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exhausted its own investigation
and is now waiting on new evi-
dence from the detective unit.
As of 6 p.m. yesterday night,
the Ann Arbor Police Department
Detective's Bureau had not returned
the Daily's phone calls regarding the
current status of its investigation.
If the detectives don't obtain any
leads, the cause of the fire will be
ruled undetermined, but the case
will remain open.
"Undetermined fires are never
really closed out," Chamberlain
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said. "You never know when some-
one might come forward."
Chamberlain explained that in
the event that an arson case goes
undetermined, it will remain that
way until a witness or suspect
brings forth new evidence.
"Arsons are usually built on cir-
cumstantial evidence rather than
direct evidence," Chamberlain
told the Daily. "They're very diffi-
cult. We process what we have and
are waiting to see if anything new
comes up."
Chamberlain urged witnesses to
call the fire department or police
detectives unit with any additional
information they have aboutthe fire.

Tuesday, November)10, 2009 - 7
Chamberlain was quoted in an
earlier Daily article saying that fire
officials determined the blaze start-
ed on a corner of an upper floor of
the building, and very quickly had
spread through the entire structure.
Neighboring buildings including
the apartment complex University
Towers and Momo Tea sustained
minor damage as a result of the fire.
Momo Tea reopened on Friday
after damage to its kitchen forced
the business to close for some time.
University Towers was evacu-
ated during the fire for safety pur-
poses,butthe 600 displacedtenants
were allowed back intotheir homes
within a few horns

U.S. Army Sgt. Andrew Sobecky bows his head during a prayer service at First Baptist Church in Killeen, Texas on Sunday.
Fort Hood suspect acted
alone, investigators say
Officials: Despite noformal investigation was opened whether the bureau mishandled
into Hasan, they said. worrisome information gathered
being in contact with Investigative officials spoke on about Hasan beginning in Decem-
condition of anonymity because ber 2008 and continuing into early
radical imam, Hasan they were not authorized to dis- this year.

received no help
Army psychiatrist accused of the
Fort Hood massacre is believed to
have acted alone despite repeated
communications - monitored by
authorities - with a radical imam
overseas, U.S. officials said yester-
day. The FBI will conduct an inter-
nal review of its handling of the
information, they said.
An investigative official and a
Republican lawmaker said Maj.
Nidal Malik Hasan was in contact
with Anwar al-Awlaki, an imam
released from a Yemeni jail last
year, 10 to 20 times. Despite that,
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The man then said, "I am the
athletic director, I can go in,"
according to the report.
After Kahn refused to allow the
man into the area without the prop-
er credentials, the man grabbed
Kahn's identification badge and
asked to know his name. Kahn told
DPS that a University Development
Events staff member then identi-
fied the man as the athletic direc-
tor and let him into the area.
From Page 1
laid off employees in order to allo-
cate funds to other areas in need
like road upkeep, but said Ann
Arbor has not yet done this.
Nystrom said it's ultimately up
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Green, began opening statements
mid-morning by painting McGee
as a hard-working man dedicated
to furthering his education.
McGee, who holds both bache-
lor's and master's degrees from the
University, worked as a radiation
safety officer at Ford Motor Com-
pany before returning to the Uni-
versity full-time in August 2004 to
study neutron radiology. To further
his quest to become a professor,
McGee became a pre-candidate for
" the Ph.D. program.
Hartman began his assistant
professorship in fall 2007, the same
year he hired McGee. McGee was
assigned to complete the security
systems for a neutron generator in
the Naval Architecture and Marine
Engineering Building on North
Green said McGee began to
question Hartman's care for safety
when he began setting safety sys-
tem deadlines so early they couldn't
be completed in time. Hartman
would also occasionally bring his
son, a minor at the time, into the
lab to assist him, an act McGee
thought was unsafe.
Hartman caused a problem with
the laboratory's neutron generator
when he fired it up while McGee
was out of town on Nov. 6, 2007.
Green said that after the incident
McGee expressed his concerns to
two nuclear engineering and radio-
logical sciences professors, James
Holloway and John Lee.
Green said McGee observed

Hartman and another graduate
student pouring unknown chemi-
cals down the drain of a recently
installed stainless steel sink on
Feb.16, 2008. McGee had concerns
about the chemicals going down
the drain becyuse he believed it

cuss the case. Republican Rep.
Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, the
top Republican on the House
Intelligence Committee, said it
was his understanding Hasan
and the imam exchanged e-mails
that counterterrorism officials
picked up.
Hasan, awake and talking to
doctors, met his lawyer yesterday
in the Texas hospital where he
is recovering under guard from
gunshot wounds in the rampage
Thursday that left 13 people dead
and 29 injured. Officials said he
will be tried in a military court, not
a civilian one.
FBI Director Robert Mueller has
ordered an internal inquiry to see
University spokeswoman, Kelly
Cunningham, wrote in an e-mail
statement that the incident was
the result of confusion over a new
security policy and that DPS has
closed the file.
"There was a situation at the
stadium involving two University
employees and Athletic Director
Bill Martin," she wrote. "The
employees were part of a new
security process for the stadium's
guest areas and they (one each,
on two separate occasions) did
not initially allow Martin - who
was unaware of the new proce-
dure - to enter. The change caused

Based on all the investiga-
tions since the attack, including a
review of that 2008 information,
the investigators said they have
no evidence that Hasan had help
or outside orders in the shoot-
Even so, they revealed the major
had once been under scrutiny from
a joint terrorism task force because
of the series of communications
going back months. AI-Awlaki is a
former imam at a Falls Church, Va.,
mosque where Hasan and his fam-
ily occasionally worshipped, and
runs a Web site denouncing U.S.
policy - a site that praised Hasan's
alleged actions in the massacre as
unnecessary confusion and we are
working to improve the process for
future games. The employees were
satisfied with the follow up and the
matter has been resolved."
In the statement released yester-
day, Martin said that he had apolo-
gized to the two employees for the
"I have communicated with
both employees to discuss the situ-
ation and express my regret," Mar-
tin wrote. "They were just doing
their jobs."
On Oct. 21, Martin announced
he would step down as athletic
director effective Sept. 4, 2010.

"It's a time set aside for thinking
about academic and intellectual free-
dom, (which are) core values for our
campus and our education," she said.
Hamburger who specializes in
constitutional law and its history,
based yesterday's lecture on his
extensive study of First, Amend-
ment rights and censorship. ?r
Hamburger said there has been
a dramatic shift toward censorship
of scholarly work in the 21st centu-
ry. He said while Americans think
their freedoms of speech and press
are protected by the First Amend-
ment, this is not the case.
"But faculty and students,
including faculty and students right
here in Michigan, no longer have
the ability to control this freedom
because of the revival of the licens-
ing of speech and the press," Ham-
burger said.
Hamburger said the United
States is moving toward drastic
policies of press and speech censor-
ship reminiscent of those held in
the 17th century, during Galileo's
time. At that time, individuals were
AutOs AvaStvRev/Daiy
required to hold licenses to print Columbia University Prof. Philip Hamburger discusses academic censorshipyesterday.
and speak in a professional setting.
For example Shakespeare's actors work and experimentation is not altered and forbidden could per-
needed licenses to perform. only unconstitutional on many haps have saved lives."
"When you drive you need a levels and a "smorgasbord of First One of the few students in the
license. Now imagine you need the Amendment violations," but is also crowd, LSA freshman Molly Lock-
same thing for speaking or publish- greatly hindering the advancement wood, said she felt Hamburger
ing," Hamburger said. "Imagine of academic work and possibly even brought up many interesting points
you needed permission from the research breakthroughs. thatstudentsshould consider and be
government determining that you "What we really need to consider knowledgeable of when considering
are sufficient and responsible to is not the harming of subjects, but freedom of speech limitations.
speak or publish." the harming of knowledge," Ham- "(Institutionalreviewboards)and
A main focus of Hamburger's lec- burger said. free speech are important because
ture was modern licensing of free- He said institutional review we are basically the future of Ameri-
dom of speech as well as universities' boards censor tens-of thousands ca and we should know what'sgoing
use of institutional review boards. of research proposals each year, on and know what we're being lim-
He argued that these boards' despite the possibility that "some of ited to in order to fix the limitations
immense power over scholarly the research that gets abandoned, and stride forward," she said,

to the state to increase transporta-
tion funding investments. He said
the legislature could do this by
establishing gas taxes and regis-
tration fees, in addition to coming
up with new ideas like building toll
roads and forming public-private
If the state doesn't address
might lead to a storm drain, though
this proved not to be the case.
McGee said when he was assist-
ing Hartman in another professor's
laboratory later that day, Hartman
could have exposed them to Cesium
137 - a highly radioactive material.
Though the potential source of Cesi-
um was later proved to be inactive,
when McGee asked Hartman if the
source was off, Green said Hartman
responded that he was didn't know.
McGee left the room immediately.
McGee made a complaint about
Hartman's laboratory safety to the
University's Radiation Safety Ser-
vice, Green said. Two days later,
Hartman terminated McGee of all
his responsibilities in the lab.
David Masson, the attorney
representing the University, used
his opening statement to portray
McGee in a different light.
Masson said McGee's acceptance
as a pre-candidate to the Ph.D. pro-
gram in 2004 was debated at first,
with concern about a history of
incomplete grades and a GPA that
did not fit department standards.
Masson said the worsening
relationship between McGee and
Hartman was rooted in McGee's
inability to finish tasks Hartman
assigned him. Masson said Hart-
man permitted McGee to work only
10 hours per week in his position
because McGee had received an
incomplete in a winter 2005 class.
In early December 2007, Hart-
man expressed his desire not to
renew McGee's position in the
laboratory, but McGee remained in
the position for the winter semes-
ter after Hartman's colleagues per-
suaded him to keep McGee.
After McGee sent multiple
e-mails refusingto come in to work
on the generator's safety system
despite a Feb. 25 deadline, Masson
said Hartman decided the project
would best be completed without
McGee. At this point, Hartmvan

road problems soon, Nystrom said
Michigan's roads will continue to
fall apart.
"The longer our state-elected
officials wait to act on this issue,"
he said, "the further behind we
will fall in terms of the amount of
deterioration that we see on our
roads and bridges."
e-mailed McGee to tell him he was
relieved of his duties in the lab,
though he would be paid for the
rest of the semester.
Masson said Hartman was
unaware of the safety complaints
McGee had made about him at the
time of McGee's termination.
McGee began his testimony
today, speaking of the amiable rela-
tionship he had with Hartman at
the beginning of his employment.
"I appreciated him," McGee
said. "I thought we were working
well together."
But after Hartman's failed
attempt to start up the neutron
generator in November, McGee
said he began to have concerns
about Hartman's care for safety in
the laboratory.
McGee said he couldn't make
several safety deadlines because
the credit card Hartman gave him
to make necessary purchases for
the laboratory was denied multiple
McGee said he also had trouble
meeting deadlines because he
needed the fire marshal to approve
several aspects of the laboratory's
McGee said Hartman's strict
deadline demands and refusal to
schedule around McGee's final
exams was out of character for the
relationship the two men had in
the past.
"I had no idea where these
demands were coming from,"
McGee said.
Masson's cross-examination of
McGee is scheduled to take place
Six women and one man make
up the jury that will determine the
outcome of the case. Two of the
jurors are University employees.
Judge Archie Brown set the trial to
last the rest of the week, with jury
deliberations to occur either Friday
or next Monday.

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(March 21to April 19)
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matters today, especially dealing with
shared property, insurance matters and
inheritances. (This includes dealing with
other people's wealth or possessions.)
You don't have all the facts.
(April 20 to May 20)
Someone mtight deceive you or inno-
cently lead you astray today. Therefore,
avoid important decisions, because you
could be mistaken and not know it!
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on your lens. For whatever reason,
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to you. In your personal life, family
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learn or study something valuable.
Birthdate of: Demi Moore, actress;
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