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Panel discusses
Detroit schools

John Locher/AP
Tow truck drivers clean up and tow away cars involved in a drive-by shooting on Las Vegas Boulevard in Las Vegas.
Shootout on Las VegasStrip leaves
three drivers dead, six injured

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Witnesses beginning of the year.
Two people were critically
npare dramatic wounded in a shooting at a
parking garage Feb. 6, and a
ene to a action tourist was stabbed Saturday
in an elevator at The Hotel at
movie Mandalay Bay.
Clark County Sheriff Doug
S VEGAS (AP) - Bul- Gillespie told reporters several
'ere flying from a black hours after Thursday's attack
Rover at a gray Mase- that it was sparked by an argu-
as the vehicles raced ment in the valet area of the
d a red light on the Las nearby Aria hotel-casino, and
Strip. that the violence at the inter-
eath the neon lights, section of Las Vegas Boulevard
say, the Maserati and Flamingo Road did not
red light at one of the reflect the values of Las Vegas
busiest intersections residents or visitors.
mashed into a taxi that "What happened will not be
ded into flames early tolerated," Gillespie said. He
day, killing the two peo- promised the shooters would
side. be "found and prosecuted to
-ee more cars and a util- the full extent of the law."
uck also collided at the On the Strip - closed and
'oads home to Bellagio, snarling traffic throughout the
rs Palace and Bally's, day until reopening late Thurs-
ng at least six more peo- day night - the fiery rampage
the Range Rover sped off shocked tourists.
pre-dawn darkness. "We get stabbings, and gang
Maserati driver was violence," said Mark Thomp-
unced dead at a hospital. son, who was visiting from
dramatic scene that Manchester, England, with
than one tourist com- his wife, "but this is like some-
to something out of a thing out of a movie. Like 'Die
t action movie set off a Hard' or something"
csearch for the occu- Police said they were con-
of the Range Rover that tacting authorities in three
sued into the night, and neighboring states about the
d the latest violent epi- Range Rover Sport with dark
on the Strip since the tinted windows and distinctive

black custom rims and plates
that fled the scene about 4:20
a.m. It had a car dealer's adver-
tisement in place of a license
In Southern California, the
California Highway Patrol
alerted officers in at least three
counties to be on the lookout
for the SUV.
Las Vegas police Sgt. John
Sheahan said the Range Rover
was last seen near the Vene-
tian resort as it headed north
from the shooting scene on Las
Vegas Boulevard.
Witnesses also told police
the SUV and Maserati had
come from the nearby City-
Center area, the home of Aria,
just south of the site of the
"We have numerous wit-
nesses to this," Sheahan said.
"But what is the genesis of
this? We don't know yet."
Predawn jogger Eric Lackey
was on his way back to the New
York-New York hotel when he
snapped a cellphone photo of
the blazing scene moments after
the crash. Black smoke billowed
from the flaming taxi, amid pop-
pingsounds from the fire.
Lackey, of Forest Hill, Md.,
said a security officer in a yel-
low shirt performed CPR on a
person on the sidewalk while
police officers canvassed a
small crowd of perhaps 15

onlookers gathering at the
"Police were asking if any-
one was still in the vehicles and
if they heard gunfire," Lackey
told The Associated Press.
"That's when I realized it
wasn't just a regular accident."
Sheahan said police have
video from traffic cameras
at the intersection and were
checking hotel surveillance
systems. The video will not be
made public, he said.
Police did not release the
names of the people who were
killed, citing the ongoing
The crumpled, gray Masera-
ti, which had no license plate,
came to rest several feet away
from the incinerated taxi.
"The people I feel sorry for
are the people in the taxi," said
Elvina Joyce, a tourist from
Regina, Saskatchewan. "Sec-
onds made all the difference
in the world for them. Wrong
place, wrong time."
The area near the scene has
been the site of high-profile
violence in the past.
Rapper Tupac Shakur was
killed in a drive-by shooting
in 1996 about a block away
under similar circumstances,
as assailants opened fire on his
luxury sedan from a vehicle on
Flamingo Road. The killing has
never been solved.

CEOs of non-profits
gather to talk
about challenges
Daily StaffReporter
At the Nonprofit and Public
Management Center's second
annual Education Leaders Forum
on Thursday, participants dis-
cussed ways to attract education
leaders to Detroit.
About 30 students attended the
event, which included a discussion
panel of four leaders with expertise
in education in Detroit. Panelists
included Scott Morgan, the found-
er and CEO of Education Pioneers,
an education recruitment firm;
Dan Varner, the CEO of Excellent
Schools Detroit, a non-profit group
working to improve education in
Detroit; Kendra Hearn, a Clinical
Assistant Professor at the School
of Education; and Lesley Redwine,
the CEO and Superintendent of
New Urban Learning, a non-profit
charter management organization.
The forum followed the NPM's
Social Impact Challenge, a contest
forgraduatestudents' educationideas
that took place earlier in the day.
"The point of the Social Impact
Challenge is to allow students at
Michigan the chance to work on a
real-life problem for an organiza-
tion that focuses on social impact.
So in this case, Education Pioneers
is tackling a real important issue
for our nation, which is how to cre-
ate a better pipeline of leaders into
the space," said Rishi Moudgil, the
managing director of NPM.
Morgan said he agreed to speak
in the panel and act as a judge for
the social impact challenge because
he wanted to hear the students'
insights, which he could possibly
implement in his organization.
"The caliber of thought and
analysis in the short time frame
with which they had to analyze all
the data and make recommenda-
tions was incredibly impressive,"
Morgan said. "We have a number
of ideas that we are going to be able
to run with in a high-quality way."
Hearn, an assistant professor at the
School of Education and University

coordinator forthe Teach for America-
Detroit Program,was also amember of
the panel. Born and raised in Detroit,
she said she believes city residents are
"My greatest aspiration was to go
back to Detroit and educate her chil-
dren so they can have the opportuni-
ties that I was afforded because I had
an excellent education,"Hearnsaid.
The discussion panel was followed
by an announcement ofthe winners of
the Social Impact Challenge Awards.
The winning team, Focus Education,
consisted of graduate students Vinita
Vishwanarayan, Stefana Vutova, Lau-
ren Sheram, Nellie Tsai. They were
awarded $2,500for their presentation.
"It feels really good because ina
short span we came together from
all these differentschools and came
up with ideas that not only had
implications in terms of a finan-
cial perspective, but also a social
impact," Vishwanarayan said.
Morgan gave the keynote speech
afterthe announcementofthewin-
ner. He highlighted the importance
of leadership in education.
"First, leadership matters and it
matters at all levels," Morgan said.
"Secondly, leaders can have tremen-
dous leverage. They get leverage by
developing other leaders and they
have leverage in the terms of the way
thingis thatleadershipis thekeylever
Business senior Lilliane Webb
came to the discussion panel to learn
more about why students at the Uni-
versity should consider working in
education in Detroit.
"The hope that they had for the
city, as someone from the state of
Michigan, that they're not encourag-
ing leaders to go elsewhere to make
a difference was really inspiring,"
Education graduate student Raul
Cruz said he is considering a career
in education and came to learn more
about working in an urban environ-
"I'm from New York City so
I know about education in the
inner-city, but while I'm in the
Midwest,the place I need to focus
my attention is the place where
it's needed the most," Cruz said.
"I've taught before and I hope to
possibly lead in Detroit."

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