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being accepted
for Golden Apple
Organizers of the annual Golden
Apple Award are accepting nominations
for the recipient of their 16th apple. The
award is given for excellence in lectur-
ing. Previous winners include English
Profs. John Rubadeau and Ralph Wil-
Students can nominate their favorite
professors at www.umich.edu/-umshout
until Feb. 21.
Students Honoring Outstanding Uni-
versity Teaching, a group within Hillel,
chooses the winner based on the num-
ber of nominations a candidate receives
as well as the comments of students.
The winner will be notified in Match
during class.
Church helps
learn to read with
Bible study
Non-native speakers of English can
brush up their speaking skills by prac-
ticing with a native speaker. The session
runs every Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the
Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church
and includes discussion of an article
in English. Participants wanting more
practice can stay until 9:15 p.m. to read
and discuss the Bible.
Anyone wanting more information
should contact Joel Perry at 439-1319 or
e-mail him at jdpaa2@juno.com.
Purse with $900
in cash stolen
A purse was stolen from the Admin-
istrative Services Building Wednesday
at about 4 p.m., the Department of Pub-
lic Safety reported. The purse contained
several credit cards and $900 in cash.
The purse had been left unattended for
30 minutes before it was discovered
Thief attempts to
cash stolen check
Someone attempted to cash a fraud-
ulent check at the Michigan Union
Wednesday at about 5 p.m., DPS report-
ed. The suspect had stolen the check-
book from a student at an off-campus
Cash stolen from
locked University
Hospital locker

Between $250 and $300 was stolen
from a locked locker in the University
Hospital yesterday between 1 and 3
a.m., DPS reported. Police currently
have no suspects.
In Daily History
State leaders
worry about
in-state students
Feb. 17, 1962 - The University
recently reported out-of-state stu-
dent enrollment has reached 30 per-
cent, causing much distress among
Michigan legislators and the general
Michigan public that in-state stu-
dents are missing out.
Though most agree on the
importance of a "cosmopolitan"
atmosphere, concerns remain that
equally qualified in-state students
are turned away.
Marvin Niehuss, vice president
for University relations, said the
root of the problem lies in the Uni-
versity's definition of "out-of-state."
He said the Michigan constitution
promises that residency cannot be
gained or lost by students or by
those in the military service.
Someone could theoretically
spend eight years on campus, marry,


The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 17, 2006 - 3

Bank robber fatally shot at by SWAT team

There were 354 bank
robberies in Michigan last year,
including 76 in Detroit
DETROIT (AP) - A man who robbed a
bank was killed by a gunshot wound to the
head fired by a police SWAT team member
after taking about 10 customers and employ-
ees hostage, police said.
All the hostages got out of the bank safely
"Our Detroit police department SWAT team

fired one shot at the individual, striking him
in the head, fatally wounding him," Second
Deputy Chief James Tate said.
The man was identified yesterday by police
as Donald Baird, 46, of the Detroit suburb of
The man entered the Comerica Bank branch
in southwest Detroit at about 4:15 p.m. and
announced a robbery, then was given an unde-
termined amount of cash, Tate said. The man
then fired one shot into the air with a long
gun, he said.
Police surrounded the building shortly

afterward, but Tate said officers were unable
to establish contact with the man.
It was not immediately known if a security
guard was inside the bank at the time of the
robbery, he said.
All hostages were released by 5:30 p.m.,
police spokeswoman Eren Stephens Bell said.
Addie Davis of Detroit said her daughter,
bank teller Barbara Howard, 46, called her
from inside the bank, told her she loved her
and said, "There's a man inside and he's going
to kill us all."
Davis said she told her daughter to stop cry-

ing. "All we could do was pray," Davis said.
Davis said her daughter told her the man
said he had a bomb, but Tate said police were
not able to confirm that. A bomb disposal unit
was searching the bank Wednesday evening.
There were 354 bank robberies in Michigan
last year, including 76 in Detroit, according to
the Detroit office of the FBI. That was down
from an all-time high of 456 in 2004, includ-
ing 146 in Detroit, the FBI said.
There have been four bank robberies so far
this year in Detroit, not including Wednes-
day's attempt, Tate said yesterday.

DeVos starts
LANSING (AP) -Republican Dick DeVos has begun airing his
first television ad in his campaign to unseat Democratic Gov. Jen-
nifer Granholm.
By later this week, the 60-second ad will be airing on 30 to 35
stations statewide at various times of the day, including during
newscasts and in prime time, DeVos campaign spokesman John
Truscott said yesterday. The ads began airing yesterday morning
in Grand Rapids and the Detroit area on station affiliates of CBS,
NBC, ABC and Fox.
The ad shows the businessman at Alticor Inc.'s plants near
the company's headquarters in Ada in Kent County. DeVos
was president of Alticor - Amway Corp.'s parent company
- from 1993 to 2002 and more recently has stepped away
from his job as president at The Windquest Group, a Grand
Rapids management group involved in making and market-
ing storage and space utilization products.
DeVos campaign manager Greg McNeilly said the ad
focuses on DeVos' concern about the direction of the state
economy, showing shuttered plants in Kent County.
It also focuses on his vision for turning Michigan
"I'm a job-maker. I haven't spent my life in politics,"
DeVos says in the ad. "I believe as governor, I have to
work for change. With all our strengths, it's time to pull
together, get things done and take Michigan in a new
Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer,
however, said Amway suffered a net job loss while DeVos
was company president. Brewer also noted that DeVos
won a spot on the State Board of Education in 1990 and
has been heavily involved in politics in other ways.
"Everything in this ad is false and misleading," he said.
DeVos and his wife, Betsy, were the nation's fifth-
largest individual campaign donors to state parties and
caucus committees during the 2003-2004 election cycle,
according to the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity.
Dick DeVos also has headed political action committees
that pushed for a failed school voucher ballot issue and
contributed money to legislative candidates who share
his views. He does not say in the ad that he is a Repub-
. The ad was produced by On Message Inc., a Virginia
firm that includes Alex Castellanos, who is well-known
for creating sharp attack ads including the Republican
Party commercial about Democrat Al Gore in 2000 that
subtly flashed the word "RATS" across the screen.
But McNeilly said the DeVos ad is strictly positive.
"This ad doesn't mention the governor. ... It's all about Dick,"
he said. "It's an optimistic vision. It's hope. It's saying we can
do better."

Chrysler group
posts profit for 2005

DETROIT (AP) - DaimlerChrys-
ler AG's Chrysler Group was the
only U.S. automaker to post a profit
in 2005, but executives said yester-
day that the division faces increas-
ing costs and competition and will
be seeking benefit cuts from its
hourly and salaried workers.
Chrysler avoided the fate of Gen-
eral Motors Corp. and Ford Motor
Co., reporting a profit of $1.8 bil-

DaimlerChrysler Chairman and
CEO Dieter Zetsche said Chrysler is
not immune from the problems that
have plagued GM and Ford, includ-
ing increasing costs for health care
and fierce competition from Asian
"It's clear that cost pressure and
competition will intensify," Zetsche
told investors in a conference call.

lion for the year, up 6 per
the year before.
The company
said yesterday Ch
that it plans to the
distribute profit-
sharing checks MO
averaging $650 to
its hourly employ- For
By contrast,
there will be no of
profit-sharing at
GM, which lost for
$5.6 billion in 6 p
North America
last year, and the
Ford, whose
North American
losses totaled $1.6 billion.

cent from

The division is

rysler avoided
fate of General
tors Corp. and
d Motor Co.,
orting a profit
$1.8 billion
the year, up
ercent from
year before.

asking the United
Auto Workers
to pay more for
health care for
active workers
and retirees.
has agreed to
that change at
GM and Ford
but has made no
similar promis-
es to Chrysler.
Chrysler Presi-
dent and CEO
Tom LaSorda
said Chrysler is
sharing finan-
cial informa-

Both Ford and GM lost U.S. mar-
ket share in 2005, while Chrys-
ler gained share on the strength of
products like the Chrysler 300 and
Dodge Magnum sedans.
But Burnham Securities analyst
David Healy said Chrysler prob-
ably can't expect those market share

tion with the UAW and expects to
wrap up the financial review pro-
cess in the next few days.
LaSorda added that a decision on
whether to cut benefits for white-
collar employees could come as
early as March.
Earlier this month, GM outlined
a plan to cut white-collar pension

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