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Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 3A

NEWS BRIEFS
LANSING
After tax hike,
activists seek
recalls
Higher taxes are sparking a two-
front ballot campaign that would
repeal an income tax increase and
sales tax on some services while
punishing Gov. Jennifer Granhoim
and the lawmakers who backed the
changes.
It will be tough to recall legisla-
tors and get measures on the bal-
lot asking voters to reject the tax
changes, however. Thousands of
petition signatures are needed to
do either.
LeonDroletaformerRepublican
state representative and leader of
the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance,
said the backlash against Monday's
tax increases has been strong.
WASHINGTON
Bush vetoes
children's health
insurance bill
President Bush cast a quiet veto
yesterday against a politically
attractive expansion of children's
health insurance, triggering a
struggle with the Democratic-con-
trolled Congress certain to rever-
berate into the 2008 elections.
"Congress will fight hard to
override President Bush's heart-
less veto," vowed Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
Republican leaders expressed
confidence they have enough votes
to make the veto stick in the House,
and not a single senior Democrat
disputed them. A two-thirds major-
ity in both houses of Congress is
required to override a veto.
Bush vetoed the bill in private,
absent the television cameras and
other media coverage that nor-
mally attend even routine presi-
dential actions. The measure called
for adding an estimated 4 million
mostly lower-income children to a
program that currently covers 6.6
million.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
Roughly 3,000
trapped in South
African gold mine
About 3,000 miners were
trapped underground yesterday
when a water pipe burst and prob-
ably caused a shaft to collapse in
a South African gold mine, union
officials said.
An official with Harmony Gold's
Elandsrand Mine near Johannes-
burg said company would be able to
evacuate the trapped workers from
the mine over the next 24 hours.
Harmony's acting chief execu-
tive, Graham Briggs, said on
MSNBC that officials have been in
contact with the trapped workers
and have been sending them food
and water.

WASHINGTON
Sen. Pete Domenici
to retire because of
health issues
Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mex-
ico, an influential Republican voice
on budget issues for a generation,
intends to retire at the end of his
term next year for health reasons,
party officials said yesterday.
The 75-year-old, six-term law-
maker plans a formal retirement
announcement today in his home
state.
Domenici began informing asso-
ciates late yesterday he has fron-
totemporal lobar degeneration, a
progressive disease that in some
forms can cause dysfunction in the
parts of the brain important for
organization, decision-making and
control of mood and behavior.
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports
3,809
Number of American service
members who have died in the War
in Iraq, according to The Associ-
ated Press. The following service
members were identified by the
Department of Defense yesterday:
Petty Officer Third Class Mark
R. Cannon, 31, of Lubbock, Texas

Group aims to foster
campus environmentalism

GYMNASTICS ON THE DIAG

GREEN From page 1A

working together to push the state
to adopt apolicy that would require
it to get 20 percent of its energy
from renewable sources by 2020.
In February, the commission
sponsored an MSA resolution that
urged the University to purchase
a larger portion of its energy from
renewable sources. The com-
mission urged the University to
increase this portion to a third
by this fall, but administrators
rejected the timeline as impracti-
cal.
In response, the University cre-
ated a six-point plan supporting
the purchase of renewable energy.
The University Board of Regents
passed the three-year plan in April.
The plan includes issuing an annu-
al report on energy consumption,

researching purchasing more elec-
tricity from renewable sources and
expanding alternative transporta-
tion services for students.
The University also has an
Energy Conservation Measures
Fund to sponsor initiatives to
reduce energy use in University
buildings.
The coalition will also sup-
port the newly formed Intergroup
Environmental Council, a network
of approximately 10 University of
Michigan environmental groups.
The council was created at the
beginning of tis semester to
increase collaboration between
campus environmental groups
on events and projects, Munn
said.
"We're trying to build a fun com-
munity around the environmen-
tal work we do on campus," Munn
said.

Last weekend, the coalition held
a summit in East Lansing. Munn
said the summit gave participants,
who were mostly Michigan college
students, an opportunity to lead
and participate in discussions and
workshops. They discussed envi-
ronmental issues like recyclingpro-
grams at their schools and getting
involved in environmental justice
campaigns.
"Students (came) away from the
summit inspired and empowered to
make changes toward sustainabil-
ity on their campuses," Munn said.
"They have a better idea of how to
go out and engage with other stu-
dents and with their administrators
on these issues."
Munn said the coalition is also
working to sponsor a bus from Ann
Arbor to Washington, D.C for a
national youth environmental sum- LSA sophomore Jamie Thompson does gymnastics on the Diag
mit in there next month. mote the Michigan men's gymnastics team.

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