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Monday, May 17, 1999

One hu dred eihtyears ofeditorealfreedom

Never- ndi ng scandal

A car accident
nvolving five University men'
>asketball playersiand see prospect
vparks athletic department
nternal inquiry because the
ehicle was valued at an excess
f $30.000
-The
thletic Department admits
he mens' basketball program
iolated two minor NCAA regulations
┬░s a result of contact between
>layers and booster Ed Martin. The E
U hires a Kansas law firm to
nvestigate the violations.
- After a seven
months investigation, the law firm
eleases a 250-page report
*6essing the basketball program.
Two days later, Athletic Director
Tom Goss announces Coach.
Steve Fishers removal from the
programn.
Federal grand jury
suhyoenasat least five former
players linked to the FBI's ~
nvestigation of Martin. FILE P
Allegations of cash payments Maurice Taylor and Louis Bullock, both fora
from Martin to former basketball players, have been subpoenaed
jetes surface. a grand jury along with other former player

Fis her era haunts program
ByrD nHerderMichigan basketball coach Brian Ellerbe.
Daily Sports Editor .It's a gambling issue about a guy who was
Questions surrounding men's basket- involved with some kids" no longer associat-
ball at the University have once again ed with the basketball program.
come to the forefront. A federal grand jury issued subpoenas last
Former basketball booster Ed Martin is week to former players Louis Bullock, Robert
now the focus of a federal investigation Traylor, Maurice Taylor, Jalen Rose and Chris
involving gambling operations in the Webber, according reports from the Detroit
Detroit area. Federal authorities have Free Press and ESPN.
informed the University that evidence The former players implicated in the inves-
found in that investigation may also tigation were recruited under head coach Steve
point to cash payments made from Fisher, who was fired in the fall of 1997 by
Martin to former Michigan basketball University Athletic Director Tom Goss.
players. "Anyone associated with the University
"We were simply told there was was should be outraged," by these new allegations,
an investigation underway into gam- Goss said.
bling that involved Ed Martin,' said Bollinger also expressed his concern over
University President Lee Bollinger. the most recent developments in the basketball
"As an area of investigations, we were scandal. "It's a very serious matter," he said.
told it was possible that some of our "It's deeply distressing to me and even more so
players have taken cash payments." to the University."
Bollinger and other University offi- Recently-graduated Bullock, who concluded
cials stressed that although the investi- his senior season this past winter, was contact-
gation may link Martin to gambling, ed by The Michigan Daily but refused to com-
,HOo there is no evidence that the alleged cash ment on the matter.
mer payments link the basketball program to Although Ellerbe coached Bullock, Traylor
by gambling. and Taylor for at least one season, he insists that
s. "This isn't a basketball issue," said See SCANDAL, Page 7

htp://www. michigandaily.com
AAPD to
undergo
voluntary
evaluation
By Seva Gunitskiy
For the Daily
For the third time in its history, the
Ann Arbor Police Department will
undergo a test of national accreditation,
designed to show whether the AAPD is
maintaining a certain standard of profes-
sional excellence.
A three-member assessment team
from out-of-state agencis will examin
every aspect of the inner workings of the
department, from holding facilities to
emergency services to pursuit policies.
The comprehensive test reviews 436
standards and takes four days to com-
plete. Members of the assessment team
include law enforcement agents from
Florida, Georgia and Canada, who will
ride along with police officers, interview
people, and review department files.
Deputy Chief Gary Kistka, accredita-
tion program manager, said the evalua-
tion is voluntary, but is important
because "we believe that it makes us a
more professional department." Only six
police departments in Michigan are cer-
tified under this program.
Police Chief Carl Ent said the accred-
itation is important for city residents,
who he feels expect and deserve high-
quality law enforcement.
"It is important for the community to
know that we pay attention to procedures
and policies, Ent said.
The assessors will report the results of
their evaluation to the Committee on
Accreditation for Law Enforcement
Professional Agencies.
That group will then decide whether
to recommend the department for
accreditation, with results of their deci-
sion made known in late July.
A public information session will be
held tonight as part of the evaluation, to
allow citizens of Ann Arbor to express
views and suggestions on the perfor-
mance of the AAPD. The assessors will
take the comments into account when
evaluating the department.
"If a citizen raises an issue," said
Kistka, "and they feel we're not comply-
ing with a certain standard, then we have
to defend ourselves"
AAPD actions have been called into
See AAPD, Page 2
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Protesters chanut, m-Arc
gainstbombings
By Jeff Link the military compared with the $800 million for
r tie t.Daily the refugees shows NATO's lack of concern for
An angry crowd of about two hundred people human life.
tathered in front of the Ann Arbor Federal "The refugees are leaving on their own free
uilding Saturday, protesting NATO's bombing of will," said speaker Kathy Vitoshivich.
ugoslavia. "They are paid $5 a day to stand in front of
The protest started with speeches and later cameras for the U.S. media and blame Miloslovic,"
rupted to surrounding streets. Carrying signs she said.
ending, "Stop the US/NATO military occupation University philosophy Prof. Eric Lombardi,
>f the Balkans," and "No Imperialist the event coordinator questioned U.S. intentions in
Recolonization of the Balkan Peoples," the group the crisis,
narched along Main Street chanting "We are not "There has been a civil war among Serbians
Ihe world police, justice and peace." and KLA (Kosovar Liberation Army) rebels for
Speakers for NoWay (No War against the past year," Lombardi said, adding that "the
£slavia), the organization coordinating the U.S. doesn't want either side to win."
:vent, claimed that the U.S. and NATO have Lombardi called the ethnic cleansing and
gnored humanitarian efforts to aid the ethnic human rights abuse the Kosovars have faced
Albanians. and enflamed the country's inner con- "moderate" on a historical and global scale. He
lict. compared the situation to what he called ethnic
Ann Arbor resident Mark Cucuz said the dis- cleansing in the United States - like high num-
repancy between the $6.2 billion in fcnding for See PROTEST, Page 2

NEWSi (ARTS
*ontroversial Bishop John Shelby Star Wars fa
Spong speaks on taboo topics. hours outsidE
Page 3. purchase cov

MICHELLE SWELNIS/Daiy
A woman holds a sign protesting NATO bombings in
Yugoslavia at the Ann Arbor Federal Building on Saturday.
( SPORTS.
Chris Duprey sees LaVell Blanchard as
a flag bearer for the 'new breed' of
Michigan basketball. Page 12.

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natics wait in line for
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