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One hundred eleven years ofeditoralfreedom



November 7, 2001


Vol C i *.28An Abr @ i* 001Te sianCiy


Tuition won't decrease for st
r winter term; tax credit repeal p
declared dead by lawmakers
By Louie Meizlish iss
Daily Staff Reporter in

ate's tuition tax credit have failed. A repeal tees
ould have provided more funds to the state's P
ublic universities and led to lower tuition. ass
"It's dead. It's gone," said the bill's sponsor, affa
en. John Schwarz (R-Battle Creek). "That "
sue is no longer an issue. It has disappeared hol
to the ether." 12,
In order to make up for shortages in revenue will
aused by the state's economic downturn, he
ilmer, an appointee of Gov. John Engler, A
nnounced cuts yesterday for most state depart- the
ents and other areas of funding totaling $319 has
illion. Higher education funding was spared isla
those cuts.
The executive order cuts were approved by the
e House and Senate appropriations commit- Me

and will take effect immediately. The ft
Paul Courant, the University of Michigan's schools ii
ociate provost for academic and budgetary toward cc
irs, welcomed the news. But th
It speaks well of the position education handled 1
Ids in state priorities," he said, noting that K- the comm
appropriations were also unchanged. Tuition mittees ai
1 remain unchanged for the winter semester, "We g
added. asking to
lthough a bill to repeal the credit passed in said Rep.
Senate, it remains stuck in the House and ic vice cl
little, if any, chance of passage, several leg- Frank sai
tors said. approval
At this time, there isn't enough support for Under
speaker to move that," said Rep. David licans, sai
ad (R-Frankfort). Twp.), "w


The University will not see its state funding
cut by the governor for the winter semester,
State Budget Director Don Gilmer told the Leg-
islature yesterday.
But Gilmer's announcement, which means.
winter tuition at the University will not decrease,
was accompanied by acknowledgements from
several lawmakers that efforts to repeal the


unds that would have goi
f the credit was repealed wi
avering the budget shortfall.
e way the appropriations co
the cuts in funding was crit
tittees' ranking Democrats. BF
re chaired by Republicans.
ot it less than two hours ago
have the subcommittees lo
A.T. Frank of Saginaw, the D
hair of the House committee
id, the committees hastily r
of the governor's cuts.
the watch of Engler and fello
id Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith
re have built a deficit with tai

ne to the we've done nothing that fixes this revenue."
11 now go With the fiscal year 2002 budget season more
or less over, the Legislature is now looking to the
)mmittees fiscal year 2003 process, with a strong possibility
icized by of no increase in higher education funding.
3oth com- "There's no question that given the current
state of the state's economic condition, it makes
and were the development of the fiscal year '03 budget a
)ok at it," major challenge," Glenn Stevens, executive
democrat- director of the Presidents Council of the State
e. Instead, Universities of Michigan.
cshed the Mead, a member of the House Appropria-
tions Committee, echoed Stevens' comments.
w Repub- "I would anticipate that funds are going to be
(D-Salem very tight and limited for the next few years,"
x cuts and he said.

to cut two
* teams by
next year
The Washington Post
ROSEMONT, Ill. - Less than 48
hours after the conclusion of one of
. the most memorable World Series in
history, Major League Baseball own-
ers voted yesterday to eliminate two
teams before the 2002 season over the
objection of the players' association.
Commissioner Bud Selig said the
teams to be dropped have not been
selected, but MLB sources said owners
of the Montreal Expos and Minnesota
Twins are most likely to accept buy-
outs of $250 million each.
The Florida Marlins (located in
Miami) and Tampa Bay Devil Rays are
two other teams in difficult financial
positions and far from competitive
financially with more successful teams
such as the New York Yankees, Boston
Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers,
Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Ori-
"It makes no sense for Major
League Baseball to be in markets that
generate insufficient local revenues to
justify the investment in the franchise,"
Selig said. "The teams to be contracted
have a long record of failing to gener-
ate enough revenues to operate a
viable major league franchise."
Selig argued that relocating teams to
new markets, including the Washing-
ton area, would not solve the sport's
economic problems as satisfactorily as
contraction, although Selig said relo-
cation might be considered in the
"The Washington/Northern Virginia
area was obviously very aggressive in
pursuing a club and we'll be very sen-
sitive to their issues as time goes on. If
relocation serves (to improve the
sport's economic situation), we will
look at it. ... Merely transferring exist-
ing problems to another ownership
group or another city would only exac-
erbate the problem, not solve it," Selig
The Orioles have opposed any
attempt to place a team in eitier Wash-
ington or Northern Virginia, arguing it
would infringe upon their franchise.
Majority owner Peter Angelos, who
attended yesterday's meeting along
with Chief Operating Officer Joe Foss
and Vice President of Baseball Opera-
tions Syd Thrift, was rushed into a
waiting van after the meeting and did
not comment on yesterday's announce-
With baseball's collective bargaining
agreement expiring at midnight last
night, the owners' action is widely
viewed as a move to gain leverage for
what could be a protracted labor dis-
pute with the players' association.
Donald Fehr, executive director of
See BAStBALL, Page 7

Detroit mayor Page 3
Kwame Kilpatrick has late lead over Gil Hill
Gay rights Page 3
Traverse Oity and Kalamazoo vote to ban
policies giving gays protected status
Michigan Senate Page 3
Republicans hold onto Jaye's old seat
Other national races Page 2
Democrats recapture the governors'
offices in New Jersey and Virginia
wins N.Y.
-mayor race
NEW YORK (AP) - Republican Michael Bloomberg,
the billionaire media mogul, defeated Democrat Mark
Green in a tight race yesterday for mayor of embattled
New York City.
Bloomberg will succeed Rudolph Giuliani, a Republi-
can barred from seeking a third term, and take charge of
the daunting efforts to rebuild New York after the Sept. 11
terror attack on the World Trade Cen-
ter"New York is alive and well and
open for business," Bloomberg
declared in his victory speech.
The city's Board of Elections said
Bloomberg had 711,189 votes to
Green's 670,413 in nearly complete
unofficial returns.
Green, the city's elected public
advocate, spent about $12 million on
his campaign, while Bloomberg, Bloomberg
owner of the Bloomberg financial information company,
was expected to spend more than $50 million of his own
money. That made it the most expensive mayoral cam-
paign in U.S. history, according to Common Cause, a
citizen lobbying group.
Green's once-large lead in the polls faded after the pop-
ular Giuliani endorsed Bloomberg as the man to guide
New York. "We gave it our all and it wasn't enough,"
Green said. "I ask the city to support him."

Michael Reid (far left), a Republican candidate for City Council who defeated Democratic Incumbent Joan Lowenstein in the 2nd Ward, looks
over election returns last night at Cleveland's Gill and Grill with other local Republican.
GOP gains1 seat on council

By C. Price Jones
and Louie Meizlish
Daily StaffReporter

Republicans gained one seat on the Ann
Arbor City Council last night, with GOP chal-
lenger Michael Reid edging out Democratic
Councilwoman Joan Lowenstein by a 1.5 per-
cent margin. It was Lowenstein's first election
since her appointment to the 2nd Ward seat
last year.
Reid, a portfolio manager, attributed the
win to his experience with budgetary issues as
the city is forced to work with a smaller bud-

get. He and fellow Republicans, including for-
mer Mayor Ingrid Sheldon, celebrated last
night at Cleveland's Gill and Grill on Main
"A lot of people realized that budget issues
are real important and I have a lot of experi-
ence in that;' he said.
He also said his opposition to accessory
apartments - extra apartments built onto
houses -put him over the top.
Residents were "concerned it would change
the character of the city,"he said.
Democrat Robert Johnson of the 1st Ward
and Republican Marcia Higgins of the 4th

Ward easily won re-election, while 3rd Ward
Councilwoman Heidi Cowing Herrell and 5th
Ward incumbent Wendy Ann Woods, both
Democrats, ran unopposed.
Democrats now hold an 8-3 majority on the
council, including Mayor John Hieftje. Five of
the 10 seats are up for election each year.
Lowenstein, who waited out the close elec-
tion in the 2nd Ward with fellow Democrats at
Arbor Brewing Company on Washington
Street, promised to remain active in local
affairs. Democrats crossed their fingers as
they waited for the results from the ward's
See COUNCIL, Page 7

Gaining ground
Afghan opposition forces seized
several villages near Mazar-e
Sharif after U.S. warplanes
raided Taliban-held territory near
Bagram Air Base.
Mazar-e Sharif
Bagram Air Base
Kabul -
0 100 m
t 0 100km
SOURCE: The Associated Press AP

Opposition forces
seize, 3 key towns

Keeping warm

BAGRAM, Afghanistan (AP) -
Backed by heavy U.S. bombing,;Afghan
opposition forces claimed the capture
yesterday of several key towns on the
road to Mazar-e-Sharif in their first
reported significant advance against Tal-
iban defenses.
At the Pentagon, Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld said an assessment of
the claimed move against the strategic
northern city would have to wait until
the "dust settled" and there was a pause
in the fighting.
Even if true, it would mean opposition
forces were several dozen miles away

across mountainous terrain from Mazar-
e-Sharif, with winter closing in.
But after seesawing battles south of
Mazar-e-Sharif in recent weeks, the
opposition said intense strikes by Amer-
ican planes helped open the way for yes-
terday's advance. The alliance had
complained earlier that U.S. bombing
was not heavy enough.
U.S. jets also hit Taliban positions on
another main front of the war, north of
the capital, Kabul, dropping more than a
dozen bombs and raising black smoke
over the valley.

Odd-even rules could restrict parking

By Daniel Kim
Daily Staff Writer
Many students leave their cars parked on residen-
tial streets near campus to avoid parking tickets and
paying for an expensive on-campus spot, if one is
even available. But an ordinance approved last week
by the Ann Arbor City Council may take away that
The new ordinance would put an odd-even park-

park on the side of the street with even numbered
addresses on the even days of the month and on the
opposite side on the odd days.
On the streets with only one side of parking, dri-
vers would only be able to park there every other
City officials say the main goal of the new ordi-
nance was not to discourage students from parking
in residential areas, but rather "to help street mainte-
nance, such as leaf pickup and street sweeping," said

term parking in residential areas.
"I think it's unfair for students who need places to
park," said LSA senior Yohan Ghang, who already
spends at least 10 minutes every time he looks for a
place to park, on or off campus.
Some Ann Arbor residents are also against the
new ordinance.
"For me, (students parking in residential areas) is
not that big of a deal," said Joe Tesar of Lincoln
Avenue. "It's not so inconvenient unless they park in

LSA junior Rabia Asghar serves hot chocolate on the Diag yesterday as Yusra



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