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Bodies preserved in plastic

Tucked away on the third
floor of the Medical Science II
building sits a supply of painted
skulls and silicone-hardened
The Plastination Lab, which
houses bodies preserved in plas-
tic, features shelves full of plas-
tinated body parts and gurneys
covered with white sheets pok-
ing out of different rooms.
Plastination is the preserva-
tion process by which water and
fat are replaced by certain types
of plastics.
Ameed Raoof, the lab's direc-
tor, said the lab gives medical
and dental students the chance
to learn how to perform various
procedures before operating on
a live human being.
"It provides plastinated
human anatomical specimens to
facilitate anatomical teaching

to medical, dental, undergrads
and residents," he said.
The lab receives about 10
to 20 donated bodies per year,
Raoof said. Once the body is
plastinated, it is preserved per-
manently, though donor fami-
lies can request the body to be
The plastination process can
take as little as two weeks for
only one organ, but it can take
up to six weeks to plastinate an
entire body.
To start the plastination pro-
cess, the body is first immersed
in acetone and then water is
removed from the body, Raoof
The body is then placed in a
silicone tank, which also serves
as a vacuum chamber. The ace-
tone bubbles out as a result of
a pressure change and the sili-

cone is absorbed.
The tissue is then removed
and replaced with a catalyst,
which in turn, hardens the
The lab was created and
functions solely for educational
"The three-dimensional
aspect makes anatomy much
easier to learn," Raoof said.
University and high school
students are welcome to come
to the lab, but Raoof said he
recommends they make an
appointment first.
The lab is staffed by two fac-
ulty members as well as 10 to 15
medical, dental and undergrad-
uate students who help dissect,
prepare specimens and conduct
research, he said.

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WHERE: 1600 East Medical
WHEN: Sunday at about 7:05
WHAT: A caller reported that
an unknown subject poured
bleach on her car, University
Police reported. The car's paint
was damaged.

Dig HoUse

WHERE: Stadium Gate 4
WHEN: Saturday at about
11:35 a.m.
WHAT: A man was issued a
ticket for bringing alcohol into
the Big House during Satur-
day's football game, Univer-
sity Police reported. He was
thrown out of the stadium.

Wallet stolen
from Bursley Another wallet

Arts and
crafts night
WHAT: A free night of arts
and crafts with projects
including scarf decorat-
ing, jewelry making and
pumpkin painting.
WHO: University Unions
Arts & Programs
WHEN: Tonight from
8 p.m. to11 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan
Union, Mug Room
E-mail and
RSS workshop
WHAT: A hands-on
workshop that teaches
students how to sync schol-
ary research collected from
library resources with e-mail
alert services and RSS feeds.
WHO: Teaching and Tech-
nology Collaborative
WHEN: Today from
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Grad Library

WHERE: Bursley Residence Hall
WHEN: Sunday at about 10:40
WHAT:A student reported
his wallet stolen from his resi-
dence hall room, University
Police reported. There was no
evidence of a break-in. There
are no suspects.

WHERE: Medical Science Unit I
WHEN:Friday atabout10:40 a.m.
WHAT: A student reported
that her wallet was stolen from
an unattended desk, Univer-
sity Police reported. There are
no suspects.

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Hebrew lessons
An Oakland, Calif transit
WHAT:A class for students passenger was charged with
who know howsto decode 1 battery after a police officer
Hebrew but aren't familiar, pushed him into a glass window
with grammar and vocabulary. during an arrest, CNN reported.
WHO: Hillel A video captured the officer forc-
WHEN: Tonight ing the intoxicated passenger
from 7 to 8 p.m. into the window, which then
WHERE: Hillel shattered, injuring both men.


Forty-one universities
have biases that could
potentially corrupt
research, according to a recent
Department of Health and
Human Services report.
The New York City
DepartmentofHealth and
Mental Hygiene reported
that .00143% of the city's pop-
ulation was vaccinated against
HlNI this weekend, The Asso-
ciated Press reported. Despite
reportedly high demand and
turnout, weekend totals were
just 11,486 people.

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Corruption trial wrapping
up for ex-NY politician

Election massacre in the
Philippines leaves 24 killede

Jury will decide on
Senate Republican
leader Joseph Bruno
tion case of former New York Senate
Republican leader Joseph Bruno has
gone to the jury, which will decide
whether he used his power to line
his pockets and deprive New York-
ers of honest government.
U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe
instructed jurors late yesterday on
the eight fraud counts, saying they
must determine whether or not
Bruno schemed to defraud New
Yorkers and misrepresented or con-
cealed his sideline business dealings.
Deliberationsbegin today.

Prosecutors allege the longtime
Senate GOP majority leader - once
a top power broker in New York -
used his state influence to enrich
himself by $3.2 million over 13
years. He solicited union pension
fund business for two investment
companies and helped three private
businessmen with technology and
construction businesses who paid
him as a consultant.
"Conflicts of interest resulted
from a scheme by Senator Bruno to
exploit his position for his personal
compensation and enrichment,"
Assistant U.S. Attorney William
Pericak said in closing arguments
yesterday. "He was one of the three
most powerful men in New York
state. He knew that everyone knew
that. They knew he had the power to

make things happen in New York."
Pericak argued that Bruno was
required to clearly and publicly
disclose his business interests and
associates, who benefited from posi-
tions Bruno took on legislation and
"Probably much of what he did
was good," the prosecutor said. But
he added that the public has a right
to a public official's disinterested
decision-making or else full knowl-
edge of his conflicts of interest.
Bruno, 80, retired last year after
32 years in the Senate and more
than 13 years as the leader of its
Republican majority. Like most of
the state's legislators, who are con-
sidered part time and earn at least
$79,500 annually, he had other

Gunman ambushes
caravan of political
supporters, journalists
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -
Gunmen ambushed a caravan of
political supporters and journalists
on their way to file election papers,
killing at least 24 people in a mas-
sacre considered shocking even
for a region notorious for violence
between rival clans.
The National Union of Journalists
of the Philippines said at least10 local
reporters were part of yesterday's
convoy, but police spokesman Leon-
ardo Espina said today that authori-
ties had identified the remains of only
one so far.
Their newspapers and radio sta-
tions have not been able to reach
any of the journalists, raising fears
that they were killed. If confirmed, it
would be the "largest single massacre
of journalists ever," according to Par-

is-based Reporters Without Borders.
"Covering the news has always
been dangerous in the Philippines,
but the wanton killing of so many
people makes this an assault on the
very fabric of the country's democ-
racy," said Bob Dietz, Asia program
coordinator for the Committee to
Protect Journalists in New York.
The president's office termed yes-
terday's attackthe worstpolitical vio-
lence in recent history. Many among
the 24 dead were women, including
two lawyers, Espinasaid.
Police said the convoy of 40people
was going to register Ismael Mangu-
dadatu to run for provincial governor
when they were stoppedby some 100
gunmen andtakento aremote moun-
tainous area.
Soldiers and police later found 21
bodies, includingthose of Manguda-
datu's wife, Genalyn, and his two sis-
ters, sprawled on the ground or shot
in their vehicles about three miles
(five kilometers) from where they
were ambushed, military spokesman

Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner said.
Mangudadatu, deputy mayor of
the town of Buluan and a fierce politi-
cal rival of the current governor
Maguindanao province, said his wi Pe
called him by mobile phone shortly
before she and her entourage were
"She said ... they were stopped by
100uniformed armed men...thenher
line gotcut off," he said.
The five vans being used by the
group were found abandoned. The
16 people who were missing, Brawner
said, adding that troops were looking
for more bodiesin areas that appeared
to have been recently dugup.
A backhoe was apparently used
to bury the bodies, said army com-
mander Lt. Col. Rolando Nerona.
While candidates are typically
part of the festive caravans that
travel to file election papers, Ma
gudadatu had sent his family an
supporters blecause he had received
death threats.


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