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NEWS BRIEFS
DETROIT
City to renovate
abandoned homes
for police officers
Mayor Dave Bing is offering
renovated homes in Detroit for
as little as $1,000 to city police
officers who live in the suburbs
under a plan aimed at improving
neighborhoods and safety.
The city will tap federal stim-
ulus funds to repair up to 200
abandoned houses in the Bos-
ton-Edison and Indian Village
neighborhoods, Bing said during
a news conference yesterday.
At least 53 percent of the
city's 3,000 officers live outside
the city, Bing said. Residency
requirements for city employees
were wiped away by state law-
makers in 1999.
* Bing said the police presence
will hinder crime and create bet-
ter relationships with residents.
Detroit's population has dropped
by half after peaking at near 2
million in the early 1950s.
"Detroiters want to live in
safe, stable neighborhoods and
they deserve no less," Bing said.
BATON ROUGE, LA.
74-year-old guilty
of selling national
secrets to China
A former research scientist
has been convicted of charges
he stole trade secrets from Dow
Chemical Company and sold
them to companies in China.
A federal jury in Baton Rouge
yesterday convicted 74-year-
old Wen Chyu Liu, also known
as David Liou, of conspiracy to
commit trade secret theft and
perjury.
Liu worked at Dow's
Plaquemine facility before he
retired in 1992. Prosecutors said
he conspired with other employ-
ees to sell confidential infor-
mation about the company's
production of a polymer called
chlorinated polyethylene, which
is used in automotive hoses,
vinyl siding and other products.
SANTIAGO, Chile
Lover's fake bomb
* threat evacuates
300 in airport
People are capable of doing
many things for love. What
Grace Guajardo did forced the
. evacuation of more than 300
people from a plane moments
before takeoff.
Authorities say she phoned in
a false bomb threat to keep her
boyfriend from flying off to a
new job.
"I'm sorry, but I did it for love,"
Guajardo said yesterday after she
was charged with making a false
bomb threat.
Freed pending trial, she faces

up to 61 days in jail if convict-
ed. Prosecutors decided not to
invoke the more severe anti-
terrorism law after hearing the
couple's story.
BERLIN, Germany
Wikileaks secrets
to be revealed in
insider's book
WikiLeaks is about to be out-
leaked. The former spokesman
of the secret spilling website,
who left the group after a famous
falling out with founder Julian
Assange, is about to publish
what's billed as a tell-all book
about its inner workings.
Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a
cryptic computer scientist, was
WikiLeaks' best-known face
after Assange himself. Perhaps
in true WikiLeaks style, his
insider account is being pub-
lished later this week simultane-
ously in 16 countries.
Publishers around the world
have promised that Domscheit-
Berg's "Inside WikiLeaks: My
Time with Julian Assange at the
World's Most Dangerous Web-
site" will "tell the full story" and
reveal never-disclosed details
about the group's operations.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

CITY COUNCIL
From Page 1
specific details of the ordinance
before it goes before the council
for a first read. After an hour
of discussing the ordinance,
the meeting's public attendees
began to leave.
Twenty minutes later when
the council moved to postpone
discussion on the ordinance,
a visibly frustrated Hieftje
requested that the next time the
ordinance appear before coun-
cil it be in a "more appropriate"
and finalized form than it was
last nighf.
"It would be very helpful to
have it days in advance," he said,
looking toward City Attorney
Stephen Postema.
City Council member Sabra
Briere (D-Ward 1) led a lengthy
discussion outlining the pro-
posed amendments to the ordi-
nance. She first moved to clarify
the definitions for "cultivation
facilities" and "authorized per-
son," which were approved by
the council.
She also suggested that a
combined dispensary and cul-
tivation facility only require
one license as opposed to two,
comparing it to a brewpub that
brews and sells its own beer but
only requires a single license.
The council also approved this
motion.
Additionally, the council
voted not to require physicians
affiliated with dispensaries or
cultivation facilities to be listed
on the facilities' licenses.
During the public commen-
tary portion of the meeting,

speakers expressed concerns
that were less detail oriented
and more focused on the big pic-
ture.
One speaker, Ann Arbor
lawyer and medical marijuana
activist Dennis Hayes, listed
a number of concerns he had
with the current draft of the
ordinance, including a lack of
flexibility in cultivation facility
license transferability.
Another criticism Hayes had
- which was shared by Chuck
Ream, owner of MedMAR
Pharmaceuticals Inc., a dispen-
sary located on Packard Road -
was that the ordinance doesn't
mention the 2004 amendment
to the city charter that allows
the growing and use of marijua-
na for medicinal purposes.
Ream also expressed concern
for the safety of patients and
caregivers. Demanding that dis-
pensaries list all caregivers who
provide medical marijuana to
their facilities is an unnecessary
regulation, he said, that will
"drive out the little guy."
It's dangerous, Ream said, to
have a list of names for "crimi-
nals and junkies" to see.
Hieftje ended the council's
discussion of the ordinance by
referring back to Ream's com-
ments about safety for people in
the medical marijuana industry.
Hieftje said he hopes the new
ordinance will make it easy to
shut down facilities that attract
criminal activity.
Offering a different perspec-
tive, Tony Keene, owner and
manager of a local store - that
he said provides everything a
medical marijuana caregiver
would need - told the council

members they should do away
with dispensaries all together.
"Yes to medical marijuana,
no to dispensaries," Keene said.
"It's time to look at these dis-
pensaries and shut them down
because they're giving a bad
name to medical marijuana."
In a passionate address to
City Council, Keene said the
patient and caregiver relation-
ship is intact without dispensa-
ries, and he personally chooses
not to opena dispensary despite
its profitability as "a million-
dollar business in this town."
Keene also criticized the
council members for only
speaking with dispensary own-
ers and others involved in the
industry instead of getting input
from the public.
Longtime Ann Arbor resident
Ethel Potts, a regular attendee
at City Council meetings, said
in an interview after last night's
meetingthat she supports medi-
cal marijuana but doesn't feel
comfortable commenting on
dispensaries because she knows
little about them.
She did say, however, that
she disagrees with the way City
Council has dealt with the ordi-
nance, criticizing the lengthy
and detailed discussions that
have taken place during meet-
ings. The intricate details, she
said, should be dealt with in
committee meetings.
"It's too important to do it
this way," she said. "I think they
could do a better job in private ...
and then explain themselves in
public."
- Amy Henson
contributed to this report.

LECTURER
From Page 1
tion for a speech at the National
Conference on Peer Tutoring
in Writing in Baltimore in 2009
and noted his exceptional public
speaking abilities.
According to the Sweetland
Writing Center's website, Kelley
was born in Florida, but raised
in South Carolina, Scotland and
Georgia. He earned his bachelor's
degree from Emory University,
as well as a master's degree and a
doctorate from Purdue University.

In 2008, Kelley was given the
LSA Excellence in Education
Award, which the directors and
chairs of an advisory committee
within LSA nominated him for.
The Lloyd Hall Scholars Pro-
gram's website states that Kelley
had a passion for photography and
wrote a textbook titled "Writing
Literature Through Art." He had
a number of articles and reviews
published in various journals as
well, including Modern Fiction
Studies and Sycamore Review.
- Daily Staff Reporter Rachel
Brusstar contributed to this report.

WEBSITE
From Page 1
The website's new look com-
bines the directory and site search
functions into one, which Lampe
said is going to be made even bet-
ter in the redesign.
Also among the alterations
already made to the website are
the widening of the homepage
and larger links and photographs
on the main site, Lampe said.
University President Mary
Sue Coleman said at yesterday's
Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs meeting that
she thinks the new layout will be
helpful for users navigating the
website.
"This is a refresh of the gate-
way to try to make it more inter-
active and lively," Coleman said.
"And I'm sure that the folks in the
communications (office) would be
interested in feedback."
Lampe also said that student
and faculty feedback is appreci-
ated and encouraged. He and his
colleagues in the Office of the Vice
President for Communications
want to get University-affiliated
individuals involved in the rede-
sign process, he said.
"We want to encourage user
participation, community build-
ing," Lampe said.
Coleman told SACUA members
that she thinks this is a "good
project," but the redesign is going
to be a laborious process.
"(The redesign) is goingto take
a more thorough job," Coleman
told the faculty governing body._

The initial cost to revamp the
gateway website is about $30,000,
and the redesign is anticipated to
cost about $200,000, Lampe said.
"Over the course of the next
year, we plan to work with an
outside vendor to do a formal
assessment - both internal and
external - of the role, and the
effectiveness and the expected
changes that will be required to
have one of the best university
websites in the world," Lampe
said.
Feedback about the new design
has been "overwhelmingly posi-
tive" so far, Lampe said.
Some students, like LSA senior
Mercedes Harvey, who have seen
the updated website said they like
the change.
"I work for the University, so
it's lot easier to have people navi-
gate," Harvey said.
LSA senior Cimone Scott said
he's seen the website changes and
thinks it looks "more playful." But
he saidhe doesn't like the removal
of the express "directory" button.
LSA junior Alex Kaminski
said he hadn't noticed the web-
site's new appearance, but said he
thought the website's old design
was "outdated."
Though LSA junior Josh Mack
said he hasn't seen the altered
website, he said his past experi-
ence with the University gateway
site wasn't the best.
"I thought it was tough to navi-
gate at some points, but not ter-
rible," he said.
- Neha Garg contributed
to this report.

MFORWARD
From Page 1
party chairs offered anyone (to
speak) at any point before vot-
ing. Everyone had the chance
to write down questions (and)
there was private voting."
Watson plans to focus on
financial difficulties University
students face like the high costs
of housing and tuition, accord-
ing to an MForward press
release issued Sunday.
Campbe -said -minan inter--
view yesterday that he and
Watson are aiming to uphold
the same values established by
the party when it was founded
one year ago.
"We really want to make
sure that we are continuing to
be an advocate for students on
campus, (and) that student gov-
ernment really is the voice of
students on campus," Campbell
said. "We want to do that by
having the most diverse slate of
representatives possible and by
having all voices represented in
the process to make sure we are
advocating for all students."
Current MSA President

Chris Armstrong and Vice
PresidentJason Raymond, who
are the founders of MForward,
endorsed Watson and Campbell
at the convention.
Campbell said he is honored
to have been chosen to carry
on their positions, specifically
after the work they've done in
the past year.
"We're very happy to have
the endorsement of Chris Arm-
strong and Jason Raymond,"
Campbell said. "Students on
campus think that they have
done a tremendous job lead-
ing our government and repre-
senting us to the (University)
administration, so we look for-
ward to continuing and build-
ing upon their legacy next
year."
Campbell said he and Wat-
son plan to campaign for the
upcoming elections by going
on "listening tours," which will
give students the opportunity
to offer comments and voice
their opinions on changes they
wish to see within MSA. Arm-
strong and Raymond did simi-
lar campaigning methods last
year.
Campbell said MForward

plans to contact hundreds of
student organizations to ensure
the party is exposed to many
different perspectives "to rein-
vigorate the executive branch."
"(We are) making sure that
the entire government is lis-
tening to students and making
sure that we're encompassing
all students' beliefs in our advo-
cacy," Campbell said. "We also
want to make sure that we are
steadfast in our commitment to
push for change on campus by,
working with, and sometimes
against, the administration on
campus to make it a better place
for students."
Campbell said his lack of
experience in student govern-
mentiat the University will
benefit MSA, as he is able to
provide a fresh perspective.
"I think it's really helpful to
have someone in the leader-
ship of the student government
who doesn't have preconceived
notions about how to operate
the government," Campbell
said. "I'm really excited about
the possibility of uniting (mine
and Watson's) different experi-
ences to be as effective advo-
cates as possible."

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From Page 1
Institute, said in his opening
remarks that the purpose of the
round table discussion was to
provide a source of conversa-
tion following recent events in
Egypt and Tunisia.
"It is a ripe time to have a
conversation like this, but it is
possible that the most dramatic
events are ahead of us," Koll-
man said.
Juan Cole, the Richard P.
Mitchell Collegiate professor of
history at the University, start-
ed the discussion by speaking
about the history of the Egyp-
tian government and the revolu-
tion that has been taking place
in Cairo the past few weeks.
"(President Mosni) Mubarak
represents a complex regime in
Egypt," Cole said. "The April
6, (2008) uprising was the ker-
nel of today's uprising. For the
most part, this is a spontaneous
uprising - they are calling it
The Youth Revolution."
In 2008, a group of protes-
tors in Mahalla, Egypt were
suppressed by the Egyptian
government. The April 6 Youth

Movement, an organization
composed mainly of young peo-
ple, was created as a result and
mobilized mainly through Face-
book and other social network-
ing sites.
The current rebellion in Cai-
ro's Tahrir Square, Cole said,
is a left-wing revolution with
a variety of specific goals like
revitalizing the economy.
"What do they want?" Cole
said. "They want an opening,
they want economic opportu-
nity ... They want the factory
workers to be better paid, better
respected."
Mark Tessler, the Univer-
sity's vice provost for interna-
tional affairs, said he thinks the
uprisings in the Middle East are
due to "injustice and ... hope-
lessness." The goal of the revo-
lutions is to inspire democracy
as citizens search for increased
equality, he said.
"Resources won't go away
over time, and there is unem-
ployment," Tessler said. "Peo-
ple are finding a fundamental
unfairness about it."
Tessler described results
from a research study he has
been conducting to analyze
political sentiments of citizens

in various countries including
Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt.
Based on data he's compiled
thus far, findings show that
most of the subjects demon-
strate an overwhelming support
for democracy.
Public Policy Prof. Susan
Waltz, described the current
revolution in Tunisia as a rise
against the suppressive gov-
ernment instilled under former
Tunisian President Ben Ali.
"I think what most Tunisians
who would identify as middle
class, well educated, would say
they felt infantilized," Waltz
said. "I am passionately opti-
mistic for the rationalist reform
that is rising."
Other speakers during the
discussion included Nadine
Naber, assistant professor of
American culture and women's
studies, Philip Potter, assistant
professor of public policy and
political science, and Joshua
Cole, associate professor of
history. They addressed issues
such as women's roles in the
revolution at Tahrir Square,
media representations of the
Middle East and the impact of
religion on democracy in the
region.

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