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CORRECTION TO THIS ARTICLE: The Nov. 2, 2007 news brief, “Tang Held Without Bail After Next House Stabbing,” incorrectly referred to Wellesley junior Anna L. Tang’s dangerousness hearing as Wolfe B. Styke’s ’10 hearing.

Tang Held Without Bail After Next House Stabbing

Anna L. Tang, the Wellesley College junior accused of stabbing Next House resident and ex-boyfriend Wolfe B. Styke ’10, remains in prison pending a continuation of her dangerousness hearing, or bail review.

During the hearing Tuesday, prosecutors alleged that Tang ordered a crossbow less than a week before the Oct. 23 stabbing, though it arrived after the incident, according to the Boston Herald. A few days after ordering the crossbow, prosecutors said Tang saw Wolfe studying with a female MIT student.

Styke’s hearing is scheduled to continue on Nov. 7 at 2 p.m., according to Meredith Lerner from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Styke’s hearing is scheduled to continue on Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. Tang will be held without bail until the hearing.

Tang’s defense attorney, John Valerio of Andover, did not return a call for comment.

—Nick Semenkovich

MIT Team Qualifies for DARPA Grand Challenge

Team MIT passed the qualifying round of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Grand Challenge — a competition to design an autonomous vehicle. Though past competitions have involved driving across deserts and offroad, this year’s challenge is in a 60-mile urban course.

The autonomous vehicles must be able to navigate city streets, merge into traffic, deal with obstacles, and obey all California DMV rules, according to a press release from DARPA.

The urban environment seemed to prove challenging to many of MIT’s peers; Team Caltech and Team Princeton did not pass the qualifying tests.

MIT’s team, lead by John J. Leonard, professor of mechanical and ocean engineering, will now participate in the final challenge on Saturday, Nov. 3. For more information, including video feeds of the competition tomorrow, see For more information on Team MIT, see

Nick Semenkovich