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LEFT Cadence Dance Company performs at the Mendelson Theatre on Saturday. The modern dance group performed pieces set to MGMT and The Beatles. (MIA MARINO/Daily) TOP
MIDDLE Jeremy Raiford, a campus DPS officer, on a recent patrol. (SAM WOLSON/Daily) TOP RIGHT Engineering senior Jerome Singleton prepares to run in the indoor track and field
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Cash, cologne Money taken
CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Folk festival Master's piano
taken from room
WHEN: Wednesday around 7
WHERE: East Quad
WHAT: A, student reported
$300 and expensive cologne
stolen from his suitcase, which
was in his locked dorm room,
University police reported.
There are no suspects.
Drunk on 'U' bus
cited for an MIP
WHEN: Yesterday around 1
WHERE: Aboard a University
WHAT: An t8-year-old male
student was intoxicated on the
bus and taken to the emergen-
cy room by an ambulance, Uni-
versity police reported. He was
cited for an MIP.
WHEN: Wednesday around
WHERE: University Hospital
WHAT: $50 was stolen from
an unattended purse at an
unknown date or time, Univer-
sity police reported.
Van hits flashing
WHEN: Wednesday around
WHERE: University Hospital
WHAT: A van struck a flash-
ing road crosswalk signal,
University police reported.
The Ann Arbor Police Depart-
ment was notified to make the
repairs, estimated to be about
WHAT: The 33rd annual recital
folk festival will kick off its
first night with performanc- WHAT: Smit
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Band of Heathens, Hoots WHO: Cahill
& Hellmouth, Po' Girl, Jer WHEN: 8 p.m
Coons, Nervous But Excited WHERE: E.V
and Patty Larkin, MC. ing
WHO: Michigan Union
Ticket Office, The Ark
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. CORRECTIONS
WHERE: Hill Auditorium A
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1. Moore Build-
An man in Austrailia was
pulled over for blowing his
nose while driving, news.
com.au reported. The police
officer told him that he did
not have control of the vehicle.
He refused to pay the fine and
plans on taking the ticket to
In 2008, Michigan spent
22 percent of its budget
on the corrections sys-
tem, according to the National
Institute of Corrections, mak-
ing it one of five states that
spends more money on correc-
tions than higher education.
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ing a bronze statue of
Vladimir Lenin beause it -
has become too expensive to
keep up the maintenance on
it, Yahoo! reported. The buyer
must be able to pay for repairs
to the statue.
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No manslaughter defense in abortion doctor's murder
After hearing from
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The
judge in the trial of a man accused
of murdering an abortion doctor
dealt the defense a major setback
Thursday, ruling that the jury can-
not consider a lesser charge of man-
The ruling came hours after
Scott Roeder took the stand in his
own defense and admitted killing
Dr. George Tiller, saying he acted
to save the lives of unborn children.
Roeder's attorneys had hoped to
win a lesser conviction of voluntary
manslaughter, which requires them
to show their client had an unrea-
sonable but honest belief that dead-
ly force was justified. The charge
carries a considerably lighter sen-
tence than murder.
Roeder testified that he consid-
ered elaborate schemes to stop the
doctor, including chopping off his
hands, crashing a car into him or
sneaking into his home to kill him.
But in the end, Roeder told
jurors, the easiest way was to walk
into Tiller's church, put aguntothe
man's forehead and pull the trigger.
. Testifying as the lone defense
witness, Roeder calmly explained
what he admitted publicly months
ago - that he killed Tiller to save
"Those children were in imme-
diate danger if someone did not
stop George Tiller," Roeder said
as the jury watched attentively but
without a hint of surprise.
"They were going to continue
to die," he said. "The babies were
going to continue to die."
Roeder has pleaded not guilty to
murder in the attack at the Wichita
church where Tiller was an usher.
Witnesses have described how
Roeder walked into the building's
foyer on May 31 shortly after the
service started, approached Tiller
and fired asingle shot before fleeing.
After Roeder's testimony, Dis-
trict Judge Warren Wilbert ruled
that the jury would not be permit-
ted to consider the manslaughter
charge because abortion, including
late-term abortion, is legal in Kan-
sas and because Tiller did not pose
an imminent threat.
"There is no immediate dan-
ger in the back of a church," the
judge said. He also ruled out a
second-degree murder conviction,
which does not involve premedita-
tion, because it was clear Roeder
planned the killing.
"It would be hard for a reason-
able fact-finder to find anything
other than the defendant formulat-
ing his belief and then planning on
multiple occasions ... to carry out
his intention to (kill) Dr. Tiller."
In a November interview with
The Associated Press, Roeder pub-
licly confessed to shooting Tiller,
who was one of the few doctors in
the country who performed late-
Roeder, 51, of Kansas City, Mo.,
said he considered other ways of
killing Tiller, including driving his
car into Tiller's or shooting him
with a shotgun. But he said he was
concerned those approaches could
"I did what I thought was needed
to be done to protect the children,"
Roeder said. "I shot him."
He testified that he wrapped the
.22-caliber handgun in a piece of
cloth and buried it in a rural area.
The weapon has not been recovered.
Prosecutors were careful during
the first few days of testimony to
avoid the subject of abortion and to
focus on the specifics of the shoot-
ing. The judge said he did not want
the trial to become a debate on
abortion, but he said he would give
Roeder a great deal of "latitude"
when discussinghis beliefs because
they were integral to his defense.
Throughout his questioning,
Roeder appeared calm and col-
lected, waiting quietly each time
prosecutors objected to something
he said about medical procedures
or late-term abortions, which the
judge forbade him from testifying
When asked, for example, to
detail the types of abortion proce-
dures he was familiar with, Roeder
answered "four or five" and then
listed them. In one instance, he
described a procedure as the fetus
being "torn limb from limb" - a
characterization that prompted a
quick objection from prosecutor
During a lengthy cross examina-
tion, Foulston tried to keep Roeder's
responses to "yes" or "no." At one
point, Roeder acknowledged that
he had been thinking about killing
abortion providers since the 1990s,
and had considered using a sword
to chop off Tiller's hands or killing
him at his home.
Roeder testified though that he
thought chopping off Tiller's hands
was not a good solution because
Tiller would still be able to train
people. He said Tiller's home was
not a good location because it was
in a gated community and difficult
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