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" In Iraq, US troop
levels will hold
steady until Feb.
President Bush plans to keep
the number ofU.S. troops in Iraq
near the current level through
the end of the year and will pull
home about 8,000 U.S. troops by
February, when the next presi-
dent will be in charge of war-
If security in Iraq keeps
improving, Bush says, "addition-
al reductions will be possible in
the first half of 2009."
The president's decisions
amount to perhaps his last major
0 troop strategy in a war that has
come to define his presidency.
One Marine battalion, num-
bering about 1,000 troops, will
go home on schedule in Novem-
ber and not be replaced. An
" Army brigade of between 3,500
and 4,000 troops will leave in
February. Accompanying that
combat drawdown will be the
withdrawal of about 3,400 sup-
KEY WEST, Florida
Ike misses Keys;,
still targets Gulf
Residents in the Florida Keys
breathed asighofreliefyesterday .
as a fierce Hurricane Ike turned
west on a path away from the
low-lying island chain. But Gulf
Coast states watched anxiously
to see if the storm was gunning
for them instead.
Forecasters at the National
Hurricane Center warned that,
after passing into the Gulf of
Mexico sometime tonight, Ike
could make landfall in the U.S.
" over the weekend near the Tex-
as-Louisiana border, possibly not
far from Houston.
remain without power after Hur-
ricane Gustav hit last week, Gov.
Bobby Jindal urged residents to
start stockpiling food, water, bat-
teries and other supplies.
Court rules in
state ballot case
voters are unlikely to weigh
in on a sweeping ballot measure
that would have rewritten large
sections of the state constitution
now that the Michigan Supreme
Court has agreed with the state
Court of Appeals.
In a 6-1 decision, many of the
justices said it- wasn't possible
to communicate in a 100-word
summary what the 19,000-word
ballot proposal would do. The
Supreme Court also turned down
leave to appeal other issues in the
Dianne Byrum, a spokeswom-
an for the Reform Michigan Gov-
ernment Now proposal, called
the decision "judicial activism at
reached in 2006
Three men were convicted
yesterday of conspiracy to mur-
der in a terrorist bombing cam-
paign, but the jury could not
reach a verdict on allegations
they plotted to use liquid explo-
sives to down trans-Atlantic air-
The jury failed to reach any
verdict at all for four defendants,
and one man was acquitted in a
case that caused travel chaos in
2006 at the height of the sum-
mer vacation season. Prosecu-
tors said they were considering
Prosecutors said a group of
British Muslims led by Abdul-
la Ahmed Ali planned to use
explosive hydrogen peroxide
disguised as a soft drink and
considered national infrastruc-
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports
Number of American service
members who have died in the
war in Iraq, according to The
Associated Press. There were no
deaths identified yesterday.
Transition set to begin
for Detroit's new mayor
president will take
over in two weeks
DETROIT (AP) _ Efficient and
effective. That's howKen Cockrel
Jr. expects the scandal-plagued
Detroit mayor's office to operate
once he takes over for the dis-
graced Kwame Kilpatrick.
With just under two weeks
before Kilpatrick steps down as
part of a plea deal in two crimi-
nal cases, his successor is putting
his own mark on the position as
leader of the nation's 11th largest
Cockrel, the City Council
president, on Monday named his
point person in deadlocked nego-
tiations over the expansion of the
city's economically vital conven-
tion center. He also announced
meetings with Michigan's gov-
ernor on city issues and even his
plans to streamline the number of
Kilpatrick and Cockrel spent
over an hour going over the tran-
sition. The two Democrats also
went to a side room where they
spoke alone for about 20 minutes,
Kilpatrick attorney and transition
team chair Sharon McPhail said.
"Nobody's angry. Nobody's
bitter. Nobody's being mean,"
McPhail said. "We're going to
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to hold smaller town-hall-style
meetings like those in Farmington
Hills and Flint if the Democratic
nominee wants to win in Michi-
"Obama has to provide some
specifics to respond to his critics
who say he is lacking in that area,"
The events on Monday were
smaller and more intimate than
the mnajority of his previous
appearances in the state, which
have drawn thousands of support-
ers to rally for their candidate.
make sure that the rest of Mayor
Kilpatrick's term, things go as
well as they have in terms of city
services, and I think everyone is
on the same page with that."
Cockrel described the meeting
as "very productive."
"The mayor was very open.
Frankly, he was also very help-
ful," Cockrel said.
The meeting was the first of a
series of get-togethers over the
next two weeks with various city
The 38-year-old Kilpatrick
pleaded guilty last week to two
counts of obstruction of justice
stemming from false testimony
he gave during a whistle-blowers'
Kilpatrick also pleaded no con-
test to one count of assault in a
confrontation with an investiga-
tor serving a subpoena on a Kil-
patrick ally in the earlier perjury
He will serve four months in
jail and five years probation after
an Oct. 28 sentencing. Kilpatrick
also is required to repay the city
$1 million in restitution for his
role in an $8.4 million whistle-
Cockrel, 42, is expected to be
sworn in as mayor on Sept. 19, a
day after Kilpatrick's resignation
becomes official. The city council
could vote Tuesday to set a spe-
cial mayoral primary in Febru-
LSA junior Andrea Littles was
one of the thousands at Obama's
rally in Hart Plaza last week, but
said it was the less scripted atmo-
sphere of Monday night's town-
hall event that helped her get to
know the candidate better.
"I definitely got a better under-
standing of what he was trying
to do," Littles said. She added
that she was glad to hear Obama
explain his plans for economic
reform, education and energy in
more detail, especially because
his earlier Detroit visit "was more
general and we didn't have the
opportunity to ask questions."
Like Obama, John McCain's last
visit to Michigan also broke the
ary, followed by a special general
election in May.
The regularly scheduled 2009
mayoral primary still would be
held next August, followed by the
general election in November.
Cockrel has said city finances
and the budget would be among
his first orders of business. On
Monday, he also said the future of
aging Cobo Center is important
and named Detroit Economic
Growth Corp. president George
Jackson to lead the city's negotia-
tions inthe matter.
The Economic Growth Corp.
is a nonprofit organization that
works with the city to pro-
mote economic development in
Kilpatrick had launched a $288
million proposal last month for
expanding the popular down-
square feet. Negotiations over the
project have been held up due to
But modernizing Cobo is seen
as a key to retaining the North
American International Auto
Show and drawing other conven-
Jackson has not been part
of past Cobo negotiations. "In
my view, I think that needs to
change," Cockrel said.
Cockrel also said he hopes to
meet later this week with Gov.
Jennifer Granholm about Cobo.
mold, as the Arizona senator who
thrives in town-hall discussions
instead opted for a rally in Sterling
Heights on Friday with more than
10,000 in the audience.
And though he says McCain's
message to voters doesn't neces-
sarily translate as well in a rally
format, Hutchings believes that
McCain would benefit from host-
ing more larger rallies between
now and Election Day.
"McCain needs to generate
some enthusiasm from his base,"
Hutchings said. "At the end of
the day, you need to get people out
to vote, and these little town hall
meetings aren't necessarily going
to get that done."
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do what they could to still allow
us to operate."
Miriam Lindsey, owner of
Nawnie's Dog Gone Hot Dogs,
said she wouldn't mind a rule
that prohibits leaving carts
"I never did anyway," she,
said. "That's an $8,000 stand
Kunselman said the council
will give the ordinance a second
read within the next month.
Before taking effect, the council
mustvote to approve athird and
final draft of the ordinance.
Daily Staff Reporter Trevor
Calero contributed to this report.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - 3
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