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Snyder to deliver
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder
will present his budget proposal
on Feb. 9, a spokesman for state
budget director John Nixon told
the Associated Press yesterday.
Kurt Weiss said the Republi-
can governor again will make the
budget presentation himself, as
he did last year, with Nixon aid-
ing in the presentation. A location
and other details still are being
The 2012-13 budget proposal
covers the fiscal year that starts
Oct.1 and will be closely watched
to see if additional money is put
into areas that were cut in the
current budget. Critics say the
governor's first budget took too
much from public schools, uni-
versities, local governments and
social services. The current bud-
get also ended many tax breaks
for individuals and specific busi-
nesses while lowering business
Police stations to
begin closing early
9 Fighting crime is a 24-hour job,
but Detroit police stations will be
sticking to business hours.
The department is rolling out
a plan to close precincts and dis-
trict headquarters to the public
after 4 p.m. It's an effort to put
more officers on patrol, especially
in the most besieged neighbor-
hoods, without adding to the
city's $200 million budget deficit.
The policy took effect this
week in an especially tough area
on the city's east side. Over the
next month, the practice will
spread to the six other stations.
At the first precinct to adopt
the new system, Michael Morris
stopped by to make al accident
report. He said he would reserve
"Let's see the response time
on the street," Morris said. Then
he'll be able to say if it's working.
Amish men jailed
over safety laws
A group of Amish men were
sent to jail in western Kentucky
yesterday for refusing to pay fines
for breaking a state highway law
that requires their horse-drawn
buggies to be marked with orange
The men have areligious objec-
tion to the bright orange signs,
which they say are flashy and
conflict with their pledge to live
low-key and religious lives.
Ananias Byler, the first of 10
Amish men who appeared in
Graves County District Court
yesterday, was sentenced to 10
days in jail. The men were jailed
for being found in contempt of
court for refusing to pay fines.
Byler told Judge Deborah Crooks
Thursday that he would not pay
0 the $489he owes.
"I totally understand your
objection," the judge told Byler.
"But you're in violation, and it's
not up to me to change the law. It
doesn't really matter what I think
about any of this."
Iran to discuss
A seniqr U.N. nuclear agency
team will visit Tehran on Jan. 28
with Iran saying it is ready after
years of refusal to discuss allega-
tions that it was involved in secret
nuclear weapons work, diplomats'
Diplomats have previously said
that International Atomic Energy
Agency officials were discuss-
ing such a trip with their Iranian
counterparts. But before the dip-
lomats' comments yesterday, no
date - or indication that Iran was
ready to talk about the allegations
- had been mentioned.
Any follow-through on the part
of Iran on its reported pledge to
discuss nuclear arms suspicions
would be significant.
Daily wire reports
BTB Burrito employee Liz Hawk explains how to use a Flock card to a customer yesterday.
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be adopting the program in the
Lin said Bubble Island pre-
viously used a paper stamp
card that allowed customers to
receive a free drink after buy-
ing five beverages, but received
complaints about the inconve-
nience of a paper card. He esti-
mated that currently about 40
percent of Bubble Island cus-
tomers are using Flock Tag.
"Over the years you hear
people complaining about los-
ing their stamp card, or hav-
ing too many in their pocket, or
taking too much time to find it,
so it was the starting point," he
Customers who get a Flock
Tag can register the card in
the store, and if the card is lost
they can get a new one and still
retain their past purchases and
information, Lin said.
"(Flock Tag) just helps peo-
ple to never lose their stamps
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ican community has been
integral in developing a policy
The 74-page policy, pub-
lished on the University's
research website, details the
steps claimants must take to
claim remains and funerary
objects found on their native
land. Forrest said there have
been claims placed on all
objects in the University col-
The current members of the
Native American Student Asso-
ciation worked to increase com-
munication with the University
while the decisions about the
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ger companies, we allow these
smaller ones to compete compet-
itively for University of Michi-
gan students," McKerr said.
McKerr added that students
who are employed as a result of
the fair typically benefit signifi-
cantly from their job experience
with the company.
"It's really cool for students,"
McKerr said. "They get to take a
lot of ownership in the projects
that they are working on with
the company and get to enhance
Though the fair attempts to
connect University students
with local start-up companies,
recruiters from outside the state
were also present. Tyler Ste-
her, vice president of marketing
for DeQue Systems, a software
company based in Virgina, said"
he hopes to recrit passionate
again," Lin said. "We can ing for a long time for some
recover their data if they lose kind of loyalty card and we
the card ... and it just makes life had just never found anything
easier." that worked exactly the way
He added that while devel- we wanted to," Hegwood said.
oping the program, he realized "We thought that (Flock Tag)
there were many other local was really cool and innovative
restaurants and cafes in Ann and something that offered a
Arbor that might also be open chance for us to give back to our
to the Flock Tag program. customers."
"We discovered a lot of other Hegwood added that the
businesses could use this too," progam was great for under-
Lin said. "If anything, it would standing the preferences of
just really help the small busi- their customers and for cross-
ness community out by helping marketing with Bubble Island
us work together better." and Espresso Royale.
Brent Hegwood, general Lin said he hopes to expand
manager of BTB Burrito on the program beyond Ann
State Street and BTB Can- Arbor in the future, especially
tina, said he thought Flock because both Bubble Island and
Tags was a great idea when Espresso Royale have satellite
Lin approached him about col- locations in East Lansing.
laborating with the program. In addition to being more
BTB officially implemented the convenient, LSA sophomore
program in December, and cus- Katrina Bixby she is pleased
tomers can get a free item cost- that they would also help the
ingsix dollars or less when they environment by reducing the
collect ten "tags" worth at least use of paper cards.
five dollars on their Flock Tag. "It's good that they made the
"We had been getting card electronic so they wouldn't
requests from customers ask- have to waste paper," she said.
remains were being made.' monitoring the remains in
"We are very happy to see a protected space until the
(the Committee on Cultur- claims are filed, Forrest said,
ally Unidentifiable Human adding he is glad the policy has
Remains') recent progress in been finalized.
changing University of Michi- "I'm very relieved to have a
gan Museum practices during clear, articulated policy that
this process and hope to see provides a very clear and-- I
further committed efforts," think - community-sensitive
Public Policy junior Forrest path to returning the various
Cox, NASA external co-chair, human remains and associated
said in a statement yesterday. funerary objects," he said.
In the past NASA protested Forrest said he believes the
against the University and policy will be beneficial to
was vocal about its concerns University research associated
regarding the handling of with Native Americans, and
the remains. Recently, NASA to the further development of
has refrained from protest- related research.
ing because it felt the decision "We have a better under-
about the remains was beyond standing and, I hope, relation-
student influence. ship with the Native American
A specialist is currently community now."
and technologically qualified this is student-run," Affloter-
University students. Caine said. "This is more well-
"Michigan is a great school," run than many of the other
Steber said. "We are very excit- career fairs we've been to."
ed about starting a new office Engineering graduate stu-
(in Ann Arbor) and bringing the dent Bo Zhu, who said he's
people from the University to attended all five MPowered
work for our small business." Career Fairs since he started as
Britany Affolter-Caine, an undergraduate student at the
director for talent enhancement University, said he believes the
at Ann Arbor SPARK, a local event has evolved over the past
economic development agency, five years.
said the company is looking to "They really transformed it
increase the number of students into something different," Zhu
with degrees in engineering and said. "I remember it was on the
technology-based majors who Diag with 15 companies and
work for the company. four tents. Now, they turned it
"We have more than 100 soft- into covering the entire Pier-
ware companies in Washtenaw pont and Duderstadt."
(County) alone," Affolter-Caine Engineering senior Justine
said. "But they all say, 'Where Lazo said she likes the unique
are all the software engineers or atmosphere the career fair pro-
people from the School of Infor- vides.
mation?"' "I get more of a one-on-one
Affolter-Caine added she was chance with the CEOs," Lazo
impressed the event was entire- said. "There isn't as long of a
ly planned by students. line, so you could actuallytalk to
"It's amazing, I can't believe recruiters and not feel rushed."
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