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Defense chiefs:
Afghan fighting is
getting harder
Even with American troops
headed soon from an increasing-
ly quiet Iraq to a more turbulent
Afghanistan, defeating extrem-
ists in Afghanistan is growing
more complex and more urgent,
President Bush's senior defense-
"Frankly, we are running out
of time," Adm. Mike Mullen,.
chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, told the House Armed
Services Committee yesterday,
referring to the international
effort to stabilize Afghanistan.
4 "I'm not convinced we're
winning in Afghanistan," said
Mullen, adding quickly, "I'm
O convinced we can. "
What is needed, he said, is
better Afghan governance, more
foreign investment, a viable
alternative to poppy farming,
greater cooperation with Paki-
stan and more U.S. nonmilitary

Suspect in pair of
burglaries arrested

Daily StaffReporters
Ann Arbor Police have arrested
a 46-year-old Ypsilanti man sus-
pected ofbreakinginto two houses
Tuesday night.
Police responded to a house
on the 300 block of East William
Street after receiving a call that a
burglary was in progress.
Detective Richard Kinsey. said
the same man is also suspected of

breaking into a house on East Uni-
versity Avenue earlier in the night.
The man, who was on parole,
is currently in jail awaiting
arraignment on home invasion
charges. His 'name has not yet;
been released.
Kinsey advised students to'
lock their doors, saying thievest
tend to target campus housing.
"These large student houses;
usually don't have locked doors,"'
he said. "I've been watching these
guys prey on students."

After Ward 5 recount,
Hohnke still the winner

Journalist David Marash spoke at the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy yesterday. Marash criticized media outlets, claiming
that "fewer stories from fewer parts of the world make up more and more of the American news media."
Journalist slams meda for

North Korea adds poor coverage, sensationalism

new long-range
missile site
North Korea has quietly built
a long-range missile base that
is larger and more capable than
an older and well-known launch
pad for intercontinental ballistic
missiles, according to indepen-
dent analysts relying on new sat-
ellite images of the site and other
data. Analysts provided images
of the previously secret site to
The Associated Press.
Construction on the site on
North Korea's west coast began
at least eight years ago, accord-
ing to Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr.,
senior analyst with Jane's Infor-
mation Group.
"The primary purpose of the
facility is to test," Bermudez said.
Evacuations begin
as Ike nears Texas
The frail and elderly were
put aboard buses yesterday and
authorities warned 1 million oth-
* era to flee inland as Hurricane
Ike steamed toward a swath of
the Texas coast that includes the
nation's largest concentration of
refineries and chemical plants.
Drawing energy from the
* warm waters of the Gulf of Mex-
ico, the strengthening storm was
expected to blow ashore early
Saturday somewhere between
Corpus Christi and Houston,
with some forecasts saying it
could become a fearsome Cat-
egory 4, with winds of at least
Such a storm could cause
a storm surge of 18 feet in
Matagorda Bay and four to eight
feet in Galveston Bay, damaging
areas that include the nation's
biggest refinery and NASA's
Johnson Space Center.
Ron Paul turns
down appeal to
endorse McCain
Republican Rep. Ron Paul, the
libertarian-leaning Texas law-
maker who attracted a devoted
following in the GOP primaries,
said yesterday he rejected an
appealto endorse John McCain's
presidential bid.
Paul said the request came
from Phil Gramm, the former
McCain adviser and ex-senator
whom the campaign jettisoned
after he said the country was a
"nation of whiners" about the
economy. Gramm defeated Paul
in the Republican primary for
the Senate in 1984.
Speaking to reporters at a
news conference, Paul said
Gramm calledhimthis week and
told him, "You need to endorse
McCain." The Texas congress-.
man said he refused.
- 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.

Former Al Jazeera,
ABC anchor delivers
Rosenthal lecture
Daily StaffReporter
Veteran broadcast journalist
David Marash lambasted modern
American media companies yes-
terday in a lecture at the Gerald R.
Ford School of Public Policy.
Marash, who has worked for
more than 50 years with news
organizations including the Al
Jazeera English global news chan-
nel and ABC News Nightline, told
a crowd of about 100 people that,
- journalists today don't cover global
events in an in-depth, intellectual
The lecture, titled "The Medium
is not the Message," was sponsored
by the Josh Rosenthal Education
Fund. The lecture series honors
University alum Joshua Rosenthal,

who was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001
attacks on the World Trade Cen-
Instead covering world events in
an in-depth way, Marash said that
contemporary journalists give only
a superficial overview of an event
without any analysis. He specifi-
cally criticized broadcast journal-
ism, particularly televised news,
which he said is often sensational
and misleading.
Marash said the inclination to
sensationalize the news height-
ened after the attacks of Sept. 11,
"Now, fewer stories from fewer
parts of the world make up more
and more of the American news
media," he said. "The only way to
redeem that date is to learn from it,
and much of what we have learned
is simply false."
Marash said American media
turned inward after Sept. 11,
with budget cuts requiring many
news companies to call reporters
back from foreign offices to cover

national news.
He ended by comparing journal-
ists to educators, saying that part
of the job of a journalist is to make
the general public interested in
events they deem important.
"The fall for this lies with those
who operate the media and those
who receive the media without
questioning it," he said.
Jack Cederquist, a research
engineer who attended the lecture,
agreed with Marash.
"There is much more entertain-
ment than education in news tele-
vision," he said. "Forty years ago,
the news was not sensationalized."
Philip Rogers, a first year stu-
dent in the Public Policy master's
program, said he was surprised by
some of Marash's statements.
"For a journalist, he was very
hostile toward journalism," Rogers
said. "He really stressed the idea of
institutional ignorance."
- Emmy Kirksey
contributed to this report.

Daily StaffReporter
A Tuesday morning recount
in the Ann Arbor City Council
Ward 5 Democratic primary race
showed minimal changes in the
voting numbers.
Vivienne Armentrout, who lost
to local business owner Carsten
Hohnke by 58 votes in the August
election, filed fora recount shortly
after losing, saying some support-
ers told her that certain machines
weren't running properly on Elec-
tion Day.
"On election night, I received a
lot of reports from the supporters
that I had that were picking up the
results at the polls," she said. "The
machines were broke down, the
machine was eating the ballots,
they couldn't get the ballots to go
through the machine."
Ward 5 includes most of
downtown Ann -Arbor includ-
ing the area east of Main Street
between Liberty and Madison
According to the original
tally, Armentrout received 1,552
votes in the primary while her
opponent, Hohnke, had 1,610.
After the recount,'Armentrout
had 1,555. votes and Hohnke had
1,608 votes, lowering the differ-
ence in votes from 58 to 53.

Derrick Jackson, director of
elections for the County Clerk, said'
the results of the recount were not
"It is prettynormal to see what
we've seen," he said. "I don't think
it's a bad thing."
Jackson said the discrepancy
resulted from ink smudges on a
handful of 'ballots, which caused
the machines to read them
Upon hearing the new num-
bers, Armentrout said she was
satisfied with the results.
"Data is data," she said.
Though the outcome didn't
change, Armentrout said she
thought the recount was a good
way to test the electoral system.
"There's a lot of concern and
mistrust in electronic voting sys-
tems in our country," she said. "It
validated that our election system
is trustworthy."
Hohnke said he was also satis-
fied with the results.
"I think it says again that the
city and County Clerk's office
do a remarkable job," he said.
Hohnke will replace incum-
bent Chris Easthope, who gave
up his seat on the council to run
for 15th District Court judge.
Hohnke, a University alum, was
endorsed by Mayor John Hieftje.
He will take office in January.

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Learn more tonight @
Informational Session
September 11th
7pm, Angell Hall, Aud. C.

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