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CRIME NOTES

Chair caper
WHERE: Pierpont Com-
mons
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 9 a.m.
WHAT: An unknown
person damaged a chair
by cutting its upholstery,
University Police reported.
The incident occured
between 2:30 p.m. and 6
p.m. Tuesday.
Lumber looted
WHERE: 1170 West Medi-
cal Center
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 7:20 p.m.
WHAT: Firewood was
taken from the bed of a
pickup truck that was
parked in the lot between
3:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Monday, University Police
reported. There are no sus-
pects.

Pills pilfered
WHERE: C.S. Mott Chil-
dren's Hospital
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 10:40 a.m.
WHAT: Two bottles of
pills were stolen from a visi-
tor's locker in the fifth floor
waiting room, University
Police reported. The pills
were taken sometime Tues-
day night.
Laptop larceny
WHERE: Duderstadt
Building
WHEN: Wednesday at
10:20 a.m.
WHAT: A laptop was stolen
between 11:30 p.m. and 11:45
p.m. Tuesday from an unat-
tended conference room on
the first floor, University
Police reported. There are
no susnects.

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
NOLA music Professor tenor
For the second-straight
in Ann Arbor performance day, a goat was spotted
walking along an Atlan-
WHAT: The New Orleans- WHAT: Thomas Young, a ta-area highway, the Atlanta
based Rebirth Brass Band Grammy and Cleo award- Journal Constitution report-
will performa unique mix winning lyric tenor, will ed. It's unknown whether the
of brass band sound and perform. Young, a professor samegoatwaswalkingonthe
funk, jazz, soul and hip at Sarah Lawrence College, samothwask
hop. The band hails from has performed in more than road on both days.

the Treme neighborhood of
New Orleans.
WHO: University Musical
Society
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Hill Auditorium
A night at
the opera
WHAT: The Opera Theatre
will perform "Falstaff," a
comedic opera by Giuseppe
Verdi that tells the story of
an older man who solicits
two married women.
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre & Dance
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Power Center for
the Performing Arts

30 countries around the
globe.
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre & Dance
WHEN: Today at 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Britton Recital
Hall
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Michigan-based duo
Seth and May played
last night at The Ark,
highlighting their newre-
lease New Flower, which was
inspired by their recent trip
to Ethiopia.
D FOR MORE, SEE ARTS, PAGE5
A flock of pigeons in
Stockholm, Sweden are
using the city's subway
system to travel across the
city looking for food, news.
com.au reported. The birds
wait on the platform to board
the train and then get off
after one stop.

Twitter, Facebook change
the nature of 2012 campaign

GOP debate watchers
take to Twitter after
Rick Perry mishap
NEW YORK (AP) - Rick
Perry had barely gotten through
his gaffe in Wednesday's Repub-
lican primary debate when a
rolling commentary on the TV
screen declared his campaign on
life support.
"Perry is done," came a Twit-
ter posting from a viewer called
(at)PatMcPsu, even while the
Texas governor struggleddto
name the third of three federal
agencies he said he would elimi-
nate as president. Another, called
(at)sfiorini, messaged, "Whoa?
Seriously, Rick Perry? He can't
even name the agencies he wants
to abolish. Wow. Just wow."
Perry insists his campaign
isn't over and has vowed to move
on from his meltdown.
One used to have to wait
for several minutes after the
debate ended for analysis of the
2012 presidential contest. But

if Wednesday's exchange is any
indication, social networking
has become the instant pundit-
ry: The 140-character messages
known as tweets came from
ordinary viewers and prominent
campaign strategists alike.
Social networking sites like
Twitter and Facebook have long
been hotbeds of political con-
versation, largely for an insider
crowd of activists and news
junkies. But CNBC, which aired
the debate, took things a step
further, featuring an onscreen
crawl of tweets from viewers
reacting to what was transpiring
onstage. That allowed ordinary
viewers to chime in on the politi-
cal conversation and an even
larger audience.
Social media provides "a real
time citizen voice," according
to Matthew Nisbet, an associate
professor of communications at
American University who stud-
ies politics and digital media.
"It's no longer a passive
audience experience, watch-
ing commentators and political
strategists discussing what is

being seen on the screen," Nis-
bet said. "Now people can hear
it from a more diverse range
of voices, and potentially from
their peers."
CNBC spokesman Brian Steel
said the network, which spe-
cializes in business and finan-
cial news and runs a continuous
stock ticker, viewed social media
as a natural partner for the
debate.
"During business hours CNBC
is focused on providing real-time
data analysis and information, so
social media was a great way to
work in real-time reaction to the
debate. It's very consistent with
what we do," Steel said.
The network had chosen a
mix of citizen tweets to feature
onscreen along with those from
"influencers" like former Gener-
al Electric Chairman Jack Welch
and Larry Sabato, a University
of Virginia professor and well-
known political commentator,
Steel said.
CNBC even posted a tweet
from (at)BarackObama, the pres-
ident's re-election Twitter feed,
where campaign staff tweeted
their reactions to the debate.
"'Obamacare' and 'repeal'
are tied for the most men-
tions at the second commercial
break," the post said.
To be sure, there were far
more tweets and mentions
of the debate on other social
media than those that actually
appeared on TV.
Bluefin Labs, a Cambridge,
Mass., social analytic compa-
ny that tracks digital chatter
around television, found there
were almost 275,000 social
media mentions of the CNBC
debate as it was underway.
That was second only to the
October 18 CNN debate, which
drew more than 548,000 men-
tions.
By comparison, the Fox
comedy Glee, which draws
more social media commen-
tary than any other show on
television this season, aver-
ages about 189,000 mentions
per episode.

Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav, leaves Israel's Supreme Court in Jerusalem, yesterday.
Former Israeli president
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Katsav to become
highest Israeli official
to go to prison
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's
Supreme Court yesterday upheld
the rape conviction of former Pres-
ident Moshe Katsav and ordered
him to begin serving a seven-year
prison term next month, a land-
mark decision that culminated a
sordid five-year saga.
The rape conviction for the
former head of state was hailed
as a victory for women's rights
and equality under the law, par-
ticularly at a sensitive time when
Israel's liberal democracy has
come under assault from extreme
nationalists and the burgeoning
ultra-religious minority.
"From this day on, let nobody
dare claim that these are women
who tried to conspire against the
president. Rather they are brave
women who must empower all
harassed women who are afraid
to complain," said Tzipi Livni,
Israel's opposition leader and the
nation's most prominent female
politician.
It also completed the tragic
ending for a man whose rag-
to-riches story had served as a
symbol of success for Mizrahi
Jews, those of Middle Eastern

descent who for decades were an
underclass in Israel. Ordered to
report to prison on Dec. 7, Kat-
say becomes the highest-ranking
Israeli official to serve time.
The Iranian-born Katsav, 65,
was convicted last December of
raping a former employee when he
was a Cabinet minister and of sex-
ually harassing two other women
during his term as president from
2000 to 2007. He received a sev-
en-year prison sentence in March,
but remained free pending his
appeal.
Katsav has vociferously pro-
fessed his innocence since the
accusations against him first
emerged five years ago, claiming
he was the victim of a political
witchhunt. And the case against
him depended entirely on testi-
mony, fueling a debate in Israel on
the difficulties of prosecuting sex
crimes.
But in a decisive ruling yester-
day, the judges said his testimony
had not been credible and accused
him of exploiting his status as a
high public official.
The former president "fell
from the loftiest heights to the
deepest depths," Judge Salim
Joubran told the hushed court.
"Such a senior official should be
a role model to his subordinates.
Every woman has a right to her
own body. A right to dignity. A

right to freedom. No one has the
liberty to take any of those from
her."
Katsav sat stone-faced
throughout the session, briefly
smiling wryly as it became clear
his appeal was beingrejected.
Katsav's attorney, Avigdor
Feldman, faulted the judges for
believing the rape victim despite
serious holes in her testimony.
"They would have believed her
if she said the rape occurred on
Venus," Feldman said.
Noya Rimalt, an expert on crim-
inal law and feminist legal theory
at Haifa University, said the pros-
ecution prevailed in because of
strong witness testimony. "Differ-
ent women who didn't know each
other told similar stories about the
way he treated female subordi-
nates. That is what the conviction
was based on," she said.
Israel's presidency is a largely
ceremonial office, typically filled .
by a respected elder statesman
expected to rise above politics
and serve as a moral compass.
The case against Katsav, which
broke in 2006 after he told police
one of his accusers was trying to
extort money from him, shocked
Israelisbyportrayinga manwide-
ly seen as a bland functionary as
a predatory boss who repeatedly
used authority to force sexual
favors.

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