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TOMS Shoes gives back

A new campus organiza-
tion uses students' penchant
for shoes as a way to help
children around the world.
This year, the University
has started its own chapter
of TOMS Shoes - a non-
profit organization whose
mission is to supply shoes to
children in need from devel-
oping countries. For every
pair of shoes purchased
from TOMS Shoes, a pair is
given to children unable to
afford them.
TOMS Shoes was origi-
nally started in 2006 by an
American traveler who was
inspired by impoverished
children he met in Argen-
tina. His organization has
since expanded to about
2,000 chapters nationwide,
donating over 150,000 pairs

of shoes to date.
"People like to shop, anc
people like to help," saic
Maria Tecos, an LSA sopho
more and a campus repre
sentative for TOMS shoes.
TOMS is a great way
Tecos said, to do both a
the same time. In countrie
where walking is the maii
mode of transportation
children are often at ris
of injuring themselves an(
developing dangerous infec
tions without the prope
Maria said the University'
chapter has adopted a uniqu
mission by partnering wit]
the Foundation for Interna
tional Medical Relief of.Chil
dren (FIMRC). The chapter'
goal, this year, is to rais
$39,600 to buy 1,000 pairs o

Yoni Ki Baat, the multicultural women's organization, showed a screening of the
award-winning lesbian romantic comedy "I Can't Think Straight" yesterday.

Chairs stolen Car without lock Public health Medieval Book
WHERE: Vera Baits II d broken into lecture Exhibit
WHEN: Between January and
November 2009 WHERE: 933 Wall, Lot M-76
WHAT: According to Univer- WHEN: Tuesday Between 8 WHAT: Talk by.Dr. Timothy WHAT: An exhibit of two
sity of Michigan Police, four and 11 a.m. Johnson. discussing the crises "bone books" made of horse

shoes for TOMStormatch.The
d new student group intends to
d give the shoes to a FIMRC
- clinic in Uganda.
To raise awareness, the
club also has fundraising
, events like the annual Labor
t Day Walk during which
s TOMS supporters walk
n barefoot across the Macki-
, nac Bridge. One Day With-
k out Shoes, another national
d TOMS event, will be held
- this April and participants
r will forego wearing shoes to
empathize with the children
s in need.
e For students interested in
h the more intricate aspects of
- the organization, TOMS is
- also offering a 2-credit class
s this semester on conscious
;e consumerism-.
Google has entered the
world ofe-commercehy cre-
ating its very own web store.
When launching the Nexus
One on Tuesday, its first smart-
phone, Google also announced
the device would be available
for sale on its Google-hosted
wireless store, reported CNN.
Animal Collective not
only had the best albuin
' of 2009 with Merri-
weather Post Pavilion, but
also one of the year's best
songs - "My Girls", accord-
ing the Daily's arts staff.
James von Brunn, who
had been accused of
murdering a guard at
Washington DC's Holocaust
Memorial museum, died at age
89 in a prison hospital where he
was awaiting trial, reportedthe

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chairs were stolen from the
community-learning center of
the Coman House. The stolen
chairs were reported missing on
the 5th of January.
WHERE: Mary Markley Hall
WHEN: Between December
17th and January 5th, 2009
WHAT: A Biology textbook
was reported missingby a stu-
dent to University of Michigan
Police. The book is valued at *
$100 and was in the male stu-
dent's dorm roombefore the
student left for winterbreak.

WHAT: According to University
of Michigan Police, a vehicle was
broken into during winterbreak
and a wedding band is missing.
The victim reported that the
locks do not work on the car.
Keys Stolen
WHERE: School of Dentistry
WHEN: Between October 1st,
2009 and January 5th, 2010
WHAT: A set of building keys
was stolen from the School of
Dentistry, University of Michi-
gan Police reported. Accord-
ing to University of Michigan
Police, a female staff member
reported the keys building. The
keys stolen were master keys to
the Dentistry building.

woman face throughout the
world including HIV/AIDS,
violence and genocidal rape.
WHO: School of Public
WHEN: 4:30 a.m. to6 p.m.
WHERE: School of Public
Health Building I, Room 1690
Ford's Economy
WHAT: A display of artifacts
from the Ford Library and
Museum collections relating
to how President Ford dealt
with the American Economy.
WHO: The Gerald R. Ford
WHEN: 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
WHERE: Ford Library

skeletons, covered in hand-
written texts and polished in
gold leaf.
WHO: Institute for the
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: 202 Thayer, Room
. A Campus Event in
yesterday's edition of The
Michigan Daily inaccurately
reported a music competi-
tion at Hill Auditorium
would feature the Life Sci-
ence Orchestra. It in fact
featured the University
Symphony Orchestra.
. Please report any error in
the Dailyto corrections@ .

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Republican gov.
candidate calls ,
for revised r
business tax --



Rick Snyder proposes
switch to fixed
corporate income tax
gubernatorial candidate Rick Sny-
der wants to exchange Michigan's
main business tax with a flat cor-
porate income tax that would cost
businesses less but could leave the
state with $1.5 billion less in rev-
enue each year.
In unveiling his proposal
Wednesday, the Ann Arbor busi-
nessman adds his voice to those
of other Michigan gubernatorial
candidates who have called for
changing the way Michigan taxes
Under Snyder's plan, the Michi-
gan Business Tax - which gener-
ates $2.2 billion a year - would
be eliminated. Instead, the state
would examine what businesses
list as federal taxable income and
levy a flat 6 percent tax on that
amount, raising about $700 mil-
lion annually.
Snyder said the state could make
up the $1.5 billion lost by reducing
what it spends on public workers'
wages and benefits, scaling back
about $30 billion in special tax
breaks and making government
run more efficiently.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm
wants to eliminate the 22 per-
cent surcharge that was added
to the business tax in late 2007
to replace an unpopular sales tax
on services.
But swapping the business tax
for a flat corporate income tax
would ignore half the business
income in the state that comes
from companies that aren't formed
as corporations, Granholm spokes-
woman Liz Boyd said.
"The Michigan Business Tax is
a balanced tax that was designed
with the Michigan business com-
munity," Boyd added. "It's designed
to help them pay for services."

Nearly all the gubernatorial
candidates, Democrats as well as
Republicans, have suggested doing
something with the business tax -
or at least the added surcharge.
Democratic state Rep. Alma
Wheeler Smith has called for elimi-
nating the surcharge, although she
would keep the main tax in place.
But unlike Snyder, Smith would
make up the lost revenue - and
raise more - byextending the sales
tax to services, replacingthe state's
flat income tax rate with a gradu-
ated one and eliminating $3 billion
in business tax exemptions.
On the Republican side, Attor-
ney General Mike Cox wants to cut
the Michigan Business Tax by 50
percent and then phase it out com-
pletely. He said he'd make up the
lost revenue by cutting the size of
state government.
Oakland County Sheriff Mike
Bouchard and U.S. Rep. Pete Hoek-
stra also want to eliminate the tax.
They say it's important to lower
taxes to draw more businesses and
jobs to the state.
Cox, Bouchard and Hoekstra
have pointed to changes in state
government that could save money,
but have not said specifically what
they would cut to make up the $2.2
billion lost if the business tax is
eliminated. The nonpartisan Sen-
ate Fiscal Agency says the state
already faces a deficit of up to $1.8
billion in the budget year that
starts Oct. 1.
Democrat John Freeman, a for-
mer state representative, said elim-
inating the business tax "would
only exacerbate the budget cri-
sis." He favors restructuring all of
Michigan's taxes.
Two candidates, GOP Sen. Tom
George and Democratic Sen. Han-
sen Clarke, have voted to eliminate
the 22 percent surcharge, a change
that would decrease business tax
revenue by about $500 million a
year. That tax cut has not been
taken up by the Democratic-con-
trolled House.


Danielle Lee Sutton, granddaughter of Percy Sutton, performs a ballet routine during his funeral at Riverside Church in New York, yesterday.
Sutton praised, laid to rest,


Government leaders,
activitists, celebrities
gather to pay tribute
to Sutton's legacy
NEW YORK (AP) - Through
his civic activism, business ven-
tures and legal work, Percy Sutton
touched many people's lives. .
Thousands of them filled Riv-
erside Church in Manhattan on
Wednesday to say goodbye to Sut-
ton, who died Dec. 26 at age 89.
Beginning early in the morning,
they lined up outside the church in
frigid weather to get into the sanc-
tuary, where the former Tuskegee
Airman's legacy was recalled in a
nearly four-hour-long service.
Among those who spoke were
Attorney General Eric Holder, Gov.
David Paterson, Mayor Michael
Bloomberg and Attalah Shabazz,
one ofMalcolmX's daughters. Many
recalled how Sutton had given them
advice or had stood with them dur-
ingstruggles - or had laid the foun-
dation for their own success.
Holder called Sutton "one of the
nation's true heroes."

"I admired, respected and
worked for him," he continued.
"The opportunities given to my
generation were paid for by the hard
work and sacrifice of his. Without
him, there would be no me."
Holder, a native New Yorker, con-
tinued, saying, "Generations of other
African American lawyers stand on
his strong, broad shoulders."
He then read a statement from
President Barack Obama, who called
Sutton's death "an enormous loss."
"Percy's passion for justice
began at an early age and never
wavered," Obama said in a state-
ment, recounting an incident
when Sutton was beaten at age 13
for passing out NAACP leaflets in
a white neighborhood. "It was an
experience that gave him strength
and determination to stand up for
what he believed in."
The Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al
Sharpton were among a group that
escorted Sutton's relatives into the
church. In a chapel near the main
sanctuary, Sutton lay in a coffin,
dressed in a Navy blue suit, white
shirt and a tie.
"The tallest tree in our forest has
fallen," Jackson said of Sutton.
"You've paved the way, Mr. Chair-

man. Be at rest," Jackson concluded.
Sharpton began his eulogy by
recalling the 1999 police killing of
Amadou Diallo. Sutton, then 79,
laid down in protest outside police
"Even when he was a multimil-
lionaire, a media mogul, owned
radio stations, welcomed in the
White House and any other place of
significance, he laid down in front
of police headquarters for a West
African boy he never knew," Sharp-
ton said.
Bloomberg said city buildings
lowered flags in honor of Sutton,
and that a building that houses
three Manhattan public schools
would be renamed the Percy Ellis
Sutton Educational Complex.
"Whatever opportunities New
York City gave to Percy, he repaid
them a thousand times over,"
Bloomberg said. "Because of him,
the doors of City University were
opened to all students. Because of
him, black radio became a fixture
on the dial."
U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel and for-
mer New York Mayor David Din-
kins alsoattended. They, alongwith
Sutton and Basil Paterson, father of
New York's governor, were known

as the "Gang of Four," a quartet of
black political pioneers.
Stevie Wonder paid tribute by
singing his 1976 hit, "As."
Sutton, who was born in Texas,
served with the famed Tuskegee
Airmen, an all-black unit, in World
War II before coming to Harlem,
where he launched a trailblazing
career in civil rights, politics and
broadcasting. He served in the New
York State Assembly and was Man-
hattan borough president.
Through his Harlem law firm,
which he founded in 1953, he rep-
resented civil rights activists
including Malcolm X and the slain
activist's relatives - even in their
darkest times.
Sutton and Dinkins were attor-
neys for Malcolm Shabazz, who at
age 12 set a 1997 apartment fire that
killed his grandmother, Betty Sha-
bazz, widow of Malcolm X.
Attalah Shabazz, one of Malcolm
X's daughters, said Sutton was not
merely her father's attorney. The
two were "brethren," she said.
"Even when things weren't on
his side, he was always on yours.
Am I right?" she said to applause
from the sanctuary, which was
filled to capacity.

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