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Man fulfills Bleach blunder Travel workshop
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 6:45 p.m.
WHAT: A man stole a bag
of nachos from the cafeteria
between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.,
University Police reported.
An investigation is pending.
Glass stand no
WHERE: Northwood IV
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 9:30 a.m.
WHAT: A glass umbrella
stand was broken while
a refrigerator was being
moved into an apartment,
University Police reported.
The stand is valued at $30.
WHERE: 2200 Bonisteel
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 4 p.m.
WHAT: A gallon of bleach
was accidentally spilled on
a roof, University Police .
reported. The liquid was
promptly cleaned and did
not cause any damage.
get the message
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 11:30 a.m.
WHAT: A student filed a
complaint after receiving
hundreds of unwanted text
messages from a former
Police reported. An
investigation is nendine.
WHAT: University peer
advisers and a travel agent
from STA Travel will
share tips abouttraveling
abroad in Europe. Topics
for discussion include
food, language barriers and
WHO: International Center
WHEN: Today at noon
Center, Conference room
Artist talks oil
WHAT: Visiting Chinese
artist Wang Bing and
Markus Nornes will
discuss Bing's 840-minute
documentary titled "Crude
WHO: The University's
WHEN: Today at 3 p.m.
WHERE: University of
Michigan Museum of Art,
Helmut Stern Auditorium
WHAT: A performance of
School of Music, Theatre &
Dance senior Louis King's
senior thesis play, "Fat Men
in Skirts," about the strange
evolution of two people on a
WHO: Basement Arts
WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Walgreen Drama
WHAT: MFA candidates
Jessica Bonenfant, Sean
Hoskins and Susie Thiel
will showcase their
choreography and perform
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre & Dance
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Duderstadt Center
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tonight and this weekend at
the Power Center. Expect
hilarious songs, audience
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Rebecca Black, who
released her hit single
"Friday" last month,
announced she will donate
proceeds from her album
sales to Japan, US Maga-
zine reported. Her video has
received nearly 40 million
hits on YouTube.
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Michigan man accused of ow.
placing explosive at building $ 4
Suspect has history
of disputes with
DETROIT (AP) - A man with a
history of bizarre rants against the
FBI was charged yesterday with
placing an explosive outside a fed-
eral building in Detroit in a case
that has embarrassed the govern-
ment because it was taken inside
by a guard and left unattended for
Gary Mikulich was arrested
500 miles away in the Upper
Peninsula and charged with
trying to use an explosive to
damage the McNamara Fed-
eral Building, which houses the
FBI, Internal Revenue Service,
immigration court and other
A tool bag holding a metal cash
box was discovered Feb. 26 and
brought inside the building, but it
sat until a Federal Protective Ser-
vice officer decided to X-ray it on
March 18, saw electrical compo-
nents inside and summoned the
Detroit police bomb squad, which
blew it up miles away at a city
park, the FBI said.
"We're all a little shaken,"
said CatherineUGase, 49, who
works for the U.S. Small Busi-
ness Administration. "I can't
imagine how that could have
happened. I can't imagine why
we weren't evacuated. . . . I was
completely unaware of what was
happeninguntil the all-clear was
The exploded materials includ-
ed pieces of PVC pipe, a timer and
black electrical tape, along with
a handwritten note that read, "1.
Turn Switch 2. Plug, in," agent
Mark Davidson wrote in an affida-
vit filed in court.
The FBI is not calling it a bomb;
all pieces are still being examined
by experts, spokeswoman Sandra
Mikulich, 42, lives in Kingsford
in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
He was arrested yesterday and
is due in federal court today in
Marquette, also in the Upper Pen-
insula. An attorney has not been
assigned. A call to his home was
In the affidavit, the FBI said
Mikulich has a history of threat-
ening to harm agents.
About 300 Salafi Muslims shout slogans during a protest in Amman, Jordan, Sunday, March, 13, 2011. The protestors
demanded the release of terrorist suspects from Jordan's government.
Hundreds of Jordanians stage
California maternity center
for Chinese mothers closed
Women claim they
were sent by their
families to give
birth in the U.S.
SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (AP)
- Authorities have closed three
upscale townhouses that were
operating as a maternity center
for Chinese mothers payingthou-
sands of dollars to give birth in
the United States so the children
would automatically gain citizen-
Police and city inspectors found
seven newborns and two mothers
when they closed the homes for
building code violations on March
8 in San Gabriel, a suburb east of
Los Angeles that is home to a large
The women, who were Chi-
nese and Taiwanese nationals
and spoke little English, told offi-
cials their families had paid to
send them to the United States to
give birth, said city code compli-
ance officer Clayton Anderson.
He did not know how much was
The women stayed at the cen-
ter before and after giving birth
at local hospitals, Anderson said.
The three homes, part of a
five-unit condo development on
a quiet residential street, had
adjoining inside walls removed
and had rooms divided so moth-
ers each had separate spaces,
The babies were kept in clear
plastic bassinets in a kitchen con-
verted into a nursery.
"There was a woman there
who said she was a nurse but she
kind of scrambled away when we
got there," Anderson said.
The women and babies were
taken to another location after
the homes were deemed unsafe
for occupancy because structural
walls had been breached.
U.S. law automatically entitles
children born on U.S. soil to citi-
zenship, and it is not illegal for
pregnant women to visit the U.S.
to give birth.
Women from other countries
have long traveled to the U.S.
legally on tourist or student visas
and given birth, but this case
is unusual in that it appears to
involve an organized business,
"The reports up to now have
been about travel agencies
abroad that specialized in this,
but they send one person at a
time here," said Mark Krikorian,
executive director of the Wash-
ington, D.C.-based Center for
Immigration Studies. "What this
could suggest is ... they're taking
it to the next step. Whoever is
organizing this type of operation
is buying or leasing a home to
become a clearing house. That's
a serious problem."
Protesters spokesman Ziad al-Khawaldeh,
demand reform "We will not move an inch
from here until our demands are
to parliament, met," he said under pouring rain
at the Interior Ministry Circle in
Intelligence Dept. the heart of the Jordanian capi-
tal. The district houses the Interi-
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - or Ministry and police, financial
Hundreds of Jordanians set up and other government offices as
a protest camp in a main square well as Western hotels.
in the capital yesterday to press Protesters waved banners that
demands for the ouster of the called for a "new Jordan, clean of
prime minister and wider public corruption and corrupt officials."
freedoms. "Intelligence Department, we
The 500 protesters appeared want your hands off politics!"
to be mostly university students they chanted.
or unemployed graduates unaf- Al-Khawaldeh said two pro-
filiated with any political party. testers were detained for ques-
Many said they met through tioning, but that he did not know
Facebook last month to launch a the reason. While one of them
group called the Jordanian Youth was released hours later, the
Movement. other remains in detention, he
Group spokesman Ziad al- said.
Khawaldeh said protesters Police officials were notimme-
would remain outdoors until diately available for comment.
Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit Al-Khawaldeh said the pro-
departs. Other demands include testers want Prime Minister
dissolving what is widely seen as Marouf al-Bakhit to be "instantly
a docile parliament, dismantling replaced with a liberal govern-
the largely feared intelligence ment that would quickly imple-
department and giving greater ment reforms."
powers to the people. Al-Bakhit, a former army
The group changed its name general, is widely regarded as a
yesterday to "Youth of March 24" tough military officer incapable
- marking what members said of introducing changes demand-
was the start of an open-ended ed by protesters. Those reforms
demonstration. include an election law replacing
"Today is the dawning of the a one seen as favoring the king's
Jordanian revolution," said group loyalists and blamed for produc-
ing a docile parliament, the only
elected body in Jordan's govern-
Jordan's opposition also want
to strip the king of some of his
powers, specifically in appointing
the prime minister. Instead, they
want the premier to be elected by
a popular vote.
Protester Mohammed al-Qaisi,
23, said the protesters want par-
liament to be dissolved and new
elections to be held under a new
election law, giving more propor-
tional representation to Jorda-
nians and reducing the number
of votes in districts inhabited by
tribesmen, who form the bedrock
of support for the king.
"Enough is enough," said al-
Qaisi, an unemployed sociologist.
"We don't want the king to go, but
we wanthimto listen tous; We're
fed up with al-Bakhit, with par-
liament and with Jordan being a
police state ruled by the intelli-
Taxi driver Haitham Yas-
sin, 29, said he joined the pro-
test because "I want the king to
know that I became a taxi driver
because I couldn't find a job as an
"My degree went to waste,"
he said. "Still, I can barely make
ends meet now. I have three chil-
dren and I can't meet all their
needs because prices are con-
stantly increasing, while my sal-
ary remains the same."