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The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom

LEFT Michigan players walk out
after learning about Michigan
Athletic Director Jim Hackett's
decision to dismiss Brady Hoke
as head coach of the football
team at a press conference held
at Chrisler. Center Tuesday.
(Amanda Allen /Daily)
RIGHT Sophomore guard Zak
Irvin (21) goes up for a layup
during the Wolverines' win
over Syracuse on Tuesday. Irvin
scored18 points during the game.
(Paul Sherman / Daily)

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Social media
and journalism
WHAT: The University
is hostinga Twitter chat
about social media's role in
journalism.Yahoo Editorial
Director Gregory Anderson
will answer questions.
WHEN: Today from 11:30
a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Twitter.com

Employment/ Jen Davis: Body Amazin' Blue
residency info and Image concert

WHAT: Thisworkshop
will coverbasic eligibility
requirements to gain
permanent residency in the
United States.
WHO: International Center
WHEN: Today from 2 p.m.
to 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Pierpont
Commons

WHAT: Artist Jen Davis
will discuss her exhibition of
self portraits and reconsider
ideas of body image.
WHO: Institute for the
Humanities
WHEN: Today from 3 p.m.
to 5 p.m.
WHERE: North Quad

WHAT: The Amazin' Blue
a cappella group is hosting
their fall concert 'Amazin'
Blue Goes Hollywood.'
WHO: Michigan
Union Ticket Office
WHEN: Today at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Rackham
Auditorium

Thousands of people
protesting a grand jury's
decision not to indict
the officer who killed Eric
Garner filled the streets of
New York City for the second
consecutive night Thursday,
The New York Daily News
reported.
The Michigan hockey
team looks to continue
its hot streak against
Ohio State this weekend.
The Wolverines have won
five of six games so far.
"FOR MORE, SEE SPORTS PAGE6
The Department of
Justice said the Cleveland
Police Department
practices excessive
force, The Huffington Post
reported. Cleveland and the
Justice Department signed
an agreement to promote
reforms.

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Ruddigore: The UMix Winter Vincent York Dinosaur
Witch's Curse Wonder Land jazz show Discovery Day

WHAT: Ruddigore is a
comic opera about love and
people who do not say what
is on their minds.
WHO: Gilbert and Sullivan
Society
WHEN: Today from 8 p.m.
to 11 p.m.
WHERE: Lydia
Mendelssohn Theatre

WHAT: Winter Wonder
Land will have a frozen
moon walk, chair massages,
a mechanical snowboard
and a midnight buffet.
WHO: Center for Campus
Involvement
WHEN: Todayfrom 10 p.m.
to 2 a.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union

WHAT: Bandleader Vincent
York presents a jazz tribute
to Ella Fizgerald and Louis
Armstrong.
WHO: Michigan Union
Ticket Office
WHEN: Today at 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Ark, 316 S.
Main St.

WHAT: This day is
devoted to learning about
dinosaurs and the latest
discoveries in paleontology.
WHO: Museum of
Natural History
WHEN: Tomorrow
from 9 a.m. to5 p.m.
WHERE: Ruthven Museum
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error inthe Daily
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Authorities disband YEiE
Calif. homeless camp

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Police and social-
service workers
disperse people
sleeping outside
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - About
50 muddy souls dragged their
meager belongings out of a trash-
strewn California creek bed
Thursday as police and social-
service workers began clearing
away one of the nation's largest
homeless encampments, a collec-
tion of flimsy tents and plywood
shelters in the heart of Silicon
Valley.
The people forced out of the
camp known as the Jungle ended
up alongside a busy San Jose
road, startling passers-by who
slowed down to watch.
"People drive by and look at us
like we're circus animals," said a
sobbingNancy Ortega.
H-M

More than 30 police officers
and dozens of construction work-
ers in white hazmat suits joined
about 15 social-service workers in
the effort to take apart the treach-
erous community that at its peak
housed as many as 350 people liv-
ing in squalor just a short drive
from tech giants Google, Apple,
Yahoo and eBay.
Ortega shuddered and
clutched her fleece blanket while
watching tractors cram couches,
tents, blankets, rotten food and
pails of excrement into roaring
garbage trucks.
"It's just junk to everyone else
but to us, that's home. That's our
stuff," she said.
On a nearby sidewalk, Al Pal-
aces, a former truck driver who
settled into the encampment
about eight months ago, said he
was trying to think of a plan.
"I just grabbed whatever I
could because I don't want to go
to jail," he said, standing next
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to an overloaded shopping cart
stuffed with dirty plastic bags.
For months, social workers
have been trying to house camp
residents. And four days ear-
lier, they were warned they had
until dawn Thursday to leave or
face arrest for trespassing. Still,
city officials estimated about 60
people remained at the filthy site
when cleanout day came.
After a rainy night, skies
cleared Thursday, and one per-
son after another in varying
states of mental clarity and sobri-
ety dragged their belongings in
suitcases, shopping carts and on
bicycles out of the camp through
ankle-deep sludge. By midmorn-
ing, dozens had reached the side-
walk, abandoning most of their
possessions.
But some remained in the
slum.
Valentine Cortes, who said he
was a journeyman construction
worker, said he had no plans to
leave his makeshift shelter built
into a steep, muddy slope.
"I don't know why people got
all chaotic today," he said. "We
don't have to go."
Asked about the warning
that he could be jailed, Cortes
shrugged, pet a 6-week old puppy
in his palm and said, "Then I
guess I'll be arrested."
Dogs and cats still roamed the
square-mile camp, some of them
pets, others wild. Rats hopped
through the muck.
A few dozen protesters gath-
ered at the site holding signs
reading "Homeless people mat-
ter" and "Stand with The Jungle."
The encampment stands in
stark contrast to the surround-
ing valley, a region that leads the
country in job growth, income
and venture capital.
Palaces said he liked the
Jungle better than the streets
because people would bring
food and police didn't bother
the residents.
"Even a job wouldn't give me
a house" because housing prices
are so high, he said.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks to delegates and ministers during the London Conference on Afghanistan on
Thursday in London, England.
U. S. -pledges support
to Afghan govern-ment

Britain, allies
agree to back newly
installed president
LONDON (AP) - The Unit-
ed States, Britain and other
allies promised Thursday not
to abandon Afghanistan's new
government, and the country's
president said "peace is a top
priority" as international secu-
rity missions end and Taliban
attacks surge.
At a one-day meeting of
envoys from more than 60 coun-
tries, Afghan President Ashraf
Ghani said observers who had
predicted doom for Afghanistan
as the international military
presence wound down were
wrong.
"History will not be repeat-
ed. We have overcome the past,"
Ghani told diplomats at the end
of the conference.
Ghani was elected in Septem-
ber in Afghanistan's first peace-
ful transition of power, though
he has yet to form a stable Cabi-
net.
He said he was confident
Afghanistan would overcome
its challenges.
"We hope that we will never

need direct combat support
(again), because the last thing
we want is more blood," he said.
"Peace is a top priority for us."
British Prime Minister David
Cameron assured Afghans that
"we are with you every step of
the way."
The 13-year international
combat mission in Afghanistan
ends Dec. 31, although Ghani
has signed security agreements
with Washington and NATO
permitting a continued interna-
tional military presence. Some
10,000 American troops will
remain by the end of the year.
Insurgents have sought to
destabilize Ghani's govern-
ment and unnerve international
agencies with several high-pro-
file attacks in Kabul.
Afghanistan came to the con-
ference seeking reassurance it
won't be forgotten after most
international troops leave. The
West, in turn, wants to see a
stable government and action
to curb the corruption that has
long plagued Afghanistan.
Ghani pledged to deliver
fundamental reform, say-
ing Afghans strongly backed
the unity government he has
formed with his former political
rival Abdullah Abdullah.

Economically, he conceded,
"we have not done well. But that
is the challenge we have inher-
ited.
He signaled that he would
fight corruption, telling inter-
national firms and donors "we
are determined to do business
differently."
Thursday's conference
served as a follow-up to a 2012
meeting in Tokyo, where allies
pledged $16 billion to help
rebuild and stabilize Afghani-
stan's government. But officials
in London would not discuss
how much of that money Kabul
so far has received, even as they
acknowledged that, in the short
term at least, Afghanistan can-
not survive on its domestic rev-
enues alone.
Since 2012, the United States
has sent Afghanistan's govern-
ment $8 billion in assistance,
and Kerry promised Thurs-
day to ask the U.S. Congress
to approve "extraordinary"
but unspecified levels of new
aid through 2017. He also said
Washington and Kabul are try-
ing to open investment oppor-
tunities for Afghans in the U.S.
by issuing multiple-entry visas
for business travelers, students
and tourists.

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