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White Lake), said Kowall voted
against the bill because he could
not be sure that taxpayer dollars
would not be used to fund the
"While the supporters are
absolutely sincere in their belief
that taxpayers will not be on the
hook for any of this ... it could be
changed quite literally tomor-
row by simple majority vote,"
Pointing to the Mackinac
Bridge, built in 1957, and the
Zilwaukee Bridge just north of
Saginaw, Murray said it is not
unprecedented for lawmakers
to shift the burden of funding
public projects from their origi-
nal private sponsors to taxpay-
ers. Murray said the evidence
suggests that the costs of build-
ing bridges as large as the pro-
posed New International Trade
Crossing are often higher than
"Ballparking it, instead of
$2.4 billion, this thing may cost
upwards of $4.5 or $5 billion
when all is said and done," Mur-
Estimations for "cost over-
runs" of the proposed bridge
ranged from 16 percent to 108
percent, according to Murray.
He added that because of the
decline in traffic on the Ambas-
sador Bridge over the last 10
years, it is likely that the new
bridge would not be as profit-
able as Snyder projected, and
the state would therefore resort
to charging tolls for entry.
,Snyder and other proponents
of the project, who have attrib-
uted the decline to the economic
downturn and citizens' fear of
terrorism, have remained opti-
mistic about the future of the
State Sen. Rick Jones (R-
Grand Ledge) said the project is
central to improving the state's
economy, citing the fact that
one out of seven jobs in Michi-
gan is a result of commerce with
Canada. Jones said this statistic
indicates the bridge's potential
effect on Southeast Michigan.
"It has to be built," he said.
"There's no choice."
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lose its charm. It's such a great
place to be."
Comet Coffee's "coffee-
focused" mentality sets the
shop apart from competitors,
"All our selections are based
on taste and quality of the cof-
fee," he said.
While Saborio said he pre-
fers Costa Rican coffees, the
most popular drinks at his
caf6 include cappuccinos and
Though Comet Coffee is not
a Fair Trade Certified organi-
zation, Saborio said he believes
in the ethics of coffee so his
cafe only buys from roasters
committed to treating farmers
"We have focused on find-
ing roasters that tie their own
success to the success of the
farmers," Saborio said. "I really
want to deal with the roasters
Snyder and other advocates of
the project have also pushed for
the construction of the bridge
due to the flourishing commerce
between Michigan and Canada,
which has proposed to pay a
$550 million share of any inter-
national bridge project. Accord-
ing to a report Snyder released
in September, Canada is Michi-
gan's largest trade partner with
$62 billion in trade in 2010 - a
40-percent increase over 2009.
The project would also create
10,000 temporary construction
jobs and would generate or pre-
serve 25,000 jobs in Michigan
through 2035, according to the
"Reinventing Michigan to
become a world trading center
means developing an infrastruc-
ture that will meet the modern
day demands of an international
economy," Snyder wrote in the
proposal to the senate. "This
project has the potential to
return Michigan to the promi-
nence it held for most of the last
However, Jones said he is
concerned about the age of the
Ambassador Bridge - which
opened in 1929 - and Moroun's
ownership of it.
*"He could decide to sell it
next week, and he could sell it
to somebody who's very friendly
with China or Iran," he said.
"That really concerns me. What
if they decide to shut it down for
six months and cut off all of our
Moroun has offered to fund
an addition to the Ambassador
Bridge, which Murray supports
since it comes at no risk to tax-
payers. But Snyder has insisted
on the bridge construction being
a public project since he first
endorsed the New International
Trade Crossing in January.
Despite the Senate's appre-
hension, Snyder spokesman
Ryan Kazmirzack said the
governor would continue to
push for the project, though he
declined to comment on how
Snyder would do so.
"We're still committed to
working on this," Kazmirzack
said. "We've had a setback, but
we are looking for quick action.
This is a project that is very
who are focused on quality."
Saborio said this can some-
times be difficult to attain
because the Fair Trade certi-
fication sets high standards -
like forming cooperatives - for
farmers. However, he said find-
ing roasters who are committed
to assisting farmers is neces-
sary since they often produce
higher quality coffee.
Saborio said Ann Arbor is the
perfect city for Comet Coffee,
and many of his regular cus-
tomers are University students
"It's a lot of graduate stu-
dents (and) professors - not
a lot of younger students, but
some," he said. "We're very
closely tied to the University."
Comet Coffee does not cur-
rently have plans to expand to
other locations, and Saborio
said he is satisfied with the
cafe's success so far.
"It's pretty much like I pic-
tured it would be when I was
planning this place," Saborio
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members quit smoking and fol-
low a healthy nutrition plan for
In his speech yesterday, Dasch-
le praised the V-BID methodology
for its emphasis on wellness.
"I think it's critical that we
remain innovative," Daschle
said. "V-BID is probably the best
illustration of extraordinary
innovation, and therein lies our
secret. We've always been inno-
After Daschle's speech, Uni-
versity President Mary Sue
Coleman gave a few remarks
about the University's Center for
V-BID and its influence.
"I look forward to all sorts of
innovations in how we approach
health services research and
translate that research into
real health policy for all Ameri-
cans," Coleman said. "The con-
cept of Value-Based Insurance
Design is a Michigan idea born
through collaboration between
our schools of public health and
To ensure equality in health
care systems, Daschle said the
public needs to be more aware of
what is going on in Washington.
Specifically, he said constituents
should know who their senators
and representatives are so they
can give their input to changes
in health care policy.
During a brief period for
questions that followed Cole-
man's and Daschle's speeches,
Coleman asked Daschle about
universal insurance forms,
which will begin in 2013, that
are designed to help streamline
health care costs.
"We might be able to get rid
of the millions of people we have
trying to figure out the insur-
ance forms and fill them out,"
Daschle said he wants Univer-
sity students to know that they
need to educate themselves on
the issues of health care reform
so they can actively participate
in policy discussions.
"Your generation is by far the
most effected by what happens,"
Daschle said. "It may seem dis-
tant, and it may seem unrelated,
but it is a very serious mistake to
think that you're not going to be
affected by these decisions."
On Monday, the United States
Supreme Court decided to hear a
challenge to President Obama's
2010 health care overhaul law.
The Supreme Court slated oral
arguments to be finished by
March and a decision tobe made
in late June.
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The two galaxies are the far-
thest away from Andromeda, than
any dwarf galaxy previously dis-
Bell and Slater's findings are
published in the current edition
of the Astrophysical Journal. Bell
said the galaxies didn't take long
to find, but writing the paper and
verifying their findings took sev-
"The actual finding of them
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saying that the government was
not following its agreement of
ending the violence against dem-
At the beginning of the vigil,
crowd members tied their hands
and covered their mouths with
tape to symbolize the repression
of Assad's government.
LSA senior Abbas Alawieh,
education chair of SAFE, said
the protest was designed to show
support for the Syrian protest-
ers and recognize the sacrifices
that the "martyrs" have already
"The people of Syria are upris-
is quite fast," Bell said. "We had
some other candidates, too, that
were a lot less obvious, and we're
still actually trying to chew on
those and figure out what's going
The discovery of the galaxies
is aiding the analysis of dark mat-
ter in the night sky. Because dark
matter does not emit or scatter
light, it has mass but is not detect-
able by the human eye.
Models indicate that there
should be thousands of dark mat-
ter halos surroundingAndromeda,
and dwarf galaxies are indica-
ing for increased freedoms,
demanding justice, demanding
that they have a say in determin-
ing who governs them and what
goes on in their country," Abbas
said. "We're here to show our
solidarity with those cries for
After the moment of silence,
the group formed a circle in the
center of the Diag to share per-
sonal experiences and feelings
about the protest. Many attend-
ees had stories like Ghalawanji's
and were from Syria or have fam-
ily members in the country. How-
ever, a majority of those present
were not of Syrian descent.
LSA sophomore Yazan Kheral-
lah spoke about the longevity of
the Assad family's government
tors of those halos. With Bell and
Slater's discoveries, only 29 halos
have been found - suggesting that
some of the halos don't have stars
in them or that the models are
"This is one of the big reasons
why one does this," Bell said. "If
none of those models can fit the
observations, you may be backed
into the corner where you have
to accept that there are just a lot
less dark matter halos than you
imagined, and then you've learned
something very exciting about
dark matter halos."
power in Syria and how he once
viewed it. When Kherallah was 9
years old and still living in Syria,
Bashar al-Assad's father, Hafez
"My entire life I had been
brought up with a picture of
(Hafez) in front of me," Kheral-
lah said. "So when (Hafez) died, I
went up to my dad, and I was like
'How is it that (Hafez) has died?'
I had seen so many pictures of
(Hafez) that I thought he was a
Alawieh said SAFE has been
mainly focused on Palestine, but
in light of the Arab Spring, they
have broadened their goals to
supportjustice, freedom and self-
"We recognize that wherever
To find the galaxies, Bell and
Slater looked at the sky survey
data to locate clusters of Red Giant
stars. Scientists predict that the
sun will become a Red Giant at the
end of its life when it no longer has
a hydrogen-burning core.
Once a cluster of stars is found
it must be verified as a dwarf gal-
axy with images from a telescope
unless the data is strong enough
that no image is necessary.
"They're reasonably bright
things for us to have missed," Bell
said. "So it's good that we found
people are struggling against
oppression and tyranny, it is
obligatory on us to make sure we
add our voice to their voices ... to
make sure their cries for justice
are heard," Alawieh said.
Both of Ghalawanji's parents
were born in Syria, and she has
traveled to Syria every year to
visit family and friends. But for
the moment, Ghalawanji is trying
to keep abreast of news on her
friend who wrote the poem.
"I'm trying to get more infor-
mation from him, but I'm trying
to keep him as safe as possible
because everything is monitored
there," Ghalawanji said.
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