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Police: Abducted
Mich. girl's death
was homicide
Authorities believe a man
accused of sexually assaulting a
15-year-old girl abducted the girl
from her home on the morning
she was to testify against him and
killed her later that day before kill-
ing himself.
Raymond R. Bush, 38, of New-
port, who had a tattoo of the girl's
name on the back of his neck, was
scheduled to appear Wednesday in
80th District Court, where he was
charged with two counts of third-
degree criminal sexual conduct,
authorities said.
Instead, they say he abducted
Taylor E. Manley from her father's
home near Evart, in a rural area of
Michigan's northern Lower Penin-
sula. State police issued an Amber
Alert for the girl, and their bodies
were found Wednesday evening in
Bush's minivan in a cemetery about
170 miles southeast of where she
"I'm devastated," said Clare
County Prosecutor Michelle
Ambrozaitis, whose office was han-
dling the sexual assault case.
Replica rifle causes
A&M lockdown
Texas A&M University locked
down its main campus yesterday
after a report that a suspected gun-
man had been spotted near the stu-
dent union.
University spokesman Lane Ste-
phenson said campus police were
investigating but have not found
any armed suspect so far.
A campus bus driver was on
his route around 4 p.m. when he
reported seeing an individual car-
rying a weapon, possibly a rifle,
near a building next to the student
The university's emergency
notification system, called "Code
Maroon," sent texts and e-mail
telling students, faculty and staff
to remain indoors while police
searched for the suspected gun-
* banned in tribal
The leaders of a Pueblo Indian
community in New Mexico have
banned trick-or-treating on tribal
* land, saying costumed children
on the streets this Halloween will
be sent home because the practice
runs counter to tribal culture.
Jemez Pueblo Gov. Joshua
Madalena also said a gruesome
killing last month involving two
young men has led the community
to realize it needs to stay in touch
with its youth.
He told The Associated Press
the Sept. 29 stabbing death of
tribal member Matthew Panana
affected the whole community,
although he also said he had been

discussing the trick-or-treat ban
with the Jemez Tribal Council,
public safety officials and pueblo
elders for months.
Federal investigators have said
* Panana was killed after knock-
ing continuously on the window
of Lucas Toledo's Jemez Pueblo
* Cartel violence
moves to capit01
Armed men rumbled into a gritty
neighborhood of the Mexican capi-
tal yesterday and gunned down six
men hanging around a convenience
store, fueling fears that one of the
world's largest cities is falling prey
to the cartel-style violence that has
long terrorized other parts of the
More than 50 people have been
killed in the past week in five
apparently unrelated massacres,
including four shot yesterday near
the border city of Ciudad Juarez.
But the Mexico City shooting has
raised alarm among residents about
a drug war that has long seemed
"Massacres have arrived" in
Mexico City, El Universal news-
paper declared. But Mexico City
Attorney General Miguel Angel
Mancera said he did not know if
drug gangs were involved in the
middle-of-the night shooting in
Tepito, a working-class neighbor-
hood just north of the colonial
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports.

From Page 1
automated phone survey of a ran-
dom sample of 300 voters across
Michigan's 15th congressional
Betsy Barrett, communications
director for Dingell's campaign,
wrote in an e-mail interview
that the polling group has defini-
tive ties to the Republican Party.
She added that the Dingell cam-
paign's own polling has Dingell
up by double digits.
"This is a GOP poll conducted
by a firm with GOP ties masquer-
ading as an independent poll,"
Barrett wrote.
Steele, however, said he thinks
The Rossman Group poll's results
are accurate, and he doesn't think
the polling organizations have
any ties to the GOP. He said he
feels very good about his position
going into the last leg of the race.
"(Dingell's) approval rating is
not going up," Steele said. "My
approval rating over the four
polls has gone up significantly,
and my name recognition has
gone up significantly."
Josh Hovey, senior account
executive for The Rossman
Group, said the company's poll
produced accurate results and is
consistent with other polls.
"It's fairly reliable," Hovey
said. "Our polls on a statewide
level, at 16ast, have shown that
we've been within the margin of
error of every other major poll."
Adrienne Hansel, chief operat-
in an e-mail interview that the
results of the poll are accurate.
"Numbers from our statewide
automated polls that we have
conducted in the past eight weeks
are statistically in the margin of
error as all other publicly pub-
lished polls that use live callers
to gather the data," Hansel wrote.
Both Hovey and Hansel said
their firms don't have ties to any
political party.
"Ownership of our firm is bi-
partisan ... (and our) goal is to do
the best job of providing accu-
rate data to our clients," Han-
sel wrote. "We do work for both
Republicans and Democrats. Our
business gains nothing by favor-
ing one party over other."
But Mike Traugott, a commu-
nications studies professor at the
University, said the reliability of
the polling technique is question-
"I have commented for some
time publicly about these com-
puterized polls, automatic dialer
polls," Traugott said. "I don't
think that they're very good
Traugott said contributing
factors like low-response rates, a
non-representative sample or the
types of questions asked could all
introduce bias into the poll.
Vincent Hutchings, a politi-
cal science professor at the Uri-
versity, also said that automated
polls like these produce uncer-
tain results.
"I know there's a lot of con-
troversy about them," Hutchings
said. "People were somewhat
skeptical, at least experts are."
Hutchings added that even if
the poll was conducted correctly,
relying on only one poll could
result in an inaccurate prediction
for next Tuesday's election.
"Let's assume they're utiliz-
ing the gold standard in every

respect, it's still just one poll," he
Despite the Dingell cam-
paign's own polling that shows
the incumbent congressmap is

ahead in the race, Dingell has
announced other federal fund-
ing for multiple projects in the
city and surrounding areas in the
lead-up to election days.
Dingell, together with local,
state and federal transportation
officials, announced $161 million
in federal dollars to fund a new
high-speed rail line in southeast
Michigan yesterday.
The U.S. Department of Trans-
portation funds will go toward
projects including the repair
of the AMTRAK line between
Detroit and Dearborn, the con-
struction of a West Detroit bridge
and tracks, and a planning analy-
sis of a track going from Detroit
to Chicago, according to a press
release issued by Dingell yes-
terday. These new transporta-
tion projects will spur economic
growth in the surrounding com-
munities and make the region
more competitive, according to
an e-mail statement from Adam
Benson, Dingell's press secretary.
And though this announce-
ment comes five days before the
Nov. 2 midterm election, Benson
wrote that the timing of yester-
day's announcement was not pur-
posefully scheduled for less than
a week before the congressional
race comes toa close.
"There is no relation," Benson
wrote. "Both the HSR announce-
ment and last week's $600 mil-
lion (Transportation Investment
Generating Economic Recovery)
grant announcements were ini-
tiated by fiscal year 2010 appro-
In recent press releases, Ding-
ell has highlighted various other
city projects that will employ
federal funds secured by Dingell.
These projects include $249 mil-
lion for A123 Systems - an Ann
Arbor-based battery technology
company - to expand operations
in Michigan's 15th district. Ding-
ell has also been a constant advo-
cate for the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act, making
sure these funds make their way
to Michigan and the 15th district.
Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje
said Dingell has consistently sup-
ported Ann Arbor throughout his
55 years in office and the deluge
of federally-funded projects isn't
specific to campaign season. City
projects like renovating bridges
and replacing Ann Arbor's old
buses with new hybrid models
have all been funded by federal
appropriations that were fought
for by Dingell, Hieftje said.
"He's helped us throughout the
years in myriad projects that has
involved federal funding," Hieftje
Dingell recently lobbied for
a $1 million federal grant for
the Ann Arbor Transportation
Authority to rebuild the Blake
Transit Center.
Mary Stasiak, managerof com-
munity relations for AATA, said
the authority is grateful to have
Dingell's support for the city's
various undertakings.
"Congressman Dingell has
been a strong supporter of pub-
lic transportation," Stasiak said.
"This is reflected in his support
of appropriations to annual tran-
sit funding and most recently the
American Recovery and Rein-
vestment Act."
Conversely, a main focus of
Steele's campaign has been advo-
cating for curbing government

"The spending going on right
nowwill absolutely rob (students)
of any opportunity and (their)
job will basically be to supply
the government debt payments,"
Steele said.

The Pentagon City Metro station is seen in Arlington, Va., on Wednesday. Farooque Ahmed, 34, a naturalized citizen born in
Pakistan was arrested Wednesday and charged with planning to bomb subway stations around the nation's capital, the FBI said.
Oiicials: Muslim source
turned in terror suspect

Pakistani man
arrested for plotting
to bomb D.C. subway
tip that led to the FBI's subway
bombingstingcame from a source
in the Muslim community: A Pak-
istani-born man from a middle-
class suburb was trying to join a
terrorist group, law enforcement
officials said yesterday.
Farooque Ahmed, a natural-
ized cititen arrested Wednesday,
was a married father who had a
good job with a telecommunica-
tions company. Authorities say he
also was eager to kill Americans
in Afghanistan and committed to
becoming a martyr.
Ahmed thought he had found
what he wanted, a pair of al-Qaida
operatives who would help him
carry out an attack on the nation's
second-busiest subway, accord-
ing to court documents unsealed
yesterday. But the operatives were

really undercover investigators
whose meetings at a local hotel
room were all staged with the
FBI's cameras rolling, law enforce-
ment officials said, speaking on
condition of anonymity because
the investigation continues.
What followed was an elaborate
ruse in which Ahmed was given
intelligence-gathering duties and
coded information in a Quran by
two individuals posing as al-Qaida
operatives as part of the supposed
plot to kill commuters.
Ahmed, 34, was taped discuss-
ing his firearm, martial arts and
knife skills and offering to teach
those deadly tactics to others,
according to an FBI affidavit.
Officials said they took guns and
ammunition out of Ahmed's sub-
urban Ashburn, Va., town house
during a search Wednesday.
Ahmed was arrested just
weeks before, the FBI says, he
planned to make the annual reli-
gious pilgrimage to the Islamic
holy city of Mecca in Saudi Ara-
bia. The case represents the lat-

est in a recent string of would-be
terrorist attacks that officials say
were aided, hatched or carried
out by U.S. citizens.
Like the accused gunman in
the deadly Fort Hood, Texas,
shooting and the convicted ter-
rorist who tried to detonate a car
bomb in New York City's Times
Square, officials said they believe
Ahmed was radicalized inside
the U.S. But they do not yet know
what sent him down that path.
Like many would-be terrorists
and sympathizers, Ahmed was
potentially influenced by Anwar
al-Awlaki, the radical Muslim
cleric who preached in north-
ern Virginia until 2002 and now
lives in hiding in Yemen, officials
said. But while Ahmed listened
to al-Awlaki's Internet sermons,
officials said the two were not in
contact and they're not sure how
influential those sermons were.
Ahmed's lawyer, federal pub-
lic defender Kenneth Troccoli,
declined to comment on the case

Cndtoipshnew sanctions on N. Korea

Sanctions a response
to sinking of South
Korean warship
TORONTO (AP) - Cana-
da's Conservative government
announced yesterday it was
drafting tough new sanctions
against North Korea in retalia--
tion for sinking a South Korean
warship earlier this year.
Foreign Affairs Minister Law-
rence Cannon said Canada is also
downgrading its already limited
diplomatic relations with the
nuclear state. He said the sanc-
tions will prohibit imports and
exports to North Korea, with
some humanitarian exceptions.
Earlier this year, Canada
announced stiffer restrictions
on trade, investment and other
bilateral relations with the com-
munist dictatorship and sus-
pended high-level visits by its

Those measures followed the
sinking of the Cheonan, a South
Korean navy ship, which killed
46 sailors.
Three experts from the Cana-
dian navy joined the multina-
tional team that investigated the
incident, and concluded the war-
ship was sunk by a North Korean
"They went out deliberately
and sank a South Korean ship
with a torpedo," Cannon said.
"We had three Canadian investi-
gators (who) determined beyond
any reasonable doubt that this
was an act of aggression and
therefore Canada is taking retal-
iatory measures."
Cannon said Canada's actions
are important because they are
based on a position of principle
- a common refrain from the
Harper government following its
historic failure to win a tempo-
rary seat on the United Nations

Security Council earlier this
Cannon said Canada does not
want its action in any way to
be seen as targeting the North
Korean people, some of the poor-
est and most downtrodden in the
North Korea has recently
reached out to its southern
neighbor, calling for talks on
the resumption of stalled tours
to a resort inside North Korea.
The two sides have also agreed
to hold the first reunions in a
year later this month for families
divided by the Korean War.
Canada joins a host of coun-
tries that have levied sanc-
tions against North Korea in an
attempt to persuade the commu-
nist country to curb its nuclear
Last year, North Korea quit
nuclear disarmament talks and
later tested an atomic device that
drew tightened U.N. sanctions.

From Page 1
identity, and how the two shape
the conversation surrounding
gender in politics.
Givhan, a University alum
originally from Detroit, has
become known for her weekly
column, in which she exam-
ines international fashion news,
trends and business. She won the
2006 Pulitzer Prize for criticism
and also recently published the
book "Michelle: Her First Year
as First Lady."
Though many view fashion
as an industry reserved for the
elite, Givhan noted that it's a
sector everyone participates in
every day.
"Itproduces clothes, and what
it sells are tools for self-defi-
nition and public expression,"
Givhan said. "Each of us, every
time we reach into our closet
and make a decision about what
we're going to wear on any given
day, we're participating in the
fashion industry."
Givhan spoke about her per-
sonal experiences and how
they've contributed to shaping
her writing. When she got to
Washington in 1995, she said she
realized that the capital city is
very concerned with fashion.
e"Washington is a city that

is consumed with how people
define themselves in the public
sphere," Givhan said.
Expressing her views on the
First Lady's choice of attire,
Givhan said Michelle Obama
achieves a balance of looking
both usual and extraordinary.
"I think at a certain point,
trying to relate to the American
public, trying to be average, goes
too far, and instead you start
looking common, banal, as if
you're no longer the First Lady
but instead somebody's neigh-
bor," Givhan said. "But she does
blend, I think, the pretty with
the powerful."
In addition to talking about
fashion, Givhan also discussed
the experience of returning to
Ann Arbor after years away.
"I was amazed at how differ-
ent it is, reminds me a lot of those
days when everything was really
new and I was still trying to fig-
ure out if I still wanted to be a
journalist," Givhan said. "It was
nice to come back and realize
that I made the right decision."
Givhan also gave some advice
for aspiring journalists. Despite
the industry's reportedly grim
outlook, Givhan remained posi-
tive on journalism's relevance in
"There is always going to
be a market for good writers,"
Givhan said. 4

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