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Four sledders Purse plundered
stopped cold WHERE: Chemistry
WHERE: Nichols Arbo- WHEN: Wednesday at
retum about noon
WHEN: Wednesday at WHAT: A female student
about 11:15 p.m. reported that her purse
WHAT: Four people were was stolen duringthe hour
sledding in the Arb after it she was in the building,
closed, University Police University Police reported.
reported. They were There are no suspects.
escorted out of the area by
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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
WHAT: A lecture part of
the Lesbian, Gay, Queer
Research Initiative series
will discuss homosexuality
in literature throughout
WHO: Institute for
Research on Women and
WHEN: 9 a.m.
WHERE: Lane Hall
WHAT: The 7th annual
Midwest hip hop summit
will feature performing
artists Freeway, OneBelo,
Invincible, Buff 1, Majestik
Legend, Binary Star,
and The ReMINDers.
Admission is $10.
WHO: Michigan Union
WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan League
. An article in yester-
day's edition of The
Michigan Daily ("MSA
and LSA-SG campaigns
take student sugges-
tions to improve 'U1')
the chair of the Campus
The current chair is LSA
freshman Omar Hashwi.
* An article in yester-
day's B-Side ("Viral
name of Danny Lysz's
company and the number
of company and of You-
Tube videos he has been
a part of. Lysz's company
is called University-Stu-
dios. He has participated
in the making of more
than 40 YouTube videos.
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THREE THINGS YOU
SHOULD KNOW TODAY
Researchers at Brigham
Young University have
found' that daughters
can benefit emotionally from
playing video games with
their dads, ScienceDaily.com
reported. The female players
were also found to feel more
connected to their families.
The Michigan men's
basketball team lost
to Ohio State, the No.
1 team in the country, in last
night's game at Crisler Arena.
The Buckeyes beat the Wol-
FOR MORE, SEE SPORTS, PAGE8
students are more
stressed and anxious
than ever before, Slate,
com reported. University
of California-Los Angeles
researchers found that stu-
dents' stress is linked to the
failing job market.
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WHERE: Northwood III
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 3:45 a.m.
WHAT: Burnt macaroni
and cheese created smoke,
University Police reported.
The residents did not report
anv smoke damae.
WHERE: 1111 Palmer Dr.
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 6:30 p.m.
WHAT: A vehicle was
impounded following a
two-car accident because
the driver didn't have proof
of insurance, University
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video targets Va. clinic
criticized for giving
advice to pimp and
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An
anti-abortion group that has
targeted Planned Parenthood
released a secretly recorded video
yesterday that purports to show
a couple posing as a pimp and a
prostitute receiving abortion and
contraceptive counseling at a Vir-
ginia clinic for their underage sex
The group, Live Action, said
the video illustrates Planned Par-
enthood's "willingness to aid and
abet in the sexual exploitation of
minors and young women."
The shaky video and its
soundtrack has been given to
law enforcement officials, Live
Action said, and it has asked
anti-abortion state Attorney
General Ken Cuccinelli to inves-
tigate "these heinous practices."
Cuccinelli's office did not
immediately respond to a request
for comment from The Associ-
Gov. Bob McDonnell was
"deeply troubled" by the video
and urged an investigation by
local police, a spokesman said.
"The apparent actions of the
clinic employee, if accurate, are
alarming," Tucker Martin wrote
in an e-mail to The Associated
Planned Parenthood Fed-
eration of America defended the
Richmond clinic staff member
for her professionalism in deal-
ing with "a highly unusual person
posing as a patient."
After the visit the staff member
notified her supervisor, who alert-
ed Planned Parenthood's national
security team, the federation said
in a statement. The organization
said it is working with the FBI on
the clinic visits. The Richmond
visit was one of four reported in
Virginia, Planned Parenthood
The Richmond film record-
ed Jan. 12 is similar to a video
taken by Live Action on Jan. 13
at a Planned Parenthood clinic in
Perth Amboy, N.J.
Following release of the New
Jersey videotape, Planned Par-
enthood said it also had promptly
notified law enforcement authori-
ties after the visit, but fired the
clinic employee for violating some
of the organization's policies.
In the Richmond video, a clinic
worker talks primarily with the
man while the woman apparently
secretly videotapes the counsel-
ing. They talk about access to
abortions, birth control and test-
ing of sexually transmitted dis-
eases for prostitutes described as
14 and 15 and either from out of
state or another country.
At one point, the clinic work-
er discusses an abortion for an
underage girl using what she
calls a "judicial bypass" so the
procedure can be done confi-
dentially and without a legal
The worker advises the pair
an abortion can be cloaked
from a parent and adds, "We're
pretty good at handling if
someone doesn't want someone
else to know."
Live Action's president, Lila
Rose, said the videos illustrate
Planned Parenthood's willing-
ness to "circumvent parental
consent laws for secret abor-
groups have used the earlier
released video to intensify
their calls for federal legisla-
tion to cut off the more than
$350 million in annual fed-
eral family planning fund that
Planned Parenthood receives.
Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., has
introduced the legislation.
In Virginia, anti-abortion
activists and social conserva-
tives said the videos illustrate
what they said is Planned Par-
enthood's disregard of laws
intended to regulate abortion.
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paid for sex with
ROME (AP) - Italy's parlia-
ment backed Premier Silvio Ber-
lusconi yesterday, rebuffing a
request by prosecutors to search
some of his properties as part of
a prostitution investigation tar-
In a much-needed victory for
the embattled leader, parlia-
ment rejected the prosecution
requests in a 315-298 vote that
came after a four-hour debate
in the lower house. They sent
the case back to the prosecutors,
challenging their jurisdiction.
The premier has denied wrong-
Milan prosecutors allege that
Berlusconi paid for sex with a
minor and then used his office
to cover it up. They wanted to
search the offices of a Berlusconi
accountant, Giuseppe Spinelli,
who allegedly handled payments
on behalf of the premier to the
minor as well as other payments
to a number of young women
who attended parties at his vil-
The vote will likely have lim-
ited impact on the investigation.
Magistrates are planning to go
ahead with their probe and are
expected to issue a request to
indict Berlusconi as early as next
But yesterday's vote was a
significant victory in a test of
Berlusconi's grip on parliament.
The premier's once comfortable
parliamentary majority became
shaky after he fell out with an
ally last year, and he barely sur-
vived a pair of confidence votes
"The vote assures the majority
that it still has the numbers to go
ahead, however narrowly," said
Francesco Verderami, a political
analyst for Corriere della Sera.
"As far as the judicial battle
is concerned, nothing changes,"
he said. "Politically it is step for-
ward for Berlusconi."
Making the vote even more
sensitive, Berlusconi had already
suffered a setback earlier yes-
terday when a parliamentary
commission deadlocked a gov-
ernment plan to grant Italy's
towns and cities a greater role in
Enacting sweeping reforms to
grant more powers to local gov-
ernments and more autonomy
from Rome is the top priority of
the Northern League, a crucial
Berlusconi ally, and any delay or
failure to pass the measure might
affect the government's stability.
In a move aimed at sidestepping
the parliamentary setback and
appeasing the League, Berlus-
coni held an emergency Cabinet
meeting late yesterday to push
ahead with some of the same
measures by way of government
Berlusconi, 74, has rejected
calls for his resignation in the
wake of the sex scandal, which
has come to be known in Italy
as "Ruby-gate," in reference to
the nickname of the Moroccan
teenager at the center of the
probe. The scandal has proven
an embarrassment for Italy, with
newspapers describing parties
at Berlusconi's villas as baccha-
nalia with topless girls dancing