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Bing says concessions vital*
to avoid financial takeover
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State may appoint
manager if fiscal
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DETROIT (AP) - Detroit
Mayor Dave Bing yesterday urged
municipal unions to accept wage
cuts and Michigan leaders to pay
the city millions stemming from a
decade-old tax agreement, saying
Detroit needs the money to avoid
an emergency financial takeover.
The city faces a $45 million
cash shortfall by the end of its
fiscal year in June, Bing said in a
TV and radio address. If Detroit
doesn't fix its fiscal problems,
the state could appoint a finan-
cial manager to make sweeping
Bing's administration has said
Detroit has an accumulated defi-
cit about $150 million in its $3.1
billion annual budget.
"Simply put, our city is in a
financial crisis and city gov-
ernment is broken," Bing said.
"That's not new. That's not an
opinion. That is a fact. I prom-
ised when I ran for this office that
I'd tell you the truth, even when
it wasn't pretty or popular. The
reality we're facing is simple. If
we continue down the same path,
we will lose the ability to control
our own destiny."
A state law passed in March
gives state-appointed financial
managers more power when fix-
ing the finances of municipalities
and school districts. Michigan
already has emergency manag-
ers in place in the Detroit public
school system as well as the cit-
ies of Pontiac, Ecorse and Benton
In his address, Bing repeated
his call for unionized workers to
accept a 10 percent wage cut, al10
percentincrease in employee pay-
ments for health insurance and
changes in work rules. He said
the worker concessions would
save Detroit $40 million for the
"This is not an attack on labor
or our dedicated employees," he
said. "The private sector, includ-
ing the auto industry was forced
to accept tough cuts to survive."
Bing also wants $220 million
from the Legislature and Gov.
Rick Snyder that stems from a tax
the state failed to keep a bargain
to maintain state revenue sharing
in exchange for the city's cut in
income tax rates a decade ago.
Snyder, a Republican, said he
remains committed to reviving
Detroit's fortunes, in cooperation
with Bing, a Democrat elected in
a nonpartisan race. Snyder said
he continues to seek to avoid the
appointment of an emergency
financial manager for the city of
713,000 "if at all possible."
HARAZ N. GHANBARI/
Law enforcement officers photograph a window at the White House in Washington yesterday as seen from the South
Lawn. A bullet hit an exterior window of the White House and was stopped by ballistic glass, the Secret Service said.
Suspect in shooting near
White Houe arrested
Two bullets shot by
21 year old struck
WASHINGTON (AP) - A
man with an apparent obsession
with President Barack Obama
has been arrested in Pennsylva-
nia after the Secret Service dis-
covered two bullets struck the
White House while the presi-
dent was away, authorities said
One bullet smashed into a
window of the living quarters of
the executive mansion but was
stopped by ballistic glass.
The arrest of Oscar Ramiro
Ortega-Hernandez, 21, came
days after reports of shots fired
on Friday night near the White
House while Obama and his wife
Michelle were on a trip to Cali-
fornia and Hawaii. The president
has since traveled on to Austra-
lia, second stop on a nine-day
Asia-Pacific tour, and the White
House had no comment on the
The U.S. Secret Service said it
discovered Tuesday that the two
bullets hit the White House. U.S.
Park Police had earlier linked
Ortega, a 21-year-old man from
Idaho Falls, Idaho, to the reports
A U.S. Park Police crime bulle-
tin issued before Ortega's arrest
said he is known to have mental
health issues, adding "Ortega
should be considered unstable
with violent tendencies."
Authorities are investigating
his mental health and say there
are indications he believed his
attack on the White House was
part of a personal mission from
God, according to a law enforce-
ment official. There are also
indications the man had become
obsessed with Obama and the
White House, according to two
officials, who spoke on the con-
dition of anonymity because the
investigation is ongoing.
Authorities said the bul-
lets discovered Tuesday by the
Secret Service have not been
conclusively connected with
the reports of gunfire near the
White House on Friday night.
On Friday, authorities found
an abandoned vehicle with an
assault rifle inside.
Ortega, 21, was arrested yes-
terday afternoon at a hotel near
Indiana, Pa., some 55 miles east
of Pittsburgh, the Secret Service
said. He was in Pennsylvania
State Police custody. A tip from
someone who saw and identified
Ortega led to his arrest, Secret
Service spokesman George Ogil-
Ortega did not resist arrest,
said Pennsylvania State Trooper
Lt. Brad Shields. State troopers
said Ortega had visited the hotel
in recent days, and investigators
believed he was back in the area
yesterday. The Secret Service
passed out photographs, and a
desk clerk recognized his pic-
ture and stalled him while noti-
Ortega's first court appear-
ance is scheduled Thurs-
day afternoon in Pittsburgh,
according to the staff of U.S.
Magistrate Judge Cynthia Reed
House passes pro-gun bill
ermits to carry ing against it and 43 Democrats
icealed firearms The Democratic-controlled
Senate has no parallel bill. But two
ould be valid in years ago, GOP Sens. John Thune
of South Dakota and David Vitter
most states of Louisiana nearly succeeded in
attaching a similar measure to a
SHINGTON (AP) - A larger bill.
iermit to carry a concealed UndertheHouselegislation,peo-
m would be valid in almost ple with a concealed carry permitin
other state in the coun- one state could carry a concealed
ider legislation the House weapon in every other state that
yesterday. gives people the right to carry con-
first pro-gun bill the House cealed weapons. While states have
ken up this year and the various standards for issuing such
nce Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, permits, currently only Illinois and
., was severely injured in a the District of Columbia prohibit
tack in January, it had the the concealed carryingofweapons.
al Rifle Association's back- "The Second Amendment is a
d passed by a comfortable fundamental right to bear armsthat
n. The vote was 272-154, should not be constrained by state
nly seven Republicans vot- boundary lines," said GOP Rep.
Lamar Smith of Texas, chairman of
the House Judiciary Committee.
The bill's chief co-sponsor,
Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., said
states should consider concealed
carry permits no differently from
driver's licenses recognized by all
states. He noted that many states
already have reciprocity agree-
ments with other states.
The legislation would "make
it easier for law-abiding permit
holders to know that they are sim-
ply in compliance with the law
when they carry a firearm as they
travel," he said.
Democratic opponents said
the bill would constitute a "race
to the bottom," with states that
have strict requirements for issu-
ing permits having to accept per-
mits from states with far more lax
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