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Georgia students lobby against textbook taxes

The University of Geor-
gia-Athens Student Gov-
ernment Association has
decided to petition the state
legislature in 2014 for a tax-
free holiday on textbooks,
The Red and Black reported.
Jon Goodfriend, the SGA
senator who authored the reso-
lution, said Georgia students
pay $70 per year in taxes on
textbooks. When accounting
for full-time students across the
state, textbook taxes amount
to $15.3 million in revenue.
vinced the state that textbook
sales served a mission of higher
education and should receive a
tax exemption similar to other
nonprofits. At UGA, university

libraries do not pay sales tax on
the acquisition of new books.
Currently, 22 states grant
some form of tax relief in text-
book sales. Georgia already
designates a tax-free week-
end for school supplies, as
well as children's books, the-
sauruses and dictionaries.
expands police jurisdiction to
off-campus neighborhoods
Administrators at the Univer-
sity of Maryland-College Park
would expand their jurisdiction
to cover more off-campus areas,
The Diamondback reported.
The policy will stipulate

new zones, measuring about
a square mile, in which both
university police and local law
enforcement agencies have
enforcement powers. The uni-
versity police chief said the
department added eight offi-
cers, two squad cars and a patrol
motorcycle to better protect
areas in which students reside.
"Ours is a safe commu-
nity," University of Maryland
President Wallace Loh said.
"This initiative is to make
our community even safer."
The changes are occurring
along with an expansion of
the university's code of con-
duct to these off-campus areas.

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Business sophomore Jess Vander blows bubbles
during MHealthy Play Day on Ingalls Mall Tuesday.


Policy talk

Open-door Hanging out on
policy the street

WHERE: 1000 block of
Greene Street
WHEN: Monday at about
11:40 a.m.
WHAT: A forced entry
burglary resulted in nothing
missing, though an interior
door was found tobe open,
University Police reported.
WHERE: 500 block of State
WHEN: Monday at about
4:15 p.m.
WHAT: A University
vehicle was vandalized with
black spraypaint while out-
side of the Union, Univer-
sity Police reported. There
are no suspects

WHERE: State Street
WHEN: Monday at about
7:05 p.m.
WHAT: There were two
people found loitering in
the street, University Police
reported. Officers asked
the subjects to move to the
Ridin' dirty
WHERE: 1000 block of
Wall Street
WHEN: Monday at
11:40 a.m.
WHAT: A 79-year-old
driver was arrested at the
scene of a two-vehicle
accident, University Police
reported. The subject was
arrested for driving with a
revoked license, and there
were no iniuries.

Diag day
WHAT: The Multicultural
Greek Council will be
showcasing its different
chapters for students
interested in joining.
Members will be available to
discuss history and traditions
of the organizations.
WHO: Office of Greek Life
WHEN: Today from 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m.
WHERE: The Diag
Health and
wellness fair
WHAT: The MHealthy
Wellness Champions will
be holding their second
annual event providing
massages, flu shots and
seasonal fruits and
vegetables for all students.
WHO: Law School
WHEN: Today from 11 a.m.
to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Plaza between
South Hall and Weill Hall

WHAT: Experts from
across the country will
discuss American strategy
with Israel and the
Middle East. There will be
substantial time provided
for audience questions.
WHO: Center for Middle
Eastern and North African
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Weill Hall
Hip hop for
WHAT: Music veteran
Che "Rhymefest" Smith
will discuss the use of
hip hop for social change,
specifically in the prison-
industrial complex.
WHO: Center for Campus
WHEN: Today at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Rackham
Graduate School, Rackham

Los Angeles will lift its
two-week moratorium
on porn on Friday, The
Los Angeles Times reported.
The ban was instated after
three cases of HIV were
reported in the immediate
International students
account for more than
50 percent of students
in graduate Engineer-
ing programs. But can for-
eign talent stay in the United
States after graduation?
65-year-old veteran
Mike Bowen, who is
running for every vet-
eran who did not return
from Vietnam, will complete
his 58,282nd mile on Friday,
ABC News reported. Bowen
began his mission in 1982.

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EU auto sales hit new low

Acapulco tourists stranded;
Mexico deathtoll 47


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ain drops the unemployment rate remains
high at 11.0 percent, making
st drastically, many consumers unable or
afraid to buy a new car.
tain witnesses Governments hit by the
.+ eurozone debt crisis have cut
expansion back on spending and raised
taxes to try to manage oversized
NKFURT, Germany debt levels, slowing their
Car sales in Europe are economies. The hardest hit
gging despite the return countries, such as Greece and
est economic growth. Spain, face even higher jobless
the first eight months of rates that have hurt sales of
ar, passenger car sales moderately priced vehicles
European Union were especially hard. Luxury
percent to 7.84 million carmakers are doing better.
red with the same The August downturn was
last year, the European distributed across Europe's
obile Manufacturers' biggest markets. Germany
ation said Tuesday. saw a 5.5 percent drop, despite
the lowest January- a stronger economy than in
figure since the group other members of the 17-county
[keeping track in 1990. eurozone. Registrations fell 10.5
car registrations in percent in France, 18.3 percent
fell 5 percent from a year in Spain, and 6.6 percent in
653,872, the association Italy.
Britain's was the only major
economy in the market to expand, rising 10.5
ntry EU grew 0.4 percent.
t in the second quarter, Analyst Carlos Da Silva
a recession. But the at IHS Automotive said the


figures suggested the market
was bottoming out because
the decline had slowed from
9.7 percent in the first three
months of the year.
"Decline is still on the menu
but the rate of descent has
nearly been halved," he said.
Global auto executives
remain cautious, however.
They said in interviews at the
Frankfurt Auto Show last week
that while the European market
may have reached the bottom,
they do not see any significant
increase in demand this year.
The European market
contrasts with a rebound
in the United States, where
figures show sales are on track
to reach 16 million vehicles a
year - the level from before
the recession. European
annual sales were 15.6 million
in 2007 - but are heading for
just under 12 million for all of
this year.
Among the major carmakers,
Germany's Volkswagen Group
was off 11.2 percent in August
while France's PSA Peugeot
Citroen slid 17.3 percent.
Renault Group rose 6.0 percent
and General Motors was up
0.5 percent - as a large jump
in sales of Chevrolet-branded
vehicles made up for a 3.4
percent fall in sales of its main
European Opel and Vauxhall
brands. Ford was off 1.5 percent.
Luxury brands did better.
Daimler's Mercedes was up 8.9
percent, excluding its compact
Smart city car, and BMW AG
rose 9.5 percent, excluding its
Mini brand. However, VW's
Audi luxury brand, a chief
competitor for Mercedes and
BMW, was off 5.6 percent.
The biggest market share
over the first eight months
remained with Volkswagen
Group, including the company's
other brands such as Audi, Seat
and Skoda, with 24.9 percent,
up slightly from 24.8 percent.
The auto association also
issued figures for July, which
showed a 5 percent increase
over the previous year. July had
one more working day than the
previous July, while August had
one less.

Concurrent storms
wreak havoc on
Pacific coast area
- The death toll rose to 47
Tuesday from the unusual
one-two punch of a tropical
storm and a hurricane hitting
Mexico at nearly the same time.
Authorities scrambled to get
help into, and stranded tourists
out of, the cutoff resort city of
With roads blocked by
landslides, rockslides, floods
and collapsed bridges, Acapulco
was cut off from road transport
after Tropical Storm Manuel
made landfall on Sunday.
The terminal at the city's
international was flooded, but
not the landing strips.
Commercial carriers and the
Mexican military responded
by setting up flights ferrying
tourists to a nearby concert
hall instead of the terminal.
Emergency flights began
arriving in Acapulco to evacuate
at least 40,000 mainly Mexican
tourists stranded in the resort
city where some streets were
transformed into raging brown
Interior Secretary Miguel
Angel Osorio Chong told the
Radio Formula that 27 people
had died because of the storm
in the Pacific coast state of
Guerrero, where Acapulco is
located. Osorio Chong said 20
more people died nationwide,
many as a result of former
hurricane Ingrid, which struck
the Gulf coast on Monday.
Mexican meteorologists said
it was the first time since 1958
that two tropical storms or
hurricanes had hit both the
country's coasts within 24
While most Acapulco
hotels seemed to be operating
normally on Tuesday, many
outlying neighborhoods were
without water or electricity, and

floodwaters were knee-deep
at the city airport's check-in
Federal officials said it could
take at least another day to open
the main highway to Acapulco,
which was hit by more than 13
landslides from surrounding
hills, and to bring food and relief
supplies into the city of more
than 800,000 people.
Two of Mexico's largest
airlines, Aeromexico and
Interjet, began running flights
to and from the still-swamped
international airport.
Those with tickets got first
priority,thenfamilies withsmall
children or elderly members,
officials said. Interjet's director
Luis Jose Garza told Milenio TV
that his airline's first flightwas
taking 150 passengers back to
Mexico City and it hoped to run
four to six such flights Tuesday.
The Guerrero state
governmentsaid 40,000tourists
were stuck in the city, while the
head of the local chamber of
business owners said reports
from hotels indicated the
number could be as high as
Many tourists finally
emerged from their hotels
Tuesday morning after days of
"We realized the extent of
the disaster for the first time
because we were closed in and
only saw rain and flooding," said
Alejandra Vadillo Martinez, a
24-year-old from Mexico City
staying with seven relatives
in the Crowne Plaza Hotel
overlooking Acapulco's bay.
The main coastal boulevard
was open Tuesday and most
hotels appeared to have power,
water and food. But that was
little consolation to those unable
to leave.
"We've realized that it was
a mistake to come to Acapulco
because all we saw was rain,
rain, rain," said Guadalupe
Hernandez, a 55-year-old
housewife from the Mexican

The situation was far more
serious in the city's low-
income periphery, where steep
hills funneled rainwater into
neighborhoods of cinderblock
City officials said about
23,000 homes, mostly on
Acapulco's outskirts, were
without electricity and water.
Stores were nearly emptied by
residents who rushed to stockup
on basic goods. Landslides and
flooding damaged an unknown
number of homes.
Natividad Gallegos said
she returned Monday from
shopping to find her house in a
poor Acapulco neighborhood
buried by a landslide that killed
six members of her family,
including her two children. "I
saw a lot of strangers with picks
and shovels, digging where
my house used to be," she said,
The coastal town of Coyuca
de Benitez and beach resorts
further west of Acapulco,
including Ixtapa and
Zihuatenejo, were cut off after a
river washed out a bridge on the
main coastal highway.
Marcela Higuera, who runs a
said the only aid thathad arrived
so far was a helicopter that
rescued stranded flood victims.
"Flour's already run out.
There isn't any in Coyuca,"
she said, adding that the
Coyuca River had swept
away the bridge and riverside
restaurants, and flooded low-
lying neighborhoods. "This is
the worst storm that I've seen."
"There are hundreds of
people in shelters and they're
begging for clothes and blankets
because everything they have is
wet," Higuera said. "They had to
leave without taking anything."
Remnants of Manuel
continued to drench Mexico
further up the Pacific coast and
the U.S. National Hurricane
Center said it could regain force
near resorts at the tip of the Baja
California Peninsula.

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