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news in review
Five of the most talked-about stories of the week, ranked in ascending order of actual importance
Katie Spotz, 22, became the young-
est person in history and the first
American to row the entire Atlantic
Ocean solo. She ended her trip in
Georgetown, Guyana on Sunday
after 70 days, 5 hours and 22 min-
utes in a 19-foot rowboat.
Panic reigned after Imedi TV, a
Georgian station, broadcast a mock
report that Russia had invaded the
country on Saturday night. Intended
as political satire, the report instead
revived memories of the 2008 war
between Russia and Georgia.
Thai protesters spilled their own With the help of University lead-
blood on the gates of the Govern- ers, Ann Arbor threw its hat into
ment House in Bangkok. Protest- the ring for Google's experiment
ers are calling for elections to in high-speed fiber networks for
remove Prime Minister Vejjajiva, whole communities. Dubbed "A2
whom they believe favors the Fiber," the city will submit its of-
wealthy elite of Thailand. ficial application by March 26.
Nancy Pelosi announced she may
attempt to pass the health care bill
slated for voting this week through
"self-executing rule." The tactic
would negate the need for a vote,
though it hasn't been used on some-
thing as large as the $875 billion bill.
When doctors deliver babies, most of
them can hear the first life-affirm-
ing cries of the infants as theyenter
Dr. Philip Zazove can't.
In 1981, Dr. Philip Zazove became the third
certified deaf physician in the history of the
United States. Now a specialist in family medi-
cine at the University Hospital, he has spent
more than 30 years in the medical field.
When asked why he chose medicine, Zazove
replied, "I like to help people. I like medicine. I
like relationships with people."
But obtaining his dream job was no easy task.
Now58, Zazove was diagnosed with profound
hearing loss at age four. Though Zazove can't
pinpoint the exact moment he lost his hearing,
he recalls the frustration he felt when he couldn't
hear what his father was saying as he helped him
organize books on a shelf one day.
"I said, 'Daddy, you have to turn around so I
can see you, so I can understand you,' " Zazove
recalls. Zazove could only understand his father
by reading his lips, a task that could not be
achieved when his father's back was turned to
The Zazoves recognized something was
wrong with their son and took him to doctors
who evaluated him and diagnosed his deafness.
"They said I had a profound loss, and I would
never be educatable," Zazove said. "And I should
go to a deaf school, and I would be lucky if I got a
job as a janitor."
But because Zazove had already learned to
speak English before losing his hearing, his situ-
ation differed from children born deaf who have
never learned to speak.
Rather than placing him in a school for the
deaf, the Zazoves decided to "mainstream" their
son and educate him in public schools. Zazove
says he was the first deaf child to be main-
streamed in the northern Chicago suburbs.
But school administrators met this decision
with opposition. Every year, Zazove's teachers
would try to convince his parents to send him to
a deaf school.
"Even though I did very well the year before,
the teacherwould say, 'A deaf child? I can't have
one of those,' " Zazove said.
According to Zazove, the majority of deaf peo-
ple cannot read above a sixth grade level, while
only 13 percent graduate from college.
Yet, Zazove defied the odds and attended
Northwestern University in 1969. .
When it came time to apply for medical school,
Zazove remained optimistic.
But despite stellar grades, high medical board
scores and gushing recommendations, all 18
medical schools he applied to denied him accep-
While none of the letters openly stated that
the school would not accept him because of his
deafness, Zazove knew that was the underlying
Despite the setbacks, he didn't allow his dis-
ability to stop him.
Zazove put off medical school and remained
at Northwestern to obtain his master's degree.
When his program was finished he decided to
give medical school another shot, and this time
applied to nearly 30 schools.
During the application process, a second-year
medical student at Rutgers University - one of
the schools Zazove applied to - heard about
Zazove. The student himself had a profound
hearing loss and decided to help by setting up an
interview with representatives from Rutgers.
Today, Zazove doesn't know if that made a
difference, but Rutgers was the only school to
After two years at Rutgers, Zazove transferred
to Washington University in St. Louis, where he
met his wife, Barb Reed, who was studying pedi-
atrics at the time. She is now a physician in the
Department of Family Medicine in the Univer-
sity of Michigan Health System.
Reed emphasized what an "excellent" father
her husband is and that his hearing loss never
stopped him from caring for his daughters Katie,
now 26, and Rebecca, now 28.
The family came to Michigan in 1989. Both
Reed and Zazove got jobs at UMHS in the
Department of Family Medicine, making Zazove
the first deaf physician to work in the state of
As is the nature of family medicine, Zazove
forms close relationships with his patients and
"The thing about family medicine is taking
care of family, continuity of care and prevention
and keeping people from getting sick," Zazove
Zazove cares for about 2,500 patients at the
hospital, of which roughly 10 percent have a
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quotes of the week on the cheap
"It's unique. I think it should be used as a modelfor other Irish'for a day on very little green
people who are having similar problems."
ANN CURRY THOMPSON, the attorney representing a Detroit woman who recently
won a lawsuit over the smell of her co-worker's perfume, claiming it impaired her
breathing in the workplace.
"I deserve to be punished."
Washington Wizards' guard GILBERT ARENAS on his suspension from the team
during an interview with Esquire Magazine. Arenas's suspension came as a result of
a January 2010 incident in which he brought guns into the Wizards' locker room to
play a prank on a teammate.
"He in fact did say to me the first night, 'Falling in love with you
could really fuck up my plans for becoming President."
RIELLE HUNTER, former presidential candidate John Edwards's mistress, on
their relationship during her first interview since Edwards publicly admitted to ILLaSTRsTIOs5KAT t tEtts
the affair. D espite the abundance of green clothing people will sport in honor of St. Patrick's Day, you
tapshouldn't have to spend a lot of green to enjoy yourself on this most joyous of holidays.
Wander the streets in search of the requisite "kegs and eggs" breakfast soirees that
th s will be happening. Chances are high that tenants will be too drunk to know whether they actually
invited - or know - you, so go ahead and grab a green bagel and beer.
Given the beautiful weather we've been having, people will probably celebrate outside. Slyly
No. 257: No. 258: No. 259: bum a drink and some food off an outdoor table when no one is looking.
Don't wear black Wearing suspenders Never t h in k, ,"Don't bother spending money on St. Patty's-themed apparel or accessories. By midday, most
D ta speople will have ditched or lost their gear and you can pick it up off the sidewalk.
clothing if you're peel- at Ashley's - cool. shouldn't have eat- If partying isn't your thing, watch the perennial classic St. Patrick's Day film, "Leprechaun."
ing from a spring break Wearing suspenders en that third grilled Who doesn't lovea horror movie based on the theft of an Irish pot of gold?
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sunburn. Dead skin at Rick's -- weird. cheese last night."
flakes are not sexy. No regrets. - ALLIE WHITE
by the numbers COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK TIMES
Million dollars spent by the South African Number of the total 64 World Cup games that Number of public schools bulldozed to make
government to build the main World Cup ' will actually be played in the Nelspruit stadium space for the stadium and other World Cup
stadium in Nelspruit, South Africa this summer amenities