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NEWS BRIEFS
LANSING
Snyder allocates
funds to train
more troopers
Gov. Rick Snyder has signed
a supplemental budget bill that
includes money to train more
state troopers and fight crime.
The measure includes $6.8 mil-
lion to start a new Michigan State
Police trooper recruit school in
June. The state plans to start with
132 candidates and aims to gradu-
ate 110 new troopers in October.
Also included in the bill signed
yesterday is $3 million to help the
city of Flint deal with a jail bed
shortage by obtaining jail space
* from other counties.
To help in high crime areas of
the state, the measure sets aside
$1.5 million to provide additional
police assistance and $900,000
for additional prosecutorial ser-
vices.
ORLANDO ,Fla.
Anthony civil case
will go to trial
early next year
A Florida judge says a defama-
tion lawsuit filed against Casey
Anthony can go to trial early next
year.
Judge Lisa Munyon released
her ruling yesterday. Zenaida
Fernandez-Gonzalez claims she
was damaged by Anthony telling
detectives that ababysitter bythe
same name kidnapped Anthony's
2-year-old daughter Caylee.
The detectives were investigat-
ing the 2008 disappearance of the
girl, who later was found dead.
Last year, Anthony was acquitted
of Caylee's murder.
Anthony's attorney said details
offered by Anthony did not match
Fernandez-Gonzalez and clearly
showed Anthony wasn't talking
about her. Gonzalez's attorneys
say she still was damaged as the
only person with that name inter-
viewed by investigators.
MOSCOW
Russia to spend
$1 billion on new
cosmodrome
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
said yesterday his nation will
* spend about $1 billion this year
alone to build a new space launch
pad in the far east that should
ease the Russian space program's
reliance on ex-Soviet neighbor
Kazakhstan.
Putin told government officials
in televised remarks yesterday
that the first rocket launch from
the Vostochny cosmodrome is
set to be conducted by 2015, and
in 2018 it should launch a first
manned mission.
Officials have put the total cost
of the project at about $10 billion.
Putin said Russia will continue

to use the Soviet-built Baikonur
launch pad it leases from Kazakh-
stan, but added that a new launch
facility of its own is needed to
secure the national space pro-
gram's independence.
ROME
Italian party
expels official in
funds scandal
The Northern League, an
anti-immigrant, anti-corruption
movement in Italy, expelled from
its ranks yesterday a top Senate
official implicated in an investiga-
tion of suspected embezzlement of
party funds.
A League statement yesterday
said Rosy Mauro, vice president of
the Italian Senate, had repeatedly
rebuffed pleas to resign his par-
liamentary post, including from
party founder Umberto Bossi. The
League's leadership then ordered
her expulsion from the party.
Mauro has insisted she will clear
her name.
Bossi himself quit last week as
secretary, the League's top post,
after denying using party funds
for personal use. His support had
kept media mogul Silvio Berlusco-
ni in power in three governments.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

MAIZE DAY
From Page 1
of the night. In his address, he
reflected on the importance of
celebrating the University com-
munity.
"We talk about how great
Michigan is, but we never stop as
a community to reflect on what
we do," Watson said. "Having a
forum to celebrate students is a
great thing, and I hope it's a tra-
dition that carries on."
Amid all of the maize-clad
attendees, four daring Wolver-
ines decided to showcase their
school spirit in banana costumes,
drawing a significant amount of
attention.
"As graduating /seniors, it's
important to show our spirit,"
Avery Robinson, LSA senior and
banana enthusiast, said. "And
we're so 'a-peeling."'
Tandem bike in tow, Taylor
Lewan, the Michigan football
team's left tackle, took to the
stage to announce the many
accolades of the University's
varsity sports teams, highlight-
ing the football team's Sugar
Bowl victory.
"I don't know if you guys were
there or not, but I was," Lewan
told the applauding crowd. "I'm
a Sugar Bowl champion, and
that's awesome."
Nick Willis, 2008 Olympic sil-
ver medalist in the 1500 meter
run and University alum, also
made a special appearance at
the event and spoke about the
University's continued excel-
lence.
"When I was here, there was
only one Mexican restaurant,"
Willis joked. "But what hasn't

changed here is the reputation
of excellence."
As a native New Zealander,
Willis noted that he will always
be proud of being a University
alum.
"I'm from another country
over there on the other side of
the world, but I'm still a Wolver-
ine," Willis said.
Other campus leaders gave
speeches espousing the many
accomplishments of the Uni-
versity's multicultural affairs,
Greek Life system, performance
arts community and Engineer-
ing program. The marching
band also made an appearance
to lead the crowd in "The Vic-
tors."
At the end the evening, Direc-
tor of Athletic Counseling Greg
Harden spoke about the bond
he's made with the University
and its students over the years.
"I love Michigan," Harden
said. "I love what it stands for.
I love the fact that it had a pro-
found impact on my life."
Harden encouraged stu-
dents to attend as many sport-
ing events, beyond just men's
football, basketball and hockey
games, as possible during their
collegiate years.
"I need you to experience
Michigan and get out of your
comfort zone," he said. "You
need to make sure you don't
waste your time ... I need you to
live life to the fullest."
As the night came to its con-
clusion, Baker said the evening's
events exceeded her expecta-
tions.
"I would have loved to see
more people," Baker said as
the crowd dispersed. "But that
comes with more time."

International envoy Kofi Annan, left, gestures during his meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on the
Iranian island of Qeshm, Wednesday.
Annan calls for U.N. team to
be quickly deployed to Syria

Unarmed cease-fire, ahead of the deploy-
ment of a larger monitoring
observers would mission. South Africa's U.N.
Ambassador Baso Sangqu said
monitor cease-fire discussions on the text of a
U.N. resolution authorizing
UNITED NATIONS (AP) the deployment would begin
- International envoy Kofi yesterday afternoon, and dip-
Annan told the U.N. Secu- lomats said it could be adopted
rity Council yesterday he was as early as today.
"encouraged" at the start of a The draft resolution,
fragile cease-fire in Syria but obtained by The Associated
said the government failed to Press, would authorize an
keep its pledge to withdraw advance element of up to 30
troops and heavy weapons unarmed military observers
from cities and towns. and demand that the govern-
U.S. Ambassador Susan ment ensure their "full and
Rice, the current council presi- unimpeded freedom of move-
dent, said Annan urged council ment throughout Syria" and
members to demand that Syr- guarantee the mission's abil-
ian President Bashar Assad ity to interview any individual
order his troops back to bar- "freely or in private."
racks. U.N. Secretary-General
She quoted Annan as say- Ban Ki-moon cautioned that a
ing in his video briefing to the single gunshot could derail the
council that "troops and heavy fragile peace that started at 6
weapons remain in population a.m. Damascus time. He urged
centers." both sides to refrain from prov-
Annan asked the Security ocation.
Council to quickly authorize "It may be broken any time,"
the deployment of an advance Ban said. "If and when there is
U.N. team to monitor the another gunshot, even a small

gunshot may give both sides
the pretext to engage in anoth-
er fighting. This is a very wor-
risome."
Both Ban and Rice said the
onus was on Syria to maintain
peace.
"Its track record up until
today has been dismal," Rice
said. "We hope, but we clearly
remain cautious in our assess-
ment, that today becomes the
start of a new way forward.
But I think, frankly, we have a
year's worth of evidence that
leads us all to enormous skep-
ticism."
The Assad regime has been
using force to put down a civil-
ian uprising for more than a
year, and at least 9,000 people
have died, according to U.N.
estimates.
Syria's U.N. Ambassador
Bashar Ja'afari reiterated to
reporters that his government
is committed to the success of
Annan's mission and insisted
that "we have already com-
plied" with the requirement in
his six-point peace plan to pull
back troops and equipment.

North Korea lauches
coastal rocket despite
international warnings

Two Coast Guard members shot
and killed while working at base

Victims found
at their work
areas, no suspect
identified
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP)
- Two Coast Guard members
were fatally shot yesterday at a
communications station on an
island off Alaska in what offi-
cials said appeared to be a dou-
ble homicide. They said they
have yet to identify a suspect.
The victims were found at
their work areas inside the
Kodiak Island station early
yesterday by another Coast
Guard member, spokeswoman
Sara Francis said.
While the roughly 60 enlist-
ed personnel and civilians
working at the station had been
accounted for, Francis said,
officials believe a third person
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was involved in the shooting.
The base, about 8 miles
from the island's largest city of
Kodiak, and an adjacent school
were on lockdown. Officials
called on the city's 6,300 or so
residents to remain calm and
vigilant.
Francis said added security
was in place at the base and the
school. She declined to provide
specifics.
The station listens for radio
transmissions from mariners
and aircraft, Petty Officer
Charly Hengen said. The staff
is responsible for relaying dis-
tress calls to other Coast Guard
stations and offices.
The station has "secure
front doors," Hengen said,
and requires staff and visitors
to show identification. Fran-
cis said visitors and those not
actually working at the station
are usually provided escorts.
The Coast Guard said the

victims' identities would be
released after family members
were notified.
The FBI said agents were
headed to Kodiak from Anchor-
age, about 250 miles away.
Rear Adm. Thomas Oste-
bo, the commander of Coast
Guard operations in Alaska,
was in New London, Conn.,
for a conference at the Coast
Guard Academy but left ahead
of schedule.
Ostebo could not be reached
for comment, according to
academy spokesman David
Santos.
The shooting occurred almost
11years afteranother fatal shoot-
inginvolvingthe CoastGuard on
another Alaska island, St. Paul
Island, which is about 660 miles
west of the city of Kodiak.
A man killed a Coast Guard
officer whom he believed
was having an affair with his
estranged wife.

Missile failed
during ascent,
no impact on Japan
PYONGYANG, North Korea
(AP) - North Korea fired a long-
range rocket early today South
Korean and U.S. officials said,
defying international warnings
against moving forward with a
launch widely seen as a provoca-
tion.
Liftoff took place at7:39 a.m.
from the west coast launch pad
in the hamlet of Tongchang-ri,
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of
Staff in Seoul said, citing South
Korean and U.S. intelligence.
However, the launch may
have failed, U.S. officials said in
Washington. South Korean offi-
cials said they could not confirm
that.
Japan's Defense Minister
Naiki Tanaka said, "We have
confirmed that a certain flying
object has been launched and
fell after flying for just over a
minute." He did not say what
exactly was launched.
He said there was no impact
on Japanese territory from the
launch.
In Pyongyang, there was no
word about a launch, and state
television was broadcasting
video for popular folk tunes.
North Korean officials said they
would make an announcement
about the launch "soon."
North Korea had earlier
announced it would send a
three-stage rocket mounted
with a satellite as part of cel-

ebrations honoring national
founder Kim Il Sung, whose
100th birthdayis being celebrat-
ed Sunday.
Space officials say the rocket
is meant to send a satellite into
orbit to study crops and weather
patterns - its third bid to launch
a satellite since 1998.
The United States, Britain,
Japan and others, however, have
called such a launch a violation
of U.N. resolutions prohibiting
North Korea from nuclear and
ballistic missile activity.
Experts say the Unha-3 carri-
er is the same type of rocket that
would be used to launch a long-
range missile aimed at the U.S.
and other targets. North Korea
has tested two atomic devices
but is not believed to have mas-
tered the technology needed to
mount a nuclear warhead on a
long-range missile.
Secretary of State Hillary
Rodham Clinton has warned
that the launch would be a
direct threat to regional securi-
ty and said the U.S. would pur-
sue "appropriate action" at the
U.N. Security Council if North
Korea goes ahead with it.
According to projections, the
first stage of the rocket is due to
fall into the ocean off the west-
ern coast of South Korea, while
the second stage of the rocket
was due to fall into waters off
the eastern coast of the Philip-
pine island of Luzon.
North Korean space officials
have dismissed assertions that
the launch is a cover for devel-
oping missile technology as
"nonsense."of Kodiak.

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