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Saline area schools
lay off 63 teachers
The Saline Area Schools has
issued layoff notices to 63 teach-
Administrators say the pink
slips handed out Tuesday are part
of the Washtenaw County school
district's effort to further pare
down a $3 millionbudget shortfall
for the next school year.
Assistant superintendent Steve
Laatsch says the district expects
to eliminate about 20 full-time
positions. But 63 notices had to be
issued because of contract rules
on seniority and federal require-
ments governing who can teach
what subjects and grades.
Besides budget constrictions,
Laatsch says the district also is
cutting jobs because Houghton
Elementary School is being closed.
Staff members who received
notices are to meet this week to
discuss their options.
Saline is 35 miles southwest of
Marine's Facebook
fuels debate
A Camp Pendleton Marine
has removed his Facebook page
after his comments fueled a free-
speech debate about whether
troops are allowed to criticize
President Barack Obama's policies
while serving in the military.
Sgt. Gary Stein said he was
asked by his superiors to review
the Pentagon's directive on politi-
cal activities after he criticized
Obama's health care reform
efforts and then was asked this
week to talk about his views on the
MSNBC cable TV channel.
Stein said his supervisor told
him of his right to an attorney
about the matter. He said he
decided to close hisFacebook page
and review his military code obli-
gations. He also contacted private
attorneys who told him he had
done nothing wrong.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
Caribbean bans all
dumping into sea
Countries in the Caribbean
have agreed to bar the dumping
of all garbage at sea, ending rules
that allow the disposal of metal,
glass and other refuse a short dis-
tance from shore and almost any
trash farther out.
The nations adopted the new
requirement under the U.N.'s
International Maritime Organiza-
tion and it will take effect in May
2011, IMO consultant Jeff Ramos
said Wednesday.
The United Nations created
the ban to protect areas that are
vulnerable because of heavy ship
traffic or sensitive ecology. It has
already taken effect in the Antarc-
tic, the Baltic Sea, the North Sea,
the Persian Gulf and the Mediter-
"It's a big deal," said Ramos,
a U.S. Coast Guard commander
based on the Dutch island of Cura-
cao near Venezuela. "Especially in
the Caribbean, with all the tank-
ers and the traffic going to the

Panama Canal, it will make a big
CAIRO, Egypt
Ancient royal
scribe unearthed
The elaborate tomb of an
ancient royal scribe has been
unearthed in a discovery that will
help illuminate the relationship
between Egypt and its eastern
neighbors, the antiquities chief
said yesterday.
The intricately decorated tomb
belonging to Ken-Amun, who was
in charge of overseeing the royal
records during the 19th Dynasty
(1315-1201 B.C.), was unearthed
in the village of Tell el-Maskhuta,
75 miles (120 kilometers) east of
Cairo, said Zahi Hawass, head of
the Supreme Council of Antiqui-
Tell el-Maskhuta was a settle-
ment in the Ismailia governorate
containing a garrison that sup-
plied and armed the ancient Egyp-
tian army before the troops went
on military campaigns east of the
O border.
Ken-Amun's tomb is that first
Ramesside tomb to be discovered
in Lower Egypt and is built from
mud brick, consisting of a rectan-
gular room with a stone-domed
ceiling. Hawass said the inscrip-
tions would aid in the understand-
ing of Egypt's relationships with
its neighbors to the east.
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports

Paln puts own
spin on tax day

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, an injured woman is rescued yesterday after a quake in western
China. A series of strong earthquakes struck China killing hundreds of people and injuring more than 10,000.
arthquake i western
China kil hundreds

Those in Washington
must work for the
people, Palin says
BOSTON (AP) - Sarah Palin
rallied the conservative tea party
movement near the scene of its his-
torical inspiration yesterday, telling
Washington politicians that gov-
ernment should be working for the
people, not the other way around.
Addressing roughly 5,000
people, the 2008 Republican vice
presidential nominee accused Pres-
ident Barack Obama of overreach-
ing with his $787 billion stimulus
program. She also criticized the
administration's health care, stu-
dent loan and financial regulatory
"Is this what their 'change' is all
about?" Palin asked the crowd on
a sun-splashed Boston Common.
"I want to tell 'em, nah, we'll keep
clinging to our Constitution and
our guns and religion - and you
can keep the change."
Tea partiers planned to meet
for a final rally in Washington on
Thursday, coinciding with the
federal tax-filing deadline. Local
events are also planned in Oklaho-
ma, Ohio and other locations.
Palin put her own spin on Tax
Day, saying, "We need to cut taxes
so that our families can keep more
of what they earn and produce, and
our mom-and-pops, then, our small
businesses, can reinvest according
to our ownpriorities, and hire more
people and let the private sector

grow and thrive and prosper."
She also played to the crowd by
trotting out a trademark line as she
lobbied for more domestic energy
"Yeah, let's drill, baby, drill, not
stall, baby, stall - you betcha,"
Palin said, though Obama recently
proposed to expand drilling off the
Atlantic, and Gulf coasts.
The gathering intended to hark
back to 1773, when American colo-
nists upset about British taxation
without government representa-
tion threw British tea into the har-
bor in protest - just a mile from the
site of yesterday's rally.
Americans are paying lower
taxes this year, but that is not
expected to last. In the next few
years, some increases will come
as part of the national health care
The modern tea party move-
ment claims both Republican and
Democratic members and is punc-
tuated by those who question the
legitimacy of Obama's presidency.
Some doubt he was born in the
United States, as his birth certifi-
cate shows.
Several speakers protested sug-
gestions of racist undertones to the
movement, which sprouted as the
nation elected its first black presi-
dent. Nonetheless, virtually the
entire speaking program and audi-
ence were white.
An exception was the singer of
the Tea Party anthem, Lloyd Mar-
cus, who made a point of describing
himself not as African-American,
but American.

Officials say at least
10,000 injured in
XINING, China (AP) - Soldiers
and civilians used shovels and their
bare hands to dig through collapsed
buildings in search of survivors after
strong earthquakes struck a moun-
tainous Tibetan region of China yes-
terday, killing at least 589 people and
injuringumore than 10,000.
The series of quakes flattened
buildings across remote western
Yushu county and sent survivors,
many bleeding from their wounds,
flooding into the streets of Jiegu
township. State television showed

block after devastated block of
toppled mud and wood homes.
Local officials said 85 percent of
the structures had been destroyed.
Residents and troops garrisoned
in the town used shovels and their
hands to pull survivors and bodies
from the rubble much of the day.
Several schools collapsed, with the
state news agency saying at least
56 students died. Worst hit was the
Yushu Vocational School, where
Xinhua cited a local education offi-
cial as saying 22 students died.
Footage on Qinghai Satellite TV
showed bodies wrapped in blan-
kets lying on the ground while
rescuers pulled shards of concrete
from a pancaked school building.
Crews set up emergency genera-

tors to restore operations atYushu's
airport, and by late afternoon the
first of six flights landed carrying
rescue workers and equipment. But
the road to town was blocked by a
landslide, hampering the rescue
as temperatures dropped below
freezing. Tens of thousands of the
town's 70,000 people were without
shelter, state media said.
The airport in Xining, the near-
est big city some 530 miles (860
kilometers) away, was filled in the
predawn hours today with Chinese


troops in camouflage, firefighters
and rescue teams leading dozens of
sniffer dogs.

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