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The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom Tuesday, December 6, 2D11 - 3
Gov. Snyder talks
with fed. officials
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder
and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing met
with federal officials in Washing-
ton on Monday to discuss ways to
beef up transportation in south-
east Michigan, the country's larg-
est metropolitan area without a
high-speed transit system.
The meeting was a follow-up
to one this fall that resulted in
U.S. Transportation Secretary
Ray LaHood, Snyder and Bing
announcing new efforts to get
high-speed buses in the region.
The goal is to improve transpor-
tation options and cut down on
traffic congestion, Snyder spokes-
woman Sara Wurfel said.
Snyder recommended in Octo-
ber that a new Regional Transit
Authority be set up to establish
high-speed bus routes leading
from downtown Detroit to its
suburbs and Ann Arbor, home to
the University of Michigan.
Ohio to request
death penalty for
Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at Tommy's Ham House in Greenville,
S.C. on Nov.30.
ingrich ears up for
South Carolina primary
for drug and
CLEVELAND (AP) - A self-
styled chaplain suspected in a
deadly scheme to rob people who
replied to a Craigslist job ad will
be charged with murder and
attempted murder in attacks on
four victims and could face the
death penalty, a prosecutor said
The chief prosecutor in north-
east Ohio's Summit County,
Sherri Bevan Walsh, said local
officials in southeast Ohio and
state and federal officials signed
off on an agreement to let her
office take the lead against Rich-
ard Beasley, 52.
Three deaths and the wound-
ing of a fourth man are part of
the investigation in the plot to
lure victims with the promise of
a farm job in southeast Ohio.
"In deciding where and how
to try this case, our primary con-
cern was doing what is in the
best interest of the victims and
their families," said Walsh, who
noted that most of the victims
are from the Akron-Canton area.
Beasley, who has been jailed in
Akron on unrelated prostitution
and drug charges, has denied
involvement in the Craigslist
slayings. Email and phone mes-
sages seeking comment were left
yesterday for his attorney han-
dling the drug case.
Beasley was arrested in
November after authorities
linked him to the alleged Craig-
An acquaintance of Beasley's,
Brogan Rafferty, 16, of nearby of
Stow, faces juvenile charges of
aggravated murder, complicity
to aggravated murder, attempt-
ed murder and complicity to
attempted murder in the death
of one man and the shooting of
Authorities say the plot's first
victim, David Pauley, 51, of Nor-
folk, Va., came to Ohio in mid-
October after answering the
Craigslist ad. A friend has said
Pauley was desperate for work
and eager to return to Ohio.
Police say he was killed Oct.
23, and his body was found Nov.
15. Family members had contact-
ed police concerned they hadn't
heard from him.
Timothy Kern, 47, of Mas-
sillon, whose body was buried
near an Akron shopping mall,
answered the ad and was last
seen Nov. 13, authorities said.
The body of Ralph Geiger, the
potential third victim, was found
in a shallow grave Nov. 25.
A South Carolina man also
answered the ad and was shot
Nov. 6 before escaping, police
The murder and attempted
murder charges will cover those
four men, said April Wiesner,
spokeswoman for the prosecu-
tor. No timetable has been set for
filing charges, she said.
Beasley was a Texas parolee
when he returned to Ohio in
2004 after serving several years
in prison on a burglary convic-
tion. He was released from an
Akron jail on July 12 after he
posted bond on a drug-traffick-
ing charge. Texas officials say he
never should have been released
from jail and that they issued a
warrant for his arrest because
the charge violated his parole.
Beasley appeared briefly in
an Akron courtroom last week
on the drug charge, wheeled
into court after he apparently
became ill and said he needed a
victims to receive may be turned away
After a year of tough negotia-
tions, Germany has agreed to pay
pensions to about 16,000 addi-
tional Holocaust victims world-
wide - mostly survivors who
were once starving children in
Nazi ghettos, or were forced to
live in hiding for fear of death.
The agreement announced
yesterday between the New York-
based Claims Conference and the
German government is "not about
money - it's about Germany's
acknowledgment of these peo-
ple's suffering," said Greg Schnei-
der, the conference's executive
"They're finally getting recog-
nitionof the horrors theyendured.-
as children," he told The Associ-
need of financial
support until 2024
Afghanistan will need the
financial support of other coun-
tries for at least another decade
beyond the 2014 departure of
foreign troops, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said yesterday at
an international conference.
But the conference on the
future of Afghanistan in Bonn
was overshadowed by a public
display of bad blood between the
United States and Pakistan, the
two nations with the greatest
stake and say in making Afghani-
stan safe and solvent.
Pakistan boycotted the meet-
ing to protest an apparently
errant U.S. air strike last month
that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers
along the rough border with
Afghanistan. The strike fur-
thered the perception in Paki-
stan that NATO and the U.S. are
its true enemies, not the Taliban
militants that operate on both
sides of the border.
"It was unfortunate that they
did not participate," U.S. Sec-
retary of State Hillary Rodham
Syria agrees to
Syria said yesterday it would
agree to allow Arab League
observers into the country as
part of a plan to end almost nine
months of bloodshed, but placed
a number of conditions, including
the cancellation of deeply embar-
rassing economic sanctions.
Arab League chief Nabil Elar-
aby swiftly rebuffed Damascus'
demands, and the Syrian oppo-
sition accused President Bashar
Assad's regime of wasting time
and trying to trick Arab leaders
into reversing punitive measures
Daily wire reports
by past marriages
NEWBERRY, S.C. (AP) -
For three decades, the Republi-
can who won South Carolina's
presidential primary has also
won the GOP nomination.
That record helps explain
why Newt Gingrich, a self-
described lover of history, is
working more aggressively
than any of his competitors to
organize activists and volun-
teers ahead of the Jan. 21 pri-
mary, essentially pinning his
candidacy on a state filled with
His chief rival, Mitt Romney,
is approaching South Carolina
tentatively. He invested huge
event is likely to
LONDON (AP) - Britain's
spending watchdog warned
London Olympic organizers
today that they run a risk of
exceeding their 9.3 billion-
pound ($14.6billion) budget for
hosting the event and have lit-
tle room for unforeseen costs.
The National Audit Office
report concluded that while
the venues are on time and
largely complete, "not every-
thing is rosy." The report came
as British Olympic officials
announced that they had dou-
bled the funding for security
operations at venues, raising
overall security costs for the
2012 Games to more than 1 bil-
lion pounds ($1.6 billion).
"The government is confi-
dent that there is money avail-
able to meet known risks, but,
in my view, the likelihood that
the games can still be funded
within the existing 9.3 billion-
pound public sector funding
package is so finely balanced
that there is a real risk more
money will be needed," said
Amyas Morse, the head of the
National Audit Office.
If that's the case, Olympic
officials would be heading
back hat in hand to British
taxpapers who are already
embroiled in tough economic
times. The Organization for
Economic Cooperation and
Development expects the
U.K. economy to contract in
this current quarter and in
the first three months of 2012
and grow only 0.5 percent
Britain's National Audit
Office, an independent orga-
nization, examines public
spending on behalf of Parlia-
sums in the state in the 2008
presidential race only to bail
just days before the vote when it
became clear he would lose big
to Arizona Sen. John McCain.
Many voters couldn't overlook
their skepticism of Romney's
Mormon faith and his reversals
on some cultural issues.
The others in the 2012 race
are treating South Carolina
as an afterthought while they
bank their candidacies on one
of the two states that vote first,
Iowa and New Hampshire.
Enter Gingrich, who's enjoy-
ing a burst of momentum after
a summer campaign meltdown.
"I do believe South Carolina
will be the decisive primary,"
the former House speaker from
Georgia told Republicans who
packed a theater in Newberry
last week. "If we win here, I
believe Iwill be the nominee."
But victory in the state won't
come easy for the thrice-mar-
He has acknowwledged hav-
ing an extramarital affair, an
issue that may turn off Chris-
tian conservatives who hold
great sway in South Carolina.
Gingrich, a recent convert to
Catholicism, frequently makes
a point of talking about his
close partnership with third
He has advocated a
"humane" approach to immi-
gration that would let longtime
residents work toward citizen-
Critics have labeled that as
"amnesty" for millions of for-
eigners who are illegally in the
United States, and that's anoth-
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