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Friday, September 24, 2010 - 3A
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speaks out on her
Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin
is speaking out on the beating her
adult son took from three men at a
Detroit gas station.
Franklin said in a statement
yesterday through a public rela-
tions firm that Eddie Franklin
underwent surgery after arriving
at a hospital emergency room early
Tuesday morning. She said his jaw
was wired shut.
Franklin also said her son's girl-
friend gave her the wrong location
of Monday night's attack.
Police said Eddie Franklin, who
is in his 50s, was driven to the hos-
pital by a female acquaintance. He
gave officers a written statement
The attack originally was report-
ed by Gwendolyn Quinn, who at the
time was Franklin's spokeswoman.
Franklin calls Quinn's GQ Media
and Public Relations Inc. her "for-
mer publicist" in Thursday's state-
Four shot to death
in Seattle home
Police found four people fatally
shot in a Seattle home yesterday
after neighbors reported gunfire
and a wounded woman ran into
the front yard telling officers, "My
mom's gone crazy."
Officers responded to a report
of gunshots at about 1:30 p.m. and
could still hear shots being fired
from the house when they arrived,
police spokesman Sean Whitcomb
Police said that while they were
arriving, a man in his 50s ran into
the house. Two more shots were
fired and he ran back out, telling
officers his wife had shot herself.
When police were able to go
inside, they found the four dead,
including a woman in her 50s they
believe was the shooter, Whitcomb
He said police don't believe any-
one else was involved.
In addition to the older woman,
the dead were two women in their
late teens and a man in his 30s,
police said. Their relationships
were not immediately known.
Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel
told Seattlepi.com a 42-year-old
wounded woman - who fled the
house and is expected to survive -
was able to speak to officers when
kidnapping of five
Al-Qaida's North Africa branch
has claimed responsibility for kid-
napping five French nationals near a
uranium mine deep in the desert of
the African nation of Niger, an audio
message broadcast yesterday said.
In the recording broadcast by the
Arabic news channel al-Jazeera,
a voice claiming to represent al-
Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb said
the group would issue its demands
to the French government shortly.
"It was not a real surprise to
learn that al-Qaida was at the ori-
gin" of the kidnapping, French
Foreign Minister Bernard Kouch-
ner told journalists at the United
Nations in New York. "Now that
it's certain, we will continue - the
French, their allies, Israel - to put
every effort into obtaining their
Woman fends off
bear with zucchini
A Montana woman fended off a
bear trying to muscle its way into
her home yesterday by pelting the
animal with a large piece of zuc-
chini from her garden.
The woman suffered minor
scratches and one of her dogs was
wounded after tussling with the
The attack happened just after
midnight when the woman let her
three dogs into the backyard for
their nighttime ritual before she
headed to bed, Missoula County
Sheriff's Lt. Rich Maricelli said.
Authorities believe the black bear
was just 25 yards away, eating
apples from a tree.
Two of the dogs sensed the bear,
began barking and ran away, Mari-
celli said. The third dog, a 12-year-
old collie that wasn't very mobile,
* remained close to the woman as she
stood in the doorway of the home
near Frenchtown in western Mon-
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports.
After spil, oil
to flow through
HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AP
Members of the United States delegation to the United Nation listen yesterday as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
addresses the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters.
U.S. delegation leaves
Two months later,
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP)
- Oil should resume flowing early
Monday through an underground
pipe that ruptured nearly two
months ago and spilled at least
820,000 gallons of crude oil into a
southern Michigan waterway, the
pipeline owner said yesterday.
Enbridge Inc. CEO Patrick Dan-
iel said the operation will begin in
the morning unless government
regulators object. The company's
restart plan won approval Wednes-
day from the federal Pipeline
and Hazardous Materials Safety
Enbridge's line 6b - which
runs from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia,
Ontario - has been out of service
since the leak was detected July
26. When the flow resumes, pres-
sure in the 286-mile-long pipe will
be 20 percent below normal, Dan-
"It is very significant to get this
line back into service ... safely," he
said, adding that the company will
notify the public and emergency
response agencies in the area over
the next two days.
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a
Michigan Democrat, said she was
concerned about going ahead with
the plan before the government
investigation ofthe spillis finished.
"Restarting the pipeline with-
out fully knowing the cause of the
rupture will put families and com-
munities across Michigan at risk,"
PHMSA said the restart will be
monitored by an independent third
party. Enbridge alsowill haveto fix
numerous defects in the line and
replace a dented section running
beneath the St. Clair River within
Daniel said those requirements
will be met, and the new 3,800-
foot segment under the St. Clair
should be installed and operating
Enbridge, based in Calgary,
Alberta, also will meet a Monday
deadline set by the U.S. Environ-
mental Protection Agency for
completing the initial cleanup of
the Kalamazoo River and nearby
creeks and shorelines, Daniel
Yesterday, the EPA ordered the
has been found beneath the water's
surface - and contaminated sedi-
ments - by Oct. 31. Other measures
to restore the area to its pre-spill
condition will continue into next
year, said Mark Durno, the EPA's
deputy incident commander.
Some plants along the Kalama-
zoo River will die this winter, said
Mike Masterson, a section chief
with the Michigan Department of
Natural Resources and Environ-
ment. Experts will decide next
spring where additional vegetation
is needed, he said.
Enbridge also must submit a
report on potential damage to
drinking water supplies and take
samples from wells within 200
feet of affected waterways, said
Susan Hedman, the EPA's regional
Some oil in sensitive areas may
be left to deteriorate naturally if
removing it would cause additional
damage, Hedman said.
About 11 million gallons of oily
water have been removed from
the river and creeks, and about
700,000 gallons of oil has been
recovered through a separation
process, Daniel said.
staged 9/11 attacks
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -
The U.S. delegation walked out of
the U.N. speech of Iranian Presi-
dent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
yesterday after he said some in the
world have speculated that Amer-
icans were behind the Sept.11 ter-
ror attacks, staged in an attemptto
assure Israel's survival.
He did not explain the logic of
that statement that was made as
he attacked the U.S. wars in Iraq
Ahmadinejad has called for the
destruction of Israel and is deeply
at odds with the United States and
European allies over its nuclear
program and suspicions that it is
designed to produce an atomic
bomb. Iran says it is only working
on technology for electricity gen-
The U.S. delegation left the
hall after Ahmadinejad said there
were three theories about the
Sept.11, 2001 attacks:
-That "powerful and complex
terrorist group" penetrated U.S.
intelligence and defenses.
-"That some segments within
the U.S. government orchestrated
the attack to reverse the declining
American economy and its grips
on the Middle East in order also
to save the Zionist regime. The
majority of the American people
as well asother nations and politi-
cians agree with this view."
The Americans stood and
walked out without listening to
the third theory, that the attack
was the work of"a terrorist group
but the American government
supported and took advantage of
Mark Kornblau, spokesman
of the U.S. Mission to the world
body, issued a statement within
moments of Ahmadinejad's attack.
"Rather than representing the
aspirations and goodwill of the
Iranian people," he said, "Mr.
Ahmadinejad has yet again cho-
sen to spout vile conspiracy theo-
ries and anti-Semitic slurs that
are as abhorrent and delusional as
they are predictable."
Ahmadinejad, who has in the
past cast doubt over the U.S. ver-
sion of the Sept. 11 attacks, called
for establishment of an indepen-
dent fact-finding U.N. body to
probe the attacks and stop it from
turning into another sacred issue
where "expressing opinion about
it won't be banned".
He said the U.S. used the
attacks as a pretext to invade
Afghanistan and Iraq that led to
the killing of hundreds of thou-
sands of people, saying the U.S.
should have "designed a logical
plan" to punish the perpetrators '
while not sheding so much blood.
Ahmadinejad boasted of the
capture in February of Abdulmalik
Rigi, the leader of an armed Sunni
group whose insurgency in the
southeast of Iran has destabilized
the border region with Pakistan.
He said authorities did not resort to
violence, but captured the suspect
after trailing his movements in an
operation by Iranian secret agents.
Rigi was later hanged.
The Iranian leader spoke of
threats to burn the Quran by a
small American church in Florida
to mark the anniversary of the
Sept. 11 terror attacks. Although
that church backed down, several
copycat burnings were posted on
the Internet and broadcast in the
"Very recently the world wit-
nessed the ugly and inhumane
act of burning the holy Quran,"
He briefly touch on the four sets
of sanctions imposed on his coun-
try by the United Nations over
Tehran's refusal stop enriching
uranium and to prove Iran is not
trying to build an atomic bomb.
Some members of the Security
Council have "equated nuclear
energy with nuclear bombs,"
He accused the United States
of building up its nuclear arsenal
instead of dismantling it and reit-
erated his call for a nuclear-free
"The nuclear bomb is the
worst inhumane weapon which
must totally be eliminated. The
NPT (Nonproliferation Treaty)
prohibits its development and
stockpiling and calls for nuclear
disarmament," the Iranian presi-
Ahmadinejad hinted that Iran
is ready for talks on its nuclear
program provided they are based
on "justice and respect", suggest-
ing that the U.S. and its allies must
stop pressuring Iran through
sanctions before Tehran will sit at
the negotiating table.
Peace Corps events'
timing with theme
semester 'a lucky
accident,' officials say
Chicago awaits Emanuel's
decision on mayoral race
White House chief
of staff is rumored
to be mulling bid
CHICAGO (AP) - The phones
are ringing. Signatures are being
gathered. Groups are vetting who
to support. If White House chief
of staff Rahm Emanuel is going
to launch his expected campaign
for mayor of Chicago, the clock is
ticking on getting started.
Prospective candidates are
lining up support around town,
reaching out to business leaders,
union officials, activists and oth-
ers. Unlike Emanuel, who has
not been seen in Chicago since
Mayor Richard Daley announced
he would not seek re-election and
even canceled a trip to the city,
some already are showing up at
local events and drawing voters
into their corners.
"I met with business leaders, I
met with labor leaders, religious
leaders, an individual who is a
representative of the gay commu-
nity," said James Meeks, a state
senator and one of the Chicago's
leading black clergymen, who is
gathering signatures and widely
expected to run.
And, he said, "It has reached
the point where I've talked to a
group of people who can write
some fairly large checks."
Even if Emanuel decides to
run, it's not clear whether he
would leave President Barack
Obama's administration before
the Nov. 2 midterm elections.
Playing wait and see now could
find him playing catch-up later.
While Emanuel has clearly
been working the phones and
meeting with Chicago politicians
in Washington - and imme-
diately would be considered a
heavyweight if he entered the
race - his absence from the city is
only highlighted by other actions
by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart
Dart will enter the race,
according to people close to him,
and this week alone he's doing
something other candidates,
particularly Emanuel, cannot:
Making news for doing his job in
Chicago. He's touted an arrest by
his office of someone suspected of
bilking a mentally disabled man
out of tens of thousands of dollars
and issued a news release about
a new partnership with federal
agents to prevent abuse and theft
of prescription drugs.
Chicago Alderman Bob Fio-
retti, another possible candidate,
attended a recent protest march
by Chicago police who are angry
at their boss, Superintendent
Jody Weis. Fioretti told officers
he supports them and believes, as
they do, Weis should be replaced;
he mentioned that his supporters
were collecting petition signa-
Mayoral candidates need
12,500 valid signatures to get
on February's ballot. And Dick
Simpson, a University of Illinois
at Chicago political scientist and
a former alderman, said that
actually means collecting about
30,000 to ensure a spot once any
number of signatures are thrown
out for one reason or another.
That takes people working the
streets. While Meeks and Dart
and others are seen by analysts as
able to reach that number, Simp-
son said he is not sure Emanuel,
with no apparent army of volun-
teers at his disposal, can do the
"My sense is Rahm won't be
able to pull it together," Simp-
son said. But, he said, "If he does
enter the race soon and uses the
money he has he could hire the
people (to collect signatures)."
Some black and Latino candi-
dates mulling a run are preparing
for interviews with a coalition
of black and Latino clergymen,
union leaders, elected officials
and others who are holding what
amounts to their own mini pri-
mary to determine a single candi-
date to support.
City Clerk Miguel del Valle has
announced his run and released
a television ad, while U.S. Rep.
Luis Gutierrez has been gather-
ing signatures for support in Chi-
cago's heavily-Mexican enclaves.
Former U.S. Sen. Carol Mose-
ley Braun, who announced this
week she was considering a run,
is making her own rounds of the
But to some, including U.S.
Rep. Danny Davis, the interviews
are the whole ball game.
"If I'm chosen then I'm a can-
didate," he said. "If (they) choose
someone else, I will support who-
ever they choose."
Meeks said he doesn't know
whether he also would drop out
without that group's support,
but he may be a front-runner to
win it after finishing first last
week among 16 candidates in a
straw poll of 100 ministers, most
from black churches on the city's
South and West sides.
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selves," he continued. "There's
probablya huge variety of answers,
but you're not going to have an
answer unless you engage the
question. Our goal ... is to raise
the question, to legitimize discus-
sion of it, because if you can't do it
on a university campus, where are
you going to raise that question?
Where are you going to discuss it
l an open way?"
The co-organizers added that at
the University today, students are
often more worried about prepar-
ing for future careers than they are
about learning for learning's sake.
Chamberlin and Peterson both
said they hope the theme semester
will help change this mindset.
"In these economic times, stu-
dents are especially concerned
about, 'How am I going to prepare
for a career?' and sometimes that
takes them towards pre-profes-
sional thinking and, perhaps, away
from a general question of what
makes life worth living," Peterson
said. "I think in the modern uni-
versity, disciplinary specialization
increasingly leaves attention to
these questions to others."
Peterson used a metaphor to
describe the focus on pre-profes-
"It's easy to miss the forest for
the trees," he said. "The forest is
what makes life worth living. Why
are we trying to get good grades?
Why are we trying to get jobs?
We just want to have a discussion
going, and I think it's starting."
Most of the theme semester
events, Peterson said, are being
organized by other departments
and are just being co-sponsored by
the theme semester. This means
there will be a wide array of events
to appeal to individuals with vary-
Some of the theme's signature
events will revolve around the Uni-
versity's celebration of the Peace
Corps's 50th anniversary, from
When then-Senator John F.
Kennedy was runningfor president
in 1960, he made an impromptu
late-night speech to a crowd gath-
ered on the steps of the Michigan
Union. In that speech, Kennedy
first announced his intentions to
create an organization for interna-
tional service - later to be named
the Peace Corps.
Chamberlin said it was a tre-
mendous coincidence that this
particular theme semester so
appropriately coincides with the
Peace Corps celebration.
"That was a lucky accident for
us," he said. "Sometime after we
said, 'Let's do this!' we realized the
Peace Corps celebration was going
to happen. It's the perfect event to
have duringthe theme semester."
Chamberlin continued, "Michi-
gan has sent several thousand peo-
ple into the Peace Corps. It's been
an important way in which liberal
arts graduates, in many cases, go
out and find themselves in the
A full listing of theme semes-
ter events can be found at the
theme semester website, www.
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