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NEWS BRIEFS
DETROIT
Thousands of fish
dead in Erie and
St. Clair lakes
Officials say cold weather and
a fish virus likely are to blame for
thousands of dead gizzard shad
found recently in Lakes Erie and
St. Clair, the St. Clair River and
the Detroit River.
The Detroit Free Press and
The Detroit News report that the
weather and viral hemorrhagic
septicemia, or VHS, are suspect-
ed in the fish deaths. Researchers
from Michigan State University
and the University of Toledo took
samples of dead shad Thursday
and Friday that showed signs of
the fish virus.
Shad deaths are typical in the
winter. It's expected to take a
month to determine whether the
fish had VHS.
Although not dangerous for
humans, the virus has previously
caused large fish kills in Lakes
Ontario, Erie and Huron. It also
has turned up in Lake Michigan.
NEW YORK
Ex-Anne Klein
designer Charles
Nolan dies in N.Y.
Fashion designer Charles
Nolan, known to have a passion
for American classics but skew
them with a modern edge and
personal touch, died yesterday at
age 53.
Nolan, who also was noted for
his political interest, had battled
cancer several years ago, and
it came back this past fall and
moved aggressively, said Mag-
gie Savage, the vintage buyer for
the Charles Nolan store in Man-
hattan's Meatpacking neighbor-
hood.
The store was open yeserday,
said Savage, who added that its
future was unclear but that she
hoped it would continue.
Women's Wear Daily, which
firstzreported Nolan's death on
its website, said he died of liver
cancer.
Nolan took a hiatus from the
fashion industry in 2003 and
worked on former Democratic
Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's
presidential campaign.
MONTERREY, Mexico
Six bodies found
* burned in Mexico
Mexican authorities say six
bodies found outside the north-
ern city of Monterrey were
burned so badly that investiga-
tors couldn't determine the cause
of death or the victims' gender.
A Nuevo Leon state prosecu-
tors' spokeswoman says the bod-
ies were found on a dirt road
north of the city yesterday morn-
ing and bore the hallmarks of
cartel killings.
The spokeswoman said cartels
have been known to burn bod-
ies to prevent identification and

to terrorize rivals. She spoke on
condition of anonymity because
she is not authorized to be identi-
fied by name.
TOKYO
Residents return
to homes after
volcanic activity
About 600 people are return-
ing home after seeking shelter,
overnight as a volcano in south-
ern Japan spewed ash and smoke
over nearby towns.
Hirokazu Taniyama, an offi-
cial in Miyazaki, said last Mon-
day that 612 people stayed in
elementary schools for the night
after volcanic activity increased
last Sunday. He said most of them
were returning home.
The explosive eruption at the
4,662-foot (1,421-meter) Shin-
moedake volcano Thursday was
its first major eruption in 52
years. Releases of ash and smoke
have continued since then.
Taniyama said nobody has
been injured in the eruptions.
The government has restricted
access to the mountain.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shakes hands with Haitian presidential candidate Jude Celestin at the U.S.
Haitian ambassador's residence in Port-au-Prince, Haiti yesterday.
CiInton: U.S. wi
not so aid to Haiti

Gov. Rick Snyder:
Immigrants could
help state economy
Initiative to Tobotman, a former Democratic
state lawmaker connected to
attract educated, Global Detroit, an effort to boost
the economy by making the
entrepreneurs region more welcoming to immi-
grants. "It's been an untapped
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - market."
Efforts in Detroit and Ann Arbor Global Detroit cites Duke Uni-
could serve as launching pads versity research indicating a third
in Michigan's attempt to attract of Michigan's high-tech startup
more highly educated, foreign- companies founded between 1995
born help to revitalizeits economy. and 2005 had at least one immi-
Gov. Rick Snyder has asked grant founder.
state officials to develop an ini- A U.S. Small Business Admin-
tiative to encourage immigrants istration report found that 16 per-
with advanced college degrees cent of all Michigan businesses
to come to Michigan to live and started between 1996 and 2007
work. were started by an immigrant.
The Republican governor says Immigrants living in southeast
the effort could help reverse the Michigan are more likely to have
"brain drain" thathampers Mich- college degrees than non-immi-
igan's ability to attract high-tech grants, according to the Global
industries. Detroit study. Foreign-born stu-
In an era where much of the dents are awarded 44 percent of
immigration debate focuses on all master's degrees in engineer-
keeping illegals out, there's a ing and 62 percent of engineering
movement in Michigan to keep doctorates in Michigan.
more of the legal foreign nation- Foreign-born residents
als in the state after they graduate account for roughly 6 percent of
with advanced degrees from uni- Michigan's population.
versities here. The state is hoping to attract
Studies suggest they could play more entrepreneurs like Vinay
a key role in creating new busi- Gupta, an Ann Arbor-based busi-
nesses and jobs for Michigan resi- nessman originally from India
dents. who has started a half-dozen
"There's a growing awareness companies including a software
about the potential," said Steve firm called Janeeva.
College case tests
drug law changae

Aid continues amid
questions about the
nation's next leader
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti
(AP) - The United States has no
plans to halt aid to earthquake-
ravaged Haiti in spite of a crisis
over who will be the nation's
next leader but does insist that
the president's chosen succes-
sor be dropped from the race,
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Rodham Clinton said yesterday.
Clinton arrived yesterday in
the impoverished Caribbean
nation for a brief visit. She met
with President Rene Preval and
earlier met with each of the
three candidates jockeying to
replace him.
Only two candidates can go
on to the delayed second round,
now scheduled for March 20.
The U.S. is backing an Orga-
nization of American States
recommendation that the can-
didate from Preval's party, gov-
ernment construction official
Jude Celestin, should be left out
in favor of populist rival Miehel
Martelly.
The top U.S. official at the
United Nations, Susan Rice, said
recently that "sustained sup-
port" from the United States
required the OAS recommen-
dations be implemented. Many
Haitian officials, including lead-
ers of Preval's Unity party and
Martelly, interpreted that to
mean the U.S. was threatening
an embargo and cutting off aid.
Clinton flatly rebuffed that
suggestion. "We're not talking
about any of that," she said yes-
terday.
"We have a deep commit-
ment to the Haitian people,"
she told reporters. "That goes
to humanitarian aid, that goes

to governance and democracy
programs, that will be goingto a
cholera treatment center."
Asked if there were any set
of circumstances that would
prompt Washington to cut off
aid, Clinton said, "At this point,
no."'
Still, she insisted that the
United States would press the
recommendations by interna-
tional monitors after a disorga-
nized, fraud-ridden first-round
presidential vote in November.
They determined that Preval's
preferred successor, Celestin,
finished last and should drop
out. Celestin has yet to do so.
"We're focused on helping the
Haitian people," Clinton said
ahead of the meetings. "One of
the ways we want to help them
is by making sure that their
political choices are respected."
Haiti is in a deepening and
potentially destabilizing politi-
cal crisis. The announcement
of preliminary results from the
disputed first round led to riot-
ing in December. Final results
are expected to be announced
Wednesday.
Just five days after, on Feb. 7,
comes the constitutional end of
Preval's five-year term.
A law passed by an expiring
Senate last May would allow
him to remain in power for an
extra three months, but it is not
clear if his government would
continue to be recognized by
donor countries. But Preval has
said he does not want to hand
power to an interim govern-
ment.
"That's one of the problems
we have to talk about," Clin-
ton said. "There are issues of a
continuing government, how
that can be structured. And
that's what I'm going to be
discussing."w
Leaders of Preval's party said

last week that they would agree
with Celestin stepping down,
but the candidate has not com-
mented since and his lawyers
continue to plead his case to the
electoral council.
It is not clear what Preval
himself thinks.
Yesterday afternoon, each of
the bickering presidential can-
didates arrived by SUV at the
black metal gates of the U.S.
ambassador's sprawling resi-
dence for individual meetings
with Clinton.
Martelly came and went first.
Mirlande Manigat, the former
first lady who led the polling,
met with Clinton second.
Celestin's meeting came last.
Only Manigat stopped to talk
to a small gaggle of mostly for-
eign reporters waiting atcthe gate.
"You don't get the sense that
the United States wants the
election to be canceled but you
can feel that they would like
there to be stability," the law
professor said. "(Clinton) asked
me what conditions I could find
to make these elections more
acceptable. I said a climate of
calm ... (and) that they would
make some changes in the elec-
toral council."
Acknowledging the tight time
frame for Haiti, Clinton said she
wanted to hear ideas on how Hai-
ti's transition should be handled
but then make her own assess-
ment on the best way forward.
The political crisis comes
as the Western Hemisphere's
poorest nation tries to restart
its economy after decades of
stifling poverty and unemploy-
ment, and the massive loss of
life and infrastructure in last
year's earthquake.
Hundreds of thousands of
people remain in homeless
camps and rpajor rebuilding has
not started.

Columbia University
students ask for
rehab instead of
prison sentence
NEW YORK (AP)- They were
students who juggled an elite edu-
cation with criminal extracur-
riculars, dealing an array of drugs
from Ivy League dorm rooms and
frat houses, prosecutors say.
But beneath the surface of
academic success, some of the
Columbia University students
charged in a campus drug take-
down struggled with substance
abuse, their lawyers say.
Attorneys for two of the five
studentsplan to ask a court to pre-
scribe treatmentinstead of prison
- one of the most high-profile
tests so far of a recent overhaul
of New York's once-notoriously
stringent druglaws.
The outcome will be watched
closely by opponents and propo-

nents of2009 changes to mitigate
what were known as the Rock-
efeller drug laws. Backers called
the lesser punishments a more
effective and humane approach
to drug crime; critics said they
gave drug peddlers a pass.
With the bid for what's known
as' 'diversion"to treatment, the
Columbia bust "is probably the
case that's going to cause light to
be shed on what these new laws
mean: When diversion is appro-
priate, and what the Legislature
intended when it cut back so dras-
tically the Rockefeller laws," said
Marc Agnifilo, who represents one
ofthestudents, Christopher Coles.
Coles and fellow students
Harrison David, Adam Klein,
Jose Perez and Michael Wymbs
were arrested in December, have
pleaded not guilty and are due
back in court in March. Authori-
ties called the arrests one of the
largest drug takedowns at a New
York City college in recent mem-
ory, and the prestigious setting
made the case a media magnet.

15,000 Pakistani protesters
rally against American official

U.S. Embassy says
official detained
illegally by gov't
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) -
Hard-line Islamic leaders on
Sunday rallied at least 15,000
people against an American
official arrested in the shoot-
ing deaths of two Pakistanis
and warned the government
not to cave in to U.S. pressure to
release the man.
The protest in the eastern
city of Lahore, where the shoot-
ings took place, came as the U.S.
Embassy once again insisted
that the American has diplo-
matic immunity and was being
detained illegally by Pakistan.
But Pakistan has refused to
budge, saying the matter must
be decided by the courts.
The spat has revealed the
fragility of a relationship Wash-
ington believes is crucial for
success in Afghanistan and
against al-Qaida. Large protests
by hard-line Islamic groups,
which have significant influ-
ence in Pakistan, could make it
even more difficult for the gov-
ernment to free the American.
"We warn the government
and administration that ... if
they help the arrested Ameri-

can illegally, then this crowd
will surround the U.S. Embas-
sy and presidential palace in
Islamabad," Hafiz Hussain
Ahmed, a senior official in the
Jamiat Ulema Islam party, said
during Sunday's rally.
The U.S. has said the Ameri-
can, who has not been named,
acted in self-defense when
he shot two armed men who
approached his car in Lahore
on Thursday.
But many questions have
been left unanswered, includ-
ing exactly what the American
did at the U.S. Embassy and
why he was carrying a gun. The
lack of clarity has fueled media
speculation he may have been a
CIA agent or security contrac-
tor, as well as questions over
whether he qualified for diplo-
matic immunity.
The embassy attempted to
provide a little more clarity in
a press release Sunday titled
"Facts About Diplomatic Immu-
nity." It said the man is a mem-
ber of the embassy's "technical
and administrative staff" and
thus enjoyed the same crimi-
nal immunity that all diplomats
have under the Vienna Conven-
tion on Diplomatic Relations.
But legal arguments are
unlikely to sway ordinary Paki-
stanis, many of whom dislike

the U.S. and distrust their gov-
ernment in its dealings with
Washington. This animosity is
especially pronounced among
hard-line Islamic groups, which
oppose the war in Afghanistan
and object to Pakistan's alliance
with the U.S. in fighting the
Taliban and al-Qaida.
Sunday's demonstration was
organized by Jamaat-ud-Dawa,
which is widely believed to be
a front for the militant group
that attacked the Indian city
of Mumbai in 2008 and killed
166 people. The rally was origi-
nally called to protest changes
to Pakistani laws that mandate
the death penalty for insulting
Islam. But many of the speakers
used the opportunity to stoke
anger over the recent shoot-
ings.
"An American scoundrel has
killed two innocent youths in
the streets of Lahore," said the
leader of Jamiat Ulema Islam,
Maulana Fazlur Rahman. "It
should be decided in the courts
and any decision beyond the
courts will not be acceptable to
us. There should be an end to
American hegemony in Paki-
stan."
Lahore police chief Aslam
Tareen said there were between
15,000 and 20,000 people at the
rally in the center of the city.

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