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Police: Former
Miss USA arrested
for drunk driving
Former Miss USA Rima Fakih
was driving with a half-empty
bottle of champagne and a blood-
alcohol level more than twice the
legal limit when she was arrest-
ed on a drunken driving charge
in the Detroit enclave of High-
land Park, according to a police
report released yesterday.
The report obtained by The
Associated Press through a Free-
dom of Information Act request
says the 26-year-old from Dear-
born was pulled over early Sat-
urday going 60 mph, weaving in
heavy traffic and changing lanes
without using a turn signal.
A police officer whose name
was given only as R. Kalis said
the traffic stop happened about
2:15 a.m.
Clinton opens
talks with Syrian
gov't opposition
The Obama administration
moved to expand contacts with
opponents of Syria's President
Bashar Assad yesterday as Sec-
retary of State Hillary Rodham
Clinton held a rare meeting with
Syrian opposition figures and the
top U.S. envoy to Syria returned
to Damascus after a six-week
Amid reports of a new surge
in violence that the U.N. says has
killed more than 4,000 people
since an uprising against Assad
erupted in March, Clinton told
Syrian pro-reform activists in
Geneva that she wanted to hear
their plans to establish a new
democratic government if they
are successful in prying Assad
and his regime from power.
The invitation was a step short
of endorsement, but a clear sign
the U.S. wants to work closely
with those who might assume
leadership roles.
journalist killed
outside her home
A radio news host was fatally
shot by gunmen on motorcycles
yesterday as she commuted to
work in the capital of Honduras,
where rampant drug-trafficking
and weak, corrupt policing are
fueling one of the world's worst
homicide rates.
Luz Marina Paz and her driv-
er were hit by dozens of bullets
fired by men on two motorcycles
outside Paz's home in Teguci-
galpa, national police spokesman
Luis Maradiaga said.
Paz, 38, hosted a morning
program called "Three in the

News" broadcast on the Hondu-
ran News Channel. While she
discussed politics and narcotics
trafficking, she was not among
Honduras' best-known or most
outspoken journalists.
Radiation traces
0 found in Japanese
baby formula
Traces of radiation spilled
from Japan's hobbled nuclear
plant were detected in baby
formula yesterday in the latest
case of contaminated food in the
Major food and candy maker
Meiji Co. said it was recall-
ing canned powdered milk for
infants, with expiration dates of
October 2012, as a precaution.
The levels of radioactive
cesium were well below gov-
ernment-set safety limits, and
the company said the amounts
were low enough not to have any
affect on babies' health even if
they drank the formula every
Experts say children are more
at risk than are adults of getting
cancer and other illnesses from
radiation exposure.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports


From Page 1A
and lessee involved in the legal
battle, and the courts will deter-
mine when the building will have
another retailer.
"Until all this gets ironed out,
they can't legally lease it out to
anyone, and who knows who may
have shown interest," Heywood
Other recently vacated prop-
erties have had more luck finding
Randy Maas, associate broker
with Swisher Commercial who
manages the property once occu-
pied by Poshh, said a prospective
tenant of the space is looking at
a five-year lease term. Maas said
he expects that the lease will be
signed by the end of the year.
Maas declined to comment on
who the prospective tenant is,
but said he is not surprised that
the property has generated so
much interest.
"We figured it would turn
around fairly quickly for that
location," he said. "It's a great
location in Ann Arbor near one
of the busiest intersections in the
Apart from retailers, other
more entrepreneurial-focused
businesses are moving into office
spaces on East Liberty.
Menlo Innovations, a soft-
ware design and development
company, recently signed a
10-year lease for the space next
to TechArb, which is managed
by the University's Center for
Entrepreneurship. The business
accelerator leases space in the
Offices at Liberty Square, locat-
ed on the corner of East Liberty
and South Division streets.
Carol Sheridan, factory floor
manager for Menlo, said the
company moved because of space
constraints in its former Kerry-

town offices, and the business is
excited to be in its new location
next to the TechArb.
"I think the proximity to the
University of Michigan is a draw
for us," Sheridan said. "Another
draw for us is that we're right
next door to TechArb, which we
think is an interesting collabora-
Tom Gritter, vice president
and managing director of com-
mercial real estate with McKin-
ley Inc., which owns the Offices
at Liberty Square, said he has
seen a variety of businesses move
onto East Liberty during his time
in the area.
"It's really turned into an
entrepreneurial hub for offices
right there because you have all
the retail amenities and the ben-
efits of being right next to the
University of Michigan campus,
but then you also have a lot of
creative companies that want to
be right next to each other," Grit-
ter said.
Gritter added that McKinley
has been involved in real estate
on East Liberty for the past five
years, and he believes that the
reduced foot traffic caused by
Borders' absence is temporary.
"A lot of retail streets ... go
through transitions," Gritter
said. "Borders, obviously being
a big anchor tenant, I think hurt
some of the smaller users that
aren't as much stand alone (busi-
nesses) or maybe just benefit
from the traffic that comes from
a Borders type of operator in the
Andrea Graef, owner of the
former This & That store, told
The Michigan Daily in October
that the Borders closure resulted
in less patrons for East Liberty
Street stores, which was a factor
in her decision to close her store.
Other reasons for her store's
closing were panhandling in the
area and an increase in competi-

Students enjoy free, healthy food and a relaxed enviornment provided by the Center for Campus Involvement to help
release stress before finals at the Michigan Union yesterday.

From Page 1A
patients in," Holmes said. "And
we had more patients, and we
didn't have enough room."
Several departments con-
tributed to planning the
renovation, including the
Information Technology
Department, as well as inter-
nal and external construction
Steven Kronick, director of
advanced cardiac life support
and associate service chief of
the emergency department,
said hospital staff members
were instrumental in planning
the renovation.
"We included people who
From Page 1A
perspective on what's going on
on-campus or (with) the ath-
letic teams or the art scene," he
said. "And I really want to pro-
vide the campus community
and Ann Arbor our unique per-
spective, and our authoritative
coverage and really empha-
size that, but also continue to
emphasize how we deliver our
content to our readers."
Lichterman said he plans
to focus more on social media,
something that LSA senior
Stephanie Steinberg, the Dai-
ly's current editor in chief,
pushed for during her term.
"I want to take that to the
next level and really encour-
age every staff member to get
a Twitter account, build up an
audience and really become a
brand and make themselves an
authority on their beat, wheth-
er it be reviewing movies or
covering City Council," Lich-
terman said.
Like Lichterman, Busi-
ness School sophomore Ash-
ley Griesshammer and LSA
sophomore Andrew Weiner
were also elected next year's
co-editorial page editors by the
entire Daily staff. Griessham-
mer said she and Weiner plan
to bring increased diversity to
the editorial staff to represent
more viewpoints and make the
opinion page more vibrant.
"To start, we're being a lot
more selective with our col-
umnists and trying to find a
much more diverse group of
people coming from different
schools on campus, different
backgrounds and people that
are going to talk about differ-
ent topics and not have every-
one write about politics every
week," Griesshammer said.
LSA senior Josh Healy, who
was appointed the 2012 man-
aging editor and is the current
copy chief, said increasing staff
diversity is a top priority. He
added that he looks forward to
working with the new class of
"We've got some extremely
strong talent around the paper
right now, so the possibilities in
terms of content and the qual-
ity that we're going to be able to
produce is pretty outstanding,"

Healy said.
Public Policy junior Beth-
any Biron, who is currently a
senior news editor, was elect-
ed managing news editor for

will be working in the space
in every step along the way,
to the point where we mocked
up rooms and got staff into the
space to see where the equip-
ment was, and how they would
interact with the equipment
so that it could be used in the
most efficient way," Kronick
Holmes said this part of the
planning stage allowed staff
to make adjustments as neces-
"We had to do some interim
tweaking when we thought the
turning radius might be too
tight for a stretcher," she said.
According to Holmes, most
of the equipment in the new
space is not new, except for the
addition of higher-end ultra-
sound machines. She explained
the upcoming year. Biron said
one of her top priorities is to
improve communication not
only within the news section
but between all the sections
in order to foster collaborative
"I'm very excited," Biron
said. "I've been on the news
staff since freshman year, and
I've loved every moment of it,
and I can't wait to stick around
next year and see how the news
section progresses and what
we can do to make it better."
The same level of dedica-
tion toward the paper was
expressed by LSA junior Leah
Burgin, a current senior arts
editor and the next managing
arts editor.
"I'm excited, but it also feels
really natural because I love
the Daily, and this is something
I've wanted to do for a while to
give back to the institution,"
Burgin said.
She added that she intends to
revamp the arts section of the
website to cater more toward
readers and to focus on the arts
section's community culture
beat. Like Biron, Burgin said
she intends to work on improv-
ing communication between
arts and the other sections of
the Daily.
LSA junior Stephen Nesbitt
will continue his current posi-
tion as managing sports editor
into the next term. Nesbitt said
the biggest challenge for the
sports section has been striv-
ing to provide quality coverage
across the board for the more
than 25 sports at the University.
Nesbitt said the section has
attracted many new reporters
who have great potential to
cover upcoming spring sports.
"I think we have some real-
ly good young talent that we
want to keep around," he said.
"I'm really excited about the
beat writers we have going
right now. It should be a great
semester with hockey, basket-
ball, women's basketball and
all the spring sports coming
into term."
LSA juniors Jennifer Xu and
Dylan Cinti were appointed co-
editors for the paper's weekly
magazine The Statement. Xu
said she wants to encourage
more of a magazine commu-
nity within the Daily by hold-

ing weekly Statement meetings
and having more in-person
reads between editors and
Cinti said he will push for
stories supported by data avail-

that equipment is replaced
when new models are on the
market, and thus did not need
to be updated because of the
Holmes also said the delayed
opening of the new Mott facil-
ity, originally slated for the
beginning of November, com-
plicated the new facilities'
"When that got delayed it
made things a little hectic, but
we worked through it," she
As the new emergency
department opens today,
Holmes said itmis true that the
new rooms are a little nicer
than the older wings of the
"We have the old shoe
effect," she said.
able through the use of Michi-
gan's Freedom of Information
Act. He said he looks forward
to working with longer and
more investigative stories that
make use of imiiiiedia. --
"I'm really excited for next
year because it's much more of a
visionary position," Cinti said.
"(There is) a lot more potential
for integrating not only news,
but also the visual component
and the graphic component and
making that emerge into some-
thing that's really cool."
Public Policy junior Zach
Bergson was appointed online
editor of the paper. LSA senior
Sarah Squire currently holds
the position under the title of
web development manager.
Bergson will focus on mul-
timedia, further developing
the Daily's website, overseeing
the Daily's blogs and managing
the paper's social media activ-
ity. Bergson said he is excited
to take on the role of online
editor, but also recognizes the
level of innovation that will be
"It is daunting because the
role is so new," Bergson said.
"There are certain things that
I'm required to do, but a lot of
it is just my own initiative. So
for me, it's a lot different than
everyone else's job because I
don't really have a set job."
Art & Design and LSA soph-
omore Arjun Mahanti will be
the managing design editor
next year and Art & Design
sophomore Alden Reiss and
LSA sophomore Erin Kirkland
will be the co-managing photo
editors. Reiss said a big initia-
tive for the photo staff next
year is to redevelop its blog and
Twitter account, which are
currently inactive.
LSA senior Christine Chun
and LSA sophomore Hannah
Poindexter, next semester's co-
copy chiefs,both said theywant
to expand the copy section
by copy editing more stories
from different sections. The
copy section currently reads all
news and Statement content,
as well as some articles in the
opinion and arts sections.
Poindexter described plans
to establish a program centered
on exchanging feedback with
reporters about the changes
the copy section makes to their

stories in order to help them
develop as writers.
-None of the Daily
staffers named in this
report edited this article.

SUSPECT with any crime.
Brown said the case will be
sent to the Washtenaw County
Prosecutor's office to determine
ent, like if they felt the suspect possible charges.The county
posed a "threat to the commu- prosecutor may authorize spe-
nily." But because the suspect is cific charges he believes are war-
an acquaintance of the victim, ranted following the results of
B-fbwn said poife-fhge not yeF-f -imversity IfFfftifestiga-
arrested or charged the suspect tion.
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