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LOCAL/STATE

C RIME
Man found dead
in car following
football game
A 35-year-old Westland man was
pronounced dead at University Hospi-
tals at 8:05 p.m. following Saturday's
football game, Department of Public
Safety spokeswoman Diane Brown
said. The man was found in a car on the
University Golf Course and several off-
duty paramedics attempted to revive the
man before an ambulance arrived.
Initial hospital reports state the man
died of a cardiac arrhythmia, Brown
said. An autopsy is planned.
MIPs, urinating in
public, scalping
cited at Stadium
DPS officers and other law enforce-
ment agencies dealt with a total of 29
'incidents at Michigan Stadium, during
Saturday's football game against
Michigan State, Brown said. The inci-
dents break down as follows:
Five incidents of alcohol in the stadi-
um, 16 minor in possession charges,
three disorderly persons, three
removals from the stadium for throw-
ing projectiles, one urinating in public
complaint and one incident of ticket
scalping.
Huron Valley Ambulance treated
46 persons but transported no one to
University Hospitals.
Marching band
target of water
balloon assault
Unidentified persons at a house in
the 1000 block of South State Street
threw water balloons from a roof at
passing marching band members Sat-
urday afternoon, according to DPS
reports. DPS turned the incident over
to the Ann Arbor Police Department
because it was an off-campus matter.
East Quad tampon
dispenser latest
to be pilfered
A tampon dispenser in East Quad
was broken into Thursday morning,
according to DPS reports. DPS did
not report having any suspects or the
amount of money stolen.
Mattress frame
found burning at
fraternity
Ann Arbor firefighers responded to
V an early-morning fire Saturday at
Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, locat-
ed at 1004 Olivia St. They found a
burning mattress frame propped
against the front door, Ann Arbor
police said.
Fraternity members who smelled
smoke put the fire out at about 6 a.m.
The fire spread to the door of the
house but caused minimal damage.
The AAPD is investigating, but has
no suspects.
Suspect uses fake
50s at stadium

A pair of fake S50 bills were
used Saturday to purchase food
from booths at Michigan Stadium,
according to the AAPD. The same
man used both bills, vendors said.
Police were unable to locate the
* suspect.
BAMN suspected
of soliciting in
residence halls
Officers responding to Mosher-
Jordan Residence Hall on Sunday
afternoon were unable to locate a
problem after receiving a complaint
that a woman was in the building
passing out flyers supporting
Defend Affirmative Action By Any
Means Necessary, according to DPS
reports. Solicitation is prohibited in
University buildings.
Compiled hy Daily Staf/Rcporter
David Enders.

Ward I candidates focus on housing costs

By Jeremy W. Peters
Daly stafr 'Rporter
Neither candidate for the Ward I seat on the
Ann Arbor City Council has ever held an elected
public office, but both say they were driven to run
primarily because they want to address concerns
related to housing costs.
"There are the day-to-day issues, but what I'm
hearing from the lips of everyone have been con-
cerns about affordable housing," said Democratic
candidate Jean Robinson.
Her opponent, Tony Ramirez, said he, too, has
concerns about the price of housing in Ann Arbor.
"The number one issue is affordable housing.
It's a tough goal, but I think we'll make some
progress," said Ramirez, who is running as an
independent candidate.
Although Robinson and Ramirez have no polit-
ical experience, they both have been extensively
involved in the Ann Arbor community.

Robinson, a retired Social Worker, has served
on the boards of numerous nonprofit organiza-
tions, including Don Farm, a drug treatment foun-
dation in Ann Arbor; the Washtenaw County
Area Agency on Aging; and the Community
Development Block Grant executive committee,
where she worked directly with the mayor and the
city council.
Robinson said one of her primary concerns as a
city council member would be to ensure the city's
homeless have adequate housing.
"I have great concern about the homeless and
what to do to help them. As a social worker I
believe it's not only important to house them but
to move them into more permanent housing," she
said.
Ramirez's service record includes 20 years as
an officer in the Detroit police reserves, a member
of the Building Authority Commission and the
Affordable Housing Task Force.
In addition to affordable housing, Ramirez said

he wants to reform the city's budget and maintain
a good relationship between the city and the Uni-
versitV.
"They're spending too much on a lot of stuff,"
Ramirez said. "It's just a big pile of money for
nothing. I also think a good relationship with U of
M is key. (University President Lee) Bollinger has
taken more of a role with the city than previous
presidents and I want this to continue."
Both candidates also contend they want to give
back to Ann Arbor by serving on the City Coun-
cil.
"We live in a community and we reap the bene-
fits. I believe we should give back something in
return," Robinson said.
"I don't have an agenda. I just want to serve the
city," Ramirez said.
Ward I represents much of northern Ann Arbor,
including the Michigan Union and the Diag.
Incumbent Democratic Councilwoman Tobi
Hanna-Davies is not seeking re-election.

I ----I

Voice

Your Vote and MSA

sponsor series of .d

By Jane Krull
Daily Staff Reporter'
With a discussion titled "School
Vouchers: Do they have a place in
the 21st Century?" Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly's Voice Your Vote
Commission kicked off Voter Edu-
cation Week 2000 last night.
Forty students and community
members attended the event featur-
ing State Board of Education candi-
date John Austin, a Democrat, and
current State Board of Education
member and University alum
Michael David Warren Jr., a Repub-
lican.
Warren discussed his vision of
education and how aspects of it
coincide with Republican presiden-
tial candidate George W. Bush's
ideals.
"We trust people to make deci-
sions for themselves," Warren said.
Warren said he believes school
vouchers would "empower parents
and families -- they would have
choices and options."
Austin said that parents should
have more options, but disagreed
with Proposal 1, which would allow
parents to have tuition vouchers to
send their children to non-public
schools.
Under the proposal, private

schools can discriminate on who
they accept, Austin said.
Private schools "are not required
to take any kids," he said.
Austin also said the proposal
would give tax dollars to private and
religious education.
The proposal is one of many elec-
tion issues to be addressed during
Voter Education Week.
"We are hosting a variety of
events to appeal to the variety of
students on our campus," VYV
chairwoman Shari Katz said.
"We've registered so many students
and we want to make sure their vote
is an educated one."
A Voter Education and Informa-
tion Fair is being held today in the
Michigan Union ballroom from 11
a.m. to 4 p.m. Various student
groups will represent different cam-
paign issues and explain where the
candidates stand on them.
Students will be able to interact
with candidates at the fair. Voice
Your Vote invited all candidates on
the November ballot to attend.
Due to the candidates' hectic
schedules, only a few have con-
firmed their attendance, but VYV is
expecting some additional candi-
dates to show up, said Katz, an
LSA senior.
Tonight, a discussion on the can-

Lebates
didates' plans to save Social Seeni-
ty, titled "Will Social Securitye
Around for Us When We Need ft2"
will be held in the Union ballrdoin
at 7 p.m
At 8:30 p.m. in the ballroom, a
presidential youth debate is schcd-
uled between Students for Bt 5h.
Students for Gore and students
advocating Green party candidate
Ralph Nader and Libertarian candi-
date Harry Browne.
A series of debates between can-
didates in several local and stae
races is planned for the end of thte
week at the Michigan League.
"We are excited that candidates
are taking time to consider students
an important voter base," VYV
planning committee member
Michael Gold said.
On Thursday, 53rd State House
District candidates Chris Kolb and
Bob Bykowski plan to debate in the
Hussey Room at 4 p.m.
On Friday, two debates are being
scheduled in the Mendellsohn The-
atre.
At noon, Ann Arbor mayoral car.
didates John Hieftje and Stepheb
Rapundalo will face off. At 3:3(
p.m., U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-
Ann Arbor) and her Republican
challenger, Carl Berry, take the
stage.

Man threatens to
jump from top of
parking structure

Police pull man off
ledge after nearly two
hours of negotiations
By David Enders
Daily Staff Reporter
After two tense hours, Ann Arboi
police officers removed a man
threatening to jump from the 7th
floor of the Maynard Street parking
structure last night.
The large crowd of onlookers
that had amassed on Maynard
Street cheered as the man, who
police would identify only as a
20-year-old Ann Arbor resident,
was pulled off the ledge by a trio
of officers.
Police took the man to University
Hospitals to undergo psychiatric
evaluation, said Sgt. Mark Szynwel-
ski, the officer in charge at the
scene.
The man is not a University stu-
dent or staff member, Szynwelski
said.
Police received the call at 5:47
p.m. and removed the man at 7:31
p.m.
Negotiator Bob Taylor, a 30-
year veteran of the AAPD, spoke

to the man from the other side of
a fence on the top floor of the
garage for more than an hour.
Tavlor said the man did not give a
reason for being on the ledg e and
said little except for commenting on
the crowd below.
"lie was very, very quiet.
Didn't say much at all," Taylor
said.
Ann Arbor firefighters finally cut
a hole in the fence, allowing them to
yank him to safety.
"I told him what was going to
happen, and when he didn't say
no, we went for it," Taylor said.
Hospital officials would not con-
firm or deny the admittance of the
man to the psychiatric ward follow-
ing the incident.
As police cordoned off Maynard
Street between Liberty and William
streets during the event, many
crowd members asked why the
police or fire department did not
provide some kind of safety device
such as a net or airbag in case the
man jumped.
Szynwelski said neither the
AAPD nor the fire department has
such a device.
"Would I have liked to have one?
Sure," he said.

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