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How would you describe
your involvement with the
Martin Luther King Jr. memo-
rial in Washington D.C.?
The King family made it clear
that they were in favor of what
they called a "living memorial."
So I was one of five individuals
who chose to draft an internation-
al competition. Fifty-two coun-
tries sent entries, with 900 entries
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was best. It took 12 years to
receive all the proper governmen-
tal approval, and we got approval
to break ground 18 months ago,
and the rest is history.
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My father and my uncle were
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when I was of a formative age
of 8 or 9 years old, my parents
added what became known as a
playroom onto the house. At that
time in the late 40s, the idea of a
child having their own room was
unheard of. It reinforced in my
mind that space and architecture
could really have an impact on
how we find a bit of independence
and space to develop on our own
terms.
What do you currently teach
at the University?
I'm teaching an urban design
and redevelopment course, and
it's an interest of mine to teach a
technical course for kids who are
not architects.

What do you like most about
being a professor at the Univer-
sity?
Michigan has a very unique
mix of students. There's no ques-
tion the reason I've been teaching
for almost 40 years and still enjoy
it now is because of the mix of tal-
ent and work ethic from the stu-
dent body at U of M.
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spare time?
I find myself visiting various
old bookstores around Ann Arbor.
I like browsing and getting the
sense that there have been a lot
of smart people here before and
after me and open myself up to theC
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CRIME NOTES
Handyman Cut off from

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

heist
WHERE: 1351 Beal Ave.
WHEN: Tuesday at about
3 p.m.
WHAT: University police
received a call stating a
cart containing $1,200 of
tools was taken on Oct.14,
University Police reported.
There are no suspects.
No more java
WHERE: North Campus
Research Complex
WHEN: Tuesday at about
12:15 p.m.
WHAT: Between Oct. 11
and Oct.14, two boxes of
coffee packets valued at
about $75 were taken from
a closet and a kitchen,
University Police reported.
There are no suspects.

society
WHERE: Mason Hall
WHEN: Tuesday at about
10:10 p.m.
WHAT: A female student
reported her iPhone
valued at $300 was stolen
from a computing center,
University Police reported.
There are no suspects.
Damage
control
WHERE: Mason Hall
WHEN: Tuesday at about
10:16 a.m.
WHAT: An in-ground
junction box outside Mason
Hall was damaged by
accident, University Police
reported. The cause of the
damage is unknown.

Musical
performance
WHAT: A performance by
trombonist George Lewis
and jazz pianist and Uni-
versity alum Geri Allen who,
will integrate digital music
into the show.
WHO: Institute for the
Humanities
WHEN: Tonight from S
p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Rackham
Graduate School
Medicine club
mass meeting
WHAT: The Michigan
Alternative Medicine Club
will hold a mass meeting
featuring pumpkin treats,
massages and tea tasting.
WHO: Michigan
Alternative Medicine Club
WHEN: Tonight from 8
p.m. to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Mason Hall,
room 2427

CORRECTIONS
" An Oct. 19 article in
the Daily ("AAUefects
Coleman as chairfor one-
year term")misquoted
Kelly Cunningham and
incorrectly stated the
founding year of the AAU.
It was founded in 1900.
. The headline of an
Oct.19 article in the
Daily ("Bordmeeting
in violation ofMich,
Open meetings Act'e)
incorrectly implied
that a meeting of the
University's Board
of Regents violated
Michigan's Open
Meetings Act.
" An Oct.19 article in
The Statement ('EasyA'
Abroad)incorrectly stat-
ed the number of credits
LSA senior David Frankel
took. He took 15 credits.

A thief used a crane to
steal a Jeep Wrangler
from a car dealership lot
in Indiana on Sunday, The
Chicago Tribune reported.
The theft took six minutes,
and police have arrested a
person in connection with
the incident.
The four-club mega-
complex Cavern Club
on First Street features
decorations as diverse as a
metal cage to a deer head
centerpiece to a mass of
twinkling Christmas lights.
go FOR MORE, SEETHE B-SIDE, INSIDE
Disneyland has
been accused by
environmental groups
in Californiaof havingunsafe
amounts of lead in the theme
park, The Orlando Sentinel
reported. The groups suspect
Walt Disney World of also
having high lead levels.

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British police clear illegal
Traveler camp in England

Thailand PM
says flood has put
country in crisis *

Essex Police
arrested 23 people
and tasered two
CRAYS HILL, England (AP)
- British police used sledgeham-
mers, crowbars and a cherry
picker yesterday to clear the way
for the eviction of Irish Travelers
from a site where they have lived
illegally for a decade.
By the afternoon police said
they were in control of the site,
and that bailiffs were beginning to
move onto the disputed property.
Essex Police said two protest-
ers were Tasered and 23 people
arrested after police officers were
attacked with rocks, other mis-
siles and liquids including urine.
Residents andsupporters, how-
ever, said police had used exces-
sive force.
Evictions of Travelers, a tra-
ditionally nomadic group similar
to, but ethnically distinct from,
Gypsy or Roma people, are rela-

tively common across Britain. But
few are as large, or as high-profile,
as yesterday's at Dale Farm.
The police and bailiffs faced
resistance from several dozen
protesters who threw bricks and
struggled with officers at the site,
set in fields 30 miles (50 kilome-
ters) east of London. One mobile
home was set on fire as police
moved in at dawn, and several
protesters chained themselves to
barricades with bicycle locks to
slow down the evictions. Others
scaled a 40-foot (12-meter) scaf-
folding tower.
Police moved protesters away
and later used a cherry picker, or
mechanized lifting platform, to
reach the scaffolding platform
and remove protesters who had
chained themselves to the struc-
ture.
The conflict over Dale Farm
has simmered since 2001, when
Travelers bought and settled on a
former scrap yard next to a legal
Travelers' site. The legal battle
dragged on for years until the

Travelers lost a final appeal last
week.
The local authority says it's a
simple planning issue - the 86
families lack permission to pitch
homes on the land. The Travelers
call it ethnic cleansing- the latest
chapter in a centuries-old story
of mistrust between nomads and
British society.
"I've been through a lot of evic-
tions, but I've never seen any-
thing like this ... they have come
in and started a riot that we never
wanted," said resident Kathleen
McCarthy, who accused police
of roughing up Travelers at the
site, injuring three women. "We
are being dragged out of the only
homes we have in this world."
Lily Hayes, who identified her-
self as a human rights observer,
also accused the police of using
unnecessary force.
The ambulance service said
one woman was taken to a hos-
pital with minor back injuries.
Five other people were treated for
smoke inhalation, breathing diffi-

culties and a nosebleed.
Authorities said the violence
was coming not from residents
but from their supporters - anar-
chists, environmentalists and
anti-capitalists who came to the
site from across Europe.
"The premeditated and orga-
nized scenes of violence that we
have already seen with protest-
ers throwing rocks and bricks,
threatening police with iron bars
and setting fire to a caravan are
shocking," said Tony Ball, leader
of Basildon Council, the local
authority.
He said while "no one takes any
satisfaction" in the police opera-
tion, he was confident that "after
10 years of negotiations to try and
find a peaceful solution to this,
that what we are doing is the right
thing."
His council has estimated that
the total costto taxpayers of evict-
ing the Travelers from the site
- including clean-up and post-
eviction security - could rise to 18
million pounds ($28 million).

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ath toll at 320, Meanwhile, flooding in areas
directly north of the city wors-
r power plants ened despite frantic government
efforts to stave off the water.
suspended Today, the death toll in nation-
wide flooding had risen to 320,
IGKOK (AP) - Thailand's mostly from drowning, with
remier acknowledged the nearly 9 million people affected
y's flood crisis has over- and 27 of the country's 77 prov-
ed her government, plead- inces still inundated. Initial
mercy fromthe media and estimates of the economic cost
ity from the country in of destroyed shops, paralyzed
g the relentless waters. factories and swamped farmland
an emotional appear- were $3 billion, but have since
efore reporters yesterday, been rising.
Minister Yingluck Shi- Authorities this week said
a said her administration they have suspended operations
g all it can and tryingto be at four major power plants in 0
r as possible about where the provinces of Phichit, Nakhon
oding may strike next. Ratchasima and Ayutthaya - all
gkok had so far has north of Bangkok - due to flood-
d serious flooding, thanks ing; the first was shut in Septem-
es, underground tunnels ber. The Electricity Generating
ter defenses, though flood- Authority of Thailand said other
have been seeping into plants were making up for the 0
orthern neighborhoods. shortfall, however, and there has
never, mixed messages been no effect on total output.
officials about whether Heavy monsoon rains and
ok will be swamped has storms have ravaged Asia this
fear and confusion over year. The United Nations says at
rave the threat really is. least 745 people have been killed
ursday, some internation- since July in Thailand, Cam-
oos closed and nervous bodia, Vietnam, Laos and the
ters began parking cars Philippines - a quarter of them
rated expressways on the children.
rn side of the capital to Flood waters have slowly
tem safe. crawled south toward the Gulf
oll by ABAC, associated of Thailand, though the govern-
angkok's Assumption Col- ment has notched up the urgency
und that 87 percent of 415 of flood-control efforts only in
surveyed did not trust the past two weeks.
ation from the govern- "The government had said
flood command center. over and over again they were
have been doing every- able to handle the situation, then
we can, but this is a big what happened? It got flooded
al crisis," Yingluck said. from there to here," said Pun-
egging for mercy from the tip Susuntitapong, a 61-year-old
here." retired banker in Bangkok.
gkok's city government, Yingluck had no previous gov-
i by the opposition, urged ernment experience when she
Its in seven northern dis- came into power in August as
o move belongings to safe the standard-bearer for the party
because of likely flooding. aligned with her brother, Thak-
arning came days after sin Shinawatra, who is a fugitive
officials had indicated on corruption convictions but
orst threat had passed. still widely popular.

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