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WHERE: Ross School of
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 7 a.m.
software was found on
a classroom computer,
reported. The software
was confiscated and an
investigation is in process.
WHERE: Hatcher Graduate
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 10:15 p.m.
WHAT: A man visiting
from Ohio was arrested
after trespassing in the
library, University Police
reported. The man had
trespassed and indecently
exposed himself in the area
WHERE: 200 block of
WHEN: Thursday at about
WHAT: University staff
members spotted three
students smoking mari-
juana outside a building,
University Police reported.
The students were released
pending investigation and
their marijuana and para-
phernalia were confiscated.
WHERE: University lot
WHEN: Wednesday at
abou 10:15 p.m.
WHAT: A vehicle backing
out of a parkingspace hit
another car, damaging that
car's fender, University
Police reported. No injuries
CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
WHAT: Musical theatre
students will perform
a dramatitled, "Our
Country's Good." The story
is inspired by actual events.
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre & Dance
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Walgreen Drama
WHAT: The University's
Symphony Orchestra, led
by conductor Kenneth
Kiesler, will perform three
seperate pieces in a free
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre & Dance.
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Hill Auditorium
Lawmakers in Manas-
sas, Va. are proposing
that only "responsible"
adults- be allowed to walk
dogs outdoors, NBCWash-
ington.com reported. Sup-
porters of the law are saying
that the new restrictions will
keep citizens safer.
The Merce Cumming-
ham Dance Company,
famous for its avant-
garde choreography, will
perform tonight and tomor-
row at the Power Center for
FOR MORE, SEE ARTS, PAGE 6
A researcher in Isra-
el has created a new
device that will allow
plastic surgery patients to
preview a procedure's out-
come, Medical News Today
reported. The device is
described as a "virtual mir-
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One U.S. agent dead after
Mexican drug gang ambush
official calls attack
a 'game changer'
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP)
- Gunmen from Mexico's ruth-
less Zetas drug gang carried out
a highway ambush that killed one
U.S. federal agent and wounded
another this week, a Texas con-
gressman said yesterday.
Michael McCaul said Immi-
gration and Customs Enforce-
ment Special Agent Jaime Zapata,
32, was killed by members of the
Zeta cartel after a group of 10 to
15 armed men in two vehicles
forced Zapata's Chevy Suburban
off a highway in San Luis Potosi
state on Tuesday afternoon. ICE
Agent Victor Avila was shot twice
in the leg.
McCaul is chairman of the
House Homeland Security Over-
sight and Investigations Subcom-
mittee and was briefed on the
attack by intelligence sources
as part of his position. He said
the agents, both of whom were
assigned to Texas but on tempo-
rary assignment in Mexico, identi-
fied themselves as U.S. diplomats
before being shot, "hoping they
(the Zetas) would honor the long-
standing tradition that they don't
(target) U.S. law enforcement."
"This was a complete ambush,"
said the Texas Republican, who
said investigators recovered least
90 bullet casings from the scene.
"This is a complete game
changer," McCaul said. "They are
changing the rules."
He said that while the motive
for the attack remains unclear,
one thing is certain: "There's no
case of mistaken identity."
Authorities have said the
agents were likely in the wrong
place at the wrong time and that
their SUV is of a kind coveted by
drug cartels in the area.
San Luis Potosi borders two
northern Mexican states where
the Zetas and the rival Gulf Cartel
have waged bloody battles over
territory. Zapata and Avila were
temporarily detailed to the ICE
attache office in Mexico City and
were driving from the northern
city of Monterrey to the Mexican
capital at the time of the attack.
Mexican authorities are inves-
tigating the shooting but have not
announced any arrests.
"My sense is that we know, we
probably have pretty good intel-
ligence as to who was behind'
this," McCaul said. "That's what
it appears to be."
U.S. Homeland Security Secre-
tary Janet Napolitano and Attor-
ney General Eric Holder have
formed a joint task force led by
the FBI to help Mexico find the
Holder said yesterday that U.S.
officials would look closely at the
security situation in Mexico and
make any changes warranted to
ensure that U.S. personnel "have
The Mexican government
does not allow U.S. law enforce-
ment personnel operating in
its territory to carry weapons.
Holder said the U.S. government
will examine whether American
agents in Mexico need to carry
guns or other safeguards need
to be instituted in light of the
"We will look at this and we'll
do ... an analysis of what it is that
we need to do to make sure that
everybody is as safe down there
as we can make them," he said.
McCaul said he wants to move
"We are helping them, they
are not helping us," McCaul said.
"If we are going to put our guys
down there ... to allow them not
to be armed really puts them right
in the bulls-eye and they are sit-
McCaul also said he wants to
schedule congressional hearings
to examine the U.S. role in Mex-
ico's ongoing drug war, which has
killed more than 35,000 people
since Mexican President Felipe
Calderon launched an offensive
against the country's drug gangs
shortly after taking office in
Avila serves on a unit to deter
human trafficking and is based in
El Paso, Texas.
Zapata, a native of Brownsville,
had been based out of Laredo,
Texas. He joined Homeland Secu-
rity in 2006, served on the Human
Smuggling and Trafficking Unit as
well as the Border Enforcement
Security Task Force. He also for-
merly was a member of the U.S.
Border Patrol in Yuma, Ariz.
Yesterday, police and ICE offi-
cers barred access to Zapata's
mother's home in this border city
across the Rio Grande from Mat-
amoros, Mexico, using cruisers,
motorcycles and blue-and-white
ICE truck to block access to a pri-
vate road, which forked off a two-
lane parkway lined with tall, thin
palm trees and unassuming, one-
Brownsville police spokesman
Eddie Garcia said the department
doesn't usually provide such pro-
tection to the family of shooting
victims but that it was appropri-
ate given the circumstances.
ABDEL MAGID AL FERGANY/A
Pro-Gadhafi supporters wave his posters during a march supporting leader Moammar Gadhafi in Tripoli, Libya, yester-
day. Libyan protesters seeking to oust Gadhafi also took to the streets in four cities on the "day of rage."
killed in Libyan 'day of rage"'
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targeted in protests
across five cities
CAIRO (AP) - Libyan pro-
testers seeking to oust longtime
leader Moammar Gadhafi defied
a crackdown and took to the
streets in five cities yesterday
on what activists have dubbed
a "day of rage," amid reports
at least 20 demonstrators have
been killed in clashes with pro-
New York-based Human
Rights Watch said Libyan inter-
nal security forces also have
arrested at least 14 people. Hun-
dreds of pro-government dem-
onstrators also rallied in the
capital, Tripoli, blocking traffic
in some areas, witnesses said.
An opposition website and
an anti-Gadhafi activist said
unrest broke out during marches
in four Libyan cities - Beyida,
Benghazi, Zentan, Rijban and
Darnah. Organizers were using
social networking sites like
Facebook and Twitter to call for
"Today the Libyans broke the
barrier or fear, it is a new dawn,"
said Faiz Jibril, an opposition
leader in exile.
Opposition website Libya Al-
Youm said four protesters were
slain by snipers from the Inter-
nal Security Forces in the east-
ern city of Beyida, which had
protests Wednesday and yester-
day. It's not clear when the pro-
testers were killed. The website
also said there was a demon-
stration yesterday in Benghazi,
Libya's second-largest city, and
that security forces had shot
and killed six people with live
activist Fathi al-Warfali said 11
protesters were killed in Beyida
on Wednesday night, and scores
were wounded. He said the gov-
ernment dispatched army com-
mandos to quell the uprising.
Libya Al-Youm said that pro-
testers set out yesterday after
the funeral for those killed a day
earlier toward the State Secu-
rity building, chanting "Free
Libya, Gadhafi get out!"
Mohammed Ali Abdellah,
deputy leader of the exiled
National Front for the Salva-
tion of Libya, said that hospitals
in Beyida were complaining of
a shortage in medical supplies,
and that the government has
refused to provide them to treat
an increasing number of pro-
Abdellah quoted hospital
officials in the town as say-
ing that about 70 people have
been admitted since Wednes-
day night, about half of them
critically injured by gunshot
Gadhafi's government has
moved quickly to try to stop
Libyans from joining the wave
of uprisings in the Middle East
that have ousted the leaders of
Egypt and Tunisia. It has pro-
posed the doubling of govern-
ment employees' salaries and
released 110 suspected Islamic
militants who oppose him -
tactics similar to those adopted
by other Arab regimes facing
recent mass protests.
An autocrat who has ruled
for more than 40 years, Gadhafi
also has been meeting with trib-
al leaders to solicit their sup-
port. State television reported
Tuesday that Gadhafi spoke
with representatives of the Ben
Ali tribe, one of Libya's biggest
clans and one that has branches
into neighboring Egypt.
Tripoli residents said they
were having trouble accessing the
Internet, although it was not clear
whether access had been blocked
or the bandwidth reduced. At the
height of the protests in Egypt
last month, the government shut
down the Internet for five days in
a bid to curb the protesters' abil-
ity to organize.
The official news agency
JANA said yesterday's pro-gov-
ernment rallies were intended
to express "eternal unity with
the brother leader of the revolu-
tion." as Gadhafi is known.
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