley office.
He said the ring was one of the
largest and most sophisticated
indoor marijuana growing opera-
tions in the nation.
Prosecutors said the grow-
ers bought homes for between
$400,000 and $600,000, most in
subdivisions that were new or a few
years old. They knocked out interior
walls, installed expensive ventila-
tion and hydration equipment, and
tapped power lines to grow thou-
sands of plants.

Agents said the growing systems
alone cost tens of thousands of dol-
lars for each home.
Taylor called it "one of the larg-6
est, most sophisticated residential
indoor marijuana growing opera-
tions in U.S. history."
"They came into our cookie-cut-
ter residential neighborhoods and
created cookie-cutter marijuana
factories," Taylor said at a news
conference. "It affected the real
estate, mortgage and utility com-
pany industries, not to mention the
stigma it placed on the neighbor-
hoods where hardworking people
worked for years to save up enough
money to buy one of these nice
homes."
He said the operation was con-
nected to organized crime but
would not elaborate.
Officer Chris Trim of the Elk
Grove Police Department south
of Sacramento said it took federal
agents and Internal Revenue Ser-
vice investigators several years to
work their way up the chain and
through real estate documents.

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