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Student is Arrested On Assault Charges

MIT graduate student Dong Zhang was arrested last month and charged with assault and battery of his ex-girlfriend, who is also a student at MIT. He faces three counts: assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and threat to commit a crime. Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon is a felony charge in Massachusetts, and if found guilty, Zhang could face a maximum of 10 years in state prison.


iCampus Selects Final Recipients of Funding

In its last year of funding, projects funded by iCampus, a $25 million partnership between MIT and Microsoft Research, are going international.


Two Tulane Students Remain At MIT

Two of the 10 students hosted by the Institute last term after their universities were temporarily shut down by Hurricane Katrina are staying on for at least another semester, with at least one hoping to permanently transfer to MIT.


As Funding Drops, Young Researchers Suffer Most

The physics department at MIT accepted only 25 graduate students this year, down from 50 in years past. Several job candidates turned down the prestigious school for work in other countries where science funding is considered more stable. And two MIT contracts with NASA — that PhD candidates rely on to pay for their work — were trimmed by 91 percent.


Republicans Urge Scholarships For Math and Science Students

When Republican senators quietly tucked a major new student aid program into the 774-page budget bill last month, they not only approved a five-year, $3.75 billion initiative. They also set up what could be an important shift in American education: for the first time the federal government will rate the academic rigor of the nation’s 18,000 high schools.


Journals Consider Tests to Find Digital Modification of Photos

Among the many temptations of the digital age, photo-manipulation has proved particularly troublesome for science, and scientific journals are beginning to respond.


UCLA Alum Withdraws Offer to Buy Lecture Tapes

A 24-year-old conservative alumnus who announced earlier this month that he planned to pay students at the University of California, Los Angeles, to tape-record the lectures of left-leaning professors backed down after U.C.L.A. officials informed him on Monday that he would be violating school policy.


Police Log

The following incidents were reported to the Cambridge and/or MIT Police between Jan. 9 and Jan. 20. This summary does not include incidents such as suspicious activity, false alarms, general service calls, or medical shuttles.


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WORLD AND NATION

Alito’s Confirmation Certain Given Likely Party-Line Vote
White House Will Not Release Katrina Documents to Congress
U.S. Report Finds Major Flaws In Reconstruction Plan for Iraq
Acting Israel Leader Olmert Backs Establishment of Palestinian State
Google Excludes E-mail and Weblogs In Chinese Version of Search Engine
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Weather

OPINION

A Monetary Memory
Say Toda, Bibi!
Robotics, For the Rest of Us
Corrections

ARTS

Art Review: Cubism Explained: Museum of Fine Arts Offers Simple, All-encompassing Exhibit
Film Review ***: ‘Glory Road’ Worth Traveling: Inspiring Sports Movie Inaccurate but Heartwarming
Film Review *** : Convincing Political Journalism: Director Jarecki Empowers Righteous Anger
Film Review *** : Woody Allen Aces ‘Match Point’: Unusually Young, Sexy Flick Offers British Twist
On the Screen

SPORTS

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