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Friday, January 6, 2012 - 3

Chrysler to add
1,250 jobs at two
Detroit factories
Chrysler says it will add 1,250
jobs at two Detroit factories next
The company plans to add
1,100 people at the Jefferson
North factory that assembles
the Jeep Grand Cherokee to help
build a diesel model for North
America next year. The plant
will get a third shift of workers.
Chrysler also will add 150 jobs
by reopening the Conner Avenue
factory to make a Street Racing
Team version of the Dodge Viper
muscle car.
Chrysler has been using gritty
images of Detroit in advertising
that highlights its resurgence
from a 2009 trip through bank-
ruptcy protection.
Bing optimistic
city won't run out
of cash by April
Detroit is no longer at risk
of running out of cash by April
because cost-cutting and other
measures are taking effect,
Mayor Dave Bing said yesterday,
but the city council president
and others do not share Bing's
Bing presented a financial and
operational restructuring plan
update to the council yesterday
afternoon. It highlights cost sav-
ings from 1,000 imminent lay-
offs, overdue payments from the
Detroit Public Schools district
and a corporate tax increase he
says will mitigate a cash short-
The 18-month plan calls for
$102 million in savings through
June and $258 million over the
2013 fiscal year. Auditors had
previously warned Detroit could
run out of money as early as
Gunmen attack
church during
services, five dead
Gunmen attacked a church
in northeast Nigeria during a
prayer service yesterday night,
killing at least five people and
* wounding others in an assault
that occurred amid an increas-
ingly violent campaign by a radi-
cal Muslim sect.
Pastor Johnson Jauro said
the gunfire sprayed the Deep-
er Life Church in Gomabe, the
capital of Gombe state, injuring
several worshippers and kill-
ing his wife and two others. He
spoke at a local hospital, where a
joint team of soldiers and police
officers stood guard. Two other
people later died at the hospital
from their wounds and an Asso-

ciated Press reporter saw their
Local police spokesman
Ahmed Muhammad confirmed
the attack, but declined to say
how many people the gunmen
killed and wounded.
Firefighter missing
after wildfire kills
six, burns two
Shifting winds caused flames
to sweep over a group of firefight-
ers battling wildfires in Chile yes-
terday, killing six of them, badly
burning two and leaving another
A 10th firefighter listed as miss-
ing after his brigade was trapped
in the flames was later found
unhurt, said Gov. Miguel Mellado
of Cautin, a state about 450 miles
(730 kilometers) south of the capi-
tal, Santiago.
Nearly 50 wildfires have sprung
up in southern Chile, destroying
hundreds of houses, forcing the
evacuations of thousands of peo-
ple and causing millions of dol-
lars in damage to the forestry and
tourism industries that fuel the
economy in the country's Patago-
nia region. -Compiled from
Daily wire reports

From Page 1
hesitation of women considering
running for office to a "gender
gap in political recruitment" and
the tendency for women to con-
sider themselves unqualified for a
political position.
"Women are (much) less likely
than men to receive the sugges-
tion to run for political office,"
she said. "Even given the same,
qualifications and credentials,
women are significantly less
likely than men to think they're
qualified. Men factor in their
self-doubts less than women in
running for office."
Once elected though, Lawless
said women have similar fund-
raising and re-election efforts
to their male counterparts. For
women already in office, the dif-
ficulty in maintaining constitu-
ent support has more to do with
From Page 1
would authorize the state to use
$9.8 million of federal funds to
establish a health care exchange.
State Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann
Arbor) said Republicans are mak-
ing the process difficult.
"My Republican House col-
leagues are not willing to include
(the spending provision) in the
bill," Irwin said. "They aren't
interested in carrying through
The proposed plan aims to
create a more accessible form of
health insurance for those who
cannot afford private insurance,
Irwin said.

political and economic issues
than gender.
"Incumbent women do just
as well as incumbent men," she
said. "The fact that some of the
women up for re-election are
vulnerable ... I don't think it's
because of their sex, I think it's
their state."
Stahenow's re-election vul-
nerability is often tied to Michi-
gan's economic difficulties. Matt
Williams, a Stabenow campaign
spokesman, wrote in an e-mail
interview that Stabenow's re-
election campaign will focus
largely on "transforming our
economy to create jobs (and)
standing up for Michigan in a
global economy."
Stabenow was first elected to
the Senate in 2000 and she has
raised more than $5 million for
her re-election effort.
In a November interview with
the Detroit Free Press, Stabenow
said women are a clear minority
If implemented, the bill would
allow for several exchanges with
varying levels of health coverage.
The most extensive plans would
cover up to 60 to 90 percent of
patients' medical costs.
The health care bill could pro-
vide a variety of opportunities for
the 5 percent of University under-
graduate students and 10 percent
of University graduate students
who are currently uninsured,
according to Robert Winfield, the
University's chief health officer
and director of UHS.
The University currently pro-
vides an insurance program for
uninsured students based on age
and need, but the new exchange
program may prove to be more
affordable for students, Winfield

in the Senate and havea different
experience than male senators.
"When I came into the U.S.
Senate in 2000, it was the first
time there were enough women
in the Senate to have a woman
on every committee," Stabenow
told the Free Press. "Now we
have five women chairing com-
mittees. The first challenge is,
having women become part of
the process by running for office.
Then it's about being able to
move up and get clout and have
the power to get things done."
Despite the focus on gender
differences in politics, Law-
less said there is no difference
between what a woman must do
to remain in office and what a
man must do.
"It's about representing his
or her constituency and demon-
strating to voters than he or she
is representing the best interests
of the constituency," Lawless
"We don't know what the
bronze, silver, gold and platinum
(levels of insurance) will look
like for our state, but it may be
less expensive for a student to
buy a good quality policy - gold
or platinum - than to purchase
the policy now offered," Winfield
Winfield added that the legis-
lation is important for all unin-
sured citizens, not just uninsured
University students.
"I believe that having as many
people uninsured in our country
as we have is not justifiable and
anything we can do to address
the problem of the uninsured and
the underinsured is something
I'm in favor of," Winfield said.

From Page 1
sifer said.
"One in six young people
todaybetween the ages of 16 and
24 are disconnected from school
and work and isolated from the
fundamental pathways to suc-
cess," Stonesifersaid.
Stonesifer added that the dis-
connect affects all Americans,
not just young people.
Geni Harclerode, assistant
director of experiential learning
and employer development at
From Page 1
statement read. "We continue
to believe that all of the ben-
efit offerings at the University of
Michigan are in full compliance
with state law."
In November, University
President Mary Sue Coleman
and Provost Philip Hanlon
wrote a letter to every Michi-
gan state senator urging them
to vote against the bill, claiming
removing benefits from domes-
tic partnerships will not be ben-
eficial to the state's economy.
"Fortune 500 companies
nationwide and in the state of
Michigan offer partner benefits:
It is simply good business that
produces an excellent return on
investment," Coleman and Han-
lon wrote in the letter.
The University provides ben-
efits to 570 adults in domestic
partnerships and 48 dependent
children, totaling $3,072 per
person and comprising about 0.7
percent of the University's bud-
University spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald said in an interview
Wednesday that while the Uni-
From Page 1
sprinkling outside, to create an
incentive for customers to pur-
chase ice cream on rainy days.
Ultimately, Seta said all of the
changes are part of an effort to
make Stucchi's more communi-
ty-oriented, like if was when the_
company was founded in Ann
Arbor more than two decades
He added that the State
Street location has not been as
successful as his Dexter store in
building a community feel, and
he plans to improve the stores
visibility in the area.
"Our philosophy is to ingrain
ourselves in the community,"
Seta said.
In addition to the design
changes, the store will offer a
selection of chocolates from the
Gaylord-based Alpine Choco-
late Hans. Smoothie, malt
and shake options will also be
expanded, and Seta hinted that
a coffee line may also soon be
available at the store.
Seta said all the changes will
be exclusive to the State Street

the University's Career Center,
said the National Association
for Colleges and Employers, an
association that seeks to employ
the college educated, makes
similar efforts to assist students
by compiling a list of skills and
traits that the center uses to help
students secure jobs.
"Whatwetypicallysee onthat
list are strong communication
skills, analytical skills, a strong
worth ethic, teamwork skills
and initiative," Harclerode said.
"Those are the top five things we
consistently see ranked in new
internship hires."
versity still opposes the law, it is
in favor of the added clause that
exempts University employees.
"The University certainly
agrees with the governor's anal-
ysis that the law doesn't apply to
University employees," he said.
Fitzgerald added that though
University employees are no lon-
ger at risk for losingbenefits, the
law is still a concern for many
members of the campus com-
Andries Coetzee, associate
professor in the University's
Department of Linguistics, said
he immediately began search-
ing for new jobs when he heard
about the bill, because he is
strongly against its potential
implications on families.
"There are still families that
because of this bill are not get-
ting the protection other fami-
lies get, and that is not fair,"
Coetzee said.
Though University employees
aren't affected by the law, Coe-
tzee said he remains optimis-
tic that the law will be deemed
"As long as the community
stays active, I think we might be
able to defeat things like this in
the future also," he said.
location, adding that the refur-
bished store will be formally
unveiled at a "Grand Re-Open-
ing" in March.
Matthew Arthur, owner of
the neighboring Ben & Jerry's
store, wrote in an e-mail that he
has owned the State Street fran-
chise for six years, and is not
worried that the renovations to
Stiicdhi's will defer dsiomers
from visiting his store.
"We have always kept our
store up to date to keep up with
the times and keep a fresh clean
look," Arthur wrote.
Arthur added that Ben & Jer-
ry's recently received new paint
and more energy-efficient light-
ing. TVs and new artwork will
also be installed in the future,
he wrote.
Regardless of aesthetic and
menu changes, LSA freshman
Chelsea Cole said she has pre-
ferred Stucchi's over Ben &
Jerry's when choosing where
to purchase ice cream on State
"I've never been a big fan
of Ben & Jerry's," she said.
"I'd rather support something
Michigan-based than a huge

Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, center, smiles after being sworn in by Governor General Patrick Allen,
right, at King's House in Kingston, Jamaica, yesterday.
Miller sworn in as Jamaican
prime minister for second term

prime minister to
distance Jamaica
from Queen
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP)
- Portia Simpson Miller was
sworn in for the second time
as Jamaica's prime minister
yesterday, pledging to ease its
deep poverty, boost the sput-
tering economy, heal political
divisions and sever colonial-era
links with Britain.
Simpson Miller, whose
1 -year-long first stint in office
ended in 2007, took the oath of
office before roughly 10,000
guests on the grounds of the
rambling, colonial-style man-
sion that is the official residence
of the governor-general.
The 66-year-old politician
scored a dramatic victory in
last week's national elections,
leading her slightly left-lean-
ing People's National Party to
a 2-to-1 margin in Parliament
over the center-right Jamaica
Labor Party. Her opposition
faction won a dominating 42
seats in the 63-seat legislature,
leaving the incumbent party
with 21.
The plainspoken, charismatic
Simpson Miller, this Caribbean
island's first female prime min-
ister, takes over from Andrew
Holness, a 39-year-old Labor
lawmaker who was leader for
just over two months.
"After being tested and tem-
pered, I stand before you today
a stronger and better person
prepared to be of service to my
country and people," Simpson
Miller said at the start of a spir-
ited 45-minute speech.
She said her government

intends to abandon the British
monarch as Jamaica's official
head of state, and instead adopt
a republican form of govern-
ment. Jamaica declared inde-
pendence from Britain in 1962
but remains within the Com-
monwealth and has Queen Eliz-
abeth II as head of state.
"I love the queen; she is
a beautiful lady," Simpson
Miller quipped, before speak-
ing to the audience in Jamai-
can patois: "But I think time
Simpson Miller also said
she will replace the Privy
Council in London with the
Trinidad-based Caribbean
Court of Justice as Jamaica's
highest court of appeal. She
said this will "end judicial
surveillance from London."
She vowed her government
will "ease the burdens and the
pressues of increasing pover-
ty, joblessness and deteriorat-
ing standards of living" while
also pursuing a tight fiscal
policy and forging strong
partnerships with the private
sector and international part-
ners such as the International
Monetary Fund.
"My administration will
work tirelessly that while
we try to balance the books
we balance people's lives as
well," Simpson Miller said.
Jamaica is a cash-strapped
island with a punishing debt
of roughly $18.6 billion, or
130 percent of gross domestic
In the short- and medium-
term, the prime minister said
her administration will use
"state resources" to stimu-
late jobs through the Jamaica
Emergency Employment Pro-
gram, a centerpiece of her
party's campaign manifesto.

Her People's National Party
said it will try to renegotiate
roughly 25 percent of a troubled
$400 million road program
financed by China in order to
transfer some of the money to
the emergency employment
program as a way to kickstart
the economy.

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