The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 5A
The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 5A
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and the Michigan Education
Association, presented enough
evidence to rule against throw-
ing out the case. Both sides will
now prepare for testimonies in
the coming weeks.
Dan Korobkin, a staff attor-
ney for ACLU of Michigan, said
the aim of the suit was not to
challenge the substance of right
to work - which limits unions'
rights to organize within work-
places - but rather to challenge
the "undemocratic and illegal
process that was used to enact
The Open Meeting Act aims
"to protect your right to know
what's going on in government
by opening to full public view the
processes by which elected and
nonelected officials make deci-
sions on your behalf," according
to the legislation.
When right to work was passed
in December amid contention,
the Capitol Building in Lan-
sing was closed to the public for
safety reasons due to overcrowd-
ing, and there were reports that
legislative staffers occupied the
viewing gallery usually reserved
for the public. At the hearing,
Collette questioned Assistant
Attorney General Michelle Brya
about the building's closure to
the public and why legislative
staffers filled the public gallery.
Brya said the claimswere "inac-
curate," though Collette said it
was still "suspicious" and worth
debating as part of the lawsuit,
the Dfetroit Free Press reported.
Yearout declined to comment on
the viewing gallery issue.
Korobkin said the ACLU has
evidence to dispute the claim
that the Capitol was closed for
"We have photos and videos
showing (the Capitol) was prac-
tically empty by 1 p.m.," Korob-
kin said. "So the idea that people
couldn't come inside because it
was too crowded is just not true."
Yearout said the Michigan
state police had to take some
steps that day to ensure the
health and safety of everyone
in the building. She added that
open meeting laws were not
violated, since all legislative
activities were broadcast live
on Michigan government televi-
sion and on the Internet, and the
media was present to report on
"Everything was out in the
open," Yearout said. "This did
not occur in the shadows. Every-
one had a full understanding of
what was going on."
bribes in NYC
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believes the organization shows
anyone can make an impact
through hard work and creativ-
"I'm passionate not only about
girls in developing countries, but
girls here (as well), and convinc-
ing them that philanthropy and
giving back is really important,"
Though the club's signature
fundraising event is a tie-dye
cupcake bake sale, members can
take on other activities to raise
money. Rich, for example, is run-
ning a half marathon where any
sponsored money she receives
will be donated to the organiza-
tion. An upcoming gala will also
raise funds for the group.
In addition, both women will
continue to work on their indi-
vidual commitments in the com-
ing year. O'Connor works with
local girls to create beaded jew-
elry made out of recycled maga-
zines, a practice with roots in
Uganda. Rich is hosting a Read-
A-Thon next school year for local
girls. The raised money will be
used to sponsor another girl
"I wanted to think outside the
box and have a different pur-
pose," Rich said.
And while O'Connor and Rich
already have a full plate, they said
one of the best things about the
CGIU weekend is the opportunity
to meet new people and get a dif-
"Just knowing that projects
have been started at this confer-
ence will hopefully inspire us
to think more and want more,"
O'Connor's sister recently
started a chapter at Michigan
State University and bases much
of what MSU's chapter does on
events that have worked in Ann
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around in 2008, but the perfor-
mance was pushed back until
2013withan anniversaryin mind.
"We decided we should just
wait until the centennial, since
the first part (of the trilogy) was
written in 1913," Kiesler said.
"The Oresteian Trilogy" con-
tains particular significance to
the University because of the
composer Milhaud's connection
with former Composition Prof.
Bolcom, who worked for the
University from 1973 to 2008, is
a world-renowned and Pulitzer
Prize-winning composer. Bol-
com studied with Milhaud in the
1950s, and it was because of Bol-
com's connection that the piece
Milhaud's three-piece opera is
based on the plays by Aeschylus
and tells the story of murder and
revenge of the Greek royal fam-
ily of Argos. In the narrative, the
mother kills her husband and
then the son kills his mother to
avenge his father's death. The
son ends up on trial for murder
but eventually walks free, with
the jury deciding that he was
merely defendinghis dead father.
Despite the story being an old
one, Kiesler insisted that themes
like class conflicts, power, gen-
der conflicts and jealousy still
ring true today.
But more important than
those themes is the trial that
"It was the first trial ever,"
Kiesler said. "Before this, justice
was just revenge, an eye for an
eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But
at the end of the story, Athena
says to stop the revenge and that
they are going to have a trial and
an impartial jury to decide. She
lays out the rules for how a jury
With an intense plot and com-
plex music, the task of direct-
ing Milhaud's piece would seem
like a daunting feat, but Case
has full confidence in Kiesler's
"He's one of the most incredi-
ble musicians I know," Case said.
"Music just comes out of him."
"Everyone's been working
really hard. In the end, we will
have an extraordinary perfor-
mance," Kiesler said.
U.S. Attorney as a wealthy real estate devel-
oper, Smith agreed to bribe up to
arrested for five leaders of Republican Party
ayoralr lot county committees in the five
y ra ce Plot boroughs of New York City so he
could run for mayor as a Repub-
EW YORK (AP) - For the lican.
ically ambitious, running Bharara said $80,000 in
Republican is sometimes cash was promised or paid to
best way a Democrat can Bronx County Republican Party
ase his electoral odds in Chairman Joseph Savino, 45,
York City's crowded may- and to Tabone, 46, vice chair-
race. Now, a federal prose- man of the Queens County
r says one Democratic state Republican Party. They were
naker went too far by offer- both arrested Tuesday.
SOP bosses bribes in order Tabone is a lawyer for Catsi-
t on their ballot. matidis' Red Apple Group,
S. Attorney Preet Bharara which owns the Gristedes
Tuesday that Malcolm supermarket chain and other
h, who has served at times businesses, and Tabone has
he state Senate's major- been a consultant to Catsima-
nd minority leader since tidis' campaign. Campaign
ming a senator in March finance records show Tabone
, was arrested along with had been paid $3,000 so far.
blican New York City Catsimatidis said the arrests
icilman Dan Halloran and "point to a culture of corrup-
other political figures. tion that permeates our city
arara said Smith "tried to and state, corruption fueled by
his way to a shot at Gracie career politicians who put per-
sion," the official mayor's sonal advancement before public
ence. "Smith drew up the service."
plan and Councilman Hal- Smith was removed Tues-
essentially quarterbacked day from his leadership post in
drive by finding party chair- Albany. He had not yet officially
who were wide open to launched a campaign for mayor
vingbribes," he said. - the first New York City may-
umpaigningas a Republican oral race in 12 years without
e mayoral race is an attrac- Bloomberg.
sath for candidates because Smith said in a statement that
easier to get on the GOP he'll be vindicated. His lawyer,
ary ballot. The tactic was Gerald L. Shargel, said his client
larized by Mayor Michael denies wrongdoing.
mberg, who switched from "Malcolm Smith is a dedi-
Democratic to Republi- cated public servant who has
parties shortly before his served both the state of New
successful run for mayor York and his constituents in an
01. At least three current exemplary fashion," Shargel
idates for mayor switched said. "He steadfastly denies the
party affiliation to get on allegations that are contained in
OP ballot. the complaint."
v. Andrew Cuomo, speak- Outside federal court in White
'uesday at an event in Buf- Plains, N.Y., Shargel said the alle-
called the arrests "very, gations in the criminal complaint
troubling." "do nottell the fullstory."
Te have zero tolerance The government said Hal-
ny violation of the public loran, 42, told the undercover
rity and the public trust," agent that he wanted to get his
Cuomo, a Democrat. "mortgage situation resolved"
w York Republican Chair- and to be named deputy police
Ed Cox said the arrests commissioner if Smith were
"deeply concerning." elected mayor.
he integrity of the elector- Halloran's attorney, Dennis
ocess for the voters of New Ring, said: "The councilman
City must be preserved," denies all allegations and looks
aid in a statement. forward to clearing his name
e of the men arrested, and returning to court."
ent Tabone, worked as a On Tuesday evening, Hallor-
er and campaign consul- anwas stripped ofhis committee
for mayoral candidate John assignments and money-allocat-
matidis, and the billionaire ing authority inthe City Council.
essman responded that the The Queens Republican Party
dal points to "a culture of said in a statement the chairman
iption" in the city and state. has asked Tabone to resign from
tsimatidis' campaign said his position, pending the out-
ne has been suspended come of legal proceedings.
the business and his asso- Representatives for Savino
in with the campaign has and Tabone did not immediately
terminated. respond to requests for com-
arara called the alleged ment.
an "unappetizing smorgas- In court papers, the FBI
of graft and greed." He said detailed numerous meetings
hlights a New York political over the last year among the
re defined by "Show me the defendants, the undercover FBI
y." agent and the cooperating wit-
criminal complaint against ness, who pleaded guilty to fed-
h, 56, said that in meetings eral charges last month ina deal
a cooperating witness and aimed at winning leniency at
idercover FBI agent posing sentencing.
Dementia tops cancer in expenses
New study details
cost of treating
(AP)-Cancer and heart
disease are bigger killers, but
Alzheimer's is the most expen-
sive malady in the U.S., costing
families and society $157 billion
to $215 billion a year, according
to a new study that looked at this
in unprecedented detail.,
The biggest cost of Alzheim-
er's and other types of demen-
tia isn't drugs or other medical
treatments, but the care that's
needed just to get mentally
impaired people through daily
life, the nonprofit RAND Corp.'s
It also gives what experts
say is the most reliable estimate
for how many Americans have
dementia - around 4.1 mil-
lion. That's less than the widely
cited 5.2 million estimate from
the Alzheimer's Association,
which comes from a study that
included people with less severe
"The bottom line here is the
same: Dementia is among the
most costly diseases to society,
and we need to address this if
we're going to come to terms
with the cost to the Medicare
and Medicaid system," said Mat-
thew Baumgart, senior director
of public policy at the Alzheim-
Dementia's direct costs, from
medicines to nursing homes,
are $109 billion a year in 2010
dollars, the new RAND report
found. That compares to $102
billion for heart disease and $77
billion for cancer. Informal care
by family members and others
pushes dementia's total even
higher, depending on how that
care and lost wages are valued.
"The informal care costs are
substantially higher for demen-
tia than for cancer or heart con-
ditions," said Michael Hurd, a
RAND economist who led the
study. It was sponsored by the
government's National Institute
on Aging and will be published in
Thursday's New England Jour-
nal of Medicine.
Alzheimer's is the most com-
mon form of dementia and the
sixth leading cause of death in
the United States. Dementia also
can result from a stroke or other
diseases. It is rapidly growing
in prevalence as the population
ages. Current treatments only
temporarily ease symptoms and
don't slow the disease. Patients
live four to eight years on average
after an Alzheimer's diagnosis,
but some live 20 years. By age 80,
about 75 percent of people with
Alzheimer's will be in a nursing
home compared with only 4 per-
cent of the general population,
the Alzheimer's group says.
"Most people have understood
the enormous toll in terms of
human suffering and cost," but
the new comparisons to heart
disease and cancer may surprise
some, said Dr. Richard Hodes,
director of the Institute on Aging.
"Alzheimer's disease has a
burden that exceeds many of
these other illnesses," especially
because of how long people live
with it and need care, he said.
For the new study, researchers
started with about 11,000 people
in a long-running government
health survey of a nationally rep-
resentative sample of the popu-
lation. They gave 856 of these
people extensive tests to deter-
mine how many had dementia,
and projected that to the larger
group to determine a prevalence
rate - nearly 15 percent of people
over age 70.
Using Medicare and other
records, they tallied the cost
of purchased care - nursing
homes, medicines, other treat-
ments - including out-of-pocket
expenses for dementia in 2010.
Next, they subtracted spending
for other health conditions such
as high blood pressure, diabetes
or depression so they could isolate
the true cost of dementia alone.
"This is an important differ-
ence" from other studies that
could not determine how much
health care cost was attribut-
able just to dementia, said Dr.
Kenneth Langa, a University
of Michigan researcher who
helped lead the work.
Search for California hikers
Sfruitless; rescuers hopeful
Two lost in
RANCHO SANTA MAR-
GARITA, Calif. (AP) - Rescuers
working in sometimes danger-
ously rugged terrain combed
Southern California's Cleveland
National Forest for two lost hik-
ers late Wednesday, but the third
day of searching proved fruitless
as darkness fell.
There was no evidence of
foul play and authorities believe
the teens are in the area, in part
because a 911 call made before
their mobile phone died was
traced to a cell tower near the
location, said Orange County
Fire Authority Capt. John Muir.
"Their probability for survival
is good," he said, adding that the
nights have been mild and the
days not too hot. "We're not stop-
ping until we find them."
So far, nothing has been
found in the area where moun-
tamn bikers glimpsed what they
believed to be a light in heavy
brush Tuesday night off of a
trail, he said.
Several dozen people on the
ground and three helicopters
in the air looked for the pair
Wednesday. The overnight
search would be mostly the work
of a single helicopter, sheriff's Lt.
Jason Park said.
Nicholas Cendoya, 19, and
Kyndall Jack, 18, were last heard
from Sunday night when they
made the 911 call. The two are
believed to have gone off trail
near Holy Jim Trail, a tree-lined
dirt path along a creek that leads
to a waterfall and is popular with
In the call, they said they
were about a mile from their
car, which was parked at a
trailhead, but rescuers have
expanded the search.
"When you're disoriented
because you're out of breath
and tired and you think you're
one mile away, you could be
potentially three or four miles
away," Muir said. "There's a lot
of ground to cover."
It was unclear whether the
lost hikers carried water and
Kyndall's father, Russ Jack, said
he worried that after three days
the pair might be dehydrated.
But he still has hope.
"So at this point everybody's
still upbeat, optimistic about
finding the kids in good shape
and alive," he told TV reporters.
About 50 searchers, some on
horseback and aided by dogs,
moved back and forth through
chest-high brush across moun-
Two search volunteers got
lost themselves Wednesday, but
a helicopter found them and
airlifted them out, Park said.
Two hikers unrelated to the
search also had to be helped
when at least one of them was
injured, Park said.
The U.S. Forest Service
gave permission to cut brush
on a mountain peak to land a
helicopter, which allowed LA
County sheriff's personnel and
two dogs to be taken to a can-
yon northwest of the pair's car,
Orange County sheriff's Lt.
Erin Guidice told the Los Ange-
That area was chosen
because of the nearby cellphone
tower that picked up the 911
call, she said.
Four helicopters also
teams in the forest all day
Wednesday, Muir said.
Jack's car was left in a park-
ing area. Her mother drew a
message on the dusty wind-
shield that read: "Kyndall - we
r looking wont stop love you
mom" and signed it with a
heart. Jack's family towed away
the car Tuesday night, KABC-
The area is in a section of the
national forest in the Santa Ana
Mountains, which lie along the
border of Orange and Riverside
counties southeast of Los Ange-
les. The trail ranges in elevation
from about 2,000 feet to about