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Bush says he will
adopt withdrawal
plan for Iraq
President Bush will tell the
nation this week he plans to
reduce the American troop
presence in Iraq by as many as
30,000 by next summer, but
will condition those and further
cuts on continued progress, The
Associated Press has learned.
In a prime-time television
address, probably tomorrow,
Bush will endorse the recom-
mendations of his top general.
and top diplomat in Iraq, fol-
lowing their appearance at two
days of hearings in Congress,
administration officials said.
The White House plans to issue lo
a written status report on the
so-called "surge" on Friday,
they said. Michi
9/11 remembered
around United
Mourners across the country a
bowed their heads in silence
yesterday to mark the moments
exactly six years earlier when 14
hijacked planes crashed into the
World Trade Center, the Pen- m
tagon and a Pennsylvania field.
The dreary skies created a grim
backdrop, and a sharp contrast
to the clear blue of that morning
in 2001.
"That day we felt isolated, To
but not for long and not from of stu
each other," New York Mayor sing l
Michael Bloomberg said as the At
first ceremony began. "Six years Asses
have passed, and our place is unan:
still byyour side." tion
Construction equipment now of por
fills the vast city block where fundi
the World Trade Center once Th
stood. The work under way is bei
for four new towers forced the with
ceremony's move away from the ties i
twin towers' footprints and into M
a nearby park for the first time. Dar sa
As people clutched framed
photos of their lost loved ones,
Kathleen Mullen, whose niece
Kathleen Casey died in the
attacks, said the park was close
CAIRO, Egypt
Video raises
question over Bin
Laden's health
Two messages from Osama
bin Laden in a matter of days
have revived the game of ques-
tions over his health and where-
abouts, but they also made clear
he is al-Qaida's propaganda "top
gun," able to draw attention
in the West and strike a chord
among sympathizers.
In a new video released yes-
terday, bin Laden's voice was
heard commemorating one of
the Sept. 11 suicide hijackers
and calling on young Muslims
to follow his example in mar-
tyring themselves in attacks.

It came on the heels of a
video released Saturday con-
taining the first new images of
the terror movement's leader in
nearly three years. It showed
him urging Americans to con-
vert to Islam and railing against
capitalism, globalization and
democracy as failed philoso-
Fmr. Gen.: Iraq
won't be stable for
It will take three to five years
before Iraq's government is
stable enough to operate on its
own, according to the former
commander of U.S. forces in
the Middle East, who said the
surge of American forces has
not solved the country's broader
In an interview with The
Associated Press, retired Army
Gen. John Abizaid also said that
beyond attacking the global
threat of terrorism with mili-
tary strength, the United States
has done a poor job of applying
the economic, political and dip-
lomatic means to fight Islamic
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports
Number of American service
members who have died in the
War in Iraq, according to The
Associated Press. The following
were identified by the Depart-
9 ment of Defense yesterday: Rates
Sgt. Alexander U. Gagalac, not t
28, of Wahiawa, Hawaii, May
Lance Cpl. Lance M. Clark, Savie
21, of Cookeville, Tenn., The N
Pfc. Sammie E. Phillips, 19, terms
of Cecilia, Ky., Forw
Cpl. Javier G. Paredes, 24,
of San Antonio.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - 3A

House leader plans
tax vote this week
Budget could be after the families that are paying
more for their benefits, paying
balanced Friday more for their retirements, los-
ing their property values, some
LANSING (AP) - A long- losingtheir homes and their jobs,
awaited and tough vote to raise and asking for more from them,"
taxes to help balance a $1.7 bil- said DeRoche (R-Novi).
lion deficit in the next state bud- It's likely the House will
get could originate Friday in the vote to raise the state income
Democratic-led House. tax from 3.9 percent to either
House Speaker Andy Dillon 4.4 percent or 4.6 percent, and
(D-Redford) signaled yesterday extend the state's 6 percent sales
his chamber would act. tax to some services.
"We know what's in front of As another day came and went
us," he told reporters, accusing yesterday for passing a balanced
Republicans who control the budget to avoid a potential gov-
Senate of not negotiating how ernment shutdown, the debate
much tax revenue is needed. ratcheted up over a tax increase.
Senate Republicans want House Groups that want to boost
Democrats to first send over a government programs gave
revenue plan. lawmakers a brochure noting
"I just decided that we've got that the state's general fund -
to act on our own now," Dillon which covers most state services
said with less than three weeks besides K-12 public schools - is
before the new budget year 39 percent smaller, adjusted for
begins Oct. 1. "That's what I'm inflation, than it was in 2000.
prepared to do." The groups said the budget
Dillon, however, doesn't want problems are largely due to pre-
a straight party-line vote for a tax vious tax cuts and not Michigan's
increase, and House Minority economic struggles. Michigan's
Leader Craig DeRoche warned income tax dropped from 4.4
there are no House GOP votes percent to 3.9 percent from 2000
for higher taxes. Democrats hold to 2004, and the state's estate
a 58-52 majority in the House. tax has been largely phased out,
"This is not the year to go back among other changes.
Come to our mass meeting
Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. at 420
Maynard St., just northwest
of the Michigan Union.

gan Student Assembly Vice President Mohammad Dar proposes a joint rally with the state's other public universities to
st the state's higher education cuts. Dar voiced the proposal during MSA's first meeting of the school year last night in the
gan Union.
ISA supports protest
gainst tutition hikes,

universities will
Zarch on Lansing
Daily News Editor
protest tuition hikes, a group
idents plans to march on Lan-
ater this month.
last night's Michigan Student
mbly meeting, the assembly
imously approved a resolu-
organizing a march in protest
ssible cuts to higher education
ngby the state legislature.
e rally, planned for Sept. 26,
ing organized in conjunction
the 14 other public universi-
n Michigan.
SA Vice President Mohammad
aid at last night's meeting that

he expects there to be more than Dar said a cut could result in a mid-
1,000 total students from the 15 year tuition hike.
schools including more than 300 MSA approved an initial bud-
from the University of Michigan. get of $5,750 for the rally. Of that,
The University of Michigan's $4,500 will go toward chartering
undergraduate tuition went up 7.4 buses, $500 will be for renting the
percent this year. Michigan Capitol Lawn in Lansing
The state also withheld the and the final $750 will be used to
University of Michigan's monthly advertise the event to students.
$29.6 million payment for August LSA freshman Audrey Doher
because it was unable to afford the said she would be willing to pro-
payment at the time. The state is test.
facing a partial government shut- "We need to do something -
down if legislators can't come up more taxes won't fix this," she said
with a way to make up the pro- Not all students were quite as
jected $1.7 billion deficit for the fis- excited about going to the protest.
cal year that begins on Oct. 1. That "I guess we just have to work
means the legislature could decide more during the summer," LSA
to cut its level of funding to univer- junior John Yoon said. "It's not
sities. something I'm going to protest."
Expected state funding was fac-
tored into the current tuition rates - Kyle Swanson
set by universities across the state. contributed to this report.

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