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Incoming Detroit
mayor's spending
budget approved
Mike Duggan has been
approved for up to $275,000 in
spending related to his transition
to the Detroit mayor's office.
A spokesman for state-
appointed emergency manager
Kevyn Orr says Thursday that
* Duggan's transition budget will
be paid from the city's restruc-
turing account.
Duggan appointed former
mayoral candidate Lisa Howze
and former police chief Ike
McKinnon Wednesday to lead
his transition team. The team
is expected to work with Orr's
Voters elected Duggan ear-
lier this month. The ex-Detroit
Medical Center chief will suc-
ceed current Mayor Dave Bing
in January. Bing did not seek re-
Burning chemicals
forces evacuation
of neighborhood
A Detroit company that makes
adhesives, paint, primers and
sealants was heavily damaged
Thursday by a blaze that forced
authorities to evacuate sur-
rounding homes and a nearby
elementary school.
The fire started early Thurs-
day afternoon at Chemical
Technology Inc.'s offices and
warehouse on the city's east side
and sent up huge plumes of thick
smoke that were seen miles away.
Fire officials quickly labeled it
a hazardous materials situation.
Homes and other businesses
close to the company were evac-
uated, while some streets in the
area were shut down to traffic.
Death row inmate
hopes to donate
organs to his sister
An eleventh-hour request by
an Ohio death row inmate to
donate his organs is raising trou-
bling moral and medical ques-
tions among transplant experts
and ethicists.
Less than a day before child
killer Ronald Phillips was set to
die by lethal injection, Repub-
lican Gov. John Kasich on
Wednesday postponed the exe-
cution so that medical experts
can look into Phillips' suitability
as an organ donor.
Phillips, 40, wants to give his
mother a kidney before he is put
to death and donate his heart to
his sister afterward.
The governor said he is open
to the possibility of Phillips
donating a kidney or other non-
vital organs before he is execut-
ed. But Kasich appeared to rule

out a post-execution donation.
TACLOBAN, Philippines
Mass burial held in
Philippines after
Typhoon Haiyan
The air was thick with the
stench of decay as sweating
workers lowered the plastic cof-
fins one by one into a grave the
size of an Olympic swimming
Scores of unidentified bodies
were interred together Thursday
in a hillside cemetery without
any ritual - the first mass buri-
al in this city shattered by last
week's Typhoon Haiyan.
Six days after the disaster,
some progress was being made in
providing food, water and medi-
cal aid to the half-million people
displaced in the Philippines.
Massive bottlenecks blocking
the distribution of international
assistance have begun to clear.
Soldiers on trucks gave out
rice and water, and chainsaw-
wielding teams cut debris from
blocked roads to clear the way
for relief trucks in Tacloban, the
capital of the hardest-hit Leyte
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

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Phi Beta's former house for
three years from the national
sorority. With its return next
year, DPhiE needs to find a
house by the end of their cur-
rent lease in 2015.
The sorority has already
begun its search and has a few
leads; they also may bring in
the help of a realtor. DPhiE is
looking for a home near their
current location and sees this
move as an opportunity to
grow and further expand the
This is not DPhiE's first
move. Before they moved
into Gamma Phi Beta's house,
they rented out the University

chapter of the Zeta Tau Alpha
sorority house, until ZTA
returned to campus.
During this first transi-
tion, the sorority had one of
its largest recruitment years.
The organization has contin-
uously grown and the quota
has gradually risen to accom-
modate the popular demand
for Greek life, according to
Tiffany Neal, the assistant
executive director of DPhiE
Neal added that moving
could actually be beneficial to
welcomingnew members.
"DPhiE is now the largest
it has ever been in the his-
tory of being on campus at the
University of Michigan," Neal
said. "So, we just see this as an

Center. These programs served
as case studies, but the University
also mentioned its expansion of
entrepreneurship and entrepre-
neurial education in recentyears.
"I think the best thing we do is
train our students to go out and be
successful," Parnes said.
The University's Institute for
Research on Labor, Employment,
and the Economy, founded in
2008, works to promote under-
standing of the economic trends,
while creating specific programs
that can be implemented in eco-

nomically distressed areas of the
The Business Engagement
Center, founded in 2007, also
played a significant role in the
APLU's assessment of the Uni-
versity. The center works in uni-
son with Technology Transfer
and other departments to attract
corporate businesses to relevant
research and technology devel-
oped on campus by staff and stu-
Similarly, the Michigan Ven-
ture Center has fueled the exten-

sion of University initiatives, as
it helps new campus-based start-
ups grow into influential corpo-
rate businesses that can serve the
needs of a larger constituency of
Parnes hopes that the award
shows other universtities that
they have an obligation to serve
the larger public in the states in
which they reside.
"We often don't publicize as
much some of these activities,
so it's nice to see them get rec-

Boston crime boss sentenced
to life in prison for murders

From Page 1
Alliance Center will function
as a "hybrid" - helping provide
resources, support and infra-
structure while maintaining
student leadership in innova-
Rackham student Jeff
Sorensen, co-founder of opti-
Mize, said his time as an LSA
undergraduate made him
realize that students have the
capacity to solve global issues,
but often have no clear path to
do it.
He created optiMize with
several other students to pro-
vide a platformwhere students
could take action. While the
organization's membership
has swelled from three to 30
participants, Sorensen said the
new center will allowthe orga-
nization's reach to continue to
"I hope that every student
that comes to Michigan won't
find barriers to entering a pro-
gram that helps them utilize
the passions that they have for
solving important problems
in the world and start taking
these steps towards making

that a reality for them the rest
of their lives," Sorensen said.
Since the program will be
student-led, Deloria said he
hopes it can establish a transi-
tional leadership position - a
Social Innovation fellowship
- to lead the program. The fel-
low may be a recent graduate
who is willing to further the
center's goals.
Considering that the Vic-
tors for Michigan campaign
just launched, SIA is still a
concept that can be changed
or revised to reflect the course
of the fundraising initiative. In
the meantime, Deloria wrote
that he hopes to work with the
students involved in the orga-
While courses at the Uni-
versity are often only one
semester long, Sorensen said
that he hopes the organization
and the center will allow stu-
dents to expand their knowl-
edge outside of the classroom,
making their courses a lifelong
"I don't see it as a semester
program or college experi-
ence," Sorensen said. "I think
it's a movement that once
you join, your life afterwards
would be different."

Bulger was found
guilty of racketeering
and 11 of 19 murder
BOSTON (AP) - Former Bos-
ton crime boss James "Whitey"
Bulger was led off to prison
Thursday for the rest of his life,
accepting his punishment in
stone-faced silence as a judge
castigated the 84-year-old
gangster for his "almost unfath-
omable" depravity.
Bulger's sentencing for his
murderous reign in the 1970s
and '80s brought to a close a
sordid case that exposed FBI
complicity in his crimes and left
a trail of devastated families
whose loved ones were killed by
Bulger or his henchmen.

Many of the relatives had
vented their anger at Bulger
during the first day of his sen-
tencing hearing on Wednes-
day, calling him a "terrorist," a
"punk" and "Satan."
So when U.S. District Judge
Denise Casper announced the
punishment - two consecutive
life sentences plus five years -
there were no shouts of joy or
applause from the families, just
Afterward, many said they
took some satisfaction in know-
ing that Bulger will spend the
rest of his life behind bars.
"That old bastard is finally
going to prison. He's going to die
in prison," said Tom Donahue,
whose father was gunned down
by Bulger after he happened to
offer a ride home to a man who
was Bulger's actual target.
Bulger, the former boss of the

Winter Hill Gang, Boston's Irish
mob, fled the city in 1994 after
being tipped off by a former
FBI agent that he was about to
be indicted. He was a fugitive
for more than 16 years until he
was captured in Santa Monica,
Calif., in 2011.
His disappearance became
a major embarrassment for the
FBI when it was learned that
corrupt Boston agents had taken
bribes from Bulger and pro-
tected him for years while he
worked as an FBI informant,
feeding information on the rival
New England Mafia.
A jury convicted Bulger in
August in a broad racketeering
case. He was found guilty in 11
of the 19 killings he was accused
of, along with dozens of other
gangland crimes, including
shakedowns and money laun-

Finland finds economic boost from
Rovia, mobile gaming industry

From Page 1
portation Research Institute.
This project will use innova-
tive technology equipment to
evaluate how technological
connections between vehicles
can help improve road safety.
Approximately 3,000
vehicles have been equipped
with devices that allow them
to communicate with other
cars and send other vehicles
information about their sur-
roundings, such as road condi-
tions. The goal of testing these
connected vehicles is to get a
sense of how and what kind of
technology should be used to
develop safer automated cars
in the future. Though the test
will only last for a few months,
David Lampe, executive direc-
tor for strategic communica-
tions in the Office of the Vice
President for Research, is
hopeful for the future of the
"We have this great system
in place and so the next ques-
tion for us is, rather than just
shut it down, how can we make
even further use?" Lampe said.
Lampe said the DOT has

invested $25 million in the
Safety Pilot Model Deploy-
ment, "the world's largest on-
road test of the concept."
Lampe also said the rela-
tionship with the automotive
industry and its funding of
research is one of the project's
great strengths.
Jonathan Levine, a profes-
sor of urban and regional plan-
ning, is also part of the project
as the only member from the
urban and regional planning
Levine is concerned that
automated vehicles could
make commuting easier, lead-
ing to increased urban sprawl.
He added that technologi-
cal innovation tends to cause
migration to urban areas.
A remedy to this poten-
tial problem is promoting the
shared use of the cars.
"If I live closer in a dens-
er area, I get better service
because the density of vehicles
is higher," Levine said. "I can
order a vehicle very quickly
and, once it's done with me, it
goes off to somebody else very
quickly. So I believe deploying
it this way could strengthen
close in living rather than
becoming another sprawl."

After Nokia, country
finds new success,
export revenues may
exceed $2.7 billion
mobile phones to mobile games.
Finland has found there's life
after Nokia in a bustling start-
up scene that's produced hugely
popular game apps from "Angry
Birds" to "Clash of Clans."
Mobile gaming is fast becom-
ing the Nordic country's new
flagship export industry, with
revenues expected to double to
2 billion euros ($2.7 billion) this
About 150 game developers
were showcasing their ideas
to global investors this week
at the annual Slush confer-
ence - a hotspot for startups in
Europe. The conference, which
ended Thursday, has tripled in
size from 2012, with investors
representing venture capital
funding worth more than $60
"The whole startup thing
here is amazing," said New

Zealander Duane Atkins, a for-
mer Nokia engineer who found-
ed a startup of seven people in
Helsinki providing software for
social networks.
Many Finns hope startups in
general and game developers in
particular will preserve Fin-
land's position as a high-tech
hub as an era ends with the sale
of the phone division of Nokia
- once the industry bellwether
- to Microsoft.
Although still small com-
pared with Nokia, which in its
prime had annual revenues of
more than 30 billion euros, the
games industry employs some
2,200 people in more than 180
companies nationwide.
According to UBM Tech, a
global business information and
data company, Finland ranked
third in a survey this year of
300 leading European game
developers who were asked
where in Europe they thought
the best games would come
from five years from now. Only
Germany and Britain - much
bigger countries - ranked
higher. Finland's neighbor Swe-
den ranked fourth.
One of the most buzzed-

about Finnish game developers
is Supercell, creator of "Clash
of Clans" and "Hay Day" -
top-grossing apps for Apple's
iOS software in more than 100
Supercell started making
the games for tablets in 2011
with half a dozen people. Last
month, the company announced
it was selling a 51 percent stake
to Japanese investors for $1.5
Supercell chief Ilkka Paanan-
en said Finns have focused too
much on Nokia, a company that
became a symbol of the small
nation's successes and failures.
"There will never be another
Nokia, and there shouldn't be.
We need to spread knowhow
much more broadly," Paananen
told The Associated Press, add-
ing Supercell wants to invest in
Finnish startups to help new-
comers who show promise.
"We have so much talent here
that there's no reason why we
can't make this a new Silicon
Valley," he said. "It won't be the
same as in the U.S. but never-
theless a regional hub - just as
it seems to be already becom-

Federal officials hope
to levy $400,000 fine

Federal officials cited glaring
violations of accepted safety
standards Thursday in pro-
posing nearly $400,000 in
fines against two companies
involved in a botched build-
ing demolition in Philadelphia
that killed six people.
The willful and serious
breaches by Campbell Con-
struction and S&R Contract-
ing led to the collapse of a
large masonry wall onto a
thrift store, according to
the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration.
"If these employees had
simply followed the mostbasic
safety precautions, no lives
would have been lost," said
David Michaels, an assistant
secretary in the U.S. Labor
The companies' respective
owners, Griffin Campbell and

Sean Benschop, have 15 days
to respond to the citations.
Their lawyers did not immedi-
ately return calls for comment
Workers had been knock-
ing down a vacant four-story
structure in June when an
unsupported wall crashed
down onto an adjacent Salva-
tion Army store filled with
shoppers, killing six and
injuring more than a dozen.
The demolition site was
chaotic and dangerous,
according to the 12 citations
issued Thursday. Campbell,
the prime contractor, was
fined $313,000 for violations
such as not razing the build-
ing from the top down; leav-
ing an unsupported wall more
than one-story high; failing
to commission an engineer-
ing survey; and not providing
hard hats for employees.



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