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2- The Michigan Daily - Monday; June 7, 1999

Continued from Page 1
Power Plant, North Hall, the North
University Building and the School of
The beginning of Scott Brown's pre-
sentation was highlighted by a historic
overview of the University's physical
growth. The Master Plan initiative is "try-
ing to understand how educational needs
should tie into physical ones," Scott
Brown said.
Concluding her presentation, Scott
Brown presented slides showing the loca-
tion of the four proposed LSI buildings,

the elevated walkway that is to link
Couzens Hall and North University
Avenue through the LSI, and a glimpse
of what the proposed laboratory build-
ings will look like.
"We want to use all the richness of this
site,' Scott Brown said. "The big open
space that was the 'cathole' is beginning
to get its meaning on the campus."
The comments following the presenta-
tion were largely positive and encourag-
ing, but there were a few concerns raised
by the audience, including the physical
expansion of the University into the Ann
Arbor community.
University "growth should occur with-

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pushing the University farther out into
the town," said Ann Arbor City Council
member Chris Kolb.
"We need to be receptive to growth
and master planning allows us to do that,"
Kasdin responded. "We are not in the
land grab business."
Washtenaw County Drain
Commissioner Janis Brobin asked if the
University should start looking at the
possibility of permanently protecting
lands from development.
Kasdin said the University needs to
move carefully in this area, and in her
presentation, Scott Brown said "... we
have a big University and we have to pro-
duce a managed landscape'
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By lMahvish Khan
Daily Staff Reporter
The first of several trials targeting
counter-demonstrators who gathered
at last year's Ku Klux Klan rally,
held at Ann Arbor City Hall, ended
with an acquittal from the jury
Friday evening.
Ryan Lang, a 16-year-old Huron
High School student was on trial for
rioting. He said his emotions after
hearing the verdict were mixed.
"I'm relieved, but none of this
should have ever even happened,"
Lang said. "These charges were
completely ridiculous, the prosecu-
tion had absolutely no evidence on
me, they were desperate to find any-
During the trial, defense attorneys
contended that the prosecution
lacked evidence to support the
charges brought against Lang.
Detroit Attorney George
Washington said during proceedings
Wednesday that the charges were
"faceless, oppressive ard provoca-
ti e" and challenged Lang's ci il lib-
But Washtenas County Assistait
Prosecutsr Jnnif'r Lazarus main-
taied Lang was not a mere spectator
and that the charges sere based on
Isis demeanor.
"Ryan Lang decidcd to go beyond
free speech, Lazarus told the jury.
"What he did vas violent conduct.
This was breaking the law and
should not be tolerated."
According to police testimony,
some of the anti-KKK demonstrators

around the building, which separatet
KKK members from the crowd.
But defense attorneys argued tha
there was no evidence Lang partici
"We have a young man be4
prosecuted without a single witness
testifying against him, without a sin-
gle photo or video ... sali
"There is no dispute that the
(defendant) was present. Htowever
mere presence is not sufficient tc
make Mr. Lang guilty of anything."
Despite the prosecution lackin
evidence, the defense argued tha
police charged. Lang because of his
refusal to identify other people*
police photographs. "ie didnis
throw a rock, he didn't riot, ie is
yousig and vultserablc and (1he
police) pressured and blackmailed
him," Washington said.
"If I had ratted evervone else ou
in the pictures ... they wouldn't hav
charged me" Lang said.
The trial has led to a strong com-
munity response and brought t
many picketers and trial spectator,
"This is an attack on the civil lib-
erties of Ann Arbor citizens and a
denial of our right to protest." saiw
Detroit resident Adam Lerman. svhc
is scheduled for trial on Sept. 27 foi
riot and malicious destruction
property more than S100.
Defense Attorney Miranda Massie
said Lang's case went very sisoothly
and that it will set precedent fot
related trials which are schedulet
September and October.

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