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E-mail reveals Columbia students' grades

A leaked document revealed that
for the fall 2010 semester, at least 8
percent of undergraduate students
at Columbia University received
consistent As or A pluses, according
to a Jan. 27 article in the Columbia
Spectator.
An advising dean leaked the
information to students through an
e-mail mistake, and the Columbia
Spectator received the document
last Wednesday, according to the
article. The document also includ-
ed the names and other academic
information of the 482 students on
the list, the article states.
Of the 482 students who had a
4.0 grade point average or higher,
372 were part of Columbia College
and 110 were in the School of Engi-

neering and Applied Sciences. The
class of 2011 had the highest num-
ber of students - with 156 on the
list - compared to the other three
classes.
BRISTOL PALIN PREVENTED
FROM SPEAKING AT
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
Washington University in St.
Louis decided to cancel a scheduled
abstinence talk by Bristol Palin,
the daughter of former Alaska Gov.
Sarah Palin, during its upcoming
"sex week," according to a Jan. 28
article in The St. Louis Post-Dis-
patch.
The decision came after Wash-
ington University students criti-

cized the decision to pay Palin
several thousand dollars in funds
provided by students for her
appearance, The St. Louis Post-Dis-
patch reported.
Hundreds of people signed a
Facebook petition advocating for
Palin to not be on the event's panel,
according to The St. Louis Post-
Dispatch.
Palin is being replaced by Katie
Plax, an associate professor at the
Washington University School of
Medicine and medical director of
a health center for teenagers at
Washington University Medical
Center, the article states.
- CAITLINHUSTON
AND PA IGE PEARCY

CRIME NOTES
Don't drink and Time to get a
throw knives watch, or tickets

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WHERE: South Quad Resi-
dence Hall
WHEN: Saturday at about
4 a.m.
WHAT: An intoxicated stu-
dent threw a small knife and
was issued an MIP, Univer-
sity Police reported. Nobody
was harmed, and the knife
was confiscated.
Scalper jailed
WHERE: Hill Auditorium
WHEN: Friday at about
5:30 p.m.
WHAT: A visitor scalp-
ing tickets was arrested on
previous warrants, Univer-
sity Police reported. Police
found suspected marijuana
in his possession. The case
is still under investigation.

WHERE: North University
Avenue
WHEN: Fridayat about 7
p.m.
WHAT: A visitor was
issued a verbal warningfor
ticket scalping, University
Police reported'The scalper
claimed he was asking pass-
ersby for the time.
Glass breaker,
track maker
WHERE: Northwood V
Apartments
WHEN: Friday at about 9:30
p.m.
WHAT: A resident's win-
dow was broken, University
Police reported. Police fol-
lowed tracks in the snow,
but couldn't locate anyone.

Anthropology
lecture
WHAT: Sociocultural
anthropologist Martin
Manalansan will present
findings from a micro-study
of a household in Queens,
N.Y. His studyaims to
address issues of gender,
sexuality and globalism.
WHO: Institute for
Research on Women
and Gender
WHEN: 4p.m.
WHERE: Lane
Hall, room 2239
Student
performance
WHAT: Student compos-
ers will perform their
work at a free concert.
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre & Dance
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Moore Build-
ing, Britton Recital Hall

CORRECTIONS
" Anarticlein The
MichiganDaily ("Ebert
the sole star of'Movies,"'
1/28/2011) incorrectly stat-
ed the time of the show.
"Ebert Presents: At the
Movies" airs at 7:30 p.m.
* An article in The Michi-
gan Daily ("New season
of'Archer'sharpens its
humor," 1/26/2011) incor-
rectly stated thatthe
reviewwasbased onthe
second season's premiere.
It was the fourth episode.
. An article in The
Michigan Daily ("Police,
students talk poor light-
ing in wake of crimes,"
1/25/2011) incorrectly
stated thelocation of the
Oxbridge Neighborhood.
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in the Dailyto correc-
tions@michigandaily.com.

Anti-pollution and
hunting restric-
tions have resulted
in increased sightings of
whales, dolphins and other
marine mammals on the
coast of New York City, the
New York Daily News report-
ed. The dolphins and whales
usually appear between June
and September..
After a six-game losing
streak, the Michigan
men's basketball team
won its last two games. The
Wolverines beat Iowa yester-
day 87-73.
>>FOR MORE,SEE SPORTSMONDAY
Expansion of a pro-
gram that would allow
airports to hire private
companies for security
clearance has been halted by
the Transportation Security
Administration, CNN.com
reported.

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Thousands ofVenezuelans
evacuate after arms explosion

5 Somalians brought
to S. Korea for trial

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Causes unknown,
officials ponder
sabotage
MAACAY, Venezuela (AP) -
A fire and a series of explosions
tore through a military arms
depot yesterday, killing one per-
son and leading authorities to
evacuate thousands of people.
About 10,000 residents were
removed to safety from areas up
toseveral miles (kilometers) from
the site as the burning ammuni-
tion produced powerful blasts,
officials said. The cause of the
pre-dawn fire was unclear.
Hours after the initial explo-
sions, faint booms could still be
heard in the distance as clouds
of white smoke rose from the
area alongside hills in Maracay,
60 miles (100 kilometers) west of
Caracas.
"It's under control but there is
still risk," President Hugo Chavez
said as he visited firefighters and
other officials in Maracay.

He noted that the blasts hurled
some explosives such as grenades
long distances into surrounding
communities, and urged caution.
Officials were searching near-
by neighborhoods for any stray
explosives, Aragua state Gov.
Rafael Isea told the state-run
Venezuelan News Agency.
Chavez praised officials for
a swift response. "An event like
this could have produced ... a
much bigger tragedy," he said.
Chavez wondered aloud what
might have caused it, saying: "A
fire there is odd, and atthat hour."
Vice President Elias Jaua said
earlier on state television that
authorities were investigating -
and suggested they weren't rul-
ing out sabotage.
"We can't rule out any hypoth-
esis since Venezuela is a country
threatened by strong interna-
tional powers," Jaua said. "We
know of groups that act ina crazy
manner within our territory, but
it can't be determined yet if it was
provoked or if it was an accident."
He did not elaborate.

One woman in a house was
killed by a piece of shrapnel that
wounded her in the abdomen, the
Attorney General's Office said in
a statement.
Three people were injured in
traffic accidents amid the chaos
as people fled, Isea said.
"It seemed like they were
bombing us," said Yandry Rey, 30,
whose lives with her husband, a
military officer, and two children
in housing adjacent to the muni-
tions storage area.
She said the explosions shook
her house and woke her up, and
that they fled with their children.
Rey said she saw a "ball of fire"
when she opened the door.
Hours later, she and several
other people who fled the mili-
tary housing complex were rest-
ing on the edge of a ditch in the
shade. Rey's daughter still wore
her nightshirt.
Another woman, 27-year-old
Genesis Baricot, said her husband
returned to their house and saw
that the blasts had blown off their
front door and caused part of the

roof in the kitchen to collapse.
She said she didn't yet know
where the family would go.
"What are they going to do
with us?" she asked.
Soldiers and police blocked
exits on a major highway that
runs nearby.
Thousands of evacuees were
taken to a sports stadium, a mili-
tary barracks and a park, emer-
gency management director Luis
Diaz told state television.
Chavez said the evacuees
included Chinese and Russians
who were working on projects
in the area. He said the Russians
were building a rifle factory.
He did not elaborate on what
the Chinese were involved in.
National Guard Maj. Gen.
Luis Motta Dominguez said in
remarks broadcast by Union
Radio that authorities were wait-
ing for the smaller blasts to die
down and that what was left was
"a lot of smoke."
State TV showed firefight-
ers working to extinguish what
remained of the fire.

Somalian pirates
raided store, stole
freighter ship
SEOUL, South Korea (AP)
- Five Somali pirates captured
during a raid on a hijacked
cargo ship in the Arabian Sea
were brought yesterday to South
Korea, where they could face life
imprisonment, the coast guard
said.
The men were arrested as
South Korean commandos
raided the South Korean-oper-
ated Samho Jewelry earlier
this month, a week after pirates
seized the freighter and its 21
crew members. The commandos
rescued all crew members -
eight South Koreans, two Indo-
nesians and 11 Myanmar citizens

- and killed eight Somali pirates.
None of the crew members
was injured except for the South
Korean captain, who was shot
in the stomach by a pirate. The
captain, Seok Hae-gyun, was
brought to South Korea on Satur-
day night and had surgery for his
wounds.
Yesterday, the five suspect-
ed pirates arrived at Gimhae
airport in southeastern South
Korea and were placed in deten-
tion there.
Coast guard investigators
began questioning the Soma-
lis on charges they hijacked the
ship, requested a ransom and
attempted to kill the captain,
coast guard officer Hahm Un-sik
said. Under South Korean law,
the Somalis could be sentenced
to up to life in prison ifconvicted,
Hahm said.

After founder's firing,
elephant refuge reopens

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Sanctuary to offer
more access to
general public
HOHENWALD, Tenn. (AP) -
Nestled on a secluded tract in the
wooded hills of rural Tennessee
is a sight that would likely startle
an outsider, if outsiders were
permitted to see it: the nation's
largest sanctuary for old, sick
and rescued elephants.
For the past 15 years, ele-
phants who had spent lifetimes
in zoos and circuses have found a
place to retire, rest and roam, far
from noisy audiences and free
from cramped quarters.
Now, after an unexpected
management change and a law-
suit filed by one of the original
founders last year, their place
of refuge is undergoing changes
that may allow the world a better
glimpse of their lives.
The sanctuary that's never

been open to the public now
wants to be a worldwide educa-
tional center for elephant care,
while still remaining true to its
mission to be a refuge for needy
elephants.
"The sanctuary is and has
always been about far more than
just the people who work in
it," said Rob Atkinson, the new
CEO who arrived in Tennes-
see late last year. "It's about the
elephants."
In 1995, two former elephant
trainers, Carol Buckleyand Scott
Blais, started the sanctuary near
Hohenwald, Tenn., about 85
miles southwest of Nashville, in
part because Tennessee's tem-
perate climate and vegetation
made it a good home for African
and Asian elephants.
With 2,700 acres of woodland
with a 25-acre lake, the sanctu-
ary has been home to 24 ele-
phants since it opened, including
several who were confiscated by
authorities.

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