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Credit chaos No structural


WHERE: 1051 Canton
WHEN: Wednesday at 4:40
WHAT: A staff person's
credit card reportedly was
taken between 8 a.m. and
noon, University Police
reported. There is a possible
Door damaged
WHERE: 1600 East Medi-
cal Center
WHEN: Tuesday at about
9:35 a.m.
WHAT: An elevator lobby
door was found damaged
for the second time in one
week, University Police
reported. Estimated repairs
cost between $500 and
$1,000. There are no sus-

WHERE: M-22 Carport
WHEN: Tuesday at about
3:55 p.m.
WHAT: A two car accident
occured int he parking
structure, University Police
reported. There were no
injuries, and the amount of
damage to the vehicles is
Art attacked
WHERE: 500 block of
South State Street
WHEN: Tuesday at about
11:40 a.m.
WHAT: Graffiti in yel-
low paint was found on
an outdoor art sculpture,
University Police reported.
The vandalism reportedly
occurred between 7 a.m.
Dec. 21 and 11:30 a.m. Jan. 3.

Rap concert-
WHAT: The rapper Wale,
whose second album will be
released later this year, will
perform with Casey Veg-
gies, Black Cobain and the
Dean's List. Tickets start
at $26
WHO: Michigan Union
Ticket Office
WHEN: Tonight at 7:30
WHERE: Hill Auditorium
Folk concert
WHAT: Black Jack and
the Carnies, who recorded
their debut album "Where
the Heather Don't Grow"
in Ann Arbor will perform.
General admission tickets
start at $15.
WHO: Michigan Union
Ticket Office
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m
WHERE: The Ark

UMMA show
WHAT: An exhibition dis-
playing the museum's newly
acquired pieces from artists
such as Annie Leibovitz and
Rebrandt van Rijn.
WHO: University of
Michigan Museum of Art
WHEN: Today at 10 a.m.
WHERE: University of
Michigan Museum of Art
WHAT: Student group
MTango is offering an
Argentinian tango class for
WHO: MTango
WHEN: Tonight at 8:15 p.m.
WHERE: Mason Hall
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error in the Daily to

1A man driving in the
carpool lane of a Seattle
highway was pulled over
by police last month for put-
ting a plastic skeleton in the
passenger seat in order to use
the reserved lane, the Seattle
Post-Intelligencer reproted.
The driver was ticketed.
The Michigan basket-
ball team took No. 12
Indiana to the wire
in Bloomington, but Zack
Novak's half-court heave at
the buzzer went wide. The
Hoosiers won, 73-71.
A 22-year-old Navy
SEAL shot himself in
the head yesterday
as he tried to convince a
woman that his pistol was
unloaded, the North County
Times reported. According
to police, the man is on life

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Pentagon chief says a smaller
military creates extra risksTj


Obama's new
defense strategy
designed to contend
with budget cuts
dent Barack Qbama vowed yester-
daythe United States willmaintain
the best-equipped military in his-
tory despite deep and looming
defense budget cuts, but Pentagon
leaders acknowledged the changes
present additional risk.
"Our military will be leaner,
but the world must know the
United States is going to main-
tain our military superiority,"
Obama said in a rare appearance
in the Pentagon briefing room.
Defense Secretary Leon
Panetta and several top mili-

tary brass lined up on the stage
behind him, underscoring Penta-
gon support for cuts that Panetta
and others said they know will be
criticized as too drastic.
Obama said the emerging strat-
egy overhaul is designed to con-
tend with hundreds of billions of
dollars in budget cuts and refocus
the United States' national securi-
ty priorities after a decade domi-
nated by the post.-Sept. 11 wars in
Afghanistan and Iraq.
The strategy, devised through
a comprehensive review by civil-
ian and militaryleaders, centered
on the military the country needs
after the "long wars of the last
decade are over," Obama said.
Panetta said that smaller mili-
tary budgets will mean some
tradeoffs and that the U.S. will
take on "some level of additional
but acceptable risk." But Panetta

said that at this point in history,
in a changing world, the Penta-
gon would have been forced to
make a strategy shift anyway.
He says the money crisis merely
forced the government's hand.
The president announced that
the military will be reshaped
over time with an emphasis on
countering terrorism, maintain-
ing a nuclear deterrent, pro-
tecting the U.S. homeland, and
"deterring and defeating aggres-
sion by any potential adversary."
Those are not new military
missions, and Obama announced
no new capabilities or defense
initiatives. He described a U.S.
force that will retain much of
its recent focus, with the excep-
tion of fighting a large-scale,
prolonged conflict like the newly
ended Iraq mission or the ongo-
ing war in Afghanistan.

The parents of Jaime Gonzalez, stepmother Noralva Gonzalez, left, and Jaime Gonzalez Sr., speak in front ofttheir home in
Brownsville, Texas yesterday. They are demanding to know why police officers fatally shot their 15-year-old son.
Texas school shooting leaves *
many questions unanswered

7 Eledlilign~aig 7

Parents wonder
why police shot
their son who had
pellet gun at school
- On a doorstep outside a fam-
ily home, a father wondered why
police had to shoot his son in the
hall of the boy's middle school.
In an office across town, a police
chief insisted that his officers
had no choice.
And scores of others in this
Texas border city wondered:
Could the death of 15-year-old
Jaime Gonzalez have been pre-
A day after police fatally shot
an eighth-grader who was bran-
dishing a realistic-looking pel-
let gun, his anguished parents
pleaded for answers, demanding
to know why police didn't try
a Taser or beanbag gun before
resorting to deadly force.
In front of the family home,
the father lamented his loss and
called on authorities to explain
their actions.

"Why three shots? Why one
in the back of the head?" asked
Jaime Gonzalez Sr.
Some standoffs with police
last three or four hours, he said.
This one "took not even half an
But Brownsville interim Police
Chief Orlando Rodriquez said
the preliminary autopsy report
showed the boy was not shot in
the back of the head.
There was broad agreement
among law enforcement experts:
If a suspect raises a weapon and
refuses to put it down, officers
are justified in taking his life. The
shooting also raised questions
about whether pelletguns should
be marked in a way that would
easily distinguish them from real
Rodriguez defended his offi-
cers, saying the younger Gon-
zalez pointed the pellet gun at
police and repeatedly defied their
commands to put it on the floor.
He said the boy was shot twice
in the torso. Asked about the par-
ents' suggestion that there had
been a shot to the back of the
head, Rodriguez said, "It's a lac-
eration as a result of the fall."

The Brownsville Herald,
which reviewed the report, con-
firmed the preliminary finding
that the boy died of two gunshot *
wounds, one to the chest and
one to the abdomen. The report,
signed by pathologist Elizabeth
J. Miller, noted Gonzalez had a
laceration to the right side of the
head consistent with a fall.
Officers spoke with the boy's
parents yesterday and exchanged
information with them, Rodri-
guez said.
Authorities also released a
911 recording from Cummings
Middle School. The assistant
principal on the phone first says
a student in the hall has a gun,
then reports that he is drawing
the weapon and finally that he is
running down the hall.
On the recording, police can
be heard yelling: "Put the gun
down! Put it on the floor!" In the
background, someone else yells,
"He's saying that he is willing to
Before police arrived, school
administrators had urged Jaime
to give up the gun. When officers
got to the school, the boy was
waitingfor them, Rodriguezsaid.

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