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LOCAL/STATE

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 19, 2002 - 3A

CRIME

Project projection

Freshly dug hole
alerts police to
possible death
The Ann Arbor Police Depart-
ment and Department of Public
Safety investigated a three-foot by
six-foot area freshly-dug this week-
end at Bandameer Park, west of the
M-14 bridge and next to the Huron
River.
AAPD officers asked for a K-9
unit to search the area for a possible
dead body, but it turned out to be a
false alarm. The canines did not
alert officers to any human scent,
and no problems were found.
Fire starts in 'U'
building, report
finds damages
A fire started Tuesday afternoon
on the second floor of the Adminis-
trative Services Building at 1009
Greene St., DPS reports state.
The fire started in a Natural
Choice water cooler. Though it did
not spread, the surrounding room
suffered some damage, the report
states.
* Missing teen
from Northwood
goes found in ER
A teenager was reported missing
early Sunday morning from North-
wood IV on North Campus but later
returned home, intoxicated.
An ambulance transported the
teenager to the University Hospital
Emergency Room, according to
DPS reports.
Woman reports
money as stolen,
finds it on self
A woman reported that $40 had
been stolen from her while at Uni-
versity Hospital, believing the theft
had occurred sometime over the
" weekend.
According to DPS reports, further
investigation found that the money
was not stolen but was with the
woman.
Man on Diag sent
to ER, cited for,
open intoxication
A person was found drunk and
slumped over a bench on the Diag
early Tuesday morning with a blood
alcohol content of .3.
Police reports state the subject
had also taken Vicoden, a prescrip-
tion painkiller.
He was transported to the emer-
gency room by the Huron Valley
Ambulance and cited for an open
intoxication offense.
Woman sees man
masturbating in
Nichols Arboretum
A caller reported that she saw a
person, described as a white male
about 40 years old wearing a white
T-shirt and no pants, masturbating
in Nichols Arboretum Tuesday
afternoon.
She returned to her off-campus
home and then called DPS, but the
suspect had left the area and was
not located.
Bees nest causes
injuries in North

Campus vicinity
A resident of Northwood IV on
North Campus reported Tuesday
that there was a bees nest in the
wooded area near her home.
The caller stated that her son had
been stung about a dozen times and
requested that pest management
take care of the problem.
She declined medical attention
for her son.
AAPD awaits
warrant for retail
fraud suspects
A subject reportedly stole a book
from Michigan Book and Supply
Tuesday morning.
Two suspects were stopped by the
AAPD and were released pending a
warranf.
They also were advised they were
trespassing and were escorted away
from the area.
Pines stolen from

Nation focuses
on Granholm's
state campaignl

JONATHON TRIEST/Daily
A shot taken from the projection booth of the Madstone Theater showcases the film "Nowhere to
Run," which was playing at the venue.
Mi0chigan unemployment
rates decrease in August

DETROIT (AP) - Jennifer
Granholm, the Democratic nominee for
Michigan governor, is the "it" candi-
date of 2002.
Her front-running campaign is
attracting national attention. News
accounts spotlight her alluring mix of
brains (she's a Harvard Law School
graduate), movie-star looks (she spent
several years in Los Angeles as an
aspiring actress)
and Clintonesque
people skills.
"Everybody
falls in love with
her," laments a top
adviser to Lt. Gov.
Dick Posthumus,
her Republican
opponent, who
trails in the polls
by double digits. Granholm
At a boisterous rally here last week,
former President Bill Clinton praised
her as articulate, charismatic, compe-
tent and strong, and he compared her
favorably to another "attractive, blond-
haired" woman - his wife, Hillary, a
US. senator from New York.
For months, analysts have been pro-
moting this as the "year of the woman"
in gubernatorial contests. But prospects
for a major breakthrough appear to be
fading.
Serious female contenders have fiz-
zled in large states such as Illinois and
Florida, where former U.S. Attorney
General Janet Reno apparently lost
last week's primary to a neophyte.
National Democratic strategists are
privately worried about the perform-
ance of Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen
Kennedy Townsend, whose run for
governor has drawn international
media coverage but only a middling
response from voters.
Predictions that a record-setting
number of women would be nominat-
ed for governor this year have not
been borne out. The number of female
governors - five - might well
increase after the November elections
but probably will not double, as some
had forecast.
The shifting fortunes of other can-
didates have served to highlight the
sudden rise of Granholm, 43, who, if
elected, would make Michigan the
largest state with a sitting female
governor.

Although she's running in just her
second race for public office (she was
elected attorney general four years
ago), she has shown that she can win
support from women, baby boomers
and younger voters, in particular. She
also has done u nusually well for a
Democrat in the more conservative
western and northern portions of
Michigan.
She set fund-raising records in dis-
patching two heavyweight rivals - a
former governor and the former No. 2
Democrat in the U.S. House - by a
surprisingly large margin in last
month's primary.
If Granholm wins this fall, she
would seem to offer Democrats some-
thing both parties have been desperate-
ly searching for: a woman who could
add luster to a national ticket.
A political moderate and abortion-
rights Catholic from a large swing
state, Granholm could automatically
find her name on the short list of
future vice presidential possibilities.
She might even have had presidential
appeal for moderate and conservative
Democrats eager to find a female
alternative to Sen. Hillary Rodham
Clinton.
Except for this: her "constitutional
impediment," as Granholm puts it.
Her Canadian parents moved the fam-
ily to California from British Colum-
bia when she was 4, and she became a
naturalized citizen at 18. Only a
native-born American can become
president.
"It's kind of a relief" that the road to
the White House isn't open to her,
Granholm said in an interview. "I'm
running for governor to be the best
darn governor Michigan ever had, and
that's my ambition."
Longtime watchers of state politics
describe her as the hottest political
property to emerge in Michigan in
decades. Craig Ruff, who once served
as an aide to a Republican governor of
Michigan, says that like Bill Clinton,
Granholm is an electrifying personality
with "aerobic listening skills" who
causes those who come in contact with
her to "melt away."
"You're just captivated," said Ruff,.
an independent analyst. "It isn't just the
body language and the empathy and
the good looks and the well-dressed
appearance.

LANSING (AP) - As teenagers left their summer jobs
for school last month, Michigan's unemployment rate
dropped to 6.2 percent, the state said yesterday.
August's unemployment rate is down 0.4 percentage
points from July's 6.6 percent, the state Department of
Career Development said. But it remained higher than the
national rate of 5.7 percent.
Last month's state unemployment rate was 0.7 percent-
age points higher than in August 2001, when it was 5.5
percent, the department said.
The number of people employed in August dropped
by 7,000 from July, and unemployment declined by
22,000.
Patrick Anderson, principal of the Anderson Economic
Group of Lansing, said he doesn't believe 29,000 people
left the labor market last month.
"You could read this as very encouraging," he said
about August's lower unemployment rate, "and it may be
encouraging after we get this confirmed. There's not
another one-month period where we had this kind of
change. I don't think it could happen."
Jim Rhein, a labor market analyst for the Department
of Career Development, said the drop in unemployment
doesn't necessarily indicate that an economic recovery is
underway.
Instead, he said the state simply saw a larger decline
than usual in the number of teenage workers that might
have been counted as unemployed during the summer but
are now back in school.
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this year as of July 30, and that number
is likely to grow to 500 by year's end, T e a
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informed by the federal Centers for Dis-
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that when new national statistics are
released next month, Detroit will top the Name TI
list for the number of reported syphilis
cases per capita in 2001.
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it as such."
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was fired, and another resigned, said
Davis-Satterla. She declined to discuss Japptq kco'L o
specifics of the personnel moves, saying $1.75 Hienek
only that "the changes were made to
bring about an overall improvement" in SATUI
eradication efforts.
The centuries-old, sexually transmit-
ted disease may appear first as a sore,

"The jobless rate decline in August primarily reflected
fewer persons, particularly youth, in the job market," said
Barbara Bologna, director of the Department of Career
Development.
Although last month's unemployment rate is down
from July, Rhein said the state's unemployment rate has
been essentially unchanged since November 2001.
"We had a little bit of a spike for June and July, but 6.2
is pretty much the average so far this year," he said.
Seasonably adjusted payroll jobs in Michigan dropped
by 10,000 last month to 4.5 million, the state said. The
service industry lost 8,000 jobs and manufacturing lost
6,000 jobs. Government employment - which includes
teachers - increased by 4,000 positions.
Payroll jobs are down 41,000, or 0.9 percent, so far this
year, the department said. Most of those job losses were
in manufacturing and retailing.
Manufacturing losses represented the state's greatest
weakness last month, Rhein said. Typically, there are auto
plant layoffs in July while companies change models and
workers are rehired in August.
"There was some recovery from July, but it wasn't
quite as strong as it normally would be," Rhein said.
The average weekly earnings for manufacturing jobs
in Michigan last month were $836.80, a drop of $7.20
over the month and of $5.70 over the year. But workers
put in more time last month than a year ago, averaging
43.9 hours last month compared to 42.8 hours in August
2001.
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