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WAYNE, Mich.
Store explosion
" commences
A Michigan Public Service
Commission spokeswoman said
yesterday a full investigation of the
gas main explosion that destroyed
a furniture store and killed two
people is likely to take months.
Spokeswoman Judy Palnau told
The Detroit News investigators
are looking at a natural gas main
as the likely source of the Dec. 29
blast at Wm. C. Franks furniture
store in Wayne.
Palnau says the state is inter-
viewing employees of Consumers
Energy, which operates the natu-
ral gas line, and having a section of
the damaged gas line analyzed.
The blast killed 64-year-old
James Zell and 54-year-old Les-
lie Machniak. Sixty-four-year-old
store owner Paul Franks is in fair
condition in the burn center of
University of Michigan medical
center in Ann Arbor.
Shooting kills
police officer, man
at Maryland club
A fight at a Baltimore nightclub
spilled onto the street yesterday
and led to an eruption of gunfire
that killed a police officer and
another man and left four people
hurt, police said.
One of those wounded also was
a police officer, who was shot in
the leg, said police spokesman
Anthony Guglielmi. Investigators
were trying to determine if officers
may have fired on a fellow officer
whose badge and other identify-
ing markings came off his uniform
during the scuffle, he said.
No arrests have been made, but
dozens of people were being ques-
tioned, Guglielmi said.
"This is an absolutely horrible
incident ... I prayed we would
never lose another officer, but here
we are again," Mayor Stephanie
Rawlings-Blake said. An off-duty
Baltimore detective was killed in
October when he was hit in the
head during an argument over a
parking space.
journalist found
slain, castrated
A male model who had recently
been a contestant on a Portuguese
reality TV show was taken into
police custody hours after his
companion, a celebrity Portuguese
television journalist, was found
castrated and bludgeoned to death
in a New York City hotel.
The journalist, 65-year-old Car-
los Castro, had arrived in the U.S.
in late December in the company
of his young boyfriend, the model
Renato Seabra, to see some Broad-
way shows and spend New Year's
Eve in Times Square, according to

a family friend.
There had been some friction
between the two men toward the
end of the trip, but nothing to sug-
gest that anything horrible was
about to happen, said the friend,
Luis Pires, the editor of the Portu-
guese language newspaper Luso-
"I think that they were a lit-
tle bit upset with each other, for
jealousy reasons," Pires told The
Associated Press.
YANGON, Myanmar
Parliament to
hold first session
0 n 22 years
Myanmar's new parliament
will hold its first session in 22
years on Jan. 31, state radio said
today, an event the country's mili-
tary rulers hail as one of the final
steps in its self-styled "roadmap
to democracy."
The new legislature was elect-
ed in polls last year decried as
unfair by the opposition parties,
including that of Nobel Peace
Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi,
who was recently freed from
house arrest.
The country's 1,154 lawmak-
ers will meet in a massive new
building in the remote capital of
Naypyitaw, the brief announce-
ment said. It will be the first par-
liamentary session since a 1988
meeting in the old capital of Ran-
goon, which the junta renamed
Yangon a year later.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

From Page 1A
partner, had been dumped or had
chosen not to provide information
about the breakup.
Stanik and her collaborators,
Phoebe Ellsworth, a Frank Mur-
phy distinguished professor of law
and psychology at the University of
Michigan, and Robert Kurzban, an
associate professor of psychology
at the University of Pennsylvania
designed the study to look at how
people consider the opinions of
others when assessing a potential
romantic partner.
This type of "social learning,"
the study states, is especially valu-
able in situations in which the
"correct answer" is ambiguous and
the cost of learning is high, as is
the case when choosing a mate for
When it comes to dating, the
study states that a person can save
time gathering information about
another person by talking to a pre-
vious partner who has invested a
lot of time in the relationship and
already has a lot of information
about the person in question.
"In many cases, like online dat-
ing, people only have information
from the target person," Stanik
wrote in an e-mail interview.
"However, when a person tells you
about how his or her last relation-
ship ended, or how he or she has
fared on the dating market in gen-
eral, it gives you some sense of how
others, who have more informa-
tion, have evaluated him or her."
Stanik and her colleagues
hypothesized that having been
dumped by a previous partner
would lessen a person's attrac-
tiveness to the opposite sex - a
hypothesis that was supported by
the results of their study.
Stanik, Kurzban and Ellsworth
didn't, however, have any official
predictions for how participants
would react to the other twobreak-
up scenarios. Stanik wrote that she
was surprised to find a difference
in the way men and women reacted

to finding out their potential part-
ners ended their last relationships.
The study's results show that
finding out a man had rejected his
last partner significantly increased
a woman's desire to have sex with
him but didn't affect her desire to
have a long-term relationship with
For men, learning that a woman
had rejected her last partner didn't
affect a man's desire to have a
sexual relationship with' her but
decreased his desire to have a long-
term relationship with her.
Stanik said she isn't sure what
to make of these results but would
be interested in conducting further
While the study revealed inter-
esting information about how
social learning impacts mate
assessment, Stanik said, it didn't
provide any insight into why men
and women reacted the way they
"In future research we'd like
to examine this process in more
detail so we can understand what
it is about knowing a person was
dumped or knowing the person did
the dumping that influences peo-
ple's decisions about whether or
not they would like to date them,"
she wrote.
Ellsworth said it was also sur-
prising how participants reacted to
potential partners who chose not
to disclose how their last relation-
ship ended. That group was meant
to serve as the neutral group in the
study, she said.
"It turned out it wasn't neutral
at all," Ellsworth said.
Though women felt more
strongly, Ellsworth explained that
both genders showed less inter-
est in having either a sexual or a
long-term relationship with a per-
son who chose not to disclose the
details of his or her last breakup.
For all three situations, the
study showed that subjects' opin-
ions were varied more when they
were considering partners for a
long-term relationship as opposed
to a sexual one.

4 Eleven Lofts on the corner of East Washington Street and SouthDivision Street will be renovated this year. Upgrades will
include new equipment in the fitness center and retail stores on the first floor of the building.

From Page 1A
One of the retail spaces has been
leased to a Subway franchisee
that is expected to open in early
April, according to a Nov. 11
Michigan Daily article.
Other retail spaces on the
building's first floor have been
vacant since the apartment
building opened in 2009.
"We think (the retail stores)
will add to the vibrancy of the
neighborhood," Dinerstein said.
"It will be a great amenity for

the residents that live above."
Dinerstein said his company
hopes to satisfy the needs of stu-
dents, but added that he is open
to meeting the needs of non-stu-
dents as well.
Dinerstein said though Ster-
ling 4 Eleven is farther from
campus than other apartment
complexes, he said it offers
superior amenities for its resi-
"We have a full-time profes-
sional staff," Dinerstein said,
adding that the company is
retaining the building's current
staff, including maintenance

But LSA junior Renee Dhar, a
current Sterling 4 Eleven resi-
dent, said she has had problems
with the staff in the past.
"I've used maintenance
before, and it took days to get (a
hold of them)," she said.
Dhar said she is looking for-
ward to the new computers in
the study center, as well as new
fitness equipment, since she
said some current machines
haven't been functioning prop-
erly. Having Subway below her
apartment will also be very con-
venient, she said.

From Page 1A
because its affordable.
Bregman said he bought a
"great suit" for $80.
Seventy-five percent of the
store's inventory is less than
$35, according to Elias.
But Engineering freshman
Emily Carroll said she had
mixed feelings about the new
shop's inventory.
"They had interesting stuff,
but some of the stuff they modi-
fied too much, like adding too
many studs," Carroll said.
Carroll added that she prefers
The Getup Vintage Clothing,

a vintage store on South State
"Even though (The Getup is)
more expensive, they have more
things," she said.
Bregman, as well as Ryan
Shea, a junior at Ann Arbor
Community High School, both
said they like The Vintage
Twin's friendly atmosphere and
knowledgeable staff.
"(The employees) obviously
know what they are talking
about," Shea said.
Elias, however, refuses to
call her employees anything but
"stylists" - many of whom are
also artists whose work is on
display in the store.
Elias said she hopes to accom-

modate a broad range of custom-
ers through consistently good
"We would like to make this
so that people who are comfort-
able shopping in department
stores are comfortable shopping
here," Elias said.
With just a few days since she
opened shop, Elias said she's
uncertain what the future holds
for her new business. Elias said
she only has a three-month lease
on the store's current space and
will have to see how business
goes before deciding whether or
not to renew.
"We're just taking it one
month at a time, one week at a
time," Elias said.

U.S., China attempt to
mend frayed military ties

For jub lant voters in S.
Sudan, new country nears

Defense chiefs to
form group to
discuss affairs
BEIJING (AP) - The U.S. and
Chinese defense chiefs took a step
today toward mending frayed rela-
tions between their powerful mili-
taries, though China warned ties
could be cut again if Washington
does not heed-Beijing's wishes.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert
Gates and Chinese Defense Minis-
ter Liang Guanglie, after a morning
of talks, agreed to set up a work-
ing group to explore a more for-
mal, regular dialogue on strategic
The agreement, along with
Gates' visit, marks the symbolic
end to a rocky year in which Bei-
jing cut off defense ties with the
United States over arms sales to
Taiwan, the democratic island
China claims, and objected to U.S.
naval maneuvers in the Yellow
Sea. Gates also extended an invi-
tation to the chief of the People's
Liberation Army's general staff to

visit Washington in the firsthalf of
this year.
"I come away from these meet-
ings convinced that the PLA lead-
ership is as committed to fulfilling
the mandate of our two presidents
as I am," Gates said at a news brief-
But the step forward on strate-
gic talks falls short Qf protecting
ties between the militaries from
further ruptures. Liang, who is a
PLA general, refused to guarantee
that Beijing would refrain from sus-
pending military ties in the future,
especially if there are future arms
sales to Taiwan.
Such arms sales "severely dam-
age China's core interests," Liang
told reporters after the talks. The
U.S., he said, needs to pay more
attention to what China wants.
Gates' four-day trip to Beijing
comes a weekbefore Chinese Presi-
dent Hu Jintaogoes to Washington,
and both governments are trying to
smooth over substantial friction
over trade, North Korea's and Iran's
nuclear programs and China's gen-
erally more assertive diplomatic

Sudanese foresee
Christian South
seceding from
JUBA, Sudan (AP) - Men and
women walked to election sta-
tions in the middle of the night
yesterday to create a new nation:
Southern Sudan. Some broke out
into spontaneous song in the long
lines. And a veteran of Sudan's
two-decade civil war, a conflict
that left 2 million people dead,
choked back tears.
"We lost a lot of people," said
Lt. Col. William Ngang Ayuen,
who was snapping pictures of
camouflaged soldiers waiting in
long lines to vote. The 48-year-
old turned away from his com-
rades for a moment to maintain
"Today is good for them."
Thousands of people began
castingballots yesterday during a
weeklong vote to choose the des-
tiny of this war-ravaged and des-
perately poor but oil-rich region.
Because only 15 percent of south-
ern Sudan's 8.7 million people can
read, the ballot choices were as
simple as could be: a drawing of a
single hand marked "separation"
and another of clasped hands
marked "unity."
Long lines snaked through the
southern capital of Juba. In rural
areas, tribesmen carrying bows
and arrows walked dirt paths
from their straw huts to one-
room schools to vote.
Almost everyone - includ-
ing Sudan's President Omar Al-
Bashir, who has been indicted for
war crimes in the western Sudan
region of Darfur - agrees that
the mainly Christian south will
secede from the mainly Muslim
"We are saying goodbye to
Khartoum, the capital of old
Sudan. We are coming to have our
own capital here in Juba," said
Tom Drani, a 48-year-old motor-
cycle taxi driver. He predicted
100 percent support for indepen-
dence or something close to it.

Southern Sudan is among the
world's poorest regions. The
entire France-sized region has
only 30 miles (50 kilometers)
of paved roads. The U.N. says a
15-year-old girl here has a high-
er chance of dying in childbirth
than finishing school.
Southerners, who mainly
define themselves as African,
have long resented their underde-
velopment, accusing the northern
Arab-dominated government of
taking their oil revenues without
investing in the south.
This week's referendum is part
of the peace deal that ended the
1983-2005 civil war between the
north and south. Northerners
had no say in the voting process
and the western region of Darfur,
which belongs to the north, is not
affected by the vote.
Independence won't be final-
ized until July, and many issues
are yet to be worked out, includ-
ing north-south oil rights, water
rights to the White Nile, border
demarcation and the status of
the contested region of Abyei, a
north-south border region where
the biggest threat of a return to
conflict exists. Most of Sudan's oil
is in the south, while the pipelines
to the sea run through the north,
tying the two regions together
Southern Sudan President
Salva Kiir, wearing his trade-
mark black cowboy hat, was vis-
ibly emotional as he remembered
those killed in the north-south
war. Kiir voted at the mausoleum
of rebel hero John Garang.
"I am sure that they didn't
die in vain," he told the crowd.
Women chanted and one man
waved a sign saying: "A road
toward sovereignty. A new nation
to be born on the African conti-
Many voters lined .up in the
middle of the night, and some
slept at the site of Garang's grave.
Among the voters was Julia
"We feel that after the refer-
endum we will be delivered from
oppression from the north," the
37-year-old said.
President Barack Obama

hailed the start of the referen-
dum, which he said will have con-
sequences not only for Sudan, but
also for sub-Saharan Africa and
the world.
"We know that there are those
who may try to disrupt.-the vot-
ing," Obama said in a statement.
But he called on those who
oppose the poll to allow it to go
forward without "intimidation
and coercion."
Foreign officials including for-
mer U.S. President Jimmy Carter,
Sen. John Kerry and actor and
Sudan activist George Clooney
were in Juba for the start of the
vote. Former U.N. Secretary-Gen-
eral Kofi Annan told a news con-
ference that most people in Sudan
are tired of war.
"There is enough in history to
tell us that enmity between peo-
ples need not last forever, and bit-
ter enemies have made peace, and
today many parts of the world
live peacefully together and it can
and should happen here also in
Sudan," he said.
Sudan, geographically the
largest country on the conti-
nent, will lose a third of its land,
nearly a quarter of its population
and much of its oil if the south
secedes. Khartoum's only conso-
lation will be that the pipelines to
get the product to market all run
through its territory.
The U.S. offered Khartoum a
range of incentives for a peaceful
southern vote, including removal
from its list of state sponsors of
terrorism. In recent weeks Al-
Bashir has sought to play down
fears of potential violence, saying
the north will accept a vote for
"The world will be watching in
the coming days, and the United
States will remain fully commit-
ted to helping the parties solve
critical post-referendum issues
regardless of-the outcome of the
vote," Obama said in the state-
There were reports of violence
in Abyei, a region that had also
been scheduled to hold a self-
determination referendum but
whose fate will now be settled by
north-south negotiations.

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