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the first floor and will also add
380 parking spaces and about 300
bicycle parking spaces to the area.
LSA junior Kevin Kinney said
he would be inconvenienced by
the changes.
"It's generally the first place I
shop. I live on North Campus, and
it's close to the bus stop," Kinney
said. "They have most of what I
From Page 1
"I find it very unfair," he said.
"This is my investment for my
retirement and immediately I
would lose a large portion of my
retirement income."
Fisher said that while he sees
"strong arguments for both
sides," the grandfathering plan is
unstable to landlords renting to
more than four tenants.
"If you rent a home to six unre-
lated people, and the next year have
four unrelated people, the grand-
fathering is eliminated," he said.
"That's a 33 percent loss of profits."
City Council member Joan
Lowenstein (D-Ward 2) said the
rezoning proposal is a move by
residents who fear the neighbor-
hood will be overdeveloped.
"What some of the residents
were really afraid of was that
someone would buy two adjacent
From Page 1
professor said.
Many of the nation's problems
derive from the rule of Kim Jong
II, Hyun-Sik Kim argued. Despite
his criticisms of the former lead-
er, he described Kim Il Sung, the
Communist leader who led North
Korea from 1948 until his death
in 1994, as a man with "a warm
Kim Jong Il's nuclear program
has made North Korea an object
of concern on the world stage. The
country conducted its first nuclear
test in 2006, and claims to have
From Page 1
Some have argued that some
scientists are too blinded by the
potential of stem cell research, but
Wicha said an innovative route is
necessary to combat cancer.
"There is so much research
using traditional chemotherapy,"
Wicha said. "Billions of dollars

Robert Kesto, the owner of
Champions Party Store and
Laundromat, located at 609 S.
Forest Avenue, said his store
will move during construction
and then return to the same
location. Kesto said many cus-
tomers are not yet aware of the
city's plans.
"It inconveniences customers,"
Kesto said. "Now, if a customer
wants to buy a pack of cigarettes,
he's got to walk four blocks," he
said, pointing his thumb out the
window. "I think it sucks. It's a
houses, tear it down and build a
big apartment building," Lowen-
stein said. "Many of the houses
are quite old, nice, interesting
older homes, and people just kind
of look and think 'Gosh, some-
body could come in here and take
a perfectly nice home and change
it just to get the maximum profit
out of the land.' "
Mayor John Hieftje has also
expressed concern that an influx
of students will bring unwanted
traffic to the neighborhood.
Lowenstein said Golden Ave-
nue is a "historical anomaly"
because streets of single-fam-
ily homes surround it, and that it
was probably meant to be a sin-
gle-family housing zone.
"I don't think there will be
much or any opposition to it on
council," Lowenstein said of the
proposal. "It is ideal to make it
compatible with the surrounding
areas and to make the existing
homes conforming."
made several more nuclear weap-
Hyun-Sik Kim said he didn't
expect the North Korean nucle-
ar threat to disappear in the
near future. With North Korea's
disastrous economic situation, a
nuclear arsenal might be the only
way Kim Jong Il could withstand
political pressure from abroad.
"That's the last card he has,"
Hyun-Sik Kim said.
Hyun-SikKimsaid he was espe-
cially concerned about the Pyong-
yang University of Science and
Technologybecause ithas actively
recruited nuclear engineering and
physics professors. He said he sus-
pects that the university's profes-
are spent on tfeatments, many of
which just don't work. There will
always be skeptics."
Wicha said stem cell research
is still yet to definitively prove its
worth on human patients.
"In order to convince them this is
better, we have to prove it," Wicha
said. "Patients have to really benefit."
Jim Shayman, associate vice
presidentcof research for the health
sciences in the University Health

loss of income. We've been here18
Kesto said he would carry on
business as usual wherever he
goes. He said he plans to make
use of the increased space upon
the store's return by expanding
the store's grocery section. He
said he would eliminate the laun-
dromat because all the apart-
ments upstairs will have laundry
"I think it sucks," Kesto said.
"This is not our choice, but we
have to go with the flow."
Susan Johnson-Jaworski, who
lives on Golden Avenue with her
husband and their three chil-
dren under the age of seven, said
she doesn't want the neighbor-
hood to be overdeveloped. When
asked if she supported the zoning
changes, she asked, "What do you
think?" and gestured to her chil-
dren scampering behind her.
"It's never been an issue," she
said. "We love the way itris. But if
we multiplied the number of peo-
ple in the neighborhood, it would
change the atmosphere."
Berggren said she likes the stu-
dents who live on Golden Avenue,
adding that the street has a coop-
erative list that shares tools and
supplies like lawnmowers among
the neighbors.
"But the area already has about
as much density as it can stand,"
she said.
- Daily News Editor Kelly
Fraser contributed to this report.
sors are working nuclear bomb
Although the country is func-
tionally closed to the United
States, Hyun-Sik Kim said he
hopes University students will
visit North Korea to teach and
rebuild the country's infrastruc-
ture once the country is reunified
with South Korea or overthrows
its government. He wouldn't say
how safe he thought it would be to
try teaching there now.
Hyun-Sik Kim said his great-
est hope is to become a teacher
in North Korea again. He is
currently working to compile a
North Korean-English diction-
System, praised the research as
"Dr. Wicha and his group have
been leaders inctestingthis hypoth-
esis and the initiation of a clinical
trial represents an exciting step in
this process," he said.
Researchers are awaiting FDA
approval, which they expect to
arrive within one or two months.
The study itself will take about six

Students upset with
state primary choices

PRIMARY From Page 1
"That's where all the momen-
tum is going," Stobby said.
According to a Reuters/C-
SPAN/Zogby poll released yester-
day, Obama is leading in the New
Hampshire primary, which takes
place today. Thirty-nine percent
of voters supported Obama in the
poll. Clinton placed second in the
poll with 29 percent of the vote.
John Edwards, who finished sec-
ond in the Iowa caucuses, polled at
19 percent.
LSA junior Laura Wasserman
said she'll vote for a Democrat in
November's general election, but
hasn't made a decision about who
to vote for in the Michigan prima-
ry next week.
"I think any of the Democratic
candidates would be great and cre-
ate the change this country needs,"
Wasserman said.
But Engineering freshman Evan
Bates didn't agree. Bates said he
doesn't think Obama will change
things for the better.
"I'm all for change, just not in
his direction," Bates said. "Barack
Obama is a likeable person, more so
than Clinton, and he's less abrasive
than Edwards. But I don't like him
as a candidate based on the issues."
Bates said he isn't sure who he'll
vote for in Michigan's Republi-
can primary, but that he's leaning
toward John McCain (R-Ariz.).
"McCain is more realistic on the
issues, especially immigration,"
Bates said.
LSA senior Lauren Lefebvre, a
member of the College Republicans
and Students for Romney, said she
wants to see more fiscal respon-
sibility in her next president. She
thinks Romney would bring that
mindset to the office.
"He is a Michigan man," Lefeb-
vre said. "On social issues, he's in
my frame of mind."
Lefebvre said Romney's faith
might affect whether people vote
for him.
"People are scared about elect-
ing a Mormon," Lefebvre said. "I
would hope our generation would

LSA senior Lauren Lefebvre is a member of the University's chapter of the College
Republicans. She supports Mitt Romney in the race for the White House.

be past religious discrimination."
Bates said he thinks race and
gender are a major factor for
unsure voters.
"I think minorities will be
drawn to Obama and women will
be drawn to Hillary," he said.
LSA junior Audrina Manciel
said she supports Clinton because
she's a woman. "Honestly, I'm vot-
ing for her just because we haven't
had a woman president," Manciel
said. "That's the feminist in me."
Manciel said that Clinton's
experience as first lady and poli-
cies as a senator make her a strong
LSA freshman Brittany Flory
also plans to vote for Clinton
because of the senator's plan for
"I agree with her stance on most
of the issues, especially socially,"

Flory said.
Wasserman said she thinks
the candidates differ very little
within each party. She was confi-
dent that the Democratic nominee
would win in the general election.
Numerous students echoed her
sentiments, including more con-
servative voters.
Clarkson, who identified as a
Republican, said she's not as con-
cerned with the primary as she is
with the election in November.
"I'd like to see a Republican as
president, but I don't think that's
going to happen," she said.
Lefebvre said she thinks that
any of the Democratic candidates
will provide the Republican nomi-
nee with a challenge.
"Bush has screwed over the
Republicans," Lefebvre said. "The
Democrats will be difficult to beat."

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Bush concedes economy
faces new challenges

Stops short of
recession warnings
The New York Times
CHICAGO - President Bush,
in a marked shift from his usual
upbeat economic assessments,
conceded here yesterday that
the nation faces "economic chal-
lenges" due to rising oil prices, the
home mortgage crisis and a weak-
ening job market.
"We cannot take growth for
granted," Bush said in a speech
to a group of business leaders in
which he acknowledged that many
Americans share a rising anxiety
over the economy.
But even after a government
report on Friday that showed
unemployment jumped to 5 per-
cent last month from 4.7 percent
in November, Bush stopped short
of warning that the nation may be
about to enter a recession.
Democrats in Congress and
on the campaign trail echoed the
president's sobering view. With a
number of analysts now predict-
ing that an economic downturn
could be imminent, both Bush
and congressional Democratic
leaders say they are consider-
ing whether a rescue package is
necessary to counter the threat
of a recession, in which economic
activity declines and joblessness
increases over an extended peri-
od of time.
But the two sides would
undoubtedly take vastly different
approaches, setting up a clash that
could dominate the 2008 election
campaign and the remainder of

the Bush presidency.
If the past is any guide, Bush
is likely to favor broad-based
tax cuts of the sort he pushed
through early in his presidency.
Democrats are discussing more
targeted relief - tax cuts, spend-
ing programs or a combination
of the two - to help lower- and
middle-income Americans who
would be hurt the most if the
economy falters.
"This is going to be a battle
over doing more of what George
Bush has done for the past six
years, or doing more for the mid-
dle class," Rep. Rahm Emanuel
of Illinois, the chairman of the
House Democratic Caucus, said
in a telephone interview after
spending the day in Chicago with
Bush. "That's where the fissure is
going to be."
The clash comes as the latest
negative signs on the economy,
coupled with uncertainty in the
housing and credit markets, have
forced Bush to abandon his usual
sunny rhetoric and paint a darker
picture of the economy's condi-
After months of insisting that
the economy's fundamentals are
strong - a theme he reiterated
yesterday - Bush did not mince
words. He acknowledged that
"many Americans are anxious
about the economy," and noted
that "jobs are growing at a slower
pace." He said core inflation is low
- "except when you're going to
the gas pump, it doesn't seem that
Still, the White House is not
convinced it must act. The delib-
erations are tightly held, and aides
to Bush say he will not make a
decision about whether to offer
a stimulus package, or what it
should contain, until later this

month, in time for his State of the
Union address scheduled for Jan.
28. Appearing in New York yes-
terday, Bush's Treasury secretary,
Henry M. Paulson Jr., echoed that
plan, and cautioned against any
rush to action.
"Working through the current
situation and getting the policy
right," Paulson said, "is more
important than getting the policy
announced quickly."
On Capitol Hill, Democrats
were positioning themselves to
get ahead of any proposal the
White House might present.
Aides to House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi said that she had yet to
conclude decisively that a stimu-
lus package was needed, but that
she had met with a group of eco-
nomic advisers last month who
unanimously urged her to take
swift action aimed at stabilizing
the jittery economy and lifting
consumer confidence.
The group included Lawrence
H. Summers, the former Treasury
secretary under President Clinton;
Felix G. Rohatyn, the financier and
former ambassador to France; and
Laurence D. Fink, the chairman
and chief executive of BlackRock,
the global investment firm.
An aide to Pelosi said the three
were "unanimous in saying that
we should move out ahead." In an
interview over the weekend, Sum-
mers - who has been public in his
warnings of a possible downturn
- said he believed there was now
a greater than 50 percent chance
of a recession this year.
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to be thinking about policies that
would provide recession insur-
ance," Summers said, "and if we
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