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In Other Ivory Towers Michigan Myths
LEFT eTB Cantina held a burrito
eating contest last Friday. The
first-place winner received a $100
gift card to BTB and the second-
place winner received a $50 gift
card. (ANNA SCHULTE/Daily)
TOP RIGHT LSA senior Sam Billet-
deaux DJs in his home on Wednes-
day as a dog listens to his jams.
TOM RIGHT: Denard Robinson
celebrates by knealing in the end
zone after a touch down during last
weekend's game against Bowling
Green. The game was held in thei
Big House, and the Wolverines
won 65-21. (ARIEL BOND/Daily)
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Leaky laboratory Shades, shoulder Human rights Japanese film Scientists have discovered
1a new planelt coiled Gliese
soaks laser bag swiped lecture screening a ne cha is 20 light-yes
581g that is 20 light-years
WHERE: 2200 Bonisteel WHERE: Smith Law Library WHAT: Human rights WHAT: A Japanese movie away, Discovery Newstreported.
WHEN: Wednesday at about WHEN: Wednesday at about expert Josd Zalaquett will about a dying man who The planet is the right size and
2:40 p.m. 6:40 p.m. discuss accountability for learns how "to live," or ikiru. in the right location to sustain
WHAT: A water leak in a roof WHAT: A shoulder bag and human rights abuses. WHO: Center for life. Scientists do not currently
damaged a laboratory laser, sunglasses worth $200 were WHO: International Japanese Studies have the technology to study the
University Police reported. It stolen from the office of a Uni- Policy Center WHEN: Tonight from atmosphere for signs of life.
is unknown how much it will versity staff member, Univer- WHEN: Today from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
cost to repair the laser. sity Police reported. 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Lorch Hall

Thief steals
hospital food
WHERE: University Cancer
WHEN: Wednesday at about
6:40 p.m.
WHAT: $100 worth of patient
food was stolen from the Can-
cer Center, University Police
reported. There are currently
no suspects.

WHERE: South Quadrangle
Residence Hall
WHEN: Thursday at about
2:10 a.m.
WHAT: The windshield of a
vehicle parked in the loading
dock was damaged, University
Police reported. The vehicle
also had scratches on its side.

WHERE: Wetil10011 Indiana University's foot-
. ball team has the best pass
Big House, Big offense in the Big Ten,
Symphony Heawhile Michigan has the worst
Se rpass defense.
band concert vs FOR MORE, SEESPORTS, PAGE SA

WHAT: The University
Symphony Band will per-
form pieces that explore
human connections and
mythological characters.
There will be a pre-concert
discussion at 7:15 p.m.
with composers Ricardo
Lorenz and John Mackey.
WHO: 'U' Symphony Band
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Hill Auditorium

WHAT: A SK race that
runs through campus
and will start and fin-
ish at the Big House.
WHO: Recreation Sports
WHEN: Sunday at 8 a.m.
WHERE: Michigan Stadium
. Please report any
error in the Daily to

In a study performed off
the coast of Costa Rica,
scientists found that Bot-
tlenose and Guyana dolphins,
two distantly-related species,
change the way they commu-
nicate and use a common lan-
guage when they are together,
the BBC reported.

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Cox: Charges will not be filed against FBI agents.

Agents shot an imam
20 times, killing him
in a raid last year
DETROIT (AP) - Michigan's
attorney general said yesterday
that he won't file criminal charg-
es against FBI agents who shot a
Detroit mosque leader 20 times,
killing him during a raid last year
on a suburban warehouse.
It is "undisputed" that Luq-
man Ameen Abdullah fired at
agents, resisted arrest and rejected
demands to surrender, Attorney
General Mike Cox said.
"Under Michigan law, law
enforcement agents are justified in
using deadly force in these types of
situations, and therefore we found
no crimes," Cox said in a written

Some leaders in the local Mus-
lim community have questioned
whether the agents used excessive
force. Besides being shot 20 times,
Abdullah had wounds that an inde-
pendent forensic pathologist said
were caused by an FBI dog killed
during the raid last October.
Some have speculated that
Abdullah may have fired his gun
whiletryingto defend himself from
the dog. Indeed, Cox's report said
agents deployed the dog after the
suspect failed to show his hands
while on his stomach onthe ground.
The dog began biting Abdullah,
who rolled over, revealed a gun and
fired at the dog and at agents, the
report said.
Four agents returned fire and
Abdullah was killed, the report
"It is clear that the agents acted
in self-defense and/or in defense of

others," the report said. "The facts
show Abdullah making a series of
decisions that resulted in the use of
deadly force againsthipn - and ulti-
mately his death.
"None of Abdullah's followers
who complied with the ... com-
mands were injured in any way,"the
report said, referring to four others
detained after the raid.
The head of the FBI in Detroit,
Andrew Arena, said the report
"accurately reflects what happened
that day."
"There were five people in the
warehouse. Four people came out
without a scratch on them," Arena
said in an interview. "I would
encourage people to read the
Abdullah's widow, Amina Abdul-
lah, said she was saddened to hear
that no state charges will be filed.
"That's for real? Wow," she said.

"I can'teventalk. I can't evenwalk."
I The FBI has described her hus-
band as a leader of a radical Sunni
groupthatwants to create antIslam-
ic state within the U.S. Authorities
say Abdullah preached hate for the
government and encouraged his
followers to commit violence, espe-
cially against police and federal
He told an FBI informant that if
the government messed with him,
"it will be straight up war," accord-
ing to a court document. Abdullah's
family, however, has denied that he
was anti-government.
There were 66 agents involved
in the stolen-goods sting opera-
tion, including 29 secretly inside
the warehouse before Abdullah
and allies arrived that day, accord-
ing to the attorney general's report.
Agents rehearsed the bust three

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said yesterday that he won't file criminal charges
against FBI agents who shot Detroit Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah 20 times.

Calif. GOP gov. candidate
called out for illegal maid

Whitman accused
of employing illegal
- Meg Whitman's campaign for
governor was thrown into turmoil
yesterday as the Republican sought
to fend off new evidence that she
knowingly had an illegal immigrant
housekeeper on her payroll for
nearly a decade.
Whitman denounced the allega-
tions as a "baseless smear attack"by
Democratic challenger Jerry Brown
in what has become a dead-heat
race five weeks before the election.
She says she fired the $23-an-hour
housekeeper last year immediately
after learning she was illegal.
The immigration dispute has
upended a contest that until now
been focused on serious issues such
as job creation, state spending and
education in a state with a $19 bil-
lion deficit and 12.4 percent unem-
Now, the focus is on whether
the billionaire GOP nominee for
governor will take a polygraph tet

to respond to allegations brought
by a celebrity-seeking attorney
and her mysterious housekeeper
Revelations about the illegal.
housekeeper have also thrown
Whitman's carefully managed
campaign completely off track and
opened the door for Democrats to
accuse her of hypocrisy.
The former eBay chief execu-
tive has called for tougher sanc-
tions against employers who hire
illegal workers, and the fact that
she employed an illegal immigrant
maid from Mexico for nine years
could undermine her credibility.
She has also spent millions courting
Latino voters, who could play a key
role in determining the outcome of
the race.
A letter sent to Whitman from
the Social Security Administration
in 2003 has emerged as a crucial
element in the dispute. The letter
warned Whitman that there were
discrepancies in housekeeper Nicky
Diaz Santillan's payroll documents,
a possible tip-off that she could be
Whitman said she never got the
letter and suggeste(V the former

maid mighthave intercepted it since
she was in charge of the mail at the
family's Silicon Valley mansion.
The housekeeper and lawyer
Gloria Allred later produced a copy
of the letter that they say shows
Whitman's husband, Dr. Griffith
Harsh III, partially filled it out and
told the housekeeper to "check on
Allred said the housekeeper rec-
ognized the writing as belonging
to Whitman's husband, and a hand-
writing specialist may be brought in
to analyze her husband's penman-
ship. She claims it could prove that
Whitman and her husband knew
years earlier that Diaz Santillan
might be illegal.
In a statement released by the
campaign, Harsh said he did not
recall receiving the letter, although
it's possible he scratched out the
note asking Diaz Santillan to fol-
low-up. He noted, however, that the
letter does not say Diaz Santillan is
illegal, it merely asks for more infor-
"The essential fact remains the
same, neither Meg nor I believed
there was a problem with Nicky's
legal status," the husband said.

From Page1
and the University's programs is
the result of activism surrounding
the issue.
"This seems to be a much stron-
ger grassroots concern, especially
amongst young people, for what
the future holds for them and the
globe they live in," Webb said. "It's
very good to see. We're not entire-
ly sure of the causes, but it seems
to be that it's something that's
bubbling up from the bottom."
He added that undergraduates
are attracted to the cross-disci-
plinary nature of the PitE program
- explaining that courses range
from environmental literature to
marine ecology - and that PitE
faculty come from a wide array of
"We're beginning to spread to
an even larger area - Southeast
Michigan and hopefully Ontar-
io - to bring in a diverse group
of people to really prepare the
students for the kinds of things
they're going to be dealing with
for the rest of their lives," Webb
While Webb said most students
who graduate from the University
with a degree from PitE tend to go
to some form of graduate school,
Currie said students who earn
master's degrees from the SNR&E
usually staff their careers right

Currie added that joint pro-
grams between SNR&E and the
Ross School of Business and Law
School, among others, have helped
prepare students for the emerging
"green economy," which Currie
said is going to grow rapidly in the
next decade.
"I think corporations that are
more traditional are seeing the
value in things like carbon offsets
or saving energy or reducing their
environmental footprints," Currie
said. "They want to hire people,
who not only have the business
training but also who can sort of
tell them from the inside how to be
better citizens."
Several PitE students said they
liked the interdisciplinary nature
of the program because it allowed
them to pursue a variety of sub-
jects that are of interest to them
and relate to the environment.
LSA sophomore and PitE major
Stephanie Chen said she chose
PiE because it allowed her to pur-
sue her differentpassions. She said
she's debating between concen-
trating in conservation biology or
environmental law.
"It's very interdisf iplinary,"
Chen said. "It combines the hard-
core sciences with more inter-
disciplinary applications to the
LSA junior Gillian Wener,
another PitE major who is taking
thf LSAT on Oct. 9 said 1VIE is

helping her prepare for law school
and her eventual career as an envi-
ronmental attorney.
"It's an area of the economy
that's growing because there's a
lot of increase in awareness about
environmental issues and a lot
more litigation," Wener said. "So,
I think my degree has given me a
really solid foundation for the kind
of things I want to go into and has
prepared me for law school."
Though PitE helps prepare stu-
dents for their futures, it's also
helpingthe University community
become more "environmentally
friendly," PitE sophomore Maggie
Oliver said. Last semester, Oliver
took Environment 391: Sustainable
Campus - a PitE class that allows
students to create and implement
various sustainability programs
across campus.
"We created the 'How to be a
Green Wolverine' guide, which
was given to all freshmen this
year," Oliver said. "It's just differ-
ent ways of how to be environmen-
tally friendly in Ann Arbor."
The University's Graham Envi-
ronmental Sustainability Insti-
tute and Planet Blue sponsored
the implementation of the project
"We did all this work for it, and
it was actually a tangible object
that we added to the University,"
Oliver said. "I'm really big into not
just talking about something but
actually doing som#thing."

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