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Michael Ben graduated from
the University in 1997 with a B.A.
in Political Science. He is currently
a partner and leader of the Securi-
ties and Corporate Governance
at Honigman Miller Schwartz
and Cohn LLP, where he counsels
companies. He was awarded Top
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most of my life-long friends at
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my core values as a person, so
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been going to U of M athletic
events since I was three, and it
was a dream come to attend as
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What advice would you give
to students who arejust
graduating and looking for
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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Accusations
BY ADAM RUBENFIRE
A banner was seen hang-
ing from 3401 Mason Hall
on Wedneday afternoon. It
read, "This administration
defends rapists." At the time
of publication, it was not
known who was responsible
for the banner. A University
spokesperson declined to
comment on its content.
Good Day
BY LEJLA BAJGORIC
In the spirit of Ice Cube's
track "It Was A Good Day,"
four Los Angeles friends
started Project Good Day
Blimp, which attempts to
give the youth of South
Central a good day. The
group raised $25,000 to
put the song lyrics on the
Goodyear Blimp, which then
flew over the city.

New Single
BY ALLEN DONNE
ScHoolboy Q previewed
one of the new tracks off his
soon-to-be-released album,
Oxymoron, on Hot 97 on
Feb. 18. While many fans
expected he may release the
entire album over the radio
braodcast, his new song,
"Blind Threats," showcased
his story-telling ability.
Social Contacts
BY ABHISHEK CAULIGI
Social media and online
interaction often replaces
face-to-face contact with
other people. While social
media allows us to connect
with others in new ways,
it also poses problems for
basic conventions of contact.
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Romeo & Juliet
WHAT: The Department
of Musical Theatre
Studio performs one of
Shakespeare's classics.
Admissions is $10 with an
MCard.
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre & Dance
WHEN: Tonight at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Arthur Miller
Theatre

Days of Fire
WHAT: Peter Baker will
discuss his book, Days of
Fire: Bush and Cheney in
the White House, which
explores George W. Bush
and Dick Cheney's contro-
versial partnership.
WHO: Gerarld R. Ford
Presidential Library
WHEN: Tonight at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Gerarld Ford
Library

Photography Pirate lecture
of crisis WHAT: The lecture will
reJpns

A Bengali white tiger
refused to eat 27-year-
old Yang Jinhai after
being taunted for 20 minutes,
TIME Magazine reported.
Jinhai climbed over the gates
at Chengdu Zoo in China and
commanded the tiger to eat
him.
The b-side takes a look
at the overlooked parts
of Ann Arbor's hip hop
scene. Motivation, AA's pre-
miere hip hop fashion store
and Rill Ill, an independent
rap producer are profiled.
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Residents of Greene
County, Pennsylvania
are outraged by their
compensation - 100 gift cer-
tificates to Bobtown's Pizza
- issued by Chevron for the
natural gas explosion that
killed a worker on Feb. 11,
CNN reported.

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Prosecutors widen scope of
coal ash spill investigation

Dan River tainted
by spill, residents
warned not to drink
water or eat fish
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Federal
prosecutors widened their inves-
tigation triggered by a massive
coal ash spill in North Carolina,
demanding reams of documents
and ordering nearly 20 state en-
vironmental agency employees to
testify before a grand jury.
The subpoenas were made pub-
lic by the N.C. Department of En-
vironment and Natural Resources
on Wednesday. They also ordered
state officials to hand over any re-
cords pertaining to investments,
cash or other items of value they
might have received from Duke
Energy or its employees.
Charlotte-based Duke also
confirmed it was served with a
new subpoena, the second re-
ceived bythe nation's largest elec-
tricity provider. Company spokes-
H-S

man Tom Williams declined to
discuss it.
On Feb. 2, a pipe rnning un-
der a coal ash pond collapsed at
Duke's Dan River Steam Station
in Eden, coating the bottom of the
Dan River, near the Virginia border,
with toxic ash up to 70 miles down-
stream.
Meanwhile, state officials said
Duke successfully contained "about
90 percent" of the flow from a sec-
ond pipe at the dump spewing ar-
senic-laced groundwater into the
river.
Public health officials have ad-
vised residents not to touch the
river water or eat the fish.
State environmental Sec. John
Skvarla refused to answer when
asked at a media briefing if he had
been served with a subpoena.
Skvarla was appointed last year
by Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican
who worked for Duke Energy for
more than 28 years. Josh Ellis, Mc-
Crory's spokesman, confirmed the
governor had not been subpoenaed.
Among those ordered to appear
before the grand jury next month is
Tom Reeder, the Division of Water
5-m

Quality director who oversees the
state's enforcement of environ-
mental violations at Duke's 31 coal
ash dumps located at114 coal-fired
power plants spread across North
Carolina.
The 20 subpoenas disclosed by
the state agency follow two Feb. 10
subpoenas, which were issued the
day after a story by The Associated
Press raised questions about a pro-
posed deal between state officials
and Duke that would have fined
Duke $99,111 to settle violations
over toxic groundwater contamina-
tion at two facilities.
Thesettlementcameaboutafter
a coalition of citizen groups tried
to use the U.S. Clean Water Act to
sue Duke in federal court last year.
The state agency intervened three
times to use its authority to issue
violations over the pollution and
take the case to state court, where
the agency quickly negotiated the
proposed settlement that includ-
ed no requirement Duke actually
clean up its past pollution or pre-
vent further contamination.
The citizens groups opposed
the deal, saying it shielded Duke
from far harsher penalties it might
have faced in federal court had the
state not intervened. The state put
the settlement on hold last week,
the day after the AP reported on it.
Skvarla said he briefed Mc-
Crory before intervening, but he
never discussed the specific terms
of the settlement. Environmen-
tal groups have suggested Skvarla
shepherded a "sweetheart deal"
with Duke to shield the governor's
former employer from far harsher
penalties.
Since his first unsuccessful
campaign for governor in 2008,
campaign finance reports show
Duke Energy, its political action
committee, executives and their
immediate families have donated
at least $1.1 million to McCrory's
campaign and affiliated groups
that spent on TV ads, mailings and
events to support him.
The groups want Duke to re-
move its coal ash from the leak-
ing, unlined pits adjacent to rivers
and lakes and move it to sealed
landfills licensed to handle toxic
waste. The company has said it
plans to "close" an unspecified
number of its dumps, perhaps by
covering the acres of ash with gi-
ant tarps to keep rainwater out.

A demonstrator stands next to a burning barricade during an opposition protest outside La Carlota airport in Caracas, Ven-
ezuela, Tuesday. Members of the opposition are protesting after their leader Leopoldo Lopez surrendered.
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Venezuelan opposition head
waits to hear about char ges

Justice official says
homicide, terrorism
not likely charges
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -
Held at a military jail, opposition
leader Leopoldo Lopez waited
to learn Wednesday if he will
be charged for violence that has
erupted during protests that have
revitalized challenges to 15 years
of socialist rule in the oil-rich na-
tion.
Lopez, who dramatically sur-
rendered to authorities before
thousands of cheering supporters
Tuesday, was to appear before a
judge to learn what charges he
would face for organizing mass
demonstrations that have resulted
in at least six deaths and more than
100 injuries over the past week.
The hearing was closed and the
outcome had not been announced
by late Wednesday as sporad-
ic protests continued to erupt
throughout the capital, with pro-
testers setting fires in the streets
and police firingvolleys of tear gas
and blasts from water cannons.
The government of President
Nicolas Maduro has accused Lo-
pez, a 42-year-old former mayor
and the leader of the Popular Will
party, of attempting to foment a

coup in the South American na-
tion and authorities had said he
could face charges that include
homicide and causing grievous
bodily harm.
A judicial official told The As-
sociated Press that prosecutors
were leaning toward discarding
homicide and terrorism charges,
opting instead to pursue less se-
rious counts such as arson and
incitement to commit crimes.
That would allow the possibility
of Lopez being released pending
trial, according to the official, who
agreed to discuss the matter only
if not quoted by name because the
decision had not been made pub-
lic.
Hundreds of supporters waited
outside the courthouse for news
of the decision, watched over by
National Guard troops. Caracas
Mayor Antonio Ledezma, a mem-
ber of a different opposition party,
showed up at one point in a sign of
unity among the foes of the Madu-
ro government.
"We are all united in demand-
ing the release of Leopoldo Lo-
pez," Ledezma told the AP. "We
are rallyingbehind him."
The crowd dissipated after
hours of waiting when officials
decided to hold the court hearing
at the military jail outside Caracas
where Lopez was being detained.
The opposition has planned na-

tionwide marches for Saturday to
protest both his detention as well
as the rampant crime, shortages
of consumer goods and inflation
rate of more than 50 percent that
has made life difficult for many in
the country of nearly 30 million
people.
The jailing of Lopez has made
him a cause celebre among op-
ponents of Maduro, eclipsing to
some degree Henrique Capriles,
the opposition's two-time losing
presidential candidate who was
building support for another chal-
lenge in two years.
Capriles attended a rally on
Feb. 12 in Caracas led by Lopez
but did not appear on the stage to
address the masses of demonstra-
tors. Clashes with police erupted
afterward, after the opposition
leaders had left, and resulted in
three deaths. In Twitter messages,
he accused the government on
Wednesday of infiltrating opposi-
tion demonstrations to provoke
violence.
Maduro accused Lopez of lead-
ing a "fascist" plot to oust the so-
cialist government, the political
legacy of the late Hugo Chavez,
and authorities issued an arrest
warrant for him. He surrendered
theatrically on Tuesday, dressed
in white to signify peace, adorned
with a crucifix from his wife and
surrounded by a sea of supporters.

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