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The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom Friday, October 1, 2010 - 3
player pleads guilty
in DPS laptop theft
A Michigan. State University
football player has pleaded guilty
to receiving and concealing stolen
property in the theft of laptop com-
puters from several Detroit Public
Dion Sims entered his plea yes-
terday in Wayne County Circuit
Court and will be sentenced Dec. 6,
the county prosecutor's office said
in a statement.
The 19-year-old sophomore
from Detroit was one of 10 men
charged following an investiga-
tion into the theft of 104 laptops
valued at $158,000 from several
Detroit schools. Sims was charged
with handling between $1,000 and
$10,000 worth of stolen goods.
Michigan State has suspended
Sims indefinitely fromteam-related
activities. He has not played in the
first four games this season.
shot on jet ski ride
An American tourist was shot
in the back of the head in Mexican
waters on yesterday after being
ambushed by armed boaters, a
Texas sheriff said. It happened on a
lake where run-ins with pirates had
already put fishermen and Texas
officials on alert.
Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo
Gonzalez said a 30-year-old man
and his wife were riding jet skis
back from Mexico when about six
gunmen approached in two boats.
Gonzalez said the man was shot as
the couple sped away.
What happened to the man was
unclear. Gonzalez said the man's
wife tried circling back to get him,
but retreated back to U.S. waters
after being fired upon again.
"They saw them approaching
and started revving it up back to the
U.S. side," Gonzalez said. "The guys
just started shooting at them from
killed in $6,000 hit
Two men were arrested for kill-
ing a small-town Mexican mayor for
$6,000 in a land dispute, prosecutors
Nuevo Leonstate Attorney Gener-
al Alejandro Garza y Garza ruled out
the involvement of drug gangs that
have been blamed for the assassina-
tion of many other mayors in Mexico.
Prisciliano Rodriguez, mayor of
Doctor Gonzalez, was gunned down
Sept. 23 along with an aide. He was
the fourth mayor killed in northeast-
ern Mexico in a month.
Garza y Garza said the two
detained men confessed to the con-
tract killing of the mayor in a land
dispute. He said an uncle of one of
the two suspects hired them a week
before the assassination, asking
themifthey"wanted alittlejob." The
uncle remains at large.
The men were paid an initial
$3,000 and given an R-15 rifle, an
Uzi and a revolver, Garza y Garza
said. On the day of the assassina-
tiontheuncle called his nephew and
not carry out the killing, the prosecu-
The suspects told police they
traveled later that day to Doctor
Gonzalez, where the mayor was
coordinating a program to provide
metal roofing to residents, Garza y
16 inmates killed in
A Venezuelan official says a
riot involving rival gangs inside
a prison has killed 16 inmates and
Chief prisons official Consuelo
Cerrada says authorities peace-
fully retook control of the prison
after the violence.
Cerrada told the TV channel
Globovision 'yesterday that fight-
ing erupted the previous day
between inmates feuding over
control. She says six of the injured
remain hospitalized and the rest
are back in Tocoron prison in
north-central Aragua state.
officials have said three other
inmates were killed and four
guards injured in violence at the
same prison Monday.
Violence is common in Venezu-
ela's crowded prisons, where rival
gangs often fight for control of
cellblocks or the sale of drugs.
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Daily wire reports.
Rick's owner says. he's
'not a big fan' of the site
From Page 1 viewers per day, with almost 400
Facebook members "liking" the
street from Rick's. Orlofsky said website, according to Anderson.
their proximity to the bar is ideal The website's peak traffic days
since they can monitor the line are Thursdays, Fridays and Sat-
from about 60 feet away without urdays, Robbins said, though they
having to venture outside. This have also found that a large num-
thinking became the basis for the her of people check out the web-
concept of Ricksline.com. site Monday afternoons as well.
"There was always that sort of "If you are trying to beat the
mindset," Orlofsky said. "Once we line, (the website) allows .you to
moved in there we were going to get there quicker and make sure
able to observe the line ourselves. you are there before a big line
I guess once we were actually forms," Orlofsky said. "But also
there somehow the camera idea some nights if you are not sure
popped up, the website idea cange if you should go you can tell if
up and the name Ricksline.com there's a line, which means there's
had a good buzz to it so we rolled a lot of people there and that real-
with it." ly excites people when they go to
Ricksline.com was fully func- bars."
tional and complete with adver- Hesse said Rick's patrons said
tisements on Sept. 14. The camera they like the website. But he said
linked to the website is located this technology isn't ideal for the
inside the students' house facing bar since people will be deterred
Rick's and streams 24-hour live from coming if they see a line
footage. Since the website went forming. Hesse said some Rick's
live, it has received over 14,000 regulars told him they decided to
hits according to Google metrics, come to the cafe later than usual
O'Leary said. after checking out Ricksline.com.
But before launching the "I feel that if it's 11 o'clock,
site, the five friends didn't con- instead of rushing to Rick's to
sult Rick's, according to Hesse. make sure you get in line, you can
He said he wasn't aware of the get online and find out there's not
website until one of the bar's a line and either stay home (or)
employees pointed it out about stay home longer than you would
two-and-a-half weeks ago. normally," he said.
Hesse said he's "not a big fan" Everyone who already knows
of the website because he thinks about Ricksline.com found out
the creators are taking advantage through either word of mouth or
of the popularity of Rick's in order online advertising, Anderson said,
to make a few bucks. but very few people know who's
"I believe that in this situation behind the website's creation.
somebody else is profiting off our "It's kind of cool that, at the
hard work and success that we've moment, we're very mysterious,"
had over the last 31 years, which Anderson said.
is fine," Hesse said. "You know it's Orlofsky said one night he
the American way." went to Rick's and his friend
The five University students announced that Orlofsky was one
created the website with the goal of the creators of the website and
of making the going-out experi- a girl said, "'No, Pizza House runs
ence more convenient, O'Leary that."'
said. But Hesse said many bar-goers
"The point was really to create think the bar is responsible for the
a method for people to have this site, which is problematic because
view of the line and get in faster there have been "really inappro-
without the hassle of waiting in priate comments" on the website
the cold," he said. under the user comment sectifn.
But Hesse said he thinks Rick- Hesse said he doesn't want Rick's
sline.com can be "misleading," to be associated with these "vul-
because the camera doesn't show gar" comments.
how many people are actually "I don't like that type of image
inside the bar. So if there's no line being portrayed on a website pro-
outside the bar, people who arrive jecting my name," Hesse said. " ...
still may not be able to getin if the You know anytime that anybody
bar is at capacity. Hesse said this reads anything on there, they're
happened last weekend. assuming that it's coming from us
"The line moves until we hit and we're filtering it and that's not
capacity and once we hit capac- the case."
ity, the line basically stops and Hesse said he's also concerned
we can't let people in until people that having a camerauon the estab-
leave," Hesse said. lishment 24/7 could taint the bar's
The website has about 1,000 image if people see some sort of
ries of her work in the shelters -
CACHO where women and children have
From Page 1 been held at gunpoint - several
audience members seemed taken
many officials and civil servants aback by the extent of the corrup-
are corrupt, Cacho said. tion, while others nodded along,
"In Mexico, when we call the obviously familiar with similar
police they will go to protect the tales.
batterer," she said. Despite these issues, Cacho
The idea for Ciam Cancun was said she has faith that Mexico
an extension of Cacho's work in will overcome these challenges
radio, through which she often and move forward.
spoke out against domestic abuse. "We are a huge country with
"All of these women started many good things to give to the
coming to the radio station and world and ourselves," she said.
saying to me, 'What you're say- Marilyn Williams, a Univer-
ing is true, but where can we go?' sity alum and adjunct lecturer
Cacho said. in the University's Undergradu-
Cacho explained how she ate Comprehensive Studies Pro-
stayed in a battered shelter to gram, said it was moving to hear
understand an abuse victim's from an activist who puts her life
experience. Helping people on the line every day, especially
through first-hand experience since people in the United States
is necessary to fight Mexico's appear somewhat unaware of the
human rights problems, she said. extent of the danger in Mexico.
"We cannot eradicate violence "People go there to party and
if we do not work within our- to enjoy their spring break but
selves as individuals," she said. they don't know what truly goes
Despite her efforts, Cacho on in that area when they leave,"
said her actions are rarely well
received, especially because she
is a woman working to eradicate
"The government in Mexico 1
thinks of me as a public enemy,"
she said. "We have a macho soci-
ety in Mexico. And the fact that S IARTI V N
I am a women and a journalist,
that I have a sense of humor G E T
about this and I am not a victim
- the government doesn't know
what to do."
But Cacho's work has paid
off. By exposing some of these
human rights crimes through
her journalism, the Mexican
government has passed sev-
eral laws against the violence
of women and child pornogra-
phy. She said the criminal jus-
tice system is a mess and she
believes it will take a long time
to see it corrected, but that
change has to start somewhere.
"We are, I believe, in the
seeds," she said. "Eventually we
will see a change."
As Cacho told several to-
problem like a fight happening
outside the cafe while viewing
"They kind of see a negative
picture of Rick's, and even though
those probleins may not necessar-
ily come from Rick's, it's hard to
tell what's going on if all of a sud-
den you log on, you see something
going on outside," Hesse said.
The creators of Ricksline.com
and Hesse met on Wednesday,
Hesse said, during which time he
expressed some of his opinions of
"They were very open to my
comments," Hesse said. "I think
the last thing that they want todo
is upset us. They are loyal Rick's
goers. However, I don't know if
they're going to be able to satisfy
Rick's by the issues that I raised
about the website."
Though they didn't want to
comment on the details of the
website's further development,
Orlofsky said they're working on
expanding the website including
getting more advertisers. O'Leary
also said they plan to encourage
user interactivity by having more
than just a comment board on the
"One thing that we are work-
ing on that we are really excited
about is a photo contest," O'Leary
said. "That's all I'll say about it for
now but that's a project we hope
to unveil soon."
The website's developers and
Hesse have plans to meet again
"in the near future," Hesse said.
Though Hesse has mixed views
on the sight, students have been
raving about it.
LSA senior Kyle Tenenbaum
called it the "best website ever."
"I think it's great. It saves me
so much time. I can sit here and
know the line and walk over when
I'm ready," he said.
Engineering senior Connor
Moelmann said he's used it every
time be's gone to Rick's since
finding out about the site from a
"It's definitely helpful espe-
cially because I have one of those
phones where I can check the
Internet so I can check it at anoth-
er bar," he said.
LSA senior Jamie Keith said he
found out about the site through
Facebook, adding that he thinks
it will be more helpful during the
"Right now you can assume
Rick's will be busy Thursday, Fri-
day and Saturday, but if there's a
way to get it at multiple bars that'd
be even better to compare lines
and such," he said.
Rackham engineering student
Paul Arias, chair of the Univer-
sity's Hispanic Heritage Planning
Committee, said it's important to
draw attention to the Latino com-
munity on campus.
"We want to bring big speak-
ers to give the Latino commu-
nity here a visibility that perhaps
has been lacking in the past few
years," Arias said.
In an interview after her
speech, Cacho said.she has high
expectations for University stu-
dents to initiate change.
"I think the world is pretty
much a mess because of what my
generation did," she said. "And
I just truly expect a revolution
from the younger generation."
Students shouldn't be afraid of
the obstacles ahead of them, but
rather rise to the challenge and
embrace them, Cacho said.
"You have to take the world in
your hands because otherwise it
will destroy you," she said. "This
is your chance."
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during rituals in the past. In2007
the group - formerly known as
Michigamua - changed its name
and began releasing its members'
names in an effort to be more
transparent, though its meetings
and activities are still secretive.
Armstrong filed a personal pro-
tection order against Shirvell on
Sept. 13, according to a represen=
tative at Washtenaw County Trial
Court. The hearing will be held on
Monday at 1:30 p.m. in Ann Arbor
As long as all parties appear, the
judge will make a decision regard-
ing the personal protection order
on Monday, according to the rep-
Messages and e-mails to Arm-
strong seeking comment went
unreturned last night. But atTues-
day night's MSA meeting Arm-
strong said he "wouldn't succumb
to any unwarranted attacks."
"I, along with the rest of this
assembly, (was) elected to this
body to represent the University,"
he told the assembly on Tuesday.
"And nothing said about us, or
regarding our personal merits,
will waive our commitment to
serve the student body."
On Sept. 14, the University's
Department of Public Safety
issued a trespass warning - ban-
ning Shirvell from University
grounds - after receiving com-
plaints of Shirvell stalking and
harassing Armstrong outside his
house in Ann Arbor, according to
DPS spokeswoman Diane Brown.
DPS is still investigating the
complaints, Brown said, and
Shirvell is in the process of appeal-
ing the order with DPS Executive
Director Ken Magee.
In her press release, Coleman
wrote that the University is work-
ing to ensure appropriate mea-
sures are taken.
"In addition to its internal
action, the University also has
called upon others in positions of
authority to take all appropriate
action to address this situation,"
The incidents began gaining
national attention after CNN's
Anderson Cooper interviewed
Shirvell on Sept. 28 and Michigan
Attorney General Michael Cox -
Shirvell's employer - on Sept. 29.
During the broadcasts, Cooper
discussed Shirvell's blog and ques-
tioned Cox about his thoughts on
In his interview on Anderson
Cooper 360, Cox said that while he
deems Shirvell's behavior inappro-
priate, it would be against the law
to fire him for First Amendment-
p'rotected speech that Shirvell
produced off the clock. However,
Cox did say that he would consider
sending Shirvell to an "employee
assistance program" if Armstrong
was granted a personal protec-
tion order or if a lawsuit was filed
While Shirvell said he was not
a cyber bully and defended the
claims stated on his blog in the
interview with Cooper, Cox called
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diabetes - is an endocrine disease
often diagnosed in children, adoles-
cents and young adults.
"(The) pancreas can no lon-
ger manufacture any insulin for
the body," said Dan Diepenhorst,
manager of the diabetes and kid-
ney disease unit at the Michigan
Department of Community Health.
This lack of insulin production
affects blood sugar levels and
causes glucose to build up in the
According to the press release,
more and more children and
adults are getting diagnosed with
type 1 diabetes and the disease is
"approaching epidemic levels."
"It's a public health problem,"
Pietropaolo said. "One can treat
these patients, but unfortunately
Shirvell's actions "offensive" and
"unbecoming of civil discourse."
In response to the CNN broad-
cast, viewers throughout the
country have contacted Cox and
urged him to fire Shirvell. There is
also an online petition created by
the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund,
which enables the public to send
messages directly to Cox.
The University community is
also responding to the incidents by
rallying around Armstrong.
In an e-mail from the Spectrum
Center that was sent to the MSA
e-mail listserv yesterday, the cen-
ter presented several ways stu-
dents can support Armstrong.
According to the e-mail, the
center sponsored an "informal
community gathering" in its office
last night where students could
talk about the incident. The Spec-
trum Center also urged students,
faculty and staff who support
Armstrong to change their Face-
book statuses to "Elected By Us,
Respected By Us.
Today, the center is hosting a
"Brown Bag" lunch where stu-
dents can learn how to be an ally to
the LGBT community and how to
take action when incidents of bias
occur on campus.
Armstrong supporters, not lim-
ited to University students, are
also adamantly voicing opinions
on Facebook pages, such as "We
Support Chris Armstrong," which
has 5,610 members, and "Fire
Andrew Shirvell," which has 5,976
members - both as of 8:54 p.m.
On the "We Support Chris Arm-
strong" discussion page, a post
titled "An Open Letter to Attor-
ney General Cox," includes adults
from the University and other col-
leges sharing their opinions on the
issue and calling on Cox to remove
In the release, Coleman reiter-
ated the solidarity of the Univer-
sity community and wrote that the
campus will maintain unwavering
support of the student body leader.
"As a community, we must not
and will not accept displays of
intolerance," Coleman wrote. "We
are heartened, but not surprised,
by the response of the campus
community in supporting Chris.
We are impressed with his resil-
iency and stand by him and the
important work he is doing on
behalf of all of our students."
Those outside the University
have also been voicing support
for Armstrong. Michigan Demo-
cratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm
also voiced her opposition to Cox's
decision not to fire Shirvell in a
Tweet posted at 3:12 p.m. yesterday.
"If I was still Attorney General
and Andrew Shirvell worked for
me, he would have already been
fired," the Tweet stated.
In The Detroit News article, Cox
called out Granholm's Tweet - say-
ing that the move was unprofes-
"I don't know why she's so freak-
ing irresponsible. ... she went to
Harvard Law School," Cox said.
"The civil service rules are a huge
shield for free speech and she
they will have to be treated for their
To treat type 1 diabetes, patients
monitor their blood sugar levels
and take insulin - administered
in a variety of ways - to maintain
healthy blood sugar levels. They're
also usually advised to exercise and
Diepenhorst said Michigan cur-
rently has the 15th highest num-
ber of diabetes cases in the United
States, and the number of statewide
cases has increased about 15 per-
cent over the past five years.
By gaining a greater compre-
hension of the mechanisms of the
disease, Pietropaolo said, he and
his team can create better diabetes
treatments and perhaps eventually
"Once we understand the basis of
what leads to type 1 diabetes ... we
can translate this knowledge into
healing disease," he said.