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Police give riot account

TPD officers testify in lawsuit about student's eye injury during 2001 Fourth Ave. riots

The former UA student whose eye was shot out during the Fourth Avenue riot two years ago heard Tucson police officers give their account of the incident in court yesterday.

Jeff Knepper, who filed a $3 million lawsuit against the City of Tucson, said police were negligent during the April 2, 2001, riots following the UA men's basketball loss to Duke in the NCAA championship. Knepper's lawyer, Carl Piccarreta, said he spent most of the morning trying to build a case against the Tucson Police Department to prove negligence. [Read article]

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Research buildings clear first hurdle

If Legislature approves buildings, UA may have to give up more revenue

PHOENIX Funding for new UA research facilities cleared its first hurdle today with a new provision that 30 percent of the research dollars generated from UA stockholdings in start-up companies go to the state.

A proposal to allow UA to hold stock in companies has to go to the ballot this fall and be approved by voters before the deal would be solid. [Read article]

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photo Regents to vote on buildings

The Arizona Board of Regents will decide today whether to approve construction of two new research buildings, an addition to the Chemistry building and infrastructure to support those research buildings.

Combined, the projects will cost about $172 million.

Once completed, the construction projects will house life sciences researchers. Both UA and Arizona State University are looking to step up their research efforts in that field, a move that could bring an influx of grant money to the universities and foster economic growth throughout Arizona. [Read article]

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photo Troop support ribbons on Mall to be retied tonight

Group says ribbons are not meant as political statements

The UA College Republicans will meet tonight on the UA Mall to hang yellow ribbons in support of U.S. troops, and they hope their efforts will be displayed for more than a day.

According to UA College Republican President Pete Seat, it will be the third time in a little over a week that the group has hung ribbons.

Seat said he is unsure who removed approximately 150 ribbons the group put up earlier this week. They were taken down sometime after the group left the university Monday evening and before 8 a.m Tuesday. [Read article]

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On the Spot

Two people with multiple majors aren't sure what they want to do, but it might involve burgers

WILDCAT: Any relation to Chief Richard Miranda?

MIRANDA: No, not that I know of.

WILDCAT: Oh, he's a swell guy. So all this at the Union on a Wednesday night. Is this like the study night for everyone? Is Wednesday's like, "I've got to get all my stuff done," so Thursday's all "Woohoo! I'm going to go party!" [Read article]

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photo Fast Facts

· The caterpillar has more than 2,000 muscles.

· A "clue" originally meant a ball of thread. This is why one is said to "unravel the mystery."

· The ampersand (&) was once a letter of the English alphabet.

· What is called a "French kiss" in England and America is known as an "English kiss" in France.

· In medieval Japan, a woman who was caught alone in a room with a man other than her husband was immediately put to death, no matter how innocent the meeting may have been. [Read article]

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Collegiate Cocktail

Player and prostitute

The Parthenon
Marshall University

Huntington Police Department arrested Dennis Thornton, a sophomore linebacker on the football team, last week as part of a sting operation in which four others were arrested, according to Huntington Police Department report.

Thornton has been charged with solicitation of prostitution.

He allegedly propositioned an undercover female officer, according to the police report. [Read article]

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