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Spill Draws Criminal Probe

The U.S. has launched criminal and civil investigations into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill - the latest move by the Obama administration to show it is taking aggressive action amid bipartisan criticism of its response to the disaster. Legal experts said bringing a civil case against BP for violating the federal Clean Water Act could be relatively straight-forward. But to bring a successful criminal case, the government must generally show the defendant knowingly flouted the law or that the pollution was the result of negligence. Any criminal fraud case could also be complicated by the notion that it appears the government signed off on many of the moves that may have led to the spill, said Noah Hall, law professor at Wayne State University, who has worked on behalf of environmental groups in the past.

Spill Draws Criminal Probe

The U.S. has launched criminal and civil investigations into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill - the latest move by the Obama administration to show it is taking aggressive action amid bipartisan criticism of its response to the disaster. Legal experts said bringing a civil case against BP for violating the federal Clean Water Act could be relatively straight-forward. But to bring a successful criminal case, the government must generally show the defendant knowingly flouted the law or that the pollution was the result of negligence. Any criminal fraud case could also be complicated by the notion that it appears the government signed off on many of the moves that may have led to the spill, said Noah Hall, law professor at Wayne State University, who has worked on behalf of environmental groups in the past.

Canadian lakes turbine plans draws fire

Nick Schroeck, adjunct professor at Wayne State, comments in a story about a Canadian company\'s plans for more than 165 wind turbines in Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie. Opponents of the plan say it would interfere with boating and wildlife. SouthPoint Wind, based in Leamington, Ontario, plans to build the energy-generating, 400-foot-tall turbines in Canadian waters. \"A U.S. citizen who doesn\'t like the way the wind farm looks across the lake can\'t just go into Canadian court and sue to try and stop it,\" Schroeck told the Detroit News. http://www.upi.com/Top_News/International/2010/06/01/Canadian-lakes-turbine-plans-draws-fire/UPI-75881275441358/
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Capitol Focus: Mich. ramps up efforts to promote healthy eating

An article on efforts to make fresh, healthy foods more readily available in Michigan mentions Wayne State's Detroit FRESH project. The project supplies fresh fruits and vegetables to small corner stores throughout Detroit. Kami Pothukuchi, director of WSU's SEED Wayne program comments. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-mi-freshfood,0,7578021.story http://www.wwj.com/Michigan-Promotes-Healthy-Eating/7352655 http://www.mlive.com/newsflash/michigan/index.ssf?/base/national-127/1275208883132730.xml&storylist=newsmichigan http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/article/20100531/NEWS01/305310008/CAPITOL-FOCUS--Mich.-ramps-up-efforts-to-promote-healthy-eating http://www.wsbt.com/news/regional/95212269.html
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WSU to host city rebuilding summit

Rebuilding Detroit will be the topic of Wayne State University Law School\'s annual academic symposium from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium. The event will look at the complex issues facing Detroit and attempt to generate solutions in panels of community leaders, government officials and academics. http://www.freep.com/article/20100325/NEWS01/100325022/1322/WSU-conference-to-explore-rebuilding-post-industrial-cities
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Michigan preserves records of WTC architect Yamasaki

The state of Michigan is preserving records from the office of Modernist architect Minoru Yamasaki, who designed the World Trade Center as well as several structures on the Wayne State University campus, including the McGregor Memorial Conference Center. http://www.9and10news.com/Category/Story/?id=211310&cID=2 http://www.fox33.com/category/story/?id=211310 http://www.mlive.com/business/detroit/index.ssf/2010/03/state_preserves_records_of_wor.html http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/travel/2086149,TRA-News-detroit07.article http://www.fox28.com/Global/story.asp?S=12098051
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WSU: Impact 'huge' if perinatal research contract not renewed

Wayne State officials are making preparations to ensure that the Perinatal Research Branch will be able to continue its mission of reducing infant mortality and pre-term delivery rates in Detroit. The branch is housed at the Detroit Medical Center's Hutzel Hospital, and the university's current contract with the National Institute of Child Health and Development expires in 2012. Valerie Parisi, M.D. and interim dean of the medical school, is cautiously optimistic about chances for winning renewal of the contract.
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Focus: HOPE, partners get $3 million stimulus grant for low income tech

Focus: HOPE and Wayne State University will receive $3 million in federal broadband stimulus funds for "Connect your Community," an effort that supports broadband Internet training and adoption by more than 5,000 low-income households in Detroit. In a related effort, Focus: HOPE and the university are also partnering to deploy a wireless broadband network in the Central Woodward/ North End and Osborn neighborhoods, which will provide free or extremely affordable high speed Internet access for "Connect Your Community" participants.

At this stage

Actors from the WSU Theatre Department will perform in conjunction with the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in "Ain't Misbehavin' - the Fats Waller Musical" at the Music Hall Jazz Café. Showtimes and ticket information are included. The Hilberry Theatre presents C.P. Taylor's "Good," a theatrical presentation of moral dilemmas faced by a German literature professor during the early years of the Third Reich. Showtimes and ticket information are included for the show, which runs through May 7.

University Research Corridor starts transportation research program

The University Research Corridor announced Wednesday the formation of a new transportation research consortium to promote research that supports industry, community and government policymaking and planning. "This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rethink fundamental assumptions," said Allen Batteau, director of WSU's Institute for Information Technology and Culture. http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20100305/FREE/100309891#
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Michigan Research Universities Start Transportation Consortium

Wayne State and the two other universities that comprise the University Research Corridor are collaborating to create a new transportation research consortium. The goal is to find ways to transform the regional, state, national and, ultimately, global transportation industries. The three URC institutions are holding meetings with their campus researchers to prepare for an inaugural transportation summit being planned for Detroit in October.

Universities: Cuts could be 'devastating'

The presidents of Wayne State, Michigan State and the University of Michigan testified Monday before Michigan's Senate Appropriations Committee on Higher Education regarding the importance and economic value of the University Research Corridor. Last year, the URC generated an economic impact estimated at $14.5 billion, the educators pointed out. http://detnews.com/article/20100302/SCHOOLS/3020361/Universities--Cuts-could-be--devastating-#ixzz0h2PbLXmQ http://www.universitybusiness.com/newssummary.aspx?news=yes&postid=21985 http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain/article/1/0/1618300/Michigan.News/University.Presidents.Say.They.Can.Power.Michigan%27s.Future.Economy--But.They.Need.Money