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A2 selects Oates as new police chief
By Louis Melzlish
Daily News Editor
The Ann Arbor City Council unani-
mously approved the appointment of
Daniel Oates as the city's new police
chief June 18. Oates is currently the
deputy chief for Patrol Borough Brook-
lyn South of the New York City Police
Although he was the head of the
department's intelligence division and,
before that, of its law department, and
adviser to the City police
commissioner, Oates said he wanted a
chance at being the top dog.
"A career goal of mine for 15 years is
to be a chief executive of a police
agency," he said.
Oates, 46, will replace former Deputy
Chief Walter Lunsford, who has served
as interim police chief since January
2000. He will take over August 20.
Oates said based on the three meet-
ings he had with department officials,
the staff appears quite competent.
"I've been very impressed with the
talent that's there," he added.
"He has just a wealth of experience at
doing a number of responsibilities," said
Mayor Pro Tem Jean Carlberg (D-Ward
Ill). "He came across as very committed
to good police work with good leader-
Carlberg added that with the expected
retirement of numerous officers over the
next few years, Oates will have the abili-
ty to shape the police department in the
way he sees fit.
police department of
New York City
Mayor Rudolph Giu-
liani (R) was criti-
cized for being
insensitive to the
rights of minorities
Oates accused of crimes,
such as with the death of Amadou Diallo
and the beating of Abner Louima, Coun-
cilman Robert Johnson said Oates was
immune to the criticism.
"He got recommendations from both
sides that praised his professionalism
and integrity," said Johnson (D-Ward I).
With the transition, Johnson said
Oates might encounter a couple minor
problems. Gates will take over a depart-
ment that Johnson said has been "drift-
ing" without a permanent leader.
"His main problem is taking charge of
a department that has been lacking in
direction for quite some time," Johnson
said while praising Lunsford's work.
Mayor John Hieftje (D), who also
praised Lunsford's work as interim chief,
echoed Johnson's views, saying the
department was in need of permanent
"The morale of the department needs
to be lifted," he added.
Also, the department may be unhappy
with budget cuts that the city has been
forced to make.
Nevertheless, Johnson emphasized
that these problems are minor, adding, "I
don't think there are any major prob-
Gates recieved a law degree from the
New York Law School and a manage-
ment degree from New York University.
The other top candidates for the job
were Sharon Lubinski of the Minneapo-
lis Police Downtown Command and
William McManus of the Metropolitan
Police Department in Washington, D.C.
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Closet, works on her creations at the Artisans Market yesterday morning.
University researchers study causes of cardiovascular disease
y Sarah Scott
ily Staff Reporter
Do high levels of pollution and stress lead to
increased rates of heart disease?
University researchers will try to answer that
question in a new study that focuses on cardiovas-
cular disease being conducted in Detroit.
The five-year, three million dollar study, per-
formed in conjunction with the Detroit Urban
Research Center, examines whether factors such
as air pollution, socioeconomic background and
race affect one's risk of being diagnosed with car-
"Detroit was chosen for a number of reasons,"
said Amy Schulz, assistant research scientist in
the Department of Health Behavior and Health
Education. "The School of Public Health has a
long history of working with residents of Detroit,
we have had really good working relationships
with the people of Detroit and the residents are
very proactive in looking for ways to improve
Schulz stressed that this is a partnership with
the city, not just a case of researchers going into a
city to conduct a study. "Residents said they felt
this was something to be studied," she said, noting
that the community has been instrumental in
every aspect of implementing the research.
The project is funded by the National Institutes
of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the
National Institutes of Health, and was one of only
ten proposals nationwide to receive one of the
grants, according to Mary Koch, director of the
Brightmoor Community Center in Detroit. One of
the requirements for the grant was community
input, Koch added.
"When people come and ask us to help them
we have to analyze whether or not it's in our
scope," Koch said, noting that cardiovascular dis-
ease is definitely within the scope of what needs
to be studied right now.
"This area [northwest Detroit] grew up in the
1920s when Henry Ford developed his assembly
line, so we have a lot of fun history and our own
set of circumstances ... this area is now about 80
percent black and we need to know what are the
disparities and the environmental things going on
now that weren't here 80 years ago when there
was more grass and trees and things?"
The study is important because cardiovascular
disease is one of the leading causes of death
among Detroiters and it's an area the community
had not been working on, said Alex Allen, direc-
tor of the Butzel Family Center in Detroit and a
member of the study's steering committee.
"The way this project is designed, a lot of data
will be collected and data's important, but we
want solutions," Allen said. He noted that while
data is good, "disseminating the information in a
way that makes sense to people and helping them
use it" is what is really important.
"Research is only good if you use it to solve a
problem," he said.
High court declines to hear
Texas affirmative action case
By Elizabeth Kaaasab
Daily News Editor
The United States Supreme Court
declined to hear a lawsuit challenging
race-conscious admissions at the Univer-
sity of Texas last Monday.
The decision comes less than one
month after the high court's refusal to
hear a similar case involving the Univer-
sity of Washington.
Two cases challenging the University
of Michigan's admissions policies are
cheduled to be heard by the 6th Circuit
urt of Appeals in Cincinnati this fall.
"It has no effect on our cases," said
University Deputy General Counsel Liz
Barry of the decision.
"We're really focused on winning in
the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals," Barry
said, adding there is no guarantee the
cases will be appealed to the Supreme
Court, and the Supreme Court does not
have to hear the cases if they are.
0 Using race as a factor in admissions
needs to be addressed by the Supreme
Court, said Curt Levey, legal director for
the Center for Individual Rights. CIR
represents the plaintiffs in the cases
involving the University of Michigan.
"If ever there was an issue that the
Court should address it would be this
one," Levey said.
The lower courts are confused about
how to interpret the law, Levey said. In
Smith v. University of Washington, the
9th Circuit Court upheld the use of race
as a factor in admissions as a compelling
state interest. The 5th Circuit Court
denied the use of race-conscious admis-
sions in its decision in Texas v.
The two cases involving the Universi-
ty of Michigan resulted in two opposite
rulings at the district court level.
Levey said he thinks it is unlikely that
the Supreme Court will decline to hear
the University of Michigan's cases if
they eventually reach that level.
"The University is vigorously defend-
ing the admissions policy in question,"he
said, adding that the University of Texas
has altered its admissions policy since the
lawsuit was filed. The University of Texas
did not define diversity as a compelling
state interest in its defense. The Universi-
ty of Michigan agues that a diverse cam-
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