Students to kick off MLK month

Students will inaugurate the 2005 symposium in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. with musical and dramatic performances that depict the civil rights movement from the 1960s to the present day.

The free event takes place from 8 to 10 p.m. tonight in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.

Outdoors group to hold informational meeting

Representatives from Outdoor Adventures will talk about wilderness excursions, spring break trips and classes that are offered through the program from 7 to 9 p.m. at the climbing wall in the Intramural Sports Building tonight.


Crime Notes

Ambulance called for seizure victim

A victim of seizures was transported to the University Hospital for treatment, according to the Department of Public Safety. DPS reported that the incident occurred at West Quad Residence Hall just after noon Saturday.

Vending machine broken into at residence hall

A vending machine was broken into by an unknown individual on the first floor of East Quad Residence Hall, according to DPS reports. The break-in occurred early Saturday morning, DPS reported.

Theft occurs at Trotter House

A theft occurred at the William Monroe Trotter house at about 6 p.m. Saturday. Trotter House is at 1443 Washtenaw Ave.


This Day in Daily History

Cubans release two ‘U’ students

Jan. 10, 1959 — Fidel Castro’s Cuban provisional government has released two of four University students detained on the Caribbean island since the revolutionists seized power New Year’s Day.

Raquel Marrero and Eduardo Michelena returned to Ann Arbor yesterday after having their passport papers cleared by the Cuban government.

Two other students, Javier Palacios and Jesus Rodriguez, still cannot be contacted on the strife-torn island. Rodriguez lives in Rodas, 35 miles from Cienfuegos, where heavy fighting occurred shortly before ex-dictator Fulgencia Batista’s downfall.

High Court to hear seven ‘dirty words’

Jan. 10, 1978 — The Supreme Court announced that it would hear a case concerning a Federal Communications Commission ruling banning seven “indecent” words from the airwaves.

The FCC ruled in 1975 that the seven “cuss” words, which were the subject of a George Carlin comedy monologue by New York’s radio station WBAI-FM four years ago, were indecent, and the FCC imposed an absolute ban on their use.

The case was then brought to an appellate court, which ruled it invalid, calling it “overbroad and vague.” The appeals court agreed with the station’s owner, the Pacifica Foundation, that the Carlin monologue was not obscene and deserved protection under constitutional free-speech guarantees.

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