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Tea time
WHERE: 1400 Medical
WHEN: Tuesday at 11 a.m.
WHAT: Unknown
suspects took several
bottles of iced tea from an
unlocked cooler during
an unknown time period,
University Police reported.
It burns!
WHERE: Chemistry
WHEN: Wednesday at12:15
WHAT: Two drops of
calcium nitrate accidentally
squirted into the eyes of
4 subject from a pipette,
L iversity Police reported.
Subject was taken to UHS
nmergency room as
a precaution.

Watch out for Student
the door compose
WHERE: 200 Observatory WHAT: Studen
WHEN:Wednesday at from the Midw
about 7:20 a.m. including the U
WHAT: While moving will present the
equipment at the Mojo during a two-do
dock the elevator door was featuring acous
accidentally damaged, electic instume
University Police reported. WHO: School o
Theatre & Dana
WHEN: Today
Loner stoner WHERE: Moo
WHERE: West Quadrangle 30th ani
WHEN: Wednesday at
11:07 p.m. IASA da
WHAT: Suspected
marijuana was confiscated WHAT: The In
from a student late can Student As
Wednesday night, presents its ann
University Police reported. dance show wit
The investigation is pending performance no
lab results confirmingthe portrayingthec
substance. whole and how
exist without t
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Notes? Ticket Office
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Comic Opera
WHAT: The Barber of
Seville by Gioacchino Rossi-
ni will be directed by Robert
Swedburg. The performance
will be filled with whim-
sicle, delightful and familiar
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre & Dance
WHEN: Today at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Power Center
. An article in the Nov.
13 edition of the Michigan
Daily ("The Man Behind
the Money") misidentified
Richard Rogel as the vice
chair of the Michigan
Difference Campaign.
He was the chair.

More than 1,000 U.S.
troops were sent to the
Philippines to help with
the typhoon relief, according
to Fox News. In order to help
assist the aftermath of the
devastation, Washington is
sending$20 million in imme-
diate aid and transportation.
The University is con-
sidering expanding its
health insurance to
cover fertility treatments. The
'U' is unique among Michigan
colleges in its lack of fertility
treatment coverage.
A man fell from a small
plane near the coast of
Florida, reported CNN.
The pilot reported that the
man fell at 1,800 ft. There is
currently no information as to
how or why he fell out of the
plane. There is also no infor-
mation regarding his identity.

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Four Marines killed in
bomb disposal mission
Routine sweep of 11 a.m. during a routine sweep explosive ordnance disposal
to make a range safer for future technicians. Duringthe Iraq war,
range results in training exercises at Camp Pend- Marines lost 20 bomb techni-
leton in San Diego County, said cians, and another 24 have been
death of EOD team a Marine official who spoke on killed in Afghanistan.
condition of anonymity because The last fatal accident for a
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The job he was not authorized to speak Marine bomb technician in the
is the most dangerous in the publicly. There was no live firing United States was about two
Marine Corps. on the range at the time. decades ago, when one was
The four Marines killed Base officials said they would killed while doing a range sweep
Wednesday while clearing unex- not release details until an inves- at Twenty-Nine Palms Marine
ploded ordnance at California's tigation into the cause of the Corps base in Southern Cali-
Coamp Pendleton were bomb accident is concluded. Officials fornia, according to the Marine
removal technicians. It is one of planned to release the names Corps.
the few positions in which the Thursday evening of those killed, Retired Marine Gunnery Sgt.
Marine Corps allows team mem- per the Marine Corps policy that Brian Meyer said he was drawn
bers to quit at any time. That's withholds the identities of the to what is considered to be the
because their mental focus could dead for 24 hours after their rela- Marine Corps' most dangerous
mean the difference between life tives have been notified. job because of the challenge.
or death, either for themselves or The bomb disposal commu- Bomb technicians work in a
their fellow troops. nity is a small, tight-knit one team but are often entrusted to
Pew quit, despite the inherent like no other within the Marine make decisions in the field on
risks that come with finding and Corps. They are bonded by their their own, such as whether it is
getting rid of unexploded muni- fearlessness, mental strength and safe enough to move unexploded
Lions - whether on the battlefield deep ties from losing so many ordnance or diffuse a roadside
or on a U.S. base, according to for- members over the years, say for- bomb.
toer bomb technicians. mer bomb technicians. Meyer was injured while try-
The four were killed around The Corps currently has 715 ing to dispose of an IED in Hel-
mand Province in Afghanistan
on March 14, 2011. The home-
, , made bomb blew off his right
hand, right leg and three fingers
on his left hand. He's lost more
than a dozen fellow bomb techni-
cians and knows about 15 others
who have suffered injuries, like
3 2 1 4 himself.
"It's hard to pick out one spe-
4 5 6 2 cific reason why I wanted to do
this job," he said, adding that he
would do it allagain. "It's not ajob
8 /7in which you call your supervisor
to make a decision. You're often
8 2 9 the expert. You make the calls
and work independently. There's
a lot of trust placed in you. You're
part of an elite group."
Those who become bomb
7 1 technicians generally have
already served four years in the
4 9 245 3Marine Corps. They undergo
vigorous mental and physical
screenings. The military scruti-
2 5 3 nizes their personal lives, check-
ing to make sure they do not have
6 4 3 2 7 anylegal issues or other problems
that could affect their job per-
formance, said Capt. Maureen
Krebs, a Marine Corps spokes-

In this file photo from March 3,a Kurdish female member of the Popular Protection Units stands guard at a checkpoint near
the northeastern city of Qamishli, Syria.
Kurds continue to rive out
Islamic mielitantsinSyria

Ethnic group
declares self-
governance in
northeastern area
BEIRUT (AP) - Syria's Kurds
have dramatically strengthened
their hold on the far northeast
reaches of the country, carving
out territory as they drive out
Islamic militant fighters allied
to the rebellion and declaring
their own civil administration
in areas under their control this
week amid the chaos of the civil
The moves could be a first
step toward creating an auton-
omous region similar to one
Kurds run across the border
as virtually a separate coun-
try within Iraq. But the Kurds'
drive has angered rebels fight-
ing to topple Syrian President
Bashar Assad. It even worries
some Kurds, who suspect the
main faction leading the fight-
ing and the new administration
is actually acting on behalf of
Assad to undermine the rebel-

Kurds are the largest eth-
nic minority in Syria, making
up more than 10 percent of the
country's 23 million people.
They are centered in the impov-
erished northeastern province
of Hassakeh, wedged between
the borders of Turkey and Iraq.
The capital Damascus and Syr-
ia's largest city, Aleppo, also
have several predominantly
Kurdish neighborhoods.
The declaration of their own
civil administration on Tuesday
was a sign of Kurds' growing
confidence after taking control
of most of Hassakeh province
in an offensive against jihadis
that has accelerated in recent
months. The fighters, known as
the People's Protection Units,
have driven militants out of a
string of towns and have cap-
tured long stretches along the
borders with Turkey and Iraq,
easing the way for support from
fellow Kurds in those regions.
Only a day after the
announcement, activists said
Kurdish fighters captured nine
villages from jihadis. Kurdish
fighters are now in control of all
predominantly Kurdish cities in
the province as well as dozens

of villages and towns, though
jihadis continue to control pre-
dominantly Arab towns in the
province such as Shaddadeh.
"More than 75 percent of the
province is in the hands of the
People's Protection Units," said
Kurdish journalist Malba Ali,
who lives in Hassakeh.
Assad's forces largely pulled
out of the region late last year
when the Syrian military was
stretched thin by fighting with
rebels elsewhere in the coun-
try, effectively ceding control
of the area, though they main-
tain some security posts. Their
withdrawal sparked a fierce
competition between rebels -
mainly Islamic militant factions
- and the Kurds.
Kurdish officials say they
launched their offensive in
recent months after coming
under repeated attack by jihadis
from two al-Qaida-linked
groups fighting against Assad
- Jabhat al-Nusra, or the Nusra
Front, and the Islamic State in
Iraq and the Levant. The Kurds
say jihadis wanted to dominate
their region and impose their
hard-line ideology on the popu-
lation, which is largely secular.


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