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NEWS BRIEFS
DETROIT
Gov. Snyder to
discuss light rail
transit funding
Gov. Rick Snyder says he'll join
U.S. Transportation Secretary
Ray LaHood and other officials
in Detroit on Friday for "a major
funding announcement" that
is expected to involve plans for
a light rail system between the
city's downtown and the cultural,
medical and educational center a
few miles north.
LaHood's office said in a state-
ment Wednesday that Mayor
Dave Bing, U.S. Sens. Carl Levin
and Debbie Stabenow and others
will be at Wayne State University
to reveal details of a plan "that
will significantly expand transit
options in downtown Detroit."
Snyder announced his partici-
pation Thursday.
LaHood has been in talks for
months with city, regional and
state officials on their part of a
deal to create a 3.3-mile light rail
line that's expected to cost $137
million.
CHICAGO
Man who aided
terrorist groups
sentenced
A Chicago businessman was
sentenced to 14 years in prison
Thursday for providing mate-
rial support to overseas terrorism,
includingaPakistanigroupwhose
2008 attacks in Mumbai, India,
left more than 160 people dead.
Tahawwur Rana did not
address the court before U.S. Dis-
trict Judge Harry Leinenweber
imposed the sentence and did not
react afterward. But his defense
attorneys said the judge was right
to reject prosecutors' arguments
that Rana deserved a stiffer sen-
tence because the charges were
related to terrorism.
Jurors in 2011 convicted Rana
of providing support for the Paki-
stani group, Lashkar-e-Taiba,
and for supporting a never-car-
ried-out plot to attack a Danish
newspaper that printed cartoons
of the Prophet Muhammad in
2005. The cartoons angered
many Muslims because pictures
of the prophet are prohibited in
Islam.
LONDON
UK police to
investigate an 80s
pedophile gang
British police have launched
an official probe into claims
that senior politicians had links
to a pedophile gang during the
1980s.
Scotland Yard says the inves-
tigation is looking into historic
child ahuse allegations at a Lon-
don guest house.
Thursday's announcement

came after opposition Lahour
Party lawmaker Tom Watson
claimed last year that there
was evidence that a member of
a pedophile ring boasted about
his connections with a "senior
aide to a former prime minis-
ter."
CAIRO
Death toll rises
to 26 in Egypt
building collapse
Egyptian health officials say
the death toll in the collapse of
an eight-story apartment build-
ing in the coastal city of Alexan-
dria has risen to 26.
They say the death toll rose
when one of the 12 people injured
in the accident succumbed to her
injures on Thursday in hospital.
The building in a poor Alex-
andria district collapsed on
Wednesday, a day after 19 police
conscripts were killed when the
last car of the train they were
riding in jumped the tracks and
smashed into another train near
Cairo.
The officials spoke on condi-
tion of anonymity because they
were not authorized to speak to
the media.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

EURO
From Page 1
dent fiscal policy, which has led
to many coordination problems
across the continent, according
to Adams.
"Some people argue that the
reason why there was a bal-
ance of payments problem was
because there was a regulation
problem," Adams said. "And
the labor market regulation
problem caused the balance
of payments problem, which
caused the bank problem,
which caused the sovereign
debt problem."
Because of the variety of dif-
ferent diagnoses for Europe's
central economic problems,
determining appropriate pre-
scriptions for the financial
epidemic becomes more com-
plicated.
It's yet to be determined
whether Europe needs
increased government expen-
diture more liquidity, less
liquidity or a change in regula-
tory policy, Adams said.
He added that because of
Europe's de facto "reverse Fed-
eralist" system, it's sometimes
difficult for Americans to under-
stand that solutions to the eco-
nomic issues may not be solved
unless there is a direct change to

EU policy. Since no fiscal union
or constraints currently exist,
the EU and European Central
Bank are powerless to control
the spending and debt ratios of
member nations - a chief cause
of the crisis.
Rackham student Caitie
Goddard said she was glad for
the opportunity to learn about
international economics. She
added that she believed Adams
approached the issue in a way
that would help American stu-
dents understand a foreign
problem.
"I think today was about an
international perspective on
economic issues in the Europe-
an Union, but hearing a Michi-
gan professor discuss various
solutions as well as the history
was beneficial," Goddard said.
After Adams' lecture, LSA
senior Joe Centlivre, Alpha
Kappa Psi Fraternity president,
said-he hopes the lecture gave
the average student a better
understanding of the complex
issue.
"You hear (in) the news
all the time that 'Greece has
another bailout' or 'The EU has
a crisis,"' Centlivre said. "But
to the extent that we under-
stand the problems or the pos-
sible solutions, I don't think
there's that great of an under-
standing."

WIN
From Page 1
ence opponent - confident and
poised - was a complete turn-
around to how it fared against
the Buckeyes, and was exactly
what Michigan coach John
Beilein wanted to see from his
team in yet another hostile envi-
ronment.
"Winning road games in this
league (is important)," Beilein
said. "In the past, there were
maybe three ranked teams, maybe
four. With Wisconsin's win (over
Indiana on Tuesday), you're going
to have seven ranked teams very
soon."
"There's seven games you have
to win against ranked teams on
the road. That doesn't happen
very often. So as a result, when
you get them, they're really
important (to win) if you're going
to stay on the top of the (Big Ten)
standings."
But at the beginning of the
game, the Wolverines didn't look
like they were playing to earn a
statement conference win on the
road. Minnesota forward Trevor
Mbakwe fired up the crowd early
with two consecutive blocks on

redshirt junior forward Jordan
Morgan. In response, Hardaway
Jr. and Burke sparked the perim-
eter offense for.Michigan.
Hardaway, who had a similar
performance his freshman year
in Minnesota, tallied 17 first-half
points, 12 of which came from
beyond the are, on 6-of-7 shoot-
ing. He was often found open on
the wing, and the extra passes
by Burke or freshman guard Nik
Stauskas found Hardaway open
for the bucket. Hardaway cooled
off in the second half, finishing
with 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting.
Burke also took control of the
game early, shedding his defender
to be able to. penetrate and kick
out, something he wasn't able
to do against Aaron Craft and
Ohio State. The sophomore point
guard - wearing No. 12 after
his usual No. 3 was ripped early
in the game - dished out nine
assists and added 18 points while
playing basically an error-free
game against a tough Minnesota
defense.
And though Hardaway,
Burke and the rest of the guards
accounted for 57 points, Mbakwe
wasn't able to silence Morgan and
the forwards for the entire game.
After Morgan was stuffed in the

paint early, freshman forward
Mitch McGary entered the game
and let his presence be felt.
The 6-foot-10 big man was able
to keep pace with Mbakwe, tal-
lying eight points and. even had
three steals. Morgan reestab-
lished himself in the second half
and finished with nine points,
four rebounds and a ripped jer-
sey, and both big men were able
to overcome the physicality of the
post to help out in the win.
"Guys were out there, we were
out there in the war, we had to
stick it out in the second half,"
Burke said.
Added Hardaway: "It's Big Ten
season, everybody's going to be
physical, everybody's trying to
win."
Thursday's win was Michi-
gan's first win against a top-10
team on the road since 1996, but
Beilein doesn't think getting any
more road wins will be easier,
especially with the conpetitive-
ness of the conference.
"If you look at this season, right
now, we're going to have to do
that - something out of the ordi-
nary - to be in the Big Ten hunt.
Anybody in this league is going to
have to do that to be in the Big Ten
hunt," he said.

MPOWERED
From Page 1
a more diverse offering, the
focus shifted to making the
University more attractive to
recruiters from companies
of all sizes and to show them
the broad range of talent at
Michigan.
The organizers reached out
to high-profile and innova-
tive information-technology
companies such as Square,
a developer of card-reading
solutions for mobile devices
started by a founder of Twit-
ter, and Venmo, a start-up
that has created a method
for simple electronic money
transactions.
"We really wanted to get
ourselves out there," Eagle
said. "Not a lot of people know
that Michigan is such a hub
for engineering talent and tal-
ent all around."
Generally, the companies
in attendance were engineer-
ing-focused and technology-
based. However, Eagle noted
that high demand among
start-ups for fresh talent
across all disciplines meant
that start-ups would be recep-
tive to hiring"anyone they get
along with and anyone they
can work well with."
"The thing with start-ups is
that they really will take any
major because there isn't any
quota to fill," Eagle said. "They
don't really look for specific
jobs as long as your skillset fits
in with what they are looking

for."
Speaking from, personal
experience, Eagle acknowl-
edged that larger, established
corporations are usually con-
sidered to be a safe bet for
students - offering entic-
ing salaries and relative job
security. However, he said
the "cool atmosphere and fun
culture" of start-ups would be
more attractive to many recent
graduates and seniors.
"For any student that is
looking for a team-building
environment, start-ups are
definitely the way to go," Eagle
said.
Business junior Christian
Weiss pointed out that start-
ups had a lot of potential
for innovative students who
didn't see themselves as fitting
the traditional job mold.
"I think (start-ups) offer
a lot of potential for people
who don't want to be a cog in
the machine of a big company
and want to play an active role
in their company's future,"
Weiss said.
Unlike most career fairs,
formal attire was neither nec-
essary nor expected by the
start-up companies. Though
many students chose to adhere
to business-casual attire,
Weiss noted that the lack of a
dress code was favorable for
Michigan students.
"Students love not havingto
get a full suit on," Weiss said.
"But some companies like the
professionalism and some
companies don't, so you have
to find abalance.

LINUX
From Page 1
ence he doesn't own a cell phone
because of privacy concerns and
told the audience they should
think twice about the information
they provide to companies.
"I don't use the things that
don't respect our freedom," Stall-
man said in an interview follow-
ing the speech. "I choose to use
technology if I think it's good,
and if I think it's bad I say 'no' to
it."
His presentation had some

quirks - he ran offstage to go to
the bathroom and interrupted his
introducer.
He repeated throughout the
presentation how important it
was for people to use "free" soft-
ware because it promoted their
own freedoms.
At the end of his speech,
Stallman auctioned off a signed
stuffed animal gnu - a type of
wildebeest whose name was
appropriated by Stallman for an
operating :system he helped to
develop - to raise money for the
Free Software Foundation.
"We hope that people will

organize to resist these abuses
because they are not inherent,"
Stallman said after the talk. "If we
allow the government and com-
panies to decide what our digital
technology does they will lead it
in a bad direction."
After a heated auction, Rack-
ham student Adam Pierc paid
$150 for the stuffed animal.
"I think he's a really influen-
tial and important figure and,
secondly, I think it's a good
cause," Pierc said. "Free soft-
ware is extremely important and
will only become more impor-
tant as time goes on."

DETROIT
From Page 1
over the city's finances.
State Representative Thomas
Stallworth III (D-Detroit) said
the idea of an emergency manager
in Detroit is feasible, but remains
unconvinced such an appointee
would make a difference.
"I'm not sure if the financial
managers can do anything bet-
ter than cut services, which only
continues the decline of the city,"
Stallworth said. "What we need is
an environment that allows us to
stabilize and grow."
Stallworth said that real, coher-
ent support from the state legisla-
ture seems to be absent. The city
needs to fix legacy problems and
augment core services that attract
people to live there. He added that
the city needs an inclusive discus-
sion that effectively engages the
local Detroit's residents.
Snyder's spokesman, Caleb
Buhs, said the review team is
looking into appointing an emer-
gency financial manager, as well

as a few other options.
"There's no determination
that's been made that an emer-
gency financial manager will be
going into Detroit," Buhs said.
"That is what the review team's
currently looking into."
Buhs said a financial manager
would have powers including
in the ability to take immediate
actions, modify contracts and
negotiate with stakeholders to
receive concessions that elected
officials may be unwilling or
unable to leverage.
"Part of the concern in Detroit
currently is that the mayor and
the city council had some trouble
working together to get things
done, essentially," Buhs said.
"And if a manager were in place,
it would be one person leading
the charge, so maybe they can
take action quicker."
The likely alternative to a
financial manager would be
a consent agreement. If that's
the case, Buh said the review
team would negotiate a consent
agreement with the city and
lay out a plan relieve financial

troubles.
"They're currently work-
ing under a consent agreement
(between the state and Detroit)
from a previous review team
... that was under Public Act 4,
which went away with the vote
in November," Buhs said.
State Representative Jeff
Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) argued
that emergency managers have
not been successful in turning
around the city's financial stand-
ing. He cited Robert Bobb, an
emergency financial manager for
Detroit Public Schools, who was
appointed with a $300-million
annual deficit and left office with
an even larger deficit two years
later.
Irwin said he doubts the state
will appoint an emergency man-
ager because their abilities are
limited to layoffs and reducing
workers' wages.
"It is odd to believe that a city
struggling with serious financial
problems can be fixed by bring-
ing in some individual from the
outside with a magic wand,"
Irwin said.

Syrian pro-regime gunmen
kill more than 100 people

Amateur video
shows militia
killing families,
burning bodies
BEIRUT (AP) - Gunmen loyal
to President Bashar Assad swept
through a mainly Sunni farm-
ing village in central Syria this
week, torchinghouses and killing
more than 100 people, including
women and children, opposition
activists said Thursday.
The reported slayings fueled
accusations that pro-government
militiamen are trying to drive
majority Sunnis out of areas near
main routes to the coast to ensure
control of an Alawite enclave as
the country's civil war increasing-
ly takes on sectarian overtones.
Activists said the attackers
were from nearby areas dominat-
ed by Shiite Muslims and allied
Alawites. Assad and most of the
top officials in his regime belong
to the minority Alawite sect, a
Shiite offshoot.
The events in Haswiyeh, an
impoverished farming area on
the edge of Homs, unfolded on
Tuesday and Wednesday, but
only came to light Thursday as
the reported scale of the killings

became apparent.
An amateur video posted
online showed veiled women
sitting on.the floor surrounded
by children as they described a
horrific scene of gunmen killing
people and burningbodies.
"They slaughtered members
of the same families then turned
the diesel heaters on them," one
of the women said, adding that
some homes were robbed of
money and jewelry as well. "We
did not fight and we had no gun-
men. We are all workers trying to
make a living."
Another video showed
a charred room with what
appeared to be two blackened
bodies on the floor. A man could
be heard weeping in the back-
ground. The caption said the
video is from Haswiyeh.
The videos appeared genu-
ine and corresponded to other
Associated Press reporting on
the events depicted, although
exact details of what happened
were unclear and could not be
independently verified because
of restrictions on independent
media.
A government official in
Damascus denied the reports,
saying no such killings took place
in the area and accusing reb-
els of using civilians as "human

shields." He spoke on condi-
tion of anonymity because he
was not authorized to brief the
media.
However, the pro-govern-
ment daily newspaper Al-
Watan reported Thursday that
Syrian troops advanced in the
countryside of Homs "cleans-
ing the villages of Haswiyeh
and Dweir as well as their
fields" fromgunmen. It did not
elaborate.
The attacks come- amid a
spike in violence in Syria and a
particularlybloody week.
Activists on Thursday night
said a foreign journalist died
whilecoveringclashesbetween
rebels and regime forces in the
northern city of Aleppo. The
Aleppo Media Center, a net-
work of anti-regime activists
in the city, said the journalist
was shot by a regime sniper
positioned on the roof of the
Aleppo central prison near the
Museilmeh district.
The claim could not be inde-
pendently verified.
Twenty-eight journalists
were killed in Syria in 2012,
prompting the Committee to
Protect Journalists to name
Syria the most dangerous
country in the world to work
in last year.

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