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CARLOS OSORIO/AP
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing addresses supporters after winning the mayoral election in Detroit yesterday.
B0.
ing wins full aern as Detroit
mayor y substantial margin

Before Congress,
Germany's Merkel
pushes strong deal
on climate change
Address the first by remained seated.
After their White House meet-
German chancellor to ing, Obamasaid, "The United States,
Germany and countries around the
Congress since 1957 world, I think, are all beginning to
recognize why it is so important
WASHINGTON (AP) - German that we work in common in order to
Chancellor Angela Merkel marked stem the potential catastrophe that
the 20th anniversary of the fall of can result if we continue to see glob-
the Berlin Wall by exhorting the al warming continue unabated."
world in a speech to Congress yes- He also said he appreciated "the
terday to "tear down the walls of sacrifices of German soldiers in
today" and reach a deal to combat Afghanistan."
global warming. Merkel used the oval Office ses-
Frequently interrupted by robust sion and her speech to Congress to
applause, Merkel reiterated her express gratitude for American sup-
country's commitment to foster- port throughout the process leading
ing security in Afghanistan and up to German reunification.
also said that a nuclear bomb in the She praised both the U.S. pilots
hands of Iran "is not acceptable." who ran dangerous missions shortly
In the first address by a German after World War II to airlift food and
chancellor to Congress since Konrad supplies to West Berlin and to the mil-
Adenauer in 1957, Merkel put special lions of American troops and diplo-
emphasis on the need for a global mats stationed in Germany between
agreement on climate change - one ' the end of the war and today.
she said she hoped could be forged Without their help, she said, "over-
at an international conference next coming thedivision of Europe would
month in Copenhagen. simply not haveheen possihle."
"We have no time to lose," she On Iran's nuclear program,
declared. Merkel said she recog- Merkel said that allowing Iran to
nized that no deal could be success- have nuclear weapons, especially
ful without the support of China with a leader that denies the Holo-
and India - but that if a deal were caust, is "nonnegotiable."
struck, she said she was sure those "A nuclear bomb in the hands of
two fast-growing economies could an Iranian president who denies
be persuaded to sign on. the Holocaust, threatens Israel and
"Today's generation needs to denies Israel the right to exist is not
prove that it is able to meet the acceptable," she said.
challenges of the 21st century, and The Obama administration has
that, in a sense, we are able to tear called on Germany to agree to stiff-
down walls of today," she said. er economic sanctions against Iran
Merkel cited as clear proof of if Tehran does not permit interna-
global warming icebergs that are tional' restrictions on its nuclear
melting in the Arctic, African peo- activities.
ple forced to flee their homelands Merkel said Germany agreed that
because of drought and the rise in it was important "to meettthis threat
global sea levels. head on... ifnecessary,throughtough
The chancellor met at the White economic sanctions."
House with President Barack on the subject of Afghanistan,
Obama before her speech to the Merkel said Germany will "travel
joint session of Congress; Obama this road together, every step of the
shares her support for a strong way" with the United States. While
international agreement on global Washingtrn ha5 tndicaed it would
warming, although considerable like to see Germany and other part-
skepticism lingersinCbrgress.- ners in Afghanistan increase their
And, whereas at other times in forces, the war is highly unpopular
her speech she received full stand- i[Germany.
ing ovations, when she mentioned She acknowledged that the U.S.
the climate change deal only part and Germany don't see eye to eye
of her audience rose to applaud. on all issues. But she cited a "com-
Many Republican lawmakers monbasis of shared values."

Former Piston
bested opponent 58
0 percent to 42 percent
DETROIT (AP) - The Dave
Bing era as Detroit mayor will con-
tinue for at least four years, giving
the former steel supplier and NBA
great more time to pull the city
a from financial hardship.
Bing, 65, defeated accountant
Tom Barrow in Tuesday's non-
partisan general election, a race in
which the incumbent refused to
even debate the challenger.
"Tom Barrow, from my vantage
point, was not worthy of a debate,"
Bing said last week. "I don't have
time for that. I don't want to play
politics."
Instead, he's been playing hard-
ball and restructuring how Detroit
operates.
Bing, a Democrat, has said the
city is broke and could run out of
money later this year. With a $300
million budget deficit hounding
Detroit, Bing took on city labor
W unions, giving them an ultimatum
CITY COUNCIL
From Page 1
* understanding of our government
and our community."
Higgins was first elected to Ann
Arbor City Council in 1999 as a
Republican and re-elected in 2005
and 2007 as a Democrat.
When asked what she thought
of Elhady's campaign, Higgins
refused to comment.
Elhady held a watch party at
Casa Dominick's last night, where
about a dozen people gathered
MILLAGE
From Page 1
According to Roberts, the dis-
trict expects a deficit between $15
W million and $17 million for the
2010-2011 school year.
Without the millage money,
Roberts said, the district will be
forced to make deep cuts, begin-
ning with school employees.
"Staff is where most of our costs
* are," Roberts told the Daily Monday.
Roberts added that conversa-
INNOCENCE CLINIC
From Page 1
According to those police
progress notes, Hunter was
killed by a group of brothers'
from Detroit referred to as the
Mosleys.
"The Mosleys are a crime fam-
ily," second-year law student and
Innocence Clinic member Nick
Cheolas said. "These guys had a
trailer full of weed, and they kept
it in front of their house."
Cheolas said that someone had
* stolen the trailer of weed from the
Moselys' yard and that a man from
Detroit named Maurice "Bangy"
Sutherland told the Mosleys that
Hunter had stolen their "trailer
full of weed."
Cheolas said the Innocence
Clinic's theory suggests the Mos-
leys had Hunter killed because of
this. The theory also suggests that
Sutherland was later killed when

the Mosleys found out that he was
the one who had actually stolen
the trailer.

of widespread layoffs if 10 percent
wage cuts and other concessions
were not met.
Some bargaining units sided
with the mayor, others chose to
fight and supported Barrow in the
election.
But union clout wasn't enough as
Bing cruised to victory.
With100 percent ofDetroit's 629
precincts reporting Tuesday night,
Bing had 58 percent, or 70,060
votes. Barrow, who also failed in
two previous mayoral runs, had 42
percent, or 50,757 votes.
"I believe this is a defining
moment in Detroit's history," Bing
told cheering supporters Tuesday
night. "Now, now, is the time for all
Detroiters to commit to creating a
better future for our city.
"I believe that we can once again
come together, rise to the challenge
and make Detroit the city we all
want it to be."
Detroit voters have favored the
former Detroit Pistons guard and
professional bsketbalI H allof
Famer in each of his first four elec-
tions.
Bing received the most votes ina

special mayoral primary in Febru-
ary and defeated incumbent Mayor
Ken Cockrel Jr. in a May runoff to
complete Kwame Kilpatrick's sec-
ond term in office.
Cockrel moved up from his seat
as City Council president to mayor
in September 2008 after Kilpat-
rick resigned as part of pleas in two
criminal cases. The once-popular
Kilpatrick found himself caught up
early in 2008 in a text-messaging
sex scandal involving his ex-chief
of staff.
That led to perjury, misconduct
and obstruction of justice charges
stemming from Kilpatrick's testi-
mony in a police whistle-blowers'
trial.
Cockrel - and now Bing - were
left to clean up the fiscal mess left
by the Kilpatrick administration.
Tuesday's election brings some
stability to the mayor's office and
promises a new direction for the
City Council, which has been the
subject of a federal corruption
probe that led to the conviction of
Councilwoman Monica Conyers for
taking bribes.
Conyers, wife of Democratic

U.S. Rep. John Conyers, is awaiting
a Dec. 1 sentencing after admitting
to accepting money for her vote on
a controversial sludge-hauling con-
tract.
Five incumbents and 13 challeng-
ers competed for nine City Council
seats. Four incumbents won re-
election and one was ousted.
Former TV anchor Charles Pugh
received the most votes and will
replace Cockrel as council presi-
dent. The top vote-getter automati-
cally wins the council presidency.
Pugh also received the most votes
in an August primary.
"Detroit, we have a lot of work
to do and a lot of tough decisions.
to make. And I understand that
we need ,some committed peo-
ple," Pugh said during his victory
speech. "But you can be confident
about our future, Detroit, and the
newcity.council thatwe have elect,
ed tonight. And I want to assure
you, I am ready to lead today.".
Pugh will become the city's first
openly gay city council member.
With 100 percent of precincts
reporting Tuesday night, Pugh had
88,704 votes.

to support him. The supporters
included family, close friends and
some local politicians who sup-
ported his campaign.
In an interview last night at
the watch party, Elhady told the
Daily that he spent the day of the
election driving people to the
polls and making sure his signs
were visible around town. He
also said that he had supporters
stationed nearby all of the polling
stations.
Despite the loss, Elhady did not
want the supporters gathered at
the bar last night to be disappoint-

ed by the results.
"This isn't a funeral," he said.
"We did our best, we worked hard,
and that's what matters."
Multiple calls placed to Briere's
home phone and cell phone were
not returned late last night.
The Daily called Rapunda-
lo's house phone and his wife
answered, saying her husband was
out of town at that time and could
not be reached.
This year's general city elections
had a 21.58 percent voter turnout,
with only 59,993 ballots casted out
of the 277,348 registered voters in

Washtenaw County.
At the Michigan Union precinct
only .99 percent of the registered
voters cast a ballot - which is only
45 out the 4,537 registered voters
there. The Bursley Residence Hall
precinct had a 1.51 percent voter
turnout. The Mary Markley, East
Quad and South Quad Residence
Hall precincts had a .80 percent,
3.06 percent and 2.64 percentvoter
turnout, respectively.
- Daily News Editor Trevor Calero
and Daily Staff Reporter Dylan
Cinti contributed to this report.

MSA
From Page 1
are particularly interested in.
"We just want students to have
the ability to take courses that
interest them the most and giv-
ing them the extra information
from faculty will help them find
those that they really grasp on to,"
Levine said.
Wakefield said a syllabus out-
line or a syllabus from a previous
semester would be more feasible
for faculty and that it would still
provide that additional informa-
tion students want.
Many professors may not have
their exact syllabuses finalized
by class registration, Wakefield
said. Some may not have made a
week-by-week breakdown yet, or
may tweak their syllabus once the
semester starts, based on students'
interests, he added.
According to Wakefield, the
most plausible way to see that this
policy is enacted would be to keep
the definition of syllabus broad.
"We want to make the defini-

tion of what would be provided,
frankly, as flexible and as reflec-
tive of the kind of education that
goes on at the University as pos-
sible," he said.
Students in attendance at the
meeting said the policy would be a
welcome change.
LSA senior Jessica Moore said
that within a specific major, class
material overlap is a concern. This
policy could prevent that possibil-
ity.
"It gets kind of repetitive if you
sign up for two classes and they
sound like they're going to be
different from the short descrip-
tion and they end up being almost
exactly the same," Moore said.
Knowing exam dates is extra
important for out-of-state stu-
dents who have to book flights,
LSA senior Nehal Patel said.
"My roommate is out of state
and I know she has to wait one or
two weeks into the semester to
figure out when she can go home,"
she said.
- Tim Hall contributed
to this report.

tions would take place with mem-
bers of the community regarding
further cuts.
The University's chapter of
the College Democrats publicly
backed the millage and reached
out to student voters over the past
couple days.
Last weekend the Democrats
distributed pro-millage literature
around student neighborhoods,
according to Sam Marvin, the
group's chair. On election day,
Marvin said, his group sent out
about 400 text messages and made
Irving's death was tied to
the others, the theory suggests,
because he supposedly knew that
the Moselys, and not Provience,
had killed Hunter.
Irving was going to take that
information to the police, but
when the Moselys found out they
had Detroit resident Eric Woods
kill Irving.
"The theory in Courtney
Irving's murder was that he was
murdered because he knew who
killed Rene Hunter," second-year
law student and Innocence Clinic
member Brett DeGroff said. "He
wasn't going to say that Dwayne
Provience did it, he was going to
say that these fellows named the
Mosleys did it."
All of this information was
detailed in the police investigator's
progress notes, but rather than
investigating the Mosley family for
Hunter's murder, the prosecution
hid its findings from the defense
and attempted to convict Provi-
ence of the murder, despite the
contrary evidence.
The second break for the stu-

many phone calls.
Marvin expressed disappoint-
ment at the vote's outcome, but
said his group's outreach efforts
were largely successful.
The College Democrats targeted
10 precincts, concentrating on the
studentvotingpopulation. According
to Marvin, the Democrats increased
voter turnout in those precincts by
an average of 530 percent compared
with 2007's local elections.
"In the specific areas that we
targeted, we saw an increase in
turnout," Marvin said.
dents working on the case was
the discovery of the author of
the progress notes, Detroit Police
Officer William Ashford.
Ashford patrolled theneighbor-
hood at the time of the murders
and knew its residents well.
"He was able to confirm that
there was no connection between
the Provience brothers and the
Mosleys," DeGroff said. "And
it became clear, not only was
Dwayne Provience not the per-
petrator of this crime, but also
that Dwayne Provience wasn't
involved at all."
When told that Provience had
been convicted of Hunter's mur-
der, the surprised Ashford told
the current prosecutors the find-
ings of his investigation, which
pointed to the Mosley family and
away from Provience.
The new evidence discovered
by clinic members led the law stu-
dents involved in the case to file
a motion for relief of judgment, a
motion that would forgive Provi-
ence's 2001 conviction.
Second-year law student and

One hundred and thirteen
people voted in East Quad yester-
day, but Marvin said only 26 voted
there in 2007. Of those 113, Marvin
said that 84 voted for the millage.
The greatest voter increase, Mar-
vin added, took place in South Quad,
where four people voted in 2007.
Thirty-seven people voted there this
year, with 32 voting for the millage.
While Marvin said that this
year's number for South Quad
doesn't seem like much, "consid-
ering the benchmark set in [2007],
it's a lot."
Innocence Clinic member Robyn
Goldberg said finding out that
Provience would be forgiven of
his 2001 conviction "was kind of
unexpected in a good way."
"We were supposed to have a
hearing (yesterday) about the evi-
dence, so the judge could decide
whether Provience deserved
relief of judgment, but on Friday
the prosecution gave in and said
we're not going to fight you, we
agree, he deserves relief of judg-
ment," she said.
Provience isn't out of the woods
yet. Rather than being forgiven of
the murder charge, he is given the
opportunity to face another trial,
though at the discretion of the
prosecutors.
"It would be insane to go after
him again," DeGroff said. "Now
what's probably going to happen
is that Dwayne is going to remain
free on bond until the prosecu-
tion formally decides that they're
not going to prosecute a second
time."
"At that point, he gets his bond
money back and goes free."

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