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Friday, January 6, 2012

BLOOMINGTON BLUES

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FEDERAL INITIATIVE
Program to
help youth
acquire jobs

Pr
al

ADAM GLANZMAN/Daily
Sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a team-high 19 points against Indiana last night, but struggled from the perimeter, going 0-for-7 from 3-point range in
Michigan's 73-71 loss. For full coverage see page 8.
LEGAL DISPUTE
AC U files suit in response
to ban on partner benefits

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Solis said more than 367,000
nnounces $1.5 young people found summerjob
opportunities in 2009 and 2010
billion plan with help of the 2009 American
Reinvestment and RecoverAy Act.
By ALEXANDRA As Recovery Act funds co: irsue
MONDALEK to deplete, Solis said then6 .pro-
Daily StaffReporter gram will urge employers across
the country to participate and
the Obama administra- hire Americans between the ages
ontinues to try to increase of 16 and 24.
yment nationwide, the "A number of major corpora-
House announced plans tions like Jamba Juice, UP and
this week to include Wells Fargo have signed' on,"
ca's youth in the efforts Solis said. "They have provided
the $1.5 billion Summer thousands of summer joboppor-
initiative that aims to cre- tunities for our young people."
0,000 jobs for low-income In addition to major corpora-
by the beginning of sum- tions, various nonprofit organi-
zations, like the United Way, will
nerica's young people face take a role in the effort to stimu-
I unemployment ..." Presi- late youth employment and help
Barack Obama said in a build a generation well-equipped
House press release yes- to handle the challenges of the
. "... We're launching the workforce.
er Jobs+ initiative, a joint Stonesifer said that in der
ive that challenges busi- to increase efficiency of the pro-
eaders and communities to gram and establish an "all hands
ny Administration in pro- on deck" mentality, the Obama
hundreds of thousands administration plans to hear
mmer jobs for America's input from both young people
and their employers.
or Secretary Hilda Solis The U.S. Bureau of Labor Sta-
atty Stonesifer, chair of the tistics reported in August that
House Council for Com- youth employment rose from 1.7
y Solutions, discussed the million to 18.6 million for peo-
er Jobs+ initiative - a col- ple between the ages of 16 to 24
tive effortbetweenvarious between April and July. While
nment agencies and private these numbers are encouraging,
. businesses to boost job more assistance is needed, Stone-
ects for American youth in See JOBS, Page 3

Group claims
state law enacted
last month is
unconstitutional
By ANNA ROZENBERG
Daily StaffReporter
The American Civil Liberties
Union of Michigan filed a law-
suit in federal court in Detroit
yesterday challenging the con-

stitutionality of a law Republi-
can Gov. Rick Snyder signed into
law last month that prevents
public employees from receiving
domestic partner benefits.
The ACLU filed the suit on
behalf of four couples in domes-
tic partnerships. Still, after he
signed the bill, Snyder said pub-
lic university employees would
be exempt from the ban. While
some University officials agree
the legislation should be over-
turned, they expressed relief
that domestic partner benefits

can still be offered to University
employees.
In a press conference in
Detroit today, Michael Stein-
berg, legal director of the ACLU
of Michigan, said the only aim of
the legislation is to take rights
away from LGBTQ couples in
the state, the Detroit Free Press
reported.
"This law was designed with
one purpose in mind and that
was to strip away health insur-
ance coverage from same-sex
couples," Steinberg said.

In a statement on Dec. 22 fol-
lowing the passing of the bill,
the University said while it still
didn'tbelieve inthe implications
of the bill for state employees, it
was pleased with the amend-
ment protecting University fac-
ulty.
"While we strongly urged a
veto of (the bill), we emphati-
cally agree with the governor's
analysis that the provisions of
the law do not apply to state
university employees," the
See BENEFITS, Page 3

ELECTION 2012
Female incumbents may
not make gains in Senate

Seven women women may not make electoral
gains.
senators running women
are likely
for re-election to continue
to be a sig-
By HALEY GLATTHORN nificant
Daily News Editor minority in
the United
Though Sen. Debbie Stabenow States Sen-
(D-Mich.) is one of a record seven ate due to
women running for re-election in few women challengers running
the Senate this fall, an expert says for office and the vulnerability of

some incumbents.
"I wouldn't be surprised if this
was not the year of the woman,"
Jennifer Lawless, director of
the Women & Politics Institute
at American University, said.
"Women are less likely to run for
office in the first place. We (also)
don't know how many women
are going to choose to run for re-
election."
Lawless said she attributes the
See SENATE, Page 3

FEDERAL POLICY
State House Republicans oppose bill
to fund federal health care exchanges

AUsTENN UFFORo/Daily
A young passerby admires the new mural at Stucchi's on South State Street, which is part of renovations at the store.
New Stucchi's owner
appeals to community

Legislation would
approve use of
$9.8 million
By KATIE BURKE
Daily StaffReporter
For students in search of
a new health insurance pro-
gram, recently announced fed-

eral guidelines may provide them
with new options come 2014.
In a historic decision, the
Obama administration gave
states increased discretion in set-
ting health care coverage levels
for regulated marketplaces. and'
determining benefit programs as
outlined in the Affordable Care
Act passed last March, which
goes into effect in 2014, and could
provide increased opportuni-

ties for those seeking health care
insurance.
Since the action was
announced on Dec. 16, state gov-
ernments around the nation have
been determining how to best
implement the policy. In Michi-
gan, Republican members of
the state House of Representa-
tives stopped a bill supported by
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder that.
See HEALTH CARE, Page 3

New food options,
renovations to
enhance store
By CHELSEA LANDRY
Daily StaffReporter
A new year and a new owner
will bring a fresh look to Stuc-
chi's on South State Street.

Local businessman Jim Seta
bought the Stucchi's location
last month. Seta, who also owns
the Dexter Stucchi's, said while
"renovate is a strong word," big
changes are taking place at the
shop to encourage community
building including alterations to
the store's interior and the intro-
duction of new products.
Seta said he felt the old inte-
rior of the store "wasn't as wel-

coming as it should be," and the
remodeling plan aims to include
an Ann Arbor-themed mural
near the front of the store and
chalkboards for customers to
draw on.
Another addition is a multi-
colored sprinkle bar for cus-
tomers to enhance their ice
cream treats. Seta added that
the sprinkle bar is free when it's
See STUCCHI'S, Page 3

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