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Door damage
WHERE: Baits I Residence
WHEN: Tuesday at about
7:30 a.m
WHAT: An door suffered
mechanical damage some
time between 4 p.m. on
Monday and 7:15 a.m. on
Tuesday and is now unable
to shut, University police
Laptop deleted
WHERE: Taubman Health
Care Center
WHEN: Tuesday at about
3 p.m.
WHAT: Two laptops were
stolen from an unlocked
room, University Police
reported. There are no
suspects but the incident is
being investigated by police.

No reception Kids Fair

WHERE: 2800 Plymouth
WHEN: Tuesday at about
11:45 a.m
WHAT: A cell phone was
stolen from a hallway bench
on Monday between 3:15
p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Univer-
sity Police reported. There
are no supects.
Fraud escaped
WHERE: Edward Henry
Kraus Building
WHEN: Tuesday at 6:40
WHAT: An unattended
wallet was stolen from a
lab some time between
3:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on
Tuesday, University Police
reported. The victim's
credit cards were cancelled
before the perpetrator was
able to use them.

WHAT: K-grams, a a com-
munity service club on
campus, will host Kids Fair.
Elementary school students
will meet their penpals, who
are University students, and
participate in various activi-
ties set up by more than 80
other student organizations.
WHO: K-grams
WHEN: Toady at 9 a.m
WHERE: Clifford P. Keen
WHAT: The University
Opera Theatre will perform
"The Rake's Progress," an
opera about a man who
leaves home in search of
adventure, only to become
dissatisfied with his new
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre & Dance
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m
WHERE: Mendelssohn

WHAT: An eTextbook
demonstration will be
hosted by the University's
eTextbook initiative.Four
different eTextbook vendors
will present, and one vendor
will become the offical plat-
form in the fall.
WHO: University Library
WHEN: Today at 9 a.m
WHERE: Hatcher Gradu-
ate Library
Career seminar
WHAT: Students who want
to be high school teachers
will get help to find jobs.
WHO: The Career Center
WHEN: Tonight at 5 p.m
WHERE: School of Educa-
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Using technology intend-
ed for NASA rockets,
engineers have devloped
a fire pumping system capa-
ble of extinguishing a fire
in a living room one minute
and 27 seconds faster than a
traditional system, Discover
Magazine reported.
Dow Chemical's $10-
million donation for
sustainability fellow-
ships should be questioned,
says columnist Joel Batter-
man. The company has a less
than sustainable history.
Poor Brazilians are
increasingly benefiting
from free beauty treat-
ments as part of a growing
philanthropic trend to beau-
tify the country's lower class,
The Associated Press report-
ed. Women can receive free
Botox and other treatments.

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French stand-off ends
with suspect shot in head

Gunman identified
with al-Qaida,
radical Islamists
TOULOUSE, France (AP) -
Inspired by radical Islam and
trained in Afghanistan, the
gunman methodically killed
French schoolchildren, a rabbi
and paratroopers and faced
down hundreds of police for 32
hours. Then he leapt out a win-
dow as he rained down gunfire
and was fatally shot in the head.
France will not be the same
after Mohamed Merah, whose
deeds and death yesterday could
change how authorities track
terrorists, determine whether
French Muslims face new stig-
mas and even influence who
becomes the next French presi-
The top priority for inves-
tigators now is determining
whether Merah, who claimed
allegiance to al-Qaida, was the
kind of lone-wolf terrorist that
intelligence agencies find par-
ticularly hard to trace, or part
of a network of homegrown
militants operating quietly in
French housing projects, unbe-
knownst to police.
Either way, French authori-
ties are facing difficult ques-
tions after acknowledging that
Merah, a 23-year-old French-
man of Algerian descent, had
been under surveillance for
years and that his travels to
Afghanistan and Pakistan were
known to French intelligence
- yet he wasn't stopped before
he started his killing spree on
March 11. Merah had been on a
U.S. no-fly list since 2010.
"One can ask the question
whether there was a failure or
not," French Foreign Minister
Alain Juppe said on Europe 1
radio. "We need to bring some
clarity to this."
Three Jewish schoolchildren,
a rabbi and three paratroopers
died in France's worst Islamist
terrorist violence since a wave of

attacks in the 1990s by Algerian
Merah filmed all three
attacks, Prosecutor Francois
Molins said yesterday, and
claimed to have posted them
"You killed my brother; I kill
you," he said in the video of the
first attack, in which one French
paratrooper died, Molins said.
"Allah Akbar," (God is Great),
he declared during the second,
when two more soldiers were
Authorities are trying to
determine whether Merah's
29-year-old brother, Abdelkad-
er, was involved, and are search-
ing for accomplices who might
have encouraged Merah to kill
or furnished the means to do so,
Molins said.
Merah espoused a radical
form of Islam and had been
to Afghanistan and the Paki-
stani militant stronghold of
Waziristan, where he claimed
to have received training
from al-Qaida. He also had a
long record of petty crimes in
France for which he served
time in prison, and prosecutors
said he started to radicalize
behind bars.
Police detained his mother
and brother and surrounded
Merah's building soon after 3
a.m. Wednesday. They tried to
detain Merah but were rebuffed
by a volley of gunfire from his
second-floor apartmentinacalm
residential area of Toulouse.
For the next day and a half,
the police, the neighborhood
and the nation waited.
Barricaded inside with no
water, electricity or gas, Merah
at first promised to surrender,
but kept postponing the move.
Finally, he declared he would
not go without a fight, the pros-
ecutor said. Police were deter-
mined to take him alive, and
tried to wait him out.
Near midnight Wednesday,
the detonations began, as police
set off blasts to pressure him to
emerge and blew the shutters

off a window. Through the night
they continued.
Merah stopped talking to
negotiators, Interior Minister
Claude Gueant said, and suspi-
cions surfaced that the gunman
could have committed suicide.
Then around 11:30 a.m., police
commandoes moved in, enter-
ing through the door and win-
dows, Gueant said. Merah was
in the last room they checked:
the bathroom.
He burst through the door fir-
ing a Colt .45, then jumped out
a window "with a weapon in
his hand, continuing to shoot,"
Gueant said.
In the gunfight, he was shot
in thethead, Molins said. Me said
the police acted in self-defense
after some 30 bullets had been
The SITE Intelligence Group,
which monitors Internet mes-
sages, reported yesterday that
a little-known jihadist group
had claimed responsibility for
the attacks in France. Jund al-
Khilafah issued a statement
saying "Yusuf of France" led an
attack Monday, the day of the
Jewish school shootings, it said.
There was no independent con-
firmation of the claim.
French President Nicolas
Sarkozy, speaking in Paris,
announced tough new mea-
sures to combat terrorism. He
said anyone who regularly visits
websites that "support terror-
ism or call for hate or violence
will be punished by the law."
He also promised a crackdown
on anyone who goes abroad "for
the purposes of indoctrination
in terrorist ideology."
Sarkozy appealed to citizens
not to equate the violent acts of
extremists with France's esti-
mated 5 million Muslims. Mus-
lim leaders urged against any
backlash against believers.
"Our Muslim compatriots
had nothing to do with the
crazy motive of a terrorist," Sar-
kozy said, noting that Muslim
paratroopers were among those


Civilians walk past burning tires lit in support of mutinying soldiers, in Bamako, Mali Wednesday.
Mutinous soldiers declare
coup, kidnap Mali Pres.

President Toure's
whereabouts still
unknown, soldiers
refuse to disclose
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -
Drunk soldiers looted Mali's
presidential palace hours after
they declared a coup on yester-
day, suspending the constitution
and dissolving the institutions
of one of the few established
democracies in this troubled
corner of Africa.
The whereabouts of the
country's 63-year-old president
Amadou Toumani Toure, who
was just one month away from
stepping down after a decade in
office, could not be confirmed.
The soldier heading the group
of putschists said on state tele-
vision late yesterday that Toure
is "doing well and is safe." Capt.
Amadou Haya Sanogo refused
to say where the ousted leader
is being kept, and did not make
clear if they are holding him.
The mutineers said they were
overthrowing the government
because of its mishandling of

an ethnic Tuareg insurgency in
the country's north that began
in January. Soldiers sent to fight
the separatists have been killed
in large numbers, often after
being sent to the battlefield with
inadequate arms and food sup-
plies, prompting fierce criticism
of the government.
The coup began Wednesday,
after young recruits mutinied at
a military camp near the capital.
The rioting spread to a garrison
thousands of miles (kilometers)
away in the strategic northern
town of Gao.
At dawn yesterday, some
20 soldiers huddled behind a
table, facing the camera on state
television. They introduced
themselves as the National
Committee for the Reestablish-
ment of Democracy and the Res-
toration of the State, known by
its French acronym, CNRDR.
The soldiers said they intend-
ed to hand over power to an
elected government, though
they made no mention of the fact
that elections were supposed to
be held on April 29. Toure was
not in the race, as he has already
served the maximum two terms.
Criticism of the coup was

swift. France is suspending all
government cooperation with
Mali, except for aid. In Washing-
ton, State Department spokes-
woman Victoria Nuland said
officials were meeting to discuss
whether to cut off the $137 mil-
lion in annual U.S. assistance.
The United Nations Secu-
rity Council issued a statement
denouncing the coup, calling
for the safety and security of
the president, for the troops to
return to their barracks, and for
the restoration of democracy.
"The situation is grave for our
democracy and our republican
institutions," said Ali Nouhoum
Diallo, the former president of
Mali's National Assembly. "We
cannot approve the seizing of
power through force."
The mutinous soldiers
imposed a nationwide curfew.
A flight headed to Bamako was
forced to make a u-turn in the air
after the borders were closed. At
noon, soldiers were still riding
on scooters and in pickup trucks
shooting in the air, and local
media was reporting casualties
from stray bullets.
In recent years, the U.S. mili-
tary has been helping train Mali-



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