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Quilt Qualms
WHERE: Geddes House
WHEN: Monday at
about 12:45 p.m.
WHAT: A quilted wall
hanging was found dam-
aged in a lounge, University
Police reported. There are
no suspects.
Strange odor?
WHERE: C.S. Mott Chil-
dren's and Von Voigtlander
Women's Hospital
WHEN: Monday at
about 7 p.m.
WHAT: An odor of paint
thinner was reported to be
emanating from a waste
room, University Police
reported. There was no evi-
dence of a spill, but it will be

Key to Fleming
WHERE: FlemingAdmin-
istration Building
WHEN: Monday at about
8 a.m.
WHAT: A card reader at
one of the doors was found
damaged, University Police
reported. There are no
indications of intentional
A study lounge
sleeping beauty
WHERE: Mary Markley
Residence Hall
WHEN: Tuesday at about
5:30 a.m.
WHAT: After being found
asleep in a lounge, a subject
was woken and sent to his
room, University Police

studies Q & A
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major or minor are invited
to join the program director
and academic advisers for
an information session.
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national and Comparative
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to 1 p.m.
WHERE: School of Social
Work Building, Room 1644

Xi Jinping
WHAT: Discuss the strate-
gies of the new president
of the People's Republic of
China. The discussion will
be lead by University Pro-
fessor Kenneth Liberthal.
WHO: U-M Center for Chi-
nese Studies
WHEN: Today at 2 p.m.
WHERE: School of Social
Work Building, Room 1636

On Tuesday, Vice
President Joe Biden
announced $100 million,
in mental-health funding
during an event in Newtown,
Connecticut, The Hill report-
ed. $50 million of the pledge
will be funded through the
Affordable Care Act.
President Barack
Obama was criticized
Tuesday for taking a
"selfie" at a celebration
of Nelson Mandela's life in
South Africa, the Washing-
ton Post reported. The photo
also included two prominent
European prime ministers.

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Woman faces 18 years for
mailing ricin-filled letters

Argentina police strikes.
lead to seven more deaths

Texas woman pleads
guilty to mailing
toxin to Obama and
N.Y.C. mayor
DALLAS (AP) - A Texas
woman and former actress plead-
ed guilty Tuesday to sending
ricin-laced letters to President
Barack Obama and New York
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, under
a deal that her attorney has said
would cap prison time at 18 years.
Shannon Guess Richardson
entered her plea in federal court
in Texarkana, Texas, to a federal
charge of possessing and produc-
ing a biological toxin.
Richardson was arrested in
June after authorities said she,
tried to implicate her estranged
husband, Nathan Richardson,
after he had filed for divorce.
Prosecutors say Shannon Rich-
ardson mailed three letters from

New Boston, outside Texarkana, On the morning of May 20, she
then went to police and claimed said, she waited for Nathan Rich-
that her husband had done it. ardson to go to work.
Richardson, 35, has had minor "After he left the house, I
roles in the television series "The printed the mailing labels for
Walking Dead" and the movie President Barack Obama, New
"The Blind Side." She also is the York City Mayor Michael Bloom-
mother of six children - includ- berg, and Mark Glaze with The
ing one child born prematurely Raben Group," Richardson said
whileshewas incustodythisyear. inthe document. Glaze is director
Prosecutors say investigators of Mayors Against Illegal Guns,
noted inconsistencies in Richard- Bloomberg's group advocating for
son's statements and later learned tougher gun control.
that she had purchased materials The letter to Obama, according
online to produce ricin, a toxin to the document, read: "What's in
that can cause respiratory failure this letter is nothing compared to
if inhaled. what ive got in store for you mr
She acknowledged in a signed president."
plea agreement document filed "You will have to kill me and
Tuesday that she ordered castor my family before you get my
beans online and learned how guns," the letter read. "Anyone
to process them into a substance wants to come to my house will
used to make ricin. She obtained get shot in the face."
an email address, a PayPal shop- After mailing the letters, she
ping account and a post office box admitted to trying to blame her
in her husband's name without husband and lying to authorities.
his knowledge, according to the Her attorney, Tonda Curry,
document. said last month that she and
prosecutors agreed to a deal cap-
ping Richardson's sentence at
18 years. Prosecutors say Rich-
ardson faces life in prison for
the charge to which she pleaded
Curry has said that Richard-
son wanted to "tell the govern-
7 ment who else was involved in
those offenses," but declined to
6 name anyone. In the document
filed Tuesday, known as a factual
resume, Richardson does not
5 name anyone else but says that
the supplies she ordered "were
5 used to make ricin" - not that
she made the ricin herself.
3 2 Nathan Richardson has not
been charged in the case, even
- -though Shannon Richardson has
repeatedly tried to blame him,
said John Delk, Nathan Rich-
7 9 ' ardson's attorney.
"He was interviewed the very
first day, and he's been coopera-
7 tive since Day One," Delk said.
Nathan Richardson has tem-
8 2 porary custody of the couple's
newborn son, who is healthy and
steadily growing, Delk said. The
couple's divorce likely will not
be finalized until next year.

Looters roam
streets as authorities
continue strike
over higher pay
(AP) - Many Argentines armed
and barricaded themselves in
their homes and stores in fear
of looting mobs Tuesday as the
nation's celebration of 30 years
of uninterrupted democracy
were marred by police strikes
for higher pay.
Politicians struggled to
assert their authority over secu-
rity forces even as they agreed
to salary increases so steep that
many provinces won't be able to
pay their debts at month's end,
adding stress to an economy
already suffering from 25 per-
cent inflation.
President Cristina Fernan-
dez sought to contain the cri-
sis Tuesday night, charging
that anti-democratic elements
were trying to undo Argentina's
hard-won gains. "We must con-
demn the extortion of those
who carry arms to defend soci-
ety," she declared.
The speech was her first
response to a weeklong series
of provincial police strikes.
As officers abandoned their
posts, and in some cases alleg-
edly encouraged, violence to
pressure authorities, many of
Argentina's 23 provinces have
endured long nights of chaos as
roving groups smashed through
storefronts and fought over the
merchandise inside.
Hospital and political
authorities said at least seven
people had been killed, includ-
ing a police offiPer in northern
Chaco province who was struck
by a bullet below his protective
vest Tuesday and a store owner
whose burned body was found
last week in his looted and
torched market in Buenos Aires
The others allegedly died
while looting. One young man

was electrocuted while steal-
ing from an appliance store in
a rainstorm. Another fell off a
motorcycle while carting off a
television. A third died in a fist-
fight over stolen goods inside a
ruined store.
Hundreds have been injured
and thousands of businesses
damaged in the scattered vio-
lence. While most officers were
back at work after securing new
deals, police uprisings contin-
ued Tuesday in several cities.
Commerce has beei shut down
in many places, and even some
public hospitals have turned
away non-emergency patients
for fear of being looted.
With consumer prices soar-
ing, Argentines are accustomed
to annual labor protests in
which workers threaten chaos
if they don't get their way.
But strikes by armed police
are more ominous in a coun-
try where social chaos, police
crackdowns and spiraling vio-
lence ushered in the 1976 mili-
tary coup and a world-record
debt default in 2001.
"This was executed and
planned with surgical preci-
sion," Fernandez said in her
speech marking the end of the
last military junta. She claimed
many people became unwit-
ting instruments of extortion
by police who "liberated" areas
where looting could happen.
"We have promoted the inte-
gration of the armed forces into
democratic processes, and the
same must be done with pro-
vincial police, once and for all,"
she said.
To free up cash for the rais-
es, her Cabinet chief, Jorge
Capitanich, announced a three-
month delay in payments most
Argentine provinces owe this
month to the federal govern-
ment on debts refinanced two
years ago.
Human rightsgroupswarned
against giving in too easily to
the security forces' demands.
The deal Buenos Aires Gov.
Daniel Scioli reached with
rebellious officers Monday

night includes an amnesty for
rule-breaking officers, making
them eligible for 14,000 prom-
ised promotions this month
that will raise salaries far
above the base pay he prom-
ised. The deal also lets officers
who retired on 90 percent pay
to return to work at twice their
old salaries.
"The weapons given to secu-
rity forces to 'protect citizens'
life and property cannot be
used to force decisions by con-
stitutional powers," warned
the Center for Legal and Social
Studies, a human rights group
that has closely tracked police
abuse. "We think it's urgent
that the security forces stop
intensifying the violence and
feeding incidents that pose very
high risks to our society and its
Tuesday marked three
decades since President Raul
Alfonsin's inauguration ended
the 1976-1983 dictatorship. Fer-
nandez invited all political par-
ties to assemble on-a huge stage
in front of the presidential pal-
ace for a long night of speeches
and music to celebrate democ-
racy's consolidation.
The late president's son, leg-
islator Ricardo Alfonsin, and
Buenos 'Aires Mayor Mauri-
cio Macri both said the party
should be called off, given the
potential for another night of
violence. Alfonsin called for
"all political sectors to commit
together to defend the democ-
racy and its institutions."
The event went on as sched-
uled, however, and shortly
after the president spoke, word
spread that deals had been *
struck with police in Tucuman
and Santa Fe, two of the last
provinces where officers were
holding out for higher pay.
Still, even governors who
restored calm by agreeing to
steep police pay raises days
earlier seemed wary of declar-
ing victory. Strikes by public
health workers are spreading,
and other public employees are
clamoring for raises, too.


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